Nicknamed the ‘Motor City,’ and home to the birthplace of Motown Records, Detroit is the largest city in the midwestern state of Michigan and offers plenty of excellent options when it comes to romantic wining and dining and celebrating love. From cozy Italian trattorias offering traditional pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza to elegant steakhouses serving world-class chophouse fare and globally-inspired wines, Detroit has something for everyone. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
© Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails is a cozy, seasonal American dining spot with eclectic botanical-themed décor that serves a daily changing menu of fresh, farm-to-table fare and craft cocktails. Renowned for its signature Chartreuse cocktails, the restaurant also packs a punch when it comes to the cuisine, which is prepared using locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and presented with flair. Signature dishes include twice-cooked grilled octopus, roasted quail, and halibut dumplings, and the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of globally-inspired wines, classic cocktails, and craft beers. Bright green walls covered in dried flowers and succulents create a warm ambiance, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
15 E Kirby St D, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-818-3915
2.Gold Cash Gold
© Gold Cash Gold
Based in a beautifully preserved vintage building that was once a pawn shop on the corner of Michigan and Wabash in Detroit's Corktown, Gold Cash Gold serves thoughtfully sourced regional cuisine and classic cocktails. Boasting a canary yellow façade that once drew patrons in to trade for cash, the restaurant has beautiful interiors with herringbone-patterned flooring, uncovered tables with French café chairs and blue and white napkins. The creative menu features classic dishes such as fried chicken and long-simmered short ribs and unique specialties like pig's head pierogies, buttermilk pie, and roasted lamb sandwiches with pepper jam. The bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Gold Cash Gold is open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and brunch, lunch and dinner over the weekends.
2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, Phone: 313-242-0770
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3.Lady of the House
© Lady of the House
Located on the corner of Bagley and Trumbull, Lady of the House is a modern American restaurant and bar in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. Helmed by Chef Kate Williams, the elegant eatery serves seasonal menus of contemporary New American cuisine with a particular emphasis on freshness, creativity, and local ingredients sourced from Michigan farms. Boasting stylish décor and a dinner party-like atmosphere, the restaurant is known for its signature dishes like steak tartare, roasted oysters, seared pork chops and Juniper lamb sausage. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Lady of the House is open for dinner only Tuesday through Friday and brunch, lunch and dinner over the weekend.
1426 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216, Phone: 313-818-0218
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4.Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
© Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
Located in the GM Renaissance Center, Andiamo on the Detroit Riverfront is a traditional Italian restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and unparalleled views of the International Waterway and Canadian skyline. Boasting an urban-chic interior with intimate dining spaces, the family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving authentic northern Italian cuisine since 1989, with signature dishes of housemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood, premium dry-aged meats, and decadent desserts. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Andiamo on the Detroit Riverfront is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
400 Renaissance Center Suite A - 403, Detroit, MI 48243, Phone: 313-567-6700
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5.Caucus Club Detroit
© Caucus Club Detroit
Located in the historic Penobscot Building, the Caucus Club Detroit is an iconic downtown dining destination with stylish art deco interiors, two distinct dining spaces, a beautiful bar, and live entertainment. Boasting an old-school luxury feel with dark wood accents, plush intimate dining booths, an open kitchen and raw bar, and a temperature-controlled wine locker system, the restaurant is perfect for romantic wining and dining in an upmarket, sophisticated environment. Seasonal menus feature contemporary steakhouse fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, an expansive bar serves a wide range of libations, including fine wines around the world, craft, and draft beers, and classic cocktails and live music from a grand piano sets the mood. Caucus Club Detroit is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
150 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-965-4970
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© Craft Work
Craft Work is a stylish, retro-fitted eatery and bar with a fun, laid-back ambiance that serves contemporary New American cuisine and classic cocktails. The hip eatery has comfortable, elegant décor and furnishings, intimate dining spaces, and a stylish cocktail bar where guests can sip on handcrafted cocktails like Cuba Libres and Lemon Drops, and craft beers. The creative menu features made-from-scratch dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, artisanal and regional produce such as mushroom risotto, tacos del dia, cheeseburgers, NY strip steaks, and scallops, and desserts like pistachio creme brûlée. Craft Work is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
