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Fountain Bistro
Fountain Bistro

Fountain Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fountainbistro.com
  • Phone: (313) 237-7778
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jovan Robinson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Fountain Bistro offers a fantastic banquet menu to choose from in a variety of price ranges. Looking for something special...the Bistro will be happy to create a menu specific for you.
  • Entertainment: Frequent live music on the weekend. Listen to some of the best blues, jazz, and Motown in the City starting around 9pm most weekends (depending on the Campus Martius Park entertainment schedule).

    Acoustic entertainment offered each Sunday during brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Ave
  • Public Transit: WIthin one block of the Cadillac Center People Mover station. Also, will be within one block of an M1 Rail stop when that service begins in 2016.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is offered at Compuware Garage located on the corner of Monroe St. and Farmer St.

    Plenty of metered street parking is available as well.
A word from Fountain Bistro
Fountain Bistro was named to the "Best 10 New Restaurants in Metro Detroit" by the Detroit Free Press. Located in beautiful Campus Martius Park, the Bistro offers a full bar complete with a great wine list and delicious European inspired menu.

Fountain Bistro is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, or drinks. The Bistro is a must for visitors to Detroit, an exceptional choice for business entertainment, and a sure winner for a night out with friends.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Great atmosphere. We sat outside and were given great service and had some fantastic food. The menu was a little smaller than what Open Table had listed on the iphone app, but the food was still very good. Another plus, was that it is right by the water fountain and we had a great view of that and all the people walking around the fountain. The noise level was great, but there was a Saturday night movie night that started playing toward the end of our meal, but it was not too loud to ignore. This was a great restaurant and wasn't busy for a Saturday night at 8:30pm. We will be coming back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "They have a nice patio to dine during a nice day. I found their food and wine list to be very limited."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great place for a summer lunch in Detroit. Great views of the fountain and activity on a summer day. Choice of outdoor or indoor seating. Salmon salad prices have gone up- hopefully just for the summer!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Thought we would give it another try. I really want to like this place. Please improve your service!! Please! There are a few ladies outside busting their butts...inside it's awful. We watched the manager screw with the gelato machine for an hour and eat the last special (looked good). The bartender tried to do his job and wait on us since the waitstaff was primarily focused outside. We found the same problem a year ago in the winter... You've got a prime location. Secret shop yourself. Try a survey. Anything. It's just not up to the level of service you need for your entree price. Alternatively, cut your prices and serve bar food. I don't expect as much if I'm paying $8 for a sandwich."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Worst dining experience I've had in several years, specifically in the high-end segment. Restaurant was 10% full but service was slow and inattentive. Dishes arrived incomplete (e.g. our appetizer was missing components) and our 2nd round of drinks never arrived (they were charged on the final bill; waitress removed the charge when we pointed out she never served them). The food: We couldn't help laughing when the Bistro Burger arrived alone on its plate, set off to one side, making the lack of a side item painfully obvious. (Would have expected some handcut designer fries or amazing onions.) The burger was not impressive enough to garner the $16 price on its own. Our other entree, a pasta ($22), was gummy and stuck together like a brick."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were looking for brunch place on a Sunday afternoon and decided to try this place. It's in a great location in campus marsius right by the fountain, which was beautiful. Our waitress was nice but she kept forgetting our orders. And when one of my friends asked her what pancetta was just replied and said it was a type of lettuce...so no knowledge whatsoever of food! The food was mediocre at best. The only plus of this restaurant is the location"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great food! Good service. Great spot in the heart of downtown Detroit."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was in a conference for a week and ate there three times. I loved it. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, and the ambience was fantastic. I brought many people there."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The waiter was great but rest of staff did not speak when u come in and was very loud when talking about soccer tournament. It was very unprofessional. I believe they did not care because we were black. It was father's day and no one, except our waiter wished the father's a happy father's day. The manager did not ask us if we enjoyed the experience. Will NOT return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was a great place for meeting friends for brunch. Three couples met on Sunday morning, we enjoyed the area, the music being played, the breakfast and most of all the bottomless mimosa. We are looking forward to meeting here again."