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Symposia's dining room - Symposia, Detroit, MI

Symposia

4.5
4.5
70 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Symposia is a Mediterranean-inspired fine dining restaurant, located within the Atheneum Suite Hotel, minutes away from all major concert and event venues. We offer complimentary valet parking for dinner guests and a shuttle to major events.

Symposia highlights the Mediterranean region inspired by Greece, Italy, Spain and more. Signature dishes include Roasted Beet with whipped feta, pickled strawberry, green harissa; Spanish octopus with Romesco, Yukon potato, and Chorizo Iberico; Australian Lamb Chop; Amish Half Bird, with harissa, crème fraiche and an olive oil cake with pistachio, orange, honey-whipped Greek yogurt. The space evokes a Mediterranean landscape with pops of white and sea blue alongside materials like stone and wood. Symposiums of ancient times were used as a space to gather, drink, and dine in celebration. In that same spirit, Symposia provides a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends to gather while savoring our unique cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, European, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 962-9366

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elliot Patti

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the Atheneum, this full service hotel offers a variety of private event spaces for up to 80 people.

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Located on the corner of Lafayette & Brush Streets, inside the Atheneum

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Detroit People Mover, Greektown Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Dinner at Symposia

    $140.00 per person

    Apr 9, 2023 only
    Enjoy Easter dinner, offering our full regular menu along with a special dinner feature to celebrate the holiday. Easter Lamb for Two includes: Full Rack of Lamb, grilled lemon, fresh herbs; Pommes Duchess a la Grecque, twice baked potato, feta, spinach, garlic; Eggplant Moussaka, individual casserole of eggplant, tomato, bechamel

Offers

  • Wine Down Wednesdays

    Feb 1 - Mar 29, 2023
    Wed - 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Calling all wine lovers...join us for Wine Down Wednesday at Symposia every Wednesday through March 29. Enjoy 30%* off any bottle of wine on our list when you dine with us. *must order entrée

What 70 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Innovative

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Detroit

    Innovative

  • Detroit

    Romantic

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Symposia by the far is our best experience in downtown Detroit. I’d rate this place the top 3 you want to have an good price, top quality food in Detroit area. Hospitality was beyond perfect, we felt home. Thank you so much Mark for the massive attention and friendly atmosphere you gave us. Definitely, Symposia is my #1 place to go for a meal anytime I’m in downtown.
  2. ashleyh

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Service was great, very friendly but not overbearing. Food was delicious, no complaints. Atmosphere and decor is on point. Would dine again!
  3. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was fantastic. However, the service was disappointing. It was not very busy and it still took approximately 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us or brought us waters. The waiter was very friendly but kept forgetting things we ordered and giving us the wrong items. It took 2.5 hours total for our meal.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new spot in Greek town. The astaff are knowledgeable, attentive, and the atmosphere in warm and inviting.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Beautiful decor also. The drinks were amazing also!
  6. MariS

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time at Symposia. Our service was wonderful, Montgomery didn’t let us lift a finger, made sure our glasses were full and had great recommendations. We shared the mussels and Spanish octopus to start. The Spanish octopus was uniquely spiced and perfectly charred, the mussels were succulent and drenched in a light white sauce. For entrées I had the Scottish salmon which was PERFECTLY cooked and the beet purée that came with it completed the dish so well. My boyfriend had the Amish bird which was half of a game hen doused thoroughly in harissa spices that warmed the mouth but didn’t make your nose run which in my opinion is the perfect balance of spicy. With dinner we both had glass of resiling. Overall our experience was really enjoyable and we would absolutely dine here again. Ps there is complimented valet!! I didn’t see that message in the open table app before hand, don’t make my mistake.
  7. DeborahM

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. The starters were all good. The steak was excellent but the lobster bucatini, which was expensive, wasn’t warm and the flavor was so-so.
  8. Sp007

    Detroit

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Constantly great food, service, music and the atmosphere is stunning!..would highly recommend (and do) this restaurant, it’s a gem!
  9. Trisha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was top notch and the food was amazing.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all loved this beautiful restaurant!! Great Ambience - Amazing food with the Best waitress in the motor city!! We made reservations for our Mothers 80th Birthday!! So glad we decided to come here. We would all Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion!
  11. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Felt very disrespected throughout the whole dinner in how we were treated in terms of service and prioritizing everyone else around us. Food was phenomenal but when you have service like that, just makes it very hard for a person wanting to go back especially when your preparing to spend more at that place compared to other places.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The food was just okay. Nothing special. Our waiter wasn’t friendly and the manager was very rude. My steak wasn’t cooked to my liking so when i sent it back the manager came out to my table with the steak i sent back, to point out to me that it was cooked the way I ordered it. He was very rude. If you’re looking for mediocre food and bad service this is the place to be.
  13. Matt

