Republic - Detroit

4.4
1079 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Republic is a tavern with emphasis on sourcing local and seasonal products, as well as traditional preservation methods.

For the most recent and accurate menu, please visit www.republictaverndetroit.com and click 'Today's Rotating Menu'
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of Operation

Happy Hour: Tuesday - Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm at Bar
Happy Hour: Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm, bar specials only
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Closed: Mondays
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Phone number
(313) 446-8360
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Matt Currie
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Catering
Private parties can be arranged. A variety of rooms are available for groups from 2 to 100. Please email marybeth@republictaverndetroit.com for more information!
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Cass Ave. and Grand River Ave.
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Parking Details
Parking also available in the Olympia lot on Cass Ave. Daily rates apply.
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Public Transit
Conveniently located three blocks from the Rosa Parks Central Transit Center.
Short distance from all three sport arenas.
We are walking distance from the new QLine on Woodward Ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1079 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The quality of the food and the quality of service don’t match. Great front host, great food, mediocre wait staff and customs. Not changing plates between shared courses is below the aspiration of the kitchen, which deserves better. Maybe the industrial aprons the wait staff wears reflects that they do work hard, but the food has improved so much that the aprons just seem off.

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MO
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chef's choice tasting option is a terrific experience to share. Way more food than we could eat and honestly enjoyed every single dish. Service was on point, overall terrific double date night!

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JB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good but not great. Meant for “sharing” which I’m not crazy about. Food comes out at different times. My wife’s chicken came out 10 minutes before my trout—awkward. Wine expensive $12 for Chardonnay. Apple Cobler loaded with cinnamon. Service was excellent but staff seemed overwhelmed as they couldn’t seem to clear plates or clean table. Overall we enjoyed the experience but with all the new restaurants in Detroit we won’t rush back.

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BW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with exception of weird mushroom sauce gnocchi. Great ambiance and services and drinks. The crab cakes out of this world . Will definitely dine there again

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C
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We've been four times now and they are consistently GREAT!

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RP
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are from Canada and We have been their several times and always order the chef suggestion and it never disappoints! Always delicious!
Service was very good! Ambiance was wonderful and overall another great experience! We will definitely return!

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PF
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food & service. I would definitely go back. I chose the “Let Chef Cook” option on the menu & got a great variety of fantastic food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Trout was delicious. Charcuterie Board was awesome. Definitely enjoyed my time at Republic and would go again.

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KS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and wonderful evening, thank you.

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OT
Detroit
37 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I have actually been going to Republic since it opened and this was unfortunately the most disappointing experiences to date. There were only about 5 tables of guests but service lacked attention or interest. The selections on the menu seemed to be in transition and lacked cohesion. The dessert selections were "basic."

I hope to return to Republic in the future and hope that they are able to return my confidence as a guest.

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BY
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

My Wife and I went to Republic for our Anniversary withhigh expectations. The Reviews were very promising. However our experience was one that left a lot to be desired. We can deal with the Noise Level, but just a note it is very loud while busy. The menu was extremely limited versus what listed online (completely understand rotating menus). Starters, they were out of Crab Cakes (which we were looking forward too), so there were only 3 to choose from. For the Table, there were only 4 options, and 1 was also out. There 3 feast options. Mind you everything at Republic is served family style so it meant to be shared.

We had the half Charcuterie plate, which had Smoked Salmon, Duck Mousse (not a typical Charcuterie item), Cheese, and house made jelly. Duck Mousse was uneatable, the Salmon ok, and the highlight was jelly. We also got an order of the Roasted Carrots, which arrived before the plate (and both arrived before our drinks). The Carrots were the highlight of the evening, but still not on point. The seasoning on the carrots were great, but the Carrots themselves were under cooked making it difficult to cut with a butter knife (all you get to cut). We also tried the Okonomiyaki, which the description is completely misleading on (listed as Dry Cured Pork, Picked Blueberries). It was a Japanese Pancake with Hoision Sauce on it. While interesting, it was just ok, and not what we expected. Our Fest item was Steak. While cooked to a good mid-rare, it was flavorless, tough and very fatty. The Black rice and Peppers added nothing to dish. For dessert we tried the Chocolate Eclair, probably the largest disappointment of the evening. There is filling at the ends of the eclair and at less than 1 inch wide it is by far the smallest eclair I have ever seen. Flavor was ok, the ice cream was needed as the eclair was dry due to no cream filling.

