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Merchants, Nashville, TN

Merchants

4.6
4.6
3780 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 55 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 3,780 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. DS

    DaneyelleS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an early dinner at Merchants before going to the Grand old Opry. We were seated right away for our reservation, would highly recommend getting reservations as wait times can be long. Our service from Smiley and Chloe was excellent! Our dinners and appetizers were all delicious. We would recommend the bbq pulled pork for sure!
  2. MA

    MAC2016

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner with crab cakes and salmon. The Mac n cheese with 50/50 potatoes were amazing sides. Nice two top table by the window, and professional staff making the evening a complete “win”! Will definitely return.
  3. v

    vegdinnergrl

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food right in the heart of Nashville. Highly recommend.
  4. PD

    PattiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Merchants. Tourist beware Anywhere, but thieves do roam the streets...even young kids that we saw in action...just beware The food was really good, waiter was excellent and the atmosphere festive. It was great. Parking within the block on Thanksgiving day.
  5. D

    Debbie

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Solid 10 out of 10 on everything, food was amazing.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Our 3rd year in a row celebrating Thanksgiving at Merchants. Fred Davis made it extra special this year!!
  7. MB

    MelissaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. So happy we chose to go there!
  8. MD

    MikeD

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good restaurant, close to Bridgestone. Having reservations helped. Good service, cheeseburgers and fries excellent. Fried green tomatoes were soggy and greasy, otherwise a great place
  9. HB

    HeidiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I enjoyed our time at Merchants. We got there a little before our scheduled time and were able to be seated immediately. The server was friendly and seemed to know the menu items. The noise level was reasonable for a Sunday afternoon. The food was very good. I lived the house made chips!
  10. JM

    JMR02

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The first floor restaurant is a bistro. Sweet tea pork chop was juicy and Smokey from the grill; the fried chicken was moist and flavorful. Would definitely visit again.
  11. DC

    DougC

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love Merchants for lunch when spending a day on Broadway.
  12. d

    dowens64

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation so we were promptly seated. Server was very attentive. Food was fresh and delectable. Would absolutely recommend.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and great location! Would highly recommend- dinner was amazing.
  14. M

    Marty

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merchants was the dining highlight of our Nashville vacation. The food was excellent. Our server, Melani was a pleasure, and provided excellent service. This was a great escape from the Broadway hustle and bustle. Make reservations to ensure a table.
  15. CT

    ChristieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and place to dine! Nice atmosphere. Chair covers were dirty, but everything else was great!
  16. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best meal we’ve ever had. The crispy Brussels are a MUST. Did the filet, pork chop, Brussels and Mac & cheese. Homemade key lime pie for dessert. All incredible.
  17. JS

    JimS

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great time at Merchants as always. Food was excellent and wait staff very attentive. Well done.
  18. T

    Touristatitsfinest

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. What more is there to say?
  19. BK

    BarbaraK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  20. s

    skw8

    Orlando

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Historic restaurant in heart of Nashville.
  21. BG

    BethG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We sat downstairs and the atmosphere was really energetic and fun. Noisy but what else do you expect at this location? Not noisy like the bars but just everyone talking and laughing. Waiter was so friendly and funny. Cocktails were great. Food was good.
  22. M

    Mariva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time. Our server was kind and speedy. The food was phenomenal!
  23. DK

    DeanK

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Several intoxicated customers made it hard to enjoy a quiet meal. Those customers should have been seated on the first floor where the bar is. NOT on the second floor where people want to have a nice quiet dinner. We chose to go there to get away from all the noise and partying. Saw several customers pay the hostess to get a table early. Very disappointed because we attended a few weeks ago and it was a very good experience.
  24. r

    robertw

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tremendous. Server (Joe) was great, but a little long to get our food.
  25. SJ

    StephenJ

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The food was good, but I didn’t expect my second course to arrive whilst still eating my first. Drinks service during the meal was ultra slow
  26. B

    Belinda

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative menu with many late night comfort foods. Best tomato soup and grilled cheeses sandwich. Can't forget the complimentary flavored popcorn! Loved the decor and friendly staff. This was my second visit to Merchants and certainly not my last!
  27. CM

    ColleenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing! Ate upstairs and the food was delicious. Wait staff was so nice and attentive. Would highly recommend.
  28. GA

    GregA

    Miami - Dade

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience!! Big thank you to Brittney(manager) for making our experience amazing! Food was amazing. Definitely recommend the tater tots, wings and pork chop.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Steak with great service
  30. SS

    SonjaS

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Great service. Get a reservation because there is a wait.
  31. LM

    LindaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Our orders were messed up. Appetizers can with dinner. To loud to talk to your table mates.
  32. i

    imwithmike

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    No problem with the reservations. Popcorn with Hidden Valley seasoning was not very good. Dry and no real flavor with the seasoning. Drinks were prompt and good. The jambalaya had cooked shrimp laying on top of the serving which was not typical. Season and spice was lacking. Cornbread was massive, moist and pretty good.
  33. M

    Marc

    Miami - Dade

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very high quality cooking in a historical location right on Broadway in the heart of Nashville, with pleasant, but amateurish, service. Bread not offered (I had to ask), and when it came (for a charge) it was quite good - but a busser tried to take it away when our entrées arrived! Charge for it and then remove it?? Sides came minutes after the main courses. Details like that showed little training in service (very common nowadays in the post-professional service world). Otherwise a good experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience! The food was fabulous and the service was spectacular! I would highly recommend!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and expedient service. Menu provides a large variety of choices. Wings appetizer was phenomenal - delicious bbq dipping sauce. Our party enjoyed the fried chicken and collards as well as the French Dip - all were delicious. Great bistro and bar atmosphere! Highly recommend the bistro experience.
  36. GH

    GavinH

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the absolute best time at Merchants! It's always the best, and we loved the circle table by the window.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful experience! We were celebrating a birthday. Service was above and beyond. We dined on the second floor experience. Our waitress was attentive and explained the menu with detail. Food was great and at the perfect price point. When in Nashville again we will make sure to visit again !
  38. k

    karic

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great as always. The only complaint is it was hot in the restaurant.
  39. CG

    ChicagoGirl

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and classy environment. The peanut butter whip on the flourless chocolate cake was awesome!
  40. SJ

    ShariJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! The drinks were spectacular! The atmosphere was fun!

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.6 stars by 3780 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 55 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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