We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Merchants Cafe and Saloon

££ - £££American, ,
109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
+1 206-467-5070
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“cheese curds” (5 reviews)
“hamburger” (3 reviews)
“clam chowder” (3 reviews)
Open Now
American, Bar, Pub, Deli
££ - £££
109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (123)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 117 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in & was tough getting a table, and when we did no one came to help us. I went to the bar & the young man that helped me immediately became very friendly & helpful. He gave me menus, then came to the table...More

Thank TravelingDad_PTFC
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Had a drink and basket of onion rings for $19. Onion rings had an enormous amount of batter, all stuck together and batter not cook through. Had 2 bites and left. Waitress didn’t question why I didn’t eat any (she probably knew). Service and drink...More

Thank Kim N
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Was recommended to this place by underground tour guide (which I do recommend). You get 10% off if you went to the tour. Discount not given to us (of course I didn't notice this until I looked add our receipt after we had left). The...More

Thank Sheila B
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Can't tell you about the food because we never got served! We sat right in front of the bar where the server was too busy talking to to bartender to bother with us. After 15 minutes we left.

Thank KFY821
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The ambiance of this place screams as a really coot, laid back chill kind a of place for a casual beer with friends. Unfortunately, the rest is a bit lacking. The beer tasted good, which is slightly redeeming, but the service was poor and the...More

Thank Joel C
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Apparently the oldest restaurant in Seattle, the place looks authentically old (which is nice). But at a recent Saturday (non game-day) lunch, you had to place your order at the bar with the one indifferent staffer, who shouldn't be in customer service or was having...More

Thank Jane L
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

30 minute wait for food. Absolutely awful. Rude. Rude. Patrons fighting for food. We had to leave.......

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Was having lunch with some co-workers and wound up here by accident. Quite possibly the worst dining experience I've ever had. Apparently they were training a new cook that day. Food took forever and was awful when it finally came out. Bartender was very apologetic...More

Thank Randy J
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I thought long and hard about how to rate Merchant's Cafe...it's old, and I appreciate its provenance in Seattle, a place that is determined to rip down everything. But I can't really say it's a yummy place to go to, or terribly clean. As everyone...More

Thank jennifer s
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Yes, I read some of the other reviews and yes, it's supposed to be the oldest bar in Seattle. Atmosphere is really nice, waitress was very nice and friendly, the cheese things were quite tasty also. Not a lot of options on the menu and...More

Thank K S
Nearby HotelsSee all 106 hotels in Seattle
Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square
776 reviews
.08 miles away
Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel
1,642 reviews
.08 miles away
The Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
1,732 reviews
.16 miles away
Loews Hotel 1000, Seattle
3,106 reviews
.25 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Tat's Deli
255 reviews
.05 miles away
Cafe Paloma
104 reviews
.05 miles away
Casco Antiguo
93 reviews
.05 miles away
117 reviews
.04 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Smith Tower
493 reviews
.08 miles away
Occidental Park
51 reviews
.07 miles away
Pioneer Square Antique Mall
5 reviews
.02 miles away
Seattle by Segway from Magic Carpet Glide
716 reviews
.13 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Merchants Cafe and Saloon staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Pub, Deli
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-467-5070
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing