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
113 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (91)romantic (82)neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (41)good for groups (32)great for lunch (28)notable wine list (25)fit for foodies (24)scenic view (19)great for outdoor dining (19)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    LML1181
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Visited The Whitney again and we were not as satisfied as previous visits. Our meal consisted of Beef Wellington and was just average. My salad was soaked with dressing but my guest's soup was tasty. We ordered dessert which was unenthusiastic. Overall, a disappointing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Detroit Restaurant week 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to The Whitney on the opening night of DRW 2014, and loved it! Great place. Amazing gem of a restaurant in Detroit. Everyone was polite. Restaurant was beautiful and bar upstairs was a lot of fun. Will definitely be back for a brunch, lunch, or dinner in the future
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Establishment
    Lacrosse
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Whitney is a great establishment - wonderful food, service, and ambiance in a classic building!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Three of us sampled the DRW menu. Medallions of beef and steel head trout were excellent. The spinach salad was disappointing. Bottle of wine way over priced but good. Beautiful setting and wait staff wonderful. Three of us enjoyed the DRW menus. Medallions of beef and steelhead trout were excellent. Spinach salad was disappointing. Wine way over priced. Waitstaff especially Courtney wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Touch Of Class
    Nina
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Whitney is unmatched in the class it brings to the dining experience. The food is superb. The service in impeccable and the ambience is magnificent. The daily lunch menu specials are delightful. I look forward to trying brunch on Sundays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed
    averageguy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    took my girlfreind here for her birthday. her dad .. rest in peace.. was a chef. so she has been around cooking her whole life. love the building and piano playing. not impressed with the food. well for the price i would have expected something more.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • brooksvilletravelers
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    our waiter, daniel, was great. he was very attentive and knowlegable. the rest of the staff that we interacted with were quite pleasant. we have been coming here intermittently for many years and still think of it first when trying to decide on a restaurant. mimosas included with the brunch is just the icing on the cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IloveDetroit
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    One of my FAVORITE places for dining. However, service is hit or miss at breakfast. But GO!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ambience,service, presentation
    crzyoldman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My visit to the Whitney was a unique dining pleasure!!!!!!!!!! Eric, our waiter was attentively absent. He was there for whatever was needed but never lurking he made us feel very comfortable and his suggestions were perfect. Make sure you get the bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Helped Make Our Night Special
    nele
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and i celebrated our first anniversary and dinner at the Whitney was a great compliment to the overall evening. Service was really outstanding and food was excellent as well. Will definately return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful
    denny
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was poor,food was poor,and we had to hunt down the server to get our check.Last visit
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  • Delicious Brunch
    o2c5ft0
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We like to go for their Sunday brunch. The food was very good and the pineapple mimosas were utterly delectable! The service provided by Daniel was absolutely outstanding! He made the dining experience even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dishonest
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    8:00 We were informed that they where out of filet & lobster tail. However, we were told that they were running down the street to get some from another restaurant. Waiter returned to inform us the special was a 14 Oz bone in rib-eye and Alaskan king crab opened table side. The two women in our party ordered the special. What came to the table was about a 7 Oz steak no bone in with a few shreds of king crab on top. We early on had a feeling this restaurant was in trouble with only a few tables seated at 8 pm on as Saturday. We where hungry and concerned that they would not be able to correct the problem so we decided to not say anything. The Whitney home/restaurant is absolutely deserving of a real restaurant with class.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Whitney
    caljake
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Whitney was beautiful when we pulled up. There was a very nice greeting from the valet and the hostess, we were early but they were able to seat us before our reservation time. The wait staff was wonderful and was right on top of everything for our complete dining time. Overall a wonderful experience for our first time there and we would definitely return to enjoy another experience there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking old school charm
    Chris
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been to The Whitney many times in the past before the most recent owners took over. The Whitney used to have that old school charm, which is what people go for. They used to pull out the chair for the ladies when seated, the menus were in large leather covers, not wrinkled paper ones with oily food stains on them. There used to be a pianist. What we heard was Whitney Houston on the radio playing during dinner. The window we sat near had a nasty layer of dust on the ledge. The valet parking service was rude. The only thing I give the Whitney is 5 stars for the actual meal. It was fabulous, but they are obviously lacking in other areas which is disappointing when I've seen what the Whitney used to be.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tipical eatery, but with potential
    MindSynthetic
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I would hardly call it fine dining, food wasn't bad but had little to no taste at all, however I have to give a cake chef credit as the cake was the best part of the experience he gets 5 stars. service was awkward and seemed like the attendant had no idea what he was doing. interruptions ever few on how we are doing are unnecessary, just don't think this is what a 5* restaurant should be doing. noise level was beyond irritating, I could not hear my partner with restaurant being half empty. management should take a trip to japan and have a proper restaurant experience, with nose level virtually non existent, even at a coffee shop . I wish to actually hear what my partner is saying and not yell back. 5* for the effort, 2.5*for the execution
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Considerate Purveyor of Fine Food
    NamutKwu01
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was a special occasion.We chose the Whitney, where we had hitherto often enjoyeddining, as our preferred location for our small, personal, celebratory dinner. Delightful surprise one was the acknowledgement of our special occasion on the Menu. A cute and charming introduction to the evening's meal. A mixed plate of something called "Starters" was delicious--the Calamari were especially tempting. Beef Wellington with heritage carrots (the bottom of the pastry was little under-cooked) and a lovely 'lite' Crème Brule. A lovely bottle of Chilean Merlot (would have preferred same producer's Carmenere) and a complimentary glass of Port (Californian?). A lovely evening the service was excellent and our server--she was delightfully cute!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place for all occasions