As for Service it was disappointing. Warm water to drink and slow. Overall, Republic was a huge disappointment.

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K
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was my first time dining here and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I went with a friend for a girls date and she enjoyed herself as well. I liked the choices of hand-crafted cocktails and mine was very good. Also we ended up splitting 2 appetizers, 1 main dish, and 1 dessert which was PERFECT! Not a huge menu, but I appreciate the farm-to-table thought and the local ingredients/seasonal ingredients used. This was a date before going to the theater and what a treat it was!

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DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It has a great energy and they have a quality menu with complex dishes that actual work. Love it

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service was awful, food was mediocre and overpriced

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J
Detroit
66 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Perhaps not in vogue as their neighbor across the street. The food is still great. The service not so much. Slow, ambivalent, and I’m wondering how much longer they can last.

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CD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were visiting Detroit and really enjoyed a great meal at Republic. Service for drinks was a little slow, but other than that the service was professional. Food was delicious and a beautiful space. Nice to be in another recently saved historic Detroit building.

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j
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We feel we’ve found a gem. As first timers the 4 of us agreed to the chefs choice. Everything that came out from the kitchen was delicious! We each tried a different craft cocktail and appreciated the attention to detail. For us the chefs choice was a great value...by the time the duck and steak arrived we were full but it allowed us to try things we wouldn’t have if we were choosing as a group. The trouble was we loved everything. Table favorites included the crab cakes, scallops and Japanese pancake. Hats off to the chef and his team.

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MW
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I just don’t understand why every place in the city is tasting and small plates. Whatever happened to a salad, a veggie, a starch and a main course. Had to go some place else to split a burger after we ate. It was good, just not a meal.

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EF
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Republic has the best bar I've been to in Detroit. The bartenders make all the syrups everyday, and they clearly care about their craft. The food is amazing too, as they push boundaries all the time. I still remember a duck pate that was out of this world.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My second time here. Great food and service. Highly recommend.

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VS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great place , has very city like feel to it.
We will definately be back

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LP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We chose the very generous ‘chef’s choice’ menu. Plenty of delicious food for the price, $60 pp. Too much for that night, but we had delicious left overs the next night. All around very enjoyable dining experience. Thank you!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Not many choices for dinner. Food ok

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food was outstanding.
Order the Chef's special. It's worth every penny and you get a nice variety. Love that they locally-source.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

We had heard great things about Republic from friends, so when my sister and brother-in-law were coming in from out of town we made a reservation a few months in advance. We arrived, ordered a round of drinks and three appetizers, the carrots, the salad, and the charcuterie plate. All were pretty average but the 4 options for entrées (that was it!) on the menu looked good so we ordered the beef tenderloin, the boar Ragu, and the scallops. Our waiter came back a minute or two later and told us that they were all out of the beef tenderloin. He left and came back again another minute later and said they were also out of the boar Ragu. Literally of the four entrées that were available at the restaurant, he was telling us that two of them were completely out and unavailable. I thought we were being Punked! This was a restaurant we came to eat dinner and we were informed after ordering drinks and appetizers that we were not going to be able to eat dinner there. We had a conversation with the manager, got our check (they comped a $50 bottle of wine for us but not the food), and had to go find another restaurant to eat dinner. For a restaurant that has won some awards these past few years, it could not have been a more disappointing experience for us. The good news is that we walked across the street to Lumen and had a great meal. For anybody thinking of going to Republic I would ask your waiter if everything is in stock for that evening before ordering anything, and consider going to Lumen instead. We will certainly not be back

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I enjoyed my meal at Republic, but I thought the service could have been improved. Additionally, I thought the food was overpriced for the quality and there was not an extensive list of options to choose from. I would say it was somewhat limiting.

