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9 Romantic Restaurants in Detroit
Detroit’s best restaurants don’t just give you great food — they deliver the right ambiance for any occasion imaginable. If you’re looking for a sweet spot to take that special someone for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or to pop the “big question,” try a location off our list of some of the most romantic restaurants in metro Detroit.
|The Whitney is actually an old Detroit mansion.|
The Whitney is located in a historic 1890s mansion in the heart of Midtown and Detroit’s cultural center, making it the perfect stop after a trip to one of Detroit’s world-class museums, or before a performance at a nearby theater. The classic American cuisine, extensive wine list and stunning setting make the Whitney a classic choice for a romantic dinner for two. And if you’re not ready to leave after dinner, head upstairs for a drink at the third floor Ghost Bar.
No one does a romantic dinner like the Italians. Roma Cafe, known as Detroit’s Oldest Italian Restaurant, has been serving its authentic Italian dishes to Detroiters since 1890. Made with fresh ingredients from Detroit’s own Eastern Market, signature plates reflect third-generation owner Janet Sossi’s frequent tasting trips to Italy. Pair your meal to perfection with a wine menu with more than 80 selections, including premium and dessert wines. The restaurant offers complimentary valet and a shuttle to most entertaining events, helping to create a seamless romantic evening.
With 40-foot-high windows at the top of the hotel tower at MotorCity Casino, Iridescence provides one of the best views of the city. The posh two-tiered dining room is a popular setting for marriage proposals, and the mechanized, glass-front wine cellar at the entrance is certainly a sight to see.
Renowned Chef Michael Symons' Roast features meat, poultry and seafood cooked over an open flame. The ambience and exceptional cuisine make this a staple for a Detroit date night.
|A bird's eye of Detroit in Coach Insignia|
At the top of the GM Renaissance Center, at the tallest point in Detroit, this contemporary steakhouse offers an incredible panoramic view of Detroit and Windsor. Before you even sit down, the 77-floor ride up to the top of the Ren Cen gives you a magnificent view of the Detroit River, and the décor and ambience of Coach Insignia simply cannot be beat.
London Chop House
The historic London Chop House reopened last year with all the nostalgic fixtures still intact, including the long oak bar, circular red leather booths and working, built-in telephone booths. Located in the downtown business district, the London Chop House was once a hotspot for striking important business deals. Now the wood-paneled walls create a warm, leisurely atmosphere that transports you to another time.
Right in the center of Detroit’s theater district, Mario’s is the perfect place to stop for dinner before a show. Mario’s has been a staple in Detroit since 1948 and retains the traditions of an Italian supper club with tableside cooking and ballroom dancing on the weekends.
Andiamo has nine restaurants around metro Detroit, but it’s the Detroit Riverfront location inside the GM Renaissance Center Wintergarden that combines Andiamo’s authentic northern Italian cuisine with a fabulous view of downtown.
Top of the Pontch
Chef Justin of Top of the Pontch takes pride in a menu of innovative and creative dishes such as the bonsai tree salad and coy pond fish plate — an array of fish on a bed of rocks and water. The ever-changing menu also features seasonal, Michigan-made spirits, craft beer and international wines designed to pair with these unforgettable dishes. Located in the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, this elegant restaurant provides a view of the Detroit River through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Its atmosphere is sure to impress.
Other romantic restaurants in metro Detroit:
If you’re looking for more great seafood, the Harbor Grille Bistro in Macray Harbor on Lake St. Clair is known for its selection and ambiance. For a steakhouse with elegant surroundings, try Flemings’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Meriwether’s, Cameron’s or Morton’s Steakhouse. Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand is also a must.
Photo credit: Bill Bowen