2016 Top Restaurants in Metro Detroit for Business
December 6th, 2016 | dbusiness.com
THE CHOP HOUSE
An elegant steakhouse destination featuring grain-fed beef like filet mignon — a great spot before or after a U-M football game. 322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 888-456-3463, D Mon.-Sun. / $35 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Chef’s Table. Seats 10-12 people at the front of the restaurant with a view of Ann Arbor’s Main Street.
Located in the elegantly restored 1886 Michigan Central Depot railroad station, the Gandy Dancer specializes in seafood, steak, and pasta dishes. 401 Depot St., Ann Arbor, 734-769-0592, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 130 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Window tables with a scenic view of the train tracks.
PAESANO RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
A cozy atmosphere featuring rustic Italian dishes with an emphasis on regional preparations. The menu also boasts variety, offering dishes such as duck ravioli and barbequed ribs, flavored with orange molasses and vinegar. 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-971-0484, L&D Daily / $16 / Meeting Room Capacity: 10 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: N/A
A down-to-earth setting, Zingerman’s serves fresh regional American foods. Entrees include roasted semi-boneless Cornish chicken. 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-663-3663, L&D Daily / $28 / Meeting Room Capacity: 120 / Wi-Fi / N/A
LELLI’S OF AUBURN HILLS
This intimate Italian restaurant is known for its filet mignon with zip sauce. Originally located in Detroit. 885 Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills, 248-373-4440, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $45 / Meeting Room Capacity: 70 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Eight seats at the bar. Located in a high-profile part of the restaurant, these tables are highly requested.
BIG ROCK CHOP HOUSE
This Birmingham staple, set in a historic train station, offers an award-winning menu highlighted by unique steak and seafood offerings, including cold water lobster tail and a 24-ounce porterhouse. 245 S. Eton, Birmingham, 248-647-7774, L&D Mon.-Sat. / $22 / Meeting Room Capacity: 300 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Under the outdoor gazebo or, if you are looking to see or be seen, table 30 or 31 in the center of the dining room. Both tables seat five to six people.
THE BIRD & THE BREAD
Munch, crunch, slurp, or chow on a seasonal menu offering plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. The Chestnut Farms rotisserie chicken is a house favorite. 210 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-203-6600, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily, Brunch Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 150 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: If you are looking for privacy ask for the Stave Cave, which seats up to 20 and has curtains that can be closed.
Executive Chef Alex Lucier brings his New York culinary experience — think bone-in rib-eye and lamb chops. 115 Willits, Birmingham, 248-723-1700, D Nightly / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Sonoma and Napa rooms, which hold 25 and 15 people, are the most requested part of the steakhouse.
FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR
This steakhouse, accompanying a menu complete with aged prime beef and fresh seafood, offers a renowned wine list with more than 100 selections. 323 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-723-0134, D Daily / $45 / Meeting Room Capacity: Three rooms of 36 or one combined room of 72 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Captain’s Table seats eight people in large, comfortable chairs.
Located in Birmingham’s Triangle District, the culinary team prepares charcuterie and traditional bistro dishes. The chef emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. 753 Forest Ave., Birmingham, 248-258-9400, D Mon.-Sat. / $33 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The restaurant’s corner booth seats up to fourteen people and provides ample privacy.
HYDE PARK PRIME STEAKHOUSE
The popular downtown venue offers both traditional and specialty steaks, including dry aged reserve prime offerings, as well as shrimp and lobster tail. 201 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-594-4369, D Daily. / $45 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The plush red Gotti booth is a customer favorite, but for more privacy the board rooms seats 8-10. Other popular areas of the restaurant include six rooms for private dining, serving and glass-stained Room 11, which includes a flat screen TV and a fireplace.
A unique and refined menu for Middle Eastern cuisine inspired by Old World Beirut. Owner Sameer Eid selects the finest cuts each morning, using them in specialty dishes such as the baba ghanoush and hashwi with lamb confit. 588 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-644-3122, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $22 / Meeting Room Capacity: No private meeting room but the dining area can comfortably accommodate parties of up to 10 people / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Booths 1, 2, and 21 are popular for meetings. The two most private booths can seat up to six people and are located beside the wine cellar.
