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Merchants, Nashville, TN

Merchants

4.6
4.6
3519 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.

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2 people

23:00


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.

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    4th Avenue S.

  • Parking Details

    There is paid parking around the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

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 3,519 people are saying

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

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  1. SK

    StephanieK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic dinner and Olivia provided fantastic service!
  2. N

    Nickname

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Our reservation was 15 minutes late, I could barely hear my partner from across the room, and the food was poor quality for the price. The mac and cheese tasted like nothing. The fish tacos and spinach dip were just average.
  3. J

    Jorde

    Memphis/West TN

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our third time dining here. They never disappoint with food or service. Everything was delicious! A must to get is the tater tots. We were disappointed that the air was broken, we felt we should of been notified prior to decide to reschedule as it was over 90 degrees out. We would certainly return when the air is working. ☺️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was very well prepared. They called the day before to confirm our reservation, it would have been nice to know that the air conditioning was not working in the restaurant.
  5. RB

    RonB

    Orange County

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    6/29/22-wife’s birthday, but I guess they didn’t see that note on Open Tables reservations Our Server, Reagan was great. Ron
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Strawberry Prohibition drink was to die for. Chicken Fried chicken meal and side of cornbread was a perfect pair for southern cuisine. BFF had salmon that was prepared perfectly . Thanks and we'll be back.
  7. E

    Emma

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are locals and love this place.
  8. RM

    RayM

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spicy chicken and waffles w/a fried egg and bacon? You had me at chicken and waffles!! French Dip was awesome. Service was top notch and the people watching from the window on Broadway was fun!
  9. BR

    BrittanyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed my dinner here! Dined upstairs, short rib and everything was delicious. Would definitely go back!
  10. s

    simpledudewholikesfood

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We were quickly seated but sat for ten minutes without anyone speaking to us or acknowledging our presence, including the servers who were clearing the tables just next to us, looked me straight in the eyes and never said a word. So, because we were heading to a show at Ascend, we jumped over to the bar when two seats opened up. The drinks were tasty and Bill was friendly and engaging. Unfortunately, our order was never submitted so we ended up at the bar for almost an hour with do dinner. When I inquired about the delay Bill apologized profusely but even then it took 20 minutes to get our one sandwich we were sharing. I've been to Merchant's for years and this is by far the poorest experience. We were late to the show and ended up with horrible seats. LOts of options and I realize most patrons may be visitors but so it may not matter to restaurant leadership but it was a poor reflection on Merchant's as I've known it in the past and Nashville.
  11. T

    Tiffiney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Nashville for one night which just happened to be my husband's birthday. We discovered Merchants on accident and it was amazing! We ended up eating at the steakhouse and were lucky enough to have Regan as our server. She was personable, upbeat and gave us great recommendations for the night. The food and drinks were fantastic and the atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for. 10 out of 10 across the board!
  12. KW

    KenW

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ragan was outstanding.
  13. JR

    JamesR

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  14. h

    hmt1019

    Austin

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    If you want some awesome people watching for Broadway, a lively place for a meal with ok food, this is your place. We were fortunate to reserve a table and they gave us a front row to the stream of people outside. The waiter was good - checked in on us at a good interval. The food was not that good. Tater tots were a “specialty”. Honestly, it wasn’t something they should be known for. The sauces were good, but the tots? Nothing special. Jambalaya - same. The BBQ sandwich was dry / bun was borderline stale and even the BBQ sauce had a hard time helping. I would give them a second chance due to the really close location. Other than the location, not my highest recommendation.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    As usual, the food and ambiance of Merchants did not disappoint! Regrettably, the hostess and waitstaff left us feeling as if we were bothering them by our being there. Bartenders are amazing but the host staff is not at all hospitable. Would highly recommend because of great food and innovative cocktails… but don’t expect gracious Southern hospitality.
  16. F

    Fionaone

    Herefordshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, great food, great place
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from out of town I had heard great things about Merchants. It definitely met my expectations and more. Elliott was a thoughtful and helpful server and the food (prime rib) was delicious. Would come again when I’m in the area.
  18. KA

    KimA

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server Sam was very efficient and friendly. Food was just ok - not bad but not great. Rotisserie chicken and wings were the best. Burger was over done and tasted bland.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    Food was fine, service was fine, neither exceptional. But I booked the reservation because I had an OpenTable dining reward of $50. Was super annoyed when I presented the reward and they didn’t know how to activate it. Not sure if OpenTable is to blame for not properly educating its restaurants or if it’s the restaurant’s fault for not knowing how to use. But in this case, I felt like the restaurant should have tried harder to figure out how to honor/activate the reward.
  20. KD

    KarinD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great, especially their tator tots!
  21. e

    ewood

    Columbus

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice place to eat down in the craziness without being in the craziness!
  22. TA

    TASTERS

    Yosemite

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was seated on time in the Bistro with a small menu…2nd floor finer dining.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, try the bacon, deviled eggs as appetizers. Steaks were cooked perfectly. Short ribs were delicious.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Work lunch
  25. A

    Alexisrwilley

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice, almost out-of-place spot on broadway. Nothing honky-tonk about it if you're looking for a reprieve. Not the best meal we had in Nashville but still enjoyable.
  26. CM

    CatherineM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Food was very disappointing. Ordered the short rib and it was basically a giant chunk of fat….disgusting.
  27. BL

    BillL

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent. We will return. We will recommend your second floor dining.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Busy as hell, service and food were excellent despite the crowd! Great experience!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Zach (waiter) was great. Highly recommend. Other than that service was average and seemed a little disorganised
  30. CP

    CyndyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal! Service was great, food was delicious. One of our party had the house salad for dinner and said it tasted very salty. Didn’t not enjoy her dinner. The rest of our Meals were very good.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! The food was wonderful, and the staff were great.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Food was great except the Tartar. Very meh. Our server was nice, but didn’t pay attention to my actual allergies and when. Table by the window opened we were told we can’t move (we hadn’t gotten any food yet). Not classy!
  33. PA

    PaulaA

    Tucson

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Experience was not as good as previously experienced. Management made their best effort to satisfy us. Will try the restaurant again on next trip to Nashville.
  34. RK

    RebeccaK

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to Nashville and this was the only restaurant I was determined to get a reservation for. Great food. Friendly staff. Food did not disappoint.
  35. T

    Twinkie

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable feeling-old brick with table clothes. Nice cloth covers on comfortable chairs.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful. Richard was wonderful. He provided excellent service and recommendations. We will definitely be back.
  37. GH

    GavinH

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best! Big props to the team working CMA! So organized and so fun. It’s not easy to be the best, during the craziest week in nashville; but they did it.
  38. C

    Cheenius

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable. While the music was a little loud, it was still an oasis compared to the rest of the downtown scene. Food was good, and the mac n' cheese was a particular hit with our table.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Awesome Anniversary Dinner
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to share excellent food with best friends. That’s what we did!! A big thank you to our server Richard, he did a wonderful job!!

FAQs

Merchants is rated 4.6 stars by 3519 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

23:00


Booked 55 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Merchants

401 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    4th Avenue S.

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options

  • 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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