Merchant Osteria Veneta

4.2
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130 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food

A
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

SG
Brisbane / QLD
10 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

TK
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty, good venue for a quick business lunch thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall2Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

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.

KS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The food was delicious and the wine was really good. The waiter needs a little more training, even though he was very nice.

G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal and excellent service. Definitely a wonderful place for upscale casual dining.

CH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have lunch or dinner at the Merchant when staying at the Realto.
Excellent restaurant and highly recommended.

SF
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic spot, venue is warm and inviting plus the food is always delicious!

TP
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

A great spot... we had the duck and unfortunately, I spent the weekend with some very serious stomach cramps! very sick!

GB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Linda

R
Miami
89 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

AD
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

LM
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

D
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

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.

KM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

NB
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

SH
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

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.

V
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasty food with high quality ingredients. Friendly service.

LM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

P
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food great and the delightful Italian waitress provided exceptional service

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service and outstanding food!

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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

d
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

WW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

PB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

H
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

GA
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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

DP
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

TO
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

MG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

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

DB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

MA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food cooked to perfection and great service

OT
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

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.

OT
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant!

OT
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

Pretty Average

OT
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

P
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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.