The Whitney

4.6
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3581 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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About

The Whitney no longer utilizes Open Table for reservations. Please contact us directly for reservations. The Whitney is Detroit's most Romantic Restaurant. Housed in a historic 52 room 1890's mansion on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit's cultural district. Elegant plated Brunch Saturday & Sunday Morning. The Whitney also serves a Luxurious four course "Afternoon Tea" everyday. Live Entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Call for Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Hours: Afternoon Tea: Everyday at 2:00 by call-in reservation only. Brunch, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 1:30pm. Dinner: Monday through Saturday 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Ghostbar open seven days a week at 4:30 Live Entertainment: Friday - Saturday 9:00-midnight.
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Phone number
(313) 832-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Natasha Vitti, Pastry Chef: Eric Bunge
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Catering
We offer private dining options for groups from 10 - 200. Cocktail parties, afternoon Tea Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday Brunches, Garden ceremonies are just a few of the options. Call 313-832-5700 for information and details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Canfield Street
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Parking details
On-site Valet is $10.00. There is a paid self parking lot across Woodward, and some limited street parking along Canfield.
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Public transit
The Qline is operating with a stop on the corner of Woodward and Canfield, connecting south to The Fox, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena and the DSO. It also connects north to West Grand Boulevard with a short stroll to The Fisher.
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Entertainment
The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was SUPER. Our server could not have been nicer. The food was excellent. We loved everything we ordered. The building is just beautiful. We said that we need to dine here more often.

ES
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend there for her bachelorette party and we had such an amazing time!! I will be returning!! Great food, great service and such a beautiful place!!!

N
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

My father was in town and we chose the Whitney to celebrate his 75th birthday. Along was his wife and my wife and son. Neither my father nor I have there since 1991. The food and ambiance met expectations in every way. What stood out, though, were two pretty major deficiencies in the service. By policy they allow outside wine with a corkage fee, which is fine. I brought in a 2010 Caymus Special Selection Cab and a 2012 Nickel and Nickel Chardonnay. I asked the wait-person open both bottles and to please decant the Caymus. She promptly took the Caymus and marched into the kitchen. She came back with what I assumed to be my wine in a decanter. No bottle. No cork. No chance for a ceremonial taste. In my opinion, this was a gross breach of wine serving etiquette 101 and got us off on the wrong foot.

From there the service was merely adequate until we were invited to go to the third floor dessert room for bananas foster. Unbeknownst to us, the Whitney closes at 8pm on Sunday nights and the folks in the dessert room were clearly closing up shop at 7:50. We remarked that the staff downstairs suggested we come up for dessert and that we were looking forward to bananas foster. The comment back was something to the effect of..."we were about to leave, but I guess we could do it." Wow, thanks for the favor! Prior to the downstairs staff suggesting we go up for dessert, we were not even aware of the existence of this dessert room. Perhaps this is a pet peeve of mine, but the process of trying to close while still in theory serving diners is very off-putting. At a place like The Whitney, it should never happen. It's a back of house processes that no diner should ever see. We persevered and the bananas foster was spectacular.

So while I am ticking the Yes box for recommend to a friend, I am only doing so because anyone is entitled to a bad day and a singular experience may not accurately reflect reality. That said, up your game Whitney, many great places to eat in the D.

LW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a friend's birthday. I told them ahead of time and they made a personalized menu just for her and brought her a special dessert. The staff was amazing. The food was delicious, don't miss out on dessert. Each one was better then the next. The rooms were all beautiful and the garden was in full bloom. They have built up Woodward so nicely. It was a great morning out.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This wasn’t the Whitney I remember...fine dining service experience replaced by a friendly but not terribly professional server, my steak came medium well when it should have been medium rare. Took forever to get a new steak, at which point it was not quite rare. They took it back and put it back on to cook some more and took it off the bill - but at that point everyone else was done with their meal and I rushed to finish my steak so everyone else wouldn’t be held up. It just wasn’t special or memorable and we likely won’t return in spite of the fact that we had our wedding dinner there 16 years ago.

BW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whitney made for a very nice anniversary dinner for me and my wife.
The staff was friendly and helpful, the setting was romantic, and the food was delicious.
Highly recommended if you have a special event or a special someone.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. I would highly recommend a visit to the Whitney. We went for brunch and the food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

LC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Whitney with a good friend and had a superb meal. However, this place is more of a "romantic" venue, with dim lighting and stunning decor.

