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Merchant's Restaurant
Merchant's Restaurant

Merchant's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merchantsrestaurant.com
  • Email: virginia@strategichospitalityonline.com
  • Phone: (615) 254-1892
  • Hours of Operation: Daily Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jason Brumm
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We are available for lunch, dinner and reception events. Arrangements can be made for breakfast or brunch events as well as buy-outs of the entire restaurant and after hour parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Leah McDonald (615) 254-1892

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is available starting at 5pm Monday - Saturday.
A word from Merchant's Restaurant
Located downtown in a historic building on the corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue, Merchants restaurant has stood the test of time by remaining one of the most well known restaurants in Nashville. The causal, street level Bistro is lively and spirited with it's black and white motif and great view. It’s a popular spot for lunch and often attracts many locals before or after any downtown event. The food is thoughtful, well-crafted and affordable. The bistro also features a creative bar program and is open until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. On the second floor, Merchants restaurant features fine dining by Chef Jason Brumm, known for his playful yet refined take on southern cuisine. The dining room is open seven days a week from 5pm - 10pm. Whether it’s a business dinner or a wedding rehearsal, the privacy and ability to customize your menu allows Merchants to be a great option for your next private event. Contact Virginia Cochran at 615-248-8458 for details. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Great fun bar! Macaroni and cheese was the best ever!!! Jen the bartender was awesome."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Always enjoy everything I order here. If you are in the mood for something fried, definitely check out the duck fat tater tots!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Our meal at Merchants before the Predators game was very good, as was the service. They accommodated our request made on Open Table for a window table, which we appreciated."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our party dined upstairs in 'fine dining' more formal setting. The menu had a nice selection without an overkill on entrees. Each had a different selection, all wonderful and wonderfully prepared! Nice evening out!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We've dined here a lot - its our go-to restaurant before going to the Ryman. However - we may need to find a new one to go to. The food here is fairly good - and the bar is top notch (we normally eat in the downstairs bar area). The service however, was VERY RUSHED. We actually left so we wouldn't spend any more there on drinks because i didn't want to have to tip the service staff any more i did."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My daughter and I arrived at Merchant. Few minutes early for our reservation. We decided to have a drink in the bar while waiting. The bartenders were very friendly and professional. We had a great time sipping drinks and nibbling on duck fat tater tots. Try them! We went upstairs for dinner and although the atmosphere is wonderful, the service and food...were not. My daughter had a difficult time sawing through her $34 steak. The server was..let's just say..snippy. We wished we had gotten a table downstairs in the more fun atmosphere. We will definitely be back...to eat in the bar!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We sat upstairs against a window which had both a good and bad side: we had a great view Broadway but it was pretty cold. Great food, great ambiance with downtown there, great service. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was the perfect location to sit down for a nice meal before exploring the night life of downtown. We were seated right on time. the service was great. Awesome recommendations were made. The baked cheese and deviled eggs were wonderful. I also had the botanist cocktail. For my entrée I ordered the Sweet Tea Pork Loin. It was incredible! I loved the food and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The down stairs has much of a diner feel with a bit of an upscale flair. We had the front 2 person booth in an alcove at the front window. Great for people watching. Gotta try the duck fat tater tots...just like you had in school...with an awesome crispness and sauces to die for. This is a must for people visiting...as noted by the lack of reservations at the last minute. Book ahead!! Also, if you like unique drinks...get the mad hatter or the botanist. Both are great!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The pork loin was outstanding! Great service and food as usual! Keep up the good work!!! :-)"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We ate downstairs at Merchants on a Friday of a big concert in Nashville. It kinda of loud and it's fairly busy but it's a fun place to eat and food is wonderful. Make sure you have reservations for either floor or you will be waiting. Location is awesome for down town exploring after you have dinner... I will be back"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We chose to eat in the downstairs bistro. It was overwhelmingly loud down there. The music was blaring and the noise from the bar was horribly loud. We had a table for five and couldn't hear ourselves talk. We asked the waitress to turn down the music but it never seemed to happen. On the positive side, the hostesses were very helpful with reservations beforehand. We had a few changes and they met all requests."