The Whitney

4.6
3319 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
The Whitney is Detroit's most Romantic Restaurant. Housed in a historic 52 room 1890's mansion on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit's cultural district. Elegant plated Brunch Saturday & Sunday Morning. The Whitney also serves a Luxurious four course "Afternoon High Tea" everyday. Live Entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Call for Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse
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Hours of Operation
Hours: Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:00am - 1:30pm. Afternoon Tea: Everyday at 2:00 by call-in reservation only. Brunch, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 1:30pm. Dinner: Monday through Saturday 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Ghostbar open seven days a week at 4:30 Live Entertainment: Friday - Saturday 9:30-midnight. $39.95 "Sunday Supper" Menu available all evening Sunday.
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Phone number
(313) 832-5700
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Executive Chef Natasha Vitti, Pastry Chef: Eric Bunge
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Catering
We offer private dining options for groups from 10 - 200. Cocktail parties, afternoon Tea Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday Brunches, Garden ceremonies are just a few of the options. Call 313-832-5700 for information and details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Canfield Street
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Parking Details
On-site Valet is $7.00. There is a $5 self parking lot across Woodward, and some limited street parking along Canfield.
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Public Transit
The Qline is operating with a stop on the corner of Woodward and Canfield, connecting south to The Fox, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena and the DSO. It also connects north to West Grand Boulevard with a short stroll to The Fisher.
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Entertainment
The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Friday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.
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Special Events & Promotions
The Whitney hosts interesting variety of special events throughout the year. Supper with Santa, Paranormal Dinners, and Garden Parties, just to name a few. Visit our website for more details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Welcome the New Year in Grand Style at The Whitney! Enjoy our special four course New Year's Eve menu from 4:00 - 10:00. Our regular dinner menu is not available on New Year's Eve. You can preview this special 4 course menu, complete with pricing, on-line. Have a safe and memorable Holiday

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What 3319 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.8
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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening!

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TL
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, as was the service and the food. Took a tour with Bree after dinner and completed a perfect evening!

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TL
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I booked a table for 4 to take my wife and another couple (friends of ours) to dinner. My friends had never been to the Whitney before. We arrived a bit early and our table was waiting for us, so we ordered a couple of cocktails while we reviewed the menu. Our waiter was very friendly and explained the entire menu to us. Our friends ordered the Chateaubriand for 2 and my wife I don't think I would return to this restaurant. The building is beautiful, the staff was very friendly, the food was just ok and the presentation was less than expected.

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

The atmosphere is spectacular but the food was a bit below expectations for the price. I would expect better food for the price we paid. The service was also very slow. Our desserts were obviously frozen before being served. A bit disappointed.

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

We had a lovely time at the Whitney. I was very impressed with how attentive the staff was.
Josh Johnson was our waiter. He was welcoming, charming, engaging and very knowledgeable. Josh knew that we had a concert to go to that night and kindly reminded us when it was time to leave.
I observed Josh with other Whitney customers. Everyone received the same exceptional attention from him. Great staff makes for an incredible experience for all who enter the Whitney.

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

Whitney is beautiful
Another table ordered food cooked tableside and the smell permeated the room. The service was a bit slow but it was a busy night

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Waiter ruined my birthday celebration with my daughters. His lack of service caused us to be late for a concert.

I have a list of things that happened, but I won’t bother posting.

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CD
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional Wait Staff with extraordinary stories to share

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JM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went before a show at the Fisher theater. We were in and out in about an hour. Highly recommended, but a little pricey. Really cool to see the inside of the mansion though!

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

Great time but out of the house beer and bitters for a feature cocktail. Service was good and received a complimentary birthday dessert. Overall great experience and would go again.

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G
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were in a group that visited for high tea. Some of us took the champagne tour which was fabulous, and gave us a sense of place and time. The mansion is a must see for out-of- towners and locals alike. The tour guide was an historian who added vignettes and Detroit history to the tour, and "set the table" for the leisurely tea that followed. All in all it was a seasonal highlight for many of us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome everything

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JY
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter and I were on our annual Christmas outing that we do every year. We had a 9:00 dinner reservation. When we got there the host told us they were running behind and suggested that we could visit the bar on the 3rd floor. While we were there the bar tender was very nice to us and the host ( Coach) on this level gave us a private tour and told us we could be seated up there right away. We elected to wait to be seated in the main dinning area. The main dinning room host kept us informed that they were still running behind and was very apologetic. We got to our table about 45 minutes late. We were in no hurry so this was fine. The host felt so bad he gave us complimentary appetizers, drinks and desert. Our waiter Joe was excellent and we felt like we got special attention. I felt the staff at the Whitney went way overboard in taking care of us. This made for terrific evening.

