The Apparatus Room

4.5
1546 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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M
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Not thrilled about the menu. No good choices. All sandwiches. Very limited.

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LB
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was great as usual but the waitress, Lauren that we started with had a more than unwelcoming attitude. She was very short in her response to our dinner menu item inquiries. We requested a differ waiter and received Dean who was much better. The evening went along great.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend loved the food!

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SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent Easter Brunch Buffet - best we've ever had! Service was lacking in attentiveness.

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CD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Have enjoyed dinner here twice and highly recommend. Easter brunch was below average.

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SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We tried the cooks dinner, and left after the 3rd course. None of our dishes tasted good.

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and enjoyed everything.

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TB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the Detroit Foundation Hotel with the Rise and Dine option on our room. We had two breakfasts and dinner in the Apparatus Room. Everything was perfect. The wait staff are very attentive without bothering you.
Great restaurant!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for brunch for a birthday celebration. This was, by far, the easiest place to make a reservation for a large group (8 people). The staff was very friendly and helpful on the phone. The food was great, and so was the atmosphere. Everyone loved their breakfast sandwiches and hashes. The blueberry pancakes were to die for. The only thing holding me back from 5 stars is that we brought in a small birthday cake for the celebration, and after eating, asked for a knife to cut the cake. The waiter insisted on taking it to the back and cutting it for us without telling the amount of the “cutting fee”. Aside from the fact that a cutting fee is ridiculous for an 8-inch round cake, the fee ended up to be $40, amounting to $5 per person when all we asked for was a clean knife. Needless to say, definitely go here to eat, but be aware if you are having a celebration as we were.

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R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a busy Friday night, the atmosphere was lively without being intrusive. The food was superb, cocktails were tasty and well-made, and our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. Generally, the overall vibe and experience at this place is outstanding - a rugged Detroit version of luxurious dining. Oh, and convenient valet parking. What is not to like? Eager to come back!

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

Awesome dinner with awesome service! We did the chefs choice for four people. Everything dish was delicious and satisfying!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good time
Good food
Good drinks

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JB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service was top notch. I highly recommend everyone try the Chef's Menu. It's adventurous and very generous. My only complaint... The kitchen staff was a little loud. Control the swearing and rude comments to your staff. It was very distracting.

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LB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely re-do of the old fire station. Pleasant evening. The filet mignon was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We absolutely love this restaurant! It’s our Detroit favorite right now. We had dinner resos Fri. Stayed in the hotel and had brunch there Sat.
We had asked for a cozy table Friday night and got sat in the middle of a crowded banquet which was a little uncomfortable. Our server really was unpleasant. She had a very rude attitude towards answering our questions. It made us uncomfortable. The food was excellent though!
Saturday was a much better experience. We asked for a cozy seat and got a very comfortable table. Our server was extremely friendly and the food was excellent. I’m glad because our server Friday night put such a bad vibe out we weren’t sure how we felt about the restaurant. We are considering booking the Chefs table in the future with friends.
It’s just unfortunate how one server can really taint a place.
We will be back though because Sat redeemed things.
Thank you for the great bar service Fri and great brunch Sat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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K
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a friends birthday ...I was only guest who had eaten here before. WE all loved every item we ordered and all first timers said they will definitely return. Our wait person Noah was great!
Our start of Bread and butter was incredible! Best bread!!
Cod had most amazing unique flavors. Short ribs were tender and tasty. Brussels spouts and even side of broccolini were outstanding.
Will return again....great Detroit spot that has it all!

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B
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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

The fish lunch special was not fresh nor did it taste good. Hudson salad was very disappointing. Beet salad was wonderful. Music is too loud for conversing

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GM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
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 on April 14, 2019
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 on April 14, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
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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a
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A great experience all around.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
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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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. One of our favorites

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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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