The Merchant Boston

Big modern American brasserie offering cocktails, beers galore, in antique-chic digs

Menu pricing and options subject to change without notice



Open Table: Diner’s Choice 2019

Open Table: Diner’s Choice 2019

Great for Lunch Category

The Merchant has been voted by OpenTable diners as one of the best. We were selected by feedback from diners who booked through Open Table and dined with us.

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 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

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!

Trip Expert

The Merchant is among the winners of the 2018 Expert Choice Award from Trip Expert as well as an award for Best in Boston.

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

Wards Berry Farm
Sharon, MA
Berries & squash

Boston Common Coffee
Boston, MA

Evy's Tea
Boston, MA
Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Murrays Chicken
All-natural chickens

Crystal Valley Farms
All-natural chickens

Painted Hills
Painted Hills, Oregon
All-natural beef

Union, New Jersey

A&J King Artisan Bakers
Salem, 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. 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 30+ beers on tap, we also offer an approachable and interesting wine list, a great craft cocktail program, both including cocktails & wines on tap. The menu is designed to offer a quick bite, or a full-course 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 be 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 are proud to be contributing to the culture and dining of Downtown Crossing. View Larger Map » 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 (Reserve ahead of time), 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


Chef Ignacio Lopez

Chef Ignacio Lopez brings a life long passion for food, cooking, and serving guests needs. His career is marked by accepting and excelling in culinary positions where he has been able to serve the needs of guests in markets that range from casual dining to ultra-luxury.

He began cooking professionally at the age of sixteen. After cooking his way through fine dining kitchens in San Diego, he eventually landed his first Executive Sous Chef position at the exclusive Fairbanks Ranch Country Club working under Executive Chef Francis Perrot. He has worked under other legendary chefs including Francis Perrot, Jeff Jackson, Joachim Sandbitchier, Timothy Au, Kerry Neff and Jean Pierre Dubray. He learned many skills working under each chef, most notably market to table food service which he has continued to use at each restaurant he has worked.

After working in different restaurants and resorts from New Hampshire to Connecticut to California he made his way back to the East Coast in 2011. He worked as Executive Sous Chef and Chef at some great Boston area restaurants such as Landana Restaurant, Exhange Street Bistro, Beat Brasserie and Tuscan Kitchen before coming to The Merchant.

Ignacio brings an unassuming cooking philosophy that is grounded in the simplicity of market driven, seasonally inspired menu items, placing emphasis on the quality and freshness of New England ingredients.


Upcoming Events

$1 Oysters

Join us for $1 oysters every Monday & Friday from 4pm-7pm.

Private Events

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.



617 • 482 • 6060

60 Franklin Street, Boston MA 02110


Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat noon-11pm

Serving Food

Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat noon-11pm

Holiday Hours

Monday Federal Holidays - Closed / Thanksgiving - 12pm-8pm / Christmas Eve - Open until 7pm / Christmas Day - Closed / New Year's Day - Closed


We are currently looking for energetic and motivated individuals for positions in both front & back of house.

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