Makeready

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309 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfecting your craft doesn’t come easy, but dedication pays off. At Makeready Libations and Liberation, we rally around the spirit of those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. We serve as a breakroom for ladies and gentlemen in need of a friendly face after a hard day’s work.

Our food offerings center around a seasonal approach to American tavern food. Our commitment to local partnerships and heritage products will help provide future guests with a unique yet comforting dining experience. We take a seasonal approach to American tavern food, with a hearty selection that includes rotisserie fired meats, a cheeseburger that’s worth writing home about, and an elevated meat and three.

The beverage program ensures the experience is authentic. The offerings include a diverse craft beer list that would satisfy the masses. The cocktail selections center around a blend of the classic and contemporary.

Specials

Happy Hour

Why limit happy to an hour? Introducing our new happy hour from 3-5 pm daily! Grab a seat at the bar and enjoy $3 beer, $4 well drinks, $5 wine & $5 food specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 21, 2019

Ends: January 22, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-5:00PM

What 309 People Are Saying
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LH
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Went there for Thanksgiving. Food was very good, but our courses were rushed out. Got our soup before the cocktail and they tried to bring the dessert while I still had half my entree left to finish.

KB
Nashville
93 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time for their special Thanksgiving menu. Delicious and perfect blend of flavors. Scott was an attentive server. Will definitely be back for more special dinners(and their regular ones, too.)

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Bland interiors, overpriced mediocre food. Was very disappointed based on all the great reviews.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter was so nice!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was fine. The experience, not only the service, was underconscientious, to put it nicely. For example, the our server suggested the local hams board as an appetizer for our party of 4. The menu description listed ham, sorghum butter, pickles, and biscuits. We were brought one biscuit cut in half. When we pointed out the discrepancy, our server responded that he does not write the menu. He then brought us . . . one more biscuit. We don't expect Cracker Barrel, but come on! The meal proceeded thusly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

DT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food was delicious. One thing that was a little concerning was that from where we were sitting we could see the plates sitting up on the ledge in the kitchen waiting for the servers to pick them up. Twice we saw a male employee walk by and pick up a french fry from a customers soon to be delivered plate. 😖

KP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scot was great! He was attentive. My team had a great time and loved their lunch.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was just ok. The waiter was cute so he got away with forgetting my drink order (that he checked my ID for but never put in) forgetting to refill waters, not asking how I wanted my burger cooked, and not checking in enough.

Salmon dip was delicious. Burger was OK. American cheese remains to this day to be gross no matter how you dress it up but I took that chance. Take the cheese off that burger and you’ve got a winner.

TW
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Makeready has become one of our favorite restaurants in Nashville. We eat there before Predators games and other downtown events. I like the local beer selection, and the meat of the day entree is always good. One member of our party said her grouper was the best she ever ate.

LN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Appetizers were good, entrees just ok. Steak temperature cooked under what was requested. Waitress was ok.

f
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food from interesting menu. Cocktails were awesome, especially liked that there was an option that wasn’t sweet. Did well with a gluten intolerance. Gave us time and space to visit.

JF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was very good, very nice staff. Food was OK

PG
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Would rate restaurant a 10 but parking is a challenge & only 1 hotel elevator was working. When we left we found the side door on Church St. which was a short flight up. Much better option. Valet parking is a must as that area is so busy. Our waitress was excellent & food was delicious. Will definitely return. Want to go back one evening when the “speakeasy” is open. Hotel has been beautifully restored. So glad to see people restoring historic buildings rather than tearing them down. Definitely want to try the rooftop restaurant in spring/summer.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Not enough vegetarian options. Service felt understaffed. Other then that everything was great.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Beautiful building and all the staff was very friendly

S
Nashville
34 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It’s a restaurant for the hotel. Service staff were on cell phones and looked sloppy- menu was odd

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance. The soft pretzel and beer cheese dip are fantastic. It looks ideal for groups.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our local favorites.

