Mabel Gray

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1140 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
We offer tasting menus as well as à la carte dining. Please specify which option you prefer in your reservation notes.

A restaurant embracing the history of Detroit's industrial reach. The cinder block building that housed neighborhood fare for decades has received new life to further the tradition of hand-made, thought-out food and beverage.
Expect personal service, handwritten menus, and a fresh, comfortable atmosphere. Food and beverage selections rotate with the seasons and availability of local farm products, with no set menu. Everything is handmade from scratch, with fresh, ethical ingredients from Chef Rigato’s extensive network of farms, butchers and foragers.
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Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the experience here. We did the chef's meal and drink pairings. Everything was great! However, it was definitely pricey. Saving this for a special occasion next time!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Max was extremely attentive and made our overall experience even better!! Food and drinks were outstanding.

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MK
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at a restaurant considered "foodie heaven." We tried the tasting menu -- many courses that were first time for us....Smoked yogurt! who knew it could be so amazing! My only gripes are two: the sound level was deafening. It was difficult for 4 people to hold a conversation. Second, I wish that we could have taken away a list of the menu items. The ala carte menu was printed, but the server was the only person at our table privy to what the courses were. I would have enjoyed taking home a description of that $65 meal!

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M
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love everything about this place! Flawless service, outstanding food, interesting and unexpected menu items, lovely decor! I felt very lucky to have gotten a reservation!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved Max!! Amazing service and fantastic personality. He knew everything about everything. 👍💙

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FD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing overall experience - excellent food, very tastefully presented and excellent customer service. We decided to do the tasting menu. They kept bringing course after course and neither were we rushed nor had to wait for the next course. Definitely 5/5!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff... hand picked like the food

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Adelaide
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Not as fancy in ambiance and dress as I’d expected but amazing food and service.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, service and fine food!!

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G
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal by guest chef Mighty!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! Every experience at Mabel Gray is a dream! My server is always knowledgeable and the service is impeccable. The food was, as always, divine.

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MM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mabel Grey ranks up there easily with the BEST restaurants in South East Michigan.Everyone really enjoyed their dinner.

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CG
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't wait to try it again! Very unique dining experience! Absolutely delicious!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mabel Gray never disappoints....amazing food every time...I’ve had better food here than at Michelin star restaurants...I think they deserve at least one star :)

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff was so kind in accommodating us being so late for our reservation. Our first visit was much quieter as we were the first customers there. We were the last customers this time and it was quite noisy. Hard to hear everyone’s comments about the food. Food and wine pairings were great again. Can’t wait to come back.

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N
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent (thank you Mark Anthony) as was the food. We tried the 8 course menu with the wine pairing. It was an enjoyable trying the various items and seeing how the tastes fit together. It’s not a stuffy place. It’s all about the food and service.

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CF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a very lovely dining experience. I highly recommend it to all my friends and family. I plan on doing it again sometime soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner with friends. Fantastic! Everyone ordered the tasting menu with an extra drink. Great food. Great drink pairings. Wonderful service. My favorite place!

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QS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to celebrate my mom’s birthday . . . And had the best meal ever! Every course was amazing, the beverage pairing was perfect and our server Max was great! Thanks so much for a perfect night.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We came to celebrate our birthday
Mark Anthony made it very special

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MJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had the chef selection and was very pleased. Not a fan of oysters or lamb usually, but both were delicious.

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LF
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place is absolutely fabulous each and every time. The service whether I’m sitting at the bar or at a table is on point and authentic. 👏🏻

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We each did the “Tasting Menu” and “Beverage pairing”. I highly recommend that! It was a surprising, pleasant dining experience with a variety of tastes/textures to expand your horizons. It was an 8 course meal with 8 different wines, champagnes, or liquors. The dishes and pairings were so purposeful and intriguing. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and were excited to see what we were going to indulge in next. You definitely need to have an open mind and adventurous spirit to truly get the most of it. Like the other reviews I have read...you will not be disappointed.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We did the tasting menu. A couple of dishes were really great, but a number were so-so and the bill was simply too high for this unevenness. Our server was not particularly friendly or helpful and I felt that we were annoying him when we asked questions or made requests.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mabel Gray never disappoints! The Chef and Staff are friendly, down to earth, and very accommodating Mabel Gray is definitely one of my favorite restaurants, Detroit or anywhere else.

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All around, OUTSTANDING!! The food has layers and layers of flavor. If have a good palate(not meat and potatoes), you should try the tasting menu.

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love that Mabel Gray provides a unique dining experience, its a small place with a big heart, talented and caring staff, and runs smoothly.

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P
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding, simply love this place. My favorite restaurant hands down.

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Miami
37 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Certainly one of the top 3 best restaurants in Detroit area, if not the best!
The only downside is it’s hard to get a reservation, but the other side of that is it’s small size guarantees great service and food that is perfectly prepared and served.
The menu changes daily depending upon what is fresh, so you may not have a chance to reorder a fav months later. But it’s replacement will be as good or better!
Mabel Grey is Great!

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CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and tasting menu per usual.

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FD
Detroit
45 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with two friends. Instead of getting the tasting menu, we ordered 5 items to share. Each course was exceptional. Flavors and textures were perfect. The avocado toast with fried soft shell crab was so good. Our server was very attentive and helpful. I can’t wait to go back again!

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N
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The decor and menu are a bit eccentric, but the quality of the food and friendliness of the waitstaff make this one of the top 10 restaurants in metro Detroit.

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Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not exactly what we expected but this place is amazing! Service was unbelievable and the food was even more unbelievable. If you are looking for a place that does incredible things with everyday food...this is the place. We had an asparagus salad that was to die for and the beef and truffle fries were amazing. Not inexpensive but well worth the visit....we will be going back with friends. You have to reserve a long way in front of when you want to go....only seats about 30 people and I reserved 60 days in advance and could only get a 5:00PM table.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and phenomenal food. The staff is knowledgeable and polite.

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DW
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Singularly amazing. The tasting menu is such a good value and so mind blowingly good! We loved the first course oyster duo that I ordered a second round for the table. The service is perfect! Everyone knows their product and creates a warm experience. Getting a reservation is sometimes tough, but I'll keep coming back. A restaurant worth travelling to (even at 9 on a Tuesday, if that's all that is available).

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JA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Every time it’s just always amazing. Honestly best food I’ve ever had.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience! We both had the tasting menu and ordered our choice of drinks instead of the wine pairing option and did not regret it. From start to finish everything was perfect. Each item we had, especially the lamb tartare, were Al amazing. Restaurant itself is located next to Frame (which is also a great restaurant) at a non busy road and at a city you wouldn’t think would have this type of restaurant— who would have thought! The waitstaff, the presentation, the ambiance, and the noise level were perfect. Our waitstaff was very well informed and food came at the right moment. Each food item were made and presented perfectly. I was able to have a conversation with the person I went with, without having to scream at each other and most importantly the restaurant wasn’t dark but it still remained cozy and romantic. I would definitely come here again. If I could I would come here weekly just to eat their new tasting menu each week.

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LS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal. Terrific service. Interesting wine pairings. Great place to celebrate a special occasion. I’ll definitely go back, just wish it was easier to get a reservation.

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B
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Place is awesome. From the food down to the service, everything was on point. The lamb tartare was something to be remembered. I hope it’s on the menu in the future. The lemon bar for desert was rich and sweet. Perfect ending to a medium rare Wagyu strip. Great meal.

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EH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our recent experience at Mabel Gray! The staff and service were impeccable. They were available without being intrusive and were extremely knowledgeable. We chose the chefs tasting menu and I added the wine pairings. The courses were unique, presented well, and delicious. We did add an extra course to the tasting menu. The portions for each course are smaller but at the end of the meal we were full. I can’t wait for our next visit!

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