8047 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214, Phone: 313-469-0976
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Located in the New Center One, Cuisine is a high-profile fine dining establishment in the heart of Midtown Detroit that has been serving exceptional cuisine for the past 15 years. Helmed by chef and proprietor Paul Grosz, the intimate restaurant is set in a beautifully restored mansion and features original wooden floors, three dining spaces with linen-covered tables, and an exquisite zinc-topped bar on the main floor of the house. Seasonal menus boast sublime dishes of contemporary French-American cuisine prepared with local ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, organic salads, and homemade pasta plates. World-class wines, imported spirits, and classic cocktails accompany the cuisine, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
670 Lothrop St, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-872-5110
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8.El Barzon Restaurante
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El Barzon Restaurante is an Italian and Mexican-inspired eatery with two dining rooms and a lovely enclosed wood-beamed courtyard for outdoor dining. Named for the part of a horse-drawn plow and part of a Puebloan folk song, the eatery is owned by chef/proprietor Norberto Garita who grew up in New York and brings his extensive culinary experience to the tables of Detroit. Double-covered tables centered with fresh red roses create a romantic ambiance, and the seasonal menu features fresh seafood, naturally-raised meats and chicken, house-made pasta and from-scratch sauces, and organic salads and vegetables. Signature dishes include chile Relleno, strozzapreti Alla Norcina, cavatelli alla Boscaiola with porcini mushrooms, halibut sauteed with tequila, and saltimbocca alla Romano. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. El Barzon Restaurante is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
3710 Junction Ave, Detroit, MI 48210, Phone: 313-894-2070
© Giovanni's Ristorante
Giovanni’s Ristorante is a romantic restaurant that is famous for its delectable homemade pasta and for once serving Frank Sinatra. Exuding an Old-World ambiance and charm in which dining is more than just eating – it’s a gathering of friends and family – the restaurant serves traditional Italian favorites such as homemade pasta, fresh fish, farm-grown vegetables, and prime cuts of meat. Inspired by the distinctive flavor of the San Marino region, Chef Randy Truant creates signature dishes of handmade pasta and rustic Italian fare, which is accompanied by a selection of casual Italian wines, classic cocktails, and local and imported beers. Giovanni’s Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
330 Oakwood Blvd, Detroit, MI 48217, Phone: 313-841-0122
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Located on the 16th floor of the MotorCity Casino Hotel, Iridescence is one of Detroit's premier exceptional dining experiences. Boasting spectacular views of the city skyline from 40-foot-high windows at the top of the hotel tower, the glam New American eatery features an elegant two-tiered dining room with elegantly dressed tables, and a mechanized, glass-front wine cellar. Seasonal menus feature inventive dishes of contemporary cuisine prepared with local ingredients, including prime meats, fresh seafood, and handmade pasta, and is accompanied by an extensive and award-winning wine list of wines from around the globe. Iridescence is open for dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-237-6732
11.Joe Muer Seafood
© Joe Muer Seafood
Located in the GM Renaissance Center, Joe Muer Seafood has been serving the finest seafood in the city since 1929. Detroit's premiere seafood restaurant features a stylishly decorated dining room, remarkable blue granite Sushi Bar where fresh sushi is prepared by expert chefs, a traditional Raw Bar offering freshly shucked oysters, and an elegant Piano Bar. Dining spaces include the Ship Room, the Joe Muer Lounge, and the Riverfront Room, which boasts spectacular views of the Detroit River and Windsor's Skyline. In addition to a regular a la carte menu of sensational cuisine, guests can enjoy a unique dining experience at the Chef’s Table with 12 friends, which includes several courses of mouthwatering cuisine paired with world-class wines. Joe Muer Seafood is open for lunch and dinner, Sunday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday.
400 Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit, MI 48243, Phone: 313-567-6837
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12.La Dolce Vita
© La Dolce Vita
Established in 1995, La Dolce Vita Restaurant is an award-winning eatery that serves an eclectic menu of regional Italian cuisine with continental touches. The old-world Italian eatery features a cozy dining room with high ceilings and arched windows that flood interiors with natural light and a pretty garden patio for romantic alfresco dining in the warmer months. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner; the restaurant is renowned for its lively Sunday brunch which features a live band on the patio and bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys and caters for special occasions and private events with tailor-made menus and wine pairings. La Dolce Vita Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday and dinner only on Saturday.