Tucked inside Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel, the Rugby Grille offers steaks, seafood, and racks of lamb. 100 Townsend St., Birmingham, 248-642-5999, B, L&D Daily / $38 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: 71 and 74 have unparalleled vantage points of the restaurant.
THE STAND GASTRO BISTRO
Featuring craft beer and extensive vegan options, this bistro features meats and seafood prepared in-house, with specialties including lobster fried egg and roasted duck breast. 34977 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Birmingham, 248-220-4237, D Mon.-Sat., L Tue.-Fri. / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: If you are looking to maximize privacy, the Paul Smith room has its own private entrance.
This is the first and only Eddie Merlot’s in Michigan and, in keeping with the restaurant’s mantra, provides top-of-the-line steaks and seafood. 37000 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-712-4095, D daily / $80 / Meeting Room Capacity: 70 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: 441. Located in the center of the restaurant, this table seats up to eight people and offers views of the entire restaurant and the wine wall. Table 119 is also highly requested for a more private setting.
Popular year round, the Italian eatery offers a range of traditional dishes such as ravioli and lasagna along with premium cuts of beef. 6676 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, 248-865-9300, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. & Sun. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 130 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 40 is at the center of the restaurant near a fireplace. With a low wall to one side and a high wall to the other, this secluded table offers ample privacy for a group of eight.
The bar and grill is retro-themed and specializes in everything from burgers, ribs, and fish and chips to steaks and seafood. 1727 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Township, 248-858-7270, L & D daily / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Best Table: Tables on the patio are the most requested.
ANTONIO’S CUCINA ITALIANA
Family recipes featuring authentic Italian cuisine like linguine primavera that truly reflects the old country. 2220 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton, 734-981-9800, L&D Daily / $14 / Meeting Room Capacity: 140 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The VIP Room. This plush and private room, equipped with a 20 foot-long captain’s table and captain’s chairs, has a wide-screen TV with a DVD player.
Designed to remind customers of the romantic atmosphere of European dining, this Italian restaurant specializes in pastas, veal, chicken, and fish entrees. 7071 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston, 248-620-8500, D Daily / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 (only before 3 p.m.) / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 14 is tucked away and by a window.
THE BREWERY RESTAURANT
A casual American restaurant featuring upscale, world-class cuisine including steak, chops, fresh seafood, and daily specials. 39950 Hayes, Clinton Township, 586-286-3020, D Daily / $19 / Meeting Room Capacity: 75 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A corner table by the patio that seats up to eight people and offers plenty of privacy.
BIG FISH SEAFOOD BISTRO
This seafood and fish house offers, among other entrees, steamed live Maine lobsters as well as a variety of pastas and pizzas. 700 Town Center Dr., Dearborn, 313-336-6350, L&D Mon.-Sat., D Sun. / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 100 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Michigan Room can seat up to 20 people, is very private, and can accommodate computer, television, or other media use.
Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Dearborn features cuts of premium beef and seafood, tableside Caesar salad, cordial, and dessert carts. It has all the ambiance of an upscale steakhouse. 21400 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-359-3300, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 250 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 36 is nestled in the corner next to the fireplace and with a view of the woods.
ROMAN VILLAGE CUCINA ITALIANA
This family-owned restaurant sticks to its traditional Italian roots and uses family recipes, such as their polenta, consisting of cornmeal topped with Italian sausage and meat sauce. 9924 Dix Ave., Dearborn, 313-842-2100, L&D Daily / $12 / Meeting Room Capacity: 110 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A round table in the center of the room.
ANTONIO’S CUCINA ITALIANO
This location, just as the Rugiero family’s other locations, produces its own pasta daily in the heart of the dining room. Pair their fresh gnocchi with the house special pancetta and mushroom sauce. 26356 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights, 313-278-6000, L&D Daily / $14 / Meeting Room Capacity: 70 / Best Table: The secluded south room, with its few tables, is reminiscent of old school Italian restaurants away from the main room’s hustle and bustle, private and quaint.
Located on the Detroit River in the Renaissance Center, this scenic eatery offers authentic Italian dishes, including ravioli and lasagna, and numerous wine selections. 400 GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, 313-567-6700, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. & Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 90 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Galleria. Accommodating up to 90 guests, the elegant Galleria offers plenty of privacy for meetings both small and large.
