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About The Whitney

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 High Tea" everyday. Live Entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Call for Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events.

4421 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Prime Rib

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: Thursday - Saturday 9:30-midnight. $39.95 Early Evening Menu available Monday - Friday 4:30- 6:30, and all evening Sunday.

Cross Street:
Canfield Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(313) 832-5700

Website:
http://www.thewhitneydetroit.com/

Entertainment:
The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.

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.

Parking Details:
On-site Valet is $7.00. There is a $5 self parking lot across Woodward, and some limited street parking along Canfield.

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.

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef Natasha Vitti, Pastry Chef: Eric Bunge

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, 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

Special Events & Promotions:
The Whitney hosts interesting variety of special events throughout the year. Tea with Santa, Paranormal Dinners, and Garden Parties, just to name a few. Visit our website for more details.

The Whitney Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (112)
Good for Anniversaries (108)
Romantic (108)
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Good for a Date (106)
Worth the Drive (74)
Pre/post Theatre (63)
Quiet Conversation (62)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Cozy (51)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Authentic (38)
Business Meals (37)
Great for Brunch (35)
Notable Wine List (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Afternoon Tea (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Groups (24)
Live Music (23)
Great for Lunch (21)
Scenic View (20)
Fun (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Afternoon Coffee (15)
Happy Hour (12)
Seasonal (10)
Late-night Find (9)
People Watching (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

My friend and I went to The Whitney after seeing 'An American in Paris' at the Detroit Opera House. She had not been to the Whitney previously, so we decided to make our Sunday fun day extra special! The Whitney is beautifully decorated for the holidays. The food was great - we ordered from the special menu and pricing was great for the quality and quantity of food. Our waiter, Ahmet was outstanding - he is one of the best waiters I've ever had at a restaurant. The valet was great too. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Ambiance was beautiful. Server was delightful. However they suffered from lack of support staff to manage coffee and water. Food was very slow coming out. Food was acceptable but not special. Scones and croissants were cold as was carrot cake.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

A sadly disappointing experience. Aside from the wonderful atmosphere and great building, the food and service were well below average, and definitely not worth the asking price.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful historic landmark in a great city. Definitely worth enjoying a delicious meal here. Take advantage of the tour while you are there. Very interesting to hear about the Whitney legacy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Authentic, Late-night Find
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·Dined 4 days ago

Overall, my experience was excellent. The food was top shelf, and the hostess was pleasant and kept me informed abut my reservation, which was delayed due to people staying longer than perhaps expected. I get that, I understand that, and they gave my wife and me a glass of wine while we waited.
What I did NOT care for was the seeming lack of any type of enforced dress code. This is a top shelf restaurant, to which I wore a suit and tie, and my wife a cocktail dress. While I would not expect jackets and dresses to be a must, I think at a minimum business casual.
There were ripped jeans, tennis shoes, uncollared, untucked shirts and the like. When I go to an upscale restaurant, I dress appropriately and expect the restaurant to require others to do the same.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

The Whitney is always a great place for destination dining but has become less and less to be a "special" place to go. This particular visit, for instance, was negatively affected due to a private party. The group had taken over the third floor for their event and then descended into the dining rooms with apparently no sense of the decorum and dining atmosphere that the Whitney has been known for. They were extremely loud and rude and although everyone is entitled to enjoy whatever restaurant they want, I'm concerned this may have been more of an indication of the evolution of Whitney diners in general. What has been an elegant, quiet dining experience is becoming more of a challenge to enjoy in peace.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We went to the Whitney for my girlfriend's birthday and we enjoyed the night. Food was delicious and the service was also good. I would recommend this place for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding service; easy parking. Beautiful décor.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The Whitney was considered one of the ritziest and best of fine dining in the Detroit area and was on my bucket list to go. I had always heard about the fine food and 5 star service and staff like when your water glass is down just a little they are quick to fill it up. Well to my disappointment the Whitney has lost its luster. It's still physically beautiful inside and out and the big glass windows give you a great view of the bustling Woodward area, but the service and food did not measure up to the ambiance, view, and price.
The service was good, no real complaints, but was just not up to 5 star expectations. I had heard in the past it was a staff of people catering to diners but for me and the wife, it was just one. She was as good as a normal 1 person server usually is, but at a restaurant like this, you wouldn't think that you would ever be out of water or coke which happened to us.
The food was actually somewhere around average to sub par. We got the popular and recommended meals, me the wrapped steak, and the wife the seafood combo. Took a good while for the food to arrive but we didn't mind that as we had a nice window view of the city next to good heat kicking out on a cold day (Yeah). However when the food arrived, both our plates where warmish if that's a word. Not hot off the grill or actually not hot at all. My steak was a thick cut but it was more like a meatloaf consistency. Actually, it had a meatloaf type of taste to it too. Neither the flavor or consistency tasted like a real steak. I actually cut it with my fork, it was that.... mushy, not good. My wife's seafood dish other than being warm and not hot had a great appearance, but not much flavor. Actually make that hardly any flavor. Just bland. Not fishy nor mushy, good texture, but no taste or flavor to it. Potential wasted. We did Love the recommended sweet white wine though. Smoothest wine we ever tasted. Worth the $11 for a glass. All in all, not worth the $130 + tip we spent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. In every way possible.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our server was very nice. My meat could have been cooked a little more. Overall is was a special place to have lunch. I would go back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Whitney is a very special place in Detroit. You don’t find many places like this. Hope it stays around a long long time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