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AK
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely historical building. The ambiance and service were fantastic. The food was excellent even if the menu was lacking adventure.

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The tour before the meal was awesome. The food itself was delicious

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KN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Whitney never fails! Always the best service--friendly and efficient. Lovely atmosphere, cozy and romantic. A gem that sparkles at all times of the year.

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RD
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The Whitney is always a good bet for dinner, especially a special occasion. The food was excellent. The restaurant is always decorated beautifully at the holidays which is when we usually go. My only complaints were that they were not ready for the 4:30 reservations. Everyone was still bustling around setting up the tables when we arrived at 4:30. Second complaint is with the lack of beer selection. With so many excellent Michigan beer choices their offerings were paltry. There were only 4 (bottled) beers shown on the menu, they were out of one already, and the description did not include which brewery made the beer. Not everyone drinks cocktails or wine so a better tap menu would be appreciated.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would give them ten stars if it was an option. I have never had a better experience at a resturaunt. They treat you as if you are the only table. Everyone was very pleasant. F***ing Awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Expensive, but nice

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m
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I was very disappointed with my lunch. I ordered the prime rib sandwich: the meat was tough and VERY fatty.... and the dessert, strawberry cake was not fresh and the icing was still frozen on top.. the waiter did replace the dessert and the 2nd one was better. I was looking forward to having lunch there as it was the first time l had been there. It was embarrassing because my husband and l invited a friend to join us.

Their meals were ok...not great.
We also had been given a gift certificate and were told we could not include the gratuity in the gift card...must be in cash or credit card. That doesn't make sense. Now l have a balance. The waiter was excellent...the chef was not.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The food was disappointing. The calamari was super soggy and chewy and not very warm. Unimaginative- it had random pieces of jalapenos sliced all over the top of a really bland whit sauce on the top. Very soggy. I had the add and turf special. The filet was really nice, but the lobster tail had black burn marks on the shell where it looked like it caught on fire and the inside of the tail had a raw spot - clearly, the kitchen lost control of the cooking and let it almost burn on the outside, thus removing it from the grill too soon causing the inside to be undercooked.
This is the 2nd time I have dined there in the past month. The last occasion was equally unsatisfactory. That's why I decided to review it. The Whitney is a fabulous location, but the food standards have really dropped.
After dinner, we went to the ghost bar and really enjoyed everything. I think next time, we will skip the dining room downstairs and just eat up in the ghost bar.

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DD
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Whitney is an absolute treasure! The setting is stunning, the service excellent, and the food delicious (I would have given it five stars, but the orzo was a little too salty).

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Whitney was beautiful we were seated exactly on time. Service was excellent. Our food was delicious.
This restaurant is a gem for Detroit.

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JK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Whitney did not disappoint. Great food and atmosphere. It was decorated for the holidays so had a very festive air. Staff super helpful. Food was amazing. We did the three course brunch. The food combined with the ambiance made this a first class experience.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall the food, service, staff, and ambiance were excellent. I rated 4 stars because there was a man banging out Christmas carols so loudly it was hard to carry on a conversation. Quiet him down and it would be 5 stars for sure. We had the Beef Wellington.

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DF
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was attentive and extraordinary. For our 25th wedding anniversary, the staff printed a special menu with a congratulatory message. The food was beautifully prepared and positively delicious. For desert, the chef prepared tasty raspberry and white chocolate tarts wishing us a happy anniversary in raspberry glaze. The Whitney Mansion is wonderfully appointed and provided the perfect environment for an incredible dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The lobster thermidor was pretty tasteless and disappointing. For $70.00, I would expect a “sweet tasting” lobster. The steaks were good but the seafood sauté was “average.” The ambience is amazing but I was pretty disappointed in the quality of the food, especially when paying $300.00 for dinner (food only - 4 people).

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, awesome service, worth the pricey menu

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AM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Whitney was amazing, the food was delicious and the staff was more than accommodating to my group in finding us a table at Ghost Bar. Thank you!

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MP
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. I would say the decor and the service were outstanding. The food quality was very good. The only drawback was