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Merchants, Nashville, TN

Merchants

4.5
4.5
3616 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Bistro Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 254-1892

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The third floor of Merchants is private dining space perfectly suited for rehearsal dinners, business dinners, cocktail events or any other reason to gather some of your closest friends together to enjoy company and sustenance.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    4th Avenue S.

  • Parking details

    There is paid parking around the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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What 3,616 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. D

    johnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the service was exceptional and friendly. The location is perfect.
  2. M

    Moni

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Fried chicken was tough and dry. Cornbread very good. Ceiling fan blew cold directly on table.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Not nearly as good as it has been previously. Drink and food were far below average. Wait staff was great. Overall disappointed.
  4. MD

    MarcD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our fourth visit to Merchants, our first since the Pandemic started. Merchants would be the only reason for visiting Downtown Nashville and a nice quiet break from the filth surrounding the establishment. Great food, nice surroundings, when you go, go hungry.
  5. D

    Debbie

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all ate something different, and we all enjoyed everything!
  6. JR

    JamesR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The second floor menu is succinct, but had enough variety for my wife, who wasn’t in the mood for steak. The cocktail and drink selection was also solid, with plenty of variety. The food is on the expensive side, but the quality and preparation are excellent and the portions are generous. My prime rib was excellent and my wife was very happy with her crab cakes and lobster bisque. The service was also excellent and attentive despite a good crowd for dinner.
  7. F

    Flemmom

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location on Broadway and a beautiful spot for a breath of fresh air. Even the casual dining downstairs was a classy spot. Food was delicious and the drinks even better! Our waiter looked like Jack Harlow and did a phenomenal job. If my management reads this he deserves some props for his service - best we waiter we had over our 4 day stay in Nashville.
  8. C

    Courtney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I got steak and it was amazing. My boyfriend got salmon and he said it was amazing. Our waiter was great. Our reservation was at 9 we were seated at 9:10 so not a long wait time at all. Definitely will be going again!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  10. KD

    KatieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Food was just ok, our waiter was very nice. Place is cool, very casual downstairs, good for a family.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Highly recommend! Location is great. It’s beautiful upstairs and it was the best meal we have had in a long time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    At before a concert at Nissan. Good food and fun people watching on Broadway.
  13. L

    Lbe1965

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service. Location is right on broadway so ideal but felt away from the hustle and bustle
  14. MG

    MichaelaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is absolutely amazing!! When informed we were there to celebrate my birthday they gave me a birthday card signed by staff members! A wonderful experience!
  15. DC

    DougC

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandon was our server, great job. Seated in a perfect spot to watch all the folks walking Broadway.
  16. ES

    EllenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Could just have been a one-time thing but my meal was VERY salty. Told the waiter about it and he did ask if I wanted to order something else but the Southern Fried Chicken was all that appealed to me. Was a bit annoyed that they didn’t give me a discount on my meal being I didn’t/couldn’t finish it. Otherwise the place was very nice. Loved the ambiance. Brendan, our waiter, was very nice. My friend was very happy with her meal.
  17. G

    Gannic

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, the whole expierence felt a little bit rushed. We hadn't finished our appetizers, when the main course was already on the table.
  18. LT

    LiamsTT

    Louisville

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice and food was tasty. Menu selection a tad limited and the salad/ greens that was served with the steak was pitiful. Presentation was not good on that entree although the steak was cooked perfectly.pork bbq sandwich was tasty as well. If you are going to have servers wear white … they need to be white. 2 servers were in completely dingy looking shirts and aprons. They looked really bad.
  19. M

    Michelle

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was a little off from past experiences. Very kind and courteous but lacking menu knowledge and bar knowledge.
  20. J

    Jake

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I've had in Nashville since moving here eight years ago.
  21. DC

    DeborahC

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My wife’s salad first was improperly prepared as she told the waitress she’s on a vegan diet. The salad came out with salmon and cheese. There My prime rib was fair rating 7 out of 10. It was tough and a little over done. My dessert of peach cobbler with pecan ice cream was superb but at $11 it was over priced.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Meats are expensive
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time at Merchants and the steaks were awesome
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  25. DJ

    DebbeJ

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had an early dinner here before going to a show at the Ryman. We were seated shortly before our reservation time. The food was very good, and our server was very attentive. The decor could use a little refresh, but I would definitely dine here again.
  26. DD

    DeidreD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    The building has an interesting history. The floor and architecture was interesting. However, there was not one picture on the wall, absolutely no decor, no lamps. Just blank white surroundings. I just can’t understand why you at least wouldn’t put some colorful canvases on the walls. The service was excellent and the food was good. Surroundings, incredibly blah.
  27. X

    Xcitedtoeat

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Merchants. Quality of food was excellent. Nice ambiance and I loved the China/ plates with the Merchant logo. Like a piece of nostalgia. Do not see that touch anymore on restaurants.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Rachel, was amazing and helped guide us through the menu. The food was INCREDIBLE. We’ll be back for anniversary this August. 😃
  29. D

    Dinobear

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are in Nashville & looking for a great place to eat...check out Merchants -located on Broadway & 1 blk from the Ryman. Reservations recommended, otherwise there will be a wait. We ate on the Bistro level, seated in a booth - fits 6. Good menu variety & the Sweet Potato fries are the best. Our table tried, the Pork, French Dip, Citrus Salad, Hamburger & Roast chicken - all wonderful. Our waiter was excellent & attentive. Definitely check it out.
  30. KW

    KellyW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Olivia was an outstanding waitress, attending to all our needs and details!
  31. RP

    RaymondP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Located right on Broadway. Friendly and efficient staff. Excellent food
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steak. Recommend for a nice dinner on the second floor steakhouse
  33. JM

    JakefromMemphis

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The drinks were spot on and the food was amazing. My only note is that the tater tots are the size of an entree. It’s not a complaint, but just a heads up to maybe not order another starter unless you have a group.
  34. LL

    LisaL

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious meal. Love the history. Perfect location for a night on Broadway!
  35. S

    Sparks

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was good but definitely not as good as I remembered in the past. I miss the piano playing upstairs and my prime rib was chargrilled and had a burnt taste. My husband's filet was great but overall a little disappointed
  36. SW

    ScottW

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The building itself was very impressive. We loved the decor and design. Food was good if a bit bland, but the service was excellent. Drinks were good. The main dining room on the first floor was too loud.
  37. FW

    FantasticWoodFiredPizza

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Disappointing experience overall. Service was great…Regan was a saving grace. Steak overdone, sides seriously in need of seasoning, dirty slipcovers on the chairs and boisterous noisy crowd for a fine dining room. For the price this was beyond bad!
  38. GM

    GabiM

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    They ran out of 2 things I ordered.
  39. JC

    JoannC

    Tahoe

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olivia and Shannon were excellent servers! Got to know them a bit. Food was great, ambiance was too. We would definitely return!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had made reservations for the Bistro, which we were glad we did and would advise to do so. Always a stream of walk-ins. Service and server I believe was Matt was great. Very attentive and pleasant. We were never rushed Our food was enjoyable Would definitely recommend the Bistro at Merchants Our Bistro date was our last night in Nashville before driving home to LaSalle, Ontario Enjoyed Merchants Bistro & Nashvillr

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.5 stars by 3616 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Merchants

401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Avenue S.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Bistro Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is paid parking around the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (615) 254-1892

  • Private party facilities

    The third floor of Merchants is private dining space perfectly suited for rehearsal dinners, business dinners, cocktail events or any other reason to gather some of your closest friends together to enjoy company and sustenance.

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