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Merchants, Nashville, TN

Merchants

4.5
4.5
3590 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 69 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 3,590 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

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  1. DC

    DeborahC

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My wife’s salad first was improperly prepared as she told the waitress she’s on a vegan diet. The salad came out with salmon and cheese. There My prime rib was fair rating 7 out of 10. It was tough and a little over done. My dessert of peach cobbler with pecan ice cream was superb but at $11 it was over priced.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Meats are expensive
  3. DJ

    DebbeJ

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had an early dinner here before going to a show at the Ryman. We were seated shortly before our reservation time. The food was very good, and our server was very attentive. The decor could use a little refresh, but I would definitely dine here again.
  4. X

    Xcitedtoeat

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Merchants. Quality of food was excellent. Nice ambiance and I loved the China/ plates with the Merchant logo. Like a piece of nostalgia. Do not see that touch anymore on restaurants.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Rachel, was amazing and helped guide us through the menu. The food was INCREDIBLE. We’ll be back for anniversary this August. 😃
  6. KW

    KellyW

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Olivia was an outstanding waitress, attending to all our needs and details!
  7. RP

    RaymondP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Located right on Broadway. Friendly and efficient staff. Excellent food
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steak. Recommend for a nice dinner on the second floor steakhouse
  9. JM

    JakefromMemphis

    Nashville

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The drinks were spot on and the food was amazing. My only note is that the tater tots are the size of an entree. It’s not a complaint, but just a heads up to maybe not order another starter unless you have a group.
  10. LL

    LisaL

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious meal. Love the history. Perfect location for a night on Broadway!
  11. S

    Sparks

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was good but definitely not as good as I remembered in the past. I miss the piano playing upstairs and my prime rib was chargrilled and had a burnt taste. My husband's filet was great but overall a little disappointed
  12. SW

    ScottW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The building itself was very impressive. We loved the decor and design. Food was good if a bit bland, but the service was excellent. Drinks were good. The main dining room on the first floor was too loud.
  13. FW

    FantasticWoodFiredPizza

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Disappointing experience overall. Service was great…Regan was a saving grace. Steak overdone, sides seriously in need of seasoning, dirty slipcovers on the chairs and boisterous noisy crowd for a fine dining room. For the price this was beyond bad!
  14. GM

    GabiM

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    They ran out of 2 things I ordered.
  15. JC

    JoannC

    Tahoe

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olivia and Shannon were excellent servers! Got to know them a bit. Food was great, ambiance was too. We would definitely return!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had made reservations for the Bistro, which we were glad we did and would advise to do so. Always a stream of walk-ins. Service and server I believe was Matt was great. Very attentive and pleasant. We were never rushed Our food was enjoyable Would definitely recommend the Bistro at Merchants Our Bistro date was our last night in Nashville before driving home to LaSalle, Ontario Enjoyed Merchants Bistro & Nashvillr
  17. p

    pissedoff

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    it was our 40th anniversary and we felt rushed to eat and get out so the next group could have our table. not mindful nor respectful!
  18. D

    Damay

    Seattle

    364 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    364 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Comfortable atmosphere, excellent service. The Jambalaya was tasty and nicely seasoned ) tho our New Orleans palate needed a little touch of Tabasco). The grilled cheese had a nice flavor, but not quite “ ooey gooey “ for me.
  19. E

    Erica

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The tables are really close together. The waiter did not speak much. Food was good. Mac N Cheese is Fire!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We absolutely loved our dinner here! We ordered the fried green tomatoes, chicken fried chicken, jambalaya and the key lime pie. Y’all, the key lime pie was AMAZING! So was the old fashioned. Highly recommend
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Mom was in from out of town and wanted creme brûlée for her birthday but y’all were all out for the night. So instead she got a card that said “happy birthday.” Food was super overpriced.
  22. LY

    LYNN

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Sat in the Bistro area - our table was ready as soon as we walked in. Great beer selections. Ordered the deviled eggs(delish!) and the tater tots (enough to feed an army). Both were very good. Our waiter was great - very attentive and served our meal quickly. My arugula salad was huge and tasty. Would definitely recommend if you were eating early and planning to do some honky tonking in downtown Nashville!
  23. C

    Chuck

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    First time eating in the downstairs Bistro. Much noisier than the steak house with very little of the ambience. Will probably stick with steak house in the future.
  24. n

    nash617

    Nashville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place for food, cocktails, service, and people watching. One of the best views in Nashville for taking in the atmosphere!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous and Richard, our server, was awesome! Great recommendations and conversation.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Wish we hadn’t selected this restaurant.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great people! Great atmosphere!
  28. LT

    LeahT

    Amarillo

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love merchants! Always a must when in Nashville
  29. S

    Sally

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint restaurant on Broadway. Good portions, salad, burger and sandwich were prepared as described. They were all very tasty.
  30. RM

    RickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere, attentive service, outstanding management!
  31. JS

    JonathanS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was really great. Need to serve bread with dinner. Prices no bargain but food was excellent!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good. The braised short ribs were amazing according to my father and luckily he had the last plate of the night at only 6:30pm so it’s obviously very popular for a reason. Market oysters were fantastic and the southern touch if deviled eggs was perfect to start the meal off. I would definitely dine here again before a show at the Ryman and recommend to anyone.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great waiter. Food was good. Need more variety
  34. NN

    NinaN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service, food was excellent and staff were very friendly and attentive. One of the best prime ribs we have had! Sat by the window with view of Broadway.
  35. M

    Marina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first experience on the 2nd floor, and everything was perfect. Erin Y was my server and she made my night out to myself great with the best dining experience.
  36. LL

    LauraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food !! Amazing service . Great location right off broadway ! A must visit ! Will return !
  37. c

    cth9

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a nice lunch of salads....love the location and the service was very good!
  38. S

    Sunshine

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute place with lots of energy, great bartenders, delicious food.
  39. T

    Trish

    Memphis

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The ambiance was ruined by the music playing in the background - think “Now that’s what I call music” CD from 1998. Low key jazz or Sinatra would have made a huge difference. Food and service were good.
  40. r

    roma

    Berlin

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Sehr schönes Ambiente im Restaurant im ersten Stock. Wir erhielten einen sehr schönen Tisch am Fenster. Ein freundlicher Kellner bediente uns, der allerdings für das Servieren eines zweiten Flaschenbieres erstaunlich lange brauchte. Der Caesar Salad und die dicke, in Würfeln geschnittene, Scheibe Bacon war sehr gut. Das Roasted Chicken war sehr ordentlich, das Prime Rib ganz okay, das habe ich aber schon besser erlebt. Aufgrund des sehr schönen urigen Ambientes ein Ort zum Essen, an den man gerne wiederkommt.

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.5 stars by 3590 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 69 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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