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

Great restaurant! Excellent food for Detroit. I've been in a couple of other high class restaurants in Detroit (Selden Standard, Mable Grey, Grey Ghost, Iridecence to name a few) and the food at Rebublic was the best so far.
Very cool interior design!
Service could have been a bit more attentive (we had to wave quite hard a couple of times to get the attention of a waiter) and my husband got a wine glass with lip stick from a previous user.

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GK
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a wonderful time at Republic. Seated immediately and greeted by our server. Ordered dishes at our pace. Started with the bread and butter after ordering wine. Staff heard my wife raved about the butter and provided some additional bread for us to enjoy. The place was nearly full and we enjoy dining in that atmosphere. Scallops were delicious and the swiss roll was a wonderful dessert to end the night. Have been trying to make reservations there at a time we like to dine for a very long time. Will recommend Republic to friends and family.

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OT
Grand Rapids
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We absolutely loved it. Foodie heaven for sure.

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b
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We were kind of disappointed in the service. We were sat immediately, as we had a reservation. We received water. Then we waited. And we waited. There were two waiters, on a Thursday at 7:30pm. Approximately 6 or 7 tables. No server. I went up to the bar and begged the bar manager to place an order for an appetizer, as i was starving. That got the ball rolling and a server came over, who told us he was helping our server, who did have a larger table of 7 or 8 people. The rest of the evening went fine. We did see 3 different tables paying their bill at the bar, because the waiter gave it to them, but never came back to cash it out. Not my best night there.

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L
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always we appreciate the great service and innovative menu at Republic! The dishes are often paired with ingredients in an unusual way but have never been disappointed even though we do not consider ourselves super adventuresome. Thanks for another wonderful experience.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Really expensive and they suggest 3-5 plates. Food came out to Fast`

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AC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Unimpressive overpriced food. Menu trying to hard to be creative, but the result barely edible. Chewy mushrooms in a greasy tempura batter rendered soggy in a flavorless beet juice. Wild boar ragu also a let down - noodles clumped together into a cold knot, and barely any boar to be seen. Okonomiyaki was essentially a pancake that was so sweet it belongs on the dessert menu. Service lacking as well. If waiter was trying to be "friendly" it came off as pushy/aggressive, and we ran out of there to salvage the night elsewhere.

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SR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved this place! My husband and I had a much needed date night here and we loved everything about it. It was a nice atmosphere and we loved the shared plates. Food was excellent and the drinks were great also.

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PM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went to Republic initially for Detroit Restaurant Week and was impressed enough with the food and drinks to return for my 2 year wedding anniversary and was not disappointed. While there was a lot of different menu items than our previous visit everything was excellent. Everything from the bread and butter to our drinks and entrees were cooked perfectly and very flavorful. The wait staff was attentive and accommodating to our orders as well. Couldn't be happier with our anniversary dinner, will be returning again very soon.

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OT
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome. I know something about tofu I did not know

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was good, but not so good that I would come back and order the same thing or tell a friend they need to try 'that'. Many of the dishes used similar garnish / spice (e.g. spicy peepers), which may be part of the seasonal menu constraints, but left me wondering what the thought process was for the dish... the peppers were added because it goes with the dish or just because that's the garnish available to work with. Drinks were good and the atmosphere was nice. Overall it was a good experience, but it's not on my list to revisit.

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CB
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good experience, food is good but overpriced!!

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

Not at all what we anticipated based on researching and reading multiple reviews. The overall feeling we had after leaving besides being hungry was, the owners must be having a good laugh at all the people who fall for the hype. Way overpriced for what you are getting. Our waiter was inexperienced, shy and not very engaging, appeared to be overwhelmed or maybe just extremly uncomfortable doing that type of work. The nosie level was extreme, do not go if you are looking to have a nice dinner and hear one another. Family style should include more than 5 carrots thrown in a bowl, undercooked with less than a teaspoon of sauce. The bread had 3 pieces with unsalted crystalized butter. Water served had no ice and saying luke warm would be misleading. The deserts were bland and not much flavor and very small. Would never recommend but we will continue to share our empty experience for many years to come as it was a part of my hubby’s 50th birthday weekend.

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D
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

you need better service at a upscale place.
dessert wasn't ready and it wasn't anything elaborate
wrong bottle of wine was brought
entree prices were reasonable, but everything else was overpriced

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