The Apparatus Room

4.6
1451 reviews
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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.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We rolled the dice on the chefs choice tasting menu and it didn’t work out for us. Because my birthday is the day after St. Patrick’s day, it seemed to be an obvious clearing of the old menu from The day before. Of the 7 courses, all of them were meat, potato, and cabbage. While most of the courses would be good by themselves, it was very one note the entire meal just to try to be Irish. It was all one note , and we were sick of the food by the final course. It could have been so much better, and most of the courses were the same flavors over and over. In the end not really the meal I was expecting, and far below the best restaurants in Detroit. Maybe I should try again when it’s not close to a holiday, but overall a disappointment.

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AW
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice classy soace... food was delish!!!!! I will be back again!

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M
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was GREAT! Fast friendly service. Good food.

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DD
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were really surprised on how good our Brunch visit was. Their Belgian waffles are very good and I also enjoyed their coffee offerings as well.

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Columbus
100 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decided to try this place for brunch as we had heard rave reviews about the sourdough pancakes. They definitely were the bomb! Sweet and tart from the blueberries and lemon curd. The turkey sweet potato hash could use a little more seasoning while the egg sandwich was delicious.

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CH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and unique decor in the old firehouse. Food and drinks were excellent as was the service. My only reason for less than 5 stars was the price. It's a little expensive for what you get.

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

Amazing food! Our party tried five different things and all were very good. I had the short ribs which were fantastic, I keep thinking about how good they were and it’s been two days. Crispy Brussel sprouts were so good, I need the recipe.
Service was timely and attentive but did not seem over the top, just the right amount of attention. Place was a little louder but we had a table near the kitchen area that was a little away from the noise so that was nice. Will definitely go back.

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d
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait A 1/2 hour for our table, but it was well worth the wait. The winter vegetable soup was outstanding and my filet cooked perfectly. The Brussels sprouts were exceptional crispy with soft center. Waitstaff was professional and attentive. I definitely highly recommend.

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h
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and service!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Although the food was excellent the service was completely awful. I made a reservation for my birthday, with my girlfriends, the service was very slow seem like on purpose, as we could see how people that arrived after us were immediately served. When I stepped to the bathroom my friends asked one of the managers for a birthday cake or something just to mark the occasion, it never arrived, not even an explanation. When it came time to pay, the waitress said my card could not be read, again seem to be on purpose, as I used that same card many times that day without any issues. It’s hard for me to believe that new developments in this city, that I have grown to love, allow their employees to treat customers differently. I am mexican and yes, we were speaking in spanish, we are women professionals working to grow this city and its industry and yet we got to be treated differently and that is just not acceptable. So, after all this, this restaurant is not worth it when you end your birthday dissatisfied and mostly disappointed.

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

Took my wife there for her birthday. First time there, definitely won't be the last. Great food. Service was spot on. Detroit is definitely back!

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RS
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner and drinks at Apparatus Room on 3/15/19. Cocktails were excellent and they also offered an extensive wine list. All meals were fantastic...pork chop main course was highlight. Service was exceptional without being in your face - very well balanced. Can't wait to come back! Another great option in Detroit.

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

I had the Fried Cauliflower with Spicy Korean Sauce appetizer for my lunch. It may have been the best dish I've ever eaten that didn't involve prime beef! It's also a great room with a good vibe.

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is great - the food is just OKAY. The chef tries to hard to mix together different flavors that don't necessary work. The food is well-plated but overall this place is more hype than anything. That said, I'm glad I tried it but it's not my top pick for a restaurant downtown.

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and experiencing the rebirth of Detroit! Great service, delicious and beautifully presented food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had our family together for dinner, some celebrating birthdays, job promotions & visiting from Alaska! Everything was amazing. Our waitress came off rude to us but she was also very busy. I love Apparatus Room & will always recommend to everyone

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot to dine. Cocktail list, beer list and wine list cover all the palates. Menu is creative and delicious. We will go again.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience with good food and excellent staff. It was a perfect evening for our special meeting.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Chef's choice menu for two people. Excellent value, very very good food. Will return next time we're in Detroit!

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m
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place for brunch. I especially love the jazz 2nd sundays to go with my meal. Friendly staff is amazing. I highly recommend this to ANYONE.

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NC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue is really nice and comfortable. The food was even better. A fairly small but well done menu for brunch included high quality delicious food. I also appreciate that they use local companies for coffee and some of the cocktails.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Love the staff, food and decor. Just a great atomsphere for any occasion!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic meal! We were celebratig my son's birthday and we couldn't have been happier. Food was outstanding and service was attentive. Great ambiance. Can't wait to return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the brunch! Def my go to spot!

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It s a bit over rated, but the ambience is nice and the food is decent

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast in Detroit! Always a great experience. 10/10 and the atmosphere is a significant component of this rating

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

fun, great staff, unique menu and good eats. A little loud due to the high ceiling.

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KG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would go there again without hesitation! The food was excellent and the restaurant was a lot of fun.

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CL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Smaller menu but interesting ingredients. Loud (but not excessively) because there was live music that night. Fun and lively scene.

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O
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, service is perfection, beautiful atmosphere.

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OT
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This has quickly become one of my favorite places in Detroit. They are doing some great things with food here and I hope they continue to keep up the great work. I will say that they need to seriously consider hiring a new host to help great and seat people. I almost left my last visit due to Charity and her incredibly rude attitude. My wife and I where taken back and would have left if we didn’t have a tight schedule to follow. I will be back, but if this woman is at the door I may turn right around.

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BG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool place and very good service and food. Treat yourself.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Detroit experience. Great food. More expensive.

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DO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We loved our food. The wait staff was great. The restaurant was freezing... We did move to another table... Still a bit cold. They definitely need to add an air lock at their entrance. Would also be helpful
for the Valet to have a sign on the curb so people know that they have valet. We drove around three times looking for a parking place (anywhere ) ... Finally realized there was a valet . No signage or even a valet to be seen. Finally someone coming out told us there is valet service...

Loved the food....

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

It was wonderful, I brought my chef brother to the Apparatus Room and he was pleased & impressed. I always enjoy my food and drinks there, service is always stellar!

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location, the atmosphere, the food, everything was incredible. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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g
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about the experience is worth the expense. Food is well thought out and presented. The well trained service is helpful not intrusive. Throughly enjoyed ourself and will return.

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small menu but very good. Great quality. Very pricey for dinner. Mext time is like to try brunch or lunch.

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