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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Ann Arbor

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Ann Arbor? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Zingerman's Roadhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3782)
$31 to $50
American
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
The seventh member of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Roadhouse opened in 2003 with the vision of bringing really good American food to the community. The Roadhouse has worked hard to create its own truly unique food culture, transforming high-quality ingredients into traditional, full-flavored dishes after years of studying American foodways.

With chef Bob Bennett at the helm of the kitchen, and our James Beard Award nominated staff’s dedication to great service, the Roadhouse draws in regulars from all over. We welcome our fans from right down the block or from all over the country. Buttermilk Fried Chicken, award-winning Mac ‘n Cheese, NOLA Gumbo, Nashville Hot Chicken, Oyster Po’Boys, full-flavored burgers, and Donut Sundaes are just a few Roadhouse specialties that people look forward to every time they dine with us. Beyond these tried-and-true dishes, the Roadhouse is also a destination for really good BBQ!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great service! Mac + Cheese + mashed potatoes were really good! Did not care for the pulled pork too dry.
A photo of Weber's Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4713)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Weber’s Restaurant is an Ann Arbor tradition serving authentic Classic American cuisine from our kitchen and bakery since 1937. Famous for prime rib and live Maine lobster, Weber’s offers a crowd pleasing selection of broiled steaks, local seafood, and house made desserts. Weber’s ambient dining room features stunning A-frame architecture with large vintage stained glass windows. An award winning wine selection and baby grand piano round out the perfect dining experience. Follow up dinner with a visit to attached bar, The Habitat, for a night cap, live weekend jazz and dancing.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Very good service. Food was very nice. Liked booth seats.
A photo of Mediterrano restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1479)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Immerse yourself in a world of flavors at Mediterrano, where culinary artistry shines. Our menu draws inspiration from over 14 countries, fusing ingredients & spices from Greece to the South of France, Spain, and beyond.

Savor the richness of our dishes, from a variety of Mediterranean classics. Each bite is a testament to our commitment to culinary excellence.

Complementing our offerings is an extensive, expertly curated wine list. Delight in a selection thoughtfully chosen to enhance your dining experience, catering to both wine enthusiasts and those seeking the perfect pairing.

While renowned for our exceptional restaurant experience, our primary focus is delivering an unparalleled dining experience within our welcoming ambiance. Reserve your table now for a journey into authentic Mediterranean flavors. Your extraordinary dining experience awaits.

Top review
DeloresWvip
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Delicious food. choice of inside or out side seating. Lovely place and congenial staff.
A photo of Carlyle Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1569)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Carlyle Grill, an Ann Arbor mainstay has proudly served the Ann Arbor Community since 2006. We work with some of Michigan’s finest food producers and purveyors to bring you the freshest offerings around. From steak dinners to burgers and salads and everything in between, we pride ourselves on providing you the best in flavor – offering generous portions to feed the hungriest of guests.

Comfort is the theme at our relaxed, family-friendly restaurant, where the menu runs to familiar, home-style dishes with top-notch regional ingredients. Enjoy our welcoming atmosphere featuring colorful yet classic design elements – bringing in added warmth and comfort with deep mahogany accents and large flagstone columns in our main dining room.

During the warmer seasons, take advantage of the two open-air dining areas surrounding the restaurant. We also have a dedicated, breathtaking dining room available for large reservations or private dining events.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I love the food and atmosphere here. I’m not sure if our waiter was new or what. He was all over us when we got there and we asked for a few minutes to look over the menu and then he did not come back even though making eye contact several times with us. We had to call out to him to take our order. That said, I do really like Carlyle’s and will be back.
A photo of The Session Room restaurant
4.6
4.6 (672)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Celebrating craft beer and quality food using local vendors and products. Housed in a conversion of a 6,000 sq. ft. brick machine shop on Jackson road, with 70 rotating taps and a large covered beer garden.
Top review
CRAtravelervip
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Great vibe and excellent service. It was a bit loud outside but the table fit us all!
A photo of Salt Springs Brewery restaurant
4.5
4.5 (773)
$30 and under
Brewery
Saline
About the restaurant
"Mammoths & saber-tooth tigers once roamed these lands in search of their rich salts. Paleo-Indians hunted, farmed and raised families here because of the salt springs. Early settlers named their town Saline after the salt springs, and now in this stunning +120 year-old former church, so does this brewery.

Salt Springs Brewery offers lovingly crafted & locally sourced food, true-to-style ales, wine, cider, and craft cocktails. Located in the heart of Saline, complete with an outdoor Biergarten and main dining room filled with the original stained from 1899, Salt Springs Brewery will quench your thirst and nourish your soul."

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
This was my first time at Salt Springs Brewery and I loved it! Everything was cooked to perfection, and I love the orange cranberry pancakes. I will definitely be back.
A photo of HopCat - Ann Arbor restaurant
4.3
4.3 (47)
$30 and under
American
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
We've created a funky environment filled with unique art that pays homage to the city's more psychedelic side. It's completely different from the other HopCat locations -- big enough, but with an intimate vibe. With a small sidewalk patio, we’re located around the corner from the Michigan Theater, Hill Auditorium, State Theatre, Rackham Auditorium, and University of Michigan’s full campus.

We’re known for our award-wining Cosmik fries, which are beer battered, sprinkled with our signature cracked black pepper seasoning, and served with a side of warm cheese sauce. From burgers to tacos, our menu offers a wide range of delicious options.

We live the craft lifestyle - beer, cocktails and even craft food made from scratch. With a dedication to local breweries, sustainability and community engagement, HopCat offers craft beer and great food in a vibrant atmosphere for an inclusive, unforgettable experience.

Top review
KOhio
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
We had a great brunch and even though two in our party canceled last-minute, the servers were friendly and attentive to our group.
A photo of Cafe Zola restaurant
4.2
4.2 (957)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Ann Arbor
About the restaurant
Café Zola is an independently owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. Our menus are inspired by flavors and recipes borrowed from European and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes. We are committed to sourcing the freshest and highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms, and suppliers. Café Zola’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world.

Reservations move you to the top of the list.
You may still wait 10-30 minutes.
We may use more than one table for large groups.
If you are interested in a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.

Top review
CurtP
Dined 3 days ago
Cafe Zola is always a favorite with a great menu and excellent service. A little pricey but the eclectic menu has some interesting and very yummy items to indulge your senses
A photo of Zola Bistro restaurant
4.1
4.1 (807)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Ypsilanti
About the restaurant
Zola Bistro is a modern, independently owned and operated bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Ann Arbor’s East Side.

Our menus are inspired by flavors and recipes borrowed from European and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes. We are committed to sourcing the most fresh and the highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms and suppliers.

Zola Bistro’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood.
Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, local craft on draft and a rotating wine selection that has been selected from various small production vineyards throughout the world.

Top review
SallyP
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
The restaurant tends to be a bit noisy, but we sat at the bar which was pleasantly uncrowded. The bartender was attentive and pleasant and the food delicious.
A photo of The Station restaurant
3.1
3.1 (15)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Tecumseh
About the restaurant
Elevated American eatery showcasing locally sourced fare & seasonal cocktails in simple surrounds.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We had a lovely anniversary dinner. Our server was very knowledgeable about the dishes. The desserts were huge and very good. We loved the cozy quiet atmosphere.
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