F
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The Whitney House is truly amazing. It is a great experience to be able to dine in such a beautifully restored landmark. The staff is engaging and focused on making the experience memorable. The Coconut Tomato soup and the Wedge Salad were great. However the entrees fell flat.
The Twin Lobster Tails were raw in the middle and the Beef Wellington was overdone and lacked any sign of foie gras.
A real disappointment as the accompaniments were well prepared. There was a miscommunication on the side potatoes and they arrived when the meal was 3/4 finished. Our server offered to redo but that just doesn’t work.
Free dessert was offered but by the mood was broken.
We were not there for practice. A weak link between the kitchen and the table. I hope the can fix it.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife recently had surgery and needed to use the elevator which was out of service. Was asked to pay a $5 cover charge to get in the 3rd floor bar prior to getting seated. Positive note... meal was outstanding, server provided fantastic service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The place is very beautiful but the food and service are not outstanding. Food has a good quality, but for the price they charge I was really not impressed.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great service great staff
Music in the garden was fabulous. Highly recommend

B
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and amazing service. The staff is so kind and we loved our meals. Great way to celebrate a birthday!!

J
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great setting for a restaurant. Unfortunately, the food was nothing special. It wasn't bad, but for the price and atmosphere, we were expecting more. I would not recommend to a friend for dinner. If I went back, I would just go for a drink and maybe appetizers in the 3rd floor Ghost Bar. Please note that the elevator is currently not in service. I would recommend having a drink and checking the mansion out.

Z
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated his birthday and it was an outstanding experience. The food was delicious and the service was great.

AE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server really took my 30th birthday experience to the next level! I will DEFINITELY be back!

LM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed in our experience at the Whitney. Always great food, great service and a beautiful venue.

A
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special occasion. Also good for conversation, very quiet. Side dishes very generous size. Food very tasty and unique.

R
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and always special

RM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Food and service was exceptional. Cant wait to go back

PN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The brunch was good overall. The restaurant was nice. The main courses were tasty. Service was good. The chairs were uncomfortable and looked worn. The desserts were sub-par.

LH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience were all first class! I ordered the pork chop, and it was amazing! Celebrated my wife’s birthday in style...

LB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been to the Whitney in about 25 years.....the service and food was excellent then and continues to be that today.....well done well done Whitney!!!

PN
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The building is still pretty. The view from our table which overlooked to the garden was nice. Tea selection was poor. The only selection offered were a herbal drink and a fairly nice Earl Grey. Herbal drink is not a tea for tea drinker. The scones were a bit too sweet. Sandwiches were nice, especially the tiny Wellington's. The desserts were uninspiring.

AO
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Great food and service

JZ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic place - the staff were exceptionally friendly and competent. The food was also excellent and we would gladly go again when we are in town next. Highly recommend all, including the tour of the mansion after your dinner!

SD
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once in a lifetime experience! Treat for all the senses.

DP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious drinks! Food was of good quality. Service was excellent!!

JB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent environment with excellent food and our server, Lisa, was beyond wonderful. The mansion is a true joy.

PA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The piano player even played Happy Birthday for me. Eddie our waiter went above and beyond. He truly made my birthday a great one.

C
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food! Definitely take the tour!

V
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s birthday. The food, ambiance, and service were very excellent. We will be returning!

OO
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Incredibly expensive, but you get what you pay for, right? Our server was wonderful, very professional. My wife had wonderful time on her birthday. Will come back.

JE
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the first steps up to the front door you are greeted with smiles and enthusiasm by all staff. They knew it was my birthday and hasd a special menu with Birywishes on it for me when we arrived. The host was cherry and we were checked on by numerous staff and manager or owner to am unsure but he was humble and welcoming. Our waiter was amazing, it was his second day and he was so attentive and friendly, he offered great suggestions and explained anything we needed. As for high end restaurants we felt so welcomed and the food was delicious! They made my 40th birthday dinner spectacular

NY
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waiter was way too familiar for a fine dining anniversary celebration. He rested things on the table, reached across me to point at my food, teased my husband that he counted on his fingers how many years we had been married. My husband did not. He even told another anniversary table across the room how many years we had been married and that my husband had to count on his fingers. Again, my husband did not. It was creepy and awkward.

Joel the pianist was absolutely incredible, as always.

HE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Women bathroom smelled. Beef was over cooked. Service was great. Piano player was great

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whitney is one of my favorite restaurants downtown Detroit, my husband took me there for my birthday and it was exceptional. It was our first time in the Woodward Room, the ambiance was inviting and peaceful and overall did not disappoint. Highly recommend for anyone!

Q
Tampa
52 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We gathered for a family reunion brunch and were very pleased with the excellent service and of course food! We are planning our next get together as we enjoy the Whitney very much.

AW
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not like what we e had in the past. The food was not great. We were looking forward to the crab legs that we had before and they aren’t in the menu anymore. The steak and lobster were less than desired.

MC
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice dinner, food was excellent as was the service. Only negative was after dinner we went to enjoy an after dinner drink in the Ghost Bar and there were several young girls Dressed in very short cut off jean shorts. And a few guys in tee shirts and ball caps .

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