This seasonally driven restaurant allows guests to enjoy flavors born in local farms and captured at the peak of the season. Meals are prepared in a wood-fire oven and served small plates-style in shareable portions. The eatery offers meals such as seasonal flatbread, grilled trout, and charred octopus, as well as local brews and craft cocktails. 3921 Second Ave., Detroit, 313-438-5055, L&D Mon.-Sun. B, L, D Sat. & Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 90 / Best Table: The chef’s counter seating area is highly requested and very interactive.
WRIGHT & CO.
Marking its one year anniversary this month, Wright & Co. has seen immense success since opening. The restaurant offers contemporary American food, small-plates style, along with craft cocktails. The opening menu offers nine plates and three desserts, which change with the seasons. 1500 Woodward Ave Second Floor, Detroit, 313-962-7711, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. & Sun. / $15 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: 40 This round table underneath the chandelier is by the front window, and overlooks Woodward. The table seats a minimum of five people and a maximum of eight, comfortably.
This newly created restaurant focuses on European tavern style dishes. All ingredients are locally sourced and butchery is done in-house. This allows the chefs to work with different cuts of meat. Republic Tavern also practices “nose-to-tail” eating with its meat, allowing for minimized waste. 1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, 313-446-8360, L&D Tue.-Fri. D Sat. & Sun. / $8-$28 / Meeting Room Capacity: 150 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: There are two royal blue celebrity booths that are highly requested. There is also a private table behind the booths, centered around a 3-piece mural of Detroit.
As the second highest restaurant in the United States, Coach Insignia offers panoramic views of Detroit and Windsor. The restaurant also prides itself in using as many Michigan products as possible, such as the Michigan rainbow trout in their Detroit fish and chips. 71st & 72nd floors, Renaissance Center, Detroit, 313-567-2622, D Mon.-Sat. / $32 / Meeting Room Capacity: Private rooms hold 16 and the lower levels can hold up to 400 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A window table overlooking the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit River.
Set in New Center, this quaint French-American restaurant is located inside a residential manor and offers seared sea scallops, beef tenderloin, and roasted Alaskan halibut. 670 Lothrop, Detroit, 313-872-5110, L Wed.-Fri. D Tue.-Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 80 / Wi-Fi / Valet by request / Best Table: Table 15 or 16 are on the old porch overlooking Lothrop Street.
Recipient of the 2001 DiRoNA award for being among the best restaurants in North America, Giovanni’s is a cozy Italian eatery offering ravioli, lasagna, and gnocchi. 330 S. Oakwood, Detroit, 313-841-0122, L&D Tue.-Fri. D Sat. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 28 / Valet / Best Table: The Sewing Machine Table is in a corner that overlooks the entire restaurant and seats up to four people.
Located atop of the stylish MotorCity Casino Hotel, Iridescence is an AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant that offers Yuzu salmon, wild striped bass, and duo of Colorado lamb. 2901 Grand River, Detroit, 313-237-6732, D Wed.-Sun. / $75 / Meeting Room Capacity: Six / Valet / Best Table: A corner booth with a bird’s-eye view of the city.
JOE MUER SEAFOOD
With sweeping views of the Detroit River and a modern interior, the menu offers various seafood dishes, sushi, and classics such as Dover sole, whitefish, and surf and turf. 400 Renaissance Center, 313-567-6837, D Daily / $36 / Meeting Room Capacity: 36 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A table in the main dining room, next to floor to ceiling windows with views of the river, the Riverwalk, and Windsor.
THE LONDON CHOP HOUSE
Newly renovated in an old time fashion paying homage to the institution of the original restaurant, including a snug where famous guests have and can dine in private luxury. Also harkening back to the original restaurant, the new establishment serves old favorites like the veal chop Oscar. 155 West Congress, Detroit, 313-962-0277, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Saturday / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 75 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Booths 1, 2, and 131. In the restaurant’s early days, these booths hosted celebrities and auto industry higher-ups.
