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Merchants Oyster Bar

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1590 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2, Canada (Graveley)
+1 604-258-0005
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11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:30 - 00:00
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We travelled out from Downtown Vancouver with a friend on his recommendation. On Sunday afternoon we were told that they were not serving oysters as there was a football game on the television. Only a limited drinks and food menu. Might still have been a bar but hardly an oyster bar. Didn't matter that much as we had been to... More 

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Thank Tom B
Detroit
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82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The staff here could not have been more accommodating as we explained that not only did we want to eat, but that we had misjudged our travel time to a nearby theatre and had a considerable wait. They welcomed us and encouraged us to take our time - which we did - with servings from their small plates choices. The... More 

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Thank NJArnfield
Calgary
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Spent an evening with some customers and had a great time. The server started off by saying that there were only 3 burgers left and since I had heard that the menu item of choice I ordered one on the spot. It was, to say the least, a very fabulous burger with lots of flavours! The oyster sauce was amazing,... More 

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Thank Q6907NRjl
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I order oysters and beef tartare. oysters were ok but the beef tartar was a disaster. The taste was weird with a lot of vinegar as if they wanted to camouflage the smell of the meat. Very small portion for price plus they served on a toast but the bread was all wet and smoochy. NOT GOOD AT ALL. Only... More 

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Thank osoto1618
Boston
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Oysters are always a draw, as is a patio in the summer. We came here on the recommendation of a friend to eat oysters and appetizers on a warm summer evening and waited and waited and waited for our oysters (nearly a full hour)! While we ordered other appetizers, those were slow to come (2 arrived BEFORE our wine) and... More 

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Thank Mnty
Vancouver, Canada
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153 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

I like oysters, so when a friend booked this place to celebrate his birthday, I was excited. We were a group of ten people. I had sweet tea which was actually really good. I ordered a half dozen oysters, tagliatelle with prawns and strawberry panna cotta - I didn't go for the set menu because to me it makes no... More 

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Thank Sam C
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Went for an early dinner & by the time we left, the place was packed. Great vibe, very friendly and attentive service. Decent wine list, and the food was excellent. They offer 3 set price menus, ranging from $34 for 3 courses, to $42 for 4 courses, which is pretty good value (may need to pay a few extra dollars... More 

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Thank Mamr1958
Vancouver, Canada
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I usually go to merchants for the oysters but today we tried it for bunch. The pasta was delicious! You need to be in the mood for savory tho, so fair warning.

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Thank vbrown11
Vancouver
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

Went on a Monday night and had the three course menu, snack, appetizer and main for $36. Menu had a lot of variety and everything was delicious, tuna tartare and Sockeye Salmon were the standouts but everything was presented beautifully and tasted great. If you order just a main you might think the portions are small but as a 3... More 

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Thank blubouie
Vancouver, Canada
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

I like the food menu and oysters...so fresh and unique. Small portion but good quality. Love the surrounding on Commercial Drive. Hidden gem for sure!

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Thank Carmen L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Cuisine
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1590 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2, Canada
    (Graveley)
  • Public Transportation: Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-258-0005

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

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Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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