The Whitney

4.8
4004 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 Thursday - Sunday evenings. The Whitney also serves a luxurious four course Afternoon Tea at 11:00 and 1:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Live Piano during 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.

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 completes the elegant afternoon. Due to the nature of this service, our Chefs require a 24 hour advance reservation, and we cannot accommodate menu/dietary restrictions or substitutions.
  • Mansion A La Carte Dining

    Jun 20, 2021 only

    Treat dad to our classic four-course dinner menu. Indoor seating only available on this day. Father's Day BBQ is available only for outdoor guests.
  • Father's Day BBQ

    Jun 20, 2021 only

    Summertime, Sunday and BBQ,... sounds like a perfect "Dad Day"! We'll bring the Bar-B-Que, the Bourbon, the beer, AND a special gift... You bring Dad! Members of the Preservation Partnership & Social Club will enjoy two complimentary BBQ Dinners with their membership card on this special day. (PPSC Card and ID must be presented at time of payment) BBQ Menu will be served in the Garden, weather permitting. Our four-course a la carte menu will not be available outdoors on this day.
  • Father's Day Brunch

    Jun 20, 2021 only

    Every Dad has his day! And this is the perfect way to celebrate Dear Old Dad. Champagne, brunch, a special "Dad" gift…and still time for an afternoon round of golf. Treat Dad to our fabulous three-course Mansion a la carte brunch.
  • Wednesday Wine Dinner

    $79.00 per person

    Jun 9 - Aug 18, 2021

    Champagne upon arrival, 5 courses, 4 wines, all designed to make a memorable evening of good food, wine and friends Each week a member of our culinary team will take point and create a surprise 5 course progressive dinner, all paired with interesting wines. July 28th dinner will feature a 100% Vegan menu. $79 per person includes dinner and wines. Valet, tax & gratuity additional. Event will move into the Mansion in the event of unpleasant weather. *Due to the nature of this event, menu requests and dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated. 21 and over only.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4004 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing. Everything was perfect

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DeevaD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great for a birthday treat. Had a blast with my mom and sis.

AJ
AyannaJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my cousins birthday. Everything was amazing. Our server was patient and polite. Our food was delicious. We had a great time.

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RoyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I don't like menus that force me to get more courses than I would typically. Appetizer (or salad) and main course is all I usually eat. Only option was 4-course meal, including desert which I never order.

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CarlaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner at the Whitney was memorable for the atmosphere and attentive service. We were personally greeted by name and my husband had a printed menu that read “Happy Birthday”. A tour was a highlight. I had what was probably the best cocktail I’ve ever had

DJ
DJDDay
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an absolutely sublime place to eat - interior is a 120+ year old mansion. Took a tour afterwards (thanks Jim!) and had a nightcap at the Ghost Bar. Due to COVID seating, the restaurant was less than half full and very quiet - we were the only ones at the Ghost bar! YMMV... dress to impress. Official attire is (at least) business casual, however; if gentlemen at least wear a suite jacket (tie optional) and ladies wear a dress and you won't feel out of place.

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danieexe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience all around. The whole building is stunning, the tea service was fantastic, and totally worth it. We went to celebrate a birthday, and it was so wonderful! Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun and unique experience.

JJ
JessicaJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful! Went for my Parents’ 45th Anniversary and they were treated so well! Food was top notch and our server, Marvin, was so attentive, informative, and pleasant!

EB
EdwynnB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wide's birthday. Everything was wonderful.

JF
JohnnyFiveStar
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great meal, worth every penny! The service was a little slow but was okay as that gave you more time to enjoy the ambiance. All staff were very friendly and helpful as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was nice. Beef Wellington overdone / overpriced. Swordfish very good. Wine food. Overall ok but not worth the $

DA
DouglasA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great along with the food it was A-1, will be back again.

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Sajoo
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, astonishing mansion. An unforgettable experience. The best restaurant experience that we've had in the US.

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vipLadySharon
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This is a beautiful and romantic setting. The staff are absolutely wonderful. We also enjoyed the tour after our dinner. We were, however, disappointed in the food. We came here specifically for the Beef Wellington. We were served the smallest Beef Wellington I have ever seen, and we've had it on airplanes (KLM). We ordered medium rare. There was no hint of red or pink. After having eaten at Mint 29 two days earlier where the food was outstanding, I have to say we were disappointed in our last meal of the week while visiting Dearborn/Detroit. I would recommend The Whitney, but not the Beef Wellington.

