Merchants Tavern

4.4
747 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
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Merchants Tavern is housed in a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in Shoreditch, on the edge of the City of London.
A collaboration between Neil Borthwick (formerly of Michel Bras and The Square), Angela Hartnett (of Murano) and the founders of the Canteen chain, the bar, dining room and private room opened in October 2013.
In our dining room we offer a full A'la Carte menu with dishes inspired and influenced by the ingredients and cooking techniques of France, Italy and Spain. Group and function menus are also available.
Our bar is open all day from 9am offering breakfast, coffee and tea, craft beers, draught cider, cocktails and traditional and natural wines.

Private Dining

The Storeroom, our private dining room, is now available to hire for up to 22 guests seated or 40 standing and suitable for a range of events, from team meetings to all sorts of celebrations.

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LP
London
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and great service, plus some delicious food. More of a celebration than an everyday place due to finding it far too easy here to rack up the bill.

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m
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Food was great although two of us had pork belly and though mine was fine, my friend's was extremely fatty (realise it's a fatty cut of meat but this was more than that). The entrance is not great with the reservation desk right next to the door which people kept trying to go in/out of (obviously), quite frustrating when you have to wait 6 minutes for someone to come and acknowledge you waiting there for your table. The volume level in the bar area was horrendous however, it was a friday night in Shoreditch and once we were taken through to the dining room, that all disappeared due to the attentive, knowledgable waiting team who made up for any other down points.

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice place but unfortunately the service was very poor, we had to wait more than 2 hours for our food

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S
London
17 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is one of our locals and is always wonderful. Food, service, atmosphere is, and always has been, perfect.

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LS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow considering the restaurant did not seem particularly busy, but still very cheery staff and delicious food. Always recommend.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Last booking for the day and made to feel like it at every minute we were there. Terrible food and below standard service.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and atmosphere and very friendly staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Very limited and very British options for brunch

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TW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and accommodating waiters and bar staff. There was no problem lingering at the bar well after our reserved table time while we finished our drinks. The sirloin steak was cooked to perfection and the pepper source was, we decided, “like crack” it was so moreish! A very tasty cheeseboard and port rounded out an exceptional meal.

I’m reluctant to give this too great a review lest the Tavern stop being a hidden gem, but it’s well deserved so why not eh? It’s one of my favourite places away from the mad crowds of Shoreditch with great quality and a really nice relaxing vibe.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Ambience for a catch up with friends - no evidence of any service/quality issues

I was a little concerned by some of the comments from December reviews, but selected this restaurant for a catch up with old colleagues as the menu looked delicious and it was well located for an after-work business dinner. I needed have worried - service was impeccable and we were well-looked after by the charming staff, though of course we had the benefit of being there during a quiet Tuesday in January!

The food was great - I had cod beignets and the sea bass main and both were utterly delicious. My colleagues' vension looked stunning and desserts were totally, totally worth it.

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DH
London
289 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was the second time at Merchants Tavern for a NYE dinner event, as last year was very enjoyable, but this time was not. The food was average at best and we had to return our main course, for which we had the price deducted from the bill, as it was barely edible. Naturally given the special NYE nature of the evening this compensation on the part of the restaurant was scant compared to the loss of enjoyment of the evening. My impression based on this experience is that standards have been allowed to drop.

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Sunday roast I've had, fantastic roast beef, on the rare side of medium rare, cut thick, tender and juicy. Perfect roast potatoes, lush roast veg and great wine to go with it all. I'd go every day if I could!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great ambience for a date night

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BP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Pork belly always the best on the menu, and cool DJ vibes in the bar area

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Heaving with the very imaginative and original check blue shirt city workers.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Superb food as always but staff were a bit below usual standards.

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch in a buzzy restaurant with good attentive staff.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The front end looks like a typical pub with plenty of people having very expensive drinks. The back end is nice, open and a spacious restaurant. The service is good and the host is very attentive. The food is priced above average but portions are very small and closer to top end of the market restaurants. After having a starter, the main course with side dish and a dessert alongside few glasses of champagne, do not be surprised to still feel hungry-ish. It has a good ambience and service to match but portions need to be increased to compliment the high price. In a typical medium to elite west end based, let alone shoreditch area, restaurants the starter portions are bigger than this restaurant's main course, so do not expect being fed. Saying that, this place could be ideal if need to impress a new date or a business partner for want of a business deal.

