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Permanently Closed - Fountain Bistro

377 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
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Detroit's Fountain Bistro provides European-inspired dishes created by Executive Chef Javon Robinson and Chef de Cuisine Jerry Nottage. Stop in for brunch, lunch or happy hour, or experience the coursed meal offerings and prix fixe tasting menu for a long, leisurely dinner.

Fountain Bistro guests will love the coconut shrimp, crepe du jour, charcuterie and cheese plate and many other appetizers. Entrée options like the pappardelle, roast airline chicken and duck confit are sure to satisfy those looking for worldly tastes. Make sure to try the Fountain Bistro burger or filet mignon au poivre for a hearty finish that pairs well with a cocktail or fine wine.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary European, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch: Tuesday-Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

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Phone number
(313) 237-7778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jovan Robinson
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The Fountain Bistro offers a fantastic banquet menu to choose from in a variety of price ranges. Looking for something special...the Bistro will be happy to create a menu specific for you.
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Cross street
Michigan Ave
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Parking details
Parking is offered at the Compuware structure located on the corner of Monroe St. and Farmer St. Please note that we no longer validate parking for the Compuware structure

Plenty of metered street parking is available as well.
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Public transit
WIthin one block of the Cadillac Center People Mover station. Also, will be within one block of an M1 Rail stop when that service begins in 2016.
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Frequent live music on the weekend. Listen to some of the best blues, jazz, and Motown in the City starting around 9pm most weekends (depending on the Campus Martius Park entertainment schedule).

Acoustic entertainment offered each Sunday during brunch.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAeagleguy (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

It was good. Although it was the last weekend before the business closed.

LindaN (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

My husband and I went for Valentine's Day with the special 4 course menu. It was absolutely delicious!! I am not a seafood lover and was so happy they had other wonderful choices that I could enjoy. We did the optional wine pairing with each course and that was delightful!

Would love to go back again sometime!! Would definitely recommend the Fountain Bistro to anyone! :-)

Andrew (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

We ate here on a Saturday night with 4 at the table. We all enjoy our food a lot. My only complaint that when the waiter explained the special of the night he should have told us the price of that meal. When the check came it turned out that my "special " was the most expensive item on the menu. 36.00

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2016

Can't think of a more welcoming spot downtown! Came in on a quiet Monday and we were quickly greeted and told we could sit wherever we were comfortable. Our server, Tracy, remembered us from a previous visit months ago. She is a delight! We have stopped in for full dinners and just appetizers and cocktails and have always been treated so warmly. We highly recommend the salmon entree and have never been disappointed by any of entree specials.

CaitlinM (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

A cozy dinner at Fountain Bistro will make you fall in love with Detroit. Great food, great wine and there's not a bad seat in the whole place.

vipBasWill (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

I think this is a great place for business lunches. Not a lot of noise to compete with.

vipwaveplayer (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Have dined at Fountain Bistro on several occasions, including a chef's table, and was never disappointed. Chef Jerry is always coming up with fresh, innovative, and tasty food options for every taste. Matt and staff are always gracious, professional, and willing to assist. Love sitting outside in the summer on the patio with our dog KC. Just can't say enough about this great restaurant.

Michael702 (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We stopped in to ring year with flavor and it happened. Each course was artfully done. Like something that was not just whipped up but crafted.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

The beautiful Christmas tree on Campus Martius was the view from our seats. The staff was great and the food incredible.

We also went for brunch on New Years. Brunch was also great. This is a must visit place.

OldBBPlayer (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Early dinner with family on New Year's Eve. Might have been the first table of the night so it was a little slow to start, but the special 4 course meal was great. Entrée ( short ribs) and dessert were the best of the 4 courses. Kind of strange with the multitudes of people outside the windows milling around the ice rink and park. Would like to return on a "normal" night to try the main menu.

Roger (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

We arrived and were promptly seated. However, it took 30 minutes to get service and only then after bringing our wait to the attention of the manager. Our server let us know the restaurant was short of help. But after we brought our situation to the attention of management, our service & the meal were quite satisfying. My questions to the restaurant are as follows: Why were we seated in a section that apparently was not assigned to any of the staff on site; how is it that at least 3 employees came into our area but were unaware that we were seated at an isolated table and had not received any service; finally, prior to seeking out a member of the staff to advise of our predicament, I tried to call the restaurant 2 times only to have the call go directly to voice mail, what if one of the patrons needed to be made aware of a family or other emergency. Given we had a guest with us who had never been to this restaurant, this initially was an embarrassing situation however the manager comped us on the first round of drinks.

kontosan (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

Good food, and great location by Campus Martius. Duck confit is excellent as are Greek Sliders. Good happy hour prices for drinks and apps.

Kiley (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Worth a visit! A nice menu with a variety of options. The only downside was that the waiter kept telling us about all of the items they had run out of already on a busy Saturday evening! It was a little tacky... The view was fun and the restaurant/bar had a casual but swanky feel to it. Chicken pappardelle was an amazing dish!

vipPACMan (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

The restaurant was fabulous, except for the hostess, who was unpleasant. It was an easy walk from Joe Louis Arena and the Cadillac Square Peoplemover stop. The view of the Christmas lights in Campus Martius was beautiful! I would strongly recommend it if you can get past the hostess.

vipPorkins4life (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2015

Not only did i find a salad which blew my mind (and I am not a salad eater) but I also found a local Michigan beer by Shorts which was one of the best ive ever had. Located centrally its well worth a visit.

vipBTPlymouth (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

The steak was done to perfection and the whitefish special was so good, it didn't need the lemon sauce that was served on the side. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the food selections. Was surprised by how easy it was to get a table on a Saturday night and want to go back to try more.

Fred (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

our group of six had an excellent brunch/lunch with an absolutely outstanding server. her friendliness and professionalism came very natural and complimented our meal perfectly. unfortunately, i don't remember her first name but it started with A.

vipSoutherngirl (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2015

Been to The Fountain several times. Good and service are always excellent. If you are going to an event at Cobo or Joe Lewis, it's worth the short walk for a nice meal.

BANF (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2015

I would encourage anybody staying downtown Detroit to try this little gem!
It's located next to a park and has outside seating. I was staying downtown and had a dinner meeting at the restaurant. I felt safe and walked from my hotel.
Great service, food and wine!
Thank you!

AnAverageGuy (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2015

My favorite restaurant in downtown. The food is always excellent. great spot for brunch before a Lions or Tiger game.