Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak

4.5
665 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Classic Pub and Oyster Bar with a Focus on Wine, Craft Beer and Fresh Seafood and Oysters. Please note, patio seats are not reservable but will we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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Foodie
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely service and atmosphere!

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JenniferP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we had an igloo. It was a little chilly in there for my other 3 guests but I was fine! The food and service was fantastic. I’ve never had oysters before- they were amazing. Perch was fantastic. We had a great time. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the host at the front door to our server our expectations could not have been better. Our food was outstanding and no request was too much to ask. We will definitely go back!

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FaithJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday and the food and atmosphere was great! David was also a very kind and great server! We definitely plan on coming here again!

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Bunchofbrunch
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing service was good except I couldn’t double pour, didn’t ask if it was a house rule becaause my waitress said “ I don’t pour Doubles” but besides that it was good experience

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MannyK
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress, Kim, was incredible! We come here often and over the past couple times, this was by far the best service we've received! The music is a wee bit too loud but that's nothing new.

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ChicC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim was amazing! The food was amazing! The prices were not bad at all. Felt like I was in New York with the atmosphere and decor of the restaurant. My date and I left so full and so happy. Thanks again to our waitress Kim! We will be back to see her 🙌

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vipMannyK
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love this restuarant but always seem to run into issues. The wait was so long, for drinks and inbetween courses. The food is always good which is why we continue to come back, but they messed up our order even when the waiter wrote EVERYTHING down. Definitely think something's been up with the kitchen the last couple times we've been in. Definitely hasn't been the same since precovid. Staff is friendly and we always see people working hard. Never a complaint there.

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RobertoAgapitoGaytan
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter was the Bartender: Made it’s easier to ordered drinks/ Food too🤙🏽❣️🤙🏽
-We Really Enjoyed this place my Old Boss Ex. Chèf Martinez used to worked there•Simply Amazing Food🔪🎊💯🎊🍽
#AnthonyisTheMan😉🙏🏽🥃🙏🏽😉

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ended up in an igloo.
Not sure if that’s how I booked but we agreed to try it. There was a time limit. I’ll get back to that…
It’s wet and cold in there. Condensation constantly drips from the ceiling… The heater could barely keep up on max.
Although it was just 2 of us. I’m sure a crowd would generate body heat.
Server took quite a while to get to us, then a while to get drinks
So, we ordered two sushi rolls. Server was confused and brought only one. We went with it… 7:30 when we were supposed to be out of the igloo by 7:45 . We hadn’t gotten our meals. I talked to the host he assured me that it would be fine..
About 7:38 we got our meals
I ordered a night special sea bass. It was very greasy
My date ordered jambalaya, also very greasy.

Around 8 as we were getting ready to go the host came to ask us to vacate, which was fine.
Cocktails were neighborhood bar quality… just meh
Not really a great experience. Might come back, but probably not.

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vipMannyK
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was my mom's 60th bday and I had prepaid for her to receive a rosé bottle for the table and it wasnt given to her until after the meal arrive. Kindof disheartening to hear but I know they were busy, thankfully it didn't ruin the night. Staff was apologetic and sweet all night to their group. We will always come back.

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Jessica
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

This was probably the worst service I have ever received at a restaurant. Two of my friends and I went to Tom’s Oyster bar. We split an appetizer plate and oysters.We each ordered drinks as well. We were at the restaurant for two hours. During that time, our server forgot to put our drink orders in and stated so. We had a variety of fish spread as an appetizer with only a few crackers. When we asked for more, we never got any and wasted a lot of the food as a result. We ordered ala crate oysters as well as oysters Rockefeller (that comes with 6 total oysters). One variety of the ala crate oysters we ordered were out of stock. Our server took it upon himself to replace the oysters we chose with his own suggestion rather than asking us. The oysters Rockefeller took an insanely long time to even make it to the table, so long that we were putting on our coats and were ready to leave. I’m assuming the order was not placed but we were told that they were just taking a very long time. The server spilled a little bit of my friend’s drink and used the napkin he gave her to wipe his hand off (we are still living in a pandemic!). We had a scheduled event and let our server know ahead of time. By the time we finally received our bill (this also took an extreme amount of time), we were not given credit card slips to sign- this is concerning, as we could not tip and we’re not given a record of our purchases. We had to ask one of the other staff members (Andre- he was great!) to assist us. There were only three other tables in the restaurant so the silly mistakes were completely avoidable. The drinks were subpar but the food was good overall. Very disappointed with the entire experience- especially with a nice restaurant with a hefty bill.

