New Restaurants and Bars in Detroit

November 20, 2017
by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the Detroit dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every month, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Giordano's Pizza
Pizza · $$

The Chicago institution brings its signature deep-dish pizza (and a few thin-crust options) to Michigan via this sizable outpost Downtown, also offering classic pastas, Italian sandwiches and desserts. The exposed-brick setup includes rustic wood tables and bold red booths, while Chicago-themed sports memorabilia deck the walls.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique

Expect a lengthy menu of unique wines from around the globe and Michigan at this minimalist-chic wine bar in West Village, also serving artisanal charcuterie and cheese boards. The modern space offers a mix of seating at the copper bar, rustic tables and cozy sofas, plus a private lounge in a converted bank safe.
Avalon Cafe + Biscuit Bar

These hip cafes create handcrafted breads, pastries and cookies daily using organic ingredients, paired with seasonally driven, light breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, plus a specialty biscuit sandwich bar at the New Center outpost. The easygoing counter-serve spaces feature plenty of natural woods, vibrant colors and takeaway options.
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.
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.