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The Apparatus Room
We take the your safety and the safety of our staff with utmost concern and have taken steps to provide a safe environment for you to join us. We kindly require that guests who have not been vaccinated wear masks while joining us, and if you have Covid related symptoms, have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been exposed to someone who has, you refrain from dining with us at this time.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Salmon Deviled Eggs*
farm egg, salmon tartare, salmon roe
Maine Diver Scallops
curried cauliflower, toasted almond & grape
Short Rib Bourguignon
polenta, mushroom, bacon & pickled onion
Wonderful experience!! The servicer was attentive and knowledgeable about food and cocktails. He steered us in the right direction. Perfect way to celebrate our 35th Anniversary!.
Tried to order two different bottles of wine. Out of both. Tried to order a meal, was out of that also. After tracking down the manager we finally received glasses of wine after about 30 minutes. Finally had to track down the manager to pay because our waitress never came back. Was our favorite restaurant up until tonight. We will not go back.
It was wxcellent
Creative, seasonal menu, beautifully presented. My Ras el Hanout scented pork tenderloin was perfect, and superbly plated.
Notice to all visitors (we're from CA), you need to make a reservation to dine at The Apparatus Room while you're in Detroit. It is a treat, and should not be missed!
Wait staff was very attentive and food was delicious!
High quality, carefully crafted menu with great ingredients and careful service. Excellent cocktails as well. An exquisite dining experience for anyone visiting Detroit.
Waitress was not friendly. Other than that everything else was perfect. Short Ribs are a must.
Food and atmosphere was great; service was extremely subpar. Save yourself the trouble and book elsewhere.
I don’t know if the pandemic has affected their food/dining experience but their food is very mediocre..
Greatest food we've ever had!
The ambiance is special— the artistic detail and the historic firehouse makes the setting worthy of a special date or gathering.
Our server Christina was attentive and charming. She explained unapologetically when drinks were slow coming - as it was the second bartenders first day of training. She was delightful in her explanation on what made our food special. She could tell us ingredients including fresh herbs! Her banter added a spark to our table conversation.
And the food was amazing — from the special cocktails, shrimp cocktail appetizer, entrees (shout-out for the extraordinary scallops !).
We picked this restaurant to celebrate all the celebrations we missed during the pandemic. It was a memorable entry into Detroit restaurant scene!
Christina sure is a special sever! We're so glad to hear she was accommodating and you enjoyed your experience. Thank you kindly for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Poor inattentive service, food was good probably would not go back
We celebrated our 48th anniversary here. Wonderful experience! The food was innovative and delicious.
The service staff was very attentive and friendly.
Special kudos to our server, Christina, who enthusiastically explained the menu items to us and kept checking on our
dinner progression in spite of being overwhelmingly busy.
Would highly recommend The Apparatus Room!
Thank you for celebrating such a special time with us! We will be sure to share this with Christina and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Menu could be a bit more extensive. Especially the first and second courses.
Fantastic food and overall restaurant. Be aware that things are a la carte and you will likely need to purchase separate sides in addition to your main entree. Makes things a little more expensive. I got the pork tenderloin and the meat was very tender and interestingly prepared with various flavorful pastes that worked well together. Portion size was on the smaller side. The ambiance is open, chic, and lively with moderate amount of noise. It's an old firehouse station with very high ceilings, wide open spaces, and bright lights. It's not necessarily a romantic, intimate ambiance if that's what you're after but still classy enough to take your partner on a date.
My only real complaint was the a la carte menu and small portion size for the entree which essentially means it's more expensive than meets the eye. Otherwise great restaurant and would dine again.
Thank you for your kind words, Roger! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and restaurant overall, but are sorry to hear that you feel the value fell short. We are very excited as we look forward to our summer menu, as it is changing with warmer weather and hope that you will consider joining us again for dinner in the future.
Servicer was rude and short. He stated multiple times that he was “busy.” I just asked to put in our drink order after waiting a while
Great food. Beautiful environment. A little loud.
Thanks for stopping Kevin!
Beautiful atmosphere in a historic Detroit landmark. The food was outstanding, and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend!
Thank you for this awesome review, Ellen! We are thrilled that you were impressed with your meal and your service. We look forward to you dining with us in the future!
We enjoyed our food and our waitress had great recommendations for us! Will visit again.
