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The Whitney
The Whitney

The Whitney Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewhitney.com
  • Email: Info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was good, a little pricey I thought. I had the Beef Wellington which I thought was very tasty, though the carrots were barely warm. My date had the Seafood Au gratin which was very hot, I thought could have had a little more seafood, but very good. The dessert was just ok. After we ate we went upstairs to the bar, I think the staff could have been friendlier and could have mentioned there was a bar and that we could get a tour. But you had to ask if the bar was open and we heard about the tours because another couple asked about them. The valet was excellant, brought the car right around very quickly. We had a nice dinner experience, I would go again for the atmosphere, enjoyed the piano music in the back ground."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT WE ORDERED THE PRIME RIB; SERVICES WAS FAST AND THE WAITER WAS EXPERIENCED AND VERY PROFRESSIONAL"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to The Whitney for her birthday this year. It was the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. They showed us an extensive wine list which was appreciated. The food was delicious. Although our server was magnificent the food took a bit too long to come out. Outside of that it was a great experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Whitney is a beautiful mansion in downtown Detroit that has wonderful food. We always enjoy it when we come downtown."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We went during Detroit Restaurant Week for a double date. The portions were perfect, the food was great and the building is unbelievable. Definitely take the time to walk around the house on your own or ask for a tour."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food was very good, I got the rib eye as did my dad. We both loved it. My wife got the beef wellington which she liked but has had better, and my mom got the seafood Au gratin which she didn't really care for cause the cheese and breading overpowered the seafood. For dessert my wife, dad and myself got the duo pastries, which wasn't really anything to write home about, it came with a fruit tart and a chocolate covered brownie, Brownie was way too dense. My mom got the white chocolate mousse which was very delicious and i don't really care for white chocolate. It didn't really have that traditional white chocolate taste. Overall I really enjoyed it but not sure it was a place that i have to go to considering the prices."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I dines at teh Whitney for the first time this past weekend. We had driven by many times and thought to ourselves that we had to try this elegant place out. The Whitney was abck again for Dertroit Restaraunt week and it was nothing less than spectacular. From the first drink up in the Ghost Bar, to the food to the great service. A delictable find. If you have not yet wandered inside....do yourself a favour and make a reservation. You will not be disappointed! And the heritage of this great mansion......wonderful"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was my second time there and the food was better the first time. Not a big fan of all the extra ingredients in the breakfast potatoes."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was my first time eating at The Whitney. The food was great! My waitress was very good. The restaurant itself is amazing. I did not get a chance to take the free tours that were going on. If they have the free tours next time I go, I will definitely take part."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went to the Whitney during restraunt week and lived it. Excellent service and outstanding food. Even though it was a very nusy week felt like we were their top guest. Love how the history of this beautiful mansion was woven throughout our dinner. Beef Wellington was to die for!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There were 4 of us in our party and dining during Detroit Restaurant Week. I would expect the food to be outstanding at a restaurant like this and at a time when they are trying to obtain new customers, but that was not true. The soup, cream of broccoli tasted fine, not exceptional, but not offensive, however it was cold. The salad was dry, not at all dressed, another person in our party had the same problem. The prime rib was served room temperature (I ordered it prepared medium) and covered in an 'au jus' it wasn't clear...I couldn't see the meat. The mashed potato, good, was a minuscule portion (2 bites). White chocolate mousse tasted like basic, over whipped cream. Too dark inside, had to use phones to see menu!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I attended the Whitney with a group of friends and had a marvelous time. From the time we pulled up to the time we left we enjoyed the food, wine and ambiance of this historic gem. We sat on the first floor in one of the front rooms and there was music playing and the restaurant was packed which made for a fun, lively dinner environment. The waitress was friendly and helpful when we were selecting our wine and food and told us some of the history of the Whitney. We stopped at the Ghost bar on the third floor after our dinner for a couple drinks and really enjoyed how cool the ambiance was and the live music they had!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The Whitney, has a history of wonderful food, service and atmosphere. As you enter the Whitney, you know you have arrived someplace very special - before I had a chance to look around my coat was dashed to the coatroom - lovely! We sat in a wonderful room that was perfectly positioned to enjoy the energy of the night, with guests arriving and the foyer music. Many people automatically include The Whitney on the list of places to go - I think next time I will try brunch."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Beautiful ambience: really good food. Service was good; not great as I would've expected or experienced in other places. It was a celebration for a promotion; and it was restaurant week. We had a good night at the Whitney, and we would go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "avoid for Detroit Restaurant Week. wine list included was cheap and did not offset the meal itself menu options do not give a great idea for what the Whitney can offer on a usual basis."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Absolutely loved everything about the Whitney. The staff was very informative, friendly and made us feel special. The food was outstanding and filled us up completely (a 24oz ribeye--wow!) We loved being able to walk around on our own and explore the beautiful mansion. An after dinner drink at the Ghost Bar is a must."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I was 29 years old when I first visited . Now 40 years later, its still spectacular."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is a high end restaurant, but the experience is unquestionably worth the price. Our server was outstanding. When I had trouble deciding between two soups, she brought small bowls of both, and they were both wonderful. We started with eggplant bruschetta – a great start, with a drizzle of balsamic reduction across the plate. The apple crostata we had for dessert was fantastic, and huge. It would have been too much for either one of us, but perfect for sharing Other groups in the dining room were celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, but nothing obtrusive. At one point, the live piano player shifted over to “Happy Birthday”, but he did it so seamlessly that it was just a continuation of the mood music unless you were paying attention"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed a Special birthday dinner with friends. Five different selections were made and all 5 were labeled as excellent. The Beef Wellington was cooked to perfection!. We started with the assorted appetizer to share, as well as a Salmon Mousse on cucumber slices.......very nice! The entire staff was attentive, the setting was quiet enough for conversation, and a piano player for back ground music!!!! Our server was Phillip, ask for him.....he was amazing! He was on top of it ALL, we never really had to ask for anything! The building itself is very, very interesting, and tells quite the story in history!