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The Whitney
The Whitney

The Whitney Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewhitney.com
  • Phone: (313) 832-5700
  • 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: Jason Gardner
  • 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 (313) 832-5700 x208
  • Entertainment: The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was quite good with a broad selection. The salads were terrific and the desserts yummy. The building, of course, is charming and beautiful. The only complaint we had was the lack of lighting where the food was presented - more powerful or localized lighting would be a help."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Wonderful food choices. Great ambiance. Piano music added to the quality of the dining experience. I would definitely recommend The Whitney to all dining enthusiasts."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Wonderful breakfast! Very elegant with a relaxing atmosphere that can't be duplicated elsewhere. The Whitney's historical significance is a hidden gem in the city of Detroit. More people need to know about this beautiful mansion."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Booked for our anniversary, Menu was personalized for the Special Night. Service and quality of food above standard. Booked through OpenTable disappointed - only time available that night was 8PM, The Whitney was empty, earlier seating could have been made, preferred 6PM. Dress policy not held to standard."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Wanted to treat my mother and sister to a special lunch. The Whitney set the mood for elegance. Our service was excellent and the food delicious. I was pleasantly surprised at the very reasonably priced lunch specials. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Atmosphere and service excellent. Food is average."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Meal was a bit disappointing. 1 steak was 2 levels overdone. The other meal was barely lukewarm."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The Whitney was once a stellar place to go for a romantic meal. It was a destination.The place looks like it's fallen on difficult times. On our recent visit there were only 3 other tables occupied. While the food itself was OK, it wasn't exemplary. The chair I sat on was broken. The service was OK. There are too many dining alternatives these days that really go the extra mile. Sadly I can't say that for The Whitney. I sincerely hope they can make a go of competing with all the other alternatives. But my last experience has me concerned."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "From the food to the service, the Whitney made our wedding anniversary one to remember."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Piano player was wonderful. We were there for our Anniversary. The ambiance was great."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Whitney is a wonderful restaurant to experience first class amenities, ambiance, food and wine in the city of Detroit. I strongly recommend this restaurant for special occasions or just a great meal with friends and family. Our service was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Having never been to the Whitney we didn't know what to expect except that our experience would be terrific. Needless to say, our expectations were exceeded. The food was superb, service excellent, the staff professional, and the piano music made our 25th wedding anniversary truly special. On top of everything the hotel gave us a menu with 25th Anniversary printed on the top. What a souvenier. We'll now be back for every anniversary from now on."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I went to The Whitney for a late breakfast on a Tuesday, and it was such a wonderful experience. My companion and I both ordered the Mansion Pre-Fixe and were not disappointed. Every aspect of the meal, from the croissants to the appetizers and then entrees and desserts were incredibly delicious, and all the options were very unique, something that can be hard to find in a breakfast. Even the mimosas were special as you could have it with pomegranate juice. The service was also impeccable, which led to an overall amazing dining experience. I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience from beginning to end. It was our first time there & we were celebrating our 37 anniversary. Our waiter was top notch, gave great recommendations, one of the best ever. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Whitney is a magnificent house; I'm so glad it is being used as a restaurant and did not fall into disrepair like so many beautiful Detroit buildings. Sunday brunch is wonderful; the service is excellent."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had never been to the Whitney before. We decided to try it for my wifes birthday dinner. The food was excellent and the wait staff was very friendly. Our menu even said "Happy Birthday". We were even offered a guided tour of the mansion, which we gladly accepted. My wife told her sister in Florida about our experience, she's coming up in August and wants to visit The Whitney."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "SEAFOOD AU GRATIN WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! THE CARROT CAKE WAS PHENOMENAL!! CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "great brunch options and a terrific venue. some items were not warm and the shrimp seemed over boiled, especially those that were pre-peeled. the coffee could be hotter, but overall very satisfying and we will be back"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It's been several years since I visited The Whitney and so glad I went back! What an amazing experience in a beautiful place being 'taken care' of like an old friend visiting from out of town. The ambience is beautiful, amazing, not enough words to describe a wonderful experience of food, beverages, character and charm in a beautiful place!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This magnificent historical building was the perfect backdrop my girl friends 50th birthday. Food and service was very good. Definitely would head back for a Sunday brunch to top it off."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went here for the first time on a date and was impressed with the overall experience. The location is beautiful and we couldn't stop checking out all the little details throughout the historic building. Our server was excellent with many great recommendations. Having an actual piano player was a nice touch that is hard to find these days, not to mention the piano and sax upstairs in the ghost bar. The food was outstanding and appreciated the palate cleansers between courses. Although it is a bit pricey as everything is a-la-carte, it is worth the money and I highly recommend this place followed by post drinks upstairs in the ghost bar!