Thank you for joining us! We look forward to seeing you soon
This was a special occasion dinner with a reservation made well in advance and secured with a credit card. Our food was absolutely delicious and our server was incredibly professional and friendly, she made the dinner enjoyable once we were seated. However, the hostess, and front of the house staff, were truly mediocre. We had to ask for a different table once shown to our seating....this in a half filled restaurant...because we were so disappointed. The first table was in a terrible location right next to the bar and waiter station. In addition, the table was gigantic and we were a party of five. Plenty of tables that were more intimate for a party of four or five were available, in better locations within the restaurant. I truly question this choice. In our case, we had arrived on time for a table we reserved well in advance and had notified the restaurant that this was a special occasion. The initial table offered was with NO attention to these details. Bottom line, the hostess staff needs to realize they make the absolute first impression on the customer! The whole tone of the dinner is set by the greeting and the seating. It really made an overall difference in our experience. Who wants to have to ask for a better table? It was disappointing because the food and service once we were seated were excellent. Do better!
Thanks for joining us Kate and letting us know about your experience. We're so sorry you didn't enjoy the first table that you were taken to, as they are typically our most sought after tables. I am glad we we're able to find you a more comfortable spot for your party and that you enjoyed the rest of your experience! We hope to see you soon.
Chef's interesting twist on his dishes makes you want to come back and order something different every time. Andrew's recommendations were spot on. Overall customer service was friendly and professional. Thanks for a great experience!
Great service, great food! Restaurant is still being very cautious and spacing tables.
I enjoyed our family dinner! As every family is experiencing going out for dinner has been a treat! The word is finally opening up! Dining at the Apparatus is one place should try!
Overcooked a $65 steak. Amateur hour. Not worth the gas to get you there. Abhorrent service. Just, for your own sake, be better.
Celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and we could not have picked a better spot to celebrate. Andrew was an excellent server and he had great recommendations. The staff were very accommodating and told us the artist names and features of the restaurant and hotel itself. We have lived downtown for many years and it’s such a joy to see what this was before and what it has been transformed into is amazing. We will be coming back soon.
I hadn't realized that when I was trying to book a Saturday evening reservation, I actually somehow made a reservation for Sunday. When I showed up with my party for our reservation we were told there weren't any openings for dinner. I understand socially distancing, but there were many tables open.
Somehow we finally got through to the manager who sat us outside. I think we were the only party seated outside. The server rarely checked on us. We ordered bread for the table and she brought out stale bread. I went in and spoke to someone and they brought out warm bread (which still seemed stale) about 20 minutes later.
I used to go to the Apparatus room on a regular basis. The service has gone downhill, but the entree dishes were still delicious.
The wait staff was very kind and friendly. They made me feel very comfortable and safe during the entire dining experience. Everything is socially distanced and staff all wear masks properly. They have very cute masks for DFH and cute shoes. Thanks for entertaining my shoes questions. The food was phenomenal!! Made my partners birthday so nice after this past year. I will definitely be return!
We arrived about 15 minutes early to our reservation, expecting to not be sat until 7:15 which was our reservation time. We were not sat until around 7:45 which, because of other reservations we had that evening, caused us to have to rush through our meal and skip dessert. Our waitress Dawn, however, was amazing. She apologized profusely and even bought us a free round of drinks. Overall, the food was amazing and we will definitely return, but please try to be more conscientious of your guests reservations, especially when you advertise a time limit.
The best menu and service in town!!! Fresh, one-off-a-kind menu items and courteous staff makes this the TO GO place when visiting Detroit!
Love the decor and ambiance, everyone was very pleasant and accommodating.
Outstanding food and drinks with a very unique atmosphere. Came back for cocktails in the evening.
BLT shrimp appetizer wasn’t our favorite as the shrimp were a tad overcooked however the scallops and duck breast entrees were great
Ashley is a fantastic server. I have enjoyed the entire staff. I will be returning to The Apparatus before I leave Detroit.
Muhammad was a great server and we had a wonderful graduation celebration.
The service and food is always awesome!! Its the perfect location for date night.
Very nice evening and service was wonderful
Service provided by Ashley was stellar! We hate to be rushed and she was TOTALLY accommodating. I had the cod, my partner the chicken. Both were quite good. (I really liked the cod with hazelnuts and peas...chicken was decent too.) The portion of the chicken dinner was huge. The menu is fairly limited... The room is industrial in decor, pleasant and pretty informal. For the price, a great value.
Excellent food and excellent service. Great atmosphere!
Very disappointed in the table set up, huge long open gaps which is appropriate during COVID times but we were seated at a table smaller then a table at a coffee shop with tons of space all around us. Very uncomfortable setting. Our server was very disinterested in serving us or answering any questions. First time in my life I have asked for the check right after our drinks came and never stayed for dinner. It was only after we told our serve we were leaving that he engaged us as a table. Disappointing because I had been looking forward to trying the food. The menu looked great but not able to accurately review
The Apparatus Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 800-5600.
The Apparatus Room is rated 4.4 stars by 2316 OpenTable diners.
The Apparatus Room does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://wwws-usa2.givex.com/cws4.0/aparium/.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.