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About Merchant's Restaurant

Merchants restaurant 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.

401 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Bistro
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Saturday: 10:30am - 1:00am
Sunday: 10:30am - 11:00pm

Second Floor Fine Dining
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
4th Avenue S.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(615) 254-1892

Website:
http://www.merchantsrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet and street parking for our guests.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Merchant's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

People Watching (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for a Date (15)
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Fun (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Casual (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (7)
Scenic View (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Surprised there was no holiday decor

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good, but a little high prices for the serving size.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Bachelorette

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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our first trip to Nashville and we wanted to eat downtown. I mentioned this was our first trip to Nashville when making the reservation, and we were given a great corner booth with windows on two sides. Great for people watching! We sat on the first floor which is more casual, but still was not too noisy. Great option for casual dining.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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food5
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service5
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My friend ordered the NY Strip steak. It was bland and tough. I ordered the chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries and it was good, but not great.

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food2
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

MTY wife, son and I went to Merchants before the 9:30 PM Ryman Auditorium show on Saturday. Very convenient- only two blocks away.We ate in the 2nd floor dining room and it was a nice quiet alternative to the craziness of Lower Broadway. Our appetizers and entrees were served very timely and were absolutely delicious. The Tuna tartare and heirloom tomato salad were awesome and two of us ordered the steak cut of Teres major (grilled beef shoulder) that I had never had but was really flavorful. Merchant's is relatively expensive but not out of sight for a very nice meal. If you want an alternative to the bar food and specialty houses, Merchants provides a very nice and impressive setting for a genuinely good meal. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Healthy
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food4
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service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 10, 2017

We love Nashville and love Merchants! Eating at Merchants is a must every time we visit!

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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on November 10, 2017

4th trip to Nashville with friends and every time we eat at least 1 dinner at Merchants. It's always delicious food and really great service. You guys are amazing. See you next time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our waitress Chelsea was very personable, and could not have been more attentive. She really helped make the dining experience truly enjoyable, and the food was wonderful, too !!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Merchant's is a must stop when you are in Nashville. The classic building is perfectly Nashville. The staff is excellent and the food is superb. I go every time I am in Nasville. DON'T miss this great place to stop in for a meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The steaks were delicious and on par with New York City prices. However, the server did not ask if we would like a second drink and the food came out so quickly we did not enjoy a leisurely dinner. As a wine drinker, paying $13 for a 4oz pour from what I know is a $15-17 bottle of wine is seriously overpriced. We did return for lunch on the first floor and had a fantastic experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A fun and delicious night! Our server, Eric, was friendly and engaging. The cocktails were creative (love the names). Do not miss the whipped ricotta or smoked corn soup - both outstanding appetizers. The baby romaine was one of the best riffs on a Caesar salad I've ever had - the toasted bread crumbs were so much better than croutons! My scallops were cooked perfectly. The lobster hollandaise is a a must with the steak. The only miss was the truffle mac'n'cheese which was rather bland. But when we mentioned this to Eric, he immediately offered to replace it. The bacon & potato gratin was a yummy substitute.
We were a party of 6 and the service was flawless. Just the right amount of pacing. All six of us were presented each course at the same time and each course from cocktails to dessert was 5 star! The food is upscale without being pretentious. The atmosphere is charming and lively.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great location. Service was outstanding. Food was below average. Second, and last, visit.

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food2
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service5
value2

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

In Nashville for an evening to enjoy the music scene we made a reservation on the 1st floor as we did not want a formal dining experience. The place was very busy, but service was attentive and food came out quickly. My sister and I started out with a salad which we shared - it was MASSIVE - seriously enough for at least 4 people. I then had the BBQ pork which was disappointing, rather dry and without flavor (the onion strings and pickles were good). As expected the duck fat tater tots were amazing. My sister's double cheeseburger was okay, nothing special. The highlight of my meal was one of the best cocktails I've ever had: the Roughin' It Old Fashioned.

