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About Rugby Grille

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.

100 Townsend Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Steak

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

Cross Street:
Pierce & Merrill

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(248) 642-5999

Website:
http://www.rugbygrille.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Eric Avila

Additional:
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

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!

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Details
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

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.

Rugby Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
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Good for a Date (13)
Romantic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Seasonal (2)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

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).

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching
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 (Detroit)·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.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Detroit)·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

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 (Detroit)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Organic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was very slow and entree was lukewarm.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2018

the best Dover sole anywhere, ever!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Perfect for that power breakfast with great food and service.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Warm atmosphere, friendly professional service in a lovely setting

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·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!!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·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.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Impeccable service with excellent food options. Love the ambience. Not your typical restaurant. It's above all others.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We went on a Wednesday evening so I was afraid food would be compromised, however, it was not the case. My steak was cooked perfectly and service was wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful evening. Our only criticism was the recommendation of wine was very expensive and that might have been mentioned with the recommendation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Let’s get this straight....open table has this mis-marked as $30 and under. Most of the entrees run $45+ for dinner. That said, food was good and service exceptional. The old fashion cocktail I had could be better. Have and will repeat.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very elegant, quiet warm and comfortable with great food and fantastic service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food and service outstanding. Very cozy and private.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Only issue was our table which was basically in the lobby... as we were 3 women alone we didn't mind as we saw a lot of activity coming and going. Our night was very lovely and the food was wonderful! Also our waiter was very attentive and sweet!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The frittata was delicious! We sat near the lobby and enjoyed the holiday decorations and the bustling reception area. Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys we’re perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Rocko is the best

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food selection and preparation had deteriorated as the price point has increased. The affluent and discerning clientele know and expect better

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent restaurant! Best steak tartare ever and wonderful service!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Satisfactory food. I expected more from such a restaurant. Steaks were not done as ordered. Service was excellent.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was great and service was amazing. We had a birthday and they brought out a wonderful chocolate cake at no charge. They definitely made the occasion feel special.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We love dining at Rugby Grill, the food and service is excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was cold and not very good. Our server was very nice but the table was not cleard in a resonable amount of time.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Usually pretty good service but this time we waited for several minutes to get a waiter to serve us and I finally had to get up and ask the hostess if she could find whoever our waiter is. I also asked for no raisins in the granola/yogurt dish I had ordered for breakfast. The waiter came back to say they couldn't accommodate that. I was really surprised they couldn't just take the time to handpick out the raisins. What would it have taken, maybe a minute to do that? So, pretty disappointing for a place like The Townsend. Strange.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Nice menu with seating outside. Staff was courteous and accommodating.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent steaks! Quality service! Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 18, 2017

bring back hydro bibb please.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Was there for breakfast. We both had the avocado toast and it was delicious. Coffee in the Rugby was also quite special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 13, 2017

What a delightful and elegant Sunday brunch I shared with my daughter at the Rugby Grill for her 20th birthday. The restaurant went to special trouble to make her day delightful. From the rose petals on the table and the well wishes card to the delicious torte cake with candle, the entire meal was fantastic. I highly recommend the fruit platter as well as the cheese platter. Overall, we had a wonderful time and plan to come back again in the near future. Thank you Rugby Grill for the great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 9, 2017

This is a service and detail oriented restaurant. They remember things. Not inexpensive, but who needs to keep track for this level of service in Detroit?

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