What a lovely time we had at the Whitney before attending the Andrea Bocelli concert. It was wonderful from start to finish. Our server was attentive and understood our time constraints, our food was amazing, the decorations were beautiful, our table was perfect and the piano player set the mood. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Pre-Bocelli dining. Excellent martini. the calamari and crab cake appetizer were very tasty. The crab tomato basil bisque was outstanding. Tried the Beef Wellington, although it was excellent I realize that I prefer my Tenderloin not wrapped in a croissant. The strawberry torte was excellent. service impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience. Personable staff. We had a great time learning the history of the Whitney family home.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful decor for Christmas & our service was wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Whitney was amazing. It was our first time dining here and we will definitely be back. The staff was fantastic. We loved going during the holiday season as the mansion is decorated beautifully. The food, drinks and desserts were phenomenal. My husband and I were out for an evening of dinner and drinks!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dante was a fabulous waiter!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always amazing. The waitstaff is the best in town. The food is remarkable. No place better!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great special occasion dinning

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was a wonderful brunch for a holiday get together. Our waiter Brian was excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The dinner and ambiance was very good, however the Bill was a bit much.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Entire experience is was great. Food was cooked perfectly. Service was superb. Nicely decorated for. E holidays. Will be going back soon!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was great from the holiday decorations to the service and the food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I haven't been to the Whitney in years - but it is such a convenient dining spot for the DSO. Took a friend visiting from Japan - she was charmed by the decor - so lovely for the holidays. The food was good - but still mostly stuck in the 1970s! Enormous shrimp cocktail, filet al a Oscar, cornish game hen...desserts were standard "fancy" bakery cakes. The waiter we had was very attentive. Although I think the menu would benefit from a trip to this decade, overall the experience was enjoyable.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We dined early, Daniel was our server, and it was a great pre-Christmas evening

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I was here on a Thursday evening. The hostess was very nice and took me upstairs to the ghost bar as I was alone and thought it might be better than sitting alone in the restaurant. The server was somewhat kind at first but then seemed to not be able to keep up between me and one other table that was in a room adjacent to the ghost bar. She was on the restaurant phone and looked somewhat frazzled then she had a manager come up and then needed help with that one table. It was a very slow night and only the other table with people was the one I previously mentioned before with two people and two people at the bar. I had to ask for napkins and utensils.
Now let me get to the food. Burger was disgusting. Who puts a duck liver on a Burger? I don't care how fancy a restaurant claims to be that is just obscene.
Not impressed and will never go back. Seems like a place with potential but needs some serious food overhaul.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Outstanding night. Great food and great service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Whitney is great for a pre-theater dinner. We ordered off the special menu which was a great value (available until 6:30 PM). Excellent service with Anna. She recommended a Zinfandel which was out of this world. We had the shrimp cocktail, the filet, and the strawberry torte. We will definitely return! Though it wasn't busy when we went, I suggest making a reservation, especially with the holidays and the auto show coming up!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amazing, absolutely amazing! Went to The Whitney for a first date. We loved it. We each had the salmon, and let me say, it was the best salmon I have ever had. The gentleman on the piano was wonderful! He played classical music, a couple holiday songs, but my absolute favorite was when he played the theme to “ Phantom of the opera”. After dinner we walked up stairs to the Ghost Bar and had the perfect drink to end a perfect night! It was marvelous! Then I totally got layed! Thanks “The Whitney”!

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I felt like I was Diamond Jim Brady dining with Jay Gould.
Expensive and well worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (東京)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I didn't even get into the restaurant because restaurant was closed.
I was told from the restaurant manager that the restaurant was closed because of the private event for whole night
I really don't understand why the OpenTable sent me a confirmation email for the reservation
I hope you will make sure that these things never happen again

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

The food was amazing! Loved the tour as well. Staff very friendly and great service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Seafood over orzo was excellent, however my guest ordered the duck and it was very tough and not cooked. My guest did not tell me until we had left. Dissapointed because the server and ambiance were wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This place is amazing. Wait staff was great food was almost better

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love the Whitney for any special occasion, Before or after a play and during the summer, the garden parties are the best!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food, service and experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We really appreciated learning about the history of the Whitney. Our tour guide was informative, pleasant and made sure we were right on time for our reservation. The dining experience was good, however, our out of town guests were more interested and delighted to learn so much about David Whitney, his place in Detroit history, and the detail, craft and expense that was invested as he built this home.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

You go to the Whitney for the ornate, over-the-top house. Food is well-prepared but fussy/fancy and expensive. Wine list is boring and very expensive. Glad we went once - but once is enough.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent place

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