Landmark Detroit restaurants of the well-heeled, manufacturing giant money set like Fox and Hounds, Capital Grille and the Whitney (located in a renovated mansion) still go strong, as do Detroit’s many soul food standouts, including the infamous Fishbone’s Rhythm Café located in downtown Detroit’s Greektown since before Greektown was a trendy dining hotspot. Detroit restaurants overlooking the meandering Detroit River have natural romantic appeal and include Andiamo for picturesque Italian cuisine and the Rattlesnake Club for steaks and views. But for perhaps the most gritty and authentic Detroit restaurant (and ideal for Detroit diners on a budget) is Lafayette Coney Island, a distinctive Detroit Coney Island restaurant located in downtown Detroit’s Lafayette building that slops some mean chili on a killer dog—for six bucks.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243
Dramatic river views accompany every meal at 42 Degrees North restaurant in Detroit. The menu focuses on classic American comfort fare prepared with a contemporary approach, and the restaurant proudly emphasizes local and regionally grown ingredients.
Andiamo – Riverfront
400 Renaissance Center, Suite A403, Detroit, MI 48243
Andiamo Riverfront restaurant is one of Detroit’s premier destinations for elegant and romantic dining. Andiamo Riverfront restaurant offers a diverse selection of refined Italian fare including beef, seafood and chicken with great side dishes to match. The restaurant offers dining in four different rooms and sweeping views of the Detroit River.
Atlas Global Bistro
3111 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
A trendy bistro in Detroit, Atlas Global Bistro impresses from the first steps with soaring ceilings and a vintage wood bar. This restaurant was awarded three stars from the Detroit News, and has been given such titles as “Best Restaurant Under $50” and “Best Eclectic” restaurant. The eclectic menu focuses on approachable international and fusion fare.
Bourbon Steak – MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third St., Detroit, MI 48226
With a sleek design to match its luxury hotel setting, Bourbon Steak is a modern American steakhouse in Detroit’s MGM Grand Detroit hotel. The celebrated menu is built upon centerpiece ingredients like all-natural Certified Angus Beef and American Kobe cuts deftly cooked over mesquite wood.
Renaissance Center, 72nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48243
A top-rated Detroit fine dining restaurant, Coach Insignia offers panoramic views of Detroit, Canada and the Detroit River with every meal. This stylish steakhouse features a well-scripted menu of delicious contemporary cuisine, as well as a world-class wine list with over 800 selections.
670 Lothrop, Detroit, MI 48202
For a restaurant with such an ambiguous name, Cuisine certainly boasts an incredibly well-honed culinary point-of-view. Chef/owner Paul Grosz skillfully prepares contemporary French-American cuisine, as well as seasonally changing dishes and an expert focus on vegetarian offerings. Wine pairings from the carefully crafted list are available for all menus.
2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Iridescence is simply beautiful; hanging orb lights, glowing blue accents and spectacular views of the city skyline make this fine dining restaurant a top choice for classy gatherings and romantic dates. The broadly appealing menu of creative fare—which emphasizes local ingredients and natural flavors—pairs brilliantly with the extensive, award-winning wine list.
La Dolce Vita - Detroit
17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203
Serene patios, complete with soothing fountain, make La Dolce Vita a bit of hidden gem in Detroit. Not what you’d expect, but everything you could want in a restaurant from the great service to the satisfying food. With imaginative dishes like eggplant lasagna that uses eggplant instead of pasta, the restaurant brings classic Italian to the table with a fresh twist. Dinner is served nightly and lunch is enjoyed Tuesday through Friday while Sunday brunch is also worth a visit to La Dolce Vita. Look past the surrounding neighborhood and come to appreciate the food and ambiance that make this an enjoyable restaurant in Detroit.
501 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226
True to its moniker, Mosaic embraces an eclectic, fusion approach to its menu, fusing together varying flavors of world cuisine to create culinary artwork. From waterfalls, granite and copper to a hand-blown blue glass ceiling, Mosaic also impresses with a uniquely stunning setting that is perfect for enjoying the multi-ethnic fare, signature cocktails and entertainment.
565 East Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226
Excellent, original recipes inspired by French and American cuisines prepared with “seasonal spontaneity” and the freshest ingredients make Opus One a true destination for foodies. This stylish yet unpretentious Detroit fine dining restaurant features three wine-themed dining rooms and one of the most beautiful bars in the city, and it has earned Wine Spectator awards every year since it opened in 1987.
Roast – A Michael Symon Restaurant
1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
Famed restaurateur and Iron Chef Michael Symon strikes gold again with Roast. This fine dining Detroit steakhouse showcases an expert focus on centerpiece ingredients like wood fired, dry aged steaks, rotisserie meats, charcuterie and Heritage meats, and fresh seafood prepared in American style with signature Mediterranean twists.
Saltwater – MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third St., Detroit, MI 48266
Celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Michael Mina brings style and great flavors to Dallas with Saltwater, one of the great Detroit restaurants at the MGM Grand Hotel. The menu focuses on contemporary seafood preparations and refined American cuisine, including dishes like lobster pot pie, ahi tuna tartare, fresh king crab and oysters from the raw bar. Because this restaurant doubles as a sophisticated nightspot, it is a strictly 21-and-over destination.
250 Riverfront Dr., Detroit, MI 48226
A casually elegant American restaurant in Detroit, the Signature Grill offers refined preparations of comfort-style fare in a warm and relaxed setting augmented by Detroit River views. This restaurant has earned critical acclaim from Metro Times Best of Detroit, and was named Detroit’s “best kept secret” by Hour Detroit Magazine.
The Rattlesnake Club
300 River Place, Detroit, MI 48207
Located on the picturesque shores of the Detroit River sits the Rattlesnake Club. Winner of numerous culinary and hospitality awards, the restaurant specializes in prime steaks and fresh seafood. The main dining room offers breathtaking views of Detroit, and private rooms are available to accommodate large parties in an intimate setting. Catering is available as well, along with wedding accommodations. Executive Chef Jimmy Smith creates a menu that is plenty of choices and mouth-watering dishes that use locally grown ingredients for the freshest flavors possible. The Rattlesnake club also boasts a full bar for after-dinner entertainment and enjoyment.
Wolfgang Puck Grille – MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third St., Detroit, MI 48226
A contemporary version of the classic bar & grill, Wolfgang Puck Grill at the MGM Grand hotel in Detroit offers contemporary American cuisine in a fine dining setting. The menu incorporates fresh, seasonal, all-natural and organic ingredients for both dinner and their locally adored Sunday Brunch.