ANN ARBOR | AUBURN HILLS | BIRMINGHAM | BLOOMFIELD HILLS | CANTON TOWNSHIP
CLARKSTON | CLINTON TOWNSHIP | DEARBORN | DEARBORN HEIGHTS | DETROIT
FARMINGTON HILLS | GROSSE POINTE | GROSSE POINTE FARMS
GROSSE POINTE WOODS | LIVONIA | NORTHVILLE | NOVI | PLYMOUTH
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP | ROCHESTER | ROCHESTER HILLS | ROMULUS | ROSEVILLE
ROYAL OAK | SOUTHFIELD | STERLING HEIGHTS| TAYLOR | TROY | UTICA
WARREN | WEST BLOOMFIELD | WINDSOR | WYANDOTTE
THE CHOP HOUSE
An elegant steakhouse destination featuring grain-fed beef like filet mignon and New York Strip — a great spot before or after a U-M football game. Seats 10-12 people at the front of the restaurant with a view of Ann Arbor’s Main Street.
322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 888-456-3463, D Mon.-Sun.
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.
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
A down-to-earth establishment, Zingerman’s serves fresh regional American foods. Entrees include Uncle Joe Burroughs’ southern fried whole catfish platter, rainbow trout, or Alaskan halibut.
2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-663-3663, L&D Daily
LELLI’S OF AUBURN HILLS
This Italian restaurant is known for its filet mignon with zip sauce, a 32-oz Porterhouse, and table-side Caesar salad. Originally located in Detroit. Located in a high profile part of the restaurant, the tables by the bar are highly requested.
885 Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills, 248-373-4440, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
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. Under the outdoor gazebo or, if you’re looking to see or be seen, table 30 or 31 in the center of the dining room. Both tables seat five to six people.
245 S. Eton, Birmingham, 248-647-7774, L&D Mon.-Sat.
Executive Chef Alex Lucier delivers a New York culinary experience — think bone-in rib-eye and lamb chops. The Sonoma and Napa rooms, which hold 25 and 15 people, are the most requested part of the steakhouse.
115 Willits, Birmingham, 248-723-1700, D Nightly.
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. The Captain’s Table seats eight people in large, comfortable chairs.
323 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-723-0134, three rooms of 36 or one combined room of 72, D Daily.
Located in Birmingham’s Triangle District, the culinary team prepares charcuterie and traditional bistro dishes. The chef emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant’s corner booth seats up to 14 people and provides ample privacy.
753 Forest Ave., Birmingham, 248-258-9400, D Mon.-Sat.
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. The plush red Gotti booth is a customer favorite, but for more privacy the Board Room seats 8-10. Other popular areas of the restaurant include six rooms for private dining, and stained-glass ornamented Room 11, which includes a flat-screen TV and a fireplace.
201 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-594-4369, D Daily.
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. No private meeting room, but the dining area can comfortably accommodate parties of up to 10 people. 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.
588 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-644-3122, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
Tucked inside Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel, the Rugby Grille offers steaks, seafood, and racks of lamb. Tables 71 and 74 have unparalleled vantage points of the restaurant.
100 Townsend St., Birmingham, 248-642-5999, B, L&D Daily.
VINOTECCA (FORMERLY BIRD AND THE BREAD)
Vinotecca, a wine bar serving world cuisine, offers live blues and jazz music on the weekends and a small-plate selection, shareables, and entrees in half and whole sizes. Five private rooms offer seating for up to 150 people. Patio seats on Old Woodward and booths closest to the live music are popular.
210 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-203-6600, D Tue.-Sat., Brunch Sat. – Sun.
Popular year round, the Italian eatery offers a range of traditional dishes such as ravioli and lasagna, along with premium cuts of beef. 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.
6676 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, 248- 865-9300, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
This is the first and only Eddie Merlot’s in Michigan and, in keeping with the restaurant’s mantra, it provides top-of-the-line steaks and seafood. Table 441, located in the center of the restaurant, 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.
37000 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-712-4095, D daily.
JOE MUER SEAFOOD
After opening in June, Joe Muer Seafood in Bloomfield Hills became the second Muer seafood restaurant in the region. The menu is the same, and the décor is distinctive with a central bar, black-and-white marble floors, live acts, and an extensive wine collection. The Bloomfield Hills location seats up to 250 people, with several prime locations.
39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248- 792-9609, L & D daily.
The bar and grill is retro-themed and specializes in everything from burgers, ribs, and fish and chips to steaks and seafood. Tables on the patio are the most requested.
1727 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Township, 248- 858-7270, L & D daily.
