1. 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 / 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.
2. Gandy Dancer
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: The largest indoor meeting room holds 60 people, while the outdoor reception are holds up to 150 / Best Table: Window tables with a scenic view of the train tracks.
3. 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 barbecued ribs, flavored with orange molasses and vinegar. 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-971-0484, L&D Daily / $16 / Meeting Room Capacity: 10
4. Zingerman’s Roadhouse
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
5. 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: Tables 81 and 82. Located in a high-profile part of the restaurant, these tables, which can seat up to 16 people, are great places to be seen.
6. 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 / Best Table: Under the outdoor gazebo or, if you are looking to see or be seen, Table 30 in the center of the dining room.
7. 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 / 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.
8. Cameron’s Steakhouse
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 / Best Table: Tables in the main dining room — toward the front of the restaurant, are the most requested part of the steakhouse.
9. 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 / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: Two rooms of 36 or one combined room of 72 / Best Table: The Captain’s Table seats eight people in large, comfortable chairs.
10. Forest Grill
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 / Best Table: Table 53. This corner table seats up to eight people and offers a view of the entire restaurant while also providing ample privacy.
11. 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 / Best Table: The plush red Gotti booth is a customer favorite, but for more privacy the board rooms seat 8-10.
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 / Best Table: Booths No. 1 and No. 2. The two most private booths can seat up to six people and are located beside the wine cellar.
13. Rugby Grille
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 / Best Table: Tables 71 and 74 seat up to six people each, and have unparalleled vantage points of the restaurant.
14. 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 / Best Table: If you are looking to maximize privacy, the Paul Smith room has its own private entrance.
15. Eddie Merlot’s
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 / Best Table: 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.
16. Andiamo Bloomfield
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 / Best Table: Table 40 is at the center of the restaurant, near a fireplace and,with a low wall to one side and a high wall to the other, this secluded table offers ample privacy to a group of eight.
17. Roadside B&G
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
18. 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 / 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.
19. Via Bologna
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.
20. 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 / Best Table: A corner table by the patio that seats up to eight people and offers plenty of privacy.
21. 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 / Best Table: The Michigan Room can seat up to 14 people, is very private and can accommodate computer, television, or other media use.
22. Andiamo DEARBORN
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 / Best Table: Table 36 is nestled in the corner next to the fireplace and with a view of the woods and the Rouge River.
23. 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 / Best Table: A round table in the center of the room.
24. 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.
25. Andiamo Riverfront
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 / Best Table: Table 12 is in the center of the dining room. This table optimizes the restaurant’s spectacular view of the Detroit River.
26. Coach Insignia
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 / Best Table: A window table overlooking the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit River.
27. Cuisine Restaurant
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 / Best Table: Table 15 or 16 are on the old porch overlooking Lothrop street.
28. Giovanni’s Ristorante
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 / 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 a 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 / Best Table: A corner booth with a bird’s-eye view of the city.
30. Joe Muer Seafood
With sweeping views of the Detroit River, a modern interior, and a menu offering 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 / Best Table: A table in the main dining room, next to floor to ceiling windows with views of the river, the Riverwalk, and Canada.
31. 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 / Best Table: Booth One. In the restaurant’s early days, this booth hosted celebrities and auto industry higher-ups.
32. Rattlesnake Club
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 / Best Table: Table 20 is up front by the window and provides a prime view of the Detroit River.
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 / Best Table: For privacy, there are enjoyable booths behind the bar. But for a good view, sit next to the windows that look out onto Washington Boulevard.
34. Santorini Estiatorio
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 / Best Table: Table 1 seats up to six people and is in the middle of the restaurant.
35. 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 / Best Table: Tiered seating on three levels offers the best skyline views.
36. The Whitney
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 / Best Table: There are many great options, including tables by a window that looks out onto Woodward, a library area with beautiful woodwork, a music room, and a room called The Study, a private room that holds a party of around 12 people.
37. Wolfgang Puck Steak
Two American Kobe steaks highlight the menu of red meat, but they also offer seafood 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 / 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.
38. 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
39. Café Cortina
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 / Best Table: When weather permits, the ideal table is one by a fireplace, on the patio with a scenic view.
40. Hong Hua
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
41. 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 / Best Table: Tables in the Red Room or the Champagne Room are fantastic and private.
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: The banquettes offer quiet seclusion for conversations.
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43. Dirty Dog Jazz Café
In an intimate pub atmosphere, this restaurant provides live music along with such entrees 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 / 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 allow guests to see and hear the band, yet still conduct a private meeting.
44. The Hill Restaurant
The award-winning restaurant offers classic American fare prepared with premium ingredients, including numerous meat and seafood choices. The Block Island swordfish is one of the restaurant’s signature. 123 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-886-8101, L Mon.-Fri. D Mon.-Sat. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 50 / Best Table: Booth 1 seats four people with a great location, if visibility is the goal. Booth 65 seats up to eight people and is very private.
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45. Da Edoardo
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, with their elegant mahogany leather, offer an impressive and intimate setting.
46. 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 / Best Table: A table in the main dining room, next to the reserve wine room with more than 1,000 bottles.
