The Whitney
The Whitney

The Whitney

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewhitney.com/
  • Phone: 3138325700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Breakfast/Lunch Monday - Friday 8:00am - 2:00pm. High Tea served Monday - Friday at 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday Dinner 4:00pm - 8:00pm Ghostbar open seven days a week at 4:30 Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday 9:30-midnight.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Danny Phelps
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Info@thewhitney.com

  • Private Party Facilities: The Whitney sustains an extensive and impressive résumé for private dining events which includes hosting classically themed weddings, corporate occasions and any number of other, miscellaneous, intimate parties. Private Rooms for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Samantha Amiot 3138325700x208
  • Entertainment: The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.
  • Special Events: The Whitney hosts several events each year, The Carnivore Carnival in July and The Haunted Halloween Dinner are annual favorites. Like us on facebook to recieve updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canfield Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet $6.00 Gratuities are appreciated. During M1 construction, we recommend accessing the Whitney from M-10 the Lodge Freeway. Exit at Forrest/Warren, take a left on Forrest ( left turn onto Forrest from center lane). Take Forrest 1/4 mile to Woodward,Right on Woodward. The Whitney is 1/10 of a mile down Woodward on the right.

A word from The Whitney
The Whitney is Detroit's most Romantic Restaurant. Housed in a historic 52 room 1890's mansion on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit's cultural district. Elegant Sunday Brunch with endless Mimosas Sunday Morning. The Whitney also serves a Luxurious plated Breakfast Monday through Friday. Live Entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Call for Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Whitney reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (134)romantic (119)neighborhood gem (67)great for brunch (54)fit for foodies (50)good for groups (48)great for lunch (36)notable wine list (34)scenic view (27)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Only issue was that they have a dress code and didn't enforce it for a couple that came in wearing a hoodie and jeans. They also threw a fit for the automatic gratuity that is added to the bill. And they complained until they got it taken off and then stiffed the waitor. I felt bad for the waitor. But if they can't follow the Whitneys dress code they shouldn't of been allowed in. Other than that it was a good time and a beautiful building.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is an absolutely beautiful restaurant with three perfectly preserved floors of nostalgic charm. The food is fine (we went to the Sunday brunch -- nice selection, everything tasted good), but the atmosphere of the place is what really blew me away. Also, the bar is supposedly haunted (and super cute).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We really enjoyed the Whitney for our 25th anniversary. I think the service was fine, not overly attentive, which was good. We were seated near a table of raucous individuals, but it was OK for the most part. The Beef Wellington was well prepared, which I expected, but not particularly memorable. The whitefish was somewhat bland, according to my wife, but in fairness, she can be difficult to impress. The house tour was very interesting, and learning of Mr. Whitney and the history of the house he built was great. I'd recommend this restaurant for special occasions, but pricey for frequent visits. Dress code seems to be less demanding than what I was expecting, so skip the tie and jacket if you wish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Building, Okay Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambiance was great; the house and live music were unique and relaxing. The menu selection was average and the food was okay. I was a little disappointed in the food as I expected much better based on previous reviews and word of mouth. Basically, I could have ordered the same food at a restuarant that was less expensive and easier to get to. The food was nothing special and I don't feel the need to go back for a meal. However, the bar at the top floor of the house was fun, so I would probably go back for a drink. The parking was also not ideal. We valeted and even then had to wait at the entrance for a while because there is only one way in and out of the parking lot.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Happy Here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Whitney has been an extremely high quality, and consistent choice for dining in Detroit. Their decor, food and support are top quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Detroit Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a wonderful time and highly recommend this historical beauty for anyone looking for some fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a wonderful evening here. The staff was phenomenal. They went above and beyond to make sure our experience was amazing. The food was so delicious. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whitney
    FoodDoctor
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The building was beautiful, the food not so much. Wine list is limited. Personnel very friendly. The Whitney has a lot of upside, it just is not there as yet.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner here is better
    Bill
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We usually come here for dinner but this time came for the brunch. This is my wife's favorite restaurant in the area, mainly for the ambience. It's a beautiful old Victorian in midtown Detroit. Anyway, the Sunday brunch spread was incredible: seafood bar, carving station with prime rib and ham, omelette station, tilapia, chicken, salmon, salads, and an incredible dessert bar. The only problem is they kind of ruined some of the dishes by letting them dry out under the heat lamps. We've come here for dinner and found the food, service, and ambience to be very good. If you come for the brunch, avoid the foods that have been allowed to sit under the lamps.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Place
    mydadeatssoup
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of the best experiences I have had at any dining establishment, wonderful atmosphere, had one of the greatest waiters you could ask for. I proposed to my girlfriend here when we went, and it couldnt have been a better place with better people. I think the prices were very reasonable here too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Whitney
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had the price fixe menu. Salad was great, as were the garlic bread and crab appetizer. Entrée was excellent, except my wife found her rice to be totally bland. Desserts were fantastic. Ambience is first rate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was extreamly impressed!
