The Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge

4.4
364 reviews
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American
The Waterfront is located right on the Detroit River, we have the most amazing views that are the perfect backdrop for any meal or private event. We offer a menu that is sure to please everyone, let our staff wow you! Our Restaurant has an Industrial Chic vibe that will surely amaze. We look forward to serving you!

Specials

Happy Hour Wed-Sun 3pm-6pm

Enjoy 50% off on drinks between 3pm - 6pm Wed- Sun

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 17, 2018

Ends: October 18, 2117

Availability: Tue-Sat 3:30PM-6:00PM

What 364 People Are Saying
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TP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our late lunch! We went to check things out because we are having my daughters wedding shower there this July.
It is a beautiful place and the dood was good, looking forward to having the shower there.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and entertainment (MGK Band) were awesome!

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FM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress was great. Two of our group got held up & the waitress took great care to make sure we had appetizers & drinks while we waited.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I think the food could have been very good. My salmon was missing the spinach and was barely warm. There were 9 of us and most of our food was luke warm. The only plates that were hot were the ravioli. Id go back and give it another try.

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DA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First time there ,the appetizer that we calamari was fantastic the chicken parm i thought was just average, did enjoy looking out at the river as we ate and talked. I would like the management replace the American Flag that is torn to shreds, next time i go there and if its not replaced i will bring it to there attention as i should have when i was there.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always nice. Good to see some nice places to have a great dinner downriver! We will be back for sure.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Chef, great food and service, I believe the go to place for great food and great surroundings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner was excellent. A little expensive but worth it. We went early enough and it was not very busy. Good service.

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

I went to The Waterfront with 6 friends..it was an early dinner (5:00pm ) on a Sunday. Not very crowded. Loved the atmosphere and the views of the river, and RenCen in Detroit. The service was great and the food was really good too. I had the Eggplant Parm, it was delicious and it was a big meal, lots to take home. Some of my friends really enjoyed the Michigan Salad. We will definitely be eating here again.

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KF
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was pretty bad. The food was good but overpriced.

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SG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the ribeye, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower. We ordered roasted Brussels sprouts for an appetizer. Ribeye was excellent! Especially with the “zip” sauce that came on it. One of the best steaks I ever had. Last time I was here, the Brussels sprouts were way too salty but this time they were very good. Love the balsamic sauce they have on them. The only thing that wasn’t great was the cauliflower, it had a “chemically” taste to them. Service was fantastic, attentive but not clingy. I really like this place, will definitely go back. Really want to sit outside in the summer.

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

They were down staff and very short on servers. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we didn’t receive our entrees until after the band started which was at 9pm. Had to flag waiter down each time for drinks. He did his best to keep up but was just overwhelmed. Manager said he’d comp a round of drinks which never happen and we didn’t want to wait around to get that figured out after we had to ask another server to please get our bill. The food was good as was the band.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

At the recommendation of my manager, (whom helped in the remodel for his sister) , and a gift card he had given to me for Christmas, I took my fiance and soon to be step daughter there for dinner. We were also celebrating my fiance's birthday. Win win with the interior of The Waterfront. The food was delicious, and not small portions I might add. We will definitely go back, perhaps in the summer to see the exterior also.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The salmon was great - skip the “potato Anna” - nothing but a bland boiled potato. Drinks were half price til 6pm, waiter charged full price but was quick to correct that. Salads came with ranch, we weren’t asked what we preferred, and the waiter forgot a few things, but he was very friendly so we chalked it up to maybe he was new. No biggie. Overall, a great night out. Beautiful place.

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

Great food and great service! We will be returning!

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My dining experience was on New Years Eve and the service and the food was excellent.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I met here for a Christmas get together and had a great time! The food was delicious and the environment was beautiful!

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

Love waterfront, been there a lot but we were there to see The Major Dudes along with dinner. Had a great meal & great time.

