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
143 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (55)vibrant bar scene (51)neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (48)great for lunch (47)special occasion (39)good for groups (35)romantic (25)scenic view (17)late-night find (13)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Disappointed that I could not the downstair meu upstairs. When I looked at this resturant online, did not see two separated menu. The upstair menu was very limited.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Service
    MsMo
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had Ali who was amazing in terms of character and personality. She made fantastic recommendations which made our overall experience that much better! A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crazy portion sizes
    bjsaxtVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was delicious but the portions were absurd. Or rather, we would have greatly appreciated some warning from our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mmmm!
    Purduegal
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Treated my younger sister to dinner here before seeing Kip Moore at The Ryman. The service was fantastic -- and the food was out of this world! I had the Wedge Salad to start followed by the Grilled Salmon BLT -- amazing! My sis had the House Salad to start followed by the Fish Tacos -- delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check your menus
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time visitor to this restaurant so went by the reviews for input. Chose the upstairs because we wanted a 'quieter' place for dinner. However, when we arrived, the hostess showed us 2 menus, the one from the website which is only available downstairs and an entirely different, more expensive menu for the upstairs. We were not interested in the alternate menu so asked to be seated downstairs. At first hostess said we would have to wait an hour but then I reminded her we had reservations and did not appreciate the switch in menus. They finally seated us downstairs after a 15 minute wait. Please update your website to accurately reflect different menus for upstairs and downstairs. It is quite deceptive as it currently stands.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    MamaBears88
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Loved the ambiance and decor of this restaurant. It was a short walk from our hotel on 4th Street. We ordered a few sides and split them. They were a generous sized portion still. Really a great lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We wanted to check it out, and plan to have a rehearsal dinner here in the spring. We couldn't "view" that private room until the next day, as there was a party going on Friday night and understandably didn't want to have us up there. We did come back. This is such a great spot to send your guests and visitors as it is in the middle of honky tonk! Service was outstanding. Cocktails great! Check was surprisingly reasonable for all we drank and ate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Leo32
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a great dinner: 6 persons and everybody enjoyed a delicious meal. Service was great and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer...will be back!
    JLSacto
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    First trip to Nashville. Had dinner here and loved it. Vibrant dining scene downstairs including patio....but had dinner upstairs - quieter- ideal for client or work group dinner...or romantic date. Food was amazing - had the porkchop, well cooked and yummy. Service was top. Check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Floor Dining
    clurbVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've eaten at Merchants several times downstairs and always loved it. I requested to try the 2nd floor for my birthday dinner this year. Very different vibes - Downstairs is high energy and more casual; Upstairs is warm, relaxing and romantic. In my mid-20s, it had a bit of an older crowd, but I like to go fancy sometimes :) Our cocktails were solid classic creations. We ended up trying half of the menu (very concise upstairs), and everything was delicious. Absolutely no complaints. When we asked, our server was frank about the best options while remaining respectful of chef's choices - few people can do that well. His recommendations were awesome. Staff took great care of us from start to finish, and we were very well fed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    Yoohoo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The restaurant was great, the food was delicious but more of an urban take on Southern cuisine. The staff was very friendly and helpful. You definitely need to make reservations, though; my hubby thought I was silly making dinner reservations at 4:30pm but was thankful that I did because when we got there at 4:25pm, the restaurant was packed and hopping. Only thing that really detracted from the ambiance was the noise level was through the roof. I wish they had some decor or curtains or something that could absorb or muffle some of the conversations that bounced around all the tile and glass in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bren
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal
    FestusandBoo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our first time dining upstairs at Merchant's. It was a much more intimate atmosphere and significantly quieter than the high energy we just left on Broadway on a Saturday evening. The wait staff was very polite and organized; we never wanted for service nor did we get interrupted by overly hovering servers. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and the beverage choices and could make recommendations if you wanted. The food was amazing! The menu selections were exotic and delightful. My wife had the swordfish and I the risotto; both were absolutely delicious. We also had the pork belly wraps for an appetizer and those were really good and sort of fun to eat. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great downtown spot
    Augie3848
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    tucked in between the three story bars is this nice restaurant. We ate on the ground level, which is more casual, but great. Focused and interesting wait staff which makes it even better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caution!
    HappyDiner63
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Made reservation on Open Table and was very disappointed with where we were seated. Merchants has "casual" dining on the first floor and "fine" dining on the second floor. We were seated in casual dining and we were expecting that all dining was fine dining. Since this was a birthday celebration and we were dressed up, I was extremely disappointed. Open Table needs to amend their reservation selection to include both dining options at this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time at Merchants
    NashVegasFoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very good and somewhat eclectic wine list - both by the glass and the bottle. Loved sitting downstairs with a phenomenal view of the Broadway St. happenings. Excellent service all around. We tried the duck fat tater tots; tasted pretty much just like a regular tater tot. We were expecting something a little more with a 'wow' factor here. The brisket was incredible as was the cornbread it came with. Love the popcorn with ranch seasoning on it! We will be back to try other things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let me know when you are out.
    Grubsearch
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious.
    love2eat
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic