Mabel Gray

4.9
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
We offer tasting menus as well as à la carte dining. Please specify which option you prefer in your reservation notes.

A restaurant embracing the history of Detroit's industrial reach. The cinder block building that housed neighborhood fare for decades has received new life to further the tradition of hand-made, thought-out food and beverage.
Expect personal service, handwritten menus, and a fresh, comfortable atmosphere. Food and beverage selections rotate with the seasons and availability of local farm products, with no set menu. Everything is handmade from scratch, with fresh, ethical ingredients from Chef Rigato’s extensive network of farms, butchers and foragers.
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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants in the Detroit area. Tasting menu was amazing with great wine pairings!

TP
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in metro Detroit. Superb food, always choose the tasting menu and have not had a disappointing dish. You will not find better service anywhere and the staff is genuine.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

Y
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was absolutely wonderful..the bar is a different story. Unsure why they do not stock the usual selections of liquor. The vodka I ordered had a funny smell and I woke up with a headache.

CS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drink. Our waiter Max was one of the best. Recommend the tasting menu and beverage pairings. Good restaurant for special occasion. Tasting menu is 8 courses. Plan on at least an hour and a half. Very memorable experience. Highly recommend!!

v
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dinner! Molly was awesome explaining our tasting menu and beverage pairing. Thank you!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu, great service

d
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have been to Mabel Gray three times so far and it is always great. The tasting menu is very affordable and allows you to get a taste of a lot of the items on the meu. Would highly recommend!!!!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment is hand down the best! Everything from the food to the service is absolutely top notch. Can’t wait to go back!

V
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Service was amazing. We enjoyed the tasting and wine pairing. Lamb chops were exceptional.

CG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was incredible, atmosphere was very cool. Only negative—it was a little too loud for conversations. We still had them, we just had to lean across the table and speak up. Everything else was perfect.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and food is delicious. We have done the tasting menu twice and really enjoyed it!!! Some dishes were amazing and some very good. One dish was a tad salty but overall an awesome experience.

WI
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as its sterling reputation. All 3 in our party got the tasting menu with the wine pairings and it was wonderful. The wait staff is faultless, informative and on top of the needs of the table. The food is top notch, as good as it gets...wonderful flavors and very innovative. The best restaurant in metro Detroit.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Mabel Gray and our expectations were surpassed. The food is inventive but not overly precious. And the service is spot on. The servers provided just the right amount of information about each dish and were always there just when you needed them. We did the tasting menu with beverage pairing and felt that it was a very good value for the quantity and quality. This was definitely one of our favorite dining experiences of 2019.

MG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience in every regard! Tasting menu highly recommended! Consideration given to dietary restrictions went WAY beyond “accommodating”; Max made it his mission to help provide a standout experience for our whole party (note that the entire staff was great!). Best food, great choices for accompanying music, terrific service! Stop reading this and make reservations ASAP!

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive staff , unpretentious ambience, a surprise with every dish. Great experience! Definitely will come back !!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! We will be back.

ED
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience! I'd definitely recommend doing the tasting menu. The service was fantastic and the waiter was very knowledgeable about where all the produce came from.

K
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mabel gray is an outstanding place to go eat for all the occasions. With its amazing environment and upbeat staff! always making it the best experience every time. Every one should experience there outstanding tasting menu at least once in there life. Taking some ordinary foods and turning them into to most exquisite combinations I have ever seen nor tasted absolutely outstanding and looking forward to my next reservation!!

JB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience3

This is my third visit. The first two were earlier seatings and the ambiance was superb. This time, 8:30 seating on Saturday night, was disturbing. There was a table of 4 near the door who were literally shouting/screaming. Not speaking loudly, SHOUTING their conversation. Two guys and two girls. For god's sake, tone it down you're making everyone sick.

My party of four could not enjoy the fine meal because of this lunacy. Perhaps they were drinking preparatory to coming for dinner but they were very out of line. Rude obnoxious behavior. My glaring didn't seem to send the signal.

Much as I love the food, that ruined the experience. I won't return for anything but an early seating, if I can get it.

Sorry if this sounds too critical.

