Republic - Detroit

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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'
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RG
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. Every month the menu changes and has never disappointed. Third time dining here and is my favorite place in the D! Great ambience and service.

OT
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Republic has a small but very unique menu fit for a foodie. The service is amazing and they are very helpful with food allergies and restrictions. The space is beautiful and the noise is not as bad as most new restaurants. We all loved it.

TG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great room with a lot of light and convenient to many locations. Food selection was minimal but apparently the menu changes often. The salmon was outstanding but the butternut squash was a little too mushy for our taste. They need to add some salads to the menu!

t
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

2nd visit to Republic, not as good as the first. Had the chefs tasting, portion sizes and progression where both very heavy - could have done with a couple of lighter dishes in the rotation. . Service was the real disappointment, started well, but then our waiter become more and more irregular in appearances - he admitted he was taking care of a 'party' in another area of the restaurant and was relying on other staff to help deliver food/drinks - which did not work.

MK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, food, service, fit out, and ambience. Will be back and highly recommend to others

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The waitstaff is so welcoming and go above and beyond to make your experience everything you want.

DD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and extremely accommodating for dietary needs. My husband, daughter and I came here before going to the Fisher theater. While parking could be a challenge, we found street parking right outside. Everything is served family style and the portions were generous. The restaurant has an upscale, yet casual vibe. My daughter eats vegan and they altered the dishes, but brought the non-vegan ingredients so that we could add them on top. We were disappointed that on a Thursday night, this place wasn’t packed. People are missing out!

EM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just love it there

MM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was great. Loved the decor of the restaurant but.......the Salmon was cold and undercooked, asparagus cold and the steak was just warm enough to eat but the sauce was lukewarm. The manager did take the salmon and asparagus off of our bill and gave us a free dessert. The only thing that kept us from leaving was the fact that our daughters chicken strips and fries were hot and she was throughly enjoyed her food! Service was great but I would not return.

MD
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I really like more gourmet, "fancy" food but was not impressed with the menu selection. The few items we did order (roasted carrots and charcuterie) were just ok. We sat in the bar area because it was happy hour and the seats were incredibly uncomfortable (guess they don't really want you to sit in the bar area to enjoy happy hour).

d
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Republic. The food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. It is our go to place for out of town guests and friends. My one complaint is that the music is too loud! This forces diners to shout which raises the noise level even more. Had to have our server repeat several times what he was saying. That is not cool. It is a lively, awesome place without all that noise. Turn it down please.

w
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great overall experience!

WW
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Some of the dishes were amazing, like the potatoes in creams fraiche sauce, but others were less exciting, like the salmon

SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friend in from CT.

GH
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the little things like the tiny close pin holding your garnish to the side of your glass. This place continually impresses us with great service and unique creative food.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had in many years😂

Just asked wait person to surprise and delight me; and "exceed my expectations ...

LT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and the food was phenomenal! Great experience all around.

MH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We’ve been to Republic several times before and the food was good. This time we ordered the multi course tasting menu. I felt that several of the courses were substandard. Will probably go back to Republic,But unlikely that we will choose the tasting menu. Really feel like we did not get value out of our meal.

RG
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible creativity with the menu. Presentation was top notch and the meal tasted amazing. Great service as well!

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, terrific urbane yet cozy atmosphere and fantastic service from Chris, our waiter. We love the Republic-we have never been disappointed over the last 2 years we have been dining there!

JJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food. We enjoyed everything. The place was pleasing to the eye and palette. I would recommend anyone going to Detroit to dine there.

OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good but overpriced

HT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. Service is great too. We will be back. Be prepared that the food is served family style.

s
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good. Was very quiet and not busy but stop decide was great and food was very good. Some of it is very creative so if you just want a steak or chicken don’t bother. But with any sense of adventure you will love it

SR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Republic is a very nice contemporary Restaurant, exceptional seating but lacking a bit on food, pricing and service. The restaurant was very loud which caused everyone at each table to raise their voices. Wait staff was a little to strong on selling up the menu. Prices in total are New York not Detroit. When serving a meal to share utensils for sharing should be provided as well as filleting the fish.
Overall the meal was good but higher priced than i expected.

KG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal, although the food was a bit hit or miss, but enjoyed our server more. Christopher was great!

h
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is beyond fabulous! I wish I could give 6 ⭐️! Start to finish, the night was perfect. Our group of six opted for the Chef’s Tasting, and it did not disappoint. With a variety of preferences, this is no small feat. One of our new faves!

E
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We used to come here all the time and it was always fantastic. We went for oir anniversary and it was awful. They changed their style of cooking. Not sure if its a new chef or what, but it needs to improve. There was one server for a huge party plus our table and a few others. Took forever to be helped. Menu was not a big deal. Hope this place turns around to what it used to be! It used to be great. Not anymore.

YF
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food! The menu this week was a winner!

MJ
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, great service

CE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal. Our waiter made it a great experience with his fun disposition. Food was amazing. The presentation was perfect. The menu was short and sweet and made the selection an easy experience. The drinks were fantastic. I have been spreading the word among all my friends on social media.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Republic was good, a little expensive but not unaffordable. I would have enjoyed the dinner much more but unfortunately it was really loud which made it difficult to hear the people at my own table. I’d be wiling to give Republic another chance to determine if the loudness is typical. We also indicated in the reservation that it was the birthday for someone at my table, unfortunately Republic server made no mention of it. Also, they had a very limited bar. I asked for a gin martini but they were limited on the gin selection. On second thought, I’d think I’d like to try another restaurant before returning.

CA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and cocktails were very good, although the short rib was not quite as fall off the bone tender as advertised.

LG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The food while good, was designed to force you to buy a lot of extras. Charging 9 dollars for bread is ridiculous. The drinks were expensive and SMALL. The restaurant was so loud we could not have a personal conversation with the people we were eating with. I guess this is the new way of going out, but it is not for me. When I spend this much money for dinner, I want to be able to enjoy my food and my company. This was not for me.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great (some was even surprising and interesting, rather than standard America!), the location and interior was great, the service was also great. One caveat - they seem to have some trouble with serving utensils. As they encourage family style eating, both verbally, and with the scope of the dishes, they never gave us a correct serving utensil, which was completely necessary in the family style setting they’re trying to cultivate.

A three prong fork for barley. A butter knife for short ribs. Nothing at all for scallops.

If they figure out this kink, it’ll be 5 stars!

FR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the special, you get to taste almost everything
Love this place

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fun as always!!

GN
Detroit
63 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been in a number of months, but the quality remains the same. Always interesting small plates and some good large ones too. Very easy to over-order, but the leftovers will make dinner tomorrow night. Excellent bibimbap, decent prime rib. Wonderful appetizers.

R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Republic for dinner before a concert. Didn’t know anything about it before getting there, but is now one of the best restaurants we have been too. Food and service are over the top. You can’t go wrong.

AG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here many times but 2nd time doing the tasting menu. Worth every penny. Loved our experience here and look forward to returning.

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