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We have been to the restaurant several times and enjoy the downtown location in the park. Our food has been very good on each occasion. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was our first time to this restaurant. It was our dinner date before Turandot. Fun, casually noisy, busy, still relaxing atmosphere. We will stop by for a drink next time we are in the area. The patio area looked great but it was not warm enough to enjoy. Maybe next time."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Nice salad and sandwiches in great spot on Campus Martius Square. Responsive wait staff with a smile. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "u asked for feedback, now your forcing me to write a review. i'm not interested in that but willing to share a few comments. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Nikia, our server, and Anthony, the manager, made our Mothers Day celebration even more special, by spending time with us, getting to know us and by welcoming us like we're there all the time. The food was delicious, the atmosphere (and weather) perfect and the value for the money was high. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will be back soon! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great setting in downtown Detroit. Staff were friendly and timely and food was outstanding"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "They were out of gin and one of the main entrees. Portions were tiny and average. Not worth the money or the hassle!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Attended the Somm Slam Monday night. First time at Fountain Bistro. Great atmosphere and location, helpful staff. However, I don't think the kitchen staff was prepared to serve 60 plated meals for four courses. Took way too long between courses. The event started at 6:30 and didn't end until just before 11:00. The wagyu beef was rare for everyone at our table and was pretty much inedible. The dessert course was inexcusable. A couple brownie wedges and and small square of jello all covered in pop rocks were called a dessert?! Floored by how bad that was. But the people we met at our table were fantastic and the wine pairing was delicious. Great concept...poor execution on the kitchen. I hope the next is better."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I was EXTREMELY disappointed with this restaurant claiming that they had an Easter Brunch. Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch. They only had breakfast and it was not a buffet; it was only a la carte items. They were no lunch items on the menu whatsoever!! The waitress was horrible; she didn't even know what brunch was....REALLY?! To say the least, I was really upset with the whole situation. When we asked the manager about the "brunch" selections, he said they call it their a la carte brunch. Well they should stop advertising that they offer brunch and call it what it is Breakfast. I could have made a better brunch than what they offered. The only good thing about the day was the beautiful view of downtown Detroit!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A group of four of us made a reservation for Detroit Restaurant Week. We showed up on time and were greeted by a friendly hostess and quickly shown to our table, which was in a beautiful corner location with an amazing view of the fountain and park. Everyone agreed that each of the three courses were delicious, but table favorites were the summer carrot and corn soup served with dollop of coconut basil gelato and the juniper brined pork chop, which was huge and perfectly prepared. We all agreed that we will come back soon. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try Fountain Bistro for some time, and I thought that Detroit Restaurant Week would be a perfect time to visit. The view of the fountain and the outdoor seating area was beautiful. Our waitress, Dania, was knowledgeable and even asked us if the temperature was comfortable in the area where we sat. Our first course, soup, was delicious. I loved the pairing of spicy corn/carrots with coconut gelato. Our main courses were tasty and the presentation was beautiful. The chef himself came out to greet us, which made the whole restaurant experience even more worthwhile. Overall, it was a great dining experience, with good food and wonderful service. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "food was great! Service was great! We will be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Hi - We loved our dinners. The dinners were unique and flavors well balanced. Service was great too. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I greatly enjoyed everything about Fountain Bistro. Both myself and my guest had great meals and our server was very attentive and willing to help. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Fountain Bistro gives the upscale diner a glimpse of the beauty of Detroit. Being located in downtown near campus marsius(sp) in front of the fountain provides excellent scenery and a romantic ambiance for couple, especially during the evenings. The food was exquisite and the service was prompt. If you are an upscale diner with varying tastes in foods, you will enjoy this place. