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Forest Grill
Forest Grill

Forest Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theforestgrill.com
  • Phone: (248) 258-9400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Feel free to call with any special requests or party information!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nick Janutol
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Artistic, fresh, locally inspired Epicurean cuisine. Set with elegance and designed for the senses. From small plates to custom tailored event, our gourmet fare is unrivaled.
    Off site, restaurant buy out available.
  • Private Party Facilities: The suite incorporates luxurious finishes with an edgy, urban design. A board room with seating for 14, a sophisticated lounge, top-of-the-line kitchens, and an elegant lobby define this space.

    The suite offers the ideal location to host corporate meetings, personal or private events, cocktail parties, or lectures. With numerous room configurations, the suite remains highly adaptable to creating a unique environment to suit any of your event needs. The lounge can seat 48 guests for dinner and up to 100 guests for auditorium style presentations. The board room offers a myriad of opportunities from conference arrangements to intimate dinner parties and cocktail gatherings. State of the art technology and communication equipment enhances your experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Kaitlyn (248) 258-9400
  • Special Events & Promotions: Call to ask about up coming wine and beer dinners, cooking classes, and special event parties!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple & Woodward
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Forest Grill
Cooking what nature provides, The Forest Grill serves an ever-changing menu inspired by local produce, served up in a sophisticated and chic space, in the Triangle Disctrict of Birmingham, Michigan.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The dishes were prepared in interesting ways but they were lacking in flavor. I was disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our first experience with this place was great. The charcuterie was exceptional and all courses were cooked perfect. Definitely a keeper."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is the restaurant we dine at on a regular basis. The food is not the type you find on a menu with pics, just in case you don't know what a hamburger looks like! There are no pictures! Just food prepared like none other ( and we have eaten world wide) in the area. Salmon and Halibut to die for. Special small plate combination for those who want just a bit! Try it, you will come back again and again!Fresh, seasonal ingredients! Bryan (owner) has done it again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I just moved home to the Detroit area after 10+ years away and we were pleasantly surprised to try Forest Grill as one of our first meals out back home. I can honestly say that the food quality and creativity was on par with the better restaurants we frequented in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Gone to FG many times before, and it's usually for a special event. This time was for my husbands' birthday. He attempted to order the NY strip and was told that they were out of that and instead had a bone out prime rib steak etc. They also said they recommended it medium rare which my husband said was perfect, that's what he would have ordered. After an hr wait they brought us some pasta because they didn't like the first steak. Steak 2 that they served was completely overdone, pretty much medium well to well. I had to eat while he waited for a 3rd steak which came out and was STILL OVER COOKED! At FG, this is completely unacceptable. I know the named chef wasn't back there but if you can't trust your line cooks to cook steak..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I had the five course tasting menu along with the wine pairing, and every course was well-prepared, well-timed, appropriately proportioned, and so tasty. It was a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I miss the veal. I am always sad when my favorite item isn't on the new seasonal menu. Forest Grill has a very limited menu but I can usually find something delicious despite my dietary restrictions."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was really just ok. I have had much better around town. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was ok, not bad, just ok. Considering the price for dinner, I don't see any reason to go there again. Service was rather weak to say the least. I should specify that it was the waitress. Those who served the food where fine, but the waitress was terrible. The ambiance is loud. Everything was just plain ok. For a $200+ dinner for two, it was extremely disappointing and I won't bother with them again? NY Strip was bland, though the Grouper was pretty good. Bread is hard and the cheese board is fair at best. At the end the listless waitress just dropped the bill on the table without as much as a simple would you like anything else. We just laughed and said, well I guess we are done. Do yourself a favor, don't bother!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Our great experience started with the bartender who recommended some fun, clever, original cocktails. He clearly takes his job seriously. We met friends and all of us enjoyed our meals - everything was delicious and the wine recommendation was on target. The short rib cannelloni was incredible."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I love that they had a daily changing 5 course chef's special. It was delicious! And perfect portion size! I'll definitely be back. Even though my date and I look young, we were still treated with respect and had great service."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Had a business dinner with folks that love food. The food was wonderful - try the Farm Egg, really. Everyone enjoyed their food. The wine choices were wonderful and we got valuable help in making our selections. You come for the food and wine but the service - which was great - makes the evening. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This place has quite the extensive wine list, and also a sommelier so guide you through it if need be. I had an excellent NY strip and apple tart for dessert and washed it all down with a petite sirah of exquisite taste. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The menu was full of interesting items and unique flavors. the service was excellent and the waitress knew each dish well."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was top notch...real focus on quality organic ingredients. The wait staff and sommelier were very knowledgeable and extremely attentive. I highly recommend this place for foodies or anyone willing to be a little adventurous (not too much...just enough)."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Finally! A Detroit menu that is thoughtful, exciting and different! We've lived here for four years and have been disappointed by the "same old thing" at most restaurants in metro Detroit. Not so at Forest Grill! Delicious, thoughtful food with equal care taken with the extensive wine list and perfect wine pairings on the tasting menu. Excellent service as well! We'll definitely be back frequently! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Really nice Charcuterie selection. The Farm Egg in the starters is excellent! Really enjoyed the food, nice selection and really wonderful flavors."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great experience. Good at a quality level above the rest. Even the simple things are unique."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The table service was good, but this particular evening, and not overly busy, they were short-staffed with the manager filling in as he could. The drinks were very slow in coming but the bartender seemed content doing whatever non-tending thing he was doing that precluded him from pouring four glasses of wine. Our waiter was very nice and did the very best he could to cover our table as well as the others her was responsible for. The appetizers and entrees were good to very good..no complaints. However our two desserts were uninspired. The Opera Cake was as dry as dust and the apple tart was nuked to its demise."