Merchant Osteria Veneta

4.1
114 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
This Osteria will be a place that is exciting and authentic from the minute you walk through its doors. With great emphasis placed on the Venetian tradition, ‘Merchant’ represents a casual space that allows for all types of dining experiences.
Inspiration was drawn from many seductive eating spaces in the northeast of Italy. 1950s style American cocktail bars in spaces, which are sexy, relaxed and moody. Small bite size snacks ‘cichetti’ being served can be used as antipasto before the meal accompanied at the bar with a traditional Venetian cocktail or be eaten plentifully as a meal itself.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

The pumpkin tortellini was very poor value for money. There was only about 6 pieces on the plate. The plate looked empty. The mushroom flavour in the risotto was too overpowering. The dish presentation was also poor.

The bread and olive oil was delicious. The fennel salad was delicious.

The managers can dress more casual to mirror the overall feel of the restaurant.

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KM
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Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Decor was fabulous, the food was amazingly delicious and the service was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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NB
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Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

went for lunch - food was nice but for the price you can get the same quality at much lower cost..also very noisey.

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SH
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Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

First time it hasn’t been good. Steak was tough. I expect them to get the basics right. Unlikely to be back on this basis.

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V
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Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasty food with high quality ingredients. Friendly service.

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LM
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Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We booked Merchant for a lunch meeting with a prospective customer and were well looked after even down to our request for a quiet corner! Very happy

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P
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Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food great and the delightful Italian waitress provided exceptional service

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service and outstanding food!

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LH
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nothing to write home about. Food ok but nothing special. Service slow. Overall unimpressive.

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d
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Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great choice when you just want to sit down and have a good chat over great food.

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WW
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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pasta dishes were superb and good value
steak was cooked perfectly but on the expensive side
Service outstanding

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PB
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Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sublime food & impeccable service as always. Looking forward to get another visit.

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H
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Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The fettuccine with spiced veal ragu was delicious, but the steak was horrendously overpriced ... $42 for a steak ... and nothing else. Had to purchase sides to make it a decent meal, which blew out the cost even further. I won't be back.

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GA
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Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service were great. It was quite cold however with a noticeable draft from where we were sitting near the bar.

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DP
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Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had the four course set menu. Generous portions, lovely dinner, well enjoyed!

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TO
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Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I really enjoy my visit each time to the Merchant, the food is fantastic and the service has a touch of class that makes you feel like Venice is not that far away.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Overall a bit disappointing. Service was good but setting and decor not great.
Food average at best.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the food was sensational, with simple ingredients done perfectly, however the service is what makes this place special. Our waiter was very attentive, knew the menu inside out, and was more than happy to accommodate splitting a pasta dish into two separate plates for the kids (in fact this was his suggestion). They also provided additional gluten free bread which was amazing! Keep up the good work Merchant.

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MA
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food cooked to perfection and great service

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OT
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Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We chose this restaurant from the website, as it appeared to have a reasonable seafood content to the menu.

Unfortunately this turned out to be false, many items had apparently "sold Out" even though we were dining at 7pm!

We ended up with dishes that were third choice by the time all our other choices were not available - most of the seafood menu!

Not a good experience this time unfortunately - I won't be going back.

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OT
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Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant!

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OT
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Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Pretty Average

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OT
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Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Attentive and knowledgeable staff. Food was delicious. Range of choices on menu as well as specials. Has also a four course share menu option. Only niggle — bathrooms were outside of restaurant and down a corridor. Think they were building bathrooms rather than restaurant specific. Would go here again without hesitation.

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P
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Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I work close to The Merchant and use it often for business lunches. I've taken many colleagues and clients there over the years. Not once has someone told me that they did not enjoy their meal or the service. It is remarkably consistent as far as I am concerned. Well team to the team there.

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OT
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Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First time visitor to Merchant and absolutely loved it. The ambience is wonderful and the appetisers and mains were divine. A truly wonderful dining experience.

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TT
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant in the city - service is wonderful, staff friendly, attentive and with a sense of humour. Food is interesting and bar is great. Well worth seeking out

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Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Unlike Guy Grossi other restaurant there is nothing spevial about it nor wrong with it. Was very run of the mill. No signature dishes and wait staff did bare minimum.

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JM
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The air conditioning was too high.
We were served the "last special oysters of the day" told they were small but did not expect 12 thumbnail size for $54.00. They should have been returned to the fish monger.
We wont be back. Pity as we have used this restaurant for a corporate function previously and it was fine although expensive.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Well priced meal, fantastic wait staff and yummy food. Well worth a visit!

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OT
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Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exquisite food and ambience

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JT
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In my humble opinion this is Australia's best and most authentic Italian restaurant and also one of my favourite restaurants overall. Service is as good as it gets, love the decor and ambience and the open kitchen where you can literally chat to the chefs should you so wish. But it's the food we come back for again and again ( and we fly down from Sydney for it!) - Gluten free bread that you'd never know was Gluten Free, GF pasta dishes and if you're lucky Chef will make you GF polenta ragu, Baccala is incredible and well - it's all just wonderful. Can't wait to return. Just wish it was in Sydney!

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TM
21 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Restaurant was empty. Food was ok. No atmosphere.

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OT
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Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A great place for dinner, excellent service, quality food, well prepared in a lovely setting

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f
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really delicious meal as part of team xmas lunch - I will definitely come again as the service was outstanding and the food fresh and really tasty.

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TD
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great as always. Would recommend. Excellent menu choices.

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OT
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Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was exceptional! We were served quickly and the ataff were very friendly despite the place being so busy!

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AC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, fabulous wine and a wonderful understated vibe.

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OT
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Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

When in Melbourne I always try to fit in a meal at Merchant. This time the food was pretty good though must confess that my chargrilled spatchcock was slightly burnt. The arancini are superb and so very Sicilian - genuine. I do think Guy Grossi goes overboard with wine prices. The prices are extreme. One bottle of rose was so much more costly than the same one in Adelaide. Having bottles costings hundreds on the menu - as a standard price - is ridiculous

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OT
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Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food, goat melted off the bone and service was impeccable 👌

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OT
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Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for a quick meal, when you have a young child. Ambiance lovely, and staff friendly and accommodating.

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