Enjoy Maine diver sea scallops and a host of seafood and steak selections on the covered terrace, when weather permits, and take in the views of the Detroit River. 300 River Place, 313-567-4400, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat. / $40 / Meeting Room Capacity: 70 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Any table along the riverfront provides a wonderful view for guests.
Tucked inside the refurbished Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Roast offers everything from beef pierogi, to stuffed Hungarian hot peppers, to porterhouse for two. 1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit, 313-961-2500, D Mon.-Sun. / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 55 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: For privacy, there are enjoyable booths behind the bar. For a more scenic view, sit next to the windows that look out onto Washington Blvd.
Located in Detroit’s Greektown, Santorini offers traditional Greek entrees and desserts, along with select beef, chicken, and seafood selections. 501 Monroe, Detroit, 313-962-9366, L&D Tues.-Sun. / $21 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Any table that overlooks the front window provides a view of Greektown, as well as a gentle breeze to those dining.
TOP OF THE PONTCH
Offering a “seafood centric” menu that includes steaks and other cuisine, the return of Top of the Pontch to the 25th floor of the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain Detroit Hotel, next to Cobo Center, brings back one of the region’s most storied and alluring dining rooms. There’s also the neighboring Summit Room, which offers private dining options. 2 Washington Blvd., Detroit 313-782-4131, D Tue-Sat. / $35 / Meeting Room Capacity: 170/ Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Tiered seating on three levels offers the best skyline views.
Detroit’s most iconic mansion, the historic eatery retains all of its charm and refinement while appealing to contemporary tastes with offerings such as bourbon beef wellington, bourbon glazed salmon, and crispy pan-roasted duck. 4421 Woodward Ave, 313-832-5700, D Daily / $40 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 28 sits in the center of the bay window area and overlooks Woodward Ave. The table seats two and is surrounded by a garden and a wrought-iron fence.
WOLFGANG PUCK STEAK
Japanese A5 from Miyazaki Prefecture highlights the menu of red meat, but the restaurant also offers seafood dishes such as stuffed shrimp and whole Maine lobster. 1777 Third St. in the MGM Grand Detroit, 313-465-1644, D Daily / $50 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The aptly named Wine Cellar Table is located in the restaurant’s wine cellar, readily visible as the cellar is enclosed with glass. Also, the chef’s table, located near the wine cellar and in front of the kitchen, provides an excellent view of the grill, allowing guests to watch the preparation of their meal.
ANTONIO’S CUCINA ITALIANA
Signature dishes include gnocchi Rita, chicken Antonio, various veal dishes, and pizzas — all in an Italian countryside setting. 37646 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-994-4000, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun. / $15 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Best Table: N/A
This Farmington Hills restaurant may be the “best kept secret” in metro Detroit. A garden provides fresh ingredients like arugula, basil, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes for the Northern Italian cuisine. 30715 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-474-3033, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 150 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: When weather permits, the ideal table is one by a fireplace, on the patio with a scenic view.
With more than 80 years of combined experience, the chefs at Hong Hua offer guests authentic Chinese cuisine like Peking duck in an upscale setting. 27925 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-489-2280, L&D Daily / $14 / Meeting Room Capacity: 200 / Best Table: N/A
LELLI’S INN ON THE GREEN
Located at Copper Creek Golf Course, Lelli’s Inn continues the tradition started in 1939, serving filet mignon with zip sauce, bone-in filet mignon, and veal marsala. 27925 Golf Pointe Blvd., Farmington Hills, 248-994-1111, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun. / $40 / Meeting Room Capacity: 165 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Tables in the Red Room or the Champagne Room are fantastic and private. The middle booth 21 is also a great option.
Hour Detroit’s pick for Restaurant of the Year in 2014 features everything from black truffle risotto to duck a l’orange to a dish called “Tasting of Veal.” There’s also an expansive wine list and homemade ingredients like butter and bread. 17051 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, 313-343-8800, D Tue.-Sat., Brunch Sun. / $40 / Meeting Room Capacity: 24 / Best Table: Table one and 27 are recommended for business meetings because of their intimate and private ambience.
