Merchant Osteria Veneta
Great service and food
My son and I visited the Merchant of Venice during a recent trip to Melbourne. This was the restaurant he requested that we visit as one of our dinners. We weren’t disappointed. We both had the San Marco Feast and all five courses were superb. We also like the ambience of the dining room; classy without being too formal. The service matched with all staff being friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. It is exactly our favourite type of restaurant. Also a special thank you to Domenico, who typifies what we think of Italian hospitality - friendly, chatty, quietly prideful of his food heritage and a bit cheeky but never disrespectful or superior. He made us feel like we were somewhere that was happy to serve us; People like him, and good food, make a place special. Thank you very much.
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.
Very tasty, good venue for a quick business lunch thank you
The food was good, but the portions were on the small. My main dish of duck tortolini was slightly bigger than entree sized, which was a disappointment for $29.
Other than that I would rate the place highly.
Service was disappointing. Forgot one thing after the other. Placed Olive Oil, forgot the bread. Forgot beer. Had to kept reminding. Initially the host was a little flustered, but eventually mellowed down.
The food was delicious and the wine was really good. The waiter needs a little more training, even though he was very nice.
Lovely meal and excellent service. Definitely a wonderful place for upscale casual dining.
Always have lunch or dinner at the Merchant when staying at the Realto.
Excellent restaurant and highly recommended.
Fantastic spot, venue is warm and inviting plus the food is always delicious!
A great spot... we had the duck and unfortunately, I spent the weekend with some very serious stomach cramps! very sick!
I took my son here for his birthday lunch and he was very impressed. The ambiance, service, food (and company) were outstanding.
Thank you for making this occasion extra special.
Great spot for foodies! We went there twice and found the apps and main courses to be great. Definitely enjoyed the white chocolate cheesecake and lemoncello!
Saturday is a quiet night in the restaurant, which is nice, good for conversation and get togethers. Service was very attentive and friendly. Food and wine were nice. Overall a good place for a meal with friends or family. Tip - For a great night, indulge in a cocktail next door at the Liu Bar in Rialto towers Level 35 or a quick drink at the intercontinental hotel bar before dining.
This restaurant was lovely. Great staff who were efficient and friendly. Food was beautiful.. we ordered more that we should have and still ate it all. The Gnocchi was awesome. a great Friday night casual destination.
Impeccable service and beautiful food. The tiramisu (recommended by our waiter) was delicious and a perfect way to complete what was an overall exceptional dining experience.
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.
Decor was fabulous, the food was amazingly delicious and the service was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.
went for lunch - food was nice but for the price you can get the same quality at much lower cost..also very noisey.
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.
Great tasty food with high quality ingredients. Friendly service.
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
Food great and the delightful Italian waitress provided exceptional service
Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service and outstanding food!
Nothing to write home about. Food ok but nothing special. Service slow. Overall unimpressive.
Always a great choice when you just want to sit down and have a good chat over great food.
Pasta dishes were superb and good value
steak was cooked perfectly but on the expensive side
Sublime food & impeccable service as always. Looking forward to get another visit.
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.
Food and service were great. It was quite cold however with a noticeable draft from where we were sitting near the bar.
We had the four course set menu. Generous portions, lovely dinner, well enjoyed!
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.
Overall a bit disappointing. Service was good but setting and decor not great.
Food average at best.
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.
Fabulous food cooked to perfection and great service
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.
I love this restaurant!
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.
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.