2015 Top Restaurants in Metro Detroit
A private dinner, a power lunch, or a corporate event can make or break a company’s brand or image. Find the best tables and private rooms in the region.
Booth No. 3 at the London Chop House in downtown Detroit
Photograph by EE Berger
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 Main St., Ann Arbor, 888-456-3463, D Mon.-Sun. / $26 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Chef’s Table seats 10-12 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 / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Best Table: Several prime tables along the windows give diners a scenic view of passing trains.
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: A wine room in the back of the restaurant allows guests a quiet, intimate experience. The room seats six to 10 people.
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 / $26 / Meeting Room Capacity: 120 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Depending on the time of year, the fireplace room, the patio area, and the bar are prime spots in this popular eatery.
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 / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 80 / Best Table: Located in a high-profile part of the restaurant, there are 15 to 20 popular seats at the bar.
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: 400 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Under the outdoor gazebo or Table 30 or 31 in the center of the dining room.
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 / Best Table: The Sonoma and Napa rooms, which hold 25 and 15 people, respectfully.
FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR
This steakhouse, accompanying a menu complete with aged prime beef and fresh seafood, offers an expansive wine list with more than 100 selections. 323 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-723-0134, D Daily / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: Three rooms of 36 or one combined room of 72 / Best Table: The Captain’s Table seats eight people in large, comfortable chairs.
HYDE PARK PRIME STEAKHOUSE
The popular 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 favorite, but for more privacy, the boardroom seat 8-10. Other popular areas of the restaurant include six rooms for private dining.
A 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: Tables 71 and 74 seat up to six people each and 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: 35 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: If you are looking to maximize privacy, the Paul W. Smith room has its own private entrance.
Designed by Corey Campbell, president of C-arc Design Group in Birmingham, this new restaurant and bar has a single page dinner menu that offers a variety of seafood dishes, including sautéed lake perch and seared sea scallops. 555 S Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-480-4951, D Mon.-Sun., L Mon.-Fri. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: For a private area to hold a meeting, ask for Table 45. Tucked away in a cove section of the restaurant, this table seats up to eight people and gives diners a view of Bower Street.
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 at the center of the restaurant is near a fireplace. There’s also a private room in the back, along with a large room and bar in the lower level.
This is the first and only Eddie Merlot’s in Michigan. In keeping with the restaurant’s mantra, it provides top-of-the-line steaks and seafood. 37000 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-712-4095, D daily / $80 / Meeting Room Capacity: 70 / Best Table: Table 441. Located in the center of the restaurant, this table seats up to eight people. Private rooms also are available.
The bar and grill is retro-themed and specializes in everything from burgers, ribs, and fish and chips to steaks and seafood. A private room holds up to 40 seated guests (60 guests for a cocktail party). 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 widescreen 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.) / / Best Table: Table 14 is tucked away and by a window, for diners looking to maximize their dining experience.
THE BREWERY RESTAURANT
A casual American restaurant featuring upscale, world-class cuisine including steak, chops, lake perch, frog legs, and tilapia. 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.
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 and the Rouge River.
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: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Michigan Room can seat up to 14 people.
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 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A round table in the center of the room is the place to show off new clients. Parts of the restaurant also can be closed off for private parties.
ANTONIO’S CUCINA ITALIANO
This location, just as the Rugiero family’s other locations, produces its own pasta daily within view of the dining room. Pair the 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 is reminiscent of old school Italian restaurants away from the main room. It’s 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: 12. Placed at the center of the dining room, this table optimizes the restaurant’s spectacular view of the Detroit River.
As the second highest restaurant in the United States, Coach Insignia offers panoramic views of Detroit and Windsor. The eatery prides itself on 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 overlooks 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: 25 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 15 or 16 are on the old porch overlooking Lothrop street are popular among business executives.
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 at the top of the 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. / $100 / Meeting Room Capacity: 12 / Valet / Best Table: For a visual dining experience, ask for the corner booth for 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 perch. 400 Renaissance Center, 313-567-6837, D Daily / $36 / Meeting Room Capacity: 36 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: For a view of the river, the riverwalk, and Windsor, ask for a table in the main dining room next to floor to ceiling windows. Private space also is available.
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 3 host celebrities and auto industry higher-ups, just like the old days.
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: Several tables along the riverfront provide a wonderful view for entertaining clients.
The restaurant focuses on European tavern style dishes. All ingredients are locally sourced and the butchery is done in-house, allowing for different cuts of meat and “nose-to-tail” eating (minimizing waste). 1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, 313-446-8360, L&D Tue.-Fri. D Sat. & Sun. / $20-$35 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Two royal blue celebrity booths, along with a private table centered around a three-piece mural of Detroit.
Tucked inside the refurbished Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Roast offers everything from bacon wrapped trout, to lamb ragu, to porterhouse for two. 1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit, 313-961-2500, D Mon.-Sun. / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 18 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: For maximized privacy, there are booths behind the bar. For a more scenic view, sit next to the windows that look out onto Washington Boulevard.
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 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Several tables along the front window provide a view of Greektown.
