Downtown Louie's

4.3
320 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Detroit's hidden gem is located in Capitol Park. We serve upscale comfort food alongside fine wine and craft beer and cocktails.
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
Clifton Booth
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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
What 320 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great girls night out spot before a concert, walking distance to great downtown spots. Great service and food was really good. Loved the atmosphere!

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C
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The dressing on the Michigan salad was a bit garlicky and spicy, and it could use more blue cheese. It was a lot of spinach. The drinks and burgers were great. The MSU game was on, so the restaurant was lively, but not too loud. We enjoyed it.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer was fabulous! Great overall experience. About a ten minute walk from LCA. Will definitely be back.

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MM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about our experience was great! Food and drinks were delicious and the service was great. Would definitely go back!

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LG
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Tables open, but even with a reservation, put at an unset table by kitchen. My husband’s chair was actually blocking part if doorway. My burger was excellent. Every part of his $26 fish and chips was awful—batter not cooked through, ice cold fries, overly vinegary slaw. Waitress seemed less than enthusiastic.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Been here three times now and the first visit was great; food, wine and service. Last two times the service was so slow. We had events to attend and were almost late both times. I would go again, but not if I had to be somewhere afterwards.

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HF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing experience, and a perfect alliance for a relaxing evening. Food was worth the cost

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous place!..Definitely a date night spot. Food was good..just a little salty. Grand Lemon drop martini was fantastic.

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P
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Then it got loud. Glad we were able to enjoy food, conversation and peaceful surroundings before the crowds came.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best turkey burger I’ve ever had!!! I loved my cocktail with the gummy bear, too!

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WR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Service was good, drinks great... meal was disappointing for three of the four of us...undercooked

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We ask the waitress to split our bill and at the end we had to figure out our portion . I made reservations and she acted like she did not know what I was talking about .

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at Downtown Louis before heading over to our concert. It was a short walk from our hotel and then over to Ford Field which was great. We were early for our reservation, but were able to grab a few drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. The drinks were excellent, as was the food. I ordered a burger, and my husband ordered the filet. The potatoes that came with the filet were amazing! We would definitely come back.

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OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there with a party of 4. Each of us had something very different and we were all very pleased with what we ordered!!! Delicious!!!

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, food and service. Near Ford Field, Comerica, Fox, LCA, etc. in a great building with ton of character.

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DJ
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was visiting Detroit from CA and my date was in from Germany. I learned about this place from the Art & Architecture walking tour given by the Detroit Experience Factory...they walked us past it and told us about the Red Dawn history. When I pulled it up in Yelp, I was pleasantly surprised by the very positive reviews.

Our server was fantastic and let us set the pace (dining in Germany is much slower than here in the US). We started with the happy hour Crispy Brussesl Sprouts and wine specials. Delicious! We then ordered the Michigan Salad and the Prime Filet. Again - right on the spot.

The evening was romantic (well, up until 2 of the Detroit Rolling Pubs dropped in for raucous laughs and shots - thankfully they were gone within 15 minutes), the service impeccable and the food absolutely delicious. This NorCal gal and Stuttgart guy were very, very pleased!

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JD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seated immediately even at 12:00 for lunch. Good food. Will come back.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go with friends and family! The Brussels sprouts and truffle fries are amazing!

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RC
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was a great find as we were visiting Detroit for a festival and needed a table for 6 at the last minute. The building has a classic nod to the Euro old world pub look. Inside is trendy and well designed. The service was attentive and the food good. The price for some items was a bit high based on the experience of its quality however I had a very good glass of Malbec for a very reasonable price.

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B
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed it very much... was fun for the whole family

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E
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went there before going to the Detroit Opera House to see Wicked and it was the perfect spot. A couple of blocks away from the Opera House and the food was OUTSTANDING. I had the risotto with mushrooms and shrimp that was cooked to perfection; not dry not soupy just perfect. The service was wonderful too. Great little gem in downtown Detroit that I recommend you go to if you get the chance.

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TD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

I requested for something in making reservation and they said nothing or act like they seen it. Sever was sorry took up plates without asking is it ok. Didnt have any suggestions about food. I ask about special she said none but went to the bathroom and on the wall its a list of special monday thur Sunday wow stupid. Very disappointing

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

My group got showered with mustard from a waitress at a different table and her response was “please don’t kill me”. The salads were missing 3 of the 5 ingredients and half our food came 45 minutes late. The truffle fries were literally just French fries with a sprig of rosemary in the bowl.

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TO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Told them on two occasions that the ladies room had no toilet paper. They never did anything. Made a reservation and asked for surprise anniversary dessert. Never did anything. Service was slow and attention was minimal. It was not busy in the restaurant. Disappointed!!

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B
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

The food was subpar, as was the service. The best tasting item we ordered was dessert - which was not prepared on the premises.

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KP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I thought Downtown Louie's was going to be more upscale, but it's your basic bar scene with average food. The staff is friendly, but the dessert menu is pretty lame.

Good for drinks and nibbles.

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OF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I've eaten here before, but it was after work for happy hour and snacks. This time, we came here before a show and the service was terrible. I made a reservation, the host gave us an option of where to sit. Our waitress didn't greet us for 10 mins. I had to get another waitressses attention, just to get water. Long story short the rest of the evening followed this pattern. We were rushed because it took so long to get our food. Hindsight, we should have just left. The only favorable thing I can say is that the waitress ended up taking one of the meals off our bill because it looked like someone took a bite out of the sandwich.

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LH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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NM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

We had to wait quite a while for our food and it was only warm when we got it. Tasted really good but would have been much better if hot. Wait staff service was ok.

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S
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Downtown Louie's has a nice atmosphere and good service. We enjoyed the tasty burgers, and great Reuben sandwiches; same with tomato basil soup and mac and cheese. Good fried mushrooms. The brownie dessert was very good - warm brownie and cinnamon ice cream - nice presentation. I liked the Transformer cocktail. Scenes from the Transformer movie done in Detroit happened at this location. We will be back.

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KW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was great. Our server not so much. I will try it again and hope for a different server, and better experience.

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BC
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were very good, but a bit overpriced. Good location from the Opera House, Comerica Park and Ford Field.

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AC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food, friendly staff. Great location.
Clean Restrooms

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We went there for dinner before seeing Wicked. Our server very nice and made sure our dinner was served quickly so we had enough time before the show. Food was very good. Perhaps a bit pricey for Salad & Burgers. But it’s the new Detroit Scene. Renovated building was very nice as well. Overall we enjoyed experience. On Wednesday’s there is 1/2 price wine night and 2 parking lots within walking distance

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LJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My friend and was recommended to try out Downtown Louie's and didn't know to expect. But the service, setting, and food was Great! We had the Turkey burger, Rosemary fries, and their fries Mushrooms. Everything was AWESOME!😀 We will be eating there again real soon and recommend them to anyone!😊

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Good just wasn't very good. Little taste, dry chicken, burger just OK.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and drinks - typical upscale "bar food" but reliable and consistent. Our service was great last night. We'll be back!

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LR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Visited for a pre Tiger game dinner. Food was great and service was timely, despite quite full and only a few servers. Very accommodating for two diners who are gluten free.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I have been here multiple times for business lunch. Staff is nice and accommodating, food is always good. I recommend.

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VW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Had very slow service and staff was unsure of many things

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