Downtown Louie's

4.4
280 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post-theatre
Bi-level, wood paneled hidden gem located in the heart of Detroit serving American fare with a European twist along with craft cocktails and local brews
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, European
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(313) 961-1600
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Daniel Rutkowski
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Griswold
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Parking Details
Public lots and street parking located on Clifford, Griwold, Washington and many surrounding streets.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
280 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
55%
Very Good
33%
Good
7%
Fair
3%
Poor
3%
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Had very slow service and staff was unsure of many things

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious, especially the Meze board app. Enough for 4 of us to share. All of our meals were very good, but the salmon entree was on the small side. For $26, I kind of expected more than a small filet and 5 stalks of asparagus. Great place to go before a concert, or show downtown.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was ok but I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to no one

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Waited 25 minutes before we were waited on. Need to expand menu. Had Salmon sandwich with bacon and was not very good.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Downtown Louie’s was great! Our server was attentive and very accommodating. Food was delicious. Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We met a group of friends before the Beck concert
(Btw he rocked) not having been downtown Detroit for awhile, we chose this place based on reviews and it was definitely everything the reviews said, plus more!!!!
Our waitress was awesome as well- I’m sorry I forgot her name ( not good with names)- we sat upstairs on 7/6- so if this helps to know who our waitress was, I hope she will be recognized for her service:)

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This was a family outing before a Tiger game. We’ve been to The Detroit Beer Co many times and the service is sketchy and wait is long. With a 5:30 reservation and Happy Hour, Downtown Louie’s is by far the best! We will recommend you to our friends👍R

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We thought we would try somewhere different prior to our concert at the FOX. A little gem hidden in downtown Detroit. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food, reasonable prices, very nice ambience in a trendy setting. Great service as well. All in all, a good value for your $

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Awesome food and service with a centralized location

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We had an amazing time! Bianca was amazing!

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2018

I made a reservation via open table for 330 for a later lunch. My daughter and I showed up on time and were told that the restaurant was closed for a private function. I asked the front of the house to cancel my reservation on open table. The front of the house said she would do so and did apologize for the inconvenience. About 15 minutes later, I tried to make another reservation on open table only to be informed that I could not make another reservation because of my “current” reservation. I tried to cancel the reservation via the app but was told I could not do so and would need to contact the restaurant. So I called the restaurant and again asked for them to cancel the reservation. I was told that the person answering the phone worked in the kitchen and couldn’t help me. So basically I was screwed out of the one reservation I could make and then subsequently blocked from making any other subsequent reservation. Not particularly please with the service from the restaurant who mishandled the situation and with the app because I was kept from canceling it making a new reservation elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The four of us truly enjoyed our time! The food was WOW! Absolutely wonderful experience!!!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Attentive service, quality food and drinks, and nice setting. Enjoyed the restoration / decor of the building. Would recommend this restaurant to others!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Fantastic experience! Stopped in for dinner and cocktails before Tigers game. Everyone extremely attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food , engaging friendly environment, very happy we went , enjoyed the staffs friendly and accommodating service

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We shared the steak bites and Salmon entree. Everything was tasty and good. Fun casual ambiance with great food and service.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Good menu and will come back

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We went to Louie's because our first choice was booked solid. I 'm glad they were or we may have never gone here. We will definitely be back. The prices we reasonable and the food was wonderful. the service was spot on. The waiter left us alone to enjoy our conversation and only came around when it looked like we needed a drink refill or to take away plates. Very attentive. Its a smaller place but the décor is super cool. Make sure you look up to see the ceiling.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent Turkeyburger

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great wings

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our server Tanya was very attentive to our needs and did an excellent job.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Best steak I ever had. Good martini. Kids had burgers and they loved them

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

too loud, great food, great service. a bit expensive.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Everything about this place was awesome, the vibe, the decor, the service and the food. We would most definitely come back here! We were looking for a spot that felt somewhat upscale, but not snooty and or too expensive and Downtown Louie’s certainly delivered. Can’t wait to come back this summer!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fabulous! 6 friends getting together after being at the Fisher! Everyone’s dinner was delicious, appetizers very good as well. And the cocktails were perfect! I will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food and service was excellent. Bartender made a point to come over and deliver my Mint Julip. So nice! We will be back!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Better in the past. Food was fair at best. Out of Makers Mark. Waitress not at all friendly. One bright spot the manager? stopped by. She got our bill. Told her how disappointing the food was. Bill was adjusted. Will try again. Love the location and setting. Hope the food can be better next time and make sure waitstaff have customer service in mind

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Have been going to Downtown Louie's for many years. Their food, service and price has always been consistently well done. Recommend to many friends and others for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

First time at Louie's. Found it charming! The hostess/waitress was so friendly and attentive. Asked if we were going to Hockey Game; and food/drinks came out rapidly. It was nice to sit and talk and enjoy dinner without having to rush. Drinks were good; happy hour nice! The fish was a bit dry on the fish and chips. But still very good. Brussel sprouts were AMAZING! I would of eaten several orders myself. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We have been to Downtown Louie's in the past. This time, we could not have been more disappointed. Our service was slow, it was 5:30 on a Monday, we watched 7 separate parties leave because no-one was at the hostess stand ready to seat them, we waited 20 minutes for our wine and we needed to get up, out of our seats, to find our server. Unfortunately, this experience was a deal breaker - we will not be back.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Service was slow but only one server upstairs.

Second time I have been there and both times you have been out of the short rib. I guess I will need to pre-order next time.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved it! Great ambiance, food and service! Nice swanky bar!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Bistro steak was delicious as always. Our service was excellent. Had a great time catching up and the noise level is moderate there allowing for table conversation to be enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We were downtown on Friday evening and Downtown Louie's was recommended to us and it was excellent. Would recommend it to friends.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and great waitstaff

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Hostess sat us at table we wanted.
Waitress took too long to get drink order to our table. We had our appetizers prior to getting our drinks.
My drink was not right - advertised one way on menu and came to me differently. Disappointed.
We asked that one meal be split between two of our guests. It did not come that way despite the waitress saying that she asked for it to be done this way.

Overall, just minor things, but annoying. Food was generally good.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We enjoy everything about Downtown Louie’s!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We were sat right away and our server was very attentive to us. The food was great. Turkey burger was a bit dry but the fries and brussel sprouts did not disappoint! In and out in under an hour which was quite impressive!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food, beautiful interior, friendly staff - and priced reasonably. Great find!

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