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food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My wife and I were in for a long weekend in Nashville. We really enjoyed the food so we went back there for our last meal before heading out of town. Good was great. Staff were really nice. A great choice right on Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always enjoy this restaurant! Consistently good food and great service. A little noisy but still great! Tater Tots are awesome!

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food5
ambience3
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great evening. Matt was our server and he was good. Drinks were very slow to arrive and he and the manager both apologized. The fried green tomatoes were just ok as were the tater tots. The wings were awesome!

Yvonne makes some really good drinks which we had on Sunday!

Tags: Quick Bite
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food4
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service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious. Started with the Duck Fat TatercTots and could have made a meal out of them. Our whole party was very satisfied with the service and food. Big portions!!

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food
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food5
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service5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Had a nice dinner, before football game . Busy place, but that goes with location on Broadway !

Tags: Comfort Food
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food4
ambience5
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service. Good food. Close to everything we needed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Bring back the gooey cheese and chips! service is always good

Tags: Comfort Food
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food4
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service5
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The salmon was great. Cooked just right. Loved the sweet potato fries!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great restaurant
Fabulous food / drink and wonderful service
Great to get off broadway and chill

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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Tater tots are the best. Try the Mac and cheese. Really good.

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food5
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Cozy table for 2 on first floor with street window view! Great mid-week date night!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and great service. The tater tots are awesome as is the chili.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This happy place is right on Broadway, making for a welcome break from the fun but bar-centric honky tonks. Service was great, although the menu is simply diner food. Apparently there's a fancier restaurant upstairs with a separate menu. Maybe we weren't dressed up enough but that option wasn't mentioned when we checked in.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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food3
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value3

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We chose Merchants mostly so we could valet before a symphony concert. When we arrived, we were told valet was not available; leaving us scrambling for parking in downtown Nashville on a Saturday night; which sucks.
Once we were seated, the food and service were outstanding as usual.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service and food were great!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Dined on the second floor. Fantastic food and service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I had requested a special table upstairs to celebrate our. 56 Anniversary and 4 Birthdays . We were told dress code was required so we appropriately dressed... including dress pants and closed shoes for my husband . We arrived and the host proceeded to set us downstairs . After much confusion and waiting on arrangements for a table , we were seated upstairs . Every attire was there , including shorts etc on men !! We were given a bottle of champagne for the inconvenience without one recognition of our celebrations . Needless to say our relatives from Glasgow were also disappointed ! Food was not as good as expected and way out of line price wise ! Diasapointing evening .

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We made reservations and were seated very quickly. The downtown area was very crowded so glad we had reservations. The service was great and the food was very good. Large portions.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great ambiance, location, service...food was overpriced for what it was...a grilled cheese with soggy bacon and partially melted cheese. The soup was delicious though. I’d go again but order something different.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We ate upstairs in the blue room. Food was amazing. Steaks and mac n cheese were perfectly done! Highly recommend even though it could be a tad noisy. Dont let that scare you though.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Merchants remains one of my favorite restaurants and bars in Nashville. Not only is the libation selection vast and incredible, every single thing on the menu is scrumptious and more food than I can eat!!! Service is always impeccable as well.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Scenic View, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent! No need to wait on line for brunch in Nashville when you can make reservations here. I got the salmon BLT with avocado and sweet potato fries. DH got pulled pork, we loved every bite.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ate here before walking to the Ryman. Great people watching from the corner table. A nice respite from the crowds outside the window! The atmosphere was great for conversation and the food was delicious! The duck fat tator tots ... amazing!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We came here based off a recommendation. We are from out of town visiting the city for our anniversary. I mentioned this when making the reservation. We were seated promptly and had excellent service by our server, Steve. The restaurant kindly treated us to champagne and desert as well to help us celebrate. If and when we ever come back to Nashville, I will definitely return to Merchants!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great - love being on broadway, good food, fast service

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