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Lots of history and a tour after dinner. The food was great."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My husband and I took his father here from brunch for his birthday. It was our first time here and they make you feel welcome. Ambiance was great! Such a great old building and the ghost bar upstairs is pretty cool. Food was pretty good though a few things were luke warm. The breakfast sausage was really good, same with the blueberry scones. I ordered a pomegranate mimosa which was delish! And our waitress refilled them quite a few times. Coffee is good too. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I selected the Whitney,because I was celebrating the birthday of my sister who turned 60. I wanted to take her to a place that would be wonderful and provide "a perfect memory" of her 60th birthday. The service was wonderful...the food was heavenly & the atmosphere was great!! Thank you again for such a lovely evening!!! I will be coming back again!!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Sunday brunch buffet was very good, although there was nothing special or exotic about it. The waitress was attentive and very nice. The price is good for brunch and of course the setting is great for special occasions. But is was not so good that I would return time after time. We will check out other places and we would return at some point. Shout out to the prime rib...very very good....the mimosa's where good also and they are included in the price..."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "All of our guests were not timely, however, our server did a magnificent job on serving all 8 people and getting us out of the door to our next event. Food was served to all of us at the same time and was delicious."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was costly, but worth it, I think. Best steak I had in years! Having a chance to tour the house was also special and the staff was great."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had the best time. Our server was amazing and so was the food. I loved the fact that our server asked us if we were going to a show, so she helped us to get out of the restaurant with enough time. She was great. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "TheWhitney was always in my to-do list, and it did not disappoint.. I arrived early and was immediately escorted to our table, tucked in a peaceful corner with a view outside as well as the beautiful room and fireplace. My fwllow diners arrived, each ordered different dinners, andall enjoyed them compleltly. The Sea Bass was perfect, like butter. We were sent some complimentary bruschetta, before the meal, and the sherbert between appetizer and entrée was a great surprise.. Took a walk and a look at the rest of the house. I felt like curling up in a chair next to the fire and listening to the piano player.ill . I am so glad The Whitney has survived andthrived through the Detroit problems. It is a complete asset."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Impeccable is the best and most appropriate word for the service received and the quality of the food at The Whitney. These days, few restaurants offer a true dining experience in a relaxed - not rushed - atmosphere. The very professional staff made us quite comfortable and served us at a leisurely pace. Dinner at The Whitney is not just a meal but an experience, and one that we truly savored. I only wish we lived closer to Detroit so as to be anble to enjoy dining at The Whitney more often. While there, you should do yourself a favor and take a moment to explore the mansion: it has wonderful architecture and is beautifully decorated."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were seated immediately. Our waiter was very polite, helpful, made sure we did not want for anything. The food was very esquisite and the steak melted in your mouth. Loved walking around the mansion after dinner and finishing with dessert upstairs. A very awesome and memorable night."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great place to meet after a morning at the DSO. Easy to park, safe and friendly valet service. Limited menu for lunch yet delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We sooo enjoyed the Whitney. Everything from the food to our excellent server (Danielle) to our tour of the beautiful house. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend it to ANYone. We had gone for the "High Tea" and it was sooo enjoyable. Alll I can say is, keep up the good work and make sure Danielle stays around; she is a keeper. Made our "High Tea" an event!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The experience was amazing!!! From the excellent service to the wonderful tasting of the food. Would definitely recomend to friends and family."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Beautiful atmosphere and music. Very expensive brunch, but we knew that. They ran out of shrimp cocktail and it wasn't 1:00 yet (they close at 2:30), potatoes were cold, served lox with no bagel or cream cheese; bread pudding was dried out and unappetizing. Dessert table was underwhelming, Service was inattentive: Had to ask for coffee and refills; plates stacked up waiting to be cleared. I'm not sure we will go back. While certainly not a disaster, it was surprising to us that their attention to detail seems to be slipping. For the money, we expected more."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The room was great, my Mom looked great (it was her Birthday 86 :) and this is the one place the she LOVES!! the food was a TOTAL LET DOWN, for the Dessert, to the Dried out Salmon, but again my mom loves coming on her Birthday and Mother's Day, so I hope next trip will be a lot better !!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We hate when valet asks to be paid upfront-simply bad practice. That likely has nothing to do with the restaurant but more to do with the valet company but either way, it's the first impression of the restaurant. About the food. Store-bought, pre-mixed mimosas? The bottle still had the wrapper on it. I've never seen that. What is the expense of even working with a cava and some oj? The smoked salmon was smothered in oil; it was not fresh. I literally spit it out. Whatever fried fish they had was dry and cold. The shrimp cocktail was fine; the sauce was sweet (like store bought). The buffet is nothing to write home about; you'll have a better meal at Red Olive... It's unfortunate since the venue is beautiful and staff is nice."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "we attended for our anniversary, from the food to the service everything was exceptional. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice night out with great dinner for a special occasion. It is pricy."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere in century-old mansion. Quiet, romantic setting, with some piano, then saxophone music. Unexpected bonus to get tour of house after dinner. Everyone must see to experience it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "After a wonderful Friday morning at the DSO, the Whitney is an excellent choice for lunch and an easy location to get to. Valet parking takes the stress away from "where do I park?" If you try it, you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "great atmosphere. loved the ghost bar too for after dinner drinks."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Since this was originally and land baron's home, it is suggested that a tour be taken. Great Ghost Bar if just looking for drinks. Very good choice of menu items."
    Dined on 3/8/2014