The Apparatus Room

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1526 reviews
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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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day with Chef's curated buffet! Cost is $65 for adults and $30 for children under 12 years of age. If reservation less than 24 hrs before your reservation time, you will be charged $25 per person cancellation fee.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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GM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Apps came fast and mains took forever. Not the best combination.

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s
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time/started with parking and remained the same throughout the stay. Meal was excellent.

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JB
Key West
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I love the atmosphere at the Apparatus Room. It is so welcoming and beautifully appointed. We went for a late breakfast and the food was delicious. Unfortunately, we did not have good service. The waitress was pleasant but seemed distracted and was not very attentive. Our first time there the food & service were both excellent so I will definitely go again.

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LM
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were at the Apparatus Room for our anniversary. My wife and I are both foodies so we of course went for the chef's menu. Every course was fantastic but the one that stood out the most to us was the skate "schnitzel". Our server was a little awkward. He never suggested the wine pairing which we asked for once we received our first course. Service was too fast between courses. I know in the States a lot of people like that, but it's annoying when you are there to enjoy the evening. As soon as it was mentioned they adjusted the pace however, which was very appreciated. Small hiccups, both corrected quickly. I respect that. Overall fantastic evening and would highly recommend.

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a
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They should definitely pursue getting rated by Michelin. This place deserves a star!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husbands birthday and had the chefs tasting menu. The food was amazing and the service was even better. Can’t wait to go back.

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S
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A great experience all around.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Waitress was super accommodating and knowledgeable

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing & mouthwatering! I cannot stop thinking about it. All of flavors were SO good! We had a wonderful down to earth, easy going waitress! She was really cool! First time here, great experience, great atmosphere! Will definitely return!!!

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K
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere, and service. We were on a time crunch and they made sure we got our food in a timely manner.

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C
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Our waiter, Adam, was exceptional.

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j
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The short rib, the cod and the pork chop were amazing. The flavors in every dish was so balanced and innovative. I will visit this place again for sure.

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was excellent. We brought two colleagues from China for lunch and explained the them the history behind the hotel (and old firehouse). Even though it was a bit loud as the room was full of "Engineers", the food was great, the service was excellent, and the speed of service was also great.

I was pleased that even though we ended up 15 minutes late for the reservation, the hostess was very welcoming and did not mind that my meeting ran over. I would highly recommend if you get the chance for a business lunch "downtown" to visit the Apparatus Room. It was my first visit, and I plan to visit as much as I can (both for business and personal use).

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MD
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner, brunch and LOVE the Thursday night music - especially last week's Apropos!

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TG
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

During the Boat Show my sister and I had an exceptional first experience at your restaurant. This time, however, was disappointing. The food was below par. I ordered the hamburger for the second time. It was dry and little crispy in parts. The parmesan fries were extremely salty. Very poor. My friend had a salad which she enjoyed. She returned fried cauliflower dish. Our server was superb. She replaced my fries. It's so embarrassing to want to show off your restaurant and to have such a bad food experience. Get better.

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PC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and experience as always

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AN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was amazing. Get the Cauliflower appetizer. The restaurant itself is also a cool space and not too loud.

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NL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the dinner

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EM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adam was awesome.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I would recommend to go on another day other than sunday brunch. The music was way too loud and we could not even have a conversation. My ears are still ringing. The food was great , the service was great, but we could not enjoy it because the music was way too loud.

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T
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The music was way to loud.

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AO
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a beautiful space! The food and service were good. However, we went during brunch and there was live jazz band playing, which was awesome, but since the space is so open with high ceilings, the music was was very loud which made it hard to have a conversation. I don't think the band needed speakers to accompany their instruments -- would have been just right without them.

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JG
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

6 of us (friends and family) attended The Apparatus Room for Sunday brunch. We chose The Apparatus Room because of the food menu, fabulous service in the past, and low noise level as we enjoy talking to each other during our meal. Little did we know, it was Jazz Sunday (moved up a week due to Easter). The band was SO LOUD, we could not talk at all without yelling to each other at the table. I walked out with a pounding headache. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy a good jazz band - soft background music while eating. This was high-pitched and blaring. The meal was not enjoyable and I could not wait to leave. On a brighter note, the service and food was very good.

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D
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there for the jazz brunch, which is really great. Nice vibe, good crowd. Biggest issue was the noise. The acoustics in there aren't very good anyway and when you have a band playing, comfortable conversation is almost impossible. Otherwise, great overall.

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UB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Yes, but the menu is very limited. It’s also expensive based on the portion you get. The bar area looks incredible with how open it is and the lighting. Drinks were good. The dinner part could use some work as far as more options and better pricing. It was also our anniversary and our waitress was very kind in congratulating us. It would’ve been nice to receive a small dessert complimentary at the end of our meal instead of asking us if we wanted anything more. All in all though a very unique restaurant, just could use some improvement. Thank you!

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. One of the best of Detroit. Highly recommend.

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GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience with great service. Connected to the Detroit Foundation Hotel

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D
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Need more STARS for servive and food. Excellent +++×. drinks were full. Overall a wonderful experience.

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DL
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

I will just say there are better options downtown these days that have better food & service.

The building, decor, and ambience at Apparatus Room is really cool. I just felt the menu selection was limited and food was mediocre for the price.

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J
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I wanted to love The Apparatus Room, but I couldn’t. The look of the place is great, and the service was very good. The problem was the menu. The cauliflower appetizer was spicier than I wanted, and there was no warning. One of my companion’s pimento and ham sandwich was inedible. How do you mess up a ham and cheese, especially for someone who loves cheese? My other companion got the only fish option on the menu, a cod “snitzel” that ended up being a fried fish sandwich on a bun. This was your only fish option for a Friday in Lent, by the way—even your daily special was pork! All told, we three spent about $120 for lunch (including tip, a single beer, and $ for parking). How is that possible? I can’t recommend to friends, as much as I wish I could. Please revamp your menu, including more seafood options and something besides salads for those who are gluten free.

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MB
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good restaurant with potential to be great. Everything is by the book, which is disappointing because we were expecting something more unique. The food and appetizers arrived at the same time. We were asked how food "looked" before we tasted it. The cauliflower wasn't fried long enough and the "kimchi" pickling was as refined as we'd like. The mustard seeds in the cole slaw weren't comforting. Overall the use of either sweet or vinegary taste accents needed to be used more sparingly.

Great ale selection.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Night music came on a little early but overall great food and service and vibe

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CS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambience is good, some communal tables, so possibly not ideal for a quiet date. Food and drinks were excellent. Short ribs were spectacular and scallops were good, but not outstanding. Drink menu extensive but pricey. Very nice atmosphere. Recommend!

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A
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful and unique ambiance. Seating is awesome and very comfortable in creating conversation and vibe. Craft cocktails are solid and the food was very good. Presentation was exceptional and the food was very good. Will definitely come back, if not simply to enjoy such a cool space!

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PR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Apparatus Room was a beautifully decorated and friendly place. We were there on a Monday night, so it was quieter than a weekend. The food was very good - but for a foodie - outstanding. A little pricey, but expected. Service excellent.

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SC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Try the short rib. Unreal. Also the risotto was one of the better items I have tried in a while as well.

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MJ
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is top notch starting from the hostess stand to the cleaning staff. Food is delicious. Can’t wait for a return visit.

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SC
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paige was our server when we came in for brunch. She went above and beyond to accommodate any special requests we had. Please add biscuits and gravy to the menu because the sausage gravy was heaven in my mouth. The eggs were even cooked perfectly. Bravo!! I will certainly be back for more!!

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MI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for brunch, food was amazing and the setting is spectacularl!

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MM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing, which made up for the fact we were done with our appetizer and salad course before our cocktails even came out... service was meh, but the food was a wow

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