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our meal at Fountain Bistro. The location in Campus Martius is a great spot. Our food was excellent, and the wine parings were perfect. We appreciated the excellent service we received from Dania. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We knew that space would be limited, so I didn't mind the credit card requirement when making a reservation. It did provide some stress trying to find parking in time so that I wouldn't get charged. We were disappointed when seated next to the door to the kitchen. When we asked if we could be moved, the hostess said that the other tables were reserved for a party that never came. We also later saw a pair seated in the patio area. The keg was being changed, which was not a problem, but then the beer didn't arrive until a long time later. The wait between the first and second course was excruciating, especially as we saw 4 lamb dishes waiting in the kitchen and our server rarely came by. The brownie was unappealing and looked boxed."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Good was good...but I don't recommend the "Tiffany" martini. Owner/manager was flirty with girls at the bar and was not professional. Not kid friendly. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We celebrated my mother's birthday at Fountain Bistro last Saturday. The food was thoughtfully prepared and delicious, the wine list was excellent, and our server went above and beyond the call of duty to make our celebration memorable. The views of Campus Martius and Downtown Detroit can't be beat. This is a great spot for a dinner out and the price point is quite reasonable."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was a little disappointed when I arrived, on time, for my reservation to find out that they had overbooked and the only table they had for us was outside. Granted the patio was covered and heated, but it was only about 35 degrees outside and raining. That being said, it was warm and we were comfortable. I was more upset that I had not been notified of the overbooking and was not given a choice of seating when I had a reservation. The view of the fountain was lovely and the patio would be a great place to sit on a warmer day. I was not terribly impressed with the food, but we had no issues with the service, and the restaurant is in such a great location, that I'd definitely be willing to give them another chance."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This restaurant has good food, a friendly attentive staff, and great ambiance; all at a reasonable price point."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were there the day that the new brunch menu was launched and everything looked and tasted great. I do wish they would have kept the stuffed french toast that I usually get, but was very happy with my breakfast choice. My whole party talked about how great brunch was. Plus bottomless mimosas are always a hit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner with a view of the fountain. My salmon was delicious. I would order it again except the shrimp and crab cakes that my friends had looked real good too. Our waitress was attentive and not over bearing. The manager was friendly and double-checked that we had validated our parking ticket. This was my 3rd visit and I will return."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is our fourth wine tasting event at the Bistro. Love the geographic themes and the informative format of the presentation. Opportunity to try wines and foods that are new and delicious!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Always bustling in the summer, on this cold March night it was laid-back and serene. We enjoyed looking out at a busy, but quiet Campus Martius while we sipped our drinks and shared some very appetizing hummus. Our meals were delicious; seared salmon was moist and tasty, pan-roasted chicken was done to perfection, and the burger was excellent. Service was knowledgeable (a wine was recommended that turned out to be wonderful), and attentive, without hovering. A perfectly lovely dining experience!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and service - what more could you ask for."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had reservations prior to attending a show at the Fox. Our reservations were for 6:15, our show was at 8pm. We made our show without difficulty. Our waitress was friendly and personable. Our food arrived hot and in a timely manner.The food was nicely presented and tasted fantastic. My daughter had the filet which she promptly declared the best she's ever had. My husband had the salmon while I had penne pasta in a balsalmic sauce. No one was disappointed. We hope to be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Beautiful setting! We were looking for something special and different from the norm. Nice, quiet and calm. You Can't hear any of the moise from the ice rink which along with the fountain make a special ambiance for q romantic dinner!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Thanks for the excellent service. When we wanted to add two people and change the time of the reservation a little, no problem at all. We needed to get to the theater in time and were pleasantly surprised that you even provided a ride for us! The service was quick and attentive, food was good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Would not come here again. Food was cold when delivered, like it was sitting out for a while. Nice view though. Servers would walk into table disrupting conversations multiple times even though I had asked them not too. No apologies."
    Dined on 2/14/2014