ANTONIO’S CUCINA ITALIANA
Family recipes featuring authentic Italian cuisine, like linguine primavera, ravioli, and cannelloni, that truly reflects the old country. 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.
2220 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton, 734-981-9800, L&D Daily.
Designed to remind customers of the romantic atmosphere of European dining, this Italian restaurant specializes in pastas, veal, chicken, and fish entrees. Table 14 is tucked away by a window.
7071 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston, 248-620-8500, D Daily.
THE BREWERY RESTAURANT
A casual American restaurant featuring upscale, world-class cuisine including steak, chops, fresh seafood, and daily specials. A corner table by the patio that seats up to eight people and offers plenty of privacy.
39950 Hayes, Clinton Township, 586-286- 3020, D Daily.
Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Dearborn features cuts of premium beef and seafood, and table side Caesar salad, cordials, and a dessert cart. It has all the ambiance of an upscale steak house that overlooks a woodland area. Table 36 is nestled in the corner next to the fireplace.
21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 313-359-3300, L Mon-Fri., D Daily.
BIG FISH SEAFOOD BISTRO
This seafood and fish house offers, among other entrees, steamed live Maine lobster as well as a variety of pastas and pizzas. The Michigan Room can seat up to 20 people, is very private, and can accommodate computer, television, or other media uses.
700 Town Center Dr., Dearborn, 313-336-6350, L&D Mon.-Sat., D Sun.
ROMAN VILLAGE CUCINA ITALIANA
This family-owned restaurant sticks to its traditional Italian roots and uses family recipes. For example, their polenta consists of cornmeal topped with Italian sausage and meat sauce. A round table in the center of the room.
9924 Dix Ave., Dearborn, 313- 842-2100, L&D Daily.
ANTONIO’S CUCINA ITALIANO
This location, just as the Rugiero family’s other locations, produces its own pasta daily. Apart from ravioli Florentine or mannicotti, pair their fresh gnocchi with the house special pancetta and mushroom sauce. The secluded south room, with its few tables, is reminiscent of old school Italian restaurants and is located away from the main room’s hustle and bustle. It’s private and quaint.
26356 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights, 313-278-6000, L&D Daily.
Located on the Detroit River in the Renaissance Center, this scenic eatery offers authentic Italian dishes, including ravioli and lasagna, and numerous wine selections. The Galleria. Accommodating up to 90 guests, the elegant room offers plenty of privacy for meetings both small and large.
400 GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, 313-567-6700, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
THE APPARATUS ROOM
Housed in the old Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, the Apparatus Room features regional riffs on traditional American dishes. Entrees include braised farm chicken, lamb shank, and seafood bourride. The Chef’s Table, a 10-seat space that offers a multi-course tasting menu, and also serves as a home to visiting chefs and pop-ups.
250 W. Larned, Detroit, 313-800-5600, B & L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
The Caucus Club, which originally opened in 1952 and then closed in 2012, is enjoying new life and new ownership in the Penobscot Building. House favorites include tenderloin steak bites, roast prime beef, and pan seared halibut. Table 53, a corner booth that’s right in the middle of the restaurant, is the most sought-after spot, but table 31, a “Vegas-style booth,” is the favorite of owner George Sboukis.
150 W. Congress, Detroit, 313-965- 4970, L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.
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. Tables 15 and 16 are on the old porch overlooking Lothrop street.
670 Lothrop, Detroit, 313-872-5110, L Wed.-Fri., D Tue.-Sun.
A 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. Special guests included Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The Sewing Machine Table is in a corner that overlooks the entire restaurant and seats up to four people.
330 S. Oakwood, Detroit, 313-841-0122, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.
Located atop the stylish MotorCity Casino Hotel, Iridescence is an AAA Four-Diamond rated restaurant that offers Yuzu salmon, wild striped bass, and Colorado lamb. A corner booth with a bird’s-eye view of the city.
2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 313-237-6732, D Wed.-Sun.
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. There’s also a piano bar and a small patio. A table in the main dining room, next to floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the river, the Riverwalk, and Windsor.
400 Renaissance Center, 313-567-6837, D Daily.
THE LONDON CHOP HOUSE
Newly renovated in an old time fashion, and paying homage to the original restaurant, The London Chop House is like dining in private luxury. Also harkening back to the original restaurant, the new establishment serves old favorites like the veal chop Oscar. Booths 1 and 2. In the restaurant’s early days, and even today, these booths hosted celebrities and auto luminaries.