47. Gaucho Steak House
An authentic Brazilian steak house offers a vibrant atmosphere and 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 / Best Table: 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.
48. Novi Chophouse
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 / Best Table: Any of the over-sized luxury booths.
49. 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 / Best Table: The perimeter tables offer the most privacy.
50. Toasted Oak Grill & Market
Located in the newly 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, and Creekstone Farms rib-eye. 27790 Novi Rd., Novi, 248-277-6000, B&L Mon.-Sat. D Daily / $19 / Meeting Room Capacity: 25 / Best Table: A private dining room is available.
51. Fiamma Grille
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 / Best Table: A table by the window overlooking the park or for a quieter dinner or a table in the back corner.
52. 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 / Best Table: A very private table, tucked away in the corner of the restaurant.
53. 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 / Best Table: Booths near the fireplace or the half booths along the back wall.
54. 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. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 80 / Best Table: Two half booths or an eight-seat table with executive leather chairs in the center of the room.
55. 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 / Meeting Room Capacity: 32 / Best Table: Tables 92 and 93 are two horseshoe-shaped booths that are semi-private, located in the back of the restaurant and seat up to six people.
56. Silver Spoon Ristorante
Here, the interior is modern and eclectic, while the wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their authentic Italian menu, which includes pizza, salads, and more. 6830 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-652-4500, D Tue.-Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: N/A / Best Table: Will accommodate upon request.
Located inside The Westin at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Dema 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 / Best Table: Table 19 is next to the tranquility pond in the atrium.
58. Mr. Paul’s Chophouse
The family operated restaurant offers exceptional steak, seafood, and pasta in a club-like setting. In order to keep their menu and food fresh, they have their beef and fish delivered twice daily. 29850 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville, 586-777-7770, L&D Mon.-Fri. D Sat. / $24 / Meeting Room Capacity: 182 / Best Table: The larger booth in the back corner of the restaurant.
59. 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 / Best Table: Several tables available in the quieter areas of the restaurant.
60. Bistro 82
This new addition to downtown Royal Oak features Scottish salmon, seafood bouillabaisse, lamb meatballs, and chicken paillard. You may also spot a celebrity or two. 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-0082, D Tues.-Sun. Brunch Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 18 / Best Table: Sabrage, located on the second level, can be rented out for private functions.
61. Hamlin Corner
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 / Best Table: Choose any table with available VIP service.
62. Bacco Ristorante
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 / Best Table: Tables 40 and 44.
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.-Sat., D Daily / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Best Table: Private rooms.
64. 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 / Best Table: The restaurant will accommodate any seating request.
65. 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 Mon.-Fri., D Daily / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 62 / Best Table: A long walnut table is set up in a secluded area of the restaurant.
66. Pete’s Place
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, 734-379-0088, B, L&D Daily. / $11 / Meeting Room Capacity: 40 / Best Table: A large round table seats up to 10 people.
Two brothers take to their Italian roots, incorporating the freshest local ingredients into every old country dish. The baby grand piano sets the mood for the evening in more than just looks. 4501 Fort St., Trenton, 734-692-1730, L&D Daily. / $20 / Meeting Room Capacity: 60 / Best Table: A private room is available on request.
68. 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 / Best Table: Tables 81 and 82 on the restaurant’s upper level.
69. 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 / Best Table: A secluded, semi-private dining room with a window.
70. 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 / Best Table: The patio is great when the weather is cooperative; also the restaurant will accommodate seating requests.
71. Morton’s Steakhouse
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 / Best Table: A table in the back of the restaurant, near the wine case, that offers privacy and a great view of the steakhouse.
72. Northern Lakes Seafood Restaurant
Featuring fresh seafood dishes highlighted by an array of shellfish in a 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 / Best Table: The Bay Window Table in the main dining room.
73. Ocean Prime
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 / Best Table: Table 10.
74. 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 / Best Table: A special round table that accommodates 50.
75. Tré Monti
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 / Best Table: Tables 101 and 301.
76. 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 / Best Table: Tables 91 in the lounge area and Table 5 in main dining room near a window.
77. Andiamo Warren
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 / Best Table: Tables in the main or west part of the restaurant allow diners privacy while still letting them enjoy the Italian restaurant’s ambiance.
78. The Lark
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 / Best Table: Booth No. 1.
79. Prime29 Steakhouse
A contemporary steakhouse, featuring prime cuts of seafood and beef aged for 29 days. The 24-ounce bone-in rib-eye is a pricey restaurant specialty. 6545 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, 248-737-7463, D Daily / $30 / Meeting Room Capacity: 229 / Best Table: A table inside of a glass portioned room adjacent to the main dining area.
80. Enzo’s Trattoria
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 / Best Table: Ask for Enzo and he will take care of you.
81. 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. 769 Erie St. East, Windsor, 519-258-7555, L Mon.-Fri. D Daily / $18 / Meeting Room Capacity: 130 / Best Table: Private rooms available on request.
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 / Best Table: The August Room seats up to 20 people.
Compiled by: Leah Benoit