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The Merchant Ale House

98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
+1 905-984-4060
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (26 reviews)
“blueberry ale” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Canadian, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
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1 - 10 of 288 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The drinks were as expected. Nothing cool in the cocktail department. What you'd expect from a local dive bar. The food might as well be non existent. How does this place have such a good rating?

Thank HowieDoesit
Reviewed 1 week ago

This little Brew/Pub is always the busiest place downtown on just about any night. If you're looking for quieter conversation they offer seating downstairs. We just had a half dozen people there to celebrate a birthday and they put together a table for us (no...More

Thank Brian Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the burgers and fries. Good choices of beer and great atmosphere. Unfortunately they only had seating downstairs. My husband is handicapped so a return visit will not happen. Upstairs is very tight for walkers etc at busy times. I didn’t see restrooms upstairs. They...More

Thank JMA99
StKittsSteve, Manager at The Merchant Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there! We're glad to hear to enjoyed the beer and food. We'd love to see you again, because there is indeed an accessible washroom on the upstairs main floor. It's near the back of the restaurant in the booth area. Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Come in to this neighborhood favorite for a cold pint of local ale and treat yourself to some tasty pub grub. The Board is a great pairing of cheeses meats veg and seasonal fruits that balance each other and blend great seasonal flavours.... my fav...More

Thank Kelly L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely customer service, fun vybz and the food is amazing. Try to go before 8pm cause they’re always so packed!

Thank Nia J
Reviewed 16 October 2017

The Merchant Ale House is a great place to visit if you love craft beer and great food. The vegan options on the menu are far from the standard boring veggie pasta. On this trip I shared the Veggieball Sub with Kale Crunch Salad. Both...More

Thank LoveLes2269
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Their vegan/vegetarian options are delicious. Used to always come for their 7 for $7 menu while I was at Brock. I would recommend to friends and family.

Thank HuskyEats
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

It was our first time here and we really enjoyed it. Loved the ambiance - exposed brick and wood. Drinks were great as was the food. Service was friendly and attentive. Thank you!

Thank Lori G
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Great brews, cool atmosphere and friendly service. A local hotspot and somewhere I'll continue going for years to come.

Thank Lucas M
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The Merchant Ale House is my favourite pub in St Catharines. They only sell their own craft beers, if you are not sure what you like, try taste testing a flight of beers served in 4 or 5 mini-glasses. The food is good and they...More

Thank Don D
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Questions & Answers
2 September 2016|
Response from GWAR1 |
Yes they will be open regular hours.
12 March 2016|
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Response from 123Con | Reviewed this property |
Yes no problem this is a wine region so it's everywhere!
8 March 2015|
Response from Bill R | Reviewed this property |
NO separate room & not suitable for a large group. A small place, small bar & limited seating.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 11
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Canadian, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  St. Catharines
  • Phone Number: +1 905-984-4060
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