Merchants

4.6
3076 Reviews
$30 and under
American
UPDATE: First floor bistro reservations are now available. Second floor steakhouse dinner reservations are now available.
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Merchants is located in a historic building on the corner of 4th and Broadway in downtown Nashville that dates back to 1892. The building has been a myriad things, including a pharmacy, a wholesale drug company, and even a hotel. In 1988 it became Merchants restaurant. In 2010, the Goldberg brothers purchased the three-floor restaurant and gave it new life. The first floor bistro, with its black and white theme, features a lively atmosphere and casual cuisine. The second floor offers finer fare and a more intimate feel. The third floor is reserved for special events.

Experiences

  • 1st Floor Bistro

    Multiple dates available

    The street-level entrance of Merchants leads to a vibrant black and white bistro, often filled with a cross-section of local business men and women, tourists and those attending events in the downtown area. The bistro boasts quality cocktails, comfortable food, and impeccable service.
  • 2nd Floor Steakhouse

    Multiple dates available

    The second floor of Merchants is open for dinner has a totally different vibe than the bistro. A little fancier and more upscale, it has a separate menu from the bistro. The dining room on the second floor offers more refined dishes, a more expansive wine list, and several top-tier steak options.
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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always. Service was impeccable, our server was Gary and he wasted no time in meeting our needs and requests. Extremely professional.

After a long week of trade show work plus the night life it was wonderful to sit down to a nice quiet meal to wrap up the week.

We will return the next time we visit!

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Blackrock
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the service and food were great. We enjoyed the deviled egg and bacon appetizers were excellent.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall food was decent. Scene was cool. Unfortunately our server forgot about our appetizers and our dinner came out before them so they were comp’d. Chicken fried chicken was great and the tomato bisque. Fried green tomatoes had minimum flavor.

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Doc5
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. I love the deviled eggs and onion rings. I had flat iron steak and it was so good. Service was great in the beginning but then slacked off a little bit. Still highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Waiter was a bit slow and forgetful

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MexiC
Puerto Vallarta
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Not what we were hoping for considering the reviews

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PatriciaS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was quick and the attendants were very attentive. Ryan was excellent. Food was good but not the best I've ever had. Somewhat loud.

JC
vipJordanC
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually I would expect a restaurant on Broadway to be touristy and low quality food, but Merchants surprises us time and time again with great food in a nice atmosphere. The second story dining experience is highly recommended to get away from the hustle and bustle of the downstairs area!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with fantastic service!

LR
vipLauraR
Louisville
82 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We dined at the steakhouse on the second floor of Merchants. My husband said his fillet was cooked perfectly. The shrimp cocktail was delicious. I should’ve asked more questions about food preparation because the onion rings were very heavily breaded and the brussels sprouts had very liberal amounts of bacon; neither of these aspects worked for me. The peach cobbler for dessert was delicious. The service was punctual, friendly, and non-intrusive.

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PaulB
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful- Mike and Mark were great!!

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vipMegan
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice little escape right off of Broadway. We loved the food and drinks. Their attention to detail was awesome. Great service. We will be back.

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SherriC
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a wonderful server he made excellent recommendations.

JB
JustineB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate and drank was absolutely delicious! Our server was fantastic (I wish I remembered his name). Order the 50/50 potato’s, you will not regret it!

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DianeS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed dining on the 2nd floor. More intimate setting. Delicious food and excellent service.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately we went because they were one of few restaurants that had prime rib and they were sold out. Service was okay. Food was mediocre for the price.

