Republic - Detroit

4.4
1062 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Republic is a tavern with emphasis on sourcing local and seasonal products, as well as traditional preservation methods.

For the most recent and accurate menu, please visit www.republictaverndetroit.com and click 'Today's Rotating Menu'
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation

Happy Hour: Tuesday - Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm at Bar
Happy Hour: Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm, bar specials only
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Closed: Mondays
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Phone number
(313) 446-8360
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Currie
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Catering
Private parties can be arranged. A variety of rooms are available for groups from 2 to 100. Please email marybeth@republictaverndetroit.com for more information!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cass Ave. and Grand River Ave.
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Parking details
Parking also available in the Olympia lot on Cass Ave. Daily rates apply.
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Public transit
Conveniently located three blocks from the Rosa Parks Central Transit Center.
Short distance from all three sport arenas.
We are walking distance from the new QLine on Woodward Ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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MW
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I just don’t understand why every place in the city is tasting and small plates. Whatever happened to a salad, a veggie, a starch and a main course. Had to go some place else to split a burger after we ate. It was good, just not a meal.

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EF
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Republic has the best bar I've been to in Detroit. The bartenders make all the syrups everyday, and they clearly care about their craft. The food is amazing too, as they push boundaries all the time. I still remember a duck pate that was out of this world.

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OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here. Great food and service. Highly recommend.

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VS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place , has very city like feel to it.
We will definately be back

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LP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose the very generous ‘chef’s choice’ menu. Plenty of delicious food for the price, $60 pp. Too much for that night, but we had delicious left overs the next night. All around very enjoyable dining experience. Thank you!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not many choices for dinner. Food ok

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was outstanding.
Order the Chef's special. It's worth every penny and you get a nice variety. Love that they locally-source.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We had heard great things about Republic from friends, so when my sister and brother-in-law were coming in from out of town we made a reservation a few months in advance. We arrived, ordered a round of drinks and three appetizers, the carrots, the salad, and the charcuterie plate. All were pretty average but the 4 options for entrées (that was it!) on the menu looked good so we ordered the beef tenderloin, the boar Ragu, and the scallops. Our waiter came back a minute or two later and told us that they were all out of the beef tenderloin. He left and came back again another minute later and said they were also out of the boar Ragu. Literally of the four entrées that were available at the restaurant, he was telling us that two of them were completely out and unavailable. I thought we were being Punked! This was a restaurant we came to eat dinner and we were informed after ordering drinks and appetizers that we were not going to be able to eat dinner there. We had a conversation with the manager, got our check (they comped a $50 bottle of wine for us but not the food), and had to go find another restaurant to eat dinner. For a restaurant that has won some awards these past few years, it could not have been a more disappointing experience for us. The good news is that we walked across the street to Lumen and had a great meal. For anybody thinking of going to Republic I would ask your waiter if everything is in stock for that evening before ordering anything, and consider going to Lumen instead. We will certainly not be back

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I enjoyed my meal at Republic, but I thought the service could have been improved. Additionally, I thought the food was overpriced for the quality and there was not an extensive list of options to choose from. I would say it was somewhat limiting.

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BF
Munich
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant! Excellent food for Detroit. I've been in a couple of other high class restaurants in Detroit (Selden Standard, Mable Grey, Grey Ghost, Iridecence to name a few) and the food at Rebublic was the best so far.
Very cool interior design!
Service could have been a bit more attentive (we had to wave quite hard a couple of times to get the attention of a waiter) and my husband got a wine glass with lip stick from a previous user.

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GK
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful time at Republic. Seated immediately and greeted by our server. Ordered dishes at our pace. Started with the bread and butter after ordering wine. Staff heard my wife raved about the butter and provided some additional bread for us to enjoy. The place was nearly full and we enjoy dining in that atmosphere. Scallops were delicious and the swiss roll was a wonderful dessert to end the night. Have been trying to make reservations there at a time we like to dine for a very long time. Will recommend Republic to friends and family.

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OT
Grand Rapids
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely loved it. Foodie heaven for sure.

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b
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were kind of disappointed in the service. We were sat immediately, as we had a reservation. We received water. Then we waited. And we waited. There were two waiters, on a Thursday at 7:30pm. Approximately 6 or 7 tables. No server. I went up to the bar and begged the bar manager to place an order for an appetizer, as i was starving. That got the ball rolling and a server came over, who told us he was helping our server, who did have a larger table of 7 or 8 people. The rest of the evening went fine. We did see 3 different tables paying their bill at the bar, because the waiter gave it to them, but never came back to cash it out. Not my best night there.

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L
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we appreciate the great service and innovative menu at Republic! The dishes are often paired with ingredients in an unusual way but have never been disappointed even though we do not consider ourselves super adventuresome. Thanks for another wonderful experience.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really expensive and they suggest 3-5 plates. Food came out to Fast`

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AC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Unimpressive overpriced food. Menu trying to hard to be creative, but the result barely edible. Chewy mushrooms in a greasy tempura batter rendered soggy in a flavorless beet juice. Wild boar ragu also a let down - noodles clumped together into a cold knot, and barely any boar to be seen. Okonomiyaki was essentially a pancake that was so sweet it belongs on the dessert menu. Service lacking as well. If waiter was trying to be "friendly" it came off as pushy/aggressive, and we ran out of there to salvage the night elsewhere.

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SR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this place! My husband and I had a much needed date night here and we loved everything about it. It was a nice atmosphere and we loved the shared plates. Food was excellent and the drinks were great also.

