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The Whitney, Detroit, MI

The Whitney

4.7
4.7
4601 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The Whitney is Detroit's most Romantic Restaurant. Housed in a historic 1890s mansion on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit's cultural district. All parties of 7 or more must be booked directly through the restaurant. Private dining rooms are available for a reasonable rental fee. We are currently serving dinner Wednesday - Sunday evenings. The Whitney also serves a luxurious four course Afternoon Tea at 11:00 and 1:30 on Saturday and Sunday (Some weekends excluded by private events or holidays). Live Piano during Afternoon Tea and Dinner. The Whitney does enforce dress code for ladies and gentlemen during all visits to The Mansion. Visit the website www.thewhitney.com for Dress Code and information on Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events. We look forward to offering you a memorable dining experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 832-5700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Culinary Director: Tim Patino

  • Catering

    We offer private dining options for groups from 10 - 200. Cocktail parties, afternoon Tea Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday Brunches, Garden ceremonies are just a few of the options. Call 313-832-5700 for information and details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Whitney sustains an extensive and impressive resume for private dining events which includes hosting classically themed weddings, corporate occasions and any number of other, miscellaneous, intimate parties. Private Rooms for Bridal and Baby Showers and Teas, Luncheon meetings, Business and Rehearsal Dinners are available.

  • Private party contact

    Samantha Cesarz: (313) 832-5700 ext. 208

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Canfield Street

  • Parking details

    On-site Valet is $10.00. There is a paid self parking lot across Woodward, and some limited street parking along Canfield.

  • Public transit

    When the Qline is operating, there is a stop on the corner of Woodward and Canfield, connecting south to The Fox, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena and the DSO. It also connects north to West Grand Boulevard with a short stroll to The Fisher.

  • Entertainment

    The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mansion Tea Service

    Multiple dates available
    Mansion Tea service at The Whitney transforms you to a time when mid-day was meant for relaxing. Put on a beautiful hat, leave your cares behind as you sip Champagne upon arrival. Then enjoy The Whitney lifestyle over tea, scones, a soup and salad duet, canapes, warm hors d'oeuvres and pastries. Live piano with Joel compliments the elegant afternoon. Complete your mid-day visit when you book a "Champagne Tour" on The Whitney's website event page. Due to the nature of this service, our Chefs require a 24 hour advance reservation, and we cannot accommodate menu/dietary restrictions or substitutions.
  • Home for the Holidays Brunch

    Dec 18, 2022 only
    3 course Brunch menu special for the Holiday season.
  • Christmas Eve Dinner

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Start a New Seasonal Tradition, bring the family and enjoy our regular 4 course dinner & live music in Detroit's official "Home for the Holidays" $10 deposit per person for all Christmas Eve reservations are required.

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What 4,601 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Detroit

    Best Ambiance

  • Detroit

    Romantic

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  1. DH

    DeniseH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My only negative was that the food could have been a little hotter, especially the vegetables. Enjoyed our evening!!!!
  2. T

    Tony

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service and cozy atmosphere. A bit chilly inside. Food was delicious.
  3. MB

    MommaB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining at its best. Very relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Each room was unique and warm. Dinner was amazing. One of the best dinners we have ever had. Ended the evening with a glass of wine from The Ghost Bar. Every aspect of this restaurant was fantastic!!
  4. s

    shelleyb

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for the weekend and wanted to have a lovely girls day out. We couldn’t have been happier with high tea at the Whitney. My guest is British and knows a good high tea when she sees one - she loved it. The building is stunning, the decor opulent and the Christmas decorations are elegant and fabulous. Great afternoon!! Welll done to the staff and owners!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Have had tea several times. This time bread was dry and tea sandwiches were less than tasty. Service was fine but not a special event —very little time spent with table discussing the whitney history and no time getting to know the table. Very underwhelming experience
  6. KG

    KonnieG

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in Bay City and came down to celebrate my husbands Birthday. There is NO WHERE like the Whitney. The food, the service, the ambiance - just EVERY SINGLE THING about the Whitney is INCREDIBLE. THANK YOU so much for making it such a magical evening for us.
  7. K

    Kiki

    Detroit

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a superb night we had at the Whitney. My business colleague was here from the West Coast and it was such a privilege to show her the best icon in Detroit. Of course our meal was perfect. My husband and I dine here often and ever time 5 stars
  8. D