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vipSpartacus
Detroit
53 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We are from out of state and first time to Broadway and didn't know what we were getting into, so here's the Pros and Cons from our viewpoint - and you may consider some vice versa too. PROS: One of the few (the only?) restaurant on Broadway that didn't have a live band play (and at a zillion decibels). But just the noise in restaurant (Bistro first floor) was more bar like than dining like. They also had the best friggin' complimentary (or for a price) popcorn I've ever had. Season with a bunch of stuff that I can't recall, but I could have eaten that all night. And menu items were priced pretty reasonable for a "tourist trap" area (waitress immediately asked where we were all from, not that we looked weird but no locals eat there I would assume). The Fish Tacos were excellent and the only plate fully finished. Also, the chips that came with the pimento cheese app were superb. Cons: steaks and prime rib were from less than choice beef. Tough and sinewy. Could be Merchants is trying to hold prices on beef items and went down a cut rather than raising prices of making all steaks "market price." None of the meat eaters finished their plates. And this was first time I had pimento cheese. I don't get the attraction. But then again, I like White Castle slides and roasted bone marrow if I can get it. I would hazard a guess though that 90% of the tourists on the street would rave about this place, so if you're a Broadway frequent visitor, check them out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and service!

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MeghanM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere on the second floor was amazing. You'd never know you were on Broadway surrounding by loud bars. Our waitress was sweet and very knowledgeable especially with our food allergies. Food was fabulous! I would definitely recommend Merchants!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!

BC
BrendaC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate there twice in 2 days. Excellent food and service. A nice departure from the bar scene on Broadway.

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vipShariH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food3service2ambience5

Our Server was excellent but the wait for our food was way too long and others who were seated after us got their food before us.

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ChadC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was close to nightlife & the food was incredible!! We had filet mignon, Mac & cheese, & Brussels.

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GeraldD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and glad they take reservations on a concert night. So convenient and delicious

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Sdbarbe1
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got up and left after not being created by a server for 30 minutes.

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vipDaveMullikin
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Merchants a great restaurant on Broadway in middle of all of the holy took bars with live music. In town for the Blake Shelton concert we chose to dine on the 1st floor - Bistro for a quicker time commitment. A couple drinks at the bar with Fred (excellent Old Fashion) and then to our table by the window. Perfect. Matt was our waiter; he was efficient although not terrible friendly. We shared a nice Caesar salad. Pam had the Sammy and Soup combo while I enjoyed the Chicken Fried Steak. Great all around experience. Pam & Dave

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vip2bigeaters
Tampa
388 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for an early pre-concert casual dinner. The service was great, friendly and efficient. We were seated promptly and served at an appropriate pace, not rushed. All of the four entrees were terrific and the deviled eggs were as good as mine! Spicy pickle a nice addition. We have also eaten upstairs, also a terrific pick in downtown Nashville when you have more time to enjoy the fine dining experience.

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vipLauralg
Las Vegas
61 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was average. Service was good. Price was good.

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vipLisaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The place is really pretty, and a nice setting. The food and presentation was mediocre, which surprised me based on the looks of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From food to service, everything was spectacular

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linmcreviews
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good, service good. Visiting Nashville from Philadelphia. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I are brand new to Nashville & found Merchants through open table - and so glad we did!!! We wanted a celebratory date night & Merchant’s 2nd floor steakhouse was the perfect place. Our waiter (Richard) was an absolute delight and had excellent menu recommendations. The ambiance is lovely, the space ia beautiful and the food was amazing - the 50/50 potatoes are to die for. We will def be back!

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Hungryheart
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food portions were plentiful and the food was excellent, particularly the fried green tomatoes and peach cobbler. Still, coming off the bustle of the streets, it’s still quite noisy-there should be some music or sound that fits the bistro feel inside. If noise is an issue I’d recommend the upstairs dining area. A very good alternative to the honky tonks on the street.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and excellent food. Our server was amazing and he takes pride in working there for so long. All of his food suggestions were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Baked potato was dry
Stark was ok . Ordered medium well was still bloody
Waitress was good .
Spent 200 bucks.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building. Enjoyable casual dinner with some inventive touches. It was a nice oasis from the boisterous party buses touring Broadway.

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zach
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. I wonderful meal and great place to have a date night on the second floor. Will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Nashville! Everyone is so incredibly nice! They always make our visit super special! Back in May, they made my best friend a birthday card and an ice cream sundae and this time we visited for another friend’s bachelorette and they also made her a card and gave us complimentary champagne!!! I can’t wait until my next visit! ❤️

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SarahG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service and nice ambience.

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.6 stars by 3076 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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