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This past Monday, my mom and I had a reservation for lunch at 2:00 p.m. Little did we know that lunch ended at 2 and that high tea began at that time. We were convinced to stay by our wonderful server, Daniel. Are we glad that we did. The food was delicious. Each course, from scones through soup/salad, sandwiches and dessert was a delight. I highly recommend the high tea services. We will definitely do it again."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The Whitney is a great place to visit to go back in time for an evening. The mansion is beautifully restored, the staff is inviting and attentive. The food was excellent but given the prices, probably best for special occasions only."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This was not our first visit to The Whitney. We like sitting in the Library for lunch or dinner. The food was good and the portions good. However, the experience was different than previous visits. On a Monday night at 6:00 there were only 2 couples. $12.00 deal for salad/soup/dessert was a good addition. Service was good but there were only 2 couples in the restaurant. Prime Rib was tasty but not cooked as we ordered; it appeared to be warmed over from lunch, not bright red for Medium Rare. Next time will try another night or lunch/brunch. The Groupon was not accepted, even though there was no expiration date."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great history in this place. Need to change the carpet though too old. Service was great and food tasted ok too.."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had the best food and the best service on Friday May 30th. It was a throughly great evening. When I left my cell phone behind, they held it for me until I could return. Our waitress was excellent and made our dining experience wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My mother has always wanted to go to The Whitney -as have I. It was worth the wait. We celebrated Mother's Day (a week later) at the Whitney for brunch. Loved viewing all the open rooms, imagining what it might have like to live in that time period. Loved the seafood - how ironic it was in the Library where our table (with a window view) was located. The made to order omelot was fantastic, and loved, loved, love the Bananas Foster. Our water was attentive, kept those delicious mimosas flowing. A wonderful brunch topped off with a Beethoven DSO concert at Orchestral Hall - just up the road. A beautiful, classy, delish day in downtown Detroit~"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Invited friend for birthday treat. Iconic building, but the food was no good at all. Not one item in our three courses was outstanding, and we expected exceptional cuisine. Especially for the price! I hope they can turn the place around, but needs a complete menu overall - THEY NEED CHEF RAMSEY"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We used to frequent The Whitney years ago but didn't really have the opportunity to visit again until Delta and American Express scheduled an event there. From that came the reason for our visit this time and we loved it. Using the menu on the web site we could choose what we wanted beforehand and I choose the Beef Wellington which was better than "Hell's Kitchen"."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The historic look of the building is nice but the inside needs remodeling. The carpets were dirty, the servers uniforms were dirty. A glass and a fork of ours were dirty also. It just looked unclean. The food was average nothing great. There are many other better places to go in Detroit and outside. They were out of dry ice for the shrimp and the cappucino machine was not working either. It was just as "ok" experience and meal. I will not return."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The ambiance and the service was great. They messed up my wifes med. Filet twice. Well done both times . They ended up comping it. Mine was slightly overdone but still edible. We felt like the app. Was not enough to share. And the dessert looked like it fell off a truck."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a tremendous time and the staff was very attentive and went above and beyond before we arrived and while we were there. David (manager) helped me with getting flowers to the table, personalized the menu, provided a tour of the mansion...the list goes on. The piano player was excellent and added a nice touch as we entered the mansion. I would recommend The Whitney to all for a place to go for any occasion...special dinner to a nice place to gather with friends and family. Definitely will return and can't thank David, Phil, Robert or Daniel enough."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Loved our experience at The Whitney! Great food and service. Beautiful historic building, will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The meat was delicious. Some of the best I have had of this cut. The appetizers where amazing, especially the calamari."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My son graduated Wayne State Medical School and this was a perfect way to celebrate. It is my son's favorite place for brunch in the city and it certainly didn't disappoint. Food was excellent, service superb, I can not say enough. I would highly recommend the Whitney. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My fiance and I went here just moments after I proposed to her at Hart Plaza."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Whitney is gem with a friendly and helpful staff, excellent food and a setting that can't be topped in the Detroit area."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I waited too late to make reservations for Mother's Day brunch, but taking my mom on a Thursday afternoon was just as sweet! We had a wonderful time and the food was great! Sometimes the holiday rush are too overwhelming."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was beyond excellent. We toured the entire house-very fun if you love history. Manager showed us where the hidden vault is in the dining room. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I took my mother and my boyfriend's mother to the Whitney for tea and the food was wonderful. Our server told us stories about the history of the house and the Whitney family in between courses, which was entertaining and added a lot to the experience. I will do this again!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014