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Merchants Restaurant Review

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Merchants Restaurant Review
© Jan Duke

The Bottom Line

Merchants is one of the best places to dine in Nashville when you want a historic atmosphere. The buildings rich history is what sets it apart and makes it one of Nashville's most unique dining experiences.


  • Historic Setting
  • Great Service
  • Valet Parking


  • Lack of Self Parking


  • Uniquely Nashville
  • Causal-Fine Dining
  • Moderate Price

Guide Review - Merchants Restaurant Review

The Merchants Restaurant Building was originally opened around 1870 and at that time housed a pharmacy, manufacturing company, and a wholesale drug company on each of its' three floors. Two decades later it was reconstructed into the grand Merchants Hotel and remained such until the decline of lower Broadway began.

The Merchants Restaurant opened its doors in the late 1980's when a resurgence of Lower Broadway and downtown Nashville began.
The buildings three floors are divided into private, fine, and casual dining areas with the Bar and Grill (causal) being on the first floor, fine dining on the second, and the third floor being reserved for private parties. We found this layout offered something to fit everyone's needs and style.

We choose to dine on the second floor (fine dining) and found it to be rather romantic, to much our surprise, we found that they offer candlelit dinners along with live piano music several evenings each week.
Their menu offerings included everything from Country Fried Steak and Meatloaf to Rack of Lamb and Roasted Duck. I choose to have the Sauteed Atlantic Salmon priced at around $20.
While I found that the salmon was cooked to perfection, I didn't care much for the Dill Riesling sauce that it was topped with, but then again I'm not much of a dill person and thankfully the sauce didn't over power the entrée in the least.
The service was impeccable; in fact, we were quite amused that our waiter managed to refill our drinks at least twice without us even being aware of it.

Merchants is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Broadway, making it within walking distance of most of the downtown hotels, convention center, and honky-tonks. Menu prices range from $8 for salads and sandwiches to around $40 for Filet Mignon.

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