Rugby Grille

4.8
660 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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d
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch. Cheese tray was tasty and sized right for appetizer. We both enjoyed salads.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No doubt one of my favorite places to eat sit back relax and enjoy the atmosphere I’ve never been disappointed I gave it a five star rating because it deserves it .

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SM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday , Everything was perfect. Thanks so much for the special attention. Will definitely do this again.

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QS
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great, great place for a special occasion or celebration. Most Birmingham places do not "sweat the details" like the Rugby Grille.

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GM
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food at Rugby is still okay, but you pay for great food, and the food is just okay from a value standpoint. They have a new chef coming in 2 weeks, and maybe he/she will restore the magic.

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WS
Detroit
135 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the specials of the day consisting of shrimp toast as an appetizer and a Rugby Grille made pasta with mushrooms for the main course. Very nice! I love the fresh bread delivered to the table that has matso bread and also Italian breadsticks. Nice options. We had the chocolate cake for dessert which was amazing!

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. You pay for it though. Very expensive

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MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant and staff...Rocco superb waiter....Natty fantastic Major Domo .....great food ....wonderful decor ...one of our most favourite Detroit are spots.

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WS
Detroit
135 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for small business meetings and conversations.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner...spectacular!

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rugby Grille is a place you go to when you want to treat yourself special!

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m
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham. Nice quiet ambiance.

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LB
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food both spectacular. Would definitely visit again

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KK
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. Highly recommend it the place for food, service, and experience if budget is not an issue.

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BJ
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Something has changed. I ignored comments from others who said Rugby Grille is not what it used to be until now. Food is still outstanding when served properly.

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JD
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were particularly impressed with the knowledge and service of our server Jessica. Wonderful evening make better by her.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Great food. The ambiance was quiet. The bar scene was not vibrant. Older crowd.

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LN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking forward to dining there again. It was fabulous! Food was great as was our server Steven. So enjoyable. Thank you!

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WS
Detroit
135 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seems to be the place to dine for business! Great food and service!

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KK
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food quality. We really enjoy dining at the Rugby Grille.

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SW
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeffrey provided great service. The food was excellent, great service & warm atmosphere. Loved it.

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SN
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast and service per usual.

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CO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. The food was very good and the ambiance was excellent.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant offering great entrees and unprecedented service. I did my engagement here and stayed the night at the hotel, the experience was beyond my expectations and the lady was equally impressed.

Excellent ambiance and great place for a romantic night out!

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j
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually the food is very good, but for the brunch, i had scrambled eggs that were very dry and tasteless. The rest was ok but not outstanding for the price you pay.

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TI
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly the finest restaurant in Greater Detroit.

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WS
Detroit
135 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Try the duck la orange for two! Foie is delicious as an appetizer. End with the chocolate cake. #todiedor

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LP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff will go out of their way to make it a great experience.

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F
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Townsend is always a special place to bring guests. It never disappoints. Entrees were perfect!

Jessica our server and Jerome the manager made us feel so comfortable! They did a fabulous job!

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R
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was good, food was not to the level of expectation. I will try them once more for dinner since I only visited for brunch, im hoping dinner will live up to the hype of this place. I do have to say that the Beignets were amazing, everything else was OK

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OT
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and service were very good. We wil return.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Chicken on all salads served cold. That leads me to believe that all chicken was pre-cooked, stored in the fridge, then plopped onto the salad. Disgusting.

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c
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new favorite brunch place! Everything was fabulous, especially the service. Jeff was great! Everything was great!!!

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P
Naples
31 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfection , the service , the food and our lovely booth. Thank you for a fabulous evening ..

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Over-priced and bleh.
No ambiance, we felt like we were in a wedding reception stuffed into a dining room.
Portions were extremely small (three quarter sized scallops) and the preparation was just OK; nothing extraordinary.
Definitely pricey for the meal and atmosphere we experienced.

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TT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we were wrapping up our quite, business contract signing business lunch, who came walking through the hotel lobby & dinning area but the entire Chicago Bulls NBA Team in town to play the Detroit Pistons the following evening !!!!

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VE
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great for omnivores and the menu included a wonderful vegan dish as well. Fabulous evening with great wine, food and the service was impeccable.

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CJ
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Terrible experience from the start. Server, Emanuel and food were A-1 but hostess obviously was under orders to not seat main dining room or not seat it with children so we were made to wait for 45 minutes with hungry children even though the entire dining room was open. The manager never came to speak to us though standing around, avoided eye contact and was all around unhelpful. Like I said the food and waiter were great but that was of little help to over tired and over hungry family.

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FO
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and high quality food, definitely a special occasion destination

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great ambiance, wonderful service! Love this place.

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