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Merchant's Oyster Bar

Located on Vancouver's historic Commercial drive, Merchants is already gaining a reputation for serving some of Vancouvers freshest osyters. A 30 seat Patio provides a great opportunity to watch the action of The Drive any day. The warm and airy interior is anchored by the oyster bar on one side and the daily boards on the other. Alongside the oysters is a wonderful selection of small plates for any and all tastes.
147 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
(147 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 147 reviews
5 stars
(43)
4 stars
(62)
3 stars
(27)
2 stars
(13)
1 star
(2)
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • fit for foodies(85)
  • neighborhood gem(85)
  • romantic(28)
  • great for brunch(23)
  • special occasion(23)
  • hot spot(20)
Merchant's Oyster Bar Reviews List
Review 1 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great oysters and resto on the Drive

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Went here on a first date for brunch and buck-a-shuck oyster specials. Good service, food and neighbourhood charm. Sister restaurant to Cork & Fin in Gastown."
Dined on 17/10/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 2 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 06/12/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 04/12/2015
 2007
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Review 4 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 28/11/2015
 2014
Dined on 28/11/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 28/11/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 27/11/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 6 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 27/11/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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Review 7 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 27/11/2015
 2014
Dined on 27/11/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 27/11/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 8 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 25/11/2015
 2013
Dined on 25/11/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 25/11/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 19/11/2015
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 15/11/2015
 2006
Dined on 15/11/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 15/11/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 13/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 13/11/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 13/11/2015
 2015
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/01/2015
 2014
Dined on 10/01/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/01/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 13 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 07/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 07/11/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 07/11/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 06/11/2015
 2014
Dined on 06/11/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 06/11/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Kari

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Had a wonderful time, the food was lovely! The food was fresh, menu inventive and the ambience was cozy. Perfect setting for my birthday dinner. Thanks for making it special!"
Dined on 04/11/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Fresh, Simple, and Delicious

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Dined on 01/11/2015
 2009
Dined on 01/11/2015
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This small, quaint restaurant has trendy decor and food. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the food is as well. I highly recommend the oysters... especially during November since they are "on special" all month. The tuna tartare is amazing and the crab and shrimp roll was incredibly delicious. The other people in my party got the crab pasta which was really yummy but a tad salty. I dont know if it was unusually salty or if its always like that?? Overall, I highly recommend Merchants for its overall experience - Food, service, and atmosphere. I would definitely go back :)"
Dined on 01/11/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 29/10/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 30/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 30/10/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 30/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Review 19 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 24/10/2015
 2006
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Review 20 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 19/10/2015
 2013
Dined on 19/10/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 19/10/2015
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 21 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Dinner for four - attentive service but not intrusive, nice atmosphere of nieghbourhood restaurant but clearly more than locals here! All enjoyed their meals from tender, flavourful beef to pasta to delicious fish."
Dined on 17/10/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

So Much Merchant's <3

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Dined on 09/10/2015
 2012
Dined on 09/10/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"What can I say - I love love love Merchant's. The service is always fantastic, the food is fresh, local & delicious, and they always have some great bottles (or cans) of craft beer on hand, not to mention awesome cocktails. It's my favourite brunch spot (2 words. Lobster+Benny) and the perfect dinner place as well. Just pure <3."
Dined on 09/10/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 23 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OK ....but Pricey for The Drive.

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Wine is pricey for The Drive - The food was OK - small portions.
The oysters where ok - but all 12 had bits of shell in them, i have shucked my own oysters and made a better job of it.
"
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2015
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Review 24 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 08/10/2015
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 25 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 06/10/2015
 2008
Dined on 06/10/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Amazing service, exceptional food. Can't wait to go back."
Dined on 06/10/2015
 2008
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Review 26 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good but not great

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Nice enough restaurant. The charcuterie plate (large) was large in terms of the size of the board but woefully bare. Also why give five slices of bread for 6 people? And make us ask for more? Should accept yelp offers no matter even if it's happy hour. The coupon doesn't state any blackout times?!"
Dined on 01/10/2015
 2007
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Review 27 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

