Downtown Detroit Staff Favorites

Restaurants/Bars

Avalon International Breads
422 W Willis St Detroit, MI 48201
Specializes in organic baked goods, specifically bread, as well salads and sandwiches. Also, features an art gallery with the work of local and national artists.

Cafe D'Mongos Speakeasy
1439 Griswold Detroit, MI 48226
Soul food, excellent live music, friendly staff.

Cass Cafe
4620 Cass Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Offers a wide variety of food and has an art gallery that features the works of local and national artists.

Coach Insignia
100 Renissance Center Detroit, MI 48243
Modern steakhouse with one of Michigan's largest wine lists and an award-winning view 

Dangerously Delicious Pies
4626 3rd St Detroit, MI 48201
Specialize in pies, sweet and savory

Detroit Beer Co.
1529 Broadway St Detroit, MI 48226
State of the art brewing technology and eclectic American cuisine

Detroiter Bar
655 Beaubien St Detroit, MI 48226
Home of the best burger in the 'D'

Flood's Bar & Grille
731 St Antione Detroit, MI 48226
Variety of food, live entertainment and magnificent bar 

Giovanni's Ristorante
330 Oakwood Detroit, MI 48217
Specializes in Italian cuisine. Enjoy an atmosphere reminiscent of the old world charm where friends and family gather to enjoy more than just a meal.

Gold Cash Gold
2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit MI 48216
Seasonal, locally sourced, house-made, farm-to-table dishes

Golden Fleece
525 Monroe Ave Detroit, MI 48226
Great gyros and cheap too!

Green Dot Stables
2200 W. Lafeyette Ave. Detroit, MI 48216
Sliders, fries, soups and salads in a casual atmosphere

Harry's Bar Detroit
2482 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48201
Soooo very gritty, yet not, Detroit. And good bar food.

Honest John's Bar
488 Selden St Detroit, MI 48201
Relaxed eatery dishing breakfast all day & American classics in a down-home setting with a jukebox

La Feria
4130 Cass Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Lively restaurant featuring traditional Spanish small plates as well as wine & cocktails

The Majestic Café
4120 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201
You can have tons of fun and experience Detroit history at this building by drinking at the retro bar, eating pizza from St. Pepperoni's or the Café, bowling and even attending a show at The Majestic or Populux.

Mercury Burger Bar
2163 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI 48216
Flipping classic burgers with a little something extra, Mercury offers a couple dozen items along with craft beers, poutine, and old-school milkshakes

Motor City Brewing Works Inc.
470 W Canfield Detroit, MI 48201
Small brewpub with a warm vibe & local art serves brick-oven pizzas with flagship & seasonal beers

Mudgie's
1300 Porter St. Detroit, MI 48226
Authentic artisan deli in Detroit's historic Corktown neighborhood

New Parthenon Detroit
547 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
It is the most Greek Experience of Greektown.

Rattlesnake
300 River Pl Dr Detroit, MI 48207
Fine dining with a beautiful view of the Detroit River

Roast (Book Cadillac)
The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Michael Symon's upscale steakhouse attached to the Book Cadillac. Not known for their service, but the food is excellent.

Rub BBQ
18 W Adams Ave Detroit, MI 48226
A sports pub with some of the best BBQ in Detroit

Slow's BBQ
2138 Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI 48216
Slow cooked meats paired with hearty sides & craft beers aplenty in a tiny, wood-beamed 1880s space

Selden Standard
3921 2nd Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Rustic and casual atmosphere serving homegrown small plates, wine and local and global brews

Seva's
66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Great vegetarian cuisine

Sindbad's
100 St Clair St Detroit, MI 48214
Nautically-themed marina mainstay featuring seafood & steaks, plus occasional live music

Small Plates
1521 Broadway St Detroit, MI 48226
 Offers an extensive menu of New American cuisine

Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48026
A step back in time with a classy feel and unique flavor. Sugar House is a great little bar to try new and innovative cocktails that you might not see on any other menu.

Supino Pizzeria
2457 Russell St Detroit, MI 48207
Best place for thin-crust pizza & slices with novel toppings like egg & turkey

Sweetwater Tavern
400 E. Congress St Detroit, MI 48226
BEST CHICKEN WINGS!

The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Detroit's most iconic mansion turned restaurant offers award-winning cuisine and wine

Top of the Pontch
2 Washington Blvd Detroit, MI 48226
Presents fine dining with a modern, elegant twist and locally sourced food artfully prepared to elevate your dining experience

Town Pump Tavern
100 W Montcalm St Detroit, MI 48201
Traditional pub with an ivy-covered facade, tin ceiling & wood walls features burgers & draft beers

Traffic Jam & Snug
511 W Canfield St Detroit, MI 48201
 In-house bakery, microbrewery, dairy and an eclectic menu of made-from-scratch dishes

Two James Spirits
2445 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI 48184
 First licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition; gives tours and tastings

Union Street
4145 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Soooooo very Midtown Detroit. Old School

Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library Street Detroit, MI 48226
Great Paella's and sangria.

Wright & Co. Bar
1500 Woodward Ave (2nd Level) Detroit, MI 48226
Serves seasonal gourmet small plates, cocktails, wine and beer from all over the world

Cultural Things To Do

Corktown
Located west of downtown Detroit
Detroit's oldest neighborhood, beautiful historic Victorian-era houses and a surrounding entertainment district for music and bar-hopping

Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Non-profit art gallery featuring work from Detroit artists

DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts)
5200 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48202
Art museum with a collection among the top six in the US

Eastern Market
2934 Russell St Detroit, MI 48207
Largest historic market in the US with fresh fruits, vegetables, specialty foods, art and music

Motown Museum
2648 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48208
Preserves the history and legacy of Motown Records Corporation through the conservation of Motown’s original site on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A

Museum of Contemporary Art
4454 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Presents art at the forefront of contemporary culture

N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
52 E. Forest Ave Detroit, MI 48201
Provides local artists a home for their art, including performance art and experiential theater

Pewabic Pottery
10125 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48214
Non-profit ceramic design studio that offers classes

Miscellaneous

Fowling Warehouse
3901 Christopher St Detroit, MI 48211
Fowling- The act of bowling, but with a football. Yes, it's as crazy and fun as it sounds.

Greektown Casino
555 E Lafeyette St.Detroit, MI 48226
Casino/hotel with dining and entertainment as well

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R Rd Detroit, MI 48202
The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is a dynamic hands-on museum that inspires children and families to discover, explore and appreciate STEM.

Garden Bowl/The Majestic
4120 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201
You can have tons of fun and experience Detroit history at this building by drinking at the retro bar, eat pizza from St. Pepperoni's or the Café, bowling and even attend a show at The Majestic or Populux.