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Rugby Grille

4.6
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792 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Carry out is available! To place an order please call the Rugby Grille 248-642-5999.

Voted by OpenTable diners as one of the Best Overall Contemporary American Cuisine in Detroit in 2016, you’ve come to the right place!

The Rugby Grille Restaurant located inside Birmingham Michigan’s Townsend Hotel offers a memorable-dining experience. It features beautiful art, intimate tables and a private bar, world-class service and the culinary expertise of our talented team. The menu changes seasonally and features the very best in USDA prime beef, seafood, poultry and salads. The Rugby Grille features monthly events including wine dinners.

The Rugby Grille has been recognized with the following awards: the coveted AAA Four Diamond award, the Forbes Travel Guide "Recommended" rating as well as the very exclusive Wine Spectator "Two Glass Best of Award" of Excellence since 2016.

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Special menus

  • 4-Course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe

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     $95.00 per person
    Nov 26, 2020 only
    This holiday season, gather with your friends & family for a delicious meal! Four Course Prix Fixe for $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity A la Carte Menu will not be available Children will be offered a special A la Carte Thanksgiving Menu

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
  • Contactless payment available
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 792 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect from start to finish. Great staff, amazing food and very nice experience.

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
185 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always the best and the menu covers everything you could possibly want? Great soups also for those cold and raw days coming!

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vipLoriP
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great waitstaff and hostess. Food good but overpriced. Nice ambiance quiet breakfast spot.

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vipOpusFlorida
Miami
181 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent with incredible food and service. Dean is a consummate professional behind the bar and Foysal is a tremendous server always willing to accommodate our needs. Sunday brunch is so comfortable on the patio with heaters. Its worth every penny to enjoy this experience. We truly appreciate the experience.

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DanS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal with service as good as it gets. A little pricey but worth it!

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vipRichB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great corner table in bar area. Noah was an exceptional server and food was superb.

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
186 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday breakfast and they overheard us talking about it and brought a slice of birthday cake! How nice!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here are always impeccable!

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
186 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food delicious!

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vipPatriciaK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat in booth best to bar and was somewhat loud. Service and food were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect late summer evening dinner outdoors

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We have dined at Rugby Grille several times over the years, but this was the first time since COVID. The food was mediocre, unlike our past experiences. Also, there were several flies in the dining area... more than one would expect from normal door opening and closing. We won’t be back soon.

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vipOpusFlorida
Miami
181 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Outstanding food and service

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
186 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food is top notch for the price.

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Barbara2
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food and drinks mediocre, laughably overpriced. We felt cheated. Menu dull country club fare.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dont really get to go out to eat mostly because we are both chefs and prefer to just make our own. for our 10th year anniversary we thought we would try something different. Rugby Grille is amazing! They really made us feel special from the moment we pulled up. Our waitor took his time making sure we would like our selecions from the drinks to the main course. Everything was clean and neat and the atmosphere was upscale with nice romantic touches. The crab croquettes were some of the best ive ever had. And the steak was prepared perfectly. The only thing i can say negative was that the lobster tail was not what i was expecting as it was a bit tough and rubbery. I did make the mistake of asking for the wrong sauce for my chicken so that didnt go well for me lol again my fault entirely. The sauce however did pair amazingly with the steak so bonus there. And to top it off i had nonproblem paying for my error in sauce selection however they didnt even ask they just took my meal completely off the bill. The experience alone was worth every penny, and we will definitely be back! They even brought us a chocolate cake to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you Rugby Grill for making our 10th anniversary amazing!

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vipThomasK
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great business breakfast location. Great food and service.

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LatashaB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch, great service. Food was tasty. Will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is friendly.
The service is prompt.
There was no wait for my reservation.
The restaurant was quiet, clean, and peaceful.

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
186 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast meetings and especially during this period of Covid, they check all the boxes on the proper CDC protocols. Food and service always excellent!

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vipLionslayer
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rugby Grille is always fantastic. Aurora, Emmanuel, David, Jeffrey and Rhett were awesome.

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vipOpusFlorida
Miami
181 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best breakfast in Birmingham. Jeff is a truly professional server and anticipates everything. The omelettes are delicious and the outside patio is so pleasant on a weekend morning. Strongly recommend Rugby Grille.

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vipThomasK
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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TiffiB
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There seemed to be some confusion or hesitation in regard to service upon arrival. I believe staff were trying to limit contact but did so in a way that made myself and my party feel awkward. Perhaps an investment in technology that would allow for safe distances when placing order or submitting payment after the meal.
The food was just okay. The appetizer was cold when it arrived to the table even though we were basically the only guests at the restaurant. Although a fresh, hot replacement was requested and received. The steak was dry, a bit over cooked, and the serving size side dishes was not filling especially for the price of the meal.
I will more than likely not return to the Rugby Grille.

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vipUsualSuspect
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I chose Rugby Grille for brunch with the intent of catching-up with a friend I had not seen in some time. The expectation was that we'd do a lot of talking and the venue fit that need very well. We were seated a decent distance away from others so as to have a private conversation through the meal and the overall noise level of the restaurant was low, as well. I ordered the lox, thinking it would just be a sandwich, yet this giant platter arrived to my delight. While I asked for a second bagel, there was easily enough fish to make three bagel sandwiches, nevermind all the accompaniments, lol. It was a great spread and no shortage of food whatsoever.

TK
vipThomasK
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining event was a business meeting with drinks and appetizers. Elected to sit inside given the 90 degree outside temperatures. The setting, the drinks and the food is always worthy of praise.

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vipBreInn
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience when we dine at Rugby Grille. The food and service is impeccable. Will always return! Thanks for always making it special for us!

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ReginaldT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at the Rugby. It was our 5th wedding anniversary. Waiter was outstanding. Room was perfect and the food and wine were outstanding. We absolutely dine here again.

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vipmathews
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s no better server (at any restaurant) than Jessica!! Hi

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vipDonM
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The weather was perfect for sitting on the patio. Noah our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food was very good and presented well. This is one of our favorite place to eat.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We just didn’t like the choice of music being top 40. It’s supposed to be an elegant restaurant so we expected French or bistro type music

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vipOpusFlorida
Miami
181 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Plenty of outside tables making it very comfortable. Food and service are always top notch. The breakfast is the best in the city. You simply cannot go wrong here. A first class experience.

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vipOpusFlorida
Miami
181 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding food and service. They always get it right. Rib eye is so delicious. I strongly recommend. One of the best experiences in Detroit.

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DanS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

food is overpriced and only average in quality. Service was only fair as well, as we waited for a long time to place our orders. Then our food arrived and we had to wait for our waiter to bring silverward. Many other places in Birmingham are better than this.

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vipThomasK
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service and great location!

TK
vipThomasK
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast outside on the patio is awesome!

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
186 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with a couple of glasses of rose eating on the Patio, enjoying the weather. Always love the shrimp cocktail. They always do it right! The steak au poirve (filet w/cracked pepper and au jus) cooked medium rare was delicious and ended with cheesecake and fried carrot cake with vanilla bean ice cream was wow!

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JuliaB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast, fabulous service! Serene and I am always happy to have a meal here.

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Olivia
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Rugby Grille. Perfect for brunch or dinner and stroll around Birmingham. Besides the wonderful food and comfortable, upscale setting, the staff is the absolute best anywhere. We love Manny and Jeff!

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vipDennisW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very safe conditions

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rugby Grille using the Order Online button. Rugby Grille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 642-5999.

Rugby Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 792 OpenTable diners.

Rugby Grille does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.townsendhotel.com/fine-dining/rugby-grille-bar-restaurant-metro-detroit-michigan.

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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