Merchants

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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Denver
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fun night. There were 4 of us and we all enjoyed our food orders. Service was slow but we were not in hurry. Waiter was very gracious.

B
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the atomosphere and location. Jambalaya was good but needs more rice.

NT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal & service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

BB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Merchants was a very good restaurant. Right on Broadway so very busy, but service was excellent and food was delicious. Noise level was very loud, so a little hard to have a conversation, but overall a great place.

R
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was very loud in the restaurant. We had to yell to hear each other. The food was mediocre. Definitely not a place we plan to go back to.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great location on Broadway. Service was friendly and prompt. Food was good..but menu a bit dated.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant in great location on Broadway. Service was excellent and food was very good. On time with our reservation on a very busy evening. Would definitely go back.

MB
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Merchant’s. My wife has many food allergies and between the server, the manager and the chef they made her feel very comfortable and provided her with a wonderful meal. Well done! Much appreciated all!!

NB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not bad at all

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. We booked from Australia and it was everything we had hoped it would be.

W
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not a good value for the food. The change in menus from the past is not as impressive.

N
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My friends and I were from out of town and enjoyed our dinner at Merchants on the second floor. I highly recommend the food as it was excellent and the service was great. The ribeye steak and the creamed spinach was excellent.

f
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My husband and I were expecting a better experience for our last night in town since we reserved our dinner on the second floor. We were seating at a table that was awkwardly placed in a room with a private party with more than 20 people. I felt like we were an afterthought from the get go. The large party ordered after us and received their food before us. They were loud and rambunctious, which I understand - but this wouldn't have been an issue if we were seated elsewhere. Food was mediocre. Nothing spectacular. We sat there with our menus for a good 10 min before we were acknowledged. Everyone except our server was very kind and checked in often. When I chose to not have an alcoholic beverage for dinner, the server's attitude changed negatively. I got full just sitting there waiting for our entree to come out after our appetizers. We ended up taking more than half of our steak home because we had been seated there for over 1 hr 45min already. I'd much rather just dine downstairs in the bistro because it just felt so stuffy and pretentious upstairs (maybe this was imparted on us by our not so welcoming server).

PM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loud by usual standards. Quiet by Nashville standards.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Merchants is in a historical building in Nashville which makes it very charming and fun in which to dine. The atmosphere is lively and laid back on the first floor, where we had our meal. Service was outstanding, very friendly and accommodating. Food was pretty good.

SG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On broadway but second floor Donnie is quiet and intimate. Loved the service, food and atmosphere!

BJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are doing the Broadway strip , but don't want the typical "bar food" offered at most places ... this is a refreshing change . "Real " food ... and it's delicious . Service is always top notch. When in downtown Nashville , this is one of our "go to" places

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food good but not amazing. Ambiance trendy cool and overal great experience!

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the street view! Pimento cheese and chips are a great appetizer!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I planned a date night for my fiancé’s birthday and we love trying new restaurants. Merchants did not disappoint! We made reservations and were seated immediately. The wait staff was so pleasant and frequently checked to see if we needed anything. The food was absolutely wonderful! We both had steak and both were cooked exactly how we wanted. We also had the creamed spinach and Mac and cheese and both were great! We will definitely go back!

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time i visit Nashville I visit this spot! It’s always amazing, service is great! Try the fried green tomatoes and you can’t go wrong with any dessert.

J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Perfectly adequate food, right on Broadway, quick and convenient.

OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner in the Bistro before concert was delicious and quick service.

T
Hawaii
58 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in Nashville for just one day en route to Atlanta to catch a plane. I Googled "good places for lunch" & Merchants looked very appealing. Very cute place in an historic building right on Broadway in the thick of things. Good service (friendly & professional & efficient). And, good food! We shared the deviled eggs & fried green tomatoes to start. Then, we each had the chicken & waffles special. Great! And, very generous portions! Really enjoyed Merchants & would gladly return next time we're in the area.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was great! definitely will return

QK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply, sequentially, sensually, obviously, outstandingly, exceptionally, eventually, evidently sumptuous.

D
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Extremely loud. Food ok but not something you need to come back far

RO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a super waitress. Can’t remember her name, just that she just moved from Seattle. She deserves a 10 out of 5!!

PG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service! I had oysters from Washington State that were small and succulent. Then I had the Salmon that was cooked perfectly with a wonderful risotto. My friends had the Tenderloin Stake and said they were the best they even had

B
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally good service.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

I will start by saying this is one of my favorite restaurants! Food is fabulous. Service superb. But the noise level for dinner was ridiculous for a restaurant. It was like eating during a concert! Asked that it be reduced, but that request was denied. Sadly won’t be going back. If you enjoy yelling at each other while having a meal go for it as the food is great!

JR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We liked the location and our waiter was very helpful.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends and I always have a great time at Merchants. It’s a great place to enjoy Broadway without being overwhelmed by a NashVegas feel after a few days of enjoying the city. Food is great and while I don’t drink alcohol, my friends tell me the drinks are also quite good.

A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for good food and ambiance! Do not expect a long winded experience, great food, service but in the fast side.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Katie, was friendly and attentive. She answered our questions about the menu and about the city. Love her smile and personality.

GB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time at Merchants. My niece recommended Merchants and it didn’t disappoint. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Not a single complaint.

ST
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

First floor bistro was hot and loud. So loud, we weren't able to carry on a conversation at dinner and could barely hear the waitress. The food was good, but the bill for 4 was $180. I wouldn't have minded the price if the atmosphere had been a little better.

EA
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

It was super loud. The music was blaring. The food tasted great.

OA
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, slightly salty. But overall great.

L
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the staff was amazing. Great experience

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