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Wine Bar, Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Central Business District
0.2 km from SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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Reviewed 18 December 2019

We had a work end of year lunch here with about 15 people. We were given a room at the back of the restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was efficient and flexible. A couple of our group needed to leave early and...the staff happily got their desserts ahead of the rest. All in all an excellent spot for a group.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 17 November 2019

Excellent venue for a business lunch or impromptu meeting with excellent selection of food and wines with helpful and efficient service. The coffee is good however the hot chocolate is brilliant!!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 2 October 2019 via mobile

We have eaten at Merchant before, some three years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it then, and it was even better on 30th September 2019. Service was exemplary; food was superb. Eggplant Parmigiana was super to start, with fresh bread to mop up the juices. The...EV olive they used was also superb, we had some with bread. I had venison Ragu with homemade pasta. It was lovely. The waiter recommended white beats, and the dish was superb with the ragu. Good call. Two glasses of Victoria Shiraz and a MGC gin and tonic went down nicely too. All in all, an excellent dining experience. Me Grossi has got it right here.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

I had a business lunch today at Merchant at Rialto.Fantastic food and attentive service.Really loved the pasta beef ragu.The menu looked great and I expect a long lunch there would be first rate

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 26 August 2019 via mobile

I was visiting melbourne alone and found this place on here. The people were lovely, the food was delicious and fast service. Highly recommend

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

As indicated, not the ‘wow’ factor as last time. Food tasty. Drafty and cold. Dislike bathrooms not actually within the premises. Dessert that we ordered never arrived. Overall lack of attention to the small details and customers. Seemed too there was either a staff member...or close friend seated near kitchen pass who received a great deal of attention, and his wine and food delivered very promptly. Not a good impression when customers wondering where dessert is and whether the order was even placed!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 9 July 2019

This is a great Italian restaurant in the central business district of Melbourne. The restaurant is not the easy to find and I walked up and down the street several times before finding it. It was fairly busy midweek in the winter. Food was good...and service was very good.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 1 June 2019

This was our first dining experience at Merchant, and I'm sure it won't be our last! What can I say about the amazing food, just that, amazing. We had a family table of 9, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, which covered a wide...variety. We also loved the comprehensive wine list, and with some recommendations from our waiter, perfect wine pairing for our meals.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 17 May 2019 via mobile

Great, simply great. How to be simple and homey and, at the same time cosy and charming? Merchant is that place. I love the style. Open kitchen, elaborated food, homemade bread, presentation. Food is delicious. Good wine’s selection. A real Italian...makes you feel you’re there.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 14 May 2019

Merchant is a wonderful Italian restaurant. The food is so delicious and homey with great balance of tastes. The service is very attentive and professional. They also have wonderful deserts. If you want to enjoy well-prepared and flavorful Italian food this is the place to...go to. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Merchant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4