    Traveler
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food quality and serving sizes were absolutely superb. The service was excellent. Our server provided us with everything that we wanted. She also included details about the wonderful mansion and its history. The elegant surroundings create a relaxed atmosphere that sets the stage to enjoy an elegant meal and great conversation. We were very pleased with our visit to The Whitney.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for an anniversary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had always wanted to go to The Whitney and I am so glad we finally went for our anniversary. It was perfect! From the piano player to the gorgeous old home to the fab food and our server who gave a great tour at the end...it was an evening to remember. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • History and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent service from the minute we walked in the door. Went to the Ghost Bar and was greeted by an excellent bartender who knew how to make an old fashioned. Dinner was excellent and the server friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequent this restaurant
    dav2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I love coming here. From the mansion itself to the service and food, we've never had a bad experience. Also, the ghost bar is amazing. We always get served the most amazing drinks and the bartenders are awesome! The only thing that I will say is that we just took our parents there last weekend and my dad thought that it was odd that they were conducting tours in the rooms where everyone was eating. It was more than a little awkward. But that has been my only complaint all of the times we've been there. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & beautiful decor
    Schurill67
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Beef Wellington and filet with lobster and tarragon hollandaise sauce was incredible along with shrimp and crab potato au gratin, and jalapeño cream corn with pork belly and potato leak soup. Desert raspberry dynasty and fresh berry truffle. Wait staff very helpful and knowledgeable and very friendly and told us stories of the homes history and ghost in the ghost bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining at its finest!
    MrsHamilton
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Whitney is simply amazing. The history, architecture, ambiance and food are extraordinary, and are outshined only by their impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Abc313
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very relaxing wonderful place to enjoy family, friends and good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice special occasion place
    DW22
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We went for restaurant week in Detroit. We were celebrating a birthday. The Whitney is a historical landmark and the architecture is beautiful. The view, however, is not so nice. Service and food were outstanding. We ordered a bottle of wine, a little over priced, but restaurant wine usually is. I think it's a shame how restaurants charge so much for the same bottle of wine you can buy at the store. Another quest warned us that there was a lady int he restroom trying to collect tips that was not authorized to be there. We also were taken back by the valet charging $6 to park upfront.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Good
    BevyR
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Regretfully, I was extremely disappointed. Treated a friend for a birthday brunch, at her request. We both frequented the Whitney several years ago when it was pristine. The entire building in/out needs extreme TLC. Frankly, it was dirty both in/out. The brunch was "maybe" comparable to a Big Boy brunch. I hope the present owners have plans to clean it up or there's an investor out there willing to do so! The Whitney is another lost "Detroit Gem" that needs to be brought back to life.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was outstanding, and the Whitney is beautiful! My husband's dish was not very tasty, but my beef tenderloin was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whitney
    Whattanight
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our experience was amazing. We were sat in a private room. Our service was absolutly amazing! Phillip made our night. He not only gave stellar suggestions, he gave us a history of the Whitney, regaled us with ghost stories and encouraged us to peek around and check out the areas. It was such a fun night. You would think going to an old mansion for dinner would feel stuffy but we felt right at home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner at the Whitney
    waveplayerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Trout, shrimp and Eric's Whim dessert was amazing. Had a wonderful dinner for 8 during restaurant week. The Whitney is consistently great with food, service and ambience. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time Guest
    ElegantExperience
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've worked in the area for years but surprisingly had never even been inside. The mood is very relaxing with the dim lit dining room. My food was ok but the bottle of Moscoto was unbelievable. Our waiter was great, very personable and more than accommodating. We did not venture upstairs to the bar area. It's a hidden treasure in Detroit that must be experienced at least once!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week adventure
    MotorCityHustle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were easily accommodated for a late reservation. Staff was very friendly appetizers and dinner was great. Dessert was only average.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Hit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went here for Detroit Restaurant week and were pleasantly surprised by the great food selection (even for that occasions Prix Fix menu), excellent wine, live soothing piano, and great view of the gardens & street life.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kxg51
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was good for restaurant week offering, ambiance and wait service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Was below average on flavor and presentation. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with friends