This seasonally driven restaurant allows guests to enjoy local ingredients. Meals are prepared in a wood-fire oven and served small plates-style in shareable portions. Selections include broccoli flatbread, grilled trout, and charred octopus, as well as local brews and craft cocktails. 3921 2nd Ave., Detroit, 313-438-5055, L&D Mon.-Sun. B, L, D Sat. & Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 90 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The chef’s counter is a unique seating area for impressing a new recruit or important clients.
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 313-965-0200, D Tue-Sat. / $35 / Meeting Room Capacity: 170 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Tiered seating on three levels, along with tables along the windows offer 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 glazed salmon, Kasu halibut, and Creekstone Angus filet. 4421 Woodward Ave, 313-832-5700, D Daily / $35 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 28 sits in the center of the bay window area and overlooks Woodward Avenue.
WOLFGANG PUCK STEAK
Two American Kobe steaks highlight 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 / 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.
WRIGHT & CO.
Recently marking its one-year anniversary, Wright & Co. offers contemporary American food, small-plates style, along with craft cocktails. The menu offers around 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 / Meeting Room Capacity: T&F only / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 40. This round table underneath the chandelier is by the front window, and overs an expansive view of Woodward Avenue.
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: The front room can be made private, and includes a fireplace.
The 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, or the patio room can be made private for special occasions.
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 offer a private setting for business meetings. 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 1 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 / Valet / Best Table: For entertainment, Table 4 offers an up close view of the live music, but for a quieter and secluded setting, there is a private room with a 64-inch screen and speakers that allows guests to see and hear the band, yet still conduct a private meeting.
THE HILL RESTAURANT
The award-winning restaurant offers American fare prepared with premium ingredients, including numerous meat and seafood choices. The Block Island swordfish is one of the restaurant’s signature items. 123 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-886-8101, L Mon.-Fri. D Mon.-Sat. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Booth 64 seats up to 10 and is convenient for a private lunch or dinner.
Grosse Pointe Woods
Family-owned by the Barbieri family for more than 25 years, Da Edoardo offers rich 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 outfitted with mahogany and leather offer 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 / $30 / 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 1,000 bottles.
GAUCHO STEAK HOUSE
An authentic Brazilian steak house offers 16 types of unlimited meats, including filet mignon, rib-eye, and lombo. 39550 W. Seven Mile, Northville, 248-380-7770, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $47 / Meeting Room Capacity: 30 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 7 is located in the second dining room and offers privacy. It’s also located near one of the restaurant’s waterfalls. 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 Karevich Dr., Novi, 248-305-5210, D Daily / $32 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Any of the over-sized luxury booths.
STEVE & ROCKY’S
Opentable.com’s Diner’s Choice Winner for 2009, chefs Steve Allen and Chuck “Rocky” Rachwitz offer local American fare favorites including baked meatloaf, shrimp provencal, and lake perch saute. 43150 Grand River, Novi, 248-374-0688, L Mon.-Sat. D Daily / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 100 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The perimeter tables offer the most privacy.
TOASTED OAK GRILL & MARKET
Located in the 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, and Creekstone Farms rib-eye. 27790 Novi Rd., Novi, 248-277-6000, B&L Mon.-Sat. D Daily / $19 / Meeting Room Capacity: 25 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A private dining room that can accommodate 28 is available that can extend near the fireplace.
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 / Valet / Best Table: For a quiet, private dinner, look for a table by the window overlooking the park.
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. 39405 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth, 734-254-0400, L Mon.-Fri.D Mon-Sat. / $23 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 11 is tucked away in the corner of the dining room. Table 22 is more private, placed in an area where diners do not see many others.
BROOKSHIRE AT THE ROYAL PARK HOTEL
Brookshire features an extensive menu highlighted by steak and seafood, including steak Diane, pan seared Atlantic salmon, and 8 oz. bistro steak. 600 E. University, Rochester, 248-453-8732, BL&D Mon.-Sat. / $38 / Meeting Room Capacity: 118 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Booths near the fireplace or the half-booths along the back wall are in a quiet area of the restaurant.
ROCHESTER CHOP HOUSE
The Kruse and Muer restaurant offers steaks, chops, and seafood. Selections include Maine lobster tails, stuffed shrimp, and Australian lamb chops. 306 Main St., Rochester, 248-651-2266, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat-Sun. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 80 / 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, offering a view of the restaurant to guests.
MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET
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 / Meeting Room Capacity: 32 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Tables 92 and 93 are horseshoe-shaped booths are semi private. Each booth seats up to six people.
SILVER SPOON RISTORANTE
Here, the interior is modern and eclectic, while the wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their authentic Italian menu. 6830 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-652-4500, D Tue.-Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: The Italian food connoisseurs at Silver Spoon offer a quiet area in the back of the restaurant that seats 12-14 people.
REFLECTION (PREVIOUSLY DEMA)
Located inside The Westin at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Reflection offers a modern setting with an Asian-infused menu that provides a wide array of options, including pasta, salads, and soup. 2501 Worldgateway Place, Detroit, 734-229-6782, B, L&D Daily / $13 / 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 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 / Meeting Room Capacity: 182 / Valet / Best Table: The larger booth in the back corner of the restaurant provides ample space as well as a wide view of the dining area.
