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The Merchant Ale House

) #1 of 356 Restaurants in St. Catharines ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, ,
98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
+1 905-984-4060
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tourtiere” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
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Reviews (263)
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1 - 10 of 263 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The blueberry wheat beer is a must-try. They also have a strawberry radler that's out of this world. I've been several times and have always loved what I ordered (fried chicken and waffles are a must!)

Thank Meggie J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is probably the best pub grub you can get in the city. The deep fried pickles are incredible as well as the onion rings. As a vegetarian their fried green tomato sandwich is the best alternative I have had to a burger...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4 ladies for lunch. Very friendly staff. I am not a beer drinker but one of our group was and tried a flight of the in-house beers. She was very impressed. The food was very good although I felt the tourtierre was missing something. Reasonably...More

Thank PasswordTaken
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for the blueberry wheat drought. I have samples the menu a few times and this time decided on trying "the board", a few small portioned selections of cheese, couple slices of brochutto and salami. The rest was a bunch of pickled mess (kind of...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would recommend this spot on all fronts. Interesting selection of craft beers. My brisket sandwich was tender and juicy which is just how I like it. The service was good.

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Haven't been here in years, St. Paul Street has changed! So many great looking restaurants to explore...Went to the Merchant Ale House a few weeks back, wanted to come and find more gems, but drawn back to this amazing pub for a repeat visit, sure...More

Thank Gayle V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great beers on tap brewed on house. Friendly staff and great food. Definately a hidden gem. The blueberry beer is amazing!!!!!

Thank helena k
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The good: the merchant ale house (known simply as "the merchant" to locals) is a fun little venue that is always busy. They have great, addictive food and brew their own beers. The bad: the food is expensive, the menu is inconsistent. They had a...More

Thank Viola R
StKittsSteve, Manager at The Merchant Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

To our valued guests, Like numerous restaurants that serve freshly made food, our soup offerings change almost daily. This gives our kitchen staff room to innovate, and allows our regular guests to frequently enjoy something new. $15 a plate represents the very highest end pricing...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We arrived on a busy Mother's Day weekend with no tables available and the staff made us feel right at home to wait at the bar and have a drink. The bartender was very friendly and served us right away. The staff kept us informed...More

Thank Canadatothesun
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We thought we would test their #1 status. They were busy on Thursday night at 9 when we got there. Food was piping hot and delicious. $16 gets you a double burger &fries with a pint of beer. They only sell their beer in the...More

Thank LacombeFamily12
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Will you be open regular hours on Labour Day, Monday, September 5th? Thank you!
2 September 2016|
Response from GWAR1 |
Yes they will be open regular hours.
What wines are served?
12 March 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from 123Con | Reviewed this property |
Yes no problem this is a wine region so it's everywhere!
Is this pub a good place to host a celebration gathering for a larger party? Is there a room that can be rented? Thanks.
7 March 2015|
Response from Bill R | Reviewed this property |
NO separate room & not suitable for a large group. A small place, small bar & limited seating.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 11
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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: 98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  St. Catharines
  • Phone Number: +1 905-984-4060
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