Merchants Restaurant is another prime example of a classic eatery being opened in a unique and historic Nashville site. The three-story building that houses Merchants was originally a hardware store on one level, a pharmacy on another, and a wholesale drugstore on the top level that once sold products such as “blood-medicine” (seriously). For quite some time, the building was also home to a hotel which housed guests such as Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Many features of the old hotel can still be seen in the restaurant as it stands today. Merchants' cuisine is also indicative of classic Southern fare; downstairs it serves a set menu that includes duck-fat tater tots and a delicious burger, while the upstairs is more formal with three-course dinner options.
One of the most unique dining experiences in all of Nashville, the Catbird Seat is relatively new to the city. Reservations are rather difficult to get, seeing as there are only ~20 seats in the whole place. It’s "tasting menu only," and the resto charges a set per-person price which includes 12-14 mini courses that are chosen and prepared in front of you by the chef. You might need to save up for a while, but trust us when we say it’s worth every penny.