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Rugby Grille
Rugby Grille

Rugby Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.RugbyGrille.com
  • Email: rugbygrille@townsendhotel.com
  • Phone: (248) 642-5999
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Light Menu: Daily: 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - Midnight, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Drew Sayes
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Townsend Hotel provides a wide variety of venues to accommodate your needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pierce & Merrill
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Rugby Grille
The Rugby Grille, located inside Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel offers a true, memorable-dining experience. It features beautiful art, intimate tables, world-class service and the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Drew Sayes. The menu changes frequently and features the very best in USDA prime beef, seafood, poultry and salads. Conveniently located in the Metro Detroit area in close proximity to Troy, Birmingham, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Clawson, Beverly Hills and Southfield; the opportunity to tantalize your palate could never be closer.

The Rugby Grille is ranked as one of the Top Ten restaurants in the United States and the Best Restaurants in Michigan by Zagat’s Restaurant Guide and recently has received the Forbes Travel Guide "Recommended" award for 2013 as well as The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Our first visit to the The Rugby Grille was excellent - will definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My husband and I were on a business trip and stayed overnight at the Townsend Hotel. We had dinner in the Rugby Grille. Our dinner was nicely prepared and served. Our wait person was very friendly and helpful and was able to make some good recommendations which we enjoyed. It was a pleasant evening."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great food and service. This is a restaurant that I'd save for the most special of occasions but will continue to dine elsewhere for most occasions due to the expensive prices. That being said, it's Birmingham and I'm sure most locals could care less about cost."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The fixed menu was really fabulous. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I believe this is the top restaurant in the area. It deserves the highest rating possible. Food delicious; service impeccable; staff so friendly; ambience beautiful."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "When our breakfast arrived it was cold, the ham was over cooked. The waiter was very friendly."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It is a great place to be the staff professional well-trained the management are in the highest level observing and service most of all the place spotless I even 9 out of 10"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went there to celebrate my birthday. The service and food were excellent as always!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The Rugby is one if my favorite places for brunch. I'm not find of buffets and the Rugby has a great selection of dishes which changes from time to time."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Nice, but simple. Not too loud. Good food. Expensive. Hostess was nice & friendly. Server was satisfactory."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "One of the few venues in SE Michigan with reliable elegant cuisine. The service is usually excellent but has been known to falter. The prices are intimidating but the quality is there. I like the private, quiet atmosphere and usual gracious service."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed parts of our Valentines Night dinner. They offered a coursed meal that left me unimpressed. The options sounded amazing, but the execution wasn't that great. I will return as my only experience was on Valentines Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food for as wonderful. This was a special occasion and first time visit to Rugby. We were sat on what appeared to be a hallway converted to extra dining space. This would've been OK if the corridor had also be closed off to accommodate diners. However it remained a very busy corridor with a wedding party bustling through with awful perfumes, colognes, noisy children and a loud DJ. No one from the Rugby staff even attempted to manage the noise level or ask those of us seated in the area, if we were bothered. For the cost, I would not go back or recommend. There are other restaurants in the area with superb food, service and better ambience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is marketed as a high end option and the pricing point commands a very high expectation however the overall experience and the food falls short. Plating presentation is sketchy and taste is bland for most dishes Service is attentive but not spectacular and table setup and decoration are subpar"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Rugby Grille on numerous occasions but this time, service was horrible. The check was "thrown" on our table, we received no refills of water or coffee and when my friend asked to take home the other half if her sandwich, the sandwich was perfunctorily placed in a black styrofoam container without being placed in a bag! It will definitely be awhile before I return to the Rugby Grille."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My dovre soul was outstanding, good sized, with a nice sized portion of sides. My wife's fish was very small but good."