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We used to come here regularly in years past and were expecting to find the charm and atmosphere we remembered. We chose to eat in the downstairs bar area for its more casual and less costly atmosphere. A mistake. The noise level made it impossible to talk without raising our voices to an almost yell. We love the fact that it is an historic venue. The food choices downstairs are good and fine for a casual night out. The noise just made us want to run out and find another spot to dine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had dinner upstairs before a play at TPAC with special friends. Our server, Jen, was friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding. And it was a very relaxing experience. We will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Everything with our meal was excellent. Service was flawless, drinks were very good. Food was delicious, but the atmosphere was still relaxed. Best Old Fashioned I've had in a while. Also try the Mad Hatter."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We dined at Merchant's for lunch on a Saturday. Got a reservation through Open Table and were seated right away once we arrived. We kind of sat in the corner but, it was still OK. I ordered the brisket and my friend ordered the pulled pork sandwich. Both were delicious!! Our service was fine - food came out quickly but, we didn't get our drinks refilled without asking. I thought it was a good value and delicious meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I had reservations for 7:15pm. We walked in and were seated immediately, even though there was an hour long wait for those who were just walking in off the street. The service was great. After placing our order, we had our appetizer within ten minutes. We had our dinner within 15 minutes after ordering. The food was great. Good beer list. Overall it was a great experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This gem is right around the corner from Bridgestone Arena and is in a building that I believe started out years ago as a drugstore. It is interesting in that it has a bistro downstairs that serves essentially bar food, but very good bar food, and an upstairs that is dedicated to fine dining. My wife had a beef dish prepared from flank steak and I had the sea scallops. The presentation was excellent as was the preparation. We have eaten here many times, but this was our first visit since they changed chefs and redid the menu. I missed the beet salad from the old menu, but the new root vegetable salad was nice."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The location is perfect. The staff is very helpful and sincere. We stopped by the restaurant during to the day to confirm our reservations and look at the facility. Very clean! We had reserved the fine dining upstairs, it was very nice, but I think we would have preferred the ambience of the downstairs dining. Service was prompt and courteous, food was very good. Definitely a good dining spot in Downtown Nashville."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "had heard so many good things about Merchants downtown, and had good experience at Cool Springs. unfortunately was late for reserved time but staff kindly sat us upon arrival. it went downhill from there. the noise level from rock/jazz music where we sat was remarkable, we were never asked what we would like to drink, the desert pie was exceptionally hard. it wasnt the dining experience we had anticipated. dinner might be better but we'll probably go elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "If you are looking for a nice restaurant in downtown Nashville MERCHANTS is a good choice. It is right across the street from TOOTSIES. The first floor looks like a1950's dinner all in black and white. Lots of booths. Great for families with kids. The upstairs is more of a fine dining experience. Softly lit, deeper colors. Excellent wine list. Great service by David. He had wonderful descriptions of specials and regular menu items. The duck soup appetizer was amazing. The root salad was different and a great blend of flavors and textures. The meat choices were good and nicely portioned. A delicious ending was the chocolate tart with peanut butter ice cream."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We dined for the first time Downstairs. The menu is different but just as inviting as Upstairs. The guacamole was fine...but a bit bland; best left to a Mexican restaurant..but the brisket was outstanding! The staff was very accommodating to a gluten free substitute for the cornbread served with the brisket. One issue...we were enjoying our appetizers, about half way thru them, when our entrees were served. We asked for them to be served after we had finished out appetizers, which they agreed to do, but only after the waitress made a face at us for the request. A great meal, good value, considering downtown Nashville. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We had another great meal and time at Merchants but....honestly the server was a bit rude. Therefore the 15% gratuity....instead of my normal 18-20%. Focused on the next Sale...not a pleasant demeanor, way too serious. Maybe just a bad night for the server (we all have them) so will surely be back in the future....but could have been a really great experience with the right server. I'm sure we will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A couple girlfriends and I dined at Merchant's during our weekend getaway. We had a great time, the Jambalaya was incredible and very filling! The drink selection was extensive and the service was great! Merchant's is a Nashville staple but we recommend getting reservations in advance!