GROSSE POINTE FARMS
DIRTY DOG JAZZ CAFÉ
In an intimate pub atmosphere, this restaurant provides live music along with entrees such as Vietnamese short ribs, confit chicken fettuccine, and braised pork chops. 97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-882-5299, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat. / $17 / Meeting Room Capacity: 22 /Wi-Fi / Best Table: For entertainment, table four offers an up close view of the live music, but for a quieter and secluded setting, the Board Room is a private room with a 64-inch screen and speakers that allow guests to see and hear the band, yet still conduct a private meeting.
THE HILL RESTAURANT
The award-winning restaurant offers classic American fare prepared with premium ingredients, including numerous meat and seafood choices. The European Dover Sole fish is one of the restaurant’s signature items. 123 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-886-8101, L Mon.-Fri. D Mon.-Sat. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 64 seats up to eight people and is convenient for a private lunch-in.
GROSSE POINTE WOODS
Family-owned by the Barbieri family for more than 25 years, Da Edoardo offers Italian cuisine like fettuccine alfredo, tuna au poivre, and veal saltimbocca. 19767 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-881-8540, D Daily / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Best Table: Fireside booths, with their elegant mahogany leather, offer an impressive and an intimate setting.
FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE
An ideal setting to entertain clients, the restaurant offers award winning steak and seafood, including New York strip, bone-in rib eye, and double breast of chicken. 17400 Haggerty, Livonia, 734-542-9463, D Nightly / $60 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A table in the main dining room, next to the reserve wine room with more than 100 bottles.
GAUCHO STEAK HOUSE
An authentic Brazilian steak house offers a vibrant atmosphere and 17 types of unlimited meats, including filet mignon, rib-eye, and lombo. 39550 W. Seven Mile, Northville, 248-380-7770, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $49 / Meeting Room Capacity: 30 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table seven is located in a second dining room and is near the salad bar. This table offers privacy and one of the restaurant’s waterfalls accentuates the surroundings. There is also a private dining room that seats up to 30 people.
Serving prime steaks and seafood in an elegant setting, this Novi establishment located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel is known for its live Maine lobster and generous cuts of beef. 27000 S. Karevich Dr., Novi, 248-305-5210, D Daily / $32 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Any of the over-sized luxury booths.
STEVE & ROCKY’S
Opentable.com’s Diner’s Choice Winner for 2009 and 2016, chefs Steve Allen and Chuck “Rocky” Rachwitz offer local American fare favorites including filet mignon, shrimp provencal, and lake perch saute. 43150 Grand River, Novi, 248-374-0688, L Mon.-Sat. D Daily / $22 / Meeting Room Capacity: 125 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The perimeter tables offer the most privacy.
TOASTED OAK GRILL & MARKET
Located in the renovated Baronette Renaissance Hotel next to Twelve Oaks Mall, the upbeat restaurant offers an array of steak and seafood prepared in house, including grilled pizza, Lake Huron trout, local grass fed rib-eye, and Creekstone Farms tenderloin. 27790 Novi Rd., Novi, 248-277-6000, B&L Mon.-Sat. D Daily Brunch Sat.-Sun. / $19 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A private dining room is available that can extend near the fireplace. With its doors shut, the private dining room holds approximately 26 people.
With a quaint view of downtown Plymouth, this restaurant offers a contemporary dining experience. Entree selections include Piedmontese filet mignon, Norwegian salmon, and spring vegetable risotto. 380 S. Main St., Plymouth, 734-416-9340, D Daily / $23 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A table by the window overlooking the park for a quieter dinner, or a table in the back corner.
LA BISTECCA ITALIAN GRILLE
The Grille offers pollo alla picatta and an array of steak and seafood such as a 16 oz. New York strip and salmon al griglia. All Steak is certified Piedmontese beef. 39405 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth, 734-254-0400, L Wed.-Fri. D Mon-Sat. / $23 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 11 and 22. Table 11 is tucked away in the corner of the dining room at an off-beaten path, giving you a full view of the room. Table 22 is more private, placed in an area where diners do not see many others.
From a former manor built in 1917, the Chapman House offers an array of well-furnished rooms on two floors, along with a spacious outdoor courtyard. Entrées are mostly locally sourced and include seared duck breast, crispy-skin trout, and semolina gnocchi along with American and French wines. 311 Walnut Blvd., Rochester, 248-759-4406, D Tues. – Sat./ $32 / Meeting Room Capacity: 100 on courtyard (flexible inside) / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Glass enclosed conservatory, upstairs corner room, private dining room called The Vault on lower level seats up to eight people.
