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The Merchant Ale House

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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98 St. Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M2, Canada
+1 905-984-4060
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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St. Catharines, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 gluten free vegan soup just once, for a week. It is gone now. I am... More 

Thank Viola R
StKittsSteve, Manager at The Merchant Ale House, responded to this review

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 of our menu, that is reserved for very large portioned sharing plates (Nacos, Charcuterie Board)... More 

Oakville, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 of the wait which always helps. The Blueberry beer was really good ( even my... More 

Thank Canadatothesun
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
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93 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 restaurant. Great service, great food and beer, great price

Thank LacombeFamily12
Aurora, Canada
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206 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The waitress was friendly and super helpful. Everything in the menu is homemade, including the bread! I have a garden salad with a tasty homemade dressing, ham and lentil soup and a roll! Everything was fresh and delicious! Would definitively go back if in the area!

Thank Anne D
St. Catharines, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place to go in Niagara if you want great micro-brewed beers. The food is amazing as well.

Thank BBP360
Orillia, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Fun place to eat and drink local craft beer. We were in St. Catharines to visit our daughter who attends Brock. Never miss a chance to stop in at Merchant Ale House. Great service, menu has a good choice and food was filling.

Thank marci596
Hamilton, Canada
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Had lunch with the wife here. British pub style decor with giant brew casks as the backdrop. I had the lunch special: pint with double burger/fries ($15.95). Pint- blueberry wheat was great. It's the most popular according to the bartender. The double burg was excellent, served with shoestring fries. My wife had the chicken club with salad ($13.95). Sandwich had... More 

Thank Corey M
St. Catharines, Canada
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A group of four of us went for dinner on a Saturday night and although we had not made reservations we were seated in the cellar after a short wait. Great atmosphere and vibe and our server took care of us with some great suggestions. I wouldn"t normally go for a blueberry beer but it was very good. Loved the... More 

Thank irisheyes717
Thorold, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

micro brewery in-house, has a great selection of tasty beers. staff very friendly and atmosphere very good.

Thank rikker13579

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?