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Merchant

#169 of 3,179 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Central Business District
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495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9614 7688
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07:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to be very repetitive here, but that's because Merchant are incredibly consistent. Very good location. Very good food. Very good decor. Very good service. 4 / 5 is very good. You'd love a couple of killer things, and to not be asked if I wanted beer/wine every 10 minutes, but hey, it's very good and I'll be back.

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Thank MrOyvind
Level Contributor
94 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for Italian food that is authentic, fresh and uncomplicated this is the place to go. It has all the usual favourites such as pasta, risotto,seafood etc and a few not so common items but you can't go wrong with anything on the extensive menu. The whole fish I had was one of the best I have... More 

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Thank Neil C
Moama, Australia
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

These restaurants are well used because their many staff do a fantastic service job. The cooks are mainly Asian people and know the best ways to prepare meals.

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Thank paw100550
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Have been here quite a few times for lunch. It is always very busy which is a good sign! Food has always been very good, the prawn risotto is amazing. Everybody agreed that all of the food was delicious and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Melbourne CBD, you will not be disappointed!

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Thank melb74
Melbourne, Australia
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

need to meet up with friends, and enjoy your weekend? come to this cozy place and enjoy your meals. take public transport or taxi.

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Thank jacana69
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Its very difficult to find this dish on the menu in Australia. I was delighted to find it on the mnu and it was delicious. It was a quiet Monday night but faultless dinner and service.

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Thank Beth M
Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Not too many Northern influenced Italian restaurants in Melbourne. Merchant has always been a favourite. We enjoyed the Baccala Mantecato, Pulenta Gorgonzola, Luganeghe and finishing off this amazing dinner with Gianduja Semifreddo. Wine list is predominantly Italian, as I would expect, I do enjoy the Northern moethod of winemaking very similar to the French style the wine menu is well... More 

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Thank AvantGardeFoodie
Hong Kong
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This place is a bit difficult to find as you need to pass through Intercontinental hotel. There weren't many customers on the Friday night we visited but in fact the food quality was quite good, though the portion was a bit small. Service level had room to improve too as water wouldn't be refilled unless asked, even though there were... More 

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Thank BLooBB
Geelong, Australia
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48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Two girlfriends and I had lunch here on a Friday in mid December as our Xmas get together and we loved it! Staff were so friendly and helpful on arrival - explained the menu - took our pre lunch drink orders and generally kept an eye on us for a couple of hours....offered suggestions and didn't put a foot wrong.... More 

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Thank Talk61
Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We started a bit pensive as the service was a little slow and the young waiter a touch officious but the Manager took over and made up for this, the starter of scallops were beautiful if not a tad overpriced at $10 per scallop, the main courses of Gnocchi and pappardelle were exquisite and the tiramisu the best we have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Wine Bar, Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 23:00
Friday
07:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9614 7688

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

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Neighbourhood Profile
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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