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PM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Republic initially for Detroit Restaurant Week and was impressed enough with the food and drinks to return for my 2 year wedding anniversary and was not disappointed. While there was a lot of different menu items than our previous visit everything was excellent. Everything from the bread and butter to our drinks and entrees were cooked perfectly and very flavorful. The wait staff was attentive and accommodating to our orders as well. Couldn't be happier with our anniversary dinner, will be returning again very soon.

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OT
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. I know something about tofu I did not know

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was good, but not so good that I would come back and order the same thing or tell a friend they need to try 'that'. Many of the dishes used similar garnish / spice (e.g. spicy peepers), which may be part of the seasonal menu constraints, but left me wondering what the thought process was for the dish... the peppers were added because it goes with the dish or just because that's the garnish available to work with. Drinks were good and the atmosphere was nice. Overall it was a good experience, but it's not on my list to revisit.

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CB
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good experience, food is good but overpriced!!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Not at all what we anticipated based on researching and reading multiple reviews. The overall feeling we had after leaving besides being hungry was, the owners must be having a good laugh at all the people who fall for the hype. Way overpriced for what you are getting. Our waiter was inexperienced, shy and not very engaging, appeared to be overwhelmed or maybe just extremly uncomfortable doing that type of work. The nosie level was extreme, do not go if you are looking to have a nice dinner and hear one another. Family style should include more than 5 carrots thrown in a bowl, undercooked with less than a teaspoon of sauce. The bread had 3 pieces with unsalted crystalized butter. Water served had no ice and saying luke warm would be misleading. The deserts were bland and not much flavor and very small. Would never recommend but we will continue to share our empty experience for many years to come as it was a part of my hubby’s 50th birthday weekend.

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D
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

you need better service at a upscale place.
dessert wasn't ready and it wasn't anything elaborate
wrong bottle of wine was brought
entree prices were reasonable, but everything else was overpriced

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D
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location, (parking was no problem) great atmosphere with sophisticated and modern look, and the food was outstanding with a great wine pairing. Service made the meal relaxed and the timing was great!

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C
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC! We've eaten at Republic several times and the high quality food and service is very consistent!

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food came faster than we could eat it, would have liked to finish a dish before the next one arrived. It was very loud once the restaurant filled a little bit; it doesn't have good sound proofing. Other than that it was great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose the Chef choice dinner and were very pleased. This was a great way to enjoy many different menu items based on what the Chef choices. Highly recommend the experience!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We have been to Republic a few times and had a very nice experience. With that said...this time NO!
1. Hostess was VERY pleasant and polite. Our table was not ready so, we sat at the bar and ordered a drink.
2.Bartenders are very good and made excellent drinks.
3.Once at the table, our friend had a full glass of water spilled on him, no problem, just water but , it would have been nice to comp his beer maybe for the wet dinner he sat through.
4. Our waitress seemed distracted especially with a table of 10 next to us.
5. Food: Charcuterie and flat bread were excellent. Mushroom tempura was not edible. Shiitake mushroom stems are not edible, any cook would know this. Halibut was bland and tasteless. Duck was tender and tasty but the fat was not rendered. The wild boar Tagliatelle was gummy, dry and tasteless.
Once you set a high standard, expectations are high also.

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LS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. Plates are more shareable type than enteee, which wasn’t what I expected, but we enjoyed our meal very much.

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NG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Republic is amazing! From the ambiance, to the food, to the drinks - this is a great Detroit spot. The menu is unique, and each selection is brought out and explained a little by the staff - which is a nice touch, it shows they know what is being made. I'm also a fan of restaurants that use more comfortable/cozy type chairs for their seating - which Republic has. It is a very sleek, trendy - but still comfortable/not too fancy dining experience. Try it out!

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l
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Two couples ordered 4 chef's menu and we were given basically the same food amount as a table with two people. (The servers would drop off one course for us and give the same size portion to the table of two behind us). Left hungry and disappointed.

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DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance! Wonderful view of Beacon Park.

We had the Chef's Choice and every enjoyed every entree! Distinct flavors and delicious. Dessert was nice and light. Service was A-1, attentive and friendly.

Thank you! We will be back. #RepublicEatsRock

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u
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really love Republic. The ambiance is wonderful (such a cool and interesting building!); the staff is super-cool, kind and helpful; the menu (both food and drink) is varied and interesting; the food is delicious; and their locally-sourced ethos makes you feel good about dining there. It is a "must-experience" when visiting Detroit!

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SD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 5

The server was great but the kitchen was incredibly slow. Each of our 4 menu items came out separate by about 15 minutes each. Server said kitchen was short staff. Also the air conditioning was broken and it was uncomfortably hot. Not that many people in the restaurant but no one acknowledged the issues. Food was really flavorful and unique, with good portions. But was also pricy. The place is so well rated that we were shocked. For similar food and experience, I'd go to Seldon Standard or Wright and Company again before going back here.

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is very nice. The menu offers options for everyone-each one uniquely crafted. The service was attentive and professional. We will definitely visit again!!

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C
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very hip atmosphere; unique and excellent dining options; engaging, knowledgeable, and very eager to please staff. I will definitely visit here more often.

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T
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food at a reasonable price. The servings for the tasting menu were incredibly generous. All of the dishes were flavorful and inventive.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

A weird experience overall. My date ordered the last piece of halibut and they ruined it. They waitess told us she had to pick something else after literally waiting an hour before any food came. Then we had to wait and additional 20 for the new entree.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, I would go back and also recommend trying Republic. It’s unique menu is reasonably priced for the quality and the atmosphere is lively.

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AM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say my latest visit to Republic Detroit was fantastic. Katie was our server and she did a great job helping us to navigate the menu and made sure we would all delight in the offerings based on our preferences. All the staff members were welcoming and efficient. The food was fantastic and we really enjoyed everything that we ordered.

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