February 11, 2021

25 of the most romantic restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp

It might be cold AF outside, but things are heating up in time for Valentine's Day, thanks to metro Detroit's dining scene. This is an all-time list of the most romantic restaurants in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurants category with a large concentration of reviews mentioning "romantic," "date," and derivatives of "Valentine's day," then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those keywords. The list looks at businesses in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Macomb. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of Feb. 11, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score or a score greater than a C/70 as of Feb. 11, 2021.

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25. Forest
735 Forest Ave., Birmingham; 248-258-9400; forestbirmingham.com 
“Fantastic all the way around. Our hostess Ashley was exceptional and the service above and beyond. Menu is varied and the wine list is one of the best. The chef has amazing creativity. Romantic and refreshing that it was not too noisy even with a crowd.”
— Cherie B. on Yelp
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25. Forest

735 Forest Ave., Birmingham; 248-258-9400; forestbirmingham.com
“Fantastic all the way around. Our hostess Ashley was exceptional and the service above and beyond. Menu is varied and the wine list is one of the best. The chef has amazing creativity. Romantic and refreshing that it was not too noisy even with a crowd.” — Cherie B. on Yelp

Photo via Forest Birmingham/Facebook
24. Assaggi Bistro
330 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 586-584-3499; assaggibistro.com 
“Luckily for me, Assaggi is right around the corner from where I live. It's located right off of Nine Mile in the heart of Ferndale. I've been coming to this place for years and it is always my favorite! The owners are so warm and gracious every time we walk in. All of the servers, bartenders, cooks, line staff, etc. are so friendly. Jeff is our favorite waiter, and he always knows what we like/want. The pink grapefruit martinis are AH-mazing!!!!! I have NEVER had a bad experience here. The food and services are always very consistent. They have a large patio seating area in the back, which makes it feel very intimate outside. They also have a smaller area for outside seating at the front of the restaurant, where you can watch the busy Nine Mile activity! If you try this place, you will NOT be disappointed!” — AveryMaxine N. on Yelp
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24. Assaggi Bistro

330 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 586-584-3499; assaggibistro.com
“Luckily for me, Assaggi is right around the corner from where I live. It's located right off of Nine Mile in the heart of Ferndale. I've been coming to this place for years and it is always my favorite! The owners are so warm and gracious every time we walk in. All of the servers, bartenders, cooks, line staff, etc. are so friendly. Jeff is our favorite waiter, and he always knows what we like/want. The pink grapefruit martinis are AH-mazing!!!!! I have NEVER had a bad experience here. The food and services are always very consistent. They have a large patio seating area in the back, which makes it feel very intimate outside. They also have a smaller area for outside seating at the front of the restaurant, where you can watch the busy Nine Mile activity! If you try this place, you will NOT be disappointed!” — AveryMaxine N. on Yelp

Photo via Assaggi Bistro/Facebook
23. Pop‘s For Italian
280 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-268-4806; popsforitalian.com 
“If you like wine, check this place out. The waitstaff is well versed in wine and really now their selections. Pair it with a fresh and simple pizza and you've got a romantic dinner for two, meal with friends and family or a quick bite for a happy hour! This place knows what they're doing and never disappoints!” — Mary D. on Yelp
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23. Pop‘s For Italian

280 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-268-4806; popsforitalian.com
“If you like wine, check this place out. The waitstaff is well versed in wine and really now their selections. Pair it with a fresh and simple pizza and you've got a romantic dinner for two, meal with friends and family or a quick bite for a happy hour! This place knows what they're doing and never disappoints!” — Mary D. on Yelp

Photo via Pop’s For Italian/Facebook
22. Vertical Detroit
1538 Centre St., Detroit; 313-732-9463; verticaldetroit.com 
“When I dine at Vertical I can pretend for a few hours I'm in NY.  Vertical is NY good. Things that were said, "this is the best burger I've ever had" "this is excellent." I also love the space.  It's just below ground level and very intimate. Great spot for a romantic date night.” — Rebecca R. on Yelp
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22. Vertical Detroit

1538 Centre St., Detroit; 313-732-9463; verticaldetroit.com
“When I dine at Vertical I can pretend for a few hours I'm in NY. Vertical is NY good. Things that were said, "this is the best burger I've ever had" "this is excellent." I also love the space. It's just below ground level and very intimate. Great spot for a romantic date night.” — Rebecca R. on Yelp

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21. French Toast Bistro
40370 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth; 734-335-6533; frenchtoastbistro.com 
“Worth the wait!! Super cute and romantic hole in the wall place, great staff, and management. We come here all the time and have never had an issue. A little pricey but worth it. Parking is pretty terrible because it's in a strip mall with limited spots, but the food is so good, and they have amazing drinks so I'm giving 5 stars!” — Katie N. on Yelp
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21. French Toast Bistro

40370 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth; 734-335-6533; frenchtoastbistro.com
“Worth the wait!! Super cute and romantic hole in the wall place, great staff, and management. We come here all the time and have never had an issue. A little pricey but worth it. Parking is pretty terrible because it's in a strip mall with limited spots, but the food is so good, and they have amazing drinks so I'm giving 5 stars!” — Katie N. on Yelp

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20. Sava’s
216 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-623-2233; savasannarbor.com 
“A little on the pricey side, but I've really enjoyed everything I've gotten from Sava's. It's great for vegetarians -- the black bean wrap is especially delicious. Great brunch, coffee, dinner entrees, and ambiance. Has a higher-end feel without coming off as stuck up. Book your reservations in advance as they fill up quick”. — Hannah I. on Yelp
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20. Sava’s

