Real Seafood Company - Ann Arbor
Real Seafood Company - Ann Arbor

Real Seafood Company - Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.realseafoodcorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7347697738
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: Mon - Friday: 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Liberty and William
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available next to the restaurant in a paid lot, a parking structure or street meter parking.
A word from Real Seafood Company - Ann Arbor
The locals favorite place for seafood! Always a fresh harvest of the finest from the sea. Real Seafood Company is Quite Simply Seafood as it Should Be! Enjoy the best of fresh seafood from Boston, Florida & the Great Lakes. Featuring a fresh raw bar & spectacular Atrium seating rain or shine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Real Seafood Company - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
278 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (174)fit for foodies (119)great for outdoor dining (107)good for groups (81)neighborhood gem (79)romantic (66)great for lunch (51)notable wine list (40)kid-friendly (35)hot spot (32)late-night find (13)great for brunch (13)scenic view (12)vibrant bar scene (8)Show More
  • Best dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Shared the chocolate bread pudding and regretted it. I wanted the whole thing myself. It was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a table outside after a Michigan Wolverine football team loss. The foot traffic did not diminish our experience and was likely more bothersome for the staff as they tried to get from the building to our table. The food was fresh and cooked to perfection. And the bread is known around town as THE BEST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Seafood Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was very good but a little pricey. The men's room was in need of attention!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fresh and properly prepared ocean seafood in the midwest; Real Seafood scores and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    diningout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We waited at least 30 minutes beyond our 8:15 pm reservation time. Frustrating. But it was a football weekend in Ann Arbor! They were apologetic and bought us a round of drinks! So all was forgiven. Great meal and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swindy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had requested a table in the front and found ourselves in the very rear of the restaurant in a section with poor acoustics and mostly families. It was loud, cramped and hard to hear. The good food did not make up for the poor ambiance. Many places I would dine in Ann Arbor before going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    Blu1961
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The night was superb; blue cheese scallops, whole lobster and cioppino were outstanding! Service matched the food- top of the line. Recommend this restaurant to everybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deann
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Christopher was an awesome server!! He was very attentive, which is nice when trying a restaurant for the first time especially on your birthday. Definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruined my Birthday
    Foodie21
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I have always viewed Real Seafood as one of Ann Arbor's best, have been there many times. In trying to decide where to go for my bday, I chose Real Seafood over the Chop House. My choice was truly a disaster. What they recommended was horrible and the server had to be told to fix it. I ordered the Paella and instead of Lobster they put in Crab legs with the excuse that they were running low on Lobster--this was insane. The manager came over to talk to me and he put all the blame on the server, really throwing the server under the bus. The substitute, Sea Bass, was just as bad. Real Seafood completely ruined my birthday dinner. $175 bill down the drain and one of my special days wasted forever. It pains me to write this review.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had excellent service! Our server was so knowledgeable about the entire menu, wine, etc. It was such a crazy night, yet she greeted us with a friendly smile and came back multiple times to check on us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful experience as usual! Always enjoy the food especially.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AstronginVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were pleasantly I surprised how fresh the seafood was & how innovative the menu was. We were seated in an enclosed porch area which, while much quieter than the main dining room, was a bit cold. We've been to many restaurants in Ann Arbir and this was one of the best. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Overall a great dinner with enjoyable food. Its got fun energy -but not necessarily ambience. Food was good and wine was reasonably priced. Front entrance was a little chaotic and stressful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anniversary dinner
    goblue
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The swordfish was amazing! Our server did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food, atmosphere, and service. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't live up to hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Portions small, pricey ($366 for 6 people). Service slow, sporadic. Staging of service was absent (6 diners, got apps at 4 different times - significantly apart from one another. Very noisey venue
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BigAl
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Excellent seafood. Great birthday spot - good deal. Great service. Always good every time we visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 Diners, Free Birthday Entree!
