Meet the owner

Doug Stephen and his business partner, Francis Regio, want you to enjoy oysters as much as they do. More than that, they want you to enjoy a high-quality dining experience at Commercial Drive’s Merchants Oyster Bar at a reasonable price and without all the pretentions of so-called “fine dining.”

“There's something about oysters that just make a room come alive,” says Doug. “Whether it's the stigmas and mysticisms that surround oysters, or the high zinc content that increases the blood flow, they just get people happy!” But oysters are one of only a handful of options that are ever-present one the Merchants Oyster Bar menu. Doug changes the menu two to three times per week, depending on which fresh, locally sourced ingredients he can get.

In fact, you'll find Doug at farmers' markets in the Commerical Drive area every Saturday, sourcing out fresh, organic, and free-run items for the menu. “If I find something really fresh at a good price on a Saturday morning, I might change the menu and have it appear on your plate Saturday night.” There's something for vegetarians and kids on the menu too.

In addition to wine pairings, Doug and Francis like to forge relationships with breweries and distilleries to pair a meal with a cocktail or a beer. “We source the smaller breweries and offer some of the best beers in the world,” says Doug. “We've become something of a beer destination.”

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September 10, 2017

Friendly servers and delicious thoughtfully prepared dishes. Also loved our wine. The happy hour deals are super. My favourite restaurant on the drive.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 4, 2017

Best!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2017

The workshop is amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. Thanks Lema for being our server and just being an absolute delight. Honestly if you haven't been to the workshop then you are missing out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2017

We were there for the Tacos and IPAs event....whatta combo. The thai duck tacos were out of this world.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 3, 2017

Food was great. Service was ok.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 30, 2017

Outstanding food and service. I believe Merchants is the best service and food in Vancouver for the price. It has been or years. We had a four-course set menu with wine pairing and it was unbelievable. As it always is.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2017

Loved it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2017

Lovely venue, booking was really easy to make and they replied very quickly and were helpful about information and patio seating availability. I really enjoyed it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 22, 2017

The food was excellent, every single dish was truly delicious. Also, our server was so upbeat and friendly, it really made for a great experience. I can't wait to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 5, 2017

Great food great service. Love this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2017

If a restaurant is labelled an "oyster bar", should it not serve oysters? The owner went on and on about his reasoning for not serving oysters anymore because oysters emit a bad image. Fine....but please don't continue to advertise as an oyster bar. The food was ok at best. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

May 22, 2017

Always a fun place to eat... Great staff, friendly and efficient. A bit disappointed with the food this time... Quality not as good as previous visit last winter...

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 16, 2017

The most underrated and underpriced fine dining in the entire city of Vancouver. Tell the server if you are allergic to anything or if you are veg or vegan and let the chef surprise you with a one-of-a-kind four course experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 9, 2017

Amazing food, drinks and service!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2017

It was my son's 25th Birthday! He chose the restaurant and he said it was the Best meal that he had ever had! We all enjoyed it. 1st time for all for of us. We will be back. Thank You.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 21, 2017

These guys have a real good thing going. Amazing staff . Excellent beer selection and great food. A must check out if ever in Vancouver !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2017

Amazing everything ! Thank you for making our night so fun.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 26, 2017

The food and service were both excellent... the only challenge aas trying to hear each other speak because of all the hype in the restaurant... Better suited for groups of 2-4.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 22, 2017

Amazing food. Great selection of beer. Staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommended if you want fine dining in a comfortable and relaxed atnisphere. Will be returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2017

Great food and service. One of my favourite places on the drive. I highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2017

We were looking for some seriously delicious food and found it! Staff were friendly and thoughtful. They really care about the high quality of their food and dining experience. Arugula salad was surprisingly awesome.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

Wonderful 6 course for Valentines day for a great price. Was a little tiffed about having no choice but the tasting menu and being informed less than a week before Valentines day but the food and service really really made up for it

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

My husband and I ate here for Valentine's Day dinner. It was a set menu between 2 choices each of 5 courses. My husband and I got the separate menu choices to try more items. Overall, I would say the food was good but not fabulous. Some items were excellent and others not so much. There were some temperature issues with some of the items being served lukewarm or almost cold, secondary I think to them being very busy. Creative items but some missed the mark on flavour. Portions were of very good size. The food was reasonably priced but alcohol is way overpriced. Service-wise, again, good but not excellent. I believe this was due to them being very busy. Our drinks were served very late and we had to wait awhile for some food items. In summary, we had an enjoyable time but to be honest, for the price we paid for the dinner overall we probably will not be back. There are other restaurants in Vancouver that have better food at similar price point.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 16, 2017

We went to Merchant's Oyster Bar for Valentines Day and couldn't have been happier! The staff were all incredibly nice and accommodating and the chef even came out and chatted with us about the menu. The food was incredible, they had prepared a 6 course menu and each dish was delicious and worked well with the rest of the menu. When we had to leave early because of our baby at home, they brought out our last courses really quickly so that we could still enjoy our meal. Excellent place, amazing food, great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2017

Fantastic! Our first time visit and all four of us very impressed. The food was fabulous! We will be back for dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2017

We had a great time at Merchants and are really looking forward to going back many more time! Everyone there was wonderful and the food was fabulous!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2017

Lovely as always

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 22, 2017

Love this place! Great people and great service. One of our faves!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 23, 2017

Pleasantly surprised for reviews I read weren't very good so I wasn't expecting much. Food was good but portions too small for what you pay

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 18, 2017

Doug and staff are awesome. I was made to feel like a friend as soon as I walked in. Doug knew I was having a bit of a time paying for parking on,y phone and gave me some change(to be paid back on our bill). The oysters we sweet the wine was fantastic. The clients were friendly. Can't wait to go again... Worth the drive in from the Fraser valley! Ps... Ryan says Hi back. It was an awesome night!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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