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The Whitney

4.7
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3608 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
The Whitney is Detroit's most Romantic Restaurant. Housed in a historic 52 room 1890s mansion on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit's cultural district. The Whitney also serves an elegant plated Sunday Brunch and a luxurious four course Afternoon Tea at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Live Piano during dinner and brunch. Call for Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events. We look forward to serving you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3608 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.8
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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darleneS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all the way around!!!

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Alessandro
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Magic ambience, and good food. I suggest to do the champagne tour.

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Waterfront
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous restored mansion right in the middle of downtown Detroit. We had brunch, the food was lavish and wait staff charming. I would definitely return for dinner but bear in mind The Whitney is quite pricey

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband and daughters birthday the staff and the manager was amazing!!! The food was amazing and they even made a cake and special menus for their birthdays! This is my go to place for any special event. And we can’t wait to return.

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CharlotteV
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a romantic dinner at The Whitney to celebrate his birthday. He ordered the Seafood Saute and said it was one of the top 5 meals he's ever eaten! I had the Beef Wellington and that was also superb. If you have extra time, I'd highly recommend the mansion tour. Jim gave us a great amount of history on the mansion in a relatively short amount of time. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this place, food & wine are great. Love that the historical house was repurposed!

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MazenBlue
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are very gratified and proud that The Whitney is such an outstanding restaurant. We very much appreciate that our dining experience was enjoyable and fulfilling. The fare was delicious and filling, better than that of another restaurant we visited a week previous in the suburbs.

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vipMata
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cauliflower steak was not cooked enough and had very little flavor.

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Heather
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinning experience in a beautiful mansion. By far one of the best places to eat in Detroit. The food was phenomenal and the service was top of the line. Very comfortable seating and just wonderful ambiance overall. I highly recommend. It is quite pricey but it's worth it.

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Jodie
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding atmosphere, food and service. Be sure to get there early enough to go upstairs to Ghost Bar to have a drink before having dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came here for the first time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Christopher took beyond great care of us. He provided excellent recommendations and even reserved us seats upstairs for dessert. Dinner was delicious and so were the drinks. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of, was the dessert. I wished we had stayed downstairs with Christopher and had it there. They were very busy upstairs and the dessert was just ok. We will for sure be back though!

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GregT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whitney was amazing. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding and the ghost bar was just really fun!!! Try the duck breast, you won't be disappointed.

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Jake
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner... great seating. Thanks so much for the candle (nice touch!).

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vipfoodie
Detroit
68 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful dining setting with excellent food. The best beef wellington in town. Great service in a very romantic setting. First class every time.

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JandL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my soon to be wife out for her dinner. The staff on the first floor was amazing. Food was some of the best we have had.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great time at the Whitney, brought the whole family they loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday inside the Woodward Room. Even got my birthday dinner free🤗

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and great atmosphere

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vipfoodie
Detroit
68 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, refined dining experience. The Whitney is simply magnificent from the piano playing in the background to the beautiful elegant decor. The service is very good, the wine selection is extensive and the food is fantastic. The lobster bisque is rich and delicious. The beef wellington is the best in the area complemented by an outstanding cognac sauce. Nothing compares!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great waiter, great food. Amazing time for my wife’s 30th birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

They didn’t have our reservation, but fortunately were able to squeeze us in. I asked for the Salmon, but the waiter thought I said same as her, so they gave me the wrong meal.

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LindaM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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LeslieC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nice Christmas experience.

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vipProfessor
Detroit
74 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Restaurant was behind, but caught up. Beef Wellington was excellent but the Seafood Sauté disappointing. The dish consisted mostly of wild rice; the seafood was almost non-existent.

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ApresVous
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a romantic dinner with a seat near the window in the main drawing room with a view of the garden and Christmas lights. Everything came together for a great meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Beautiful building but save your money! Go anywhere else! I will speak honestly. They couldn’t find our reservation. The hostess did not know how to operate Open Table. She said she has never used it. The host was too busy talking to the piano man to greet us. Finding our seat was confusing for them. We were moved once seated. Our waitress was attentive but seemed flustered. Her energy was tiring. Her manager was lingering over her. He seemed crabby. We were seated next to an obnoxious party. They talked loud and were complaining the whole time. They seemed stuffy. Our food was average at best. My date enjoyed the bacon from my salad. That was the best part of the meal. It wasn’t exceptional by any measure. I had to ask for water twice. Our drinks weren’t expertly crafted. It was my dates birthday. I mentioned that to them a few times. They didn’t do anything special for us. The bill was rich. We left annoyed. I wish we never went.