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great upscale Mediterranean restaurant with amazing staff and bar. Highly recommend!
  14. Anansia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    I came to celebrate Valentine’s Day and my birthday that had recently past. The food was awesome and I love the hostess ladies! Our server was okay, he seemed like he was ready to go home and was quite off putting when my friend asked for a dessert to go since he did not do anything or say anything to acknowledge Valentine’s Day or my birthday. He said sighed and said ‘sure’. I would definitely come back but I do not want him to be our server, I don’t even believe he told us his name.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service
  16. Devin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Honestly, the food was really underwhelming. For $30ish dollars, you get a tiny piece of unseasoned salmon, couscous with zero flavor, and a beet with a fancy sauce. Zero flavor to justify walking away hungry. Would not go again
  17. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Valentine’s Day occasion everything from the host, food, well made drinks, manager checking on you, was all amazing. Most of all, our waiter was great. Very knowledgeable of the dishes respectful with a great sense of humor. 10/10.
  18. AudreyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was excellent good was delicious will be back.
  19. KristinA

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful Valentines dinner. Staff were amazing - super attentive and helpful!
  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such good food and amazing service. Highly recommend!!! Staff was so nice, too!
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was helpful, courteous, & attentive. Food & drinks were great!
  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience!
  23. christinaD

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was phenomenal! From the wait staff to the food to the ambiance! Even the phone call for the reminder of my reservations was top tier in customer service! Cannot wait to return, because the best thing was the food!! Not only was the presentation great, the flavor was just fantastic!!
  24. Yash

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, octopus and calamari were insanely good. Such a refreshing combination of flavors. Our waiter who I feel so bad I forgot his name was amazing, gave us a lot of recommendations and was kind, passionate, and helpful. The 16 oz New York strip was amazing too. The compound butter they used was delicious.
  25. Winewfood

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall experience was great.
  26. AvishayW

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service . Food was delicious, our waiter was very professional. Will visit again next time I’m in town . Highly recommended.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really nice experience. Food was great, service was even better! Thanks Monte for adding to our great experience!Definitely will be returning.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it. Our waiter Anthony was Exceptional he was on his job. I'm definitely going to go back.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Symposia was excellent from the ambiance, food and the service. Alicia was impeccable as our waiter!!! Very knowledgeable about the food and beverage! She went above and beyond! We will plan to visit again!!!
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the intimacy vibe
  31. BryanL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Alyssa was genuine, thoughtful and accommodating. The manager was also very attentive. Great food and service.
  32. richardp

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Drinks were excellent. Had Nectar of the Gods. Calimari excellent. Food was superb, as was the dessert. The beet agnolotti was incredible. Our waiter, Montgomery, was top notch, very knowledgeable about menu and wines. I recommend Symposia.
  33. LindelH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 6 of us had a lovely dinner last night. Anthony was our server and he was absolutely fabulous. He had wonderful recommendations and just took great care of our group. I had the Branzino and it was delicious!!!! We would definitely go back when we’re in town.
  34. JLieser

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, courteous service. My server was Montgomery—total class.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant inside hotel
  36. Happilymarried20

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for New Year's Eve dinner. The host was friendly and accommodating and our server Anthony was very attentive, knowledgeable and personable. The food was outstanding. We had the hummus for an appetizer and filets for the main course. The sides were roasted potatoes and carrots. Everything was top notch. The Greece Lightening drink was also delicious.
  37. AE27

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Awesome food! Highly recommend. Nice place for a quiet dinner
  38. TomY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cherish (waitress) and Marc (Manager) were so attentive and made sure we had great service and a great time. Food and overall experience were awesome!
  39. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were incredible! Great experience!!
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing, I can’t describe it in any other way, can’t wait to be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Symposia is rated 4.5 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Symposia

1000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226-2906

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located on the corner of Lafayette & Brush Streets, inside the Atheneum

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, European, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Detroit People Mover, Greektown Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elliot Patti

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 962-9366

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the Atheneum, this full service hotel offers a variety of private event spaces for up to 80 people.

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