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e
London
34 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal here for Sunday lunch. Restaurant was about 3/4 full, so there was a good ambience without being too loud. Service was very attentive and flexible, as we did take our time ordering food whilst having drinks. Good combo of light bites and starters to suit everyone's taste and appropriate for sharing. Mains were also very enjoyable, my pork belly in particular was great. Wine good quality and quite reasonably priced. Would recommend and return to experience the non Sunday menu.

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PK
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food. General experience good. Poor waiter.

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m
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Service could have been better. White wine was warm at first.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, nicely decorated, bar with good DJ playing as well.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but not spectacular. Service was relatively inattentive, it was hard to get the waiters attention although they were pleasant when they arrived. Atmosphere is loud and vibrant with plenty of room to seat a group.
Overall for the price there are better places to go with more interesting menus.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, attentive service and great atmosphere. Cocktails are very good

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My husband and I were given a gift voucher to Merchant's Tavern for our wedding this past summer. We were keen to use it as the restaurant came highly recommended by our friends who gave us the gift. Here's a quick summary:

What was good:
- The food was outstanding.
- Cocktails we're incredible.
- We enjoyed the separation of the bar area (very lively with a DJ) to the restaurant (more ambience, open kitchen, energetic vibe but noise at a good level)
- We were greeted by a super-friendly hostess when we arrived who was all smiles and got us a seat at the bar right away. She was great.

What could be improved:
- Some recognition that this was a special night for my husband and me.
- Our waiters/waitress could have welcomed us to the restaurant, introduced themselves, and asked if we had been there before. They did none of that. Wine suggestions would have been nice too.
- The attitude of the manager on duty. We're almost sure he was the manager (slightly older handsome gent with a cropped beard), who also did not introduce himself nor welcome us.
- We received the bill and it had a small charge on it that we were not informed of...it was a donation to a local charity, and it was fine for us to leave it on the bill, but they should have informed us.

In short, the food and drinks were excellent; but after spending a considerable amount of money we were expecting better, more personalized, service. The waiters weren't rude by any means, we just didn't feel special for such a special occasion.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch, highly recommended.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in lovely surroundings

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HD
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

An excellent evening out with friends in a lively atmosphere. The menu despite being condensed has a wide selection of tastes supported by a sensible wine list. The bar before hand was lively and contrasted with the more tranquil restaurant area.

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W
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a great evening at a very good venue with good food and a great ambience. Would have no problem recommending this restaurant.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place for lunch business meetings as the noise level is low.
The staff are polite and friendly and the place is cozy.
My food was delicious.
I shall most certainly return.
Well done

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall a good redtaurant.
Athmosphere was very Nice.
Only thing that bothered us all, was the small portions. We took a mixture of appetisers, bread etc and a main dish. We all left still hungry.
Quality of the food was very good though and good selection of Wines.

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WA
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

For a "tavern" they had no tavern food. menu was limited with eclectic foods and odd pairings with vegis. Beer list was limited to a few IPA bottle choices only. it was also very expensive for the portions and it being a so called tavern. Perhaps I should have reviewed the menu better before dining.

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HB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality delicious food and wine at reasonable prices in a lovely environment - will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service.

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SI
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday lunch in Shoreditch

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Really miserable waiter who was very un attentive and it was very difficult to get his attention.

The roast was very tasty, but, the teaspoon of stuffing and teaspoon of bread sauce was a little disappointing. Tiny amounts of gravy too. Was delicious though.

Was our third visit, was planning to book a large table for Xmas, won't be going back for a while.

A smile costs nothing and when you dont it costs you loyal customers.

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KR
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable friends birthday evening and great food

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OD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

have been here many times and always a fan, there was a recent refurb I think and it looks like there is a new menu also which is a bit less varied and with smaller portions, also it looked like a lot of new staff who seemed a bit inexperienced but friendly nonetheless.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in buzzy Shoreditch. Lively restaurant with good ambience - we didn’t go to the bar area but it looked like a great spot. The food was delicious - would definitely return

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great attention to detail. Top quality ingredients cooked with care and flair. Cod beignets were exceptional, roast beef and pork also very good. Attentive and helpful staff.

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