The 10 Best Restaurants In Detroit, USA

Photo of James Norman
9 February 2017

Detroit, or Motor City, is the cradle of the American automotive industry, and Motown music. Although Detroit may nowadays be associated primarily with economic problems, there are still many great dining venues around the city. We list the best spots in Detroit that reflect the city’s rich, multicultural heritage.

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Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub

Pub, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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Situated in downtown Detroit, the Grand Trunk Pub is considered one of the finest drinking establishments in Southeast Michigan. Housed inside the former Grand Trunk Railway Station, the building itself dates back to 1879 when it began its life as a jewellery shop. The menu includes a delicious selection of British pub food favourites, tweaked with a spicy American twist.

Café Muse

Cafe, Restaurant, European, American, Coffee, Vegetarian, $$$
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Starting out as a brunch venue in small, cosy surroundings, this ‘food for inspiration’ restaurant has moved to a larger location due to sheer success. Café Muse is the venture of owners David Smith and executive chef Grey Reyner. The decor is eclectic and the dining room features close-set tables and high ceilings, with a late 1960s vibe. .

The Whitney

Diner, Restaurant, American, Seafood, Contemporary, $$$
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This restaurant is housed within Detroit’s most iconic mansion, The Whitney. The Whitney sublimely balances historic refinement with contemporary cuisine and offers diners a charming atmosphere where the experience of days-gone-by can be enjoyed. The focus of the menu is to provide visitors with ‘elegantly American’ cuisine that focuses on beef, veal, lamb, fish and seafood.

Vinsetta Garage

Situated in a former garage, very few restaurants capture the historical and cultural feeling of Detroit as well as Vinsetta Garage. The venue has taken Detroit’s heritage, given it a modern shakeup and changed the purpose of the building, while ‘keeping the legend alive’. Lucky diners can also get their hands on the latest Vinsetta Garage pin-up calendar during visits, showcasing a selection of classic ladies-in-vehicles, all vying for the title of Miss Autorama.

Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, Detroit, Michigan, USA, +1 248 548 7711

Torino

Restaurant, American, French, Seafood, $$$
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Torino offers an innovative and surprising five-course menu, which changes on a weekly basis and blends the classic and the contemporary, with a fine balance of aesthetics and flavor. Torino aims to ‘redefine the dining experience in Detroit’ and, with its pioneering kitchen, the restaurant is well under way to becoming a Detroit favourite.

Mario’s

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Mario’s is a perfect example of a timeless, traditional Italian restaurant in Detroit. The interior of Mario’s has a rustic wood-panelling look, with a fireplace and tables that have changed little since the early days. The food is cooked table-side, with traditional Italian recipes, and is simple, yet delicious.