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The Merchant Tap House

$$ - $$$
Downtown Kingston
Bar, Pub, Canadian
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6A Princess St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2, Canada
+1 613-547-1313
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in for a pint and a bite on a Saturday afternoon while staying at neighboring hotel. Service was quick and friendly (not many in restaurant) . Premium beer prices a bit high but in line with other pubs I guess. Food was pretty good (nachos...lots).

Thank Kellick
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

the food here was excellent. There were 4 adults, 2 children and a baby. The staff was accommodating and very nice to the children. The portions were large (I couldn't finish mine but it wasn't for lack of trying). Everything was an excellent experience. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was mid price not budget but worth it considering how... More 

Thank patlaw939
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lots to choose from to drink, a large menu, and a unique space. They got rid of summersby on draft which I think was a big mistake and food quality was mediocre.

Thank jennifer777_11
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Was there with my niece for dinner around 6:30 Friday October 7th 2016 for dinner. We were in a bit of a hurry and expressed that to the waitress who in turn got our meal to us super fast and it was delicious, both our meals. The staff was so friendly and di such a great job that we went... More 

Thank Mike D
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I was at the Merchant with a large group for a birthday, and the service was horrible. There was easily 30 min-45 min between order a drink, and actually getting it. Another friend ordered the poutine and it came out cold. Our waitress kept forgetting the things we asked for, not sure why they couldn't just write down the orders...... More 

Thank Melsie8915
dave m, Owner at The Merchant Tap House, responded to this review

So sorry this happened to you. Did you speak to a manager ? Who was our server and when was this please? More 

Petawawa, Canada
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Great service, great selection of beer, great chicken wings, great Rueben sandwich. Great place to sit on a patio while exploring one of the best cities in Canada. A university town with many great museums, stores, historical military forts and batteries are well preserved.

Thank JaIiemeeES
Milton, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

First visit was for lunch. French onion soup, chicken fingers, fish and chips, and a wedge salad. I'd lose the green onion garnish on the soup, but otherwise.. all was tasty ! Wait staff....attentive. Second visit , just a drink and garlic bread on the patio. Highly recommend the bread!! Again staff was great ! Third and final visit.. dinner.... More 

Thank mdaviau
Perth, Australia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

What everyone says about the waitresses disappearing is right we had the same problem but we sat outside and the evening weather was beautiful we enjoyed the streetscene till were served had a steak and mash with veg was perfect actually best steak Ive had in a while wife had greek salad said it was good as well didnt go... More 

Thank tony c
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We found this little pub at lunchtime, a bit out of the way, quiet and friendly looking. Chose to eat outside as the pub was dark and smelled bad. We ordered burgers that took forever and were tasteless. Best part was the fresh bun. The waitress was friendly but kept disappearing and when our beers finally came they were warm.... More 

Thank 660jillr
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We enjoyed the food and beverages at this pub, but the real highlight for us was the live music. The Trevor Walsh Band is absolutely amazing. They draw a large crowd, so arrive early to get seated.

Thank TravelgirlfromYYZ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$14
Bar, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6A Princess St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Kingston>  > Downtown Kingston
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Kingston
  • Phone Number: +1 613-547-1313
The Merchant Tap House offers customers a choice of over 25 draught beers. Our menu offers a crowd-pleasing variety of pub favourites and classic specialties, including Merchant's Fish and Chips, Merchant's 40 Creek Whiskey Burger, and the thin crust, gourmet bruschetta. Entertainment is never in short supply with live band performances Thursdays through Saturdays. The Merchant Tap House also features a huge 150 person-capacity summer patio overlooking the lake. Check out our website or Facebook page for daily specials and upcoming events!

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