December 12, 2022

The 25 most beautiful metro Detroit restaurants and bars

It’s a common saying among chefs: you eat with your eyes first. While this usually applies to plating a dish, there is something just a bit more special about eating in a stunning restaurant, too. Whether you’re planning for a big event, celebrating a birthday, or trying to impress a special someone, the Detroit area offers a number of gorgeous eateries that offer a feast for your eyes as well as your mouth.

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Highlands
400 Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-877-9090; highlandsdetroit.com
You can’t beat the Highlands, with its breathtaking 360-degree views from the GM RenCen’s 71st and 72nd floors of the city, the Detroit River, and our neighbors in Canada. The sight is exceptional at night when the streetlights turn on and you can appreciate Detroit’s unique radial street layout, which resembles the spokes of a giant wheel.
Burereau Detroit

Highlands

400 Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-877-9090; highlandsdetroit.com

You can’t beat the Highlands, with its breathtaking 360-degree views from the GM RenCen’s 71st and 72nd floors of the city, the Detroit River, and our neighbors in Canada. The sight is exceptional at night when the streetlights turn on and you can appreciate Detroit’s unique radial street layout, which resembles the spokes of a giant wheel.
Townhouse Detroit
500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000; townhousedetroit.com
This downtown spot reopened after a closure of nearly a year with an updated menu and redesigned interior with lighter and brighter colors. That includes the space’s beautiful atrium, filled with sunlight and plants.
Instagram, @townhouse.detroit

Townhouse Detroit

500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000; townhousedetroit.com

This downtown spot reopened after a closure of nearly a year with an updated menu and redesigned interior with lighter and brighter colors. That includes the space’s beautiful atrium, filled with sunlight and plants.
Deluxx Fluxx
1274 Library St., Detroit; 313-788-7015; deluxxfluxx.com
There’s a reason why so many people use photos taken at this basement club as their profile pictures on dating apps. The Day-Glo-coated design by New York City-based artists Faile and Bast is out of this world, and even includes custom arcade games.
Instagram, @deluxxfluxxdet

Deluxx Fluxx

1274 Library St., Detroit; 313-788-7015; deluxxfluxx.com

There’s a reason why so many people use photos taken at this basement club as their profile pictures on dating apps. The Day-Glo-coated design by New York City-based artists Faile and Bast is out of this world, and even includes custom arcade games.
Candy Bar
1509 Broadway St., Detroit; candybardetroit.com
The Siren Hotel’s lounge bar offers plenty of eye candy, including a blown glass chandelier, pink plush booths, and rosy marble tables. The fanciful cocktails are like a cherry on top.
Christian Harder

Candy Bar

1509 Broadway St., Detroit; candybardetroit.com

The Siren Hotel’s lounge bar offers plenty of eye candy, including a blown glass chandelier, pink plush booths, and rosy marble tables. The fanciful cocktails are like a cherry on top.
Barda
842 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-952-5182; bardadetroit.com
This Argentine restaurant in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood is bathed in red light, evocative of its wood-fired menu. The next-door Core City Park is a former parking lot that was transformed into an urban oasis with trees, art installations, and salvaged architectural material from Detroit’s past recovered from the site.
Instagram, @barda_detroit

Barda

842 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-952-5182; bardadetroit.com

This Argentine restaurant in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood is bathed in red light, evocative of its wood-fired menu. The next-door Core City Park is a former parking lot that was transformed into an urban oasis with trees, art installations, and salvaged architectural material from Detroit’s past recovered from the site.
Chartreuse
15 E. Kirby, St D, Detroit; 313-818-3915; chartreusekc.com
Named after a family of green and yellow liquors made by Carthusian monks in France, the walls of this Midtown spot are painted a bright and verdant hue. In keeping with this theme, this space has featured art installations made out of plants throughout the years.
Michelle Gerard

Chartreuse

15 E. Kirby, St D, Detroit; 313-818-3915; chartreusekc.com

Named after a family of green and yellow liquors made by Carthusian monks in France, the walls of this Midtown spot are painted a bright and verdant hue. In keeping with this theme, this space has featured art installations made out of plants throughout the years.
Willis Show Bar
4156 3rd Ave., Detroit; 313-788-7469; willisshowbar.com
The new owners of this long-abandoned Detroit jazz club painstakingly re-created its sleek Art Moderne style, updating it with eye-popping color-changing LED lights that wash the players on the small stage located behind the bar in color.
Instagram, @willisshowbar

Willis Show Bar

4156 3rd Ave., Detroit; 313-788-7469; willisshowbar.com

The new owners of this long-abandoned Detroit jazz club painstakingly re-created its sleek Art Moderne style, updating it with eye-popping color-changing LED lights that wash the players on the small stage located behind the bar in color.
Zana
210 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-800-6568; zanabham.com
A newcomer to Birmingham’s dining scene, Zana general manager touted the space’s beauty, saying, “Guests should expect a dining experience that will transcend taste… through alluring ambiance, bold flavors and unparalleled service.” The centerpiece of the design is a hand-blown glass light fixture commissioned from the Czech Republic.
Hayden Stinebaugh

Zana

210 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-800-6568; zanabham.com

A newcomer to Birmingham’s dining scene, Zana general manager touted the space’s beauty, saying, “Guests should expect a dining experience that will transcend taste… through alluring ambiance, bold flavors and unparalleled service.” The centerpiece of the design is a hand-blown glass light fixture commissioned from the Czech Republic.
Bad Luck Bar
1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com
Accessible via an alley near Capitol Park, Bad Luck Bar has a speakeasy vibe with an over-the-top interior that matches the fanciful cocktails, including hexagonal lighting fixtures and a shelf of liquor bottles so tall that they must be reached with the help of a ladder.
Instagram, @badluckbar

Bad Luck Bar

1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com

Accessible via an alley near Capitol Park, Bad Luck Bar has a speakeasy vibe with an over-the-top interior that matches the fanciful cocktails, including hexagonal lighting fixtures and a shelf of liquor bottles so tall that they must be reached with the help of a ladder.
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
6549 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com
Not only is this brunch-centric comfort food spot named after Detroit’s Nazi-defeating heavyweight boxing champ, but it’s also charmingly designed to resemble a Southern homestead complete with a porch and fake plastic trees, in honor of Louis’s hometown of LaFayette, Alabama.
Lee DeVito

Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

6549 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com

Not only is this brunch-centric comfort food spot named after Detroit’s Nazi-defeating heavyweight boxing champ, but it’s also charmingly designed to resemble a Southern homestead complete with a porch and fake plastic trees, in honor of Louis’s hometown of LaFayette, Alabama.