Makeready

4.3
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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 297 People Are Saying
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LN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

f
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

PG
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 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.

KD
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fettuccine bolognese is wonderful! Really everything has been that I’ve tried there.

TD
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place...great vibe...food...and service. A home-run.

GD
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good option when the great places are booked. Location is great by Printers Alley. Service was okay. Waitress forgot parts of order twice. Fish was good and ample size. Chicken pot pie was very good and could be an entire. Small bourbon collection. Very good selection of beer. Good, expensive cocktails. I would recommend. We left happy.

E
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and good service. I had the cheeseburger, but wasn’t impressed. Weird tasting sauce and I even had some major tummy rumbles a few hours later. We don’t have plans to return.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

My wife and I ordered the A5 Wagyu...we’ve had it ejsewhere

M
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Price points are too high for what you get! You are charging a premium for what?

j
E. Tennessee
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish was wonderful.

SR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We scheduled an early dinner before a performance at the Ryman. We started with cocktails and craft beer; all were excellent. Four of us shared a pretzel appetizer and the smoked salmon dip. The pretzel was just the right amount of chewy and the salmon dip was loved by all. The aged ribeyes were cooked as ordered and had a nice crust. The meat and three (a meatball with bacon tomato jam and lemon ricotta cheese, garlic whipped potatoes, salad greens) was the star of the show. We will definitely be back.

C
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three people - three different meals - all excellent. And then came dessert... let's just say from the first bite to licking the plate at the end not a crumb of the peach pie nor a spoonful of the ice cream were left. And the waiter, Wade, was just great.

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the trout piccata and my other 3 family friends had steak. Everything came out perfect, even at 9:30 pm on a Sunday night. Don't be afraid to book late to miss some of the early night rush. great drinks as well. This place is on printer's Alley. Eat here then go see a show at the Bourbon Street Blues.

m
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for dinner before a concert at the Ryman on a recommendation from our daughter who lives in Nashville.
So glad we did! The menu is very diverse and interesting and reasonably priced. I had the grouper and my husband had the Trout piccata. I think his was a bit better. It was a generous portion of fish with a lovely, classic piccata sauce on top. The grouper also was delicious, but a bit dry and served on asparagus. The couple next to us had the schnitzel and they said it was amazing. Will try that when we go back.
The place is adorable and spacious. It's inside a very cool turn of the century hotel. You can enter from the street or the hotel.

J
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I have had a dinner meeting for five people at makeready. They have great service, excellent food at reasonable prices, and an atmosphere that allows conversation at the table. The chicken pot pie appetizer is really a meal, and is the best chicken pot pie I have ever eaten.