Rugby Grille

4.8
607 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Brunch
  • Quiet Conversation
Voted by OpenTable diners as one of the Best Overall Contemporary American Cuisine in Detroit in 2016, you’ve come to the right place!

The Rugby Grille, located inside Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel offers a memorable-dining experience. It features beautiful art, intimate tables and a private bar, world-class service and the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Eric Avila and his talented team. The menu changes seasonally and features the very best in USDA prime beef, seafood, poultry and salads. The Rugby Grille features monthly events including wine dinners.

The Rugby Grille has been recognized with the following awards: the coveted AAA Four Diamond award, the Forbes Travel Guide "Recommended" rating as well as the very exclusive Wine Spectator Two Glass Best of Award of Excellence since 2016.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Breakfast, Burgers
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 6:300am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm to 6:00pm; Light Menu: Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm and Daily 10:00pm-close; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(248) 642-5999
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Eric Avila
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Private Party Facilities
The Rugby Grille is the perfect place to host a variety of events such as corporate business dinners, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, and engagement celebrations.
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Private Party Contact
Daniel Holmes or Leslie Carter: (248) 642-5999
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Catering
The Townsend Hotel provides a wide variety of venues to accommodate your needs. Our brand new Clancy Room can accommodate up to 30 for a Rugby Grille private dinner. Please call for specific details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Pierce & Townsend Street
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Parking Details
Valet parking is available at restaurant entrance (100 Townsend Street) or two hour complimentary parking at the Pierce Street Garage which is located right next door.
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Special Events & Promotions
The Rugby Grille can celebrate all special occasions i.e. birthdays, engagements, small dinner parties, or a special night out. Just let us know how we can creat and enhance your celebration!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon 1:30PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM
Tue - Wed 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Thu 1:30PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

What 607 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WS
Detroit
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place for a business lunch or social meeting with great food and service

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was just okay for the price, no dish stood out as great. Service was lovely. Ambiance is nice but tables are very close together.

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A
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding professional service, menu creative without being silly, no rush during our special dinner. Highly recommend for special occasions!

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WS
Detroit
99 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New York strip was amazing.

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

Montgomery was an amazing server and made our experience at the restaurant very enjoyable! We will definitely be back!

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LV
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This restaurant has become grossly over priced. Nearly $500 for four people with one glass of wine each.

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WS
Detroit
99 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great breakfast! Love the oatmeal! Egg white omelets were wonderful too!

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OK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We had friends in town staying at the Townsend and other breakfast spots were packed due to it being the Dream Cruise weekend, so we ate at the hotel. I had eggs, bacon and toast ($18), which were unremarkable, my husband got oatmeal (loaded with wonderful fresh berries, very good), our friends got eggs Benedict and French toast, both good. The environment is lovely, the service was not rushed at all but still attentive and the best part was that there were no crowds (due to the pricing, without a doubt, but it was worth it to have a lovely and quiet meal.)

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

The service and food was very good. Will be back soon

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WS
Detroit
99 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always

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

Had a 7 pm reservation. Left at 9:15. Service very slow. 3 Dover soles 2 had bones in them chicken was very good. The special pasts was the size of appetizer. Unusual experience for this location. Very disappointing as usually top notch always expect it to be excellent as it is very expensive

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good food and service, though be warned that the two dollar sign price point and "$30 and under" is an absolute lie. Expect to pay $100 per person for dinner. It isn't necessarily overpriced, but if you're going there expecting anything in a lower price point because you saw their OpenTable listing, you'll be quite surprised. Otherwise the restaurant is nice and what you'd expect from the renowned (if not aging and showing signs of "frumpiness") Townsend.

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QS
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing and top notch. The only thing to note is that the legend should show as three or four $ and not just two $.

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C
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a delightful breakfast for my friend's breakfast and it was so beautiful.

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F
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening spent at the rugby Grille in Birmingham with close friends. The service and meal were impeccable. Jerome (manager) and our server made us feel very welcome.

Started with their amazing shrimp cocktail and ended with one of their specialty drinks - the Hummer!

I always recommend this restaurant 2 our friends. You will not be disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I from time to time eat breakfast here and it's pretty good. Other than the toast comes out different EVERY TIME! I know it sounds small, but it's TOast! Today my wife's lobster omelette was over cooked. Other than that everything else was fine.

