Punch Bowl Social Detroit

3.9
238 reviews
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Punch Bowl Social cultivates an eclectic approach to the new concept of eat-ertainment. In a design-forward environment described as “dirty modern,” Punch Bowl Social effectively combines a diner-inspired scratch-kitchen, craft beverages, and classic parlor-style entertainment that will turn your date night into a shuffleboard showdown and your bowling buds into chicken ‘n’ waffle connoisseurs. #HeresToGoingOutRight
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Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 238 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food! Especially all the gluten free options!!!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very fun atmosphere with attentive and kind waitstaff.

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RA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We ordered the lobster bacon fries as a starter for the table. The waitress walked away and brought it right back which seemed impossibly fast. The dish was cold and soggy. We sent it back for another, which took much longer. The food overall was mediocre. Several activities regarding a bar atmosphere.

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CN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very attentive wait staff, and very easy to get a reservation

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KN
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I called for reservations they told me they could Not take reservations so I did it online when I call today because I was wondering what the thousand points meant the young lady told me she didn't know what it meant and I asked her about my reservations she told me take it by chance they can't take one day reservations. I explained to her I did it online and she blew me off. the server was sloppy he forgot our food he forgot our silverware the food was okay we had to wait a long time because they kept forgetting the food and the waiter stood there until we gave him his tips.

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PS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation, but apparently that didn’t matter.
Our table didn’t have enough glasses or flat wear and it took some time to get them.
Service was poor, food was terrribly slow to arrive, food was OK.
And then it took some time to get our check.
It was not busy and there were many people working there.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

They were out of three things that our tabled ordered. My burger was overcooked but still tasty. Drinks were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was terrible for price. Chicken sandwich was tough over cooked and too small for bun. My food came much later than rest of table (4 people total).

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve dinner at lunch bowl! Fam thought it’d be nice to do something different and wander around downtown. Service wasn’t amazing and the food wasn’t up to it’s normal good status, but it was Christmas Eve, so can’t expect too much! Still have an extra tip - the guys wasn’t necessarily busy, but his mind was somewhere else - it was on Christmas!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After waiting a half hour and no one coming to our table we left.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Had to track down someone to wait on us. Waited a long time for food and food was burnt and not very good. Looks like a fun place for drinks but won’t be back for a meal.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While our food was decent, the entertainment was extremely disappointing. I took my kids to punch bowl social because of the ping pong, bowling, etc. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us the ping pong, bowling, and darts were reserved for private parties. The arcade was the only area open, but the change machine was broken. I asked for change at the bar, but they were only able to give me $3 of change which lasted about 10 minutes. When making reservations, you should suggest also making activity reservations.

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RR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent selection of hand crafted cocktails and a diverse, accessible menu. Something for everyone. Our service was slow, but the place was busy. We will try again because the food and drinks were spectacular!

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very sparse menu selections and specialty drinks. Food and drinks were fair at best. I’ve had much better. The atmosphere was nice and location was great.

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F
Detroit
53 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I love what they have to offer, but disappointed in the food. Overall it’s a great place to have fun and entertainment. Wish food quality was better.

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C
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been there at least 3 times and usually love this place. We had theatre tickets and let our server know. He did not give us his name. It took about 15 minutes to get our water. The server forgot the glasses. Another 10 minutes go by before getting them. It was 30 minutes before we got our drinks. Our entrees took 45 minutes to come out. We were told they were waiting on the fries. When our entrees arrived, the fries were cold. I get that everyone is having their holiday parties so they are extremely busy. We asked how long it would take to get desert and were told they would be out in a jiffy. One guy ordered ice cream. That came to the table without a spoon. It took 10 minutes for him to get a spoon. Our deserts came out in another 10 minutes. Very disappointed so we asked for a manager. The beverage manager came over and apologized for all of the mishaps and said he hopes we come back. This dining experience was awful. I don’t mind a long dinner as long as the food is warm.

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P
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

On multiple visits this place does not have some ingredients available to make a drink or a certain food item. I also think this place is over priced. $11 for a single piece of toast with avocado! I'll try lots of other places before returning here again.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to spend time with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere! Refreshing to see multiple gluten-free options on the menu.

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c
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a holiday brunch. Kids kept busy with the games and bowling.

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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good. The service was great. The only problem is, there are two individual bathrooms, none with multiple stalls, so there is always a line. When I was waiting, I noticed that the bathroom doors were filthy. I'm not talking about the handle, I'm talking about the grime on both sides of the doors. It would take a few minutes to wipe down. Not a good look.

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RB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing place. The music coukd have been turned down for a Tuesday night. We enjoyed the arcade games and food

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CL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch here before a show at the Fox. We took our sons and the staff was very friendly to them and us.

Very centrally located!

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G
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had a blast! Food was amazing... drinks were great and the games were so much fun!!