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JS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and our waiter was really good and attentive. Real improvement on the food from when first opened

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Merina was fantastic!! She was always checking on us and ensured we had everything we needed!! The food is always great!! We enjoy being there for the live music too!! Keep bringing in the great bands!!

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P
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can Honestly say everything I ate was delicious. Wait staff was very attentive, great atmosphere.

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DO
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. VIEW OF THE RIVER IS NICE FROM JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE.
BAND PLAYED WAY WAY TOO LOUD. HARD TO FINISH EATING WHEN DECIBEL LEVEL IS OVER THE LIMIT. BAND PLAYED GOOD MUSIC, JUST NEED TO SET IS DOWN A BIT.

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J
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was a vast improvement over our previous visits. New menu and new chef, appear to be making a great difference. I say if you haven’t been here in awhile like myself, give them another try, you may well be surprised as was I.

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B
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous views, friendly service and delicious food!

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CV
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was great and the service was good. Prices were reasonable. However, the noise level was so loud I needed to shout to my husband to just be heard! They desperately need to do something about the acoustics! This is a nice place and the noise just makes it unbearable.

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J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

A looong wait for a table followed by another looong wait for food. Food is very good though and there is a nice lounge to wait for your table. So overall not a poor experience just longer than expected.

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SR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very inconsistent service. Ran out of crab cakes, marinara for the pizzas, among other... Really disappointing. Such a great view and locale. Hoping they get the kitchen improved and their management of the front desk and service staff.

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service in outdoor seating area was very slow - waitress unattentive to drinks and surrounding tables were not getting cleaned timely after guests left

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My first visit here wasn’t very good. I am glad I went back because this last visit was great. The food and service were very good. We didn’t get to sit outside because there was a 45 minute wait so we dined in; it’s a bit noisy. I did book an online reservation, but didn’t see an option for outside dining. Maybe I missed it.

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K
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. I had fish and chips with the daily soup. There were not many people there so our server wasn’t around as much but it was fine. She was extremely pleasant.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for friends, girls day or date night! Food is incredible! Staff's great too!

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

They didnt have several item on the menu. Had to change selection multiple times.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside enjoyed the view and had a wonderful girls night out.

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BD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Have been here several times, however this particular occasion was not very good. The food was mediocre at best, and the service was extremely slow.

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JS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Such a disappointment! I have enjoyed several great meals here, both lunch and dinner. However, they were off their game tonight. We were seated timely for our 630 dinner reservation. The outside deck was busy already, inside was steadily filling up. We waited 15 minutes for someone to take our drink order, our waiter couldn't have been nicer. Ordered the Lobster crostini appetizer, which is always excellent, it was ok, light on the lobster and the blue cheese sauce was thinner than usual, not creamy. And took 25 minutes to come out. Our waiter checked on it, and the kitchen told him to "look around" at how busy the room was! By now its 740pm. Our dinner orders didnt come out until 810pm....they were hot enough, but not up to past experience...my crab cakes were ok crispy, husband finished his chicken parm special, my friends mahi mahi dinner was overcooked and dry, her husbands perch was greasy. Again, our waiter was attentive, but busy with tables outside also. They have a live band on Thursdays, set up outside to the north end of deck, some people were dancing. But the inside acoustics are horrible, you cannot hear each other across the table! Would we go back? Not too soon, and only if able to enjoy the outside deck.

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CA
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy dining outdoors, this restaurant has a wonderful deck for such plus they have an upper deck area with a magnificent view for cocktails only as well as a cocktail area at the end of the dock, very comfortable and private, you feel literally feel like you’re on the water. Our food was quickly prepared and most satisfactory!! Our waitress was most attentive and efficient. We will definitely be returning.

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RB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was horrible. Some people found it uneatable.

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TG
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite “Date Night” for summer time fun!! 50 Amp Fuse was fantastic as usual!!!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable waterfront location with good service, drinks, food and entertainment. Thoroughly enjoy dining and relaxing here!

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FM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a meal with a water view. Friendly servers & bartender.

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