155 West Congress, Detroit, 313-962-0277, L&D Mon.- Fri., D Sat.
PRIME + PROPER
Aiming to be Detroit’s premier steakhouse, Prime + Proper dry ages all meats in-house and offers 100 percent USDA prime beef and lamb, as well as seafood. In the lower level is a truly private bar called Cash Only. Table 1 is one of the restaurant’s most private and sought-after tables, while Table 2 offers the chance to see and be seen.
1145 Griswold, Detroit, 248-294-0700, D Daily.
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. Any table along the riverfront provides a wonderful view for guests.
300 River Place, 313-567-4400, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.
This popular restaurant focuses on European tavern style dishes. All ingredients are locally sourced and butchery is done in-house, which allows the chefs to work with different cuts of meat. Republic Tavern also practices “nose-to- tail” eating with its meat, minimizing waste. There are two royal blue celebrity booths that are highly requested. There‘s also a private table behind the booths, centered around a three-piece mural of Detroit.
1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, 313-446-8360, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
Tucked inside the refurbished Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Roast offers everything from beef pierogi to stuffed Hungarian hot peppers to porterhouse for two, to roasted chicken. The owner is Iron Chef Michael Symon of “Food Network” fame. For privacy, there are cozy booths behind the bar, as well as a private room near the entrance. For a more scenic view, sit next to the windows that look out onto Washington Boulevard.
1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit, 313- 961-2500, D Mon.-Sun.
Located in Detroit’s Greektown, Santorini offers traditional Greek entrees and desserts, along with beef, chicken, and seafood selections. Any table that overlooks the front window provides a view of Greektown, as well as a gentle breeze.
501 Monroe, Detroit, 313-962-9366, L&D Tue.-Sun.
This seasonally driven restaurant allows guests to enjoy flavors born on local farms and captured at the peak of the season, for ultimate taste and quality. The eatery offers meals such as seasonal flatbread, grilled trout, and charred octopus, as well as local brews and craft cocktails. The chef’s counter seating area is highly-requested and very interactive.
3921 Second Ave., Detroit, 313-438-5055, L&D Mon.-Sun., B, L, D Sat.-Sun.
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. Table 28 is in the center of the bay window area and overlooks Woodward Avenue. The table seats two and is surrounded by an expansive garden.
4421 Woodward Ave, 313-832-5700, D Daily.
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. It’s nicely tucked away from the casino floor. The aptly named Wine Cellar Table is located in the restaurant’s wine cellar, readily visible as the cellar is enclosed with glass. 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.
1777 Third St. in the MGM Grand Detroit, 313-465-1644, D Daily.
WRIGHT & CO.
The restaurant offers contemporary American food, small-plates style, along with craft cocktails. The menu typically offers nine plates and three desserts, which change with the seasons. The round table underneath the chandelier, Table 40, is by the front window and overlooks Woodward Avenue. The table seats a minimum of five people and a maximum of eight, comfortably.
1500 Woodward Ave., Second Floor, Detroit, 313-962-7711, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
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.
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. When weather permits, the ideal table is one by a fireplace on the patio, with a scenic view.
30715 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-474-3033, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
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. Other selections include stir-fried choice rib eye, king of the sea, and Phoenix nest. Private meeting rooms are available.
27925 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-489-2280, L&D Daily.
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. Tables in the Red Room or the Champagne Room are very private. Booth 21 is also a great option.
27925 Golf Pointe Blvd., Farmington Hills, 248-994-1111, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
Hour Detroit’s pick for Restaurant of the Year in 2014 features everything from duck a l’orange to black truffle risotto to a dish called “Tasting of Veal.” There’s also an expansive wine list and homemade ingredients like butter and bread. Tables 1 and 27 are recommended for business meetings because of their intimate and private ambience.
17051 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, 313-343-8800, D Tue.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
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. For entertainment, Table 4 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.
97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, 313- 882-5299, L&D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.
THE HILL RESTAURANT
The award-winning restaurant offers classic American fare, including numerous meat and seafood choices, prepared with premium ingredients. The European Dover sole is one of the restaurant’s signature items. Table 64 seats up to eight people and is convenient for a private lunch-in.
123 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, 313- 886-8101, L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.
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. Fireside booths, with their elegant mahogany leather, offer an impressive and intimate setting.
19767 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-881-8540, D Daily.
ANTONIO’S PICCOLO RISTORANTE (New)
This new upscale casual, family-owned restaurant is decorated with oil paintings and mosaics on its walls and serves its fan-favorite linguine with white clam sauce, fresh steamed mussels, appetizer, and spaghetti carbonara. A full carry-out menu is available. Everything, including the gelato, is made in-house in this authentic Italian restaurant.
