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Cadillac Cafe at The Detroit Opera House

3.9
572 reviews
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$30 and under
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Market Cuisine
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
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  • Scenic View

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The Cadillac Cafe is located on the Madison Avenue side of the Detroit Opera House. This cozy, pub-like bistro is always open two hours before any event at the Detroit Opera House and all major events Downtown. The Cadillac Cafe features a fresh new menu for every show including specially themed entrees for the Opera, Dance, or Concert production on the stage to our wide selection of appetizers, sandwiches, and elegant desserts. To see what we're currently serving visit: http://www.michiganopera.org/cadillaccafe/

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Market Cuisine, Farm-to-table, Organic
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Hours of operation
The Cadillac Cafe is always OPEN 2 Hours before Showtimes

The Cadillac Cafe is also available for Private Event Rental. Please contact us at (313) 237-3418 for more information.
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Phone number
(313) 237-3284
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Whether you are looking for catering at your special event here at the Detroit Opera House, Office lunches, or a function at a off-site location, the Cadillac Café has hundreds of menu choices and options for all of your needs. Our staff is also able to develop a one of a kind menu for your special event or meeting.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison & John R.
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Parking details
The Detroit Opera House Parking Center is located at 1426 Broadway with entrances on John R Street & Grand River Avenue.

Our All-new, state of the art structure features:
- Access just steps from the Detroit Opera House and close to Ford Field, Comerica Park, Music Hall, Foxtown, and Greektown.
- Well lighted, 24-hour security
- ATM indoors (PNC Bank)
- Close to People Mover (Broadway)
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Public transit
People Mover:
Broadway Stop
Shuttles:
OPERA EXPRESS FOR SUNDAY SUBSCRIBERS
Round trip coach to the Detroit Opera House for only $15.
PARK & RIDE LOCATIONS:
For More Information on park and ride please call: (313) 237-SING
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Entertainment
Please visit our website at http://www.michiganopera.org/cadillaccafe/ for info
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3.9based on all time ratings
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2.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Horrific service. Busy holiday weekend downtown, so we decided to eat at DOH before the show. The food we received was fine, but the service was beyond horrific. May I recommend that paper and pencil be used to write down orders? Appetizers were never served, soup not served and 50% of the entrees were incorrect, cheesecake was frozen. Oh well, we made the curtain on time and the show was fabulous!

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2017

No entrees are served at less than medium well. I felt badly for the wait staff having to explain away their kitchen. Having to explain that prime rib could only be served medium well was one thing, but then bringing a duck breast to the table that might as well have been duck jerky instead added insult to injury. If we hadnt had tickets to the theatre, i would have driven to the Laffayette Coney Island, where the food tastes good, and No one has to make excuses for it.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great bite before the show. We feel fortunate they were still able to seat us after arriving 15 minutes due to horrendous traffic. The menu isn't vast, our food and drinks were good.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Small plates menu, perfect for before show dining. Excellent service, good food ( all eight of us enjoyed our menu choices) and we found the prices very reasonable. Of course, if you are seeing a show at the Opera House you can't beat the convenience of the location.

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2.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Ok for a quick bite before the show but nothing special on lunch menu.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The location is perfect to eat and then enjoy the performance at the Opera House. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

It is very urbane with a sophisticated ambiance in a storefront in the Detroit Opera House. Our server was friendly and efficient. Our entree salad with added chicken was good but would have been tastier if the chicken was heated. It's a great restaurant to relax in before attending a performace in the Detroit Opera House. Reservations are a must before a performance!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a brief but wonderful time before attending An American in Paris!! The service was professional but friendly and very quick! We hadn't much time, but Molly made sure we had drinks and then appetizers out in time enough for us to enjoy and still make it to our seats in time. Bravo !!

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

When we arrived we were only 1 of 2 tables. We told the server we had tickets for that evenings show so please make sure we timed our dinner so we would have plenty of time to get to our seats. The restaurant filled up and they got busy and we waited and waited for our food. We were the last table to cash out after asking for our checks several times. ALMOST missed the opening act. Poor service, poor timing, won't return again.