    Dineasty
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to the Real Seafood Company for a birthday dinner. It was really nice that the birthday couple's bill was split in half and she got a free dessert. The restaurant had an energetic downtown feel without being noisy. We could all hear each other easily, which is huge given we are all around 50 nowadays! The food was great. Glad they still have escargot since it's fallen out of vogue in most restaurants! If there was any disappointment it was that the monkfish portion, while very tasty, was small. The iPad menus (cool, if a little bulky) showed pics of all the dishes except the monkfish. Had my wife seen it she'd have gotten the lobster bolognese. The chocolate mousse dessert was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Place
    reviewer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love this place for birthday's. Excellent discount program has us coming back for 20+ years on birthdays. Plus the food is consistently excellent
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ann Arbor Visit
    seanoleary
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Took my freshman son for our first "college" family dinner to Real Seafood Company on Friday. Despite arriving a bit early on a busy night, the hostess was very engaging and pleasant. We liked the tablet menus and wondered how long before they allow customers to send their orders to the kitchen directly. Anyway, we ordered oysters, mussels and calamari for appetizers, all of which tasted great. For dinner, the group enjoyed a mix of perch, mahi mahi and crab cakes. The perch was breaded and fried. Despite this, it tasted pretty light. The crab cakes were the big hit as two large cakes were provided with each order and were brimming with large chunks of crab. The adults enjoyed a bottle of Cabernet, expertly offered by the waitress.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • datenight
    datenight
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday and the experience was fantastic. Been going to Real Seafood for many years, but this visit seemed exceptional!!! And it was even a football weekend, which can sometimes be frenetic for restaurants. Our waiter, Zachary, was just the best. He did indeed help to make the evening exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Nerdcore74
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had not set foot in here since they fired me 13 years ago... If I had but one complaint, there is a funky smell right as you cross the threshold that existed then, as well... We arrived about 3 minutes before our reservation... One of the guys I used to bus tables/ serve with, "Sean" is now a manager... (Now, I'm feeling very old...) We were sat at a table on the porch/ deck/ garage? My girlfriend had never had the pleasure, whereas I thought of all the times I'd worked that section... We had the tuna tartare to start... Great! (Although, 2 more crackers would not hurt). Manhattan chowder & house salads w/ shallot vinaigrette... Great! Blackened swordfish & MR filet... Amazing! (dropped off by Joe Haney, no less) Yes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Seafood Company
    GemstoneG
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had been there before and really enjoyed the experience. We were there for my wife's birthday. Food was promptly served, and very delicious and hot. The bread that came to the table was not as I remembered, as it was a bit hard, but still tasty. The staff were more interested in making brief social visits with each other rather than the customers. We were welcomed and given seats in the main line of serving traffic, an annoyance with passing staff kicked my chair often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Momofboys
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Real seafood Company is my favorite Ann Arbor restaurant . The food is consistently good and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    sammer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went for a birthday. The calamari and clams were good start. We all had catch of the day fish. Fresh prepared as requested. Our server was knowledgeable and fun. Great time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a fun place
    JimLevVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our server was fun and did a good job... Food was great... Tuna tar tare was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Hersch
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food and service. Just an overall fun time, except the requirement of 50 characters for review
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service!!
    goinyard99
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again, the Real Seafood Co. did a great job with our dinners and service!! The food was excellent and the waiter was friendly and good at his job. We made reservations at 4pm, considering the fact that the Michigan football game ended at 3pm. While there was plenty of activity in the restaurant when we got there, there were tables still available. It's a great place to grab a nice seafood dinner and take in the downtown Ann Arbor atmosphere!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner spot
    Brian
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Nice evening- great service. Food certainly above average- and near the top in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ann Arbor Favorite
    AnniversaryFav
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have dined here for our anniversary for the last three years. In each case, the food has been excellent and the staff has been attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. Our table was on the "patio" which was inside an area separated from the outdoor sidewalk dining area by garage doors that were opened with adjustable shades to prevent glare from the setting sun. It was a very suitable location and gave us a nice view of the passersby without having them intrude on the privacy of our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab B'day Dinner
    A2Diner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Real Seafood. Easy access to parking. Primo table waiting for our celebration. Waitstaff was attentive. Food was to die for. Even our 'non-seafood' diner had good choices. We will come again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I liked the service it was very good. Amanda was polite, informed and pleasant. The food on the other hand was very mediocre. It was my wife's birthday and we were disappointed. Good atmosphere, great service, food was average at best.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a special dinner
    SteveBeyer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we have come here over the years for a special dinner. We have never been disppointed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always the food was amazing, a true jem for REAL FRESH seafood! The service was wonderful! Lastly, overall experince was a great way to spend my birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always the food and service was great. I always recommend people to come here for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday
    Carrie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We made reservations via Open Table, when we arrived we were immediately seated, our waiter Austin explained the tablet menu, very cool! We were waiting for 2 of our party to arrive, my family explained that we were celebrating my birthday, he was quick to wish me a happy birthday and offer suggestions for appetizer and desert. It was a wonderful experience and we will most definitely be returning. I have already recommended Real Seafood to a co-worker for their Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Seating
    CtLb16
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I dine at the Real Seafood several times a year, especially on special occasions. I made a reservation several days in advance, but was totally disappointed that we were seated in the bar area. The purpose for making the reservation was to ensure we would be seated in the main dining area. We didn't object but the Host should have at least asked if the bar area was okay. However, in spite of the area the food was excellent......
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RSC review
    Tc2review
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    For decades Real Seafood has been a great restaurant. I'd like to believe it still is. However, my recent experience was lousy and the time before that was marginal. This past visit, Saturday, we made our reservation on OpenTable but when we got there we were sat in the bar and told it was all that was available. The bar tables are high tops and too small (we didn't have space for plates and drinks). The bar is also loud, has tv distractions and you must sit virtually shoulder to shoulder with adjacent tables. Service was slow - we waited for everything and we're never offered additional bread. The food was average (had the Cod special) and when we attempted to order Rasp. Sorbet from the menu were told it was no longer served.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 8/16/14 experience
    Bill
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We live in Ann Arbor and had my sister and husband visiting from Bay City and we wanted to give them a preview of what they could look forward to when Real Seafood comes to Bay City. We were having a very nice evening downtown, no rush, just enjoying being together and having a great dinner. We were seated promptly, ordered a drink, then ordered dinner. One of the entrees was running late so 3 of 4 meals were served. The manager did not charge us for the late, 4th entree. She then gave us a complimentary round of drinks as well. The level of customer service totally exceeded our expectations. We were not upset in the least that the food was taking a long time. They will be great proponents of the Real Seafood when it opens in BC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday Night
    foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I thought a Tuesday night in Ann Arbor would be a quiet night but Ann Arbor was hopping. The Real Seafood Company was packed. The food was good and the wait staff did a good job considering how busy they were.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.