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vipGeoffN
Detroit
73 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent! Calamari, fish & chips, shrimp & grits. Reasonable sized servings too.

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Foodie
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I decided to do a date-night here and we were excited to try the seafood tower and to our dismay they were out. Then they were out of the scallop tacos... safe to say we were disappointed. Our server though, Kim, was very kind and made up for it by providing excellent service and even throwing in some free desserts that we really appreciated. Overall the food was good, definitely recommend getting an order of oysters! The staff really know their oysters and there's an extensive selection.

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ROBERTC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A friend and I visited the restaurant to celebrate my birthday. We ended up ordering the lobster tails. The only issue, one of them was overdone. Our waiter, Brandon did an excellent job!! There was a party at the front of the restaurant which was really loud - we could hardly hear each other talking, but had a good time anyway!

Royal Oak was dressed up for Christmas which felt very festive.

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LizF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service but food either came cold or overcooked. If it came at correct temp it was bland. So bummed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lobster was over cooked. The shrimp and mussels was great. Service was great.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Can't wait to go back.

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Sally
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops with bacon and sweet potatoes are ultimate comfort food on a cold night. Staff was very attentive, and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food, service, and atmosphere! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Date place
Music is wonderful
Quaint

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LeoD
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place but disappointed that they could prep my tower for lack of clamps and crab legs unfortunately the dish my date ordered witch it was the Paella it was too spicy and no warning on the menu we had to exchange plated because of the fact she can't eat spicy the scallops were ok but is being served with a sweet sauce witch is not good at all but over this mention issues everything else was good!

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AdamK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joined a friend for dinner before we went to Ridley's comedy club. Were quickly served by a very friendly waitress who came by regularly to make sure we were happy. Had the scallops which were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

TOB is a great place that seems to be struggling with staffing and it’s obvious when they’re busy. It took 20 minutes before we saw a server and 30 minutes to get a drink. And my wife’s entree salad seriously looked like a thrown together mess. It was missing ingredients, dressing, etc. I hope they solve their staffing or process challenges. I’m a fan. But will not rush back.
The weirdest thing: the tables are super close together and when the couple next to us left, an employee sprayed the table super aggressively with this Ajax smelling cleaner, aiming towards us. Have no idea if it got on our table. If I had not just finished, I would have been for sure.

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emily
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

this was my eighth or ninth time here and will be my last. the crabcakes had shells in it, mussels were rancid literally smelled like manure. portions have changed which is expected bc covid but definitely not coming back.

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Ciara
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! Very 1st time here, definitely will be back! My husband and I were celebrating his birthday and it was absolutely the best! 1st I set our reservation thru open door and then when we arrived we were promptly seated, and then Dan our server was almost right there the dynamite shrimp, and the sushi amazing, I come from the east coast and boy those crab cakes were something beyond great! But our favorite part desert the Cinnabon inspired cheesecake I could have died there a very happy women!

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scotts
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as usual, our server Kim was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We were treated like family and it was a fun experience. Staff were great and the drinks were on point.

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vipLLBB
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre from service to food. Not worth one's time..

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DarleneK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Indoor and outdoor seating avaiable. The clam chowder is awesome.

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Star
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Usually love this place visited for a bday event reservations were made, upon entering it was stated there was a reservation the hostess ignored the reservation mentioned and the birthday was not recognized:/ not the fault of the server of course Dan was great and took care of our party.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was extremely slow but good

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Savanna
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend for sweetest day, it was his first time there and he loved it! I’ve been several times and the food and drinks are always great, as well as the service! Great place for a date night

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience3

I always come here and last night 10-12-2021 I came to the restaurant and they didn’t have my reservation and I asked for the patio. The host (a male host) was not friendly at all and giving me this attitude just cause I ask if me and my friend is can sit at the patio. So disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I got the New England lobster roll sandwich and I was not satisfied. There was hardly any lobster in it and I ate it all in just a few bites. I basically paid $17 for bread and fries. I was super excited to try their lobster roll because I’ve heard/read great things but was ultimately disappointed in it. Service was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fabulous

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AprilW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fabulous! Super attentive and the food/drinks were amazing as always.

The oysters here are top notch!

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TheirryD
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Relaxed and comfortable outdoor table. We will be back

JR
JimR
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great price

FAQs

Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 541-1186.

Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak is rated 4.5 stars by 665 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.