Merchants

4.7
2824 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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our 20th anniversary, everything was great from food to drinks, ambiance was great!!

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AliciaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Got our table right away. It was very cold during our meal even though we requested the fan be turned off so suggest sweater or jacket. We both got salmon and it had very little flavor. Would not order again. The meal was not hot. Very dissatisfied.

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KiraK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We got carried away with the appetizers and sides and ever ordered a main. We really enjoyed the bacon appetizer and the biscuits were to die for.

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DeborahP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in the steakhouse! Amazing biscuits!

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JenniferG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The music is deafeningly loud, to the point of having to shout over it. Turning it down just a little would be greatly appreciated!

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MichealH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was extremely slow our food was subpar spent an hour and a half total most of that was waiting for our food or our waitress to come back ask if we needed anything refill our glasses it was terrible I will never go there again

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Krafty
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was a complete joy with food, service and value all being at an above average level

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viplisajo
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our waiter wasn’t trained enough. He brought us the wrong wine & opened it before he looked at it. We took it, but there were other things that went wrong. The manager comped our wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. We have celiac disease and they were very accommodating. Would recommend to a friend

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The popcorn was fantastic. We also ordered the tator tots and they are wonderful. It is a huge portion. I had the pork loin and it was good but a tad dry. My daughter had the Mac and cheese. It was fantastic. Overall a good meal. Will be back for sure

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DanielK
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food can always be cheaper I think, but the quality of the service made the price almost irrelevant for me. I was treated with so much care and respect and enjoyed getting to know my waiter and bartenders.

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vipRichardD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for lunch and had a great Salmon BLT with homemade chips. Alcoholic drinks are pricey but the food was great and reasonably priced. KB was our server and he was very friendly and attentive.

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Nita
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crab cakes were delicious and hardly any fillers.

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vipTammyM
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Although we are Nashville natives, we had never dined at Merchants before! We love the vintage vibe and decor as well as being seated at the window for perfect people watching. Our server was a bit absent minded and we had to ask for things multiple times but overall a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter weekend vacation with family.

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BillP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great service, saw the manager help walk a blind person back to the seat from a restroom, thought it a great gesture

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diningduo
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every aspect of our brunch, from the beautiful decor to the extremely knowledgeable and kind waiter to the amazing food.

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vipBrannanB
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a great break from Broadway!! Food is wonderful. Service great. Felt like they wanted us there. #trythetots

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great casual Atmosphere
The rotisserie chicken is Amazing
Good place to meet up and have an enjoyable meal
Friendly service

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Maxwell
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Atmosphere, location, and service are great! The food was VERY mediocre. The worst prime rib I have ever had as far as texture/toughness goes. My fiancé also got sick from the grilled chicken sandwich.

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vipTracyB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for dinner on Broadway!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great find. We ate upstairs and the meal was awesome and the service very good. The prime rib and crab cakes was as good as I have tasted. The Lobster Dogs were a great appetizer. You can’t go wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from California. First time here and everything about this restaurant was great! If you go on the weekends be prepared to wait. However, so many cute shops to browse through while you are waiting.

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asdf
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!
Upstairs dining was quiet and cozy.
A little expensive, but the quality of the food was outstanding.

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vipPerfectItalian
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking mom for her first time in Nashville and wanted to go somewhere we could have a good meal and be able to talk to each other.
The signature cocktails were delicious and our server was very attentive. He told us stories of the history of this amazing building. The oldest freestanding building on the strip! Amazing stories and history on the third floor which we were able to tour thanks to a friendly and proud manager.
Chili was thick and mildly spicy.
Cobb salad was delicious as was their blue cheese dressing.
Grilled cheese was gooey as it should be.
French dip was perfect with hardly any fat, a hint of horseradish and a flavorful aujus for dipping.
It was a perfect welcome to Nashville!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We arrived on-time but our reserved table was not ready for another 10 minutes or so. Not a big deal. However, what was a deal was they put us directly next to main door that was a heavy foot traffic area and bad draft from outside which was about 40 degrees. Definitely the worst table in the house, I’m surprised they even use it. Didn’t realize how bad it was until after we ordered drinks. Waiter was new, but my wife and I were servers before and not a big deal to us.. we all start somewhere. The appetizer was good, the main entree was good as well... although I don’t really remember what I had (it’s been 4 days).

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HectorG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was OK. Much hype about the tater tots and they’re nice but nothing special. All around a nice place for family dinner. Cocktails were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Squash soup! Oh. My. You’ll do yourself an injustice to miss out on the soup. Great ambiance, superb service by Gary and delicious meal. Next time I’m in Nashville this will be a must.

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Arius
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

DELISH burgers!!!! Definitely a must visit and the decor is SUPER cute.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, amazing food, and great service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! We had a celiacs person and they were so knowledgeable. Very special place.

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Family
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Jimbalaya was horrific. Practically cold and the seafood tasted old. The fish tacos looked like scraps from a pan tossed into a shell. The caesar salad was wilted. We paid our bill and moved on, so as not to ruin our kids first experience in Nashville. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place nice atmosphere jambalaya was delish!!

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BERNITO
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I really wanted to like this place it's got great energy, and it's right on the main strip, which makes it less quiet, but fun to people watch. The food wasn't too bad, I wanted a variety of things, our servers wore mask and accommodated us great. I don't think they heard me too well, as I ordered a specific salad, and they charged me for something else, I still ate it, but it was a little disappointing. The food quality was mediocre, salad was a little dry, our pimento cheese was a little burned and bland. The Mac n' cheese is pricy, and you get a lot, but not a lot of cheesy flavor as expected. I really liked the French dip, tasty and cheesy. I really wanted the prime rib, but judging by the quality of the other things, I will probably hold off for another place. I would come back for drinks and apps, but not for dinner on the first floor. I could the imagine the second floor being better, but then again. Imagination is key.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !!

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JeffreyQ
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The place was crowded without any social distancing. It was very loud. Our waitress was nice enough but not very attentive. The food was mediocre. My steak was inedible it was so tough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal upstairs in the dining room. Mark, our server, was wonderful. He was “the man”. Knew what we wanted before we knew we wanted it :)
Great steak, chops and sides. New interesting “lobster corn dog” appetizer was a good recommendation. And, biscuits and jam always amazing!

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HeatherH
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a great location, has very good food and service, but I highly recommend you get a reservation.

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Merchants is rated 4.7 stars by 2824 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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