17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203, Phone: 313-865-0331
© La Feria
Located in Detroit's hip Cass Corridor area, La Feria is a casual and cozy tapas restaurant with a lively, yet intimate ambiance. Named for the festival in Seville, the small restaurant in Midtown Detroit features sturdy reclaimed wooden tables, a small bar with a handful of seats, walls adorned with carefully chosen artworks, and uncovered windows that naturally light the interiors. Specializing in authentic Spanish tapas and blackboard specials, the menu offers delicious plates of imported meats such as Serrano ham, Spanish salami, and paprika-sparked smoked pork sausage, cheeses such as Manchego and queso Azul, and fresh seafood like baby octopus and seared shrimp. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. La Feria is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-285-9081
14.London Chop House
© London Chop House
The historic London Chop House is a classically elegant steakhouse that has been serving award-winning steakhouse fare since 1938. Located in the downtown business district and once a popular hotspot for striking essential business deals, the London Chop House features warm wood-paneled walls, circular red leather booths, and nostalgic fixtures such as working, built-in telephone booths, and a long oak bar that serves a variety of world-class cocktails, wines, and spirits. Award-winning menus focus on prime steaks of beautifully marbled cuts of Wagyu beef, along with grilled fish, roasted chicken, fresh salads, and classic dishes of French onion soup, oysters Rockefeller, and Dover sole.
155 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-962-0277
15.Maru Sushi & Grill
© Maru Sushi & Grill
Located in the Federal Building on Fort Street, Maru Sushi & Grill is a modern Japanese restaurant chain that specializes in hibachi, sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, teppanyaki, and other fresh seafood dishes. Designed by Detroit-based architecture firm Rossetti, the 145-seat restaurant in downtown Michigan features contemporary décor in wood, terrazzo floors, subway tiles, stone and leather accents, cozy leather-bound booths, white marble counters, and a sleek sushi bar. The restaurant serves a range of handmade fare from sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura, teppanyaki, and hibachi grills to fire-cracker shrimp and ceviche. Diners can watch the expert sushi chefs preparing specialty rolls at the open sushi bar, and a range of drinks from sake to classic cocktails are available. Maru Sushi & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.
160 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-315-3100
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© Ottava Via
Situated in the Dime Savings Bank branch building on Michigan and 8th Street in the heart of Corktown, Ottava Via is a classic Italian restaurant that blends old world charm and convivial Italian hospitality. The stylishly quaint restaurant features a comfortable dining room with antique décor, red leather benches lining the walls, an extensive bar, understated televisions, and a charming patio for alfresco dining. Seasonal menus feature authentic Italian dishes such as porchetta with fennel and arugula salad, hanger steak with chimichurri, and chicken with zucchini noodles. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Ottava Via is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1400 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, Phone: 313-962-5500
Located in the heart of the award-winning Campus Martius Park, Parc is an award-winning restaurant with spectacular 270-degree views of downtown Detroit. Inspired by the rich history of the city and the culinary tastes and flavors of Detroit’s vast cultural communities, Parc serves a seasonal menu of refined cuisine that focuses on traditional Midwestern foods with French and Mediterranean influences, such as wood-grilled lamb chops, housemade pasta dishes, and fresh seafood. The restaurant boasts a spacious yet intimate dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, artistic light fixtures, wall-sized paintings of music icons, a small kitchen with a wood-fired grill, and a large center bar that serves a variety of libations from casual wines and craft beers to classic cocktails. Parc is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-922-7272
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Located in the Greektown Casino, Prism is a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant in the Greektown Casino-Hotel that offers an unforgettable dining experience. The award-winning restaurant features a luxurious dining room with elegant décor, renowned musical accompaniment, and spectacular views of the Detroit skyline through expansive windows. The highly-acclaimed menu features top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and grilled fish, house-made pasta dishes with from-scratch sauces, fresh salads and vegetarian options, and decadent desserts. A circular bar in the center of the dining room serves a wide range of libations, including casual wines, craft, and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Prism is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Sunday.
555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-309-2499
© Republic Tavern
Located in the historic G.A.R. Building in downtown Detroit’s District neighborhood, Republic is a hip, rustic-chic restaurant that serves contemporary New American cuisine and world-class wines. The warm, relaxed dining room boasts soaring ceilings, antique mirrors, dark wood-grained floors, last-century tavern-style tables, soft leather-covered chairs, and expansive windows that flood interiors with natural light. Seasonal menus created by Executive Chef Kate Williams boast elevated fare with a focus on local and seasonal products, such as rabbit pot pie, pastrami-cured duck breast, hand-cut and house-aged New York strip, pork belly pepper dumplings, and bone marrow fritters. The bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Republic is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-446-8360
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Located in the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in the heart of Detroit, Roast is an elegant steakhouse helmed by award-winning Chef Michael Symons that offers a celebrated meat-centric dining experience. Roast celebrates animal proteins in all their glory with dishes of top-notch cuts of beef and boar, special plates of tongue, ear, and cheek, and fresh seafood such as scallops, King Salmon and rainbow trout. The cuisine is accompanied by an innovative craft cocktail program and a barrel-aged program of fine wines, as well as local and imported craft and draft beers. Roast is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-961-2500
SavannahBlue is a beautifully designed restaurant with a cool, comfortable, and inviting dining space that offers a welcoming gathering place where guests can enjoy a variety of soul food favorites and creative cocktails. Based upstairs from Times Square in downtown Detroit, the restaurant specializes in contemporary northern soul food with southern flavors and a modern twist and presented with Detroit-style. The food is accompanied by a list of inventive cocktails, casual wines, and craft beers, alongside soulful music and is served in a romantic, dimly-lit space for dinner and Sunday lunch.
