The Merchant Boston

Big modern American brasserie offering cocktails, beers galore, & a late-night menu in antique-chic digs

Now Serving:  Brunch (11am - 3pm)



The Voice of Downtown Boston

The Voice of Downtown Boston

Cool Cocktails And Farm Fresh Dishes

Escape the summer heat with a savory little brasserie in the Financial District away from the summer gross.

HuffPost Taste

One of Boston's best rawbars

They say we serve the “freshest oysters on offer.”

Vacation Idea

A Best Romantic Resaurant

Featured as somewhere for a romantic evening out to sample new flavors and relax with a glass of wine.

Thrillist: Best New Bar

Thrillist: Best New Bar

Thrillist names The Merchant as one of Boston’s best new bars with a huge selection!

Phantom Gourmet

The Phantom Gourmet interviews head chef Matt Foley and goes behind the scenes to show how Merchant consistently puts out its amazing food.

Paleo Fondue

The personality and feel of the Merchant strike me as alluring while welcoming, comfortable yet energetic, inspired and classy…

Improper Bostonian

Improper Bostonian

Best Bar: Downtown Crossing

Strong menu, great cocktails, huge beer list, & commerce friendly atmosphere.

Boston Barhopper

Boston Barhopper with a nice writeup about their first visit to The Merchant.

Thrillist: New Restaurants

Thrillist says The Merchant is one of Boston’s best new restaurants!


Zagat features Merchant in a list of 25 new restaurants in Boston. Oh, and they also wrote a First Look about us!

CN Traveler

Readers of CN Traveler think Boston is one of the best American cities for foodies, and the Merchant makes the short list of mentioned restaurants.

Farmers & Suppliers We Work With

Eva’s Garden
Westport, MA
Herbs, flowers & vegetables

Georges Bank Seafood
Boston, MA
Local dayboat fish

Wards Berry Farm
Sharon, MA
Berries & squash

Boston Common Coffee
Boston, MA

Sparrow Arc Farm
Sparrow Arc, NY
Vegetables & beans

Pat Woodbury's
Wellfleet, MA
Clams & Oysters

Skinnydip Farm
Westport, MA
Vegetables & Fruit

Sylvan Farm
Westport, MA
Vegetables & Fruit

Murrays Chicken
All-natural chickens

Crystal Valley Farms
All-natural chickens

Aurora Hills Mills
Aurora Hills, Maine

Painted Hills
Painted Hills, Oregon
All-natural beef

Jessica's Brick Oven
North Andover, Massachusetts

An American Brasserie


The brasserie style restaurant originated in France in the mid to late 1800's. The word literally translates as “brewery”, and was commonly a restaurant that brewed its own beer to serve its guests. A Brasserie is typically defined as a large, informal restaurant, that serves food and alcohol throughout the day, and late into the evening.

The Merchant borrows from these ideas, and while we don't brew our own beer, we offer a wide variety on draft, and in bottle & can. The bar is a major focal point; providing a convivial atmosphere and top-notch product. Along with our selection of over 60 beers, we also offer an approachable and interesting wine list, including 3 wines on tap, and a great cocktail program. Our kitchen serves food from open ‘til close, to give our guests sustenance whenever they may need it. The menu, created by Executive Chef Matt Foley, is designed to offer a quick bite, or a full coursed meal at lunch or at dinner. We also offer late night dining for our friends and neighbors, who need something to eat after a long evening's work.

The Merchant is located at 60 Franklin St. in Downtown Crossing, on the edge of the Financial District. We are extremely excited to be a part of the revitalization of the neighborhood, and strive to become a neighborhood go-to. The Merchant name is in part an homage to the great history of the neighborhood, and the previous tenant 'London Harness', who traded at the space for almost 100 years. We look forward to contributing to the culture and dining of Downtown Crossing.

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We have free wi-fi, offer a free coat check and feature locally roasted Boston Common Coffee.

Directions & Parking

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  • Validated parking available at the 33 Arch Street Garage, entrance located on Hawley Street.
  • Daytime Parking 20% discount on posted rate
  • Nighttime Parking (Mon-Fri 3:30pm-3:00am, up to 10 hours): $6 with validation
  • Weekend Parking (All day Saturday and Sunday, up to 10 hours): $6 with validation


Upcoming Events

$1 Oysters!

$1 Oysters!

Every Friday from 2pm-7pm all Summer!

Come enjoy $1 Oysters every Friday night!

Jazz Brunch

Jazz Brunch

Every Sunday 11am-3pm

Enjoy live jazz with you Merchant brunch every Sunday.

Industry Night

Industry Night

Every Monday 8pm-12am

For our hard-working friends & colleagues in the restaurant industry
$4 PBRs, $5 Fernet, $4 High Lifes, $1 Oysters

Private Events

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The Merchant offers a variety of private dining options, including 2 private dining rooms, to cater to each individual client from business meetings and social events to bridal showers, baby showers and holiday parties. Our professional staff can customize your menus to suit the needs of you and your guests to create an unforgettable event.




60 Franklin Street, Boston MA 02110


Open 11am - 2am, 7 days
(starting 10:30AM on Sundays)

Serving Food

10:30 - Midnight, Sun
11am - Midnight, Mon - Wed
11am - 1am, Thurs - Sat


We are now hiring all positions, front & back of house.

If you'd like to be considered for employment, please email