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KD
Cancun
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff’s service is always great! Very pleasant and considerate in accommodating our party of 12.

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B
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

good place, a but a bit worried though since every time I go here the dining room is pretty empty. Also, disappointing that of the 3 times I've been here, the fun & games upstairs are closed for private events...all 3 times. frustrating.

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SW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was very good but took over an hour to get appetizers then our platter showed up in bits and pieces and ultimately incomplete. We were so hungry we just ate what they gave us. I have never experienced anything like that.

The Lions game got out just before we got there so it was busy but they should have expected that.

They were apologetic and took care of our bill so we will give it another try.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour specials.
Food was delicious, great choices.
Very attentive waiter, it wasn't busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Food was just ok! Service was very slow! Appetizer came out and went to another table!
Wouldn’t go back!

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AF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in Detroit for a conference and looking for good local food. This did not disappoint. I had the fried chicken. SO GOOD!! My friend had chicken pot pie which she also loved. We sat on the quieter side of the restaurant but the games side looked super fun.

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was sent here by a friend and she assured me that we would definitely enjoy it. She was absolutely correct. We went for my husband’s birthday and he said he had the time of his life. We will definitely be returning.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wanted light ice in my drink, and received it with full ice. Sent it back and received it back with 3/4 full of ice. Not light!! $10 for a drink and I didn’t enjoy it because it was not how I ordered it.
My friend asked for a seedless bun and it came with seeds. So she sent it back and asked for seedless. Instead of changing bun like she asked, they took 10 minutes to remake it. I already had my food.
Kind of a frustrating experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service was slow and food was pricey and nothing special. Fun place if you're a hipster i guess.

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I want to start by saying I have Celiac Disease. That, however, has little, if anything to do with this review. I chose this restaurant to eat at prior to a recent concert at LCA because of the gluten free options that were clearly noted on the menu. I was very excited to try the place.

Our server seemed very nice and knowledgeable about the menu, the way that the kitchen protects against cross-contamination, and gave us several of his favorites. Unfortunately, our server also had a table of at least 12 diners not far from where we were seated, and had no apparent backup. The result was poor service - long periods of downtime with our glasses empty, and our having to flag down random employees for assistance.

Let me also note that we were dining at 6:15pm on a busy Friday night because of various things going on downtown. I was surprised that there were as many tables available, but the place still looked busy.

We ordered the lobster bacon fries as an appetizer. When they came out, the fries were clearly stale. They had once been cooked, and were semi-crispy on the outside, but cold on the inside. It's a french fry people - it's not hard to get right. So we sent it back. 15 minutes later we were brought a huge pile of steaming hot fries with bacon, lobster and all the other fixins. Unfortunately, these fries, while piping hot, were undercooked and were like sticks of mushy baked potato. Clearly they were rushed because the first batch was cold, but again, rushing is where quality control is lost. We ate them, stated our displeasure, but weren't really offered anything to remedy the situation.

We both ate the fried chicken due to great reviews. I thought it was quite good, but for $16 you get three small pieces of chicken (not a breast - a tenderloin) with no sides except a small salad of tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. The breading was thick and fell off the chicken.

I wanted it to be great. It was barely mediocre. I would not return.

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EB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff. Menu rotates with special cuisine drowning on the chef. Very cool!

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JN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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R
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a girls' karaoke night out. I tried to reserve a karaoke room ahead of time, but was told I needed to have a private event with a minimum of $400 food and drinks purchase in order to reserve. So I was told to just put my name in when I got there. When I showed up and put my name in at 6 pm, the karaoke rooms were already booked until 10 pm by private parties. But then the parties didn't even show right away, and my friends and I had to wait 4 hours until the reservation period was over. By that time, only a few of my friends stuck it out til then. I'm definitely finding a different karaoke spot for the future.

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CM
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here while visiting Detroit for business. We were very impressed. Tasty cocktails, great food. Highly recommend.

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BC
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Was a tough night a PBS, Tigers and Red Wings both playing at home, New England fans in town, PBS is going to need to step up if they’re going make it in the district. Our waiter did his best but it just didn’t work out, we had reservations and were seated no issue. Got our drinks, placed our order, then we sat, waited and speculated how busy they were. When the food arrived it was cold. Our waiter apologized took it back to replace and this restarted our place in a backed up kitchen. After 25 more minutes of waiting we decided to give it up and left but not before settling a bill for a couple beers. A coke & some warm fries I didn’t even order for $17.49 plus tip! At this point I didn’t have time to argue and it wasn’t the waiter’s fault anyway, so I gave him $21.00 cash and walked, ugh!

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AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food took over an hour to receive during a not very busy time.

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Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My boyfriend and I had an amazing time! Our server was informative and gave great service. We loved the food and the bowls are super good! The bartender was very sweet. However, I never received my points from open table for making the reservation?

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