216 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-623-2233; savasannarbor.com
“A little on the pricey side, but I've really enjoyed everything I've gotten from Sava's. It's great for vegetarians -- the black bean wrap is especially delicious. Great brunch, coffee, dinner entrees, and ambiance. Has a higher-end feel without coming off as stuck up. Book your reservations in advance as they fill up quick”. — Hannah I. on Yelp

Photo via Sava’s Ann Arbor/Facebook
19. NICO & VALI Italian Eatery
744 Wing St., Plymouth.; 734-207-7880; nicoandvali.com 
“My new favorite Italian restaurant in downtown Plymouth. Compari's had my heart and taste buds for the last 8 years but it's time for a new Love.
The bread and olive oil is very fresh and loaded with taste. The salad is well prepared and not your ordinary salad, it's full of flavor. The soup was amazing, my taste buds exploded and you know that twinge you get behind your ears when you taste something so good? Yes that happened. The lasagna was full of so much flavor and different tastes, cheeses, meats, tomato sauce and perfect noodles.
The service from the hostess, waitress, bartender and manager was exceptional to say the least. The style they've created in the design and setup here was very well done. Very relaxing and romantic/trendy. The patio for the warmer months is something you'd see in Tuscany. Very well done.
I'm all in and I'll be loyal to you Nico & Vali.” — Brian S. on Yelp
Photo via NICO & VALI Italian Eatery/Facebook

19. NICO & VALI Italian Eatery

744 Wing St., Plymouth.; 734-207-7880; nicoandvali.com
“My new favorite Italian restaurant in downtown Plymouth. Compari's had my heart and taste buds for the last 8 years but it's time for a new Love.

The bread and olive oil is very fresh and loaded with taste. The salad is well prepared and not your ordinary salad, it's full of flavor. The soup was amazing, my taste buds exploded and you know that twinge you get behind your ears when you taste something so good? Yes that happened. The lasagna was full of so much flavor and different tastes, cheeses, meats, tomato sauce and perfect noodles.

The service from the hostess, waitress, bartender and manager was exceptional to say the least. The style they've created in the design and setup here was very well done. Very relaxing and romantic/trendy. The patio for the warmer months is something you'd see in Tuscany. Very well done.

I'm all in and I'll be loyal to you Nico & Vali.” — Brian S. on Yelp

Photo via NICO & VALI Italian Eatery/Facebook
18. J.Baldwin’s
16981 18 Mile Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-416-3500; jbaldwins.com 
“I'm not sure what I can say about this place that hasn't already been said. This gorgeous hidden gem is such a romantic place. The environment is as inviting as is the staff. A beautiful warm-hearted tattooed woman gave us amazing recommendations and the smells coming from the kitchen area were mouth-watering. This is the perfect place for dinner, just a glass of wine with your partner or a coffee and dessert night. I'm only sorry it's taken me living in the area so long to visit!  P.S. The dessert trio platter is magical” — Sarah L. on Yelp
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18. J.Baldwin’s

16981 18 Mile Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-416-3500; jbaldwins.com
“I'm not sure what I can say about this place that hasn't already been said. This gorgeous hidden gem is such a romantic place. The environment is as inviting as is the staff. A beautiful warm-hearted tattooed woman gave us amazing recommendations and the smells coming from the kitchen area were mouth-watering. This is the perfect place for dinner, just a glass of wine with your partner or a coffee and dessert night. I'm only sorry it's taken me living in the area so long to visit! P.S. The dessert trio platter is magical” — Sarah L. on Yelp

Photo via J.Baldwin’s/Facebook
17. Ottava Via
1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit;313-962-5500; ottavaviadetroit.com 
“My husband and I came here for date night, they have a very cute/romantic outdoor seating area. We started off with a margarita pizza which was to die for! He got the Bronzino and I got the mushroom pasta. Both dishes were phenomenal and the Bronzino in my opinion was the best iv ever had and the best prior to that was in New York! Totally recommend it and I totally stole his dish because it was that good! I wish they had dessert though but unfortunately they did not and I always like to end a delicious dinner with something sweet!” — Zeina A. on Yelp
Photo via Ottava Via/Facebook

17. Ottava Via

1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit;313-962-5500; ottavaviadetroit.com
“My husband and I came here for date night, they have a very cute/romantic outdoor seating area. We started off with a margarita pizza which was to die for! He got the Bronzino and I got the mushroom pasta. Both dishes were phenomenal and the Bronzino in my opinion was the best iv ever had and the best prior to that was in New York! Totally recommend it and I totally stole his dish because it was that good! I wish they had dessert though but unfortunately they did not and I always like to end a delicious dinner with something sweet!” — Zeina A. on Yelp

Photo via Ottava Via/Facebook
16. Marrow
8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-652-0200; marrowdetroit.com 
“Had an absolutely incredible experience at Marrow for our anniversary dinner. Menu has to be picked ahead of time, but you truly can't go wrong -- everything was fresh, unique, beautifully plated, and delicious. Our server was kind and attentive while also being careful to limit contact due to covid precautions. We sat on the back patio which had heaters and a fire going, and was a lovely setting for dinner. The tasting menu is well worth the price and we already want to return since the menu changes often! Marrow exceeded our expectations and made our anniversary dinner fun and memorable.” — Carolina R. on Yelp
Photo via Marrow/Facebook

16. Marrow

8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-652-0200; marrowdetroit.com
“Had an absolutely incredible experience at Marrow for our anniversary dinner. Menu has to be picked ahead of time, but you truly can't go wrong -- everything was fresh, unique, beautifully plated, and delicious. Our server was kind and attentive while also being careful to limit contact due to covid precautions. We sat on the back patio which had heaters and a fire going, and was a lovely setting for dinner. The tasting menu is well worth the price and we already want to return since the menu changes often! Marrow exceeded our expectations and made our anniversary dinner fun and memorable.” — Carolina R. on Yelp

Photo via Marrow/Facebook