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "A very nice Birmingham restaurant, a little pricey though. Food was definitely over-cooked - even burgers, sent them back. And they got them right. Salmon was almost over cooked, but still just in range. Staff was mostly very attentive."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband enjoyed the limited time prix fix dinner for the "Taste of Birmingham" week. I had the Dover Sole from the traditional menu which was the best I have ever had including Paris. The service is outstanding. This is probably one of the truly fine dining experiences in Southeast Michigan."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I enjoyed my overall experience at Rugby grill, food was tasty and service was good. All would be perfect except that I didn't like the way hostess responded when I asked her to be moved to a different table, she wasn't interested in helping us at all and we wee sitting next to the entry door in a chilly area."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We were looking forward to a great meal, after deciding to make reservations based on the reviews for this restaurant. Our meal was overpriced, for the quality. The wine list is small. Our waitress was inexperienced, and we were asked three times in about 10 minutes if we had picked out a bottle of wine yet. We were sat by a table of six very loud patrons, and had to ask to be moved to a quieter table. Food is good, but wasn't worth $350!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "for the money and yes it's not cheap, it's still for middle aged people like me(30s-50s) the best place in town. Social and fun but not drunken crazy like a lot of bars, great food, a bartender who knows us and has been there forever, a waitstaff that says hi and remembers what you like. It's a great place."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We loved Sunday brunch @ Rugby Grill. Sitting in the bar room was a definite plus! The Bloody Mary's and Mimosas are highly recommended. Monte Cristo sandwich was fabulous and the corned beef hash was excellent also! Expensive - but a nice splurge! Thank you!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Rugby is great. The service is perfect and food is always outstanding! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We started out at the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable about the wine menu. He helped me pick the wine most appropriate for our dinner. We were then taken to our rose petal table with a note to thank us for dining with them for our anniversary. The waitress was extremely helpful in finding the right dishes for us. Everything was wonderful. Thank you so much for making our anniversary dinner so wonderful!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Power breakfast restaurant of Birmingham Michigan and surrounding areas. Everything is great!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We've been going here forever for pre Christmas lunches with dear friends over the years. We switch it up with other up scale restaurants from time to time. This will be the last time we choose this restaurant. Service was on par with any non upscale restaurant..just the servers are dressed nicer. At $17 for a hamburger at lunch time, I would have expected something better. I ordered it medium rare, of course, it came well done. Need I say more? Lovely room the Grille, but, there are better choices out there."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "If you are looking for great food and very good service to accompany the meal, Rugby Grille in The Townsned Hotel is the one!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We loved the quiet, comfortable atmosphere. The tasting menu was superb and sure to please any foodie. The service was attentive and pleasant."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "great food and service...but still feels like you are in a hotel"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Enjoyed the Thanksgiving experience at Rugby Grill. Pleasant ambiance (at least the service attendant in our section did not seem to know that he should not want to clear the table of the flatware and all after finishing the 1st and 2nd course out of a 4-course meal). Interesting choices per course. Very manageable food quantity by course. Well prepared and delightful flavors. Nice wine pairings. All in all a nice experience. Restaurant will be on the short list for next year's holiday."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The food and the service are always great at this restaurant! This is probably the only place in town that I can count on a consistently great filet, always cooked properly and never having to be sent back. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "I have been here several time and it was outstanding ! This time the rabbit was tough the Osso bucco not so terrific... The wine was excellent."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Food was nearly unforgettable. The wait staff was good. Only one busser was on the ball (an older Indian gentlemen). The main dining room had a large table in the middle set up with about 10 guests which amplified the volume dramatically to their festive gathering, which was not what we expected from this restaurant but, it was not impossible to adjust to. The hallway seating was too breezy for us. The inner dining room was cozy but our table sat on the opposite side of the hostess table and our honored guest felt like she was being looked at by everyone who entered the restaurant and the curtains would not close, offering us privacy. Even with all of this, we still enjoyed the elegant dinner and left happy."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The food is very new.. Our waitress was exquisite ."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "An elegant alternative to the run of the mill Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 8/11/2013