Merchants

4.6
3125 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 3125 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ate in the Bistro on the first floor. The food was so-so. I had the BBQ pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries (soggy) and my husband had the French dip. He said it was okay and he is very easy to please. Not bad but nothing special. Although our waiter was pleasant, he knew nothing about beers on menu. With all of the other options, It won’t be on our list to return to.

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vipKimM
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Server was wonderful and attentive. Prime rib came to table with an empty aujus cup and looked like it had been sitting a while. Hubs had Mac n cheese with bacon that was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Server very attentive
Would return

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sarahj93
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was wonderful and service was great! Our server was absolutely wonderful, we loved him! The prime rib and peach cobbler was the best! Thanks for a great night out Merchants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sad they took the pimento and cheese off and the bacon off the deviled eggs! Our favorite spot when we come to Nashville and were kinda sad it changed management because it was our ritual to come here first on trips!

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KimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had the best waiter and the food was delicious.

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ShannonB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Richard was awesome. We were on the second floor and we were sat next to a large noisy crowd.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, service, and attention to detail

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent !!! Food was delicious !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to visit Nashville. A life long resident recommended Merchants. We were seated by a corner set of windows...perfect for people-watching and getting a great flavor of the city and nightlife!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a point of going to Merchants in Nashville because we’d heard so many great things. The night we went we were celebrating my BIL’s birthday. What a wonderful place to celebrate and be able to hear each other in conversation. We ordered the duck fat tator tots which were delicious. We had the pork chop, chicken fried chicken, and jambalaya. Everyone loved their entrees. We shared the peach cobbler and chocolate cake for dessert. Amazing! Our server Mars took great care of us and was knowledgeable about the menu. This is a gem on Broadway.

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DaveB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second floor dining experience was excellent for special occasion dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Needed a good place on our first day arriving in Nashville. This place was very good. Are on the second floor which was a little quieter than the first floor where the bar is. Really craved the fried green tomatoes and our server got them for us even though they were Tom the upstairs menu. They were wonderful. Option sizes are huge especially the desserts. But definitely worth the visit.

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Candykid20
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Merchant's with friends of ours who live in Nashville while in town from Detroit. They don't dine at restaurants on Broadway often because it's just too busy and "touristy" so they were skeptical. Both agreed that the food was outstanding and the ambiance was even better. Our reservation was for the second floor which is a little more "upscale" and definitely quieter than the first floor dining space. Our server was Mark and he was spectacular. Our meal was served quickly and all items were exactly as we ordered. I would definitely recommend this spot and our friends agreed they will revisit again as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 5 people & were seated right away. We ordered cocktails. Tennessee Mojito was phenomenal! Two appetizers, cheese curds & spinach dip. Spinach dip was really good, cheese curds were decent. Service was wonderful. Our order was correct. I personally had the Cobb Salad and it was delicious!! We will definitely plan a stop by Merchants the next time we are in Nashville.

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MollyG
Shreveport
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Saturday night dinner. Made to wait 20 minutes after reservation time yet 4 available tables when finally seated. The ambiance of the second floor was much nicer than the first floor. Our waiter was not concerned with our experience snd only concerned with getting us in and out. We told him the steaks weren’t cooked correctly and he didn’t offer sending them back to be made properly. 6 oz filet was $42 and it should’ve been cooked to order. They had no flavor whatsoever. We seasoned them with salt and pepper. The potatoes tasted like they came out of a box. We ordered the candied bacon as an appetizer and it was tasteless and chewy. Made another mistake snd ordered one of the three desserts. The brownie smelled very strongly of cleaning fluid so we told waiter who said he’d take it off bill. We didn’t eat a bite of it. He never offered to try another dessert. We never saw a manager to speak to him/her. Someone needs to know the problems and I’m sure the waiter never told anyone about the steaks or the dessert. Very disappointed for an expensive meal.
Don’t bother going to this place. Mediocre service and less than that food.

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ShannonS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not only did we sit right down but the service was awesome and the food was fresh and hot

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience4

Our server was amazing!!! The hostesses were not helpful and very short with our group! The food and atmosphere were amazing!

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AlisonC
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here early in a Friday night before a show at the Ryman. Excellent service and great food. Cocktails were very tasty and the people watching out the window into Broadway was very entertaining. I will absolutely go again when I’m in Nashville.

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CathyS
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zander and Debbie and all the hostess staff were phenomenal .. and we highly recommend merchants.

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vipDougA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We never got our food after

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vipGreat4fun
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love going to Merchant’s before a hockey game. Food is always good with something for everyone. Highly recommend the duck fat fried tater tots.

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veronicas
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and cocktails were excellent. We had a reservation and got seated right away.

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LoyC
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was excellent. Will definitely recommend and return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for one night and went there for rare Prime Rib. It was perfect, delicious.

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JeffD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was fantastic. Had a reservation for upstairs dining originally. They reached out and asked if I could move downstairs as there was a big group event upstairs that evening. Management showed up with two complimentary appetizers when we arrived and thanked us for changing. Had a great table right on Broadway and meal was excellent.

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Redhed
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck fat tater tots are a tasty treat! Generous portion for sharing. We had the strawberry salad w/ salmon and it was delicious! Open Table made reservations a breeze-staff was friendly, atmosphere in the first floor bistro is lively with great people-watching along Broadway! Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe of the whole restaurant. Has an old time feel but played what I consider almost punk music. The food was fantastic! I got the soup & Sammy combo with homemade chips. Our waitress was also very attentive.

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Jessica
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had!!!!!! The staff was amazing and their food and drinks were fantastic.

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MaureenH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal

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ANDREAH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Maddie, was excellent. Made our dinner great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for dinner during a bachelorette party and everything was fantastic!

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CarlaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, great service

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BruceP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can be busy so make reservations.
Great alternative to the bars on Broadway.

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Brunch
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The food was amazing, great service, and a wonderful atmosphere! We would highly recommend.

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TonyaY
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and I love that it’s not a chain. Amazing service and food

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JulieB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice view, quiet compared to other places on Broadway. Food was okay, not outstanding, for the cost. Overall a nice dining experience on Broadway.

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HeatherD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun place. We are at the bistro first floor. Our server was very personable and gave great recommendations. The Mac n cheese with pulled pork was amazing..

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vipHeatherS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is exceptional! We were seated at a table right next to the window which was great for people watching. Food was delicious and executed just right. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Merchants is rated 4.6 stars by 3125 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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