A Legacy Of Lasting Impressions

About Us

Founded in late November 2005, Watermark manifests the spirit of the new Nashville restaurant scene through a contemporary approach to fine cuisine and service. The restaurant embodies the urban sophistication of its location in the rapidly developing Gulch district of downtown. Combining its roots as a turn of the century print shop with a comfortable modern design, Watermark is accented by an expansive view of the Nashville skyline.

Watermark is located in what was originally Nashville’s first printing press. Today, the building houses an elegant restaurant featuring gourmet cuisine along with an unparalleled fine dining experience. While the use of the facility has changed, Watermark hasn’t lost it’s focus on creating lasting impressions.


Our Beginnings

Watermark Restaurant was named after Marshall & Bruce Printing Co., a 150 year old print shop, which was responsible for producing Southern Baptist bibles and watermarking documents, postage stamps and stationery. Watermark’s owner, Jerry Brown, saw this as a wonderful way to pay tribute to the building’s roots, as well as make a statement that — “Watermark will make a great first impression…and lasting impression on its guests.”

Marshall & Bruce remains an active printing company in Nashville and can be found at www.marbruco.com. You can still faintly see the printing shop’s logo adorning the building on the top right side of Watermark’s rooftop patio facade.

Located in the Heart of The Gulch

Watermark Restaurant is located at 507 12th Avenue South in the stylish urban setting of the Gulch. The restaurant is housed in the Mercury View Loft Building, a mixed use facility that includes restaurants, shops and residential units – all of which enjoy the stunning view of Nashville’s expanding skyline.

Designed by noted architect, Patrick Avice du Buisson of Polifilo Design Studio, the setting blends the building’s original print shop with the adjoining modern residential addition. Inside, guests experience a transition from historic renovation to stylistic construction. Comfortable surroundings integrate the sophisticated urban design with an atmosphere that remains intimate and relaxing.

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