Hottest Restaurants and Bars in Detroit

November 22, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Looking for the next best place to dine or drink? Check out one of these Detroit hot spots.

Eastern Market Brewing Co
Bar · $

This sprawling Eastern Market taproom features 10 housemade beers on draft, ranging from stouts to IPAs using local hops and ingredients when possible – think tart Michigan cherries, corn and apples. The industrial space features high ceilings and exposed-brick walls, a sizable bar and counters with seating, a communal table and space 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.
Thai · $$

Reopened after a fire and with a name change (previously the spot was called Katoi), look for updated Thai fare at this artsy hangout in Corktown, serving unique shareable plates inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine alongside cocktails, wine and beer. The hip interior features a chef's table, colorful lighting and communal seating.
River Bistro Detroit

There’s a mix of Lowcountry and Caribbean flavors at this lively Northwest Detroit bistro, serving a range of dishes from jerk ribs to honey glazed chicken wings or maple-garlic salmon, plus an imaginative menu of handcrafted desserts and a weekend brunch offering. The inside is snug, but big windows, plenty of lighting and sleek, contemporary furnishings lend an airy feel.

Neapolitan pies are served hot from the oven and topped with quality, locally sourced ingredients in classic combinations at this casual Mexicantown hangout, also serving sandwiches made from housemade bread and Italian snacks, plus beer, wine and cocktails. The lively counter serve is eclectic with murals, chalkboard menus and a wall of basil plants.
Eatóri Market

Located in Capitol Park, this bustling market/bar hybrid specializes in specialty groceries and prepared foods in the back, with a stylish bar and restaurant in the front serving global small plates and elevated comfort food alongside drinks. The chic spot features brass fixtures, retro accents like subway tiled walls, and a marble bar and counters for dining.
El Taco Veloz LLC

The popular Mexican food truck expands its footprint with a new counter inside Cass Corridor's Marcus Market, slinging street-style tacos stuffed with marinated pork and grilled steak, along with an assortment of burritos, quesadillas and housemade aguas frescas. The snug, no-frills taqueria has a handful of stools along the counter, and the truck is still on rotation in Southwest Detroit.
Prime + Proper
Steakhouse · $$$

This upscale Capital Park steakhouse from the Townhouse Detroit team serves dry-aged, house-butchered cuts of beef sizzling off a wood-fired grill, alongside raw bar options, contemporary takes on classic sides and a select wine list. The luxe, showy space features brass and marble fixtures, plush velvet booths and a black-and-white color scheme, plus a butcher counter and exclusive, invitation-only lounge called Cash Only.
The Apparatus Room

Inside the Detroit Foundation Hotel Downtown, Thomas Lent creates imaginative New American menus inspired by locally sourced ingredients and regional flavors served alongside a short list of unique wines, craft brews and classic cocktails. The refined space features large, modern light fixtures, plush leather couches and chairs, dark woods and a U-shaped bar.
Urbanrest Brewing Company
Bar · $

House, seasonal craft beers rotate on draft at this low-key Ferndale taproom also offering house-brewed kombucha, sodas and a handful of artisanal charcuterie boards, plus food trucks on weekends and a bring-your-own-food policy. The rustic space is laid-back with game tables, old-school arm chairs, reclaimed woods and large windows.