Traffic Jam & Snug

3.9
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The Traffic Jam and Snug, established 1965, is truly one of Detroit's hidden treasures. Known throughout Midtown for our in-house bakery, microbrewery, and dairy, our curiously intimate multi-level dining rooms, and an eclectic menu of made-from-scratch dishes, there is simply nothing quite like The Traffic Jam.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
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3.9
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3.9
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3.8
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vippct1949
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at the Traffic Jam for 50 years. It never fails to please my palate. The Black Bean Burrito is delicious.

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vipLDBhamNative
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We decided to come here because it is close to the DSO. We had not been to the restaurant since our college days and thought it would be fun to try the restaurant again.
It was a delightful surprise. We enjoyed very interesting and tasty meals with attentive service.

MB
vipMarioB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly eclectic and definitely a Detroit icon!! I'll be back soon.

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Kevinh
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always different and interesting without being weird. Cheese plate was wonderful. Server was lots of fun and attentive.

TM
TimM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Traffic Jam and Snug shouldn’t be in the food business. Being new to the area, someone had recommended it and with family visiting, I decided to try it. I should have believed the reviews, rather than the one person’s opinion. The menu is limited, portions small, and the quality of the food delivered is poor. Salads were wilted and the chicken breast was incredibly tough. I had a burger that was good, but the other three people were disappointed. When I pointed out the poor lettuce quality, the server apologized and said, “let me see what I can do”. Props for that, although the answer was to discount one salad by half. This seems much more a drinking establishment with food rather than fine dining.

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AKSmee
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good! They urban farm their own produce and you can tell everything is made in-house. Service was crazy fast!

DZ
DianeZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Traffic Jam a number of times over the years, but it's been awhile. Decided to go there Friday before an event at the DIA. Were thinking good comfort food. But it was FAR beyond comfort food - it was outstanding! The menu was very fresh, interesting/imaginative. The mushroom soup was delicate, light and excellent. I had the Bourbon Street surf and turf pasta, my husband had the chicken piccata - both were absolutely delicious. We always liked Traffic Jam, but do they have a new chef? The only thing we chuckled about was there seemed to be several single sheet menus to review - but we think that's because they had special items for Valentine's Day. Fun atmosphere, good music, great service, could easily visit and the prices were very reasonable. We highly recommend checking out or getting back to the Traffic Jam! (Note: ignore lots of the pictures on their website - seems like we saw a lot of sweet potato fries and meatloaf pics. Didn't seem at all representative of the excellent menu they offer)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The room was cold and the food took a long time to arrive. We were practically the only people in the restaurant. We were going to bring all three of our job candidates to The Traffic Jam for the interview luncheon (which was eight people) but after our first experience we decided to go elsewhere for all of the other interviews.

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melcjohnson
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Walked in and waited 15 minutes along with others complaining for the hostess to finally appear. Would have left then but wouldnt have time to get in anywhere else and had a play to attend at the Fisher Theatre.
Confusion about where to seat us and who was waiting on us. Server was nice and tried but by time food came we didnt even have time to eat it and what we did eat was overcooked. Our drinks were ecen wrong.
Not a good experience at all.

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BryanS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff very cordial, and did a excellent job. Food was great

RK
RebekahK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Portions were small for my teenagers. They were still hungry after their burger and fries.

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Birmingham48009
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Nice place with a friendly staff. Parking was a bit confusing and I was turned off by the aggressive pan handlers on the way in and the way out. Based on that, I would not go back which is a shame.

RC
RobertC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful. Will return in the near future with a few guests. The smelt was good, but smaller and less of them then in the past.

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Sigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Basic food - small portions - overpriced for quality & quantity.
Practically empty restaurant yet stood ungreeted at door for more than 5 minutes.
Asked "hostess" what in-house made beers they had available and the answer was "um... I don't know"... Didn't even offer to find out - laughable.
Their stout was good. Their cheese was good. I can't justify paying $$ to go back... If I do return, it will only be to grab one of their beers at the bar.
They can brew beer, I'll give em that... But their restaurant game is subpar.

BD
BethD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Yikes! Went for an early New Year's Eve dinner. Dinners were lackluster and cold, specials were never conveyed to the group until after the meal, and the atmosphere was akin to a mausoleum. Only high point was the carrot cake.

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I would recommend, however be aware that portion size for the Mongolian beef dish is very small. More like a side dish. Flavor was very good, but portion for price was not in line.