PARK 600 BAR + KITCHEN AT THE ROYAL PARK HOTEL
Park 600 bar + kitchen is a newly renovated restaurant that has bold flavors and locally sources foods. Their menu features Indian Brook Rainbow Trout, Asian styled pork shank. 600 E. University, Rochester, 248-453-8732, BL&D Mon.-Sat. / $26 / Meeting Room Capacity: 118 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Booths near the fireplace or the half-booths along the back wall are highly requested.
ROCHESTER CHOP HOUSE
The Kruse and Muer restaurant offers great, affordable steaks, chops, and seafood such as Maine lobster tails, stuffed shrimp, and Australian lamb chops. 306 Main St., Rochester, 248-651-2266, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat-Sun. / $28 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 210 is highly requested, being in the center of the restaurant. The table is half moon-shaped and near the piano, providing a warm view of the restaurant to guests.
MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET
Fish so fresh, the menu is printed twice daily. Mitchell’s provides a wide array of fish, and their crab cakes are a guest favorite. 370 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-340-5900, L&D Daily/ $21 / 32 / / / Tables 91, 92, 93, 94 are four horseshoe-shaped booths that are semi-private, located in the back of the restaurant. Each one seats up to six people.
SILVER SPOON RISTORANTE
The interior is modern and eclectic, while the wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the authentic Italian menu. 6830 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-652-4500,
D Mon.- Sat. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Will accommodate upon request.
REFLECTION (PREVIOUSLY DEMA)
Located inside The Westin at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Reflection offers a modern setting with a Modern American menu that provides a wide array of options, including pasta, salads, and soup. 2501 Worldgateway Place, Detroit, 734-229-6782, B, L&D Daily / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 10 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 29 is next to the tranquility pond in the atrium and provides an intimate and relaxed setting for diners.
MR. PAUL’S CHOPHOUSE
The family operated restaurant offers exceptional steak, seafood, and pasta in a club-like setting. Beef and fish is delivered to the restaurant twice daily, in order to keep meals fresh. 29850 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville, 586-777-7770, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. / $24 / 182 / / / The larger booth in the back corner of the restaurant.
ANDIAMO ROYAL OAK
Quaint and memorable, this popular local franchise features authentic Italian cuisine like tortellini alla panna. 129 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-582-9300, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat.-Sun. Brunch Sun./ $19 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Several tables available in the quieter areas of the restaurant.
One of the only destination dining locations in downtown Royal Oak, their menu features French onion soup dumplings, steak frites, daily selection of oysters and cinnamon sugar coated beignet. 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-0082, D Tues.-Sun. Brunch Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 18/ Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table seven, a round table that seats up to eight people.
Billed as a “sophisticated sports bar,” Hamlin Corner offers 50 beers on draught, pizza, sandwiches, and more. 386 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-556-5428, L&D Daily / $12 / Meeting Room Capacity: Varies with setup / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Choose any table with available VIP service.
Classic Italian cuisine meets contemporary ambiance. The restaurant boasts an impressive selection of authentic Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients. 29410 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, 248-356-6600, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. / $38 / Meeting Room Capacity: 65 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: 40 and 44. Private rooms are also available upon requested.
The high ceilings and stained glass, along with dark-stained wood, nicely accentuate the restaurant that serves a variety of fresh fish dishes. 25485 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, 248-358-1310, L Mon.-Sun., D Daily / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Private rooms.
ANDIAMO STERLING HEIGHTS
A sister location of the popular local franchise, this airy and private location specializes in everything Italian, offering a range of traditional dishes such as ravioli and lasagna, along with premium cuts of beef. 14425 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, 586-532-8800, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat.-Sun. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 100 / Valet / Best Table: The restaurant will accommodate any seating request.
JOE BOLOGNA’S TRATTORIA
This restaurant gives off a homey Italian atmosphere, with family photos and paintings of the Italian countryside decorating the walls, and excels at providing fresh cuisine. 2135 17 Mile, Sterling Heights, 586-939-5700, L Tues.-Fri., D Daily / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 62 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 36 is upstairs in the balcony and seats four people.
