the CORNER grill, bar + game room

4.5
118 reviews
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Welcome to the CORNER grill, bar & gameroom: a comfort driven atmosphere composed of classic American cuisine, craft cocktails, wine by the glass or bottle, a Michigan-centric beer list, our exceedingly personable staff and enough board games to keep you playing for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for an intimate one on one or planning to entertain the entire crew, the CORNER definitely has you covered.

PLEASE NOTE: Tables available for reservation are NOT available for gaming on Friday and Saturday nights at this time. If you’re interested in gaming on the weekend, come into the game room at the CORNER, where tables and the entire bar are first come, first serve!
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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for smaller groups. Loved the game variety they had to choose from! Service was awesome, checked in on our table regularly. They have the best Mac and cheese and it’s huge portion. Let the dice decide is a great and fun drink where you roll dice and the dice have ingredients that determine your drink! Great if you wanna be a risk taker and try something new!

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k
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the corner bar and we loved it!! Great vibe, staff and food!! We will definitely be back. I’d recommend open table and reserve ahead of time. This place is hoppin!!!

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! This restaurant has a lot of seating - some for dinner and other seating to play games. There are many board and card games to choose from. The axe throwing is not available as "walk in" for the next two weeks. However, it is expensive to get a reservation - $40 for 2 hours and you don't get to throw many axes for that amount of money. Anyway, the restaurant is great! The service was OK. Our server was a little argumentative and wanted to join our conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I really like this place - it’s welcoming and cozy with a fireplace and game corner. While there’s no special menu for kids, it’s still welcoming.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We arrived at Corner Bar and we had to wait 30 minutes for our reservation to be ready, so that wasn’t ideal. However, we were then sent complimentary appetizers as soon as we were seated which was awesome. The shrimp was so bad, it was so salty that no one could eat it. Everything else was good! Our server was amazing and took excellent care of us.

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

Great food in a great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Corner is my absolute favorite place to go. The people are amazing, being able to play games like I used to when I was a child is just so refreshing. Staff makes you feel right at home ! And food is delicious !

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JW
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic first experience at The Corner! Loved everything and will be back w the whole family!!

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AB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only issue is ventilation. All our group smelled so bad after we got home. Something needs to be done.

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NP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

They took out the best part of the mac and cheese (candied bacon). The rest of the food isn't as good as it was when it first opened either. And their cocktail list is incredibly short when compared to their beer list.

Overall cool concept with the games, but the food and drinks aren't really able to compete with the rest of Ferndale.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were amazing! I will be going back!

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BT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food! We got the sliders, mac and cheese, fries, and bag of donuts. The donuts are mini, so be warned that the 6 may not be enough. If you want to play games, you cannot sit in the dining area, so get there early to get a game table- they have like 7 gaming tables and that is it. FYI- your reservation through OpenTable is for the dining area so don't make one through this if you want to play games, just walk in.
We did bring a toddler with us, they had high chairs available which was nice.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited for the first time as we were in the area for the Wild Lights at the zoo. What a great concept and how refreshing to see people engaging in conversation and playing various board games. Old school fun while enjoying an extensive beer selection and creative food choices. Jordan our server was helpful with food recommendations and attentive. Highly recommend for people of all ages.

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LA
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience! At first had no waiter right away and had to flag someone down. Jordan ended up our waiter and he was fantastic! Very personable and knowledgeable on the menu. We ordered off of his suggestions and was totally happy! We tried the green beans and cauliflower side dishes first and they were DELISH! I got the cauliflower steak sandwich which was VERY GOOD! My date had the ribeye salad and loved it! The portions were great for prices paid. Being able to choose from so many board games was fun! We drove in from Ann Arbor, will be coming bk! Only suggestion is to have more “typical” family games on hand as those seemed the first to go.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place they handled our large group with ease. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Fun place I would definitely come back and highly recommended The Corner. Food was delicious not a big menu but something for everyone . Whoever is running this restaurant is doing it right

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took kids and had fun playing games and eating :)

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LK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ate at the Corner Grill last Saturday with my friends and husband. I talked to our waitress about being gluten free and how hard it is to get a good meal. In no time the manager was at our table asking me about being gf and eating out. He listened, took note and said they are always trying to improve the menu. I had their Broke Chicken and it was delicious and gf. Later, the owner stopped by our table to ask about our meals. Everyone one we spoke to was so gracious and kind. After dinner we played games at the bar and eventually made our way to throw axes. It was a great evening! Great food, great company, and wonderful staff. I have already recommended it to my friends and plan on going back soon.

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LK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant. It is so fun to have a leisurely dinner with friends and then go to the game expert and select a super fun game. We either stay at our table or move to the couches depending on the night of the week. You can't play games at the tables on weekend nights. I am gluten free and I manage to find some yummy things. If you like games and hanging with friends this is a perfect place.