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lauriec
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Family in town, large party. Wasn’t very busy but food very delayed—and not great. Disappointing.

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ROXANNM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

To many people and no servers. Food arrived cold and had to keep asking for our drinks.

JK
JenniK
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting foods and good portions. Atmosphere is enjoyable

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Edward
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice casual establishment with good food and with a 50 year plus history . Lots of character. The service could have been faster but, overall a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They staff was very nice and food good. They my friend and I visit and would check on us periodically. The only issue was that it was cold in there.

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ROBLD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience2

Food was warm at best. The Bourbon Street Pasta was tasty but the shrimp still had tails which is unheard of in a dish with a cream based sauce where you might not be able to see that tail until after you crunch into it. I thought it was slightly pricey for what we ordered. Luckily there was no one in the place so we had no trouble going to our table even though we arrived 30min ahead of our reservation. I guess that should have been my first clue for a restaurant in midtown on a Friday night? Extremely disappointed!

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Donmac
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun destination before the theater. Free parking is a nice perk, too.
Although lentil soup and macaroni and cheese were very tasty, the mac and cheese was cool after I finished soup. It would be better to bring out combo items individually.

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dininginAA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The service was slow for no apparent reason because the restaurant was not very busy.

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vipericl
Detroit
60 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Sad.. what happened to this place? Needs a major dusting and cleaning. Food is average at best.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Had a reservation, had to wait for our table for about 5 minutes. After being seated, we saw no staff about 10 minutes- we had to get up and track down someone to ask for waters. The person in our group who went to track down water said they didn’t look very full.

When the person delivered water 5 minutes later, we were ready to order, but wasn’t wait staff, so could not take our order. We waited another 15 minutes and no one came to our table. We decided to take our business elsewhere. As we were walking out the front door, the waiter came over and said he was going to be right with us...sigh.

We’ve eaten here multiple times in the past and never had this happen before. Unsure if we will ever be back.

PI
PaulaI
Waterford
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Portions were not very large. Order a salad or soup ahead of dinner.

MB
MarciaB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I had asked for a group reservation for 7 in the “front” part of the restaurant- to our surprise and pleasure, we were given the separate room in the front. My only suggestion is that you adjust the lighting in there, perhaps just switch the lightbulbs, to warmer, more pleasant light - even our food looked a little unappetizing (it tasted fine), and it was even hard to read the menus. Candles on the tables might have also helped.

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Steev
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience5

The menu is extensive and very enticing... and then the food is bleh. The ambiance is lovely, old time-y saloon style. The waitress was a delight, so sweet and kind but the food was just poor. They should probably do something about that since the area is really setting a high bar for cuisine.

TM
TarahM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was awful, and when we finally received food it was ice cold. We asked to see a manager and another server came over and he walked up to the table and said "talk to me". Do not recommend and will not be back.

TS
TomS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time. Will be back. Excellent to have dinner before an event downtown

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Quite possibly one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had. I won’t be returning.

DC
DanielleC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The service was slow and the food was not good. My friend ordered the scallop toQuitos and what came of the table was a big fried fishy smelling scallop in a Costco flour tortilla with some guacamole On it. Also, I ordered the caprice salad with fresh ingredients from The Garden rooftop and the tomato was hard, flavorless and pale and was smothered with Huge amount of olive oil. Are used to really like this place I don’t know what happened. Also it took almost an hour to get our food

LS
vipLisaS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

DA
DanA
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunday evening dinner, quiet, decent menu selections. Veggie lasagne is hard to find and this was very good. Tortellini was ok but the sauce was too creamy with not enough tomato mixed in. Bread basket nice idea but very bland. House wine was fine. Server was quite personable and responsive, knowledgeable of the menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was a very cool place

DG
DG66
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Problems from the very beginning, when I was told that they didn't have my reservation. When we were seated, the wait staff had no clue as to what they were doing. Orders were confused, we were told certain items were not available, it became mass confusion. Some orders were not prepared correctly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Restaurant was tired, near empty and food was average at best. Our server was great though!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in a friendly,quiet atmosphere.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointed with the outcome. Place was cute and some good items on the menu but very overpriced and once items were brought to the table they were less than impressive. My daughter ordered the small cheese nachos which were just tostitos chips melted cheese and what tasted like off brand salsa for $8.75. I could have bought a whole bag of chips, jar of salsa and block of cheese for less.

FAQs

Traffic Jam & Snug does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Traffic Jam & Snug also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 831-9470.

Traffic Jam & Snug is rated 3.9 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.