Good food and fresh service has been the motto for the past 30 years. A new addition has taken the motto a step further to include 40 draft beers, 26 of which are Michigan craft beers. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pasta, and more. 12245 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, 734-374-0088, B, L&D Daily. / $11 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A large high-top table seats up to 10 people and is highly requested by larger parties.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
Located at Somerset North in Troy, the Capital Grille offers prime steaks and seafood, accompanied by an extensive wine list. 2800 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-649-5300, L Mon.-Sat. D Daily / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 64 is the most secluded table and 61 is great for romantic occasions such as anniversaries and engagements.
MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
They bring in fresh lake and ocean fish each day and prepare it to order, whether it is cooked simply or accentuated with sauces. 2850 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, 248-637-6400, L&D Daily / $22 / Meeting Room Capacity: 42 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A secluded, semi-private dining room with a window.
MON JIN LAU
Offers a cuisine infused with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese influences, a lengthy sushi list, and a lively atmosphere. 1515 E. Maple, Troy, 248-689-2332, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $15 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The patio is great when the weather is cooperative, for good lighting and extra space.
Offers an intimate setting of lush wood tones and unique caricatures — as close to an Old World steak and seafood club setting as you get and famous for its large portions. 888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-404-9845, D Daily / $45 / Meeting Room Capacity: 88 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Booth 70 is a requested table for a party of two, pushed against a brick wall and slightly hidden for privacy. Table 51 is highly requested for a party of eight. The round table encourages interaction between guests.
This contemporary version of an American supper club is an award-winning steakhouse that offers prime beef and seafood on its made-from-scratch menu. 2915 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, 248-458-0500, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $38 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 10 is highly requested for a party of eight. An additional all glass room seats 8 people.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE
With more than 40 years of rich history, Ruth’s Chris boasts an extensive offering of steak and seafood and an award-winning wine list. 755 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-269-8424, D Daily / $40 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 50, a special round table that accommodates 10.
A seemingly private restaurant along Big Beaver Road, the restaurant offers warm, casual décor with a lengthy wine list and Italian cuisine a French and Asian infusion. 1695 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-680-1100, D Tues-Sat. / $35 / Meeting Room Capacity: 120 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 201 and 205.
FILIPPA’S WINE BARREL
A tradition in dining excellence for more than 40 years, Filippa’s offers quality steaks and seafood, but the hand-rubbed, sweet-sauced ribs are a favorite. 45125 Mound Rd., Utica, 586-254-1311, L&D Daily / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 120 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table five is placed in a corner by a window, and faces the main dining room. Table 91 faces the bar and is near the bulk counter. With the terrace to the right, this is a great option for guests looking for a serene setting.
The flagship location of a bustling Italian franchise, Andiamo Ristorante features cuts of premium beef and seafood, table side Caesar salad, cordial, and dessert carts. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren, 586-268-3200, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat.-Sun. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 750 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Tables in the main or west part of the restaurant allow diners privacy while they enjoy the Italian restaurant’s ambiance.
A contemporary steakhouse, featuring prime cuts of seafood and beef aged for 29 days. The 24 oz. bone-in rib-eye is a restaurant specialty. 6545 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, 248-737-7463, D Daily / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 229 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A table inside of a glass portioned room adjacent to the main dining area is one of the most requested spaces.
A casual, home-style trattoria offering a simplistic approach to fine Italian dining, with a new menu, enzos.ca, that includes pizza, pasta, and more. 1063 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-254-6213, D Tue.-Sun. / $15 / Meeting Room Capacity: 90 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: There is a secluded VIP table, available upon request.
ZINGARA FINE TRATTORIA
Contemporary dining with a rustic Italian flare. Pina Maceroni moved to Windsor’s “Little Italy” to offer authentic cuisine. 769 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-258-7555, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $23 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Private rooms available upon request. The patio seating is also very popular.
A landmark for 30 years, the restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine including seafood, pastas, and authentic Italian desserts. 3455
Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-281-6700, L&D Daily / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 200 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The August Room seats up to 18 people.