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PT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our service was good generally speaking, but the food came out in a bit of a rush, even though it was not crowded at all. Instead of bringing soup out first and letting folks enjoy that before the main course, it was all brought out at once. That shouldn't happen, even if it is crowded.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was definitely a fun atmosphere and the food was awesome. I had the chicken sandwich and the fries and it was unique. Definitely a hipster bar. The homemade doughnuts were a great end of the night!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Smells great.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a great time as a family group at the Corner Bar. Mushroom burger, chicken sandwich, steak salad, Mac and cheese, fries with spicy ketchup, and fresh donuts were all great. Burgers were so-so. Great beer list. We loved the game play while waiting for our meal, and enjoyed watching some axe-throwing! Our waitress was great and we were very comfortable there with a mixed group of kids and adults. Fireplace and couches add a cozy feel. We’ll be back!

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KR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So unfortunately my friends and I were not able to eat at The Corner because there was a issue with the kitchen.( I made a reservation for my birthday a week ago) We found that out after I arrived for the reservation. When I was told the kitchen was closed I was bummed out but I understood why so I got over it. My friend and we’re deciding what to do, when the hostess I think her name was Dana. Came over and offered to give me a $200 gift card for the inconvenience. That amazing gesture was unexpected but very much appreciated. I can not wait to go back and dine and play games at The Corner.

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G
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Save for the fire alarm that cut our visit a bit short, the experience at the Corner was great. Good cocktails, beer and wine and the select menu was well conceived. We’ll be back soon to try again.

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C
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Try the green beans. May be the best I've ever had.

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SF
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m so glad they take reservations unlike most Ferndale restaurants on weekends. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and we had 6 people. They seated us right away. The food was delicious. Hubby had the rainbow trout and it could have used more color, maybe something green to improve the presentation, but it had good flavor. I had the chicken sandwich and it was amazing!!!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Corner Bar has an eclectic menu and tons of delicious choices. Unfortunately we were disappointed by the donut machine being broken because we know how phenomenal they are. Hey seemed understaffed as our waitress was working several large tables. But food came out quickly and drinks were pretty quick also. Always a good spot in my eyes

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MP
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We all walked out of the restaurant smelling like we had sat in a deep fryer. The ventilation needs to be improved to keep the smell of frying food in the kitchen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service! We were 4 people with two children 6 & 7 and it was fantastic!

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A
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A BEAUTIFUL wood burning fireplace!
The food was #awesome. We shared the rock shrimp.I had the Planavon salad with ribeye. The salad had a great flavor. I would have preferred 'more' green lettuce and less iceberg. The ribeye added more protein but not more flavor. Papi ordered the chicken sandwich and it was kind of 'amazing'! I loved the bread ESPECIALLY!
Our server was a little slow, but very attentive.
BUT... those DONUTS... OMG is all I can say!! :)

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MK
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit, and I loved it! The ambiance was great. I love that you can play board games in the bar area after dinner.

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I
Detroit
47 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Grilled Cauliflower Pita and Vegan Tomato Soup. The meat eating folk enjoyed the Chicken Sandwich and fries.

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NC
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a fun time. The good is delicious she the someone felt so energetic... Even on a weekday, we were so surprised.

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r
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun evening out with kids (angsty teens and preteens who overcame their bitterness by way of good food and fun gaming experience). Sliders, kale, fries, macNcheese skillet all great and served timely and at expected temperatures. Board games were also available for purchase and staff was available for recommendations. Lively atmosphere, attentive service.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very very loud, so be prepared to shout. Games can only be played at tables during the week. Service was very dicey. Forgot my entree, and it was cold when reminded about it.
Forgot my drink, and then brought it shortly before we were leaving.
Food came out pretty quickly. Fries, cauliflower, and green beans were great!

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Games are available at the bar area and Detroit axe is upstairs. Loved it and would come back

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CL
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We have been there four times and each time the service was not good. This time the service was horrible. The food was messed up and one person had to approach the waitress at another table to tell her they never got their food (after waiting a long time after the other guests). The manager didn’t handle the best, but eventually took off the two messed up meals and the appetizer that didn’t make it until after everyone was done with their meals. Later when we moved to a different area to play a game and order more drinks, they brought out two brownies on the house, which I give them credit for. The drinks were good but take a long time to get. The poor service and issues with the food put a major damper on the night, which was celebrating three peoples birthdays. If management would hire an appropriate amount of staff, it would help this place a lot. It would be nice considering the fun atmosphere of the games. Hoping they make some corrections.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Super loud and very slow staff. The food was not good. But the concept it great And we had a good time.

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AP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and a fun atmosphere. A little loud on a Saturday night but worth it for the good food and fun games!

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AW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for some place casual with a relaxed but fun atmosphere, great food, and a good beer list. This place hit all of those marks. The food was fast and fresh. Some of the best Mac & Cheese I've ever had. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and quick witted. They have a bar and game room with hundreds of board games to choose from. And if you can't chose they have a game pro that will help you find the perfect fit. Can't wait to go back!

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