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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Hot Spot (14)
Casual (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Fun (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
People Watching (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Romantic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 4 days ago

You have to have the duck fat tater tots and the creole honey mustard. I also like the grilled cheese sandwich with soup, had the chicken artichoke soup this time, I will go back to tomato bisque next time

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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

If you dine on 2nd floor, its a beautiful cosy room. For someone who does not like meaty American fare, this place was a great find in Nashville. Great service and tasty food! Good for pescatarians

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Visiting Nashville for the first time we went to Merchants for a special dinner. Rating a restaurant on Valentine’s Day probably isn’t fair but we have gone out to restaurants for the past 30 years with far better experience. The service was very good and the building is terrific. However the food was just ok. The Prime Rib that I was served was in two pieces that were thin cut and the truffle Mac and Cheese was very dry. The bar list was quite extensive but I did not like my manhattan that was over powered with too much bitters. It was not a bad experience and like I said, it may not be a fair review since we were there on Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal, great service, right on Broadway. Highly recommended.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Atmosphere was more than energetic, it was downright obnoxious at times.....2nd floor NE corner. Granted, that is due more to group behavior at adjoining tables and not the venue itself, but this was a business dinner and the majority of the time it was difficult to hear.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. The staff could not have been nicer, from the hostess desk to the servers to the manager. They actually celebrated with us without intruding on the privacy of the occasion. We can’t stop telling people about our experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing dinner. Steak was cooked fantastic. It was pricy but that’s only due t the nice restaurant and locality. Excellent reservation.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We really enjoyed our brunch here! Anna, our server, is awesome! She has such a great sense of humor & was very attentive to us; making great suggestions & happy to bring us anything we asked for with a bright smile and great attitude! She is the most personable server we have had in years. The baked pimento cheese is the bomb! Thanks, Anna, and we will be back to see you on the next trip to Nashville.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Loved the Duck Fat Tater Tots!!! They were awesome!
The atmosphere was great, as was the food and service.
Can't go wrong at Merchant's!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Merchant’s was highly recommended by a tour guide but we found the menu to be limited, the food just “good”, the service adequate to good and the noise level too high. They have two levels, the upstairs dining room and the down stairs Bistro. We ate in the Bistro.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I LOVED OUR TIME AT MERCHANTS! The gal who helped us was beyond amazing. Super nice and super knowledgeable. I am coming back feb 14th with my parents this time and so excited to return! -Gavin Hill

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Made a reservation, they seated us in the downstairs which was miserably loud with drunk folks from out of town. The food was subpar, especially for the price. Used to be one of the best places for dinner downtown, maybe the upstairs still is? So make sure to request upstairs if you make a reservation.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food taste was average overall, not a great blend of flavors (fried green tomatoes) or consistency/freshness (pulled pork tasted felt reheated and not fresh)

Server was inattentive, had to have another waiter help.

They took the pulled pork off the bill, but the experience said not worth it to try again

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were looking forward to eating here for a while. The fried green tomatoes had a strange taste and were luke warm yet burnt. The club sandwich and salad were both very bland and something I’d expect at a cheap diner. Very expensive and not worth $80 check plus $20 parking. Servers were friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were not impressed with this restaurant. The food and beverages were mediocre (especially for the price), the service was just okay, and it was loud, although when we asked the server to turn the music down, he did.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was ok, service ok. Nothing memorable, probably won’t go back any time soon.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great service and the food is always good at Merchants!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Been about a year since I had been to Merchants. In my opinion it has moved down market and now targets tourists with a more limited menu and moderately high prices. My crawfish gumbo was mediocre at best. The roux was watery, the onion not minced (large pieces) and too few crawfish. My wife and I used to go here fairly regularly before attending the symphony. This was a disappointment compared to previous experiences.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Loved the location, the style of the inside and the food was AMAZING!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was my second dinner at Merchant’s (downstairs) and had another fantastic dining experience w both food and service! Our server was very attentive and Valencia went above and beyond to make my birthday special by having the staff sign a birthday card for me! The food and drinks are priced fairly for being in the heart of downtown. Would absolutely return again during my next trip to Nashville!

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Always love going here before I go see a show at the Ryman. The staff is always first rate. I wish they would bring back the chicken salad though!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great place to eat. We hadn't been there in a while, but still an awesome restaurant. You will not be disappointed in the food or service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner!

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 (London)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a great meal before going to the Ryman. Great atmosphere, great service. Huge helpings!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great place to eat before a Predators game. Love the duck fat cooked tater tots.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great meal. Excellent service. Our waiter, Eric was a stand out. Cznt say enough good things. Overall, a wonderful experience.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and service! Be sure to ask for a table on the second floor if you want a more upscale experience.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We lived in Franklin for 5 years . We frequently go downtown when our if town visitors come in town . We have been to merchants and recommending merchants many times . Our son was in town and he wanted to go downtown for xmas eve day brunch - the titans were playing that day . The food was terrible . My husband had gumbo and he could not eat it - it had the consistency of flour/gravy - he loves gumbo and has had it all over the country - and IT WAS $18 fir a bowl! My son had turkey club - cane in plain white toasted bread and the turkey was dry and no flavor - I had a Cobb salad with rotessire chicken - same as the turkey - no favor - dry
We will not going back soon - try party fowl or the southern - have not been disappointed by them yet

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great location but a tired restaurant with an average menu. Food is ok but nothing special. Merchant’s is so ideally located it could be refreshed and made into something great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was great, although the food was a bit lackluster. The much lauded tots were not hot, and the food to follow was much the same. Overall, the taste didn't match the value of the food in my opinion. Great atmosphere, nice selection of drinks, but not quite what I was looking for.

Tags: Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I didn’t get to dine at Merchant’s. They didn’t have my reservation. Very poor customer service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Such a beautiful building and has such an amazing history. The service was excellent. The seasoned popcorn, fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs were so unique and will be remembered always. A gem in beautiful Nashville.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 8, 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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Bachelorette

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 13, 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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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 12, 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 9, 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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