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The Merchant Ale House

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian, Brew Pub
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98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
+1 905-984-4060
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11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The best atmosphere, food, service and beer The food is excellent my favourite is the Reuben sandwich

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Thank Kerry L
Fort Erie
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to go for a small group. Menu selection offers good vegetarian options. The beer selection is great. The staff are very helpful.

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Thank Marcia J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brought our spouses to this to try on a recommendation of a coworker. Can see why! Servers are friendly and quick. Did I mention the beers? Amazing very clean and easy to drink. Food is great as it is freshly made and tasty. I like that it is a place for all walks of life and did love the atmosphere.... More 

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Thank Angie G
St. Catharines, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The oatmeal stout was a bit off last Saturday and with the very cold temperature, it made the entire restaurant very drafty. Otherwise the service and food is bang on! Real food, not overly processed and you can tell it's made in house with many options for veggie dishes.

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Thank Racand
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While downtown with some friends we decided to do a pub crawl and we ended up at the merchant. Although they don't have a huge food selection it's good for apps and little snacks and the beer was pretty good too. The service wasn't the best but in their defense it was very busy and were still very friendly.

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Thank mattttttt83
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and drinks here are pretty amazing. The only thing deterring us from returning more often is the inconsistent service. Sometimes it's ok, others it's the worst. I just called to check out the specials for today and got told: "uhh I have no idea, I just walked in the door." ...won't be going here for a while.

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Thank Lauren H
Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a late lunch on Boxing Day and it was very busy. They staff opened a new section in the basement, and were pretty efficient at serving us, despite the crowds. I had the vegan version of the 1lb. meatless wings with dry Cajun spice. It was tasty, but his amounted to an excessive amount of soy on... More 

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Thank soccergirlOntario
St. Catharines, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I noticed all the rave reviews for this place so I decided to meet an old friend here for beers and lunch. The service was good and so was the beer but the food was poor and over-priced. This place is a bar - not a restaurant. If you want to eat go elsewhere.

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Thank DKanon
StKittsSteve, Manager at The Merchant Ale House, responded to this review

To our valued guests, I'd like to assure you that The Merchant Ale House is indeed a restaurant with a complete menu, table service, as well as a full bar and craft brewery. While dining with us guests can look forward to enjoying breads cooked on site by our baker, pulled pork smoked on premises, corned beef made from scratch,... More 

St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This brew pub is a a great find in downtown St. Catharines. The beer is wonderful and the food is surprisingly good. Even better, the service! I recommend the pulled pork!

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Thank Geoffrey E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So tge merch has amazing beers to choose from, my favourite being the house ale, always go with an ale anyways. The food is great, general pub fare that goes great with the beer. Ohh and did I mention the ale is great and they make it in house like all the other beers that are on tap. The ruben... More 

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Thank Rhys F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 11
Cuisine
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian, Brew Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
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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Ontario, Canada
10 months ago

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?