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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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
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Neighborhood Gem (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Fit for Foodies (1)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Rocko is the best

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 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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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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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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vip
 (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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·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·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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vip
 (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 19, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always a crowd pleaser. Hot bread hand crafted and beautifully presented food that is perfect!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Attentative service. Pricey, however. Worth the visit for special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Very slow service. Had to find wait staff. Had to pour our own coffee. Cold food that should have been hot. Had to bring the check up to get paid

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Enjoy the location and access to city

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We had a great time at Sunday brunch for my parents 57th wedding anniversary. The rose pedals on the table added to the classy touch to the delicious meal and excellent service.
Enjoyed our experience tremendously.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Superior service- Always something new and wonderful on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food was very good, but the service was extremely slow

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I have been coming to this Resturant for many years now. Both my friend and I were very disappointed this time. First, our favorite server was not there, Jose made our experience wonderful! Our new server was nice, but not like Jose was. Second, the policy's of the Resturant have changed. You used to have your bread basket included with your meal, now it is not. The price for this is now $11.00. When we first started coming, this bread basket had wonderful pastries and rolls that were full size and were free. Now as I said, not free, not as good, and tiny in size. Third, we just had coffee, both had two poached eggs, and a side of meat (bacon and ham). The price was $44.00! Really? I realize the costs have gone up, but this is now out of sight. We decided that was the last time for us to eat there. It's one thing to have a elegant and tasteful Resturant, which is known for great food, and great service. Willing to pay for that. However, no matter how much money one has, you just don't throw it away on outlandish prices, for ordinary food. They also took away their chocolate molten birthday dessert. Now you receive a choice of their regular desserts. We feel sad about this, but will not pay so much money for something you can get at regular restaurants.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Dover Sole is the best anywhere. Service always great.
Love Love Love

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We celebrated my husband's 50yh bday with dear friends. We had celebrated his 40th at a Rugby Grille as well. It was a great reunion!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Had a reservation at 9:45 and was running about 15 minutes late, so I called them and they told me that was fine. The place closes at 12 and there was nothing specifying that entree's end at 10. We were seated at 10:05 and we weren't allowed to order an entree. The server was nice but the restaurant ruined a birthday dinner because of their lack of explanation in their hours online. Will not return here again and I suggest you go before 10 if you do go there to avoid the same trouble

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The dover sole and our waiter Marcus were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 5, 2017

We celebrated my wife's' birthday at the Rugby Grill and it was excellent. There was a birthday card on our table, fresh flowers and rose petals to greet us as we were seated. Our server, Jessica was very attentive and helpful. Knowledgeable, charming and personable, she is one of the best in her field we have encountered.

And, the steaks were cooked to perfection.and the wine list offers many choices.This is a first class dining experience and if you visit, save room for the Signature Chocolate Cake. It is with the calories

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Only criticism is that this is NOT a 2 $$ place. Not when the burger
on the menu is Wagyu, with foie gras, for $55!
That said, outstanding experience start to finish, in a very nice location.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Our server, Rocco was amazing! He helped me choose from the delicious array of brunch options. I settled on a thick, juicy Rugby burger. Rocco suggested the multilayered, chocolate mousse torte for dessert. Highly encouraged! Terrific experience!

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

The food and the service here is always impeccable.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Exceptional, dignified, and mature in all facets of the game. You can "never" go wrong with the Rugby. Every event is a special event there. It's really in a class by itself.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food we had for Mother's Day was some of the best food we had in all of Birmingham. We can't believe we hadn't been there before. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food had a very exotic, gourmet feel. I My mother loved the food. It was good, but many items curiously included e loose egg as a coating or topping. Overall, it had the effect of a grand experience of luxury at a reasonable price. My mother really enjoyed it, so that was a winner since it was Mother's Day. The service was excellent. The waiter was attentive to the point of anticipating our needs and questions so it was worth the price.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Sat outside on a perfect MI spring day. Food was great, Latke salmon was perfect. Service was very attentive and social.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 15, 2017

In the past we have loved going to rugby Grille . The service was always exceptional ambience was cozy and relaxing and we would all have a really enjoyable dinner . The last two visits have been very different. Both times we had servers who just were not good. They didn't have the experience you would expect at a restaurant with those prices didn't introduce themselves or listen to anything you had to say missed half our order it was really bad very rushed and poor . Both times we spoke to the manager he pretended he cared but did absolutely nothing. Sadly I think we're going to have to check this one off the list until there are major changes in the dining room . Our most recent experience was this past Saturday night our friends were there as well and also had a very poor experience.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We have dined at Rugby Grill for a long time. It is one of our favorite dining establishments.
The food is always good, as is the drink and wine. Our waiter knows what we would like to drink with our selection of food. It is definitely worth the money we pay for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Good food. Good location. Good atmosphere. Great for breakfast or brunch or business meeting.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I had a wonderful brunch on the patio. The service is impeccable. The food was delicious.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The food was great , the service was great , a little pricey but we had a wonder night .

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Always great and love their chopped salad and Rugby burger. Hummers and cocktails and beautiful glassware, feel like I am in NYC.

They just introduced a new menu with some great items. I had their seafood pasta and a friend had their crabcake sandwich. #todiefor

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Afternoon Tea
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