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3.0Dined on November 28, 2017

This restaurant is very convenient if you're seeing a play at the Detroit Opera House.

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3.0Dined on November 28, 2017

The restaurant is unreachable. They do not answer the phone. Messages left on their machine are not returned. I have attempted to make a reservation in February since before Christmas. Open Table lists them, but no tables are available, even months in advance. It's very convenient for the Opera House, and the staff, although untrained, are always very nice. But it's impractical to expect to eat there routinely before every performance in the season.

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2017

I had a reservation. When we entered restaurant there was NO ONE in the restaurant yet the hostess would not seat us. She said they were expecting a large party and our table was needed. She said we had to sit at the bar. After refusing she finally gave us a table- we still were only customers in the restaurant.
Our food was good. Our server was excellent. Very limited menu

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

All five of us chose different dishes, they were all delicious. Service was prompt, but not rushed, and prices were remarkably modest.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The restaurant is in the Detroit Opera House, so many diners were going to the opera. We arrived a few minutes late and got the last table. It's an upbeat and sophisticated storefront cafe. Our server was very attentive. My friend really liked the ribs, and my chicken breast was very tasty. They were served with broccoli and sliced potatoes. We wanted bread, and had the Bruschetta which was three small slices of toasted bread with salsa. It was $8, so I would avoid it! They should offer rolls or bread.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Our waitress was extremely welcoming. Had the salmon --- tremendously delicious. GREAT PLACE TO DINE WHEN ATTENDING THE OPERA. thanks!!! :-)

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

This is a great place to have dinner or apres-theatre snacks when you have tickets to the opera. You only have to park once, and when finished, you can walk right into the auditorium for an outstanding opera.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Very convenient if you're attending an event at the Opera House. Build in extra time in case they're short of servers as seemed to be the case when we attended. Our server in particular seemed be having problems with most of her tables. It was almost impossible to order dessert (asked another server) and get our bill. Not thrilled with the choice of main entrees but serving sizes are ample and prices are fairly reasonable. I would go again.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

The Turkey Foccacia Sandwich was great. Unfortunately my designated server was not so great. One server took my order, someone else brought my food to me, then another refilled my water and drink and continued to check on me. I liked the way the other servers just stepped in. I would still recommend eating here because the food is excellent and the professionalism of the other servers.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great dinner. Entrees were very well prepared.
They got us in and out before the show.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff was very friendly and attentive. They were extremely busy because of an event at the Detroit Opera House. My food arrived cold, but as soon as I mentioned it they whisked it away and brought it back piping hot. The manager and the chef both followed up to make sure I was satisfied (which I was).

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

My friend and I were going to a performance at the Opera House so we made reservations at the Cadillac Cafe for dinner prior to the event.Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was fine but I thought it was overpriced for the quality and quantity. Both of our entrees (fish and duck) were somewhat overcooked. However, the pot stickers we ordered as an appetizer were delicious. The location was very convenient, particularly since it was a rainy night, so I did appreciate that. In terms of the food and price, however, I think there are other nearby restaurants that I would prefer.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoyed the ambiance and the service. The menu was a bit too fancy for my husband, who was hoping for a standard salad.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Great pre-opera spot. Sat at the bar and Sean was a terrific bartender. Very attentive and helpful. Really enjoyed our time there.

