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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Detroit

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Detroit? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1168)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Simply put - TALLULAH was born out of a love for food, wine and people. It’s an inviting place that serves “clean” food and thoughtfully chosen wines, in a relaxed but elegant space. Chef's menu of seasonal farm to table cuisine is sourced through a network of local farms and purveyors providing our customers with the freshest food of the highest quality. Proprietor Mario Camaj, with the assistance of Local Sommeliers, and has created a wine list offering a broad range of wines. Our staff shares our passion for food and wine and will provide the highest levels of service, while making you feel at home! Cheers!
Top review
ZLH1vip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful as always. The two hour limit is a bit pushy and kind of dampens the experience because you have to be cognizant of time while trying to be in the moment. I know a lot U.S. restaurants are going to this model but it’s unfortunate.
A photo of NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Troy restaurant
4.7
4.7 (122)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Troy
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located on the 3rd floor in Neiman Marcus TROY is open Monday - Saturday, 11AM - 3PM. We are back with a brand new menu, new staff and cannot wait to host you and your guests for lunch!

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® TROY. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower! We have the perfect atmosphere and menu for you and your guests. Please call Ashley Hardenburg at (248) 225-5379 for more information or to book your event today!

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LennyPvip
Dined 7 days ago
Must eat place while shopping at Somerset. Ashley was wonderful went above and beyond the service. Love this place!!
A photo of Standby restaurant
4.8
4.8 (749)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
A modern cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Detroit. Standby's beverage program uses innovative techniques to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass while honoring and paying homage to the classics. Standby’s equally dynamic food menu features reimagined bar food from scratch with dishes such as; Coconut Calamari with fermented chili and pineapple marmalade and Thai Pork Skewers with peanut sauce, fried shallot, and pok-pok pickles. Come for the drinks, stay for the food.

James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018. Tales of the Cocktail Regional Top Ten Best American Cocktail Bar - 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Brandi was the best she made my birthday so much sweeter!!!
A photo of RH House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (284)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rochester Hills
About the restaurant
RH House offers up contemporary American cuisine with a high-energy setting to elevate the dining experience, including an outside patio and handcrafted cocktail menu.
Top review
DebbieB
Dined 5 days ago
The cheesesteak sandwich was delicious. And the Bubbles cocktail was fantastic!
A photo of Rugby Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1166)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Carry out is available! To place an order please call 248-642-5999

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.

Top review
MicheleS
Dined 2 days ago
I felt the service was not asa attenive as I was expecting.
A photo of 5th Tavern - Clarkston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (618)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Clarkston
About the restaurant
5th Tavern is an upscale casual dining restaurant featuring American style cuisine prepared from scratch.
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Ceney
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
We really enjoyed our visit! Good food! Wonderful staff. We'll be back!
A photo of The Statler French American Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1113)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
The Statler is an American Bistro and Cocktail Bar nestled into the heart of Downtown Detroit's Entertainment District. The Statler offers classic cuisine with a slightly modern twist, catering to both adventurous and traditional diners alike. Our menu was created by Certified Master Chef Daniel Scannell, modeling a French Bistro. The Statler delivers a world class Gastro and Mixology Bar and Formal Dining Room Experiences. Enjoy a Smoked Old Fashioned with Suntory Japanese Whiskey and Crispy Calamari, and Friends during Happy Hour, then a Bottle of Faust Cabernet Sauvignon with Braised Short Ribs and Family in our Dining Room. The Statler is within walking distance from venues like Comerica Park, Ford Field, Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre, Little Caesar’s Arena, and more.


Top review
Julie8420
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
This was our second visit to The Statler. This time before heading to Andrea Bocelli at Little Caesar’s Arena. The weather was fantastic. The patio was open and people were lively. The mater d’ welcomed us at our arrival and we were promptly seated. My husband loved the pate’ and the mussels. Service was very good- especially considering that our server appeared to have been triple sat and with a large table. It seems that could have been arranged better- but it was an opera night so perhaps unavoidable. We were perfectly pleased. Our only recommendation would be to consider a theater menu with small plates/tapas that is easy on the kitchen and convenient for theater guests. This provides an opportunity for guests to sample perhaps different menu options and allow the kitchen to expedite more efficiently. Again- we had no problem with food or service we were just thinking about it as we have seen many restaurants exercise that creativity. Consider pairing it with the event- Bocelli escargot with an Italian twist :)
A photo of The Apparatus Room restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3546)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
Chic yet approachable, historic while tastefully modern. The Apparatus Room bridges the old and the new, offering iconic New American cuisine by Chef Rece Hogerheide rooted in Midwestern ingredients, thoughtfully crafted cocktails, and esoteric wines. By blending a three-meal restaurant, elevated dinner service with signature touches, and a world class hotel bar, the Apparatus Room welcomes locals and travels alike to sip, stay, and enjoy one of Detroit’s signature restaurants. Our cocktail program is classically focused with inspiration drawn from the history of the building and the city itself. The ingredients may be familiar and the presentation simple and classic, though each cocktail has a deeper story to tell for those who have time to listen. Sommelier Liz Martinez showcases the diversity of both Old World & New World wines, and the regions are separated as such on the menu. Winemakers that take pride in sustainable, environmental practices are always on the top of our mind.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food and service was wonderful. The music was so loud we could not talk at the table.
A photo of Watermark Bar And Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (109)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
St. Clair Shores
About the restaurant
Welcome to Watermark Bar and Grille! Experience waterfront dining year-round in this spacious establishment. Our menu offers a variety of signature dishes including chicken a la Greek, lamb chops and homemade lobster mac and cheese. Enjoy Michigan made craft beer or sample a few of the 22 rotating beers on tap with a beer flight. Host a private event in the large banquet room accommodating parties of 45 to 100. Here at Watermark, we are committed to exceptional food, drink, and warm hospitality.


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Traveler
Dined on Mar 19, 2024
Choose Watermark for our monthly Dinner Club. Overall we had a very nice experience. We ordered chips and salsa as a table app but the salsa is very odd- more like a pasta sauce. It’s very smooth and not much flavor. For our entrees, 3 had the Fish and Chips and the portions were very big. So were the entree salads. The side salads also were very fresh and of ample size. One complaint not addressed was the menu said the perch was sautéed but it was delivered fried. Still tasty but not as it should have been cooked.
A photo of Knock Twice Speakeasy restaurant
4.3
4.3 (149)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
West Bloomfield
About the restaurant
Can you keep a secret?
Well if so, Join us for Live Music, Craft Cocktails and Stunning Small Plates at West Bloomfield's newest hidden gem Knock Twice!

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Favoredladybug
Dined 3 days ago
The vibe was great, the food was good and the music was amazing. really enjoyed the place and will be back soon! My group loved the time to connect with a bit of dancing. Nice place to meet up at!
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