Best Restaurants Near Detroit's Fox Theatre

The top options for pre- and post-show dining
November 14, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Whether you're seeking a relaxed early meal before a show or a cocktail afterward, great options abound close to Detroit's iconic Fox Theatre. Here are some standouts for pre- and post-performance dining and drinking.

Foxtown Grille
Italian · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Expect "simply excellent” Northern Italian fare “day in and day out” at this “classic” , “clubby” destination where the “friendly" staffers also present an “exceptional" wine list; the Downtown locale is favored as a “nice place to go before the theater.”
Caucus Club Detroit
American · $$$

After an extensive renovation, this icon of downtown Detroit dining debuts a fresh look and menu offering elevated steakhouse favorites with a global bent and raw bar, along with classic cocktails given a modern spin. The large space keeps its old-school luxury feel with plush booths, dark woods, an expansive bar and a grand piano for live music.
Lady of the House
American · $$$

Kate Williams’ Corktown destination serves elevated shareable plates of locally sourced New American fare sprinkled with Irish accents – a nod to the chef’s heritage – alongside an imaginative wine and cocktail menu. Inside a former Irish pub, the feminine space features whitewashed wood-paneled walls, chic light fixtures, stylish emerald banquettes and art deco chairs along the bar, plus a rustic stone fireplace.
The Royce Detroit

Wine is offered by the bottle or glass at this bright Foxtown bar and shop, pairing a thoughtful list of vintages with boards of complex cheeses and cured meats. The rustic decor is trendy with hints of an old-school vibe, and a selection of home goods are also for sale.
American · $$

Inventive American cuisine and imaginative craft cocktails star at this elevated-yet-cozy Downtown eatery. The entrance is through an alley and into an elevator shaft that leads to a dimly lit dining room with banquette seating, wooden accents and colorful artwork.
Grey Ghost
American · $$

Named for a Prohibition-era Detroit River rum runner, this cocktail-centric Brush Park steakhouse vegetable-centric and seafood dishes alongside lamb, chicken and beefy mains. The swanky dining room features a long bar made of reclaimed wood, pouring craft beer, wine and an impressive list of classic, specialty and draft mixed drinks.

Local ingredients and a wood-fired grill inspire the seasonal, modern American menu at this easygoing Eastern Market kitchen, also offering craft cocktails and a short list of global wines and beers. The minimalist space features an open kitchen, rustic woods and contemporary furnishings.
Soul Food · $$

Elevated soul food awaits at this upscale stop Downtown, serving soups, salads, flatbreads and traditional favorites alongside drinks from a full bar. The sprawling, dimly lit space spans multiple rooms, and features exposed-brick walls and intimate seating.