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JohnB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whitney staff were exceptionally excellent! We celebrated our 30th Anniversary and everyone made it fabulous. A day to remember! So thankful for all who where involved.

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rap2018
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with two friends to the Mansion Tea Service and we were incredibly impressed. The food was more than filling, the tea was delicious and the staff was also incredibly welcoming and kind. Additionally, they had a fantastic pianist that was a nice backdrop to the event. We showed up early and were able to tour the mansion and overall it was a spectacular experience. I will definitely be going back.

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DawnR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect answer to a beautiful ,sweet girl on her 19th birthday! We had an amazing afternoon celebrating my Stella and this beautiful mansion. The food,atmosphere, service and of course the tea were perfect! The pianist even played Happy Birthday!!

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vipLita
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience!! Great ambiance, the food was wonderful and the waitress was outstanding!! Highly recommended!!!

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AprilR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Excellent food, piano music and great service.

DB
DesiraeB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building with a fantastic dinner. Had such a wonderful evening.

NY
NYCDiner2
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class! Amazing food and amazing service! Wonderful piano player!! The best restaurant and dining experience in Detroit!!!!!!!!

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SuzyWing
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a setting that every lady should experience, to enjoy some great tea, great food and great conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, excellent service. Free tour of the mansion with dinner was fun

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ScottL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! The Whitney has the wow factor. You are getting amazing food, amazing service, and an amazing atmosphere at The Whitney. Thinking about coming? Stop thinking and book that reservation today!

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vipDebMich
Northern MI
41 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whitney didn't disappoint. The venue is beautiful. We had a drink in the garden and listened to music before dinner. We ate in the study and it was quiet and a great location. The menu was smaller than pre-covid and were surprised it was a fixed menu with 4 courses. However, the food was outstanding. The butterfish special had great flavor and we also had the beef wellington. The appetizers and salads were great as well. The prices were a bit high but worth a special occassion.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, staff, and ambiance of the building, grounds, and overall area were absolutely amazing. The friendliness and hospitality of the staff truly made our experience beyond anything we could have imagined. There is no question that my family and I will continue to celebrate our anniversary and other family events at The Whitney.

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EduardoR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great overall experience in a very unique and historical spot

BJ
vipBJKeith
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Provided the perfect setting for our 30th wedding anniversary.

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Sandyd
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner
Our server was excellent
Food was good
Whitney is a special place, lots of history
We enjoy coming here for special occasions

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Anne
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and elegant. Food was excellent, delicious, hot and cooked perfectly. Impeccable service!! Highly recommend.

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Kate
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were there for Tea service and it was wonderful. The staff made it very special.

KD
KathrynD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this High Tea at the Whitney was excellent and memorable! Great place for Mother and Daughter to celebrate their birthdays!

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GaryG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. I don’t recommend adding the vanilla butter lobster tail. Everything else great!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It was more about the history behind the home and the owner of the home. The food was overly priced and not the best I’ve ever had for a close to $200 tab (not including tip). I think it’s a once and a blue moon type of place for me. We were given a tour which was an unexpected surprise, but it became clear that the home is in need of massive repairs. I work in Architecture so certain items stood out to me. The home is decorated in turn of the century Victorian, but this is why people return, the ghost stories, the story of the lumber magnate who builds and decorates his home custom to his desire who is tied to royalty. Crowd seemed older celebrating anniversaries and birthdays.

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Mufasa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place and great service. A little on the expensive side.

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SantinoT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining experience last night at the Whitney was arguably the best meal I've had in years. The staff was very accommodating and helpful and the David Whitney mansion was absolutely stunning. This is my first time attending and the food and beverages were phenomenal. I plan to return to the Whitney again in the very near future for a special holiday meal or even just to have a drink at the curious "ghost bar". I like to imagine a century ago David Whitney and Thomas Edison getting drunk on absinthe with Detroit's power brokers and making an absolute mess of the place. I would give the experience overall a 10/10 but did not see any ghosts.

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Definitely will be returning

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TracyS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting and the food were good. The waiter was excellent, but I do think the overall cost was slightly higher than it should be.

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LaurenR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful seating, kind waiting staff, and the best meal I’ve eaten in my life. Lobster bisque will have you coming back for more, and the filet was so soft and tender I cut it with a butter knife! The lobster was so tender and had a vanilla butter, and boy can you taste it. Went with my mother for a Sunday treat, and we both agreed it’s the best meal we’ve ever been served. Not a single thing to complain about.

FAQs

The Whitney is rated 4.8 stars by 4004 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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