    Debi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere for the Mansion Tea with all the Christmas decorations. The food was delicious and plentiful too! Would go again!
  9. A

    Andrew

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful and historic venue, festively decorated for the season. Enjoyed the Saturday 11am tea service with the family before the 2pm Hamilton matinee. Food was very good but not exquisite, which is easy to overlook with impeccable service and at merely $50 per person. This is a great deal for a wonderful experience.
  10. L

    Lizzy

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My one and only suggestion, for my morning reservation for 4, would be to turn down the piano level of noise. I felt like everyone at the tables in our room were talking loud to be heard above the piano. Softer background music would have been appreciated.
  11. AM

    AnneM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    A historic & iconic establishment that, for us, was not a good value
  12. s

    skaner

    Detroit

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant for our anniversary since we were married there. Some may be off put by the prix fixe menu, but we found that if you limit your menu to only a few items they generally are much better. The beef wellington was outstanding with a ton of flavor and cooked to perfection. All of our selections were delicious and even the small portion of dessert was wonderful. The mansion is decorated beautifully for the holidays and the whole experience was special.
  13. a

    annar

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The setting on the third floor was delightful. Small quiet dining room with live piano music in the background made for peaceful ambience. Our server was a bit over zealous, friendly but speaking so fast we could not really hear what she was saying. The food was better than most restaurants but not top notch.
  14. C

    Chris

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Had the early dinner chicken. Tasteless. Bloody inside. Couldn't finishi it. Underdone veggies. No starch.
  15. JI

    JIMM

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere. Outstanding service. Food was very good. 4 course menu. Good variety
  16. KU

    KURT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An excellent evening at ones of Detroits most iconic homes! Our server Jack was a true professional, food was great, and the Christmas decor was elegant.
  17. FD

    FosDog

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I was VERY excited to take my wife to the Whitney for our anniversary dinner. I had never been, and she hadn't been to the Whitney in many years. We had VERY high expectations to be "wowed" and we left with feelings of utter disappointment. In a word, our experience was very "underwhelming." First, the positives. When we entered, we were greeted warmly by the hostess and everyone seemed to know it was our anniversary... the menus were actually customized to say Happy Anniversary at the top with our names... nice touch! Our server was attentive and conversational. Unfortunately, things went south from there. They didn't have two of the beers I asked for (even though they were listed on their menu), we were cold the entire time -- even after asking for them to turn up the heat -- and others around us had to eat with their coats on. The lobster bisque was delicious, but our first course was average, at best -- definitely nothing special about it. We then proceeded to wait quite a long time for our entrees and once they were brought to our table, my wife's beef wellington (their signature dish) was not only cold, but undercooked. My filet which was supposed to be cooked medium, was also cold and came out "rare." Because we were catching a show at the Fisher theatre, we didn't have time to ask that our entrees be returned to the kitchen. We simply paid our $250 dinner bill for a meal that wasn't memorable at all and left with a feeling of regret and disappointment. For that price, I'm not sure if I would ever return.
  18. SH

    SusanH

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    For the price that you pay the food should never be cold.
  19. JY

    JimY

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious the waitstaff was wonderful , very attentive and engaging.
  20. MG

    MaryG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    The food came out luke warm and we couldn't send it back because we were attending the show and could not be delayed any further.
  21. RB

    RebeccaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was just okay for the price. Slightly elevated cuisine but not especially deliciously seasoned or interesting dishes, overall we didn't feel like the food justified the price. Ambiance of course was very nice, however we were seated close to the lobby and the fantastic piano player was a little loud overall. Polite and convenient valet parking. Wonderful server who was attentive and informative, but welcoming unobtrusive. I don't think I would go back again for dinner, however I'm slightly interested in their weekend brunch.
  22. m

    mrmike413

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Whitney is definitely a good place to go for a special dinner. John was our server and he kept us engaged with stories from the history of the mansion. The food was wonderful, and the entire building was decorated beautifully (inside and out) for the December holidays.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    We made reservations for our 51 st anniversary. We were told that on Wednesday night, we would get 51% off of our bill. Instead, they took $51 dollars off. Also, there were multiple flies on the window. Who has flies when it 30 degrees outside? The building was beautifully decorated and the food was good. Since I ordered the vegetarian options, they even made a vegetarian appetizer for me.
  24. h

    hsmingle

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, friendly, engaging and friendly service. Meal was perfectly prepared and presented.
  25. TF

    TheresaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Everything except the food was amazing. Service was excellent, ambience perfect. The food was delicious, however it was never hot. It was lukewarm and cooled very quickly. My lobster bisque was delicious, but lukewarm and then cold within a few mimutes. Same with the steak dinner. As a couple, we spent close to $300 (with tip included) for our meal. I just wish the food temp was better. Other than that, things were wonderful.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Old school but fine we’ll, the building is worth a visit by itself. Good food, a bit dated, but good, service on point and attentive. Great place for Fisher theater and special events.
  27. DF

    DennisF

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was prompt and courteous. The salad was tasty and plentiful. My steak was juicy and flavorful.
  28. AD

    AprilD

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited the Detroit Institute of Arts for the special Van Gogh exhibit. Had a lovely tea experience mid afternoon. Only wished i had a sassy hat that day
  29. AD

    AnneD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful holiday ambience, great service -- overall, a very memorable venue for any special occasion. Went for Sunday tea service, and it was worth what we paid. Definitely planning to return.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time. The service was great, and the workers were lovely to talk with. We had food allergies, and they were very willing to make an accommodation. Highly recommend.
  31. ZP

    ZandP

    Northern MI

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Everything was good but good is just meh.. good. When I pony up 200+ for dinner I expect better than just good
  32. CS

    CaseyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent for a romantic date night! The four course selections were delicious!
  33. DO

    DanO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From arriving in front and seeing a beautiful Christmas display to the entrance and a complete tour, everything was top-notch, the food was fantastic cooked to perfection, the staff was amazing from the hostess, waitress & servers..all fantastic!
  34. BS

    BrettS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little pricey but amazing atmosphere and service. We were very happy with the food. A very special evening out. One of our best restaurant experiences ever! I had read in reviews that it can be a bit noisy so requested a romantic quiet table for my fiancé and I the room they put us in was perfect.
  35. JM

    JaneM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped in for a nice dinner after visiting the DIA. Our waiter was fantastic. The food was excellent. The only issue we had was the bartender at the ghost bar would not let us move a chair so the 3 of us could sit while we had our drink. The other tables were not occupied. Perhaps management could arrange for more seating and a kinder bartender- after we paid 50 dollars for 3 drinks!
  36. F

    Fiori

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We were visiting the museums in the area and this restaurant came up as lunch option for afternoon tea. Everything was so run down, which could be interpreted as charming to some extend …until you look at the dining ware or the lavatories! I drink a lot of tea and have been to enough tea serving restaurants to realize that tea cups could be stained by the tea but it’s a different story when they still have lipstick from someone else. There were big chunks of dirt on the strawberries, I don’t know how it could be served like that? Also, I don’t know how long ago everything was prepared either because the food was stale and not appealing. We ended up going to Cannelle by Matt Knio up the street afterwards to actually enjoy some decent pastries and tea.
  37. U

    Unhappy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Overpriced and disappointing. It was inauthentic and too loud for meaningful conversation. After less than an hour, the staff started circulating to go boxes.
  38. D

    Degenkim

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic, a must-see, great food, wonderful service - top notch Detroit destination!
  39. TG

    TemperanceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Holiday Tree Lighting as well.
  40. RH

    RHath

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Venue is stunning, food is lackluster and outdated for the high price point. Also be prepared to wait a long time between courses and for drinks. Overall not worth the money.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Whitney is rated 4.7 stars by 4601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Whitney

4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Canfield Street

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    On-site Valet is $10.00. There is a paid self parking lot across Woodward, and some limited street parking along Canfield.

  • Public transit

    When the Qline is operating, there is a stop on the corner of Woodward and Canfield, connecting south to The Fox, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena and the DSO. It also connects north to West Grand Boulevard with a short stroll to The Fisher.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Culinary Director: Tim Patino

  • Entertainment

    The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 832-5700

  • Catering

    We offer private dining options for groups from 10 - 200. Cocktail parties, afternoon Tea Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday Brunches, Garden ceremonies are just a few of the options. Call 313-832-5700 for information and details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Whitney sustains an extensive and impressive resume for private dining events which includes hosting classically themed weddings, corporate occasions and any number of other, miscellaneous, intimate parties. Private Rooms for Bridal and Baby Showers and Teas, Luncheon meetings, Business and Rehearsal Dinners are available.

  • Private party contact

    Samantha Cesarz: (313) 832-5700 ext. 208

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