The Apparatus Room

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Apparatus Room, aptly named after its original purpose in the fire department headquarters to house fire engines, is an inviting space punctuated by a central communal bar and anchored by an open kitchen. As guests enter the space they will be wowed by a beautiful massive chandelier with intricate, custom glass blown fixtures.

The menu delivers classic American fare with Executive Chef Thomas Lents at the helm. Dishes feature locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients.

During the daytime, the bar serves as a coffee counter with seating featuring local partner, MadCap Coffee, and pastries prepared in house. The beverage program encompasses a strong classic and craft cocktail list, various local beers will be highlighted, as well as a hand selected culinary driven wine list.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

From 7:30am to 10am we will be serving a breakfast buffet ONLY for $28 per person . From 10 am to 2pm we will be serving a brunch buffet ONLY for $38 per person. To celebrate Thanksgiving we will be severing a family style ONLY meal cultivated by Chef at $78 per person. Please call for details.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Breakfast 6:30am -10:30am with our normal menu. Brunch 1030am-2pm with our normal menu plus Chef's Holiday features. Dinner 5pm-9pm prefix menu ONLY at $85 per person. For dinner reservations only we do need a credit card. This card will not be charged till the night of.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Breakfast 6:30am -10:30am with our normal menu. Brunch 1030am-2pm with our normal menu plus Chef's Holiday features. Dinner 5pm-8:30pm prefix menu ONLY at $85 per person. For dinner reservations only we do need a credit card. This card will not be charged till the night of.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 1908 People Are Saying
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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Sunday jazz brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The bell that kept ringing for food pick up has to the the most annoying sound ever and totally ruined the whole experience. You are not a diner get rid of the bell

MM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I made a reservation and still had to wait 45 mins if not more to be seated. They do have ample bar space with attentive servers to accommodate those who wait but the wait wasn’t worth it. Food was good but not great. Atmosphere was very nice.

MZ
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good experience. Good drinks and great food. The only thing that bothered me was after making a reservation for 8 pm we were not seated 20 min or so later.

RV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous dining experience. Loved the Food and atmosphere. We would have preferred it to be quieter in the dining area as it was difficult to here each other, but that would be my only recommendation.

J
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends from out of town here to celebrate a night out. The staff was great and the food was amazing. We love this place and will go back when we can

CH
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always AMAZING. It's a little pricey, but they always deliver. It's worth the money spent and the trip into the city. Valet parking is a plus as well & it's only $10. Can't wait for our next visit.

KH
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous bar and drinks, service was excellent, food was fabulous. Perfect date night spot. We will be going back to try the Chef's table menu for sure!!

HB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are currently checking off new Detroit restaurants and were excited to come here. The service was great, the cocktails were delicious, meal and dessert were perfect. We loved the ambiance and the decor. We did note that it was a little loud but not so much that we couldn’t carry on a conversation. Would definitely recommend and we will be back!

Cocktails:
Drink with no name
#NONEWFRIENDS

Appetizer:
Salmon tartare

Entree:
Michigan Heritage Chicken
Brussel Sprouts

Dessert:
Ontario Sea Buckthorn
Coffee

BA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was prompt! Overall great experience!

J
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiance and service were great, food was just ok for the price. The bread with pimento cheese was fantastic, squid ink pasta was pretty good, my husband's braised pork chop was good, but my scallops weren't great--too mushy. We liked the drinks. Overall I'd maybe try it again and order something different. We had a good time, but I wasn't wowed.

OT
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service was inattentive compared to lady of the house, Besa, shewolf, townhouse, and San morello. Lots of staff, all standing around. Took ages between drinks while they sat empty. Food was good but seemed mass produced rather than freshly made. Small portions for large prices.

JF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place so much. The food was delicious, the decor is super nice and the atmosphere is really nice.

CL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a wonderful time, got seated right away, our server was very pleasant and knowledgeable. They were very quick in replacing the dishes between courses and the food was excellent. Defined small portions but delicious.
Will be back!

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

This is the second time I’ve tried to take a guest to the restaurant. The staff is great and the food is good but both times I’ve made a reservation on open table I’ve had to wait 45 mins + on arrival for a table and the restaurant doesn’t seem to care. They blame it on not knowing how long it takes for people to eat at their place. It’ll be the last time I bring an out of town guest to have a great meal. Each time I’m excited to show them a lovely restaurant with great food, but I end up feeling embarrassed by a ridiculous wait time. The food is great and staff is nice but they need to figure some things out before they offer open table reservations.

VA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way!

FS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a restaurant in the middle of Detroit. Went here for lunch with a friend while there was a convention going on. Service was top notch and they have an open kitchen so you can see your food being prepared fresh. The menu has a wide variety of options and the drink menu was extensive. Cannot wait to try this place again

JV
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Very knowledgeable. Outstanding space . Good flow from lounge to bar to dining. Small plates were great for sharing. Wonderful flavors!!

