Merchants

4.6
3209 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 3209 people are saying
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Chefacito
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ribeye was so tender and juicy. One of the best stakes I’ve had. Never disappointed with Merchants.

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VictoriaV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, real attention to detail. The food was best in Nashville.

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BobL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Embarrassingly awful, don’t waste your time or money. I really have nothing good to say

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Merchants. Our waiter, James, was great. The prime rib and New York strip were great.

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Beatrice
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was great and the ambiance was nice. The prime rib was not that good and the chocolate torte was similar to chocolate icing.

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CameronB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice upscale place to eat hidden just out of the noise and crowds of Broadway. Excellent cocktails and best steak we have ever eaten.

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SharonG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere on 2 nd floor , food was outstanding, service was good..I only gave 4 stars for service because she totally forgot our salad!

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mariek
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

First , the only real positive was our server. She was so upbeat and positive, unfortunately I don't remember her name but I do remember she was from NJ. Second, the noise level due to the BLARING music was unacceptable. I should not have had to yell across the table to speak with others in my party. Lastly, although the food was a bit price and had a lot of flavor, the grilled chicken sandwich was apparently made from a rubber chicken. Very hard and chewy are the only description. Another in my party also had the same sandwich and also had the same issue.

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DaveL
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience1

The music is so loud you can not converse with anyone across the table without having to nearly yell. Ridiculous! I will not be going back to Merchants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before TSO concert .

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WalterJ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dining experience celebrating a wedding anniversary. The only disappointment was regarding my cocktail. I wanted either green olives or cherries in my drink. Neither one was available. It seemed unusual that they were out of a those common garnishes.

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Bagelbakerextraordinaire
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked this f=without knowing anything bout Nashville. Excellent choice for me as this is real southern cooking in authentic Nashville facility. No loud noises or crowed spaces.

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NoogaGEM
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Downstairs booths are far to small...extremely tight for normal size adults. Duck Fat Tater Totes and Grilled Salmon were delicious. Unfortunately the bartender could not make a Dirty Martini....no olives per our server. Disappointing!

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CathyD
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Had the chili and cornbread before a show. Chili was just warm and unremarkable and cornbread was dry but warm. Great service and nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Paul, our waiter, was wonderful and attentive. The Cobb salad was delicious and the tater tots were so good!

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vipAmyW
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and very accommodating for a bigger party.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a solid meal in a comfortable atmosphere. The server was attentive but not too intrusive. Definitely would come back again.

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SarahS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Merchants. Mark was our server and he did a great job! Very kind and attentive. Everyone in our party’s steak was perfectly cooked! We will be back.

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vipCaidog
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was impeccable- patient, gracious and knowledgeable. The meat was exquisitely cooked and served. And the atmosphere was perfect for my mother in law’s 86th birthday!

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vipThomasC
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Service was not great. My prime rib was over cooked and server did not even check with me after the meal was put on table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it

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adriannaL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time, the upstairs was comfortable & minimal noise.

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Joan
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was ok. The server was less than enthusiastic and his patience was less than stellar when we asked for a minute to look over the drink menu. We asked for our carafe to be refilled so he took it but never returned with water. Food was food and hot. All in all it was pretty good. He did take his time bringing our bill.

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sandra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great
Good food
Liked popcorn

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Andy
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and location to people watch on Broadway. The Thanksgiving plate was delicious as was the rest of the meal. Will be back to try more of their selection.

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SamanthaD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Great Thanksgiving dinner. Friendly staff. Beautiful environment and great food! Highly recommend.

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MeganJ
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner right on the corner of broadway!

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AZ123
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great historical place, good classical food, super friendly waitress, a good place to catch up with old friends, although too noisy for talking.

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vipSTACYf
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weve dined at merchants for lunch and found the food tasty and the service excellent. This recent visit was above and beyond what i expected! This time we dined on the second, beautiful setting with a great view. The food was phenomenal but the service was probably the best I have ever experienced! Our server was the sweetest, all of her recommendations were on point. She made my daughter feel so special on her bday! Thank you Merchants!

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Babe
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Expensive for steaks that were nothing special. Brussel sprouts were mushy. Wine and drink were best part of meal.

CJ
CJ47
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner there. I thought the Prime Rib was a bit "stringy," but tasted good. Our server forgot to do separate checks for two of the people who requested them, but graciously took care of it when reminded.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was nice and the service was great but for the price we paid, we expected more. The steak was over cooked and the sides were bland with little flavor.

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Lou4Food
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We arrived a little late and with not much time before the kitchen was closing but they did not rush our party of four and we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and delicious food. The salmon and steak were both beautifully prepared and plentiful. Don't miss the mac and cheese appetizer!!

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Ging
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delight. Highly recommend! Sanity in an otherwise crazy Broadway St experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The experience on the second floor was interesting and different from downstairs. Not many options but the food was good.

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CarlG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The tomato bisque was outstanding. The lamb rack was good, but it came unaccompanied by anything like rice and a vegetable. Just meat. The waiter should have informed me of that fact. The dessert was very tasty--a butter scotch brownie with ice cream.

The ambience was somewhat harmed by an idiot out on the sidewalk drumming on five gallon buckets with an amplifier attached. When I walked by him to get into the restaurant the noise literally hurt my ears and it was clearly audible inside.

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vipKree
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love visiting here when we are in Nashville. Favorite wings. Great dry rub. Cocktails are unique and delightful.

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vipTigger2001
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, everyone's dish was perfectly done, nice ambiance. Bit noisy in the Bistro, but not too much.

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Grandma
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and the food were wonderful but it was so noisy we could not carry on a conversation at a table for four.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul our server was awesome, very attentive and went above and beyond accommodating our special request. Would definitely dine here again.

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.6 stars by 3209 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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