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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.
Detroit, MI 48201
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.
$31 to $50
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The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.
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.
On-site Valet is $7.00. There is a $5 self parking lot across Woodward, and some limited street parking along Canfield.
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 Natasha Vitti, Pastry Chef: Eric Bunge
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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”!
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
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.
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