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January 15, 2015updated Jul 15, 2015

The 7 Best Restaurants In Detroit

By Neharika Padala



Wherever your culinary taste lies, Detroit has restaurants to satisfy your deepest cravings, be it steak, foie gras or Scottish salmon.

From French, New American to Italian cuisine, the rich restaurant scene of Detroit is ready to offer the perfect dining experience, as our restaurant guide shows.


Since 1938, London Chop House has been serving Detroit’s elite the finest steaks, chops and fresh seafood.

It has been previously named as one of the ten best restaurants nationwide by the James Beard Foundation.

The wood paneled walls and red leather booths create a sophisticated ambience. A wide range of fine beverages including premium liquors, cocktails martinis and beers are available at the bar.


Image credit: Rugby Grille

Image credit: Rugby Grille

Situated in The Townsend Hotel, Rugby Grille is a fine dining restaurant serving an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

The restaurant has previously received the coveted AAA Four Diamond award, whilst the wine list has been awarded the ‘Award of Excellence’ by The Wine Spectator.

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Executive Chef Drew Sayes skillfully uses only the freshest ingredients to create dishes such as Seared Foie Gras, Duck Cassoulet and Dover Sole.


Chef and owner David Gilbert has cooked in the top Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and America, which is evident in his cuisine at Marais.

Using fresh, locally grown produce, he has developed a modern French influenced menu featuring dishes such as Black Truffle Roasted Chicken and Miso Glazed Sea Bass. The private dining room ensures you can dine in an elegant, intimate space, an ideal room to accommodate for larger parties.

The restaurant also boasts a retail shop, selling hard-to-find ingredients including French copper cookware, fine wines and French macarons.


Image credit: The Lark

Image credit: The Lark

For more than 32 years, The Lark has been earning national acclaim for their delicious cuisine and a 1,200-strong wine list.

Guests can choose the five course meal with an unlimited choice of cold appetizers, a salad choice, a sorbet palate cleanser and a choice for the main course.

The sophisticated surroundings create a special experience, whilst the dining room overlooks a walled garden featuring herbs and fruit grown for the kitchen, a fountain, outdoor tables and a grape trellis.


The Whitney specializes in beef, seafood, fish, lamb and veal, offering dishes such as Beef Wellington, Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon and Whole Steelhead Trout.

The stunning location makes for a sophisticated dining experience, while the private dining rooms provide add to the intimate ambience. The wine list, titled ‘The Whitney Collection’, boasts an interesting selection and aims to support the finest efforts of the local Michigan wine makers.


Located at the top of the GM Renaissance Center, Coach Insignia is a modern steakhouse offering dishes such as Truffle Roasted Chicken, Baked Atlantic Salmon and Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna.

The restaurant also caters for private events, boasting a private dining room on the 71st floor which can accommodate up to 250 people.

Located at 700ft high, Coach Insignia provides breathtaking views of Detroit, making it a unique and special place to enjoy upscale cuisine.


Image credit: Mario's

Image credit: Mario’s

Boasting with character, this elegant supper club offers an old school service, evident as soon as you step in.

Having been established since 1948, Mario’s has been serving Italian cuisine, including dishes such as Egg Plant Parmesan, Scallopini of Beef Tenderloin Marsala and Calves Liver. The tableside cooking, astounding service and ballroom dancing on the weekends makes Mario’s a truly special place.

It is also conveniently located close to the Theater District, making Mario’s a great place to dine before or after a show.

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