1431 Times Square, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-926-0783
22.The Rattlesnake Club
© The Rattlesnake Club
Set in a historic building on a pretty tree-lined path near the RiverWalk, the Rattlesnake Club is a renowned Detroit dining destination that serves award-winning cuisine and world-class wines against a backdrop of sweeping river and skyline views. Executive Chef Jeff Lanctot creates sublime cuisine from locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, including fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, prime steaks and chops, fresh salads and vegetables, and inventive pasta dishes. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. The Rattlesnake Club is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday.
300 River Pl Dr, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-567-4400
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© The Whitney
Based in a beautifully preserved historic 1890s mansion in the heart of Midtown, The Whitney is a stylish fine dining restaurant that takes diners on a journey back in time to a bygone era of grace and charm. Loved by both history buffs and hopeless romantics alike, the elegant restaurant features several dining opulent spaces and a stunning bar known as the Ghostbar, which serves world-class wines, craft, and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with imported spirits. Guests can also dine in the beautiful gardens next to a tinkling fountain where they can savor seasonal menus of traditional American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and artisanal produce. Enjoy coffee cocktails and flaming desserts at the Ghostbar after dinner. The Whitney is open for dinner only Monday through Friday, and brunch, lunch and dinner on the weekends.
4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-832-5700
24.Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
© Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
Located on Library street, Vicente's Cuban Cuisine serves authentic Cuban cuisine in a bustling, vibrant atmosphere. Renowned for its Havana-style eats and salsa dancing, diners are transported to the colorful streets of Cuba with creative menus of Cuban cuisine and signature cocktails, lively salsa music, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The family-owned and operated restaurant serves a menu of exotic dishes such as tapas, empanadas, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads and ceviche, and entrées of fresh seafood, meats and steaming bowls of paella. A full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Vicente's Cuban Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1250 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-962-8800
25.Wright & Company
© Wright & Company
Wright & Company is an award-winning fine-dining destination with exquisite décor and an elegant, intimate ambiance. The restaurant is based on the second floor of one of Detroit's oldest buildings, 1500 Woodward, which was designed by Gordon W. Lloyd and built for the F.J. Schwankovsky Company in 1891. Beautiful interiors feature soaring tin ceilings with exposed industrial piping, vintage light fixtures, intimate curved dining booths, a long marble bar with steel chairs, and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the dining space with natural light. Seasonal menus feature fresh, farm-to-table fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft and draft beers and both classic and creative cocktails. Wright & Company is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1500 Woodward Ave floor 2, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-962-7711
25 Best Romantic Restaurants in Detroit (Michigan)
- Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Photo: Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
- Gold Cash Gold, Photo: Gold Cash Gold
- Lady of the House, Photo: Lady of the House
- Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, Photo: Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
- Caucus Club Detroit, Photo: Caucus Club Detroit
- Craft Work, Photo: Craft Work
- Cuisine, Photo: Cuisine
- El Barzon Restaurante, Photo: El Barzon Restaurante
- Giovanni's Ristorante, Photo: Giovanni's Ristorante
- Iridescence, Photo: Iridescence
- Joe Muer Seafood, Photo: Joe Muer Seafood
- La Dolce Vita, Photo: La Dolce Vita
- La Feria, Photo: La Feria
- London Chop House, Photo: London Chop House
- Maru Sushi & Grill, Photo: Maru Sushi & Grill
- Ottava Via, Photo: Ottava Via
- Parc, Photo: Parc
- Prism, Photo: AboutLife/stock.adobe.com
- Republic Tavern, Photo: Republic Tavern
- Roast, Photo: Roast
- SavannahBlue, Photo: SavannahBlue
- The Rattlesnake Club, Photo: The Rattlesnake Club
- The Whitney, Photo: The Whitney
- Vicente's Cuban Cuisine, Photo: Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
- Wright & Company, Photo: Wright & Company
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