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Rugby Grille

555 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation
Voted by OpenTable diners as one of the Best Overall Contemporary American Cuisine in Detroit in 2016, you’re come to the right place!

The Rugby Grille, located inside Birmingham’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 Executive Chef Eric Avila and his 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 for 2016 & 2017.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 6:300am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm to 6:00pm; Light Menu: Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm and Daily 10:00pm-close; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(248) 642-5999
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Avila
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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.
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Cross street
Pierce & Merrill
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at restaurant entrance (100 Townsend Street) or two hour complimentary parking at the Pierce Street Garage is located right next door.
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Special events & promotions
The Rugby Grille can celebrate all special occasions i.e. birthdays, engagements, small dinner parties, or a special night out. Just let us know how we can creat and enhance your celebration!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Mon 1:30PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM
Tue - Wed 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Thu 1:30PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

What 555 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The service was fantastic. Thanks so much!!

Ryan (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Extremely disappointed and would not recommend. Pricey, hostess and restaurant manager disrespectful but the wait staff were wonderful. Evening clientele were surprising for a respectful town. Definately do not eat dinner there but great for after dinner drink. There are better restaurants for dinner in the area.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I had dinner at The Rugby Grille and I must say I was disappointed with my experience. Food was mediocre for most things. Dishes came out cold. Foie gras was too frozen and essentially impossible to spread. Desert pastry was impossible to eat with a fork, we almost wished we had a knife for desert. Mushroom bisque was delicious though. Service was terrible. Our waiter initially hovered pressuring us to order faster. When asked to tell us about dishes on the menu, a reasonable request at any restaurant but especially at this price point, he read back few words from that same menu we we're looking at. He then followed it up with comments such as "this is self explanatory" and "well do you know what these words mean", which were unhelpful and insulting. After we ordered he essentially disappeared and was rarely seen.
This was the first time in my life I paid $350 for dinner and didn't enjoy my experience. Won't be recommending this place to anyone, and I will not be returning myself.

vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Hostess wasn't at the stand, we waited awkwardly ~3min. before she showed up. She did not apologize for making us wait and seemed annoyed to be doing her job.

Waiter was fairly new. He was friendly, but didn't know the menu, kept forgetting what we had ordered, didn't bring things out that we had ordered, couldn't figure out how to use an OpenTable rewards voucher, and never came to pick up the check (I had to bring a credit card to the bar to pay).

Food was good, but wouldn't call it great. My wife had French onion soup (good, $10) and the foie gras burger (very good, but $50+). I had seafood crudo (bland and a little mushy, ~$30) and lasagna (really heavy, $38).

vipJasonB (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The Rugby Grille in the Townsend Hotel is my "go-to" place for breakfast/lunch meetings, happy hour after work and special occasions with my family.

The service is always on point and the food always hits the mark.

I highly recommend it to all of my friends and clients and look forward to many more meals there in the future.

CoreyF (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Montgomery was AWESOME!! Really enjoyed the service & his recommendations. Had the venison, which was fabulous. Hubby had the swordfish-so,so.

vipdoc1 (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

poorly salted icy side walk
no valet or doorman in sight
lamb chop appetizer poor quality - poor preparation - I expect more from a place of this stature
Your wealthy clientele are not that stupid

Marcks (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

10/10 would good back her for dinner and any other meal. The chefs were especially perfect. Chef Paul, and Eric both catered to my diet and made a dish that was extravagant and our server Montgomery was extraordinary.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful food and terrific service. I recommend this restaurant and for quiet conversation and a refined atmosphere. Rugby Grille is not stuffy or formal, just a lovely restaurant with a sophisticated ambience.

vipDrThought (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

First impression was the hostess, ‘Bria,’ who warmly and professionally led us to our table. I requested via ‘Open Table’ a ‘romantic’ spot for my wife’s birthday; Bria had adorned our table with lovely rose petals and candles, seating us in the small private nook area. Perfect! ‘Bria’ gets 5 Stars!

We ordered a bottle of Rosé champagne, and a Hendrick’s for myself. Both were presented quickly although I wouldn’t rave about the Rugby’s pours - rather meager. The server came to the table and was very ‘enthusiastic’ about what we ‘should’ order, immediately referring us to the most expensive ‘starters’ and main courses on the menu. He kept pushing the Dover Sole for my wife despite her stating she prefers meat to fish. Didn’t matter to him, he just kept insisting she get the Sole. While I appreciate he may have his ‘fave’ selections, it would be preferable were he to temper his enthusiasm with a more ‘listening.’ He ultimately came across as pushy uninterested in anything but getting the order and moving on.

My wife ordered the Onion Soup, noting the cheese was was marvelous, but the soup tasted as though it had liquid smoke – a bit much for her. I tasted it and found it to be divine. Each to their own. I took our server’s suggestion for the Tuna Starter which was very good. The filet was flavorful and excellently grilled and the Brick Chicken was amazing! Perfectly seasoned and faultlessly cooked!

Overall, the primary dinner service side was spotty and inattentive. I’d give the head server a ‘3 Star’ for coming across as insistent & uninterested in attending to my wife. The server who brought our water and breadbasket was excellent! I mustn’t omit the ‘Bread’ service! Rolls and thin breadsticks were warm, and butter stunning!!

Overall, a fine night! The Rugby cost will take your breath away; $10 for valet, $140 for Champagne and $350 - after the 20% tip - is quite the hammer on the senses. Birmingham is expensive, but the Rugby pushes the limit.

Visitor (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food, service and decor. I would highly recommend it. It can be pricey however.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was very slow and entree was lukewarm.

vipGTaylor (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

the best Dover sole anywhere, ever!

vipWyattSmith (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Perfect for that power breakfast with great food and service.

vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Warm atmosphere, friendly professional service in a lovely setting

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My wife and I had the pleasure of dining here recently. Our waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We shared a wedge salad, dover sole and braised short ribs. Yum! The chocolate cake was a very pleasant end to a wonderful meal.
We will definitely eat here again!

DocMike (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome service provided by Montgomery! He ruled!!! Food was great, not cheap, but you get what you pay for, quality!!!!
Rib was to die for, scallops yummy!
We will be back!!!

Jgamma1980s (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Outstanding as always. Went for lunch. Superior service and food. The best restaurant in the Birmingham area in my opinion. Highly recommend!

MeloneyL (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful night out with my husband! Delicious martinis, great wine, amazing food...and we could talk! No music blasting so loud you can’t have a conversation. The wait staff is lovely and the room is cozy. Just a fabulous date. All around!! Their brunch is also lovely!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

First time ever disappointed with Rugby. Hair in our food, waiter no where to be found and didn’t compensate for either.