31735 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, 734-513-8000, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE
An ideal setting to entertain clients, this restaurant offers award-winning steak and seafood, including New York strip, bone-in rib-eye, and double breast of chicken. A table in the main dining room, next to the reserve wine room with more than 100 bottles.
17400 Haggerty, Livonia, 734-542-9463, D Nightly.
GAUCHO STEAK HOUSE
An authentic Brazilian steakhouse offers a vibrant atmosphere and 17 types of unlimited meats including filet mignon, rib eye, and lombo com parmesao. Table 7 is located in the second dining room and, conveniently, near the salad bar. This table offers privacy, and one of the restaurant’s waterfalls accentuates the surroundings. There’s also a private dining room that seats up to 30 people.
39550 W. Seven Mile, Northville, 248-380-7770, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
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. Any of the oversized luxury booths.
27000 S. Karevich Dr., Novi, 248-305- 5210, D Daily.
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. The perimeter tables offer the most privacy.
43150 Grand River, Novi, 248-374-0688, L Mon.- Sat., D Daily.
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, local grass-fed rib-eye, and Creekstone Farms tenderloin. A private dining room is available that can extend near the fireplace. With its doors shut, the private dining room holds approximately 26 people.
27790 Novi Rd., Novi, 248-277-6000, B&L Mon.-Sat., D Daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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. A table by the window overlooking the park for a quieter dinner, or a table in the back corner.
380 S. Main St., Plymouth, 734-416-9340, D Daily.
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. Table 11 is tucked away in the corner of the dining room off the beaten path, giving you a full view of the room. Table 22 is more private, in an area where diners don’t see many others.
39405 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth, 734-254-0400, L Wed.- Fri., D Mon.-Sat.
CANTORO TRATTORIA (New)
The restaurant’s expansion is expected to be completed in November. It offers a selection of homemade gelatos, cannoli, breads baked fresh daily, and a cheese room. Hundreds of wines complement appetizers, salads, fish, meats, seafoods, pastas, and pizzas. Table 19 is the most popular. The restaurant can’t guarantee reservations for it, but takes requests.
15550 N. Haggerty Rd., Plymouth Township, 734-667-1199, L&D Daily.
PARK 600 BAR + KITCHEN AT THE ROYAL PARK HOTEL (PREVIOUSLY BROOKSHIRE)
Park 600 bar + kitchen is a well-appointed restaurant that has bold flavors and locally sourced foods. The menu features Indian Brook rainbow trout, Asian styled pork shank, and pasta carbonara. Booths near the fireplace or the half-booths along the back wall are highly requested.
600 E. University, Rochester, 248-453-8732, B, L&D Mon.-Sat.
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. Table 210 is highly requested and is located in the center of the restaurant. The table is half-moon-shaped and near the piano, providing a nice view of the restaurant.
306 Main St., Rochester, 248-651-2266, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat-Sun.
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. Tables 91, 92, 93, and 94 are four horseshoe- shaped booths that are semi private, located in the back of the restaurant. Each one seats up to six people.
370 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-340-5900, L&D Daily.
SILVER SPOON RISTORANTE
Here, the interior is modern and eclectic, while the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the authentic Italian menu. Will accommodate upon request.
6830 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, 248- 652-4500, D Mon.-Sat.
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. Table 29 is next to the tranquility pond in the atrium and provides an intimate and relaxed setting. A great way to relax before or after a flight.
2501 Worldgateway Place, Detroit, 734-229- 6782, B, L&D Daily.
MR. PAUL’S CHOPHOUSE
This family-operated restaurant offers exceptional steak, seafood, and pasta in a club-like setting. Beef and fish are delivered to the restaurant twice daily, in order to keep meals fresh. The larger booth in the back corner of the restaurant.
29850 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville, 586-777-7770, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
Hour Detroit’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year, the downtown Royal Oak dining room features French onion soup dumplings, steelhead trout, sea scallops, and pheasant as well as a daily selection of oysters. Table 7, a round table that seats up to eight people.
401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-0082, D Tue.-Sun., Brunch Sun.
Billed as a “sophisticated sports bar,” Hamlin Corner offers 50 beers on tap, steak, sandwiches, and more. Choose any table with available VIP service.
386 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-556-5428, L&D Daily.
Classic Italian cuisine meets a contemporary ambiance. The restaurant boasts an impressive selection of authentic Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients. Tables 40 and 44. Private rooms are also available upon request.
29410 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, 248-356-6600, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
The high ceilings and stained glass, along with dark-stained wood, nicely accentuate the restaurant, which serves a variety of fresh fish dishes. Private rooms.
25485 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, 248-358-1310, L Mon.-Sun., D Daily.
