The Quarter Bistro

4.4
742 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Parties larger than 8 please call to confirm your reservations.

The Quarter Bistro and Tavern, or the “Q” as the staff affectionately terms it, is pleased to welcome you to their restaurant. A first of its kind in Ann Arbor, the Q aims to deliver a unique and exciting dining experience by marrying European Bistro dining with a Cajun/Creole twist. The cooking style features only the best ingredients. To highlight its unique style of cooking, the Q looked to Cajun/Creole methods for inspiration. A class of cuisine unto itself, Cajun/Creole cooking reflects a proud and strong heritage that
features an abundance of fresh, native ingredients.
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KW
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The chicken parmesan was ok at best. The spaghetti that cam with the chicken was in a lump and when I mixed it with the sauce. The sauce was basically a butter sauce no alfredo. I done like butter, so the spaghetti was for me, inedible. The waiter focused on the Male companion I was with and I had to ask if I could order a beverage. I had been there prior for a retirement party and enjoyed myself. This time. Not so much.

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HE
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Have been here many times in the past, but this time was a disappointment. Food was good, as always, but service was very subpar--e.g., waited over 20 minutes for menus and water, another 10 to make the order, and waitress was easily confused by simple requests. We had reservations (made on line), but the wait-staff was slammed with two very large groups (20 plus each) that came at our same time. Our time slot should not have been availalble, given that those groups obviously made pre-arrangements. Also, we were seated exactly next to one of the groups which was very loud (not inappropriate, just loud and having a good time.) We had to work at hearing each other at our table of 4. I will go to The Quarter again, as this was likely a one-off, but it was disappointing, none-the-less.
Also--it is a pet peeve of mine, maybe not of others--unless I am at a diner getting the blue-plate special, I find it inappropriate to be asked, "So, how's everything tastin'." Checking with me to see if I have any further requests, if there is a service need (e.g., fresh sugar packets, or a napkin to replace one that is dropped, etc.,) is customary and expected, but the "tastin'" question is tasteless (pun intended), and I hear it a lot. It is a new feature of dining out---I wish and hope restaurant managers will train their waitstaff in more appropriate interactions.

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was superb!!!!!! 25 stars!! Do not remember his name. He was from Kosovo. Keep him!

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R
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We invited friends to join us for the special NYE menu. Unfortunately, both of them ordered the prime rib and the restaurant had run out of that item. They were satisfied with substitute items offered them, but had really looked forward to the prime rib. Other than that, we totally enjoyed our meal and evening together.

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C
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner with our extended family of eight on New Year's Eve. They had a limited special menu for that occasion, but everything on it looked very good. My wife had prime rib and I had jambalaya. Both were well prepared and generous. Appetizers for the table were ordered - spinach/cheese dip and calamari. Both were generous enough to give everyone a good taste. One minor disappointment was that they were out of Squash Ravioli already by 7:30PM - a little surprising, but with other good choices not the end of the world. As for the special desserts - we had cranberry cheese cake (super) and Key Lime pie (the best we had ever had anywhere). We have eaten here off their regular menu and also their Sunday brunch buffet - both excellent. Finally, they have a decent wine list at reasonable prices. We had a Malbec from Argentina and it was superb.

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JJ
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waited at our table for almost 15 minutes without anyone asking if our waiter had been to the table. We had to ask one of the waitresses that was passing by if there was a waiter assigned to our area. The hostess had not communicated with the waitress assigned to our area that she had seated guests. Waitress was apologetic and attentive after that.

Food wasn’t bad but not thrilled with selections on the menu. We only go here once in a while and have been largely underwhelmed after the first visit a couple tears ago. Probably will only go back when we’re out of options.

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CL
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service. I especially love the fried oysters.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had planned to meet a couple for lunch but ended up dining alone... being a single woman is always a concern when dining out. I am pleased to report I received excellent service & my Bourbon Louis Salad was delicious. I will return!

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KG
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is one of our go to spots when I don't want to cook. Love the Happy Hour. This time we met friends for their brunch and were pleased with the food -- especially the oysters! Good selection on the buffet -- a bit light on fresh fruit choices, and getting a cup of coffee took over 5 minutes. We'll be back!

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D
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Santa even came to visit one of the tables....guess it was a holiday Christmas Party:-)

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B
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I took three friends out for a holiday dinner. I loved the eggplant parmigiana.

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JB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We ordered the Chicken Andouille Pasta. Delicious! Service was slow...took 10 minutes for the server to come to our table...about par for the course in Ann Arbor on a Saturday night.

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TR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time trying the brunch and overall it was very good. Some of the dishes were better than others but there was a nice selection and variety including an omelet station and roast beef carving station.

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LO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect atmosphere and good food selection.

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d
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall everything was just OK. the waitress was kind enough to bring me a sample of two craft draft beers they had. I chose the wheat style and she brought me the opposite. We ordered one of the specials and the beef in it was a bit tough, not worth the price charged. The noise level was tolerable and we could hear ourselves talk. I have had better lunches in here and would probably recommend this restaurant for that, and lunch events.

