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Rugby Grille, Birmingham, MI

Rugby Grille

4.7
4.7
1164 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Carry out is available! To place an order please call 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Breakfast, Burgers
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (248) 642-5999
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    The Townsend Hotel provides a wide variety of venues to accommodate your needs. Our brand new Clancy Room can accommodate up to 30 for a Rugby Grille private dinner. Please call for specific details.
  • Private party facilities
    The Rugby Grille is the perfect place to host a variety of events such as corporate business dinners, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, and engagement celebrations.
  • Private party contact
    Daniel Holmes or Leslie Carter: (248) 642-5999
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Cross street
    Pierce & Townsend Street
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available at restaurant entrance (100 Townsend Street) or two hour complimentary parking at the Pierce Street Garage which is located right next door.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Good for business meals

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit

    Good for business meals

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

1,164 Reviews
  1. Robb

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cuisine was wonderful as was the Spanish Coffee. Julie was very attentive and charming.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was excellent! The food was very good and prepared as requested. The server did a great job.

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  3. char

    Detroit

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was outstanding.She took such great care of every need, including a birthday dessertQ

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Naomi, our server was wonderful, attentive, warm and flexible!

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  5. ThomasA

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner and a wonderful evening. Our waiter Alex was excellent making the evening special.

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  6. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was excellent. The food was very good and prepared as requested. The server did a great job!

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  7. helenb

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I often have business meetings (lunch and breakfast) over many years but this time it was very disappointing I didn’t see the usual Maitre D who knows me well, and I asked the hostess to seat us in a corner table in the restaurant since we needed a quiet spot Unfortunately she said they didn’t have anything and she sat us on the outside part right next to a large birthday party ! No common sense whatsoever. Needless to say it was difficult for everyone to hear and very distracting as this table was rather boisterous And the food and service was not as good as it usually is. Maybe there are new employees but I will now book business meetings elsewhere

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  8. DoreeAnnEspiritu

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality and exquisite taste and service!

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  9. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was very good. The food was excellent and prepared as requested. The server did a great job!

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  10. MikeM

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always awesome thank you for the great service MAM!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay. Probably won’t go again, it was more of an experience.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. The experience great

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  13. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was very good. The server did a great job! The food was excellent and prepared as requested.

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  14. IanF

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In town for a couple of days and this was a great dining experience once we were seated. Not much of a welcome, but the meal and service made up for it.

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  15. DRGarrett

    Northern MI

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I highly recommend. Pricey, but well worth it. The food is nothing short of divine and the cocktails are quality and well-crafted. We had the day's non-menu house specials; Beef Wellington and Lobster Wellington and both were prepared to perfection. The ambience is nice however it's on the ground floor of a hotel. This would not be a problem but my party was seated next to three French doors that lead to the main lobby of the hotel. Each were blocked by a large plant with the doors ajar around the plants . The plants did not deter people from entering and exiting the door I was seated next to which was a little unnerving as they walked by the table and behind me. All-in-all, the discomfort was minimal and did not ruin the experience.

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  16. TraceR

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day and it was a great experience. I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice fancy meal

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  17. Mark

    Detroit

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rugby Grill was a great choice for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Jessica was an outstanding server.

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  18. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was excellent. The server did a very good job. The food was prepared as requested and tasted great.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my second time at the Rugby Grille and they never fail to impress. The first time I had their classic fried chicken and it was so delectable, but this time I went and they didn’t have it. I was disheartened, but Jessica reassured me their chicken piccata is a favorite. I decided on the chicken Caesar salad and it was very delicious and my mother decided on the chicken piccata and let me tell you…Jessica was absolutely right, I tried it and it impressed me so much. Rugby Grille does not fail of providing an experience.

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  20. Laila

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience. Staff was polite and accommodating. Naomi was amazing

    1 person found this helpful

  21. NickD

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was professional, top notch, and was able to speak of the specific region in Spain which our wine can from. Wife and I tried the brussel sprouts , pasta bolognese, and short ribs all which were excellent.

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  22. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was very good! The server did a great job. The food was excellent and prepared as requested.

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  23. Jdolly

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to dine with friends and excellent service!

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  24. JudyA

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday celebration. Service snd food superb!

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  25. MaryM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Had rack of lamb with sour cream mash potatoes. Terrible presentation. Multiple waiters , slow service. For the price, go elsewhere. Super disappointing.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food ambiance service. we had the rainbow salad with salmon and the wedge salad with steak. Coffee was wonderful. Service was spectacular ambience fabulous.

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  27. TPinTheD

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All so good! Impeccable service. Chilean sea bass very good. The filet looked amazing and I will try that next time. Great wine list!!

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  28. Kathryn

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the quiet vibe where we could enjoy a delicious dinner and catch up with our friends.

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  29. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was excellent! The food was great and prepared as requested. The server did a really good job.

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  30. Foodmama

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice evening, great for a quiet birthday celebration

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  31. JonT

    Detroit

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was excellent! The food was great and prepared as requested. The server did a great job!!

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  32. MindyS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food and ambiance! Delicious Hummer to cap off a wonderful evening!!

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  33. LaurenK

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was incredibly slow and the food was just okay. Such a bummer given the high prices! There are much better options in Birmingham for brunch. Won’t be back.

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  34. Foodfan

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most delicious meal! It was very relaxing and the courses were perfectly timed. Our waiter was outstanding and was very gracious to accommodate/adjust the menu for a vegan member of our family. We look forward to returning and enjoying another great meal!

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  35. Maryf

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing service, Delicious food and beautiful setting! Great place for a celebration! Side note, it’s ALL OLD PEOPLE! Literally nobody under 85 was spotted dining here….ever! I don’t care, we still love it hahaha!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here w my girlfriends for holiday brunch today, 20 years after starting our first holiday brunch at the Townsend hotel in 2000. Since then we’ve met for Christmas brunch at many different upscale restaurants around the city. Very quiet at 11:45 AM on a Thursday (3-4 tables occupied?) but the hostess insisted that we sit at the last table outside in the hallway almost in the lobby. It was cold from the constant open/ close of the main doors and just weird to be eating in front of every guest that comes in the hotel so we asked for another table. After several back and forths, she finally sat us inside the dining room. The service was good, the amount of food was decent (especially at the high price) and flavor was good. Nothing was amazing or notable. A flower or candle on the table, and some music would’ve been nice. Next year we will try someplace else again.

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  37. SheilaA

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We are there for most holiday breakfasts and it is always excellent.

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  38. MikeM

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice night out always a treat to be at the rugby grill

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  39. MMTL

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an exceptional place to have lunch or dinner. The food and service alwaysare beyond expectations.

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  40. BASK

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a delightful place to meet friends and share a delightful lunch or dinner. The food is good and the ambiance is great. The servers know how to treat a group and are there when you need them and don't hover when you don't. The food is upscale and presentation is perfect.

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FAQs

Rugby Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 642-5999.

Rugby Grille is rated 4.7 stars by 1164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rugby Grille

100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pierce & Townsend Street
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Breakfast, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available at restaurant entrance (100 Townsend Street) or two hour complimentary parking at the Pierce Street Garage which is located right next door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (248) 642-5999
  • Catering
    The Townsend Hotel provides a wide variety of venues to accommodate your needs. Our brand new Clancy Room can accommodate up to 30 for a Rugby Grille private dinner. Please call for specific details.
  • Private party facilities
    The Rugby Grille is the perfect place to host a variety of events such as corporate business dinners, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, and engagement celebrations.
  • Private party contact
    Daniel Holmes or Leslie Carter: (248) 642-5999
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