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RK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Excellent service

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always find the staff at the Grill very engaging and helpful. This is one of the added benefits to a great meal.

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MN
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The setting was very private.
Our waitress was polite and knowledgeable. The food and wine were excellent.


Highly recommended!

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WS
Detroit
99 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! We ate outside on the patio!

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H
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional on all levels, food, wine, and service. Love the Rugby Grille!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our regular dinner places. Consistently good food and good service. We are never disappointed!

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MI
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous, first class all the way; but a very comfortable, hip vibe

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MJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is very good to outstanding, but the service is impeccable. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

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L
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The waiter largely ignored us, it took almost 20 minutes to take our order

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B
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about the Rugby Grille is top notch. Food is great and you cannot beat the service.

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m
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience

Good was excellent. We had a wonderful breakfast. Service was impecable.

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MJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Our service was horrible. Our food was just ok. How could our waiter at this level restaurant be so bad? And for breakfast? Our “appetizers” (breakfast starters) came out right before our breakfast was served, we were never checked on even though our waiter was taking pictures at another table. We were missing part of our starters, our meal came, we weren’t checked on again and we ran out of water (literally no one came to fill our water) you need to check your service. Now we won’t be back until this experience is no longer on our minds. We expect more.

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

Excellent food and excellent service; an excellent restaurant choice for my family and I and we will always have fond memories of this fine dining experience; we celebrated our only daughter who recently obtained her J. D. Degree; we’ll definitely return.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Rugby always has the best food and probably the best brunch around. Service is always on point as well.

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M
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic experience. The food is outstanding and much improved compared to previous years. You need to check it out!

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MT
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at the Rugby Grille. Decided last minute to "go fancy" for a change & got a reservation the night before. Food, wine & service top notch. A bit on the pricey side, but since we don't do that too often it was a nice treat. I would definitely take someone here that you want to impress. Yet, it is also a place to feel relaxed & casual. Dress up or down, it's your call. We'll be back!

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SG
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

A total disaster...
It pains me to write such a poor review of a hotel I regularly enjoy staying at, but things came badly off the rails last Saturday night.
Firstly, the whole of the Townsend was completely overrun with people - and this may have accounted for the experience. It was impossible to get a drink at the bar before dinner and so I returned close to the time of our reservation to have a drink at the table. The first issue was with the wine list - the first waiter I spoke with was not able to give me guidance on their Italian selection and so I asked for the sommelier. Another gentlemen appeared but he knew little more than the first. So I again asked for the sommelier but was told he was "incredibly busy". Finally a third individual came over and shared that he could not recommend any of their current Italian wines, and suggested I pick something else. So I proceeded to do that, but was not impressed.
We ordered some appetizers which were fine, and moved on to main courses. My lamb was significantly overcooked - and so it was returned. The restaurant manager offered to comp the dish. My dinner guests enjoyed their main meals, and I waited. Finally my lamb returned - and it was totally raw. It was sent back again. I was asked if I would like to have it prepared again and declined. All the food we had ordered was then comped which was a nice gesture, but all I was looking for was a nice dinner. We ended the meal there, paid and left. The atmosphere in the restaurant was frantic - clearly the Townsend was running at full capacity - and beyond their capacity to provide the expected service. Probably a very good night for P&L, but a hotel with this reputation cannot afford to fall so far short. Just to cap off this memorable one night stay, the shower water did not drain properly, room service (again) forgot some items on our order - sadly a frequent occurrence - and the next morning, the toilet backed up. Overall a catastrophic experience...

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RB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. The Dover sole is outstanding. Always a great experience.

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WS
Detroit
99 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Administrative/Professional Day!

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OT
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food ! and Service ! Nice and quite atmosphere to enjoy our breakfast.

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OT
Detroit
115 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was superb. Presentation and taste excellent. Our server was professional and very friendly.

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DC
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful everything and the food was fantastic. We have gone here for years-since it opened and we had not been back the last few years. Lovely birthday lunch for our friend.

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DF
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, and very quiet. Love this place!!

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EC
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Rugby Grille. The food and service were outstanding!

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