ANDIAMO ROYAL OAK
Quaint and memorable, this popular local franchise features authentic Italian cuisine like tortellini alla crema. 129 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-582-9300, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat.-Sun. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: For a more private dining experience in this open-seating restaurant, ask for Table 32, tucked into a corner.
This new addition to downtown Royal Oak features Scottish salmon, seafood bouillabaisse, lamb meatballs, and chicken paillard. 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-0082, D Tues.-Sun. Brunch Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 18 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Sabrage, located on the second level, can be rented out for private functions.
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: 30 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 40 or 44 are set in the corners of the restaurant and can accommodating groups up to 10 people. There’s also a private dining room next door, called Bacco Saletta.
The high ceilings and stained glass, along with dark-stained wood, nicely accentuate the dining space, The restaurant is best known for its large variety of fresh fish dishes. 25485 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, 248-358-1310, L Mon.-Sat., D Daily / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: With a wide variety of seating areas, the waiting staff at Meriwether’s will accommodate your seat depending on your personal preferences.
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 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: For a party of 8-12, ask for Table 30 toward the back of the restaurant. With a large sunflower chandelier above, this table provides plenty of privacy.
JOE BOLOGNA’S TRATTORIA
This restaurant gives off a homey Italian atmosphere, with family photos and paintings of the Italian countryside decorating the walls. The cuisine includes numerous classic Italian dishes. 2135 17 Mile, Sterling Heights, 586-939-5700, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 62 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Made with recycled wood from a church in the east side of Detroit, Table 36 sits in the back of the restaurant and overlooks the entire dining area.
Two brothers take to their Italian roots, incorporating the freshest local ingredients into every old country dish. Entrees include tortellini bolognese, eggplant alla parmigiana, and steak siciliano.There’s also a baby grand piano. 4501 Fort St., Trenton, 734-692-1730, L&D Daily. / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: A private room is available on request.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
Located at Somerset North in Troy, the Capital Grill 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 Table 61 is great for occasions to be celebrated. There’s also plenty of private rooms and an outdoor patio near the front mall doors.
LAKES (PREVIOUSLY NORTHERN LAKES SEAFOOD RESTAURANT)
Featuring fresh seafood dishes highlighted by an array of shellfish at the restaurant’s new location. Next to the MET Hotel, 5500 Crooks Rd., Troy, 248-646-7900, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $27 / Meeting Room Capacity: 100 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: In an area with all-glass window treatment, the Bay Window Table in the main dining room gives guests a tranquil environment.
MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
The staff selects 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: When the weather is cooperative, the patio is great for entertaining clients. The restaurant also can accommodate private parties.
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, L&D Daily / $35 / 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.
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 because of its secluded and quiet setting. There are private rooms, as well.
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: A special round table that accommodates up to 50 people is required for larger groups such as an office celebration.
A seemingly private restaurant along Big Beaver, the restaurant offers warm, casual décor with a lengthy wine list and Italian cuisine, including the Italian favorite, Lasagna Verdi al Forno, with 15 layers of fresh spinach pasta, cheese and Bolognese sauce. 1695 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-680-1100, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat.-Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 120 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Corner Table 101 and Table 301 are highly requested, giving guests a view of the garden and the dining room area.
FILIPPA’S WINE BARREL
A tradition in dining excellence for more than 30 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 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table 5 and 91. Table 5 is in a corner by a window and faces the main dining room area. Table 91 faces the bar and is a great option for those looking for a serene setting.
The flagship location of a bustling Italian franchise. Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse features cuts of premium beef and seafood, tableside Caesar salad, cordial, and dessert carts. It has all the ambiance of an upscale steakhouse. 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 restaurant’s ambiance. There also is a neighboring banquet center that accommodates entertainers.
A European-style country inn with dining room windows that shed light on the garden grown herbs, vegetables, and fruit that make up the French cooking techniques. Entrees include gnocchi with wild mushrooms, Chinese-oven, honey-glazed, crisp-roasted duck, and cast iron-seared bone-in rib-eye steak. 6430 Farmington Rd., West Bloomfield, 248-661-4466, D Tues.-Sat. / $38 (five-course dinner averages $80) / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Tucked in the corner of the restaurant by the main room fireplace, Booth 1 provides ample privacy and a scenic view of the garden for diners.
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 Road, 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.
A casual, home-style trattoria offering a simplistic approach to fine Italian dining, with a menu that includes pizza, pasta, and more. 1063 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-254-6213, L Tue.-Fri. D Tue.-Sun. / $15 / Meeting Room Capacity: 70 / Wi-Fi / Best Table: There is a VIP table available upon request. Located near the bar side of the restaurant, the table is secluded and in a quieter area.
LA ZINGARA PIZZERIA TRATTORIA
Contemporary dining with a rustic Italian flare. Sisters Pina and Toni Maceroni moved to Windsor’s “Little Italy” to offer authentic cuisine, including scaloppine marsala. 769 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-258-7555, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 130 / 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. The seasonal menu also includes beef, chops, chicken, and veal dishes3455 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 20 people. There’s also the large River Room, banquet facilities, and a nearby river cruise dock.