    kourtyum
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was really excited to eat sy the whitney but the food was just ok. I'll rephrase that. The steak was perfect. But the fact they put the steak on top of a thick cut raw tomato and some bland mashed potatoes was a real turn off. The ambience is lovely. Im into historic settings and the whitney is beautifully handcrafted. The salad appetizer was nothing special and neither was the sorbet for dessert. I would venture here again but not on my dime. I'll chalk the unimpressive food up to it being restaurant week and that everything seemed mass produce for the occasion. Maybe it'll be better next time. But def get the steak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    TheDoctor
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Nice evening, but not spectacular. Food presented ok, potatoes barely warm and coffee cold.,.sent back discreetly. Friends enjoyed the architecture of the beautiful home.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2dine
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great meal with great service! Interesting scenery and history. A very enjoyable time with a historic essence in the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegance
    ZeshoVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    elegant atmosphere, and gratious service. we sat at the window and looked up the staircase at the impressive stained glass windows. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great/overbilled
    greatfood
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food at the Whitney is always first rate. However, we did not order from the Restaurant Week menu. I did not check the bill as carefully as I should have and upon getting home I found I was overcharged by $11.00. This definitely put a dapper on the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Dragonfly
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I highly recommend experiencing dinner at the Whitney.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    mrcokac
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The meal was indeed outstanding. I enjoyed every bite of the steelhead trout. Which is saying a lot since I prefer virtually anything to fish. I ordered it on purpose. If it was good then everything else well.. The skin was crunchy and tasty. The almondine sauce was a wonderful buttery mix that melted in your mouth with each bite. The bed of greens gave an ever so slight snap. The spinach salad and chocolate mousse, while tasty, were forgettable. I had a good time, had outstanding food, but, The Whitney is out of my price range. Only reason I went was because it was Detroit Restaurant Week. The only reason I could ever see returning is if my meal was paid for by a corporate expense account.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    RestaurantWeekers9
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I hadn't been there in years, but The Whitney did not disappoint. Service was excellent. Our waiter even gave us a little tour of the building with some historical facts. The food was awesome. Even at the usual expensive prices we will be back, just because the food and service are worth the price. And as an extra, when I mentioned to the waiter I was disappointed scallops were not on the restaurant week menu, he brought me one with the dinner I ordered! I had stayed away for a long time because I wasn't sure about the "old house" ambiance, but this was such a great experience, I can't wait to go back.....and I also enjoyed the piano player in the foyer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Detroit History
    Adam
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I went to The Whitney for our 10 year anniversary during restaurant week. We really enjoyed ourselves and the food too. While the portion sizes were on the small side to accommodate the price offered, we found ourselves having more of a right sized portion instead of the oversized portion you typically get at most restaurants. Our waitress was also excellent. She was very personable with us and was very accommodating when the bottle of wine we selected was not available. We also enjoyed our self-guided tour of the mansion and enjoyed learning more about its history.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    tootiefoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I came here for brunch on our anniversary weekend. Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I still believe that you should dress up for Sunday Brunch - too many patrons were in jeans! The wait staff was well dressed and friendly. It was nice to be told about the mansion and to be shown some of its cool but creepy secret passageways in our dining room. We sat over the garden, which was a great view! I was very pleased as we did have dining reservations. The food was very good, but traditional and not exactly adventurous. Still definitely the best brunch I have had in Detroit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Multi-Purpose Fancy Resaurant
    shax
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the beginning, the ambiance was just to my liking being in the "music room". The walls were designed with musical instruments which i thought was very beautiful. In that room, the scene was very romantic and private. Going up to the 2nd and 3rd floor, there is a bar and rooms where small groups or couples can relax with a drink. I thought it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historical Disappointment
    DetroitPolitico
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my date to The Whitney during Restaurant Week in Detroit. I've dined at The Whitney before, many years previous, and it was divine. I can't say the same about this visit. I don't expect the BEST service during Restaurant Week, but I do expect it to at least live up to the reputation of the restaurant. The food was cold, portions tiny. They were out of almost every wine that was served by the glass. The server seemed distracted and wasn't very communicative regarding what wine was available. It seemed VERY unorganized and it seemed EXTREMELY empty for how the reservations were represented. I assumed it was packed based on how difficult it was to get a reservation at a decent time. It was empty. Please save this gem.
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    • Noise LevelModerate