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JimR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was SUPER. Our server could not have been nicer. The food was excellent. We loved everything we ordered. The building is just beautiful. We said that we need to dine here more often.

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend there for her bachelorette party and we had such an amazing time!! I will be returning!! Great food, great service and such a beautiful place!!!

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vipNate
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

My father was in town and we chose the Whitney to celebrate his 75th birthday. Along was his wife and my wife and son. Neither my father nor I have there since 1991. The food and ambiance met expectations in every way. What stood out, though, were two pretty major deficiencies in the service. By policy they allow outside wine with a corkage fee, which is fine. I brought in a 2010 Caymus Special Selection Cab and a 2012 Nickel and Nickel Chardonnay. I asked the wait-person open both bottles and to please decant the Caymus. She promptly took the Caymus and marched into the kitchen. She came back with what I assumed to be my wine in a decanter. No bottle. No cork. No chance for a ceremonial taste. In my opinion, this was a gross breach of wine serving etiquette 101 and got us off on the wrong foot.

From there the service was merely adequate until we were invited to go to the third floor dessert room for bananas foster. Unbeknownst to us, the Whitney closes at 8pm on Sunday nights and the folks in the dessert room were clearly closing up shop at 7:50. We remarked that the staff downstairs suggested we come up for dessert and that we were looking forward to bananas foster. The comment back was something to the effect of..."we were about to leave, but I guess we could do it." Wow, thanks for the favor! Prior to the downstairs staff suggesting we go up for dessert, we were not even aware of the existence of this dessert room. Perhaps this is a pet peeve of mine, but the process of trying to close while still in theory serving diners is very off-putting. At a place like The Whitney, it should never happen. It's a back of house processes that no diner should ever see. We persevered and the bananas foster was spectacular.

So while I am ticking the Yes box for recommend to a friend, I am only doing so because anyone is entitled to a bad day and a singular experience may not accurately reflect reality. That said, up your game Whitney, many great places to eat in the D.

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LyndseyW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a friend's birthday. I told them ahead of time and they made a personalized menu just for her and brought her a special dessert. The staff was amazing. The food was delicious, don't miss out on dessert. Each one was better then the next. The rooms were all beautiful and the garden was in full bloom. They have built up Woodward so nicely. It was a great morning out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This wasn’t the Whitney I remember...fine dining service experience replaced by a friendly but not terribly professional server, my steak came medium well when it should have been medium rare. Took forever to get a new steak, at which point it was not quite rare. They took it back and put it back on to cook some more and took it off the bill - but at that point everyone else was done with their meal and I rushed to finish my steak so everyone else wouldn’t be held up. It just wasn’t special or memorable and we likely won’t return in spite of the fact that we had our wedding dinner there 16 years ago.

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BillW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whitney made for a very nice anniversary dinner for me and my wife.
The staff was friendly and helpful, the setting was romantic, and the food was delicious.
Highly recommended if you have a special event or a special someone.

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DianeW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. I would highly recommend a visit to the Whitney. We went for brunch and the food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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LeaCasas
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went to the Whitney with a good friend and had a superb meal. However, this place is more of a "romantic" venue, with dim lighting and stunning decor.

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vipFoodandwino
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The Whitney House is truly amazing. It is a great experience to be able to dine in such a beautifully restored landmark. The staff is engaging and focused on making the experience memorable. The Coconut Tomato soup and the Wedge Salad were great. However the entrees fell flat.
The Twin Lobster Tails were raw in the middle and the Beef Wellington was overdone and lacked any sign of foie gras.
A real disappointment as the accompaniments were well prepared. There was a miscommunication on the side potatoes and they arrived when the meal was 3/4 finished. Our server offered to redo but that just doesn’t work.
Free dessert was offered but by the mood was broken.
We were not there for practice. A weak link between the kitchen and the table. I hope the can fix it.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife recently had surgery and needed to use the elevator which was out of service. Was asked to pay a $5 cover charge to get in the 3rd floor bar prior to getting seated. Positive note... meal was outstanding, server provided fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The place is very beautiful but the food and service are not outstanding. Food has a good quality, but for the price they charge I was really not impressed.

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JoeD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service great staff
Music in the garden was fabulous. Highly recommend

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Bailey
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and amazing service. The staff is so kind and we loved our meals. Great way to celebrate a birthday!!

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Jackson1111
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great setting for a restaurant. Unfortunately, the food was nothing special. It wasn't bad, but for the price and atmosphere, we were expecting more. I would not recommend to a friend for dinner. If I went back, I would just go for a drink and maybe appetizers in the 3rd floor Ghost Bar. Please note that the elevator is currently not in service. I would recommend having a drink and checking the mansion out.

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