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1.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Way overpriced and the food was horrible. We ordered the veggie sandwich that had been sitting out so long the cheese that hung over the bread was dried and hard, the sandwich was cold and when asked to warm, it came back barley warmed. We also ordered the London broil which was prepared very very rare, we had to keep asking the waitress for refill on our coffee and water. The waitress kept using the small space between my chair and a pole to deliver food to tables instead of walking around and each time she bumped my chair which was very aggravating. We will never be back.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2017

The crabcakes were good but for $24.00, quality and taste of meal did not measure up. It included a corn and black bean relish on a few field greens. It sounded good but had very few black beans and tasted like bottled roasted red peppers. My daughter had London Broil, also $24. It was cooked rare and tasty but not tender. Mashed potatoes and a little eggplant and zucchini came with it. Menü said Vegetables, but if it was ratatouille. It also didn't have eye or taste appeal.
I think nearby restaurants would have been a better choice before the wonderful performance of Rigoletto.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

We stopped for dinner prior to the Opera. We made reservations and our table was available as soon as we arrived. Our server was a delight and understood the menu and what might take a little longer to prepare. We ordered the short ribs and they were for tender with mash potato and Brussels sprouts. The food came in plenty of time to make the performance. The food was not cold but not as hot as I preferred. We had time for desert and sprung for the carrot cake and the chocolate cake. Both were well worth it. The meal was a bit pricy for the two entrees, one glass of wine and the two deserts with 20% tip came to $80.00.

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1.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The menu is VERY limited. My entree was served on a small plate and the portion was very small. Not worth $24! The kitchen would not accommodate my initial request that the waitress said they would do. We will not be dining there again!!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Cadillac Café is very convenient for those attending events and performances at the Detroit Opera House. However, the wait staff seems poorly trained, understaffed, and painfully slow in responding to simple requests, such as water or a cup of tea. The menu is appealing with good choices, but the actual food is only fair. We had lamb chops which did not seem first quality and were more fat than meat. The key lime pie is delicious. I might try them again, if the weather forecast is terrible, because it is really convenient to have dinner and already be at our performance destination

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

We enjoyed our meal, though portions were small. (The website boasts "small plates" but our server suggested they were full meals. ) That said, our server was very friendly and helpful, even though he was quite busy. The restaurant is on the Madison side of the Opera House -- not clear from the Open Table listing -- and has direct access to the Opera House for the performance. The food was fine -- my wife had crab cakes which she enjoyed; I had a Caesar salad which was as expected. The appetizer bruschetta were terrific. We arrived early in the evening (545) and the service was pretty quick, though the restaurant got much busier by the end of our meal.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Our first time at Cadillac Cafe was delightful! Excellent food and value! A definite one to keep on the list!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was delicious as always! Our server (Deborah) was very professional and friendly! I will returning again and again........for dining! A great location being attached to the Detroit Opera House.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The ambiance, high quality of service and the food preparation make this a perfect before or after theater addition.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

The menu is small but has a nice variety of items. The hostess and dining manager were especially helpful and professional.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Seemed to be under staffed that night. Other times service has been better.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Enjoyed the convenience of the Cafe being in the Detroit Opera House which allowed easy and timely access to the theatre.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Quite nice. Pre-theater-early dinner. Select menu but tasty. Linen table setting but not stuffy. Small and a little too close to neighboring diners but pleasant overall.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2017

The food was ok at best, most of it is precooked so nothing is fresh. It was WAY overpriced for the portions and it was an all around disappointment. I got that scallops entree it came with four scallops over maybe 1 oz of cooked greens for $25!

There are so many really great options around that I would never go to this restaurant again.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2017

The location was very convenient prior to the Brit Floyd concert when The Detroit Beer Company & Small Plates had a 2 hour wait. We were starving & didn't realize that there was a café at the Opera House. Just goggled the website thinking we could find nachos or something like that. Turned out to be a very enjoyable, satisfying experience. An, our server was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Very friendly service. Waiter was helpful and engaging. We ate there before going to the play at the Detroit Opera House and it worked very well. Suggest arriving well before the start of the play (we arrived 1 1/2 hours before the start of the play) as seating capacity is not great. When the doors to the theatre were not yet open at the time we were done with our dinner, the hostess offered us some drink and a place to sit in the lobby. Very thoughtful. I will definitely go back when attending an event at the Opera House.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

The waiter sung to us from The Lion King, which we were there to see. The food was excellent, with portions that were just right. It was a great warm up for the show.

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