Merchant Oyster is a new restaurant that specializes in
different types of oysters. They even host a Shuck N' Suck
event every Monday.

If you're wondering what that is, it's an event where four teams of two people (one shucker, one sucker) have two minutes to open and eat as many oysters as possible. Their raw half shell oysters and clams are sold by the piece and they specialize in east and west coast oysters. Try them paired with their amazing barrel aged hot sauce.

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Dennis Marron, the owner of both Merchant and Or, The Whale (also located in Pittsburgh) grew up on the shore in New Jersey and he always had the dream of owning his very own oyster house

...where he could hang out, drink beer, and eat oysters… And that’s exactly what he does! The menu has many things other than oysters such as a giant crab cake, peel and eat shrimp, clam stuffies, and even a foot long hot dog loaded with onions, relish, ketchup, and mustard.

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24 Terrific Pittsburgh Restaurants Open on Monday

There are plenty of options for dining out on a night
when many Pittsburgh restaurants are closed.

If you’re looking for something casual, there are outstanding picks for where to have an excellent meal. Newcomer Merchant Oyster Company offers a ridiculous selection of oysters (shocking) as well as chowders and sandwiches.

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Most Likely to Be Late to Graduation (a.k.a. most
worth the wait): Merchant Oyster Co. 

The building sat empty (and almost in a taunting way) for much of 2017, but once it opened its doors and unleashed that delicious coastal cuisine to hungry Lawrenceville masses, all was forgiven at Merchant Oyster Co.

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Shucking oysters with the “Million Oyster Man” 

After 45 years in the business, Angelo Galioto knows
a lot about oysters.

At Merchant Oyster Co., in Lawrenceville, Angelo Galioto is hard at work shucking oysters. With 45 years in the restaurant business under his belt, Angelo has learned a lot about oysters and about life. Sit back and enjoy a few stories from Angelo, and learn a little bit about how to shuck a few oysters to go with your next bottle of bubbly.

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10 New Restaurants You Need to Try (2018 Edition)

Merchant Oyster Company takes their theme seriously
with some fun details –

Like tables made from boat decks and nautical flags on the walls. The menu is obviously full of seafood, but there are a few land-lover options, too. Don’t forget to check out the bar upstairs (and ask about the bar-top).

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A surprising (and surprisingly delicious) new beer for landlocked Pittsburgh: Oyster stout

A little bit of chemistry + a little bit of Moby Dick = A glass of “Things Remote.”

We begin this Four One Brew column with the shared understanding that oysters and beer are a time-tested and — depending on your affinity for seafood — tasty combination.

However — the idea of oysters actually in one’s beer seems … well, like an ocean best left unnavigated.

Such were my feelings when I heard that 11th Hour Brewing had teamed up with Merchant Oyster Co., both in Lawrenceville, on a collaboration beer in which they dumped 40 pounds of oyster shells and 15 pounds of whole oysters into a stout.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Having once cooked for Michelle Obama, this out-of-towner
is now a Pittsburgh restaurateur.


Chef Dennis Marron is opening two seafood-centric restaurants in a month. 

Not many chefs move to a new city and, two years later, open two restaurants within a month. But that’s exactly what Dennis Marron is doing.

He opened or, The Whale in Downtown’s new Distrikt Hotel mid-September and his Merchant Oyster Co. will drop anchor at 4129 Butler St. in Lawrenceville in the next week or so.

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Good Food Pittsburgh

Merchant Oyster Co. Opening Next Week

After teasing us on Butler Street in Lawrenceville for many months, Merchant Oyster Co., the new New England-style chowder house from Chef Dennis Marron (who also just opened or, The Whale), is planning to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, October 17.

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Made In PGH

21 New and Coming Soon Restaurants in Pittsburgh,
Summer 2017 Edition

We’ve been anxiously anticipating Butler Street’s upcoming addition — Merchant Oyster Co. Merchant Oyster Co. is going to bring much-needed seafood to Lawrenceville in the form of lobster rolls, mussels, steamers, and, of course, oysters.

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Chef Dennis Marron to Open a Pittsburgh Oyster Bar

The former executive chef of The Commoner will open Merchant Oyster Company in Lawrenceville in September.

Marron says he’s going to feature northeastern coastal seafood: chowders, fried clam strips, steamers, mussels, lobster rolls and, of course, oysters (there will be at least 12 varieties at any given time). “It’s an ode to all the places [on the shore] that I grew up going to. I’d go sit outside, eat steamers and oysters, and have a pitcher of beer. I miss that,” he says.

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Chef at Hotel Monaco leaves to pursue independent venture


Executive chef of the Commoner at The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Downtown has left the position to pursue his own venture.

Dennis Marron moved to Pittsburgh to run the hotel restaurant that opened in January in the former Reed Smith building, providing input in the design of the kitchen and the dining room and shaping the menu.

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How long have you worked in your position?
6 months for my latest project…or my whole life
pending on what you consider a chef.


What do you cook at home?
I love to cook at home and usually keep it simple. My go to is a whole roasted chicken, I love the way it makes the house smell…like home.

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Merchant Oyster Company Hosting Farm Roast

Eagerly anticipating the opening of Dennis Marron’s Merchant Oyster Company later this Fall? Get a sneak preview of some Merchant menu items at a Farm Roast party at Root and Heart Farm next month.

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Merchant Oyster Company opening new restaurant in Lawrenceville


Merchant Oyster Company, a northeast style oyster bar and chowder house, is preparing to open their first brick-and-mortar location in 2017. The restaurant will be located at the corner of 42nd street and Butler in Lawrenceville.

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