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

too noisy is the only complaint otherwisw 4-5 stars

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PD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving menu was yummy, the room was pleasantly quiet and our waitress was very friendly and attentive.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Went for early Thanksgiving dinner. Two dinners, turkey and duck, largely inedible. Meat overcooked to bland dryness that required big gulps of water to swallow. After a bite or two quickly understood dinner was a total loss. The yams that tasted as in just spooned from a can made this doubly clear.

Not the fault of the wait staff, of course. They were attentive, prompt, and friendly. In holiday spirit left generous tip. This was for service and not the largely unbeaten meals.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Special Thanksgiving menu. Turkey was very dry, some parts unchewable. Mashed potatoes flavorless. The Lima bean corn pea mix was very good as was the spinach dip appetizers and service.

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k
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Quarter Bistro for Thanksgiving lunch. We were seated promptly, received excellent service, and enjoyed the turkey special with succotash, mashed potatoes, and dressing. The flourless, dark chocolate cake was outstanding, and the key lime pie very good. The fresh bread was excellent. I was impressed that the restaurant had not overbooked for the holiday and thus the noise level was low. The price per person was average for a holiday meal. Overall, the experience was excellent.

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a
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great etouffe!

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OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Sunday brunch. Food was great. Had to wait a while for them to refill empty items. Booth was s little cramped with our winter jackets. Would get a table next time. Really enjoyed ourselves and the good food and endless mimosas.

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy coming to The Quarter Bistro on date nights and for family outings. The service is friendly and the food is a delightful experience. My husband and I enjoyed a date night out and last year we had a small family get together with 15 people. The Quarter Bistro has something for everyone and a wonderful selection of wines to go with any dish!

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MB
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the appetizer to the entrees to the dessert was fabulous!! I will definitely go back!

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CL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We went on a Saturday night at 6pm and it was not crowded at all. We waited over 50 minutes for our food and when it finally arrived all our $30s entress were cold. Not happy with paying $30+ entrees for cold food. Terrible service. Never going again. Hope this review helped you save your $ and time!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Menu and food was very good. Very slow service and average service this time. Service in the past has been excellent, so hopefully this was an isolated occurrence.

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HC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We routinely go to Quarter Bistro and we have always enjoyed the hospitality. We were told there was new management and we were expecting things to be either the same or better. It was truly an unsatisfactory experience at Quarter Bistro. The Manager greeted us with the wrong name. We were told that the one vegetarian entree we were looking forward to (Butternut Squash Ravioli) was not available at 7:30 PM but the surprising thing was it was not available from the previous day itself and they did not bother to make a fresh batch for later that day or the next day. Additional vegetarian side dishes were also not available. When the waitress went and spoke to the manager, he did not say anything to her nor did he come and explain to us at the table. The waitress (she was very nice) kept forgetting what we had requested and after several requests and nearly 20-30 minutes later, we finally got the beer and the decaf coffee that we ordered. Additionally, the wrong order (for one dish) was delivered to us. I don't think we will come back at least for a long time.

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LG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The brunch looked like it would be great but the food was mediocre. The scrambled eggs and green salad were fine. But the cod was overcooked, dry and chewy. The chicken was overcooked and dry. The roast beef just didn't taste good. The desserts looked amazing but were ok. The price is good for the amount of food that's offered, but I went hungry and frankly didn't really want to each much except for the eggs and salad. A disappointment.

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B
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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DM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed listening to Hal Davis and his band.

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AT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Service was OK. Waitress was nice, but a little slow. Probably because they were short staffed.

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B
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My seafood melody was not that good nor was the presentation of the meal did not make it very appetizing. The Riblets were very good.

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L
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Quarter Bistro usually doesn't disappoint and it didn't this time either. We were seated upon arrival (I had a reservation), service was quick and attentive, and the food was well prepared, but a bit pricey. It was bit noisy until the lunchtime crowd cleared out, so it was difficult to have a normal (volume) conversation, and would be difficult to carry on a conversation with anyone who suffers hearing loss. These are just things to be aware of. QB is one of my go-to restaurants for lunch or dinner.

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S
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Sunday brunch there last Sunday, and it was very nice. I have some food issues, and managed to find something to eat @ buffet, though maybe there could be some GF muffins, or bread for those needing that option. Enjoyable brunch!

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G
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had been there before and had good meals, but this time I was disappointed. They appeared short staffed, with the salad appearing before the appetizer. The beef tenderloin entree was disappointing as the meat was tough, as was my husband's steak. Not sure if I will go back there. The highlights of the meal were the brochette appetizer and the red wine.

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Our waiter had an amazing smile and was warm, welcoming and terrific.

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R
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server anticipates our needs and the appetizer, bread and main course came out at the right time. Great Creole food.

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CC
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made my husband’s birthday memorable! Wines were excellent, appetizers all tasty, every entree done perfectly. Don’t skip dessert! Lava cake was amazing.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit our daughter at UMich we have dinner here. It’s her favorite and we love it as well. Delicious, creative menu and perfect nice-casual atmosphere. Staff is friendly and attentive.

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SL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diana was an amazing server! The brunch was great and we will definitley be coming back!

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