The West End Grill
Made reservations @ 8p to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday, we arrived around 745 and our table was ready and we were seated immediately. Rita was our server and she was outstanding throughout.. very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. After a couple of well made old-fashioneds we had the seafood strudel as an appetizer... I highly recommend. I had the filet and my date had the mushroom gnocchi.. the filet was great and as much as I liked it I think the gnocchi was even better. Too full to eat dessert but it looked as good as the rest of our meal. The overall atmosphere is very friendly and classy not stuffy..perfect for what we were looking for. We will be back.
Good menu, good service, nice variety, pleasant place to have dinner with friends.
The food and service is second to none. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
Great service and food
Tediously long explanations about the food ingredients, but the taste was sub-par. For $38 less than an ice-cream scoop size portion of rice pilaf, a card-deck size of very petite filet and 2 skinny asparagus stems for which I paid extra because the plate called for green beans. Filet had no sauce of any kind. This restaurant it trying too hard to be trendy but the kitchen is not up to par. Ambiance was great, but not the food.
Superb food. Great variety of choices
The beignets with herb butter which start dinner here are fantastic. We also loved our appetizers, honey mustard grilled shrimp for me and a tuna poke for my spouse. For entrees, the proteins were excellent, though pretty small portions (I had the lobster tail, my spouse had the salmon). Unfortunately, the accompanying green beans were too raw to be edible and the rice pilaf was undercooked to the point that the grains could not be bitten through. We had been here several years ago and my hubby remembered that they had had outstanding creme brulee, but this, unfortunately, is no longer on the menu. I had a spiced bread pudding and he had the molten chocolate cake, both with a small scoop of ice cream. Delicious. But, please, please, cook the green beans long enough that we can actually chew them and cook the rice long enough that the grains are fluffy and chewable.
Our server Mark I believe Made our evening with friends fun, as did the kitchen.
Delicious food, excellent service, unpretentious atmosphere. Minimum $17 for glass of chardonnay seemed excessive though.
I’ve come many times to this restaurant. Virtually every time the food and service was outstanding. This time the service was beyond terrible. Inattentive bordering on purposeful ignoring. . Food was mediocre. $50 for lamb????
Our waiter was attentive, but not intrusive and extremely knowledgeable about the entire menu.
Food was delicious, menu was full of options, and the server was great. Can’t wait to go back!
Our return to the West End Grill met all expectations. Great food, wine and service. Noisier than I recall. This is a minor distraction to an other fine dining experience. We'll return.
Everything about this delightful restaurant was spot on. I love the chalk board menu and the server’s knowledge and walk through of the food. The wine list was delightful and worked well with our food. This was a truly memorable evening.
We were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. Great location for a romantic dinner for two. The food was delicious and the wine suggestions were perfect. Dessert
was chocolate cake and it was the perfect ending to our dining experience.
Terrific visit. Been several times. Everything was perfect. Tuesday night was great because the normal noise level was much lower.
A great dining experience if you are looking for a quaint place in a lovely vintage atmosphere.
The waiter and the food were fantastic. The tuna tartare was wonderful but I would recommend going just for the Halibut!
Great menu. Service was a little slow but not an issue. Great place!
Phenomenal experience. Our server (Matt?) was knowledgeable, friendly, and informative. The atmosphere was elegant without pretension. It was a lovely way to spend an evening out.
Overall Great dinner and service!!!!
Table too close to clanging silverware
Probably one of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor. Quiet relaxed dining, good food. Not cheap but worthwhile.
The food at the West End Grill is good and our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. However, the decor is VERY dated and wine by the glass (my wife had fish and I had duck so we wanted white & red) is limited and includes mostly expensive options, forcing us to pay more for wine than typical. I don’t think we will return.
We had a gift certificate to West End Grill and went there for my wife's birthday dinner. It is a lovely restaurant in terms of ambiance, and the service at the front end of our visit was excellent. However, once we sat down, service was very slow; we got our appetizers almost a full hour after we'd arrived! The waitstaff was courteous but inattentive. As for the food itself, every dish was extremely sweet, but otherwise didn't have much flavor. The menu seemed to make copious use of ingredients like honey and bacon, which do make dishes taste good, but also make them unhealthy and not very refined in terms of flavor. The most damning thing to me was that all the entrees all came with the same side dishes of rice pilaf and steamed green beans. (They used to give out a print menu, which listed different sides for each entree, but now they've switched to a much less informative chalkboard menu, perhaps to hide this fact.) For $40-$60 per main dish, I'd expect side dishes to be tailored to each individual entree! The one standout dish was the key lime pie for dessert. All in all, the food was very heavy (my wife called it "old-people food," lots of beef and fish in bland sauce). Although we liked the ambiance, we won't be back.
We felt like VIPs having dinner there on Saturday night. Our waiter, Christian, was helpful and knowledgeable.
We always enjoy eating at the West End Grill. The food was very good. Service was excellent. While the scallop dinner was delicious, I was surprised that there were only three scallops. My martini was just right and my wife enjoyed her wine.
When we first walked in to the restaurant we immediately noticed we had been there. The place is cool. Intimate and just nice. The stocks and appetizers were terrific. However when we returned our main course we were both disappointed. The Chilean sea bass was clearly and older cut that had passed its shelf life. But with fish in a midwest restaurant that happens. My short rib on the other hand was the worst cut of meat I have ever had. Almost 100% fat. And that is inexcusable for a midwest restaurant. The bone had literally slipped out of the fat tube it was in. Truly disappointed.
The food and service were excellent. The music was beautiful and subtle; we could actually hear each other and the server. Decor and ambience very nice. Pretty expensive, however
Interesting that this building was the old "Mr. Flood's Party" from way back in my college days. Portions were a little small, but our server was superb. Certainly some interesting menu items to try.
Great food great service
Been going to the West End Grill for over 20 years. It never disappoints.
Another great meal! Everything is delicious and the deserts are incredible! Highly recommended.
We went there on a Friday night with some friends. Everything was superb. The seafood puff pastry appetizer was a stunning presentation and cooked to perfection. In fact everyone at our table loved their food which included the sea bass, bernaise tenerloins and ahi tuna. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely be back.
West End Grill is unique to Ann Arbor, and a real gem that we love coming back to as often as we can. We have celebrated many an occasion at the West End Grill, and never had a bad experience with the food, service, or ambiance. If you've never tried this restaurant, I would strongly recommend it! it is one of our favorite restaurants in town.
it happened to be restaurant week which is always a bummer, very busy and never as delicious. but it won't keep us away...we'll be back. you've never lived until you've tried their veal dumplings!!!!!!!!!!
West End is a quaint environment with great ambiance, great food and always excellent service. My wife and I have dined here several times and it is one of our favorites in Ann Arbor.
Seated at end “booth” table next to bar. Bright light and noise made it unpleasant compared to prior visits. Also music a bit loud for a restaurant designed for conversation. Server a little too scripted and did not really seem engaged. Gnocchi was very salty. Has potential. Sea bass delightful. Veal dumplings good as is house green salad. Generally a very good place. I think the seating dulled the evening.