Merchants

4.5
1828 reviews
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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.
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JF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved the historical feel and setting, had great service and the food and specialty cocktails were excellent.

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DD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Merchants has a cute atmosphere on the second floor, if you are in the main dining room. The onion rings were very good. Service wasn’t bad but was not as good as expected for the price point. The special was not good. The manager offered to cómp our meal but did not follow through. We would not go back.

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R
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate on the first floor which we really liked. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. My bbq sandwich was great. The sauce, sweet pickles and fried onions were a great addition. Would go again!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sisters 40th birthday!!

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CD
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We felt a bit rushed by the staff to eat and leave - but service and food was good. Seems to be becoming a tourist stop instead of the classic that we’ve always enjoyed.

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DB
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was superb and the food was as well. Thought the prices were a little out of line but, overall, a great experience. We will return.

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OT
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was very disappointing. Had the Mac and Cheese with chicken and the chicken was dry and there was very little flavor.

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LP
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and seated and served us so we could make it to a preds game on time.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, service and super close to everything! Loved their wings and mac and cheese.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place. The service is amazing very friendly and helpful. The menu has the perfect amount of options and all of it I highly recommend. So much that I could go into but everything is worth going from the service, food and drinks!

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DK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. We ate in the 2nd floor steakhouse. Wonderful ambiance. If you like gin drinks, get the Eastside! Steak tartare, shrimp & crab Louis, butternut squash soup, and pork chop were all winners. Will definitely be going back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably amazing! The service and the food was the best you can find. My top restaurant to go to. Definitely reciting anyone.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!! You can be on Broadway yet still have a classy dinner & cocktails (then join in the fun on Broadway!!)
I recommend the steak and mashed potatoes. The Mac & cheese with pulled pork was delish too!!!

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J
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Life long Nashville resident - but first time here. We had a Saturday lunch on the first floor... the "Bistro". It appears to have a better menu selection than the 2nd floor dining room. Everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed their meal. Be sure to try the Mac & Cheese with pulled pork - it was outstanding. Servers were attentive. We will certainly return for a 2nd visit. Great job... my out-of -town guests were impressed.

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T
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great restaurant! Perfectly located in the heart of downtown, this is simply a great place. From casual to elegant food. Just excellent. Lots of staff... very attentive.

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J
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were going to a concert. Food, atmosphere was great. We were rushed by not one but three service persons. We were there less than an hour when they began clearing even though we weren’t finished. It wasn’t as though there were no empty tables. We weren’t planning to camp out, but for the price of the food we felt that the bums rush after 45 minutes was a bit much.

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GJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merchants is our go to every time we get to Nashville. Great food. Great service. Reasonably priced. Fun atmosphere. Definitely one of the BEST places to eat in Nashville.

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NN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Merchants - great food in fun but functional environment. Often take visitors there for view of Broadway but far better fare than what's in most of the Broadway restaurants.

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DD
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience. The waitress Tara was awesome with high energy and just the right amount of attentiveness. She made wonderful recommendations not only about the menu but about the town attractions in general since we were from out of town. The manager came to the table with not only great conversation, but was so gracious in thanking us for coming in. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff all signed a card that was delivered to our table along with a candlelit dessert.

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EM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, friendly and attentive service. Highly recommend, and definitely upgrade your side dish to the mac and cheese!

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VT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved Merchants for years...every time we visit, we are never disappointed and to top it off, it is one of the best places to people watch. Catch a meal before a game or show, it is always wonderful.

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BD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a dinner for my wife's birthday. The wait staff was excellent, as was the food.

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m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. I highly recommend it and will plan on returning!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff was very knowledgeable and always there when you needed something.

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DF
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters were AMAZING. My kids were hAngry and tired. They spilled the cranberry juice. And they were pleasant and graceful with us! Thank you!!!

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SB
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun environment and great service

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WS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Be prepared to pay to park, as they no longer offer valet!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food. Sat by window. Enjoyed view out windows.

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FC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a quiet dinner in the upstairs dining area. Our waitress Savannah was delightful, attentive and provided excellent service. We ordered the lobster rolls and shared the ribeye steak. Our meal was great!

New Years Day, returned for a late night quick bite and dined in the downstairs casual dining area. We enjoyed the cheeseburger, fried green tomatoes, and jambalaya. The best part of the evening was getting our boot shined after a wonderful weekend of country dancing. Great place to dine off Broadway Street.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here on New Year’s Eve. We were seated promptly upon arrival. We had requested to be seated in the 2nd Floor Steak House and our request was accommodated. We had a wonderful window seat overlooking Broadway and downtown Nashville. The service was excellent! We both had the 8 oz. filet and they were magnificent!! It was a great dining experience and the staff did an outstanding job of providing us with exceptional customer service!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go see Brandon in the bar. We really liked his service.

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DB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really awesome food. A little noisey.but great otherwise

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was so nice and friendly, and the food was great.

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C
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. Note that my husband and I eat out A LOT and are very particular. Specific food comments: steak tartare portion was a little small, and I prefer it served on toast points that are not so hard, plus it was a bit too acidic. The Caesar salad was lacking a bit of pungency. The steaks were excellent - we had the strip steaks and they were cooked beautifully (rare+).

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JU
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the upstairs dining room in spite of the crazy Nashville New Years Eve, great food, elegant surroundings, wonderful staff!

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RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our night out for New Years Eve! The food is always amazing as is the service. I recommend reservations

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Reservation request for second floor was honored with enthusiasm. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary so the house bought us a glass of champagne. Warm setting. Great fun.

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MM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect for out of town visitors on game day

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RS
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Super fresh & great service.

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LW
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious but a bit heavy for my taste. I think it is truly quintessential southern comfort food so if that’s what you’re looking for it’s a great place. Quite noisy. Be sure to get reservations. Open table works well

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