Detroit Restaurants

Each wave of immigrants to Detroit has made a culinary mark: You'll find soul food in the inner city, a vibrant Mexican community on the West Side, and Greek restaurants in Greektown. Detroiters often dine across the river in Windsor, Ontario, where a favorable rate of exchange makes for good values.

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  • 1. Beans & Cornbreads

    $$$ | American

    In suburban Southfield, this upscale eatery pays homage to its southern roots with vintage Life magazine posters of famous African-Americans...Read More

  • 2. Big Fish

    $$$ | Seafood

    Chuck Muer's stylish fish emporium is a play on words, referring to both the menu and the automobile executives who frequent it. In addition...Read More

  • 3. Cadieux Cafe

    $$ | Belgian

    This Euro-style eatery is all that's left of a once sizable Belgian community on Detroit's east side. Belgian beers, mussels (a specialty),...Read More

  • 4. Capital Grille

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    A see-and-be-seen favorite of Michigan politicos and local CEOs, this dim, clubby restaurant with mahogany booths and tables is in the upscale...Read More

  • 5. Fishbone's

    $$ | American

    This authentic New Orleans–style restaurant in the heart of Greektown is loud, brash, funky, and fun. The spicy creole fare on the seasonal...Read More

  • 6. Lafayette Coney Island

    $ | American

    Detroit's contribution to gastronomy is the Coney dog: a hot dog topped with cheese, onions, and chili, all in a bun. Every day, suburbanites...Read More

  • 7. Mon Jin Lau

    $$$ | Chinese

    This longtime favorite with its high, peaked ceilings, palms, and a soothing color scheme is the dressiest Asian restaurant in the metro Detroit...Read More

  • 8. Pegasus Taverna

    $$ | Greek

    Specialties such as pastitsio (Greek-style lasagna) and avgolemono (chicken-lemon soup) are prepared in a huge open kitchen at this Greek...Read More

  • 9. Picano's Restaurant

    $$$ | Italian

    This is a relaxed yet elegant place, with white linen and votive candles on the tables and quaint old scenes of the motherland on the walls...Read More

  • 10. Priya Restaurant

    $ | Indian

    Northern and southern Indian cuisine reigns in this stylish and serene Troy eatery. The menu lists six kinds of dosas (lentil and rice flatbread...Read More

  • 11. Rattlesnake

    $$$$ | European

    The seasonally changing menu here highlights fresh ingredients and features innovative tuna, salmon, and beef dishes, but the signature dish...Read More

  • 12. Rugby Grille

    $$$$ | American

    The "see and be seen" dining room in the posh Townsend Hotel could be in a men's club, considering its rugby prints and roaring fireplace. Popular...Read More

  • 13. The Caucus Club

    $$$$ | Seafood

    A venerable Detroit institution, this spot recalls a time when elegant restaurants had boardroom decor, lots of oil paintings, and wood. The...Read More

  • 14. The Mini

    $ | Vietnamese

    Worth the drive across the border to Windsor, the tiny Mini is one of those places locals rave about, with spicy Vietnamese fare and wonderful...Read More

  • 15. The Whitney

    $$$$ | American

    Once the mansion of lumber baron David Whitney, this posh restaurant turns out creative American dishes, snappy pastas, and very fresh seafood...Read More

  • 16. Tom's Oyster Bar

    $$ | Seafood

    As the name suggests, Tom's is an area favorite with an extensive oyster selection. But don't miss the spicy crawfish bisque and the many fresh...Read More

  • 17. Traffic Jam & Snug

    $$ | American

    The menu changes often, but you can count on wheatberry and other interesting breads, inventive salads, and daily specials like spinach lasagna...Read More

  • 18. El Zocalo

    $ | Mexican

    Colorful Mexican artifacts and paintings add spice to this popular eatery in the heart of the neighborhood known as Mexicantown. The comprehensive...Read More

  • 19. Opus One Companies

    $$$ | American

    French and American furnishings reflect the menu of one of Detroit's finest and most expensive restaurants. Try the escargot with spinach and...Read More

  • 20. Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar

    $ | Contemporary

    Almost always crowded, this bistro has colorful walls with vintage posters and a globally inspired menu. Daily specials might include a Spanish...Read More

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