NOMAD GRILL (New)
Epicurean Group’s newest property, the Nomad Grill, opened in May inside the Best Western Premier. The American restaurant picks up where the Coach Insignia, which closed in February, left off. Tables 13 and 22 are both larger corner tables which seat up to five or six.
26555 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, 313-567-2622, B, L&D Daily.
ANDIAMO STERLING HEIGHTS
A sister location of the popular local franchise, this airy and well-appointed restaurant specializes in everything Italian, offering a range of traditional dishes such as ravioli and lasagna, along with premium cuts of beef. The restaurant will accommodate any seating request.
14425 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, 586-532- 8800, L&D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
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 it excels at providing fresh cuisine. Table 36 is upstairs in the balcony and seats four people.
2135 17 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, 586-939- 5700, L Tues.-Fri., D Daily.
Fresh food and great 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 an array of salads, sandwiches, pasta, and more. A large high-top table seats up to 10 people and is highly requested by larger parties.
12245 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, 734-374-0088, B, L&D Daily.
CANTORO TRATTORIA (New)
Cantoro Trattoria opened earlier this summer, bringing the Italian fare that made its Plymouth Township location popular to Troy.
1695 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 2248-817-2424, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
Located at Somerset North, the Capital Grill offers prime steaks and seafood, accompanied by an extensive wine list. Table 64 is the most secluded table, and 61 is great for romantic occasions such as anniversaries and engagements.
2800 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-649-5300, L Mon.- Sat., D Daily.
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD (New)
Eddie V’s opened its first Michigan restaurant in June, featuring fresh seafood, a wide selection of steaks, jazz played by local musicians, and more than 300 wines. The V Lounge offers live jazz every night in a comfortable, secluded area.
2100 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-649-7319, D Daily.
MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Fresh lake and ocean fish arrive each day and is prepared to order, whether it’s cooked simply or accentuated with sauces. A nice respite from a day of shopping at the Somerset Collection. A secluded, semi private dining room with a window. Private booths are available, as well.
2850 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, 248-637-6400, L&D Daily.
MON JIN LAU
Offers a cuisine infused with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese influences, a lengthy sushi list, and a lively atmosphere. Menu selections include cashew chicken, Mongolian rack of lamb, and spicy Korean pork chop. The patio is spacious, and can be rented out for private events.
1515 E. Maple, Troy, 248- 689-2332, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
Enjoy an intimate setting of lush wood tones and unique caricatures — it’s as close to an Old World steak and seafood club setting as you can get, and famous for its large portions. Booth 70 is often requested table, and is set against a brick wall. Table 51 is highly requested for a party of 8. The round table encourages interaction between guests.
888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-404- 9845, D Daily.
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. Table 10 is highly requested for a party of 8. An all glass room that seats 8 is coming in September.
2915 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, 248-458-0500, L Mon.-Fri., D Daily.
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. Steak selections include filet, New York strip, and porterhouse. Well located near I-75. Table 50, a special round table that accommodates 10.
755 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248- 269-8424, D Daily.
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. Table 5 is placed in a corner by a window, and faces the main dining room area. Table 91 faces the bar and is near a bulk counter. With the terrace to the right, this is a great option for guests looking for a serene setting.
45125 Mound Rd., Utica, 586-254-1311, L&D Daily.
The flagship location of a bustling Italian franchise. Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse features cuts of premium beef and seafood, and tableside Caesar salad, cordials, and a dessert cart. It has all the ambiance of an upscale steakhouse. Tables in the main or west part of the restaurant allow diners privacy while they enjoy the Italian restaurant’s ambiance.
7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren, 586-268-3200, L&D Mon.- Fri., D Sat.-Sun.
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. A table inside a glass-partitioned room adjacent to the main dining area.
6545 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, 248-737-7463, D Daily.
A casual, home-style trattoria offering a simplistic approach to fine Italian dining, with a new menu that includes pizza, pasta, and more. There’s a VIP table, available upon request, near the bar side of the restaurant. The table is secluded and in a quieter area.
1063 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-254- 6213, D Tue.-Sun.
ZINGARA FINE TRATTORIA
Contemporary dining with a rustic Italian flare. Pina Maceroni moved to Windsor’s “Little Italy” to offer authentic cuisine. Private rooms available upon request. The patio seating is also very popular.
769 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-258-7555, L Mon.- Fri., D Daily.
A landmark for 30 years, the restaurant features Italian cuisine including seafood, pastas, baked Italian sausage pasta, and authentic Italian desserts. The August Room seats up to 18 people.
3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-281-6700, L&D Daily.