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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Detroit / Eastern Michigan

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Detroit / Eastern Michigan? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1168)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Simply put - TALLULAH was born out of a love for food, wine and people. It’s an inviting place that serves “clean” food and thoughtfully chosen wines, in a relaxed but elegant space. Chef's menu of seasonal farm to table cuisine is sourced through a network of local farms and purveyors providing our customers with the freshest food of the highest quality. Proprietor Mario Camaj, with the assistance of Local Sommeliers, and has created a wine list offering a broad range of wines. Our staff shares our passion for food and wine and will provide the highest levels of service, while making you feel at home! Cheers!
Top review
ZLH1vip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful as always. The two hour limit is a bit pushy and kind of dampens the experience because you have to be cognizant of time while trying to be in the moment. I know a lot U.S. restaurants are going to this model but it’s unfortunate.
A photo of NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Troy restaurant
4.7
4.7 (122)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Troy
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located on the 3rd floor in Neiman Marcus TROY is open Monday - Saturday, 11AM - 3PM. We are back with a brand new menu, new staff and cannot wait to host you and your guests for lunch!

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® TROY. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower! We have the perfect atmosphere and menu for you and your guests. Please call Ashley Hardenburg at (248) 225-5379 for more information or to book your event today!

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LennyPvip
Dined on 15 Apr 2024
Must eat place while shopping at Somerset. Ashley was wonderful went above and beyond the service. Love this place!!
A photo of Standby restaurant
4.8
4.8 (749)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
A modern cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Detroit. Standby's beverage program uses innovative techniques to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass while honoring and paying homage to the classics. Standby’s equally dynamic food menu features reimagined bar food from scratch with dishes such as; Coconut Calamari with fermented chili and pineapple marmalade and Thai Pork Skewers with peanut sauce, fried shallot, and pok-pok pickles. Come for the drinks, stay for the food.

James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018. Tales of the Cocktail Regional Top Ten Best American Cocktail Bar - 2020.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 Apr 2024
Brandi was the best she made my birthday so much sweeter!!!
A photo of RH House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (287)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rochester Hills
About the restaurant
RH House offers up contemporary American cuisine with a high-energy setting to elevate the dining experience, including an outside patio and handcrafted cocktail menu.
Top review
ANKS
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and excellent service. Nice ambience.
A photo of Rugby Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1167)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Carry out is available! To place an order please call 248-642-5999

Voted by OpenTable diners as one of the Best Overall Contemporary American Cuisine in Detroit in 2016, you’ve come to the right place!

The Rugby Grille Restaurant located inside Birmingham Michigan’s Townsend Hotel offers a memorable-dining experience. It features beautiful art, intimate tables and a private bar, world-class service and the culinary expertise of our talented team. The menu changes seasonally and features the very best in USDA prime beef, seafood, poultry and salads. The Rugby Grille features monthly events including wine dinners.

The Rugby Grille has been recognized with the following awards: the coveted AAA Four Diamond award, the Forbes Travel Guide "Recommended" rating as well as the very exclusive Wine Spectator "Two Glass Best of Award" of Excellence since 2016.

Top review
MMTL
Dined 4 days ago
The food was great; however,, they need to bring back the plain chicken breast for those of us that do not care for sauces. Alex the waiter is outstanding. The decor could use a brighter upgrade. It has been the same for many years
A photo of 5th Tavern - Clarkston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (618)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Clarkston
About the restaurant
5th Tavern is an upscale casual dining restaurant featuring American style cuisine prepared from scratch.
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Ceney
Dined on 6 Apr 2024
We really enjoyed our visit! Good food! Wonderful staff. We'll be back!
A photo of Carlyle Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1533)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Carlyle Grill, an Ann Arbor mainstay has proudly served the Ann Arbor Community since 2006. We work with some of Michigan’s finest food producers and purveyors to bring you the freshest offerings around. From steak dinners to burgers and salads and everything in between, we pride ourselves on providing you the best in flavor – offering generous portions to feed the hungriest of guests.

Comfort is the theme at our relaxed, family-friendly restaurant, where the menu runs to familiar, home-style dishes with top-notch regional ingredients. Enjoy our welcoming atmosphere featuring colorful yet classic design elements – bringing in added warmth and comfort with deep mahogany accents and large flagstone columns in our main dining room.

During the warmer seasons, take advantage of the two open-air dining areas surrounding the restaurant. We also have a dedicated, breathtaking dining room available for large reservations or private dining events.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
First timers - loved it. Great service, great food, cool setting. Had a reservation, seated immediately upon arriving. Will be back to sit outside on the patio once warmer. My girlfriend commented best caesar salad in a while. Cheers!
A photo of The Statler French American Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1113)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
The Statler is an American Bistro and Cocktail Bar nestled into the heart of Downtown Detroit's Entertainment District. The Statler offers classic cuisine with a slightly modern twist, catering to both adventurous and traditional diners alike. Our menu was created by Certified Master Chef Daniel Scannell, modeling a French Bistro. The Statler delivers a world class Gastro and Mixology Bar and Formal Dining Room Experiences. Enjoy a Smoked Old Fashioned with Suntory Japanese Whiskey and Crispy Calamari, and Friends during Happy Hour, then a Bottle of Faust Cabernet Sauvignon with Braised Short Ribs and Family in our Dining Room. The Statler is within walking distance from venues like Comerica Park, Ford Field, Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre, Little Caesar’s Arena, and more.


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KevinMvip
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
OMG! The food and wine pairing is a must! The smoke bourbon Old Fashion was a stand out! It was my first time trying steak tartare....Where have you been my whole life. The steak tartare was so velvety smooth. The foie gras appetizer was devoured in mere moments.The French onion soup was lovely. It was the sherry in the soup which sent it over the top. We took deserts homes as they are clearly shareable items. My wife and I enjoyed our banana/walnut cheesecake at home. Service was spot on. Valet parking for 20 was well worth it. We will definitely be returning with more friends.
A photo of Cafe Zola restaurant
4.3
4.3 (937)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Café Zola is an independently owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. Our menus are inspired by flavors and recipes borrowed from European and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes. We are committed to sourcing the freshest and highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms, and suppliers. Café Zola’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world.

Reservations move you to the top of the list.
You may still wait 10-30 minutes.
We may use more than one table for large groups.
If you are interested in a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.

Top review
HannahM
Dined on 14 Apr 2024
It was good overall. We had a birthday and they offered a free crepe at the end but we had already ordered many crepes for the main so the timing felt awkward.
A photo of The Apparatus Room restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3546)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
Chic yet approachable, historic while tastefully modern. The Apparatus Room bridges the old and the new, offering iconic New American cuisine by Chef Rece Hogerheide rooted in Midwestern ingredients, thoughtfully crafted cocktails, and esoteric wines. By blending a three-meal restaurant, elevated dinner service with signature touches, and a world class hotel bar, the Apparatus Room welcomes locals and travels alike to sip, stay, and enjoy one of Detroit’s signature restaurants. Our cocktail program is classically focused with inspiration drawn from the history of the building and the city itself. The ingredients may be familiar and the presentation simple and classic, though each cocktail has a deeper story to tell for those who have time to listen. Sommelier Liz Martinez showcases the diversity of both Old World & New World wines, and the regions are separated as such on the menu. Winemakers that take pride in sustainable, environmental practices are always on the top of our mind.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food and service was wonderful. The music was so loud we could not talk at the table.
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