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "If you're in Nashville, then you must spend time onBroadway touring the honky tonks and listening to the unbdelievable music there. But when it's time for a real meal, then Merchants is the place. As livelly as any place along Broadway, Merchants' food is the best to be found. So stop in and enjoy a great meal at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Due to a private party upstairs, we ate in the bistro for the first time. We were seated immediately, and our waiter was excellent. The food was very good, but the highlight was the peach cobbler with butter pecan ice cream! Yum!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Merchants is so good we went twice in three days. Wonderful steak frites and chicken fried chicken. Both times wait staff struggled to keep pace although the lunch crew was far more efficient. Still fabulous"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Merchants was a great start to our evening in Nashville. We were seated right away. We chose the downstairs to have dinner becasue we wanted something a little more casual. We had a great view of the action on Broadway. Our service and food was outstanding. We ordered the Baked Cheese for a starter. We ordered the sweet tea pork loin, fish tacos, and the Blackened Tilapia. It was all very good. We split a piece of pecan pie for dessert. It wasn't a very big piece of pie but enough for us to each have a bite."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Valentine's menu missed the mark. We should have opted to dine downstairs."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We made reservations for the more casual downstairs tables. Food was excellent. We had a table by the door and got an arctic blast everytime someone came in. We kept our coats on so it wasn't too bad. If we make it back to Nashville, I would def eat here again but I would request a different table."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Service was great, food was better, make sure to dine upstairs for a romantic evening"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "We were seated immediately and well taken care of throughout the meal. We ate in the bistro as we wanted a casual venue. The drinks were well made, though a little pricey. We would still go in just for drinks as they were worth it. Food was also good, but not exceptional, though I think the upper level may be more focused on the dining, while the bistro was an exceptional bar with good southern food. Fun atmosphere. Glad we made a reservation, as they were full with long waits for those coming in without a res. will go back next time we are in Nashville. We tried to make an after concert reservation, but they were already sold out for the late hours. Our waitress recommended another place and was very helpful."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a delicious, excellently well served meal with a large window view of Broadway in the heart if downtown Nashville. Everything was served to perfection. I even had my boots shined and brought to me while I was lingering over the last bites. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Restaurant was outstanding. Food was EXCELLENT Several employees including the manager came by our table & tolsd us happy anniversary."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The choices on the menu were diverse. Something everyone. The mac and cheese and fried green tomatoes were fabulous. My husband and I go there often. It is right downtown and we a walk for a little while afterward. The valet parking is so convenient. We have dined upstairs and downstairs. We prefer downstairs mostly because of the difference in the prices. We have been going for years and will continue."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "they had table ready it was great. Took several customers food perfit staff great. Thanks"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Our waiter was new to the food & beverage world; yet, his service was exceptional. And he is striving to learn more than management teaches -- this is exceptional. Please don't dip off salt and pepper shakers so often -- if there's inadequate "room to shake" within, hardly anything comes out. this is a universal problem."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The food is great - sitting at the bar is the best -the bartenders are great and love to make a great cocktail!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I took an out of town guest there and we dined in the bistro. Always had great food and service from Merchants but this time the food was just ok and the service was rushed. We got there about 6pm and it was a rainy Monday evening. The service, while nice, got the food out about 5 minutes after we ordered and checked on us very frequently - like she was trying to get rid of us. I had the jambalaya and it was nothing spectacular - it tasted like warmed up fast food."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "spent two nights at Merchant's over the New Year's holiday. The great cocktails and appetizers we enjoyed on New Year's Eve made us want a dinner reservation for the following night and we were so glad we returned! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Hope to make it back to Nashville to visit Merchants again in the future."
    Dined on 1/1/2014