The service was impeccable!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food was fabulous, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. The oysters were, of course, the main show, and everyone seemed genuinely happy to be presenting us with our fare. The serving staff was friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. The owner came to our table several times, always with a beaming smile. They looked after our special birthday requests, and lead the whole room in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. As we were preparing to leave, the owner came to our table again, thanking us sincerely for 'bringing great energy' to the room. All in all a terrific experience."
Dined on 02/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 27/09/2015
 2015
Dined on 27/09/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 27/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 29/09/2015
 2013
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Review 30 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 29/09/2015
 2009
Dined on 29/09/2015
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 29/09/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 31 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 30/09/2015
 2013
Dined on 30/09/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 30/09/2015
 2013
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Review 32 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 26/09/2015
 2009
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 26/09/2015
 2011
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 34 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

No "

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Really great, friendly atmosphere. Fantastic service. I feel like they take a lot of pride in how they operate and there's no "try-hard" going on. Just earnest and love what they do. I love this restaurant. Fantastic bar too.."
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 35 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 15/09/2015
 2015
Dined on 15/09/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 15/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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Review 36 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 02/09/2015
 2014
Dined on 02/09/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 02/09/2015
 2014
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Review 37 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2014
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 08/09/2015
 2006
Dined on 08/09/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 08/09/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 39 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 06/09/2015
 2009
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 40 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Overpriced, mediocre food, and tiny portions

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our party was quite disappointed by the experience. Food was mediocre, overpriced, and the portions were absurdly small. I have no problem with small portions, but the food was pretty uninspiring. If you order the flank steak, you will literally get a few small cubes of steak. They also do not have any draught beer. Strange in a city with such a thriving beer scene. Service was fine, but we did not appreciate so many interruptions. Please don't pour my bottle of beer into the glass for me – I can do that on my own, thank you. They could probably use some blinds that actually block the sun; had the sun in my eyes for most of the evening. With so so much affordable and delicious food and drinks on the Drive, there is no need to settle for such an underwhelming and overpriced dining experience. Won't be returning."
Dined on 04/09/2015
 2015
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Review 41 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

I spend too much, but leave happy.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Despite the BC Oyster ban, the imported PEI oysters were lovely and delicious. Our server(s) was/were delightful and took care of us. The patio is small, but still good to check out. It is a smaller menu, but still lovely and delightful. The cocktails that are invented in house are also great to sample (a few times over) as well. We will be back."
Dined on 25/08/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 42 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Delicious with a bit of noise

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A friend and I went here for a special occasion night out. The food was delicious, but it being a Saturday night, it was quite noisy. It is a small space with a lot of reflective surfaces, so it makes sense that it would be noisy. The food was great though. I love oysters and their evolving menu, so I will be back. Service could be a tad more involved."
Dined on 21/03/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 43 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 18/08/2015
 2014
Dined on 18/08/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
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Quiet
"I think service was pretty poor. Our server didn't really pay attention to us at all. We asked for a few minutes to look at wine. He didn't come back for 20 minutes. Our food was super slow in coming out. Five tapas took close to two hours! The restaurant wasn't even 50% full, I would hate to think what the wait time for food would be if it were full. We asked for extra crackers for the oysters mousse, they didn't come until we reminded him. We had to ask for our server twice, otherwise he never came. He seemed really spaced out, like he was somewhere else. After seeing the menu and the reviews online, we had high expectations. We won't be coming back."
Dined on 18/08/2015
 2014
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Review 44 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
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Dined on 09/08/2015
 2011
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Review 45 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

5 star quality food n service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
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"ive never been this in love with my food for a while. I'm very picky at what I eat. Merchants delivery the same high quality in food a five star resturant offer, eve better. Staff is friendly and professional. The owner came by to introduce some food and ask if food was up to our likings. Their menu changes according to season. Wish the portion was bigger because it was too good!!!"
Dined on 01/08/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 46 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good tasting food

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
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"Food was really good. Everyone was basically licking their plates. We waited at least 30 minutes for our plates but that's probably because we had 8 people. It didn't bother some, but bothered me because I was really hungry."
Dined on 01/08/2015
 2010
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 18/07/2015
 2015
Dined on 18/07/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 18/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 09/07/2015
 2015
Dined on 09/07/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 09/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 49 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 04/07/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 50 for Merchant's Oyster Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Won't be back

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
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Quiet
"Disappointed by the service and food.
No wonder it was half empty on a Friday night...
Waitress was not paying attention, and busy making out with her boyfriend sitting at the bar.
Food was OK. I guess the service was so off-putting that the food tasted bland.
"
Dined on 03/07/2015
 2006
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