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Merchants, Nashville, TN

Merchants

4.5
4.5
3677 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Bistro Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (615) 254-1892

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The third floor of Merchants is private dining space perfectly suited for rehearsal dinners, business dinners, cocktail events or any other reason to gather some of your closest friends together to enjoy company and sustenance.

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    4th Avenue S.

  • Parking Details

    There is paid parking around the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 3,677 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was wonderful! Food was great!!
  2. JA

    JoniA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is excellent! Steak was outstanding would highly recommend to anyone!
  3. E

    Ecleve45667

    Atlanta

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It is located on B
  4. SH

    SandyH

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was slow on this visit. Wait staff was friendly, but changed shift and we were a bit lost in the shuffle. The food was excellent.
  5. KB

    KristiB

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    Dirty, loud, and cramped but the food was incredible! Not a good place to bring a family with young children.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from ambiance, our waiter, the food, it was a great dining experience!
  7. c

    chuybaby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and meal was excellent. Our server asked if we were celebrating a special occasion or just having dinner and we told him we were celebrating our 20th anniversary. Shortly thereafter, we were treated to a complimentary champagne toast.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a business conference I brought a business associate who had not been to Merchants before.
  9. r

    rhuckabee

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Had been looking forward to this place with all the great reviews. Service and staff were wonderful but even on the second floor where it is upscale it was difficult to carry on a conversation even with yourself. Great food but very loud. Parking is difficult to find. No valet parking so allow 15-20 extra mins to make sure you’re not late.
  10. BM

    BigMick

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Based on reviews expected the quality of the steaks to be much better. Staff was professional and dinning area was very nice except for the stained seat covers.
  11. DT

    DianeT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delicious. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Great for lunch and people watching.
  12. DA

    DAWNK

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We were with someone with a wheelchair and the handicap doors were broken and our aunt was injured as the doors slammed on her. When we told the hostess, she didn’t apologize, just said, “oh they’ve been broken for a hot minute.” One stall in the bathroom was out of order. They have some work to do here. 2 of the 4 meals were not great.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great wings, fried green tomatoes & wedge salads! We love the complimentary truffle popcorn too.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 2nd time here. Food was terrific and a perfect place for a date night away from the kids.
  15. SS

    SusanS

    Tampa

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant in downtown Nashville with a lot of history. It’s been around for over 125 years. We had the prime rib which was delicious and the mushrooms
  16. MS

    MichaelS

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. Our waiter was teriffic.
  17. J

    Jillo

    Chicago

    78 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food lackluster. Didn't bother putting together wedge salad- very unappetizing on plate, just a few tomatoes and a pile of bacon bits on the side. The Jambalaya was weak. Not overcooked and rice cooked properly but tasted like they threw a can of tomato sauce over all. One TINY morsel of chicken, bland andouille. Shrimp cooked well and plenty. Would not recommend or return.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants we have ever been to! Zee was super nice and very attentive! Thank you so much for such great service and food. We just might have to make one more stop tonight before we head back home.
  19. SP

    SamP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was just ok. There was nothing really special about the expensive meal we ate. The potatoes tasted similar to instant box potatoes. Service was just ok. Honestly not worth it's price for me. The server reached over us quite a lot during dinner too. Wasn't that big of deal but for "upscale" that's not what you expect.
  20. TS

    TimS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was very good. Short ribs are fantastic. Best Brussels sprouts and best Mac and cheese we’ve ever had.
  21. KG

    KenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steaks were outstanding and Rachel took great care of us. Everything we had was great and we very much enjoyed the evening.
  22. b

    barrettd

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully engaged staff, very gregarious and friendly, making an instant positive impression on our group. Location, and large windows, provided for excellent people-watching on Broadway. The restaurant was classic, with herringbone floors and marble countertops. Loved the distressed/worn paint around the bar floor, reminding us of the history and legacy of the space. A perfect variety of food options, all prepared well, and fast. The Popcorn was addictive, don't be afraid to ask for more while you look over the cocktail menu :-)
  23. m

    mackh

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    For Nashville the place was good. The food and service were good just limited menu. The only problem, and it is not the owners problem, is where it is located downtown on Broadway where the noise level is quite high due the proximity to multiple night clubs all with competing loud bands. Regardless, I would go back again in spite of the noise. I would just be better prepared to expect it.
  24. SE

