Merchants

4.6
3003 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.
What 3003 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Harleyrider
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Over all it was good. We had the glazed Brussels Sprouts as a side and they were undercook. Rest of the meal was good

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Late dinner after arriving in Nashville. We had reservations, not sure they were necessary. The grilled chicken sandwich was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and accommodation of allergies in our party. Food was awesome. Thanks!

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Cheese
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with friends from out of state. Our downtown on Broadway go to restaurant. Can’t beat the Hot Pimento cheese spread with Duck Fat fried tator tots for dipping. Yum.

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dinab
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants!!! Dinner salads were delicious! It was our first time to eat downstairs- very enjoyable. We look forward to our dinner in December in the upstairs area. Great food & ambiance!!

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CandyC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We were really looking forward to a great steak dinner. I ordered the prime rib. It was about a 1/4 inch thick if that and all fat and grizzle. I was more shocked that they served it. The wedge salad, man and cheese and tater tots were great. Our server was excellent! He really made a not impressive dinner a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Went for our anniversary dinner from out of state. No congratulations. Poor service. Waited 20 minutes for our waiter while others were served that came after! Drinks were excellent! Salad yummy! Salmon very over cooked even scorched.

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LoganH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We made reservations and we showed up a little early we were seated immediately. Good and drinks were great and served in a very timely manner. Only complaint was the AC just wasn’t on we sweated the whole entire time.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good service, fun for people watching

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Mark was awesome! He was friendly and engaging, and as a customer service manager, I always notice that.

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AdamA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place did not disappoint. The second floor is so different from the street outside.
Service was Great and food was some the best I have had. I will be coming back.

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was an awesome place. The building and atmosphere was great. Food was great. I had the club and my husband had the hamburger.

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VFrank
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so fortunate to find this lovely restaurant in the midst of the Broadway crowd and noise. Both the food and service were excellent. Highly recommend!

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John
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Worst prime rib i've ever had. Very tough. All other food was good. Service was excellent.

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MorganW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was great! They were able to get us right in .

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food

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ShannonG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early for reservations upstairs but we had originally wanted to sit downstairs. Was able to sit downstairs and eat quickly before a concert. From the popcorn start to the deviled egg appetizer and grilled Salmon dish everything tasted amazing. Had a few lemon drop martinis and bourbons and was on our way to the concert earlier than anticipated. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our waiter was very busy so we waited on salad dressing & water way too long. I paid a chunk to get only 3 shrimp added to my salad that weren’t good.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are downstairs in the “bistro”- very fun atmosphere. Great food and service.

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FiddleGal
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Restored hotel dining area in black and white tile. Nice bar seating, good light. A lot of energetic street noise outside (it's lower Broadway with tourists, street musicians) that can be heard but the energy of the place is nice and you can still hear your companions talk. Food was good -- companions enjoyed chicken fried chicken, roast beef dip sandwiches which were substantial (but not divine) -- hefty sweet potato fries done well. Jambalaya was on the spicy side and tomato sauce more like marina in consistency than a broth. Generous wine pour and really good margaritas. In the past I've had the arugula salad with salmon which was delicious. Wait staff were wonderful (also neatly dressed in black and white). A fun place to grab a drink or bite where you can experience Lower Broadway comfortably without raucous music levels or overcrowded sidewalks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks and super friendly staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark was great!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Merchants. The service was really outstanding and the food was even better.

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GaryS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue in the heart of downtown Nashville. Food was great, service stellar and the view out the window very entertaining. Would go again.

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always good food! Wait staff were friendly and table was ready at our reserved time.

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RebeccaB
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing prime rib. Excellent service in the bistro. I will definitely be back.

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DPack
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, location, and atmosphere! Try the peach cobbler for dessert!

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LJ9310
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great waiter and recommended good food. Had popcorn instead of bread which was so much fun and very tasty! Salmon was phenomenal with the strawberry salad but their pulled pork sandwich was extremely dry and their fried green tomatoes were tasteless.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Atmosphere & Food excellent. Our waiter seemed bored and tired when we were placing order. Admonished is when asked for coffee after dinner and didn’t state that we wanted cream & sugar. Acknowledge help situation challenge these days so would definitely still recommend

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A locally-based client suggested Merchants. I was so pleased with my initial visit that I scheduled several more meetings there over the course of forty-eight hours. Consistently impressive and satisfying.

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ChadB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Honestly - the food was awful, the drinks were awful. Don't waste your time.

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Oceanalex
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Prompt and attentive service which is amazing considering almost every restaurant and retail business is short staffed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

If you like “different food” this is your place. The max and cheese was great! The club sandwich was fantastic

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majorbones
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

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vipRockvaletn
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

an old Nashville favorite. Was great to be back. I was a customer 30 years ago when they opened and still a customer today. Drinks were good, food was good, didn't feel rushed. what more could I ask for?

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BillS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! A great experience. She was friendly and not overbearing.

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LeslieB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merchants is a tradition for our visits to Nashville. The fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese can't be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for a 50th birthday celebration and were promptly seated upon arrival. Food was delicious and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner great food

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RobB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made a reservation and as soon as we walked up, we were seated on the first floor as requested. This was during the 4th of July weekend in Nashville. Our waiter was phenomenal. He was born and raised in Nashville. He was very attentive and did a great job. He was extremely busy, but made sure that we were taken care of. My wife and I both ordered the same mixed drink. Mine had way too much ice, but hers was just right. Maybe a cube too many for me. We ordered the tater tots as an appetizer. Out of this world!! One caveat, I love tater tots! I ordered a double cheeseburger with house chips and my wife the strawberry salad. The hamburger was good. It was a slightly overcooked, but it was still good. My wife's salad was very good. Fresh vegetables and the cheese was excellent.

I still give them a 5 star rating. It was a crazy weekend! The service and tater tots made up for the slightly overcooked hamburger.

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.6 stars by 3003 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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