Merchant's Restaurant
Merchant's Restaurant

Merchant's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merchantsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6152541892x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • 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 6152541892x

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
Merchant's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (49)neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (41)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (41)good for groups (35)special occasion (35)romantic (24)great for brunch (16)scenic view (16)late-night find (13)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Let me know when you are out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Not a fan when a restaurant LETS YOU ORDER something they are out of. Ordered a wine on the menu - they were out. Ordered a drink on the menu - they were out. Ordered oysters - they were out. When charging a high premium, restaurants should deliver on service. Servers should be aware of what is not available. I'll try it again, maybe, since the last time was excellent, but I won't recommend it anymore before I do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The front desk staff greeted us with southern charm =) The servers were amazing! The best tater tots I have ever had in my life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Failed to live up to ambience
    bhmfoodtaste
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    There were two problems, the wait staff was very hard sell with what you needed to buy and over use of adjectives to describe food. There was never a dialogue between the customer and the establishement. The initial cocktails were very good. The Bibb Salad was good. One of us had the roasted zucchini and the pesto came across as too salty, it wasn't unedible just different. If it was done deliberately then okay, but it came across as a mistake in the seasoning. I had the scallops which were very good. The kitchen and wait staff made a very poor decision to serve the mousse dessert frozen. It was such a poor decision that we will not eat at this restaurant again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing drinks & food
    mrmski91
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    From the popcorn starting off to the jambalaya- amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place on Broadway
    kimber
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate in the Bistro. It's a very busy place. Loud and tons of people. But that's what we liked about it. Fun large booths at the front near the bar. Good food and service. Make a reservation on the weekend. We watched many people walk in and walk out. Valet parking is free but be prepared to wait at least half hour for your car at prime time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite
    JustSayin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love Merchants!!! Great food, location, service & ambiance. One of my all time favs!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Takes you to another place
    NashFoodie21
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love Merchant's. It's one of my favorite restaurants that is in the heart of downtown Nashville, but feels somewhere else completely. Surrounded by all the Honky Tonks and country music history, yet it transfers you to 1920s feel with great food and amazing Mixologists who make great drink! Definitely try the Duck Fat Tator Tots for your appetizer. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bistro is noisy
    RaintreeBen
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ate in the bistro, which is the ground floor level. It is VERY casual, and also VERY noisy. I had the blackened catfish sandwich, which was good, but nothing special. Others is our party had a salad and sandwiches. They were all good, presented well. The service seemed a bit slow and we had to track down our waiter once or twice. Merchants is a Nashville fixture in the lower Broadway area, so it is worth a visit, especially if you are from out of town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great service, great ambiance. Best place to dine in downtown Nashville.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    hostess was awesmo and our server was great. the food was there in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner & drinks
    KTorrence
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Extensive & unique drink menu. Our waiter, Scott, was absolutely great. Gave us a whole run down of the specialty drinks, menu and little history of the restaurant/owners. Beef tartare is a must. Carnaroli risotto was very good. We loved every minute of our experience at Merchants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time and not the last
    shesaidyes
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Me and my now fiance went here for the first time and had a amazing time. Everything was perfect. Our waiter was amazing and the food could not have been better. I asked my fiance to marry me here and knowing this building is a historic site that means we can come back here for years to come and celebrate. This place is top of the line.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    millsey
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Most everything was ok, but expected better since it had good reviews. They did not advertise or let me know when I made the reservation about the free valet. The tater tots were only slightly better than sonic. The baked cheese was very good. Fish tacos were so-so and the mac and cheese was not very cheesy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Patsy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were in town for my bachelorette party and wanted a fun and nice place for dinner. We had a great experience and the meal was the best we had all weekend. A great treat for our celebration. The sweet teak pork loin and the pimento grits hit the spot perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    Lolly
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist treat
    bgbmoVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I enjoyed the smoked brisket and cornbread for dinner. The glassware and tables were sticky and could use better cleaning standards.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Not Great
    FoodiecoupleVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for anniversary dinner
    Troutcatcher
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We go here frequently ..
    sweettee
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Love Merchant's. Never get a bad meal. We usually eat at the Bistro, downstairs. I suggest you make reservations .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Nashville spot!
    GolfTravelGuy
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and atmosphere
    NashvilleBachelorette
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    PreachersDaughter
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Celebrating family birthday with dinner followed by evening of music at Symphony Hall
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite places to go!
    Fashoenista83
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    mooseman
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lgeg
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was good and service was efficient....popcorn is the best appetizer!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Room for Improvement
    fergalicious1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Staff!
    Nashnosh
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Bluetiger
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local treasure in Nashville
    aolbur1
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Merchants
    sweettee
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really fun place.
    RYE311
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • karinekodaVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Excellent lunch spot at their downstairs. Great drink menu. Great service, even though they were slammed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Merchant's Upstairs
    Needsambiance
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always an enjoyable experience
    SANDL
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nashville
    SusieT
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tennessee Foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic, but Tired.
    paulewooVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mostly hits - few misses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and reasonable price
    ZakPanamaCity
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food, service, atmosphere was great; will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.