    SkylarE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Awesome atmosphere! Amazing staff! We’d recommend this place to anyone.
  25. f

    foodforthought

    Fort Lauderdale

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend’s birthday
  26. M

    Monroe

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! A little noisy but not too bad.
  27. AS

    AmyS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Food wasn’t as good as I expected for a nicer restaurant. Service started out good, but then it stalled. Server walked past us more than 5 times after we had finished eating and never checked if we needed anything else, another drink, etc. I finally had to ask for the check and it took a very long time for him to take our payment. Maybe they didn’t want us to leave??
  28. l

    ltmkd

    Key West

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are visiting a Nashville, make sure to eat at Merchants. Food is always consistent, service is always top notch! Love this place!!
  29. MK

    MichelleK

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went two days in a row, that’s how good it was.
  30. ST

    STKFan

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Worst dining experience!!! Flies all over the place. Served uncleaned shrimp. Could go on but just POOR experience!
  31. KC

    KimC

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Was really good in past visits, took forever to get cocktails. Steak on salad was tough, macaroni & cheese was totally bland. I’ll Definitely skip this place on next visit. Way too noisy!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was very nice and pleasant..Whn i go back to Nashville i will return!! Oh and the popcorn yesssss!! 🤍👍🏽
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good, but 2 minutes after they delivered our appetizers they brought our main course so the apps went to waste and we felt rushed to eat.
  34. AD

    ADAD

    E. Tennessee

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The waitress was very nice. The food ok.
  35. L

    Lindsey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Despite being highly recommended and the food being good, we were extremely disappointed in the service we received and would not recommend this restaurant because of it. There was barely any personal interaction between staff who completely ignored the special request/special occasion note, we received a bill not even halfway through dinner because it was a “shift change” and despite being told we could “hang out as long as we wanted,” we never got a new waiter the remainder of our meal. We were celebrating and wanted to order more drinks and dessert, but no one cared to check in with us. It seemed they just wanted to churn us out to move on.
  36. GS

    GerriS

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Prime rib was extremely tough and very rare. Server told us it was going to be rare to medium rare but this was not that. Deviled eggs were good. Server not very attentive.
  37. L

    Laura

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined on both levels at Merchants. The upstairs has a more limited menu but what they offer is top quality, delicious food served with utmost care and excellent service. The food was served relatively quickly and everyone was happy with the dishes. We had a steak, salad, Mac & cheese, chicken, tuna tartare, and salmon and all were delicious. One of the best meals I had in Nashville.
  38. MZ

    MelZ

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Salmon and broccoli was delicious and I loved the cup of popcorn that was served when we first sat down.
  39. AL

    ALCurlyGirl

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! Everything is perfect, and I've always been pleased.
  40. KM

    KMBJPB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so thankful to find this spot downtown! The food was delicious - some unique takes on normal choices, which was fun. They serve you some seasoned popcorn when you arrive which was absolutely yummy! Lots of fun cocktails and a long list of beer and wine as well. The server was professional, helpful, and kind. There was no live music at the time we were there, which we prefer. We needed a little break from the rowdy vibe of the streets and this was perfect without being stuffy or boring. There was definitely music playing at a decent level, but nothing that would obstruct conversation. Highly recommend!

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.5 stars by 3677 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Merchants

401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    4th Avenue S.

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Bistro Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    There is paid parking around the restaurant.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (615) 254-1892

  • Private party facilities

    The third floor of Merchants is private dining space perfectly suited for rehearsal dinners, business dinners, cocktail events or any other reason to gather some of your closest friends together to enjoy company and sustenance.

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