The Apparatus Room

4.7
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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.

Find local coffeemaker, MadCap Coffee located in our barista station 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.

Located in the Riverfront area, just across from Canada, and just steps from TCF Center (COBO). We are 1.6 miles to Little Caesars Arena, Tigers Stadium, The Filmore and FOX Theatre. A few short blocks to Campus Martius, and Woodward Avenue.

Specials

Remedy to Rush Hour

Enjoy an adult beverage ranging from $3.00 to $6.00. Compliment your beverage with small bites ranging from $3.50 to $9.00.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 24, 2020

Ends: January 25, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 2018 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.8
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m
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Decent food/brunch but the Hot Toddy Cacao drink is not good.

D
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was our first time eating at the Apparatus. We had drinks at the bar last year when in town and drinks were great as I remembered. I had a martini and it was made perfectly. The food was very good. A lot of variety and tasty appetizers. The food was plentiful just with the appetizers we probably did not even need to get entree's. The main courses were very good and we had plenty to bring home. I enjoy mostly the atmosphere and the warmth of the building. Service was very good but waitress was a little chatty. We will recommend it to others as we will return when back in Detroit.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Service and Food!! We will definitely be back.

N
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful decor, great vibe. Highly recommend!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The jazz brunch was really cool. Definitely recommended.

J
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish! Highly recommend!

SR
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean did a great job, good service, food was delicious. Great ambiance

R
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good Atmosphere..Nice lounge area to grab a drink before or after dinner. Interesting menu, food was great!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, interesting and delicious food, great vibe!

S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Excellent service. A little pricey for a family of three (275 including tip) . But it was a special occasion.

JK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The vibe was not very good. Was expecting more from a Thursday evening. The food was just ok, somewhat overpriced for the portions.

The worst part was the overall layout of the place. I don't care much for cafeteria style seating. Private tables and booths would have been better. Visually it was nice looking, but boy that seating layout....not for me.

The service was just ok. Our waiter was not too attentive and forgot a few orders and requests. For the money, I would not recommend the place.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the cauliflower app, pork shank, short ribs, and brussel sprouts.
Service was friendly, helpful, and efficient.
The only criticism I have is that our reservation was mid-week so there were not an abundance of diners in the restaurant; yet we were seated directly next to another 2-top. It felt like we were so close to the other diners, with plenty of capacity to seat us with more space for conversation.

KF
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Elegant without being stuffy and SO delicious. Highly recommend the chef selection!

G
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Coffee arrived cold. Server was inattentive. Food was very good. Obviously, the first 2 issues are correctable.

CW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meeting old friends while in town for a wedding. Loved the ambience and dinner was great!

DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere was fun and gave off a good vibe. Loved the high ceiling and overall decor. Really enjoyed the open kitchen concept too.

The vegetable portion that came with our trout order was too small as compared to the meat.

The service was pleasant and timely. We also appreciated the little gesture of writing "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert platter.

We enjoyed our time and we will come back.

DD
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and decor of the restaurant. Staff is attentive and very good. Food and drink are great.

JB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service ! It is going to be one of my favorite spots now

SJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the time spent here from the lavender Collins sipped on a comfy fire side chair while awaiting our table to the comfy banquette seating in the dining room. Complete satisfaction with the wheat bread with honey garlic spread and the beef tartar and marrow bone apps. It just kept getting better and better. Split the whole chicken with kale salad. Nice spicy punch to the salty fatty crispy chicken. The coffee and desserts put it over the top. The pear and white chocolate concoction was heavenly. Service was excellent too. Looking forward to visiting again.

OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely table, a nice meal and good service

OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

We waited 35 minutes to get a table, despite having a reservation.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Brunch was mediocre at best. Dinner service is clearly their forté.

JO
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the late night seating for NYE dinner. It paired well with the live entertainment. The food portions were huge, and felt like we wasted too much food. But food quality and what was served, tasted excellent.

JM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's such a cool place. The ambiance, the history, the food is amazing and the staff are outstanding. We've been there several times and spending New Year's Eve there was fantastic.

P
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was two thumbs up.
The Valet was prompt and courteous.
The Hostess seated us quickly and answered questions about the room decor.
Our Server could not have been more helpful with menu suggestions.
The food, salmon and braised short ribs were both appreciated and enjoyed.
The desserts were equally amazing.
The Mixologist did an admirable job with the drinks ordered.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was very sauce heavy. All of our dishes felt like there was too much going on and it was hard to get through all of our meals.

BF
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding venue! Great atmosphere, the service was crisp but not rushed, and the food excellent and creative. A little pricey, but what a special experience!

TN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

GORGEOUS surroundings. Truly a sumptuous place to relax and drink and dine. The historical nature of the building and GRAND scale of everything is a treat in and of itself. The food was wonderful (BRUNCH). Drinks were creative and delightful. Table of 7. Service was inconsistent and undependable. We will be back and hope for better more attentive service next time. Sophisticated and hip and romantic.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I've ever tasted in my life!

TM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Detroit. Great food in an incredible setting.

LW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town visiting family & could only visit 1 restaurant. Sooo glad we chose this place. Love the decor. Did such a good job renovating this old firehouse. They kept the good stuff & added modern chicness. The staff was friendly & attentive. The drinks & food were excellent. Wish I could transport this restaurant to CA!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only did they take care of us, I got a couple extra treats because it was my birthday! Above and beyond!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Was what we expected. An enjoyable experience overall

CC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent ambience, good food, good drinks!!!!!

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fabulous service, beautiful ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent.

DW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I was disappointed with the service for Christmas dinner. Was not asked if we wanted the wine pairing and then made to feel wrong when I asked for it when the first course was brought out. Food itself was excellent as were the wines. I expect better service at this price point $320 for 2 ppl.

KH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Holiday PreFixe. A lot of food, but all 5 courses were portioned well and well throughout. Scott our server, was excellent in describing the night and gave great selection of wine. Overall very satisfying experience. A return visit in the near future for sure.

A
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We came for Christmas brunch. Had a little wait in the beginning but the establishment acknowledged it and made sure that we were well taken care of by comping an appetizer and first round of drinks. The rest of service was perfect and management came by a few times to verify we were satisfied so all in all it was great.

R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner on Christmas Eve with the family!

Definitely going to return next time we visit the D.

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