A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Love the history of the building. The food was amazing! The flavors 😍 The ambiance 👍🏽👍🏽 The service 🏆 Can’t wait for any excuse to come back!!

s
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service and food quality did not meet my expectations. Restaurant is over rated.

HC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service was good, attentive, not annoying. Food was tasty, nice presentation, portion sizes small, over priced. Nice place to have a drink and a snack....lively atmosphere....bit noisy for a relaxing meal. Not great value for prices. Dessert (chocolate) was delicious.....$12.... 2 bites...but delicious! Drink prices reasonable....wine and cocktails.

a
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valet was nice to have as an option especially on a rainy evening. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable. Our favorites included the deviled eggs, salmon tartare, porcini ravioli, Maurice salad, and scallops. For dessert, the peach crisp was bland unfortunately. Fun atmosphere.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I have had in a long time. Every dish that we had was just as good as the others. The was not a single dish that we thought was bad! Chef Tom is still as good if not better! I want to come back to Detroit just to eat here again!

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Excellent food, but waited almost an hour past our reservation and then server was very rude as she went through the motions of her job instead of providing a positive dining experience. Wanted to order appetizers soon after being seated since we had waited so long for the table and were unable to have appetizers in the bar because of no seating. In a very nasty tone, she told us we couldn’t order apps., and had to place the order for apps and meals at the same time. I understand the reason for that rule, but after such a long wait, despite having made reservations, the server should be focused on making the customer happy.

OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a reservation but arrived early and were told our table would be ready in 15 minutes. No problem - we were more than happy to have a drink at the bar. However, 15 minutes turned in to 30+ minutes and we were not seated at our table until 15 minutes past the reservation time. We then waited another 15 minutes before our waitress came over to assist us - which appeared to be no fault of hers as the hostess seemed concerned about sitting us in such a busy section to begin with.

After such a bumpy start to the evening, the food and rest of the service thankfully made up for it. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu which was delicious and more than enough variety of food to satisfy. Thank you to the chef for such an amazing spread! Our waitress and the rest of the staff who brought our food were enthusiastic and helpful as we progressed through each course. We will be back.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! One of my favorites! Top notch gem in the city

SB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food quality was not comparable to the atmosphere and history of the building. I had been wanting to visit some opening and although I loved the atmosphere and company of my friend, neither if us felt the food was very good

R
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. We will be back!

DH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! A number of people greeted us when we entered, then kept checking in on us. They even sat us early - ahead of our reservation time. Then, Dawn was a superb waitress! Very attentive and knowledgeable about the drink & food menu. Her recommendations were spot on! Then, they even treated us to a special anniversary dessert (they asked us for any special requests when they called the morning of to confirm the reservation). Atmosphere was beautifully warm & inviting. Excited to come back in the future!

RF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is beautiful, food is great, drinks are tasty!

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good. Not exceptional. Cauliflower bites were good but had way too much vinegar on em, potato risotto was good. Good tables are held for regulars it seems.

KP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is truly exceptional!!! Highly, highly recommend doing the Chef’s Choice. Be prepared for a lot of amazing food 😊

SD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique and unforgettable experience! Highly recommended-cant wait to return!

G
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Just an ok experience food was missing the salad salmon was tasteless dessert was good Not somewhere I would go back

VP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice place. I will go back. Breakfast and dinner was great. The layout and ambiance makes for a relaxing experience.

PM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience and the food was wonderful and lived up to the hype.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Went for Friday brunch and not many people but the service was SO slow to take orders, for beverage service, and server never checked in on us. Brunch menu is very small.

TR
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The wait staff knew about every dish and could explain it in detail.

CD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have gone to 5 Michelin star restaurants around the world, of these 3 have been 3 star. I was informed this was a 2 star. My expectation was high. I enjoyed the location, parking was easy. The hostess to seat us (knowing it was an anniversary) sat us at a 4 chaired table (hint, there were 2 chair - semi private/cozy tables available).
The service was good. Waitress was prompt, chatty and attentive to questions we had. The food presentation was very good. Unfortunately my ravioli broth was too salty, and the sauce on my salmon was about the same.. I wondered if someone thought they hadn't added salt to the broth. I did mention it to the waitress as an FYI but no feedback from the kitchen.
The only other downer was the type of music and the loudness of it. Slightly distracting at times.
I think the concept is great, the location is comforting, cool charm of being situated in an old fire house.
I think a slight change to the music choice/volume and a little attention from the exec chef on the evening serving sauces and your on your way to another star.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us enjoyed the chef’s menu, what a treat that was!

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