AN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This restaurant is just okay. Which is surprising because the majority of the reviews for the food, the ambiance, and the overall experience are raving. But, then you have to wonder...are all these reviewers small town tourists or Nashville natives? Because if you've never been to the "big city" before, or you're born and raised in Nashville (and don't travel!) then maybe this restaurant IS amazing to you, and the food might be great, if you've never been to a great restaurant before? I don't know. We weren't impressed.

KD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO good! The food was delicious, service was great, ambience was relaxing and cool. Really enjoyed our breakfast and this new spot.

S
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Eclectic menu for a Sunday brunch. If not familiar with the area, the restaurant is difficult to find since signage is minimal.

K
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food - simple but creative. The Pork Cheek special was super tender and the burgers were buttery and tasty.

FB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looked for someplace away from the busy loud Broadway scene but close enough to go back after. The food was great and it was exactly what we wanted.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience4

If I was rating only the food, Makeready would receive 5 stars. However, since the restaurant was preparing for a big prepaid dinner, starting 90 mins after our reservation, the service was poor. Several things were not available on the menu (3 different items we tried to order). We felt rushed by the servers to finish so they could clear the table. We had to ask 2x for drinks. Desert was not offered. And we were there to celebrate a birthday. The food was great, but service needs to be reviewed when there is an event happening at the restaurant later in the evening. We had the feeling we were an inconvenience.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was amazing!

h
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Food was decent, but our server should have asked how we wanted the burger cooked, swordfish was a little dry.

HD
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner with a friend. This is a gem within the Noelle hotel (has an independent entrance) they'll also valet and validate if you go in for dinner. Between the well-crafted cocktails, appetizers that include the deviled eggs, a huge pretzel, entrees that feature Elk chops and burgers, and a dessert that takes banana pudding and infuses it with bourbon you have the makings of a great meal!

OT
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best biscuit I ever had. Their chicken dinner was delicious. The strawberry mascarpone cake melted in your mouth. Definitely a worthy meal.

AF
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best spot downtown that won't break the bank, has inspired seasonal food, and a fantastic curated draft list. If I were to open my perfect restaurant it would be Makeready. Tell only as many people as needed to keep the place profitable and open, but let's keep this new(ish) gem of downtown a secret. There's plenty of crap downtown Nashville that we need to support this great place as much as possible. Need to stay open later than 10pm on weekends though, people.

RS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party had a great time. All food was great. My ribeye was the only thing that was just ok.

RR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Great service. Not so great food.

ML
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok, service was a little slow and bartender was slow to respond with few guest. convenient place before a TPAC show

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Not sure what was happening in the kitchen, but our idea of a relaxing dinner turned into a stressful and frustrating experience.

We arrived at 6:15 and told our server that we were walking to an 8:00 show at TPAC. Ordered everything (all on pre-fixed menu) at server’s first visit to our table (2 pp).
While our appetizer came @ 6:45, our entrees arrived after repeated inquiries at 7:20 - over an hour after they were ordered!
Dessert arrived at 7:40 after more inquiries with an incorrect bill.

While the food was good, the experience was tainted.

JP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

waited 20 minutes for a 6:15 reservation for 4. Food took a very long time. Missed start of 8 pm show.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server at the restaurant was very friendly and gave great recommendations. The chicken was fantastic, as was the mac and cheese. My friend had the meat and three, and said that was great as well. I would definitely recommend giving this place a try. Right next to Printer's Alley too.

BJ
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Didn’t have the greatest service and the food was just ok. We’ve been there before when it was less busy and had a better experience. They really could stand to expand some of their menu options. My biggest issue was paying $19 for a very small old fashioned using run of the mill bourbon. Anywhere else in Nashville charges about $12 and you get a decent pour with a higher quality bourbon. Nothing really to write home about or recommend here unfortunately. I wish it was better because it is in a great location and nice atmosphere. It was just ok.

FT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our food was lukewarm and just okay. For what we paid, I expected better quality.