    Janet
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Alright, so I last was at the Whitney with a girlfriend and it was just to talk and relax and have a fine meal. But when I tell other people about the restaurant, I never fail to tell them about this wonderful historic residence, how comprehensive the menu is and how much I enjoy the food (oh my, especially the meats), and how attentive the staff always is. It's the perfect place for a romantic evening out, yes, but don't hesitate to go there if you're heading out with a group of colleagues, or just having dinner with a friend to catch up, or - and I've done this - you simply find yourself in the area at dinner time and you want to treat yourself right!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectation met
    Happycamper
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was my second time dining in at the restuarant. The food was cooked to perfection, the service was professional and the setting was very comfortable. I would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything about the experience was just average. Hadn't been to the Whitney in many years and was expecting more. The fact that only 4 other tables were occupied may be telling.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    Nona
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took my mom to Sunday brunch for her birthday. Beautiful setting helped to make this really feel like a special occasion. Love the bottomless mimosas
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch with my 8 Year Old!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took my 8 year old daughter to the Whitney as I am very familiar with it and thought this would be a special outing for us. I knew she would appreciate all of the grandeur of mansion and appreciates all things "fancy". I'm writing this review to share that although I wouldn't call this a family restaurant, it was very appropriate for her. They treated her so well and could tell it was a special day for her. She wore a beautiful dress and the pianist played a couple of songs from the Disney movie "Frozen" for her and two other little girls who were dining with their family. The Sunday brunch worked for her because she loved the red velvet pancakes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Third time going here and it's been the same every time. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barblf
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to the Whitney to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter, Daniel, was very friendly and attentive, but not overly so. My filet was excellent - tender and flavorful. The building itself is beautiful. Being right next to front windows, we could watch all the people walking by on the street, stopping to take pictures of the place. The meal ended on a very nice note when our waiter gave us glasses of champagne in honor of the anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Atmosphere
    JayLivonia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed the ambiance of the Whitney, but the food was more than lacking. Our "Medium" filet had absolutely no pink whatsoever, and the "Award-Winning" Carrot Cake was probably the worst I've ever had. Much to be desired food wise.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Charming Whitney
    Dang123
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a beautiful, historic house that makes for a wonderful escape for any meal. We had a wonderful time and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at the Whitney
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Twice in a week!!! Awesome food service, and atmosphere!! My favorite place to go! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best brunch!
    Sreveret
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food is always amazing. Our server David was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch around
    bigeater
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Beautiful place, loved the pineapple mimosa. Pricey but worth it for my wife's special day
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, food ok
    Agent255
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The ambiance is still wonderful and the service excellent. The wine is reasonable and the classic dishes good (but not great). Stay away from anything that is not classic American cuisine (prime rib, filet mignon, lobster and Beef Wellington). Someone in our party ordered the risotto and it was bland and over cooked. The sauce the came with the fish was too sweet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outdoor
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Sat outside on a perfect evening of weather and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Wonderful
    Koyalilly
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This has been the best meal and service that we have experienced in years. The Detroit food scene leads the resurgence of Detroit city
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Never having been to the Whitney I was anxious to experience it. I was not disappointed. The menu selections were impressive and the service was delightful. My only disappointment is that I could not live there....Kary Devereaux East Lansing, Michigan
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the line...
    NM156
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It really doesn't get any better than this. Classy, elegant, romantic, and some of the best cuisine anywhere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1ST TIME
    joy2eat
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Had a outstanding tasting meal with a superb waitress who made our anniversary dinner very special. The inside of the Whitney was a joy to view as we sat and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    Phil
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with a first time visit here. The food and service were excellent. They still need to do a lot of updating to the building and furniture. My chair was kind of shaky and the upholstering needed updating. Overall a nice experience and a good place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    clinozoisite
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have been to The Whitney several times and have always had a fabulous experience. They're exceptionally accommodating to large groups, and the food is phenomenal. We recently tried their new Sunday brunch buffet and it was everything I expected and more. The staff are always courteous and friendly. For the brunch, out waiter told us that if there is something we want which isn't on the buffet line, to let him know and he'd get it. Fantastic! The only problem I encountered was using OpenTable for my reservation. When I tried to increase the number of people in my party, it wouldn't let me; I had to call the restaurant directly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LISAMONIQUE
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    BRUNCH ALERT - I would highly recommend visiting The Whitney for its history. Unfortunately, I would never suggest it as even a mediocre food destination for brunch. It was highly disappointing. My guests echoed same. The historical significance of the property is well worth a venture. It was worse than lowly rated ‘breakfast special’ at a local restaurant. Detroit One Coney (just down the road) would have been a better destination for food, stopping by The Whitney for the site tour only. Take a note from La Dolce Vita. LDV knows how to serve an exquisite brunch with atmosphere/ambience. The Whitney should model them. Not worth the drive to the city for the poor taste and brunch offerings. Not worth the cost by any means.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tine at the Whitmey
    Moesacct
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took my wife here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service and food was excellent. The house is amazing. Definitely a great place to celebrate for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Bye lunch
    celebrating
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a really good time, great view, great food and our server was very nice! Love The Whitney!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.