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Symposia's dining room - Symposia, Detroit, MI

Symposia

4.5
4.5
49 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 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

  • Valentine's Day at Symposia

    $36.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Symposia is the perfect setting to celebrate love on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Offering our full regular menu along with a special chef prepared feature: Valentine Day Feature Duck Ragout 36 Tomato / Michigan Cherry / Pappardelle / Basil / Pecorino Romano

What 49 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience!
  2. D

    christinaD

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!!
  3. Y

    Yash

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. W

    Winewfood

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall experience was great.
  5. AW

    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.
  6. OT

    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.
  7. OT

    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.
  8. OT

    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!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the intimacy vibe
  10. BL

    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.
  11. r

    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.
  12. LH

    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.
  13. JL

    JLieser

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, courteous service. My server was Montgomery—total class.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant inside hotel
  15. H

    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.
  16. AE

    AE27

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Awesome food! Highly recommend. Nice place for a quiet dinner
  17. TY

    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!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were incredible! Great experience!!
  19. OT

    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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noah is a great waiter!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We saw the Christmas Eve feature and thought it would be the perfect ending to a family night at the theater. From beginning to end the service and attention we were shown was impeccable, and don’t get me started on the food! There were 5 in our party and we all managed to grab a bite or two of each others’ meals… WOW. 10/10 and highly recommend for a nice date night or special occasion!
  22. SA

    SvetlanaA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. Our waiter was great. Steaks are amazing.
  23. CK

    ChrisK

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Exquisite Food and drinks. Left with full belly.
  24. AB

    AlainaB

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We loved the food and wine at Symposia! It was delicious and the wine recommendation was fabulous. We would have liked out server to be a bit more attentive but it was still a solid visit. We will definitely be back!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was alright but service was excellent
  26. AB

    AmandaB

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved finding this place! The atmosphere was beautiful and the food was good! We were greeted kindly and sat (had reservations) quickly. It took a little longer for our server to greet us, but he did apologize for the delay and quickly made up for it with his kind demeanor and attentiveness! Our appetizers were fantastic! Had the mussels, calamari and octopus. The octopus had a sauce on it i would have loved to bottle up and take home!! We all got some form of red meat, all cooked to perfection! They had their own version of an A1 sauce, which we didn't touch because the meat was so good on its own!! Also had the chocolate cake and crème brulee and neither of those disappointed either!! Will definitely be back!
  27. K

    Kayla

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food was decent. However, the service was not very good for the price that you are paying for your food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant opened in October 2022. The ambiance triggered me to reserve a table. Beautiful interior, attentive staff, excellent food- I can highly recommend it. Our Server Noah gave us recommendations on food choices - and it did not disappoint. It’s not your typical steak place - it is a bit more contemporary. I appreciate the chef who is taking it to another level! Great job!
  29. TY

    TaYou

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious with my Lamb Chops cooked perfectly. The waiter was great. I will be returning for the Bistro Salad and Calamari.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo muy bien solo el nivel de ruido fue muy alto
  31. C

    Candis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great and the customer service was wonderful from all the staff! 10/10
  32. JD

    JenniferD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous decor, perfect service and excellent food.
  33. E

    Emily

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was good, especially the cream of spinach. However, if you’re a plant-based eater they’ll do a side dish with fresh pasta. Service was lovely, but price was not worth it.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, great service, - everyone was very attentive and staff was ensuring we were enjoying our time there and the food/ beverages. We were served by Noah, was very knowledgeable of the food and their Ingredients and special makings of the x ingredient. The food was cooked and prepared in creative ways that added a zest of taste, the presentation was phenomenal. Chef/s prepared with delicacy. The ambiance: soft lighting and nice music. Pleasant. Free valet dinning here as well, we didn’t know so we weren’t able to take advantage but next time we will .
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful place, great service and great food options. Few dishes were disappointing, everything else was average. Lemon desert and mussels were very good though.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a amazing experience!!! LOVE this place, the service, the food, the environment it was all in armory. We ordered the fillet in a bone, the Australian lamb shops with the best smashed potatoes ever, the octopus was so tender and tasty, the desserts are so fancy and incredible good. We enjoy everything ❤️❤️ 🙌🏼🥰 (beside the calamari, I find it too small and Spicy…and need a side of lemons). My experience was just fabulous, the workers are incredible high service oriented. The hosts are so welcoming and helpful. Now, let me tell you about the environment is just GORGEOUS!! ❤️🥰🙌🏼 I am so in love with this little place. Sharing some pictures for you all. Highly recommend this place, and is very easy to get there, also have valet parking and a place to leave your coats or jackets. The entrance is by the reception desk of the hotel Atheneum Suites. You will notice it by the lobby. 🤗 Go ahead and enjoy this amazing experience. Buon appetite 🥰
  37. LL

    LLBB

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Not worth the money. We had guests for the entire Thanksgiving week and dined out with them every night--from Cafe Nini to She Wolf to Morton's. Based on the reviews, we decided to give Symposia a try for our actual Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, we were seriously disappointed. The wait staff was attentive, but the food itself was seriously lacking. All of our appetizers were completely over salted, and the calamari were over fried to such a degree as to make them almost inedible. The Brussels sprouts arrived in shredded format and were less a main course accompaniment than some sort of warm salad. In all, this was a disappointing experience and one we don't care to repeat.
  38. R

    Randall

    Toledo

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried this fine restaurant out on Thanksgiving day. What a delight! The restaurant is beautiful for one thing. Great first impression. We ordered drinks and they were perfect. Of course you can't goof up a scotch on the rocks. After a leisurely drink, we ordered. I had the Amish Chicken (because I had seen good reviews on line). My wife had their Turkey dinner special for Thanksgiving, and we shared a Greek salad and a mixed vegetable dish. Everything was superb. The chicken was all that I had heard, The vegetable dish was beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. The Greek salad had the best dressing I have ever had. I should have asked for the recipe. And to top it all off, the service from our server, Cherish, was top notch.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Decided to try a new restaurant with many opening up in downtown Detroit. The special occasion was celebrating from Sons 28th birthday. I have to start off by saying the hostesses were superb, the waitress was ok, watching her handle multiple tables she gave it her best shot under the circumstances, I believe she was a new employee. THE PROBLEM 100% WAS THE FOOD!!! My opinion the failure falls on the kitchen (Chef) No one else. Everything was either bland, no flavor or cold. Coming in town, I wanted this to be special for him, I was totally totally disappointed. I have dined in many fine establishments and this one did not make the cut. Our total bill for six was $500.00 plus. I am not one to give reviews but I had to address this after my son texted this “ Goodmorning. Thank you for the dinner regardless of the service I enjoyed myself with you guys”. Those words spoke volume to me. The ambiance was AWESOME… a drink and appetizers, maybe but dinner, not at this time. There is a lot of work to be done here in the Kitchen.
  40. AL

    AnneL

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks and service! Dining room is attractive and sophisticated. We’ll go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

FAQs

Symposia is rated 4.5 stars by 49 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 15 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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