MG
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in 2019. Max is awesome!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was PERFECT

MV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Everything from the food to the service is amazing. Highly recommend the tasting menu with beverage pairing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I genuinely love this place. The staff is knowledgeable and courteous and the food is always spectacular. Every time I attend I entrust my palate to Chef Rigato and I have yet to be disappointed.
Thanks to my loyalty to the ever changing chef’s tasting menu, Items arrive on my plate that I typically wouldn’t even consider ordering; time after time I gleefully finish everything that makes it to the table.
I recommend this restaurant to everyone I run across. Consider this review my personal recommendation to you. Please go. The only thing you’ll regret is not having done so sooner.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been a number of times, but somehow the service and food seemed even better than usual. Every single course on the Chef’s tasting menu was superb!

P
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pretty disappointed. My father and I had a 5 o’clock reservation. I ordered the tasting menu and my father ordered the American wagyu steak. The timing of the service was way off. The steak was meant to allow 45 minutes for service, yet my ‘entree’ course followed a good 10 minutes later. I think it’s unacceptable that 2 diners should sit without both having their entrees together. The server came over with an explanation about octopus taking long, but I find trite excuses to be insulting to a guest. Apologize, yes, maybe even something gratis, but an excuse does me no good. My entree was a few small pieces of venison and some sautéed mushrooms, it really shouldn’t have held the kitchen up. Instead, my father ate, finished, I got my plate, and it took me 2.5 minutes to finish. Felt awkward.

For the price, the tasting was a good value. The steak cost 100$. However, the tasting choices were fairly boring- toast with cheese, Brussels sprouts in a Tom Yum flavored sauce with a grilled shrimp, the ubiquitous octopus with chunky sauce, a latke with salmon, soup, and the venison, which was overloaded with whole seeds and spices. I felt bad that the shrimp wasn’t deveined- I know this detracts from the aesthetic, but it’s difficult to peel and the digestive tract is there to gross you out. The flavors were adequate, nothing outstanding in flavor or concept.

The dessert had a very odd texture. It was a white chocolate tart, but the filling didn’t melt on your tongue but kind of hung out there like a soft taffy until you pressed on it. Like mochi? It was off-putting. And the frosting on top tasted exactly like toothpaste. Not fun or satisfying.

But, I think the worst part was having to listen to John Cougar Mellencamp for the 2 hours of our visit.

I had been meaning to try Mabel Gray for a long time now. I assumed it represented the top of the game in Detroit. Yet, I think Detroit has a very, very long way to go. Doesn’t give me hope for the rest of the scene.

A
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mabel gray exceeds my expectations every time I go! The food was great the service is great the staff are well educated about the food and drinks they are serving. Everything is locally sourced. one of the best places I’ve eaten all year for a great price as well. I Will definitely be anticipating my return.

KL
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best dinner experiences I’ve ever had. Creative delicious food and drinks with excellent knowledgeable servers.

C
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, a fantastic wait staff, and amazing drinks. The tasting menu was superb. Come hungry.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and service every time!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to the hype !

AB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Tasting menu with drink pairing is awesome!!

PS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at Mabel Gray. Crab dumplings latkes and a fried whole red snapper. The service was as good as the food, thanks to Brock who waited our table.

AC
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was such an amazing server and made our experience there so much more enjoyable. Mabel Gray is truly a hidden gem in Hazel Park.

GJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and setting

DF
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by our waiter Mark and the rest of the staff.
Chefs choice menu was outstanding.

SC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience! The food and service deserve the highest rating (and then some). I recommend the tasting menu, I really didn’t want it to end.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was phenomenal and the service was outstanding! Shared 4 plates with a friend and both of us were beyond full and happy when we left.

w
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS!! The food is creative and always DELICIOUS. I had the tasting and pairing menu, which never fails to impress. I always enjoy that but will probably not do the pairing next time as I don’t enjoy all of the drinks. My husband ordered off the menu and was equally impressed with the food.
The service is perfect. Fun, informative, attentive but not stifling. Mark Anthony was our sever ( fabulous) and Pailjna, the sommelier was FANTASTIC! She listened to us and really understood what we were looking for in wine.

We would love if Mabel Gray would do a wine event!!

I highly recommend Mabel Gray (unless you are taking the reservation we want)!

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