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Restaurant came highly recommended but we came away disappointed. The service left a lot to be desired and the food took a long time to arrive at the table but in all fairness they were quite busy. There were some exotic dishes on the menu but we went with the steak and fish options. The fish was not very well seasoned and the quality of steak was average at best. The ambience was nice and the décor was elegant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was stellar as always, but the food took forever to arrive. I felt like the waitress wanted us to finish a bottle of wine before the soup arrived so that we would order another one. Not cool. But, as we had a lot of time, it didn't matter that much. I also mentioned that we were having a rehearsal dinner in the Open Table reservation, but no one at the restaurant even mentioned it. Odd. Oh, and we had to find our own coats at the coat check. A rather odd evening for a restaurant of this caliber."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed Forest Grill! It's a restaurant that is fit for a Foodie! Very different food options.."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Forest Grill is worth the drive from Ann Arbor, which is saying something given the ugly roadscape and tortured traffic on the major roads. We were late, but were warmly greeted by the staff. Our server had read the message we sent earlier about foods that we must avoid. It seems very few Open Table restaurants even look at the comment field, so Forest Grill showed attention to detail even before we arrived. The sommelier was friendly, and full of information about sparkling rose wine, which was the subject of our first decision. We shared a beautiful sparkling malbec. The food was beautiful, made from local ingredients, and intense flavorful."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have been to Forest Grill multiple times. Everytime the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food prep was very slow. Excellent presentation and taste. I liked the quiet ambience"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "An excellent place for quality food and remarkable dining experience. Not located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, but still close by. Service was very helpful in particular with identifying foods my gluten-free wife could enjoy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food the menu does not reflect the outstanding preparation."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for Valentines Day and had the set menu. The food was really good, and our server was very attentive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Never had been here, but liked the food and service. The ambiance is nice enough - it follows the "grille" theme of their name. Would go back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Forest Grill for Birmingham Restaurant Week. We had been there before, but looked forward to a series of small plates that typify Restaurant Week fare. In terms of quality, Forest Grill did not disappoint. The soft boiled farm egg appetizer was terrific, with a perfectly cooked egg that "required" dipping of the fresh baked baguette. The pasta bolognese was innovative, as it was infused with pork and bacon and served over fresh made pasta. The almond gateaux was light and flavorful. The sommelier suggested excellent wine parings. Our dinner was memorable."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Had lunch during restaurant week. Do not pass up the Egg appetizer. The perfect soft boiled egg, that when you pierce it with your fork, that creamy yolk, oozing around the perfectly fried phyllo dough strips, pure heaven!! Perfectly fried, crisp pork belly entree, followed by a delicious almond tart. Serving sizes were perfect for lunch!! Waiter even topped off our wine to keep us happy as service was a bit slow, but kitchen was very busy."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Went to Forest Grill during Birmingham Restaurant Week and decided to go with the wine pairing option. The sommelier really made the evening for us. He was very energetic and knowledgeable. The wine pairings he chose for each course were spot on."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The food and service are terrific. It was not overly crowded, perhaps because of the weather the day I was there, so it was very comfortable. I would definitely recommend it for lunch."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "really great restaurant, food was innovative and flavours were spot on. the sommelier was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. the menu is limited, but still a little something for everyone. charcuterie which they are known for, was very good quality and left me wanting more. our appetizer was an egg fried in pastry, creative and tasted very good. the main course of short ribs was fantastic. I would recommend this restaurant and will be back in the future. oh, and half off bottles of wine on Tuesday makes it a much more affordable evening."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I like this place for a small group or romantic type dinner. Good wine list and also a good variety of choices. The place is a bit on the smaller side so it can feel a bit tight. It is a nice place outside of downtown Birmingham without having to go to far."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Forest Grill used to be one of our favorite restaurants, then they had a chef change and things seemed to change for the worst. However they have regained their mojo! My wife and I recently went and took another couple for a birthday dinner and I was one of the best meals any of us had ever had. For apps, the charcuterie plate is a must, as well we also ordered the roasted bone marrow and the farm egg app as well. All were outstanding, but the farm egg app is an absolute homerun. Main courses we ordered were the duck for 2, pork belly and short rib cannelloni. Everything was intensely flavorful. For dessert, all we could manage was to split the apple tart which was perfect. Overall a perfect culinary evening."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We decided to eat here on a whim and were surprised by how inflexible the menu is. The restaurant is very well designed the food was good and the staff were adequate, not above and beyond. This place seems like it is frequented by a lot of nouveau riche Birmingham locals and is kinda low key. I would go back but I am not in a rush. They can do much, much better."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "If you are looking to dine with the intent to find quality, not an abundance of quantity; then the Forest Grill is an excellent choice. The staff was professional, friendly, and relaxed. The menu was unique, and our food was prepared very well. I think they could use a signature dessert, but other than that; I would recommend. It is nice enough for a special occasion, and relaxed enough for a general night out. It certainly did not have a pretentious feel at all, yet it did have the feel of a nice restaurant. I thought it was a good combination of expensive tasting food without being overly expensive in cost. We will eat there again."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Texture, taste, visual appeal, well-apportioned servings and extraordinary attention to detail ensure a dining delight. The menu balances wonderful charcuterie, French classic and inspired selections with dedication to both local sources and amazingly fresh fish. Definitely worth the venture to the east side of Woodward Avenue."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I was a little concerned to hear there was a new chef, as I looked the previous one so much. But everything was delicious. The farm egg appetizer I could eat every day. The bone marrow was amazing. As were the pork belly and monkfish entrees. Our waiter was very attentive and recommended a delicious, yet reasonably priced, Pierre Sparr rose champagne. A lovely evening."
    Dined on 12/20/2013