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Rugby Grille, Birmingham, MI

Rugby Grille

4.4
4.4
1029 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Pre Fixe

    $125.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebrate your love at the Rugby Grille for Valentine's Day. We will be hosting a pre fixe menu for $125.00 per person. You can view this special menu at RugbyGrille.com

What 1,029 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

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  1. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The overall experience was very good. The food was prepared to my expectations. The server did a very good job!
  2. J

    Jody

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfection, from the ambience, to the waitstaff, to the food! It was a perfect way to celebrate my friends Birthday!
  3. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    223 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    223 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply delicious
  4. s

    scott

    Detroit

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Have been eating here since it opened(really) new owners are great people wish them the best. Food was very good, service was very good, friendly if not a little stuffy, seems like it used to be a little more laid back. I used to eat here three or four times a month, it's just gotten so expensive. Dover sole was $86.00, cheapest steak is 94, crab cakes 38. Was pretty quiet. I have zero issues with food was very good, just regret that I can't sit at bar alone and eat for less than $100 for a full meal and a drink anymore. used to be able to get a steak for $55 bucks(pricey but comparable steakhouse priced). A steak a salad and a drink and tip will easily be $175. I worry its just priced itself out for so many of us who are happy to spend but can't do this level often
  5. m

    micheleh

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was extremely slow. We watched tables seated after us get there food before us. It was obvious that she forgot to put in the order but didn’t say anything. We waited for an hour
  6. MF

    MonicaF

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience .
  7. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The overall experience was excellent. The server did a very good job!
  8. WS

    WilliamS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best breakfast there. My French omelette was so delicious. I was extremely jealous of my husbands creme brûlée French toast. That was so scrumptious.
  9. B

    Bamavisit

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Waited 50 minutes for two omelettes and two orders of French toast. Eggs appeared reheated and not edible. Probably one of the worst meals I’ve had in my life. We won’t be back. For this horrible experience, no manager scans to our table to offer any apologies. Dining frustration started off our New Year at the five star price of just under$200.00. Beware.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was one of the worst dining experiences I ever had for this price point. The service was awful and the food was bad. I will never go back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal and service was delightful! And beyond a shadow of a doubt, our server Angela made our dining experience all the more enjoyable. She went above and beyond to make sure our first Rugby dining experience would not be our last!
  12. GW

    GailW

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious, the service was impecabble. We had french onion soup and Dover Sole and Pommes Frites. However it is extremely pricey. Dover Sole was $78.
  13. J

    Julie

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Such a disappointment. Reserved in advance requesting specific seating.Not honored. Service just okay. I ordered a club sandwich. It came with french fries dumped on top og mashed bread & no bacon on sandwich. I was shocked at the presentation. Requested extra mayo on side. Did not get. Prices exhorbitant. Not worth it. Was so looking forward to hosting my friends for a holiday luncheon. Will not go there again. I never usually complain so I'm happy I have this venue to vent.
  14. S

    Steve

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The atmosphere was very relaxing and good for an office brunch meeting.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very short staffed, it took way too long to receive drinks and meal. At the end we also received someone else’s bill. Don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon.
  16. A

    Aunt

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We went because I wanted sole meunière . It was on the menus and the most expensive entree. It did not seem fresh and the vegetables were soggy . The tuna tartare was bland. The burger and oysters were standard
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We had a great time. Great food, great staff, great outing
  18. KK

    KarenK

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Rugby Grille is always a perfect choice. We love the food, the service, and the atmosphere.
  19. F

    Family

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful hotel and relaxing and quiet. Food was very expensive for the amount that you got. One of us got a Caesar salad and it literally had two pieces of bread croutons and lettuce no Parm on it. the salad was $24 and you didn’t get anything but lettuce and a piece of bread
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  21. R

    Radmcca

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Expensive for a turkey dinner but a lovely place, nonetheless. Dinner arrived cold butas soon as I mentioned that, it was whisked away and replace. Very nice Thanksgiving experience.
  22. M

    Marcy1836

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Nephew’s engagement
  23. L

    Louie

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Ordered burger well done, sent back, by the time us was done my guest had nearly finished eating. Ugh
  24. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch and a very professional and friendly staff.
  25. C

    Clax

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, great service and the Townsend Chocolate Cake is awesome.
  26. J

    Julie

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch at Rugby Grille was fab! Server Kelly was very accommodating. Food was delicious. Perfect setting. Most enjoyable & addordable.
  27. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    223 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    223 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Food #todiefor
  28. J

    John

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    The group at the bar was extremely loud and did not fit with this type of dining experience. The meals were not well prepared. The pasta, was cold, and the fish dish was over cooked. The time between the courses was not well paced. The only complement to this restaurant is the wait staff, in particular, Adam, was excellent.
  29. m

    mmrm

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Although the waitstaff was friendly, the quality of the food was quite inferior. The lettuce was stale and the fish was definitely not Dover Sole. The food was overpriced.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    The table next to the kitchen was not pleasant for a Birthday Celebration and the Large party in the area was very loud!
  31. BG

    BigGMan

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed a fantastic meal, great bottle of wine, and presented to us by an awesome waiter.
  32. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The overall service and the quality of the food was excellent!
  33. MS

    MichaelS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Nice place, service was lacking pulling down the overall grade. They never really cleared the table of glasses, dishes, etc. When we left the first cocktail glasses were still on the table. Not quite what you would expect from a higher level establishment. Reminded me of a Coney Island. Still I would go back.
  34. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't know that I'd ever been treated with such care. The staff here is phenomenal. The food is superb. I enjoyed every moment and I'm definitely going back, with friends. Nothing should be sooooooo good.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Ok the past they would Make a birthday celebration special and put roses on the table and such. I put that it was a birthday celebration in the notes on opentable and they did nothing
  36. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    223 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    223 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service as always and the food was delicious! Try the fish n chips and the soups. Perfect for a fall day!
  37. L

    Linnie

    Detroit

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I will only go to the rugby grill if I can sit on the inside of the restaurant sitting in the Foyer or hallway outside of the restaurant is not a pleasant experience in my opinion
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    According to the menu I was overcharged for the wine that I had purchased
  39. RC

    RobynC

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good. The service was amazing and the staff took our food allergies very seriously!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and delicious. Very attentive and perfectly timed service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Rugby Grille is rated 4.4 stars by 1029 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 24 times today
Experiences are available.
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

  • 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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