History. This was the first place I took my future wife for dinner. 1990. The upstairs was historic and full of personality. It was magical. We came to the downstairs many times after that. The old building and good food were wonderful. Some years later, around 2003, we came back with, now including our daughter........to find the upstairs all mauve colored and the menu rather snooty. Disappointed. Food was average at best. But the downstairs remained great until a couple years ago when some group of obviously gay men bought it, painted white over all the old historic wood and turned the menu into some buffalo wild wings p.o.s. that's 1 page finger food and 6 pages of drinks. Disgusting to see such an historic place fall to such a low.
Best fine dining in downtown..
I have eaten on the bar level (1st floor) and it was really good. The drink mixers are amongst the best in Nashville (same owners as Patterson House??)....but most recently I went up to the fine dining floor and it was simply amazing. The BEST steak in Nashville, according to my husband and I had the shrimp & grits. I think its the best grits I've ever had. Merchants is a must in Nashville.
P.S. read some of the bad reviews..they're hilarious! Some sad little people out there.
Needs a Name Change. I worked downtown for years until about 4 years ago and loved going to Merchants especially for the Salmon BLT and always in the past had such a great experience each time I went. Decided to go back and was looking forward too that same great meal. Paid 5.00 too park and then walked into the NEW Merchants...wow who remolded this place? Must have gotten a deal on White paint and ruined the classy look the building had. Ordered the Salmon BLT and it was a shell of what it used too be, everything was different about it even the fries. Horrible meal for 15.00 but I did get some garlic popcorn...classy touch! I will say the service was good but please don't try too pull off the same menu of old, just start selling hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes and maybe some nachos with that gooey yellow cheese substitute and that would be more appropriate for the New Merchants. At least you don't have to rely on return business in the downtown area.
Excellent Service. Everything about Merchants is special to me. I love the art, food, drink and service. What more could you want! There is a special blend of warmth and hospitality that greets you at the door and continues during the meal.
Bad dessert experience-$12.
We ordered Blueberry crumble with/buttermilk ice-cream and carmel drizzle.
What we got: Hot blueberry soup, about a 1/4 cup of mushy, almost completely melted icecream, and a a teaspoon of crumble.
How can you mess up a Blueberry crumble and charge $12 for it?
Great decor, uniforms, and service, however. Really notably fashionable staff, and a beautiful decor.
But you have to want to EAT there.
Wow... sounds like some mindless goldberg droids.... Sounds like 99.9% of these reviews are written by the Golden berg boy's buds. Nothing about these reviews says authentic... especially the positive ones.
Do not miss. After the renovation, this restaurant goes to the top of the list in Nashville, The Bistro atmosphere on the first floor has a menu that is priced right and has many exciting items. The second floor has a elegant menu and great selections. The second floor is for a romantic evening as well as for business lunches. The new owners have gone out of their way make make each customer welcomed and appreciated. A great addition to downtown Nashville. Just wonderful.....
I am a vegan and i had to deal with incompitant people fromthe get go. it's always the same, no matter where you go. but, the fact that i had to talk to the manager at the beginning and still my meal came out with cheese, shows alot of lack of communication. i told the server, he told the chef; he told the manager... so on.-
my only deal is i am a server, i want this to go through... merchants has recently been taken over, and by taken over, i mean... TAKEN INTO A BUTCHER SHOP!! THESE NEW OWNERS SUCK SUCK SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO FREAKING BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my little sister worked therer for a bit, she got bossed and abused so bad. they tried to make every old emplee quit when those stupid brothers took over the restaurant... my little sis stuck it out for months, but these freaks ruinred her life. not even just physically...they have brought real life prosi's in... so if you wanna enjoy an afternoon.... go ahead, but be willing to pay a pretty penny... littrerally. those people have no shame. they make me sick
Very - Very - Good. Awesome, we dined upstairs on 7/31/2010. The waiter said they had recently completed renovation, and welcomed us to the newly finished dining area. The staff was most attentive, helpful and answered our questions. As an appetizer we shared an order of Ratatouille Crostini, they were “out of this world”. Salads were crisp fresh and lightly dressed. I ordered the Beef Short Ribs with puréed potatoes and creamed spinach it was “simply wonderful”. My companion had the Filet Mignon which was melt in your mouth. A sampling of a new fish appetizer was provide and enjoyed by both of us. I would highly recommend this once it’s on the menu. We also enjoyed several of their house Martini’s made with Plymouth Gin, Dry Vermouth and Orange bitters. We will be going back.
Good Dining Experience.
The food was very good, reasonably priced. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Wanting to know if everything was good and if we needed anything else. I got the tuna sandwich--large piece of tuna and fries. Husband got fish tacos..enjoyed.
Would definitely eat there again.....
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