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Merchant's Restaurant
Merchant's Restaurant

Merchant's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merchantsrestaurant.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, 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 its 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 bistro also features a creative bar program and is open until 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.

On the second floor, Merchants restaurant features fine dining by Chef Barclay Stratton, delivering refined cuisine with a Southern touch. 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We sat upstairs where the fine dining is located. I had the hot chicken and didn't love it, but everyone else I was with enjoyed their food. The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I enjoyed the smoked brisket and cornbread for dinner. The glassware and tables were sticky and could use better cleaning standards."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Some dishes like the pork belly sliders and the heirloom tomato and stoned fruit salad were exceptional. The chicken and the seafood risotto were just ok. The blueberry hand pies were mostly pie crust with very little blueberry filling. I would not order the hand pies again. We dined on the second floor and it was very noisy but much better than the first floor."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Merchant's has a great ambiance and location and it is a great place to go for a special occasion. Our table overlooked the Broadway nightlife which was great for people watching between courses. Get a window seat if you like this option. The food was good but the portions on the small side. I recommend taking a cab or parking somewhere other than the restraint if you can. On-property parking is minimal. The valet parking was not as professional as it could be for this class of restaurant and the valet staff did not have valet management support when a problem occurred with another customer. Our waiter was excellent and attentive! Overall, the experience was great!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Love Merchant's. Never get a bad meal. We usually eat at the Bistro, downstairs. I suggest you make reservations ."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Grace of Golf Travel frequently reviews restaurants around the world and we highly recommend Merchant's! Enjoyed a quick dinner downstairs with the cheeseburger with pimento cheese and sweet potato fries. Outstanding! Grace ordered the fish tacos (someone needs to tell Southerners that you use corn tortillas with fish tacos) which she enjoyed. But the service was outstanding. The staff is well-trained to work as a team to make sure that your food is served hot and timely, but also to ensure that all your needs and wants are always met. Highly recommend this place as we are going back soon to enjoy an upstairs fine-dining dinner."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Service was great even with eight demanding girls- they did everything they could to make sure we had a great experience and were very easy to work with when splitting the check. Ranch popcorn at the beginning is delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Celebrating family birthday with dinner followed by evening of music at Symphony Hall"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "A friend came in town and I wanted to take her somewhere nice downtown so I chose Merchants. It was my second time going and it was just as great as the first! It's a little pricey but definitely worth it!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This place has gone downhill in every respect since we were last there about 6-8 years ago. Seems to be a victim of the surging crowds inexplicably drawn to its Lower Broad address these days. What used to be a relatively quiet and most enjoyable experience has been reduced to just another "joint" on the carnival like atmosphere of Lower Broad. Might be better if they moved out to midtown. Too bad."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was good and service was efficient....popcorn is the best appetizer!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We were seated on the second floor at our request. There was a group of approximately 25 guys so it was very hard to have a conversation with the other couple at the table...after they left they immediately sat another group of 25 guys so needless to say it was Loud! Started with the charcuterie board; this was horrible. The four entree's we selected were; trout (2), chicken and beef. It wasn't the worst food but it was not good either. I could not recommend it to someone else and I doubt I would return for dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The staff at Meechants is tops. Especially our waiter Harrison. But the reservation staff was super accommodating and the manager even followed up with a personal email confirming changes to our reservation."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Loved everything about the restaurant EXCEPT I want to tip our server for the great service she gave us however everyone shares the tips so she had to share with everyone ( who we witnessed weren't anywhere near as good as she was ). I don't like that policy"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Went for a 15th anniversary dinner. Atmosphere was modern, friendly, yet personal. Our server was very knowledgable about them menu and made great recommendations. Just the right amount of service. I had the blackened tilapia. The sweet potato hash was fantastic. My husband had the jumbalaya. It had a ton of chicken, he was hoping for more sausage and shrimp, as well as a little more heat. Both of is really enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "There are many varieties of establishments on Broadway in Nashville, but Merchants stands out as an upscale restaurant in the midst of generic BBQ and tourist joints. We highly recommend the food and the service was outstanding. Peach cobbler for dessert was a real treat."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "WE eat at this restaurant often. It is convenient to the Symphony, Ryman, and Bridgestone Arena. Love the food and the service. Love the valet parking as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great ambiance right in the heart of Nashville. The cheese grits are to die for with the pork chop. The beef brisket is fairly dry, but still great flavor. Definitely a must for visitors."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent lunch spot at their downstairs. Great drink menu. Great service, even though they were slammed."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If you go to this restaurant dine downstairs. The menu and food are incredible. Upstairs ambience is blah. The section we sat in did not even have pictures on the walls. The menu upstairs is limited too. The chef is great but upstairs ambience needs help."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We always enjoy eating on the lower floor. The food is always great and the service is very good. Would highly recommend if staying in Nashville!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great evening. Merchants never disappoints. The foor and presentation is always good. One must try the Mac and Cheese. It is perfect to share as an appetizer or a side dish. We like eating downstairs with out if town guests for the ambience and experience. We choose dining upstairs for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in the downtown Nashville historic district. A more upscale place to enjoy a meal than the close by bars with a variety of foods to choose that are consistently good enough to satisfy any foodie."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Could you imagine Tootsie's deciding to have a jukebox in the front window instead of a crowded band? Well, sit on tired menus items, hire a serving staff that acts bored and indifferent and then price the "specialty of the house" about twice the value of the meal and you have the current Merchant's. The Market Price ($125) bone in Ribeye was dry aged alright and the top layer of the meet served was pretty good but the fat that was served as meat that was hid underneath was just that, seasoned fat. Main server was bored. Secondary serving staff was trying hard but they just couldn't overcome a tired restaurant in need of a kick in the kitchen. (and management) On a bright note the mashed potatoes and zucchini sides were very good."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Made reservations with OT and were greeted and seated immediately. Of note was the banquette I was seated on was wobbly and a bit uncomfortable. We started with excellent cocktails - had a Old Fashioned that was among the best ever. Server was a bit slow in arriving, but apologetic for it. We started with duck fat tater tots and fried green tomatoes. Tater tots were... well tater tots - duck fat not noticed. Sauces with tots were great. Tomatoes - ice cold, in fact the portion I tried was frozen in the middle. We waited quite a while to get servers attention and pointed out tomato problem. New ones brought and comped for us. Chicken fried chicken was great, nice spinach and red potato mash. Would go back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food, service, atmosphere was great; will be back."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Went here with my grandson on his graduation trip. He had the Talapia and said it was one of the best dishes he ha had. I had a taste and agree."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Loved it!really great atmosphere and food!! Worth the trip!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Not the place to go for an interview. This is a good location to go however, with a group of co-workers if you work downtown."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food had the chicken sandwich and chips they make in house-outstanding"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great location in Lower Broad in the historic Merchant's Hotel. Place is very popular, good thing we had a reservation, people were still jammed in there pressed up against our table. Cocktails were tasty, pricey. Food was OK, not great, nothing was bad, but nothing was outstanding, not even the Duck Fat Tater Tots. The Bernaise Sauce was absurdly delicious, but it's pretty much a stick of melted butter, can't go wrong. They seem to try to make up for it with generous portion sizes. Deviled Eggs were just as good as at any picnic. The Southern Fry was plentiful, somewhat over-fried, thin pickles, okra, small shrimp were dry, the larger catfish pieces were all right."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were in Nashville for a few days and the temp was in the 90's. Very hot and humid. This was a real treat to get out of the downtown frenzy and relax over a nice lunch. We had made reservations so our table was ready when we arrived. The restaurant is very popular, so I would recommend making reservations. The food was good. My blackened talapia was excellent. My husbands pulled pork sandwich was good, but nothing to write home about. The fried green tomatoes were very good and came atop a spicy sauce. We didn't have dessert. The service was excellent. The waiter came around several times to make sure all was okay. Would come here again and maybe try the upstairs dining (it only opens in the evening)."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Such a neat resemblance to an old style diner! The food was fantastic and the Tennessee Mojito was perfect for a brunch cocktail!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was good as was the ambiance. We loved our cocktails. The beef tartare was ok but was accompanied with vinegar seasoned vegetables which made it almost unpalatable. Hard to go wrong with tartare but this dish did. Both of our entrees were super salty, to the point that it overtook the flavors of the meal."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Arrived early and the bartender was super accommodating to my request - which I appreciate. When we were seated, I just couldnt get over how warm it was. Like usually I am freezing in restaurants but I was sweating in this one. I think they needed to put the AC up just a bit more. Food was great - had the blackened Tilapia and it was fantastic. Very crowded to definitely make a reservation."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Seated promptly, knowledgable and attentive server, very nice menu options. Food was well presented and tasty. Portions were fine and prices reasonable. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Really glam interior, especially for the honky tonkin part of town. Great location on the corner of 4th and Broadway so get a seat near the window for superb people watching. Very good cocktail list. Do not miss the tater tots, cooked in duck fat so they are super crispy. It can be a bit of a challenge to find a lot of healthy choices on the menu so do what I did and have a champagne cocktail and tater tots and then go to the gym later!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Met out of state friends there for lunch because I knew they'd enjoy the food and being on Broadway. Everyone loved their lunch except me. I stepped away from my Merchant standards and ordered the Chicken Salad Salad. The chicken salad was tasty and fresh but the presentation was far short of what I expect from Merchants. It was a huge ball of chicken salad on a small amount of greens. I won't order it again."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Food was excellent but it was very hot in the restaurant. While we were in the downstairs bar, one of the bar tenders mentioned they have a hard time keeping the lower level cool with people coming in and out. Well, the temperature was alright downstairs, but upstairs in the "fine dinning" area, it was hot! The only other complaint is that the number of selections on the menu are very small and somewhat different."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Perfect location, half a block from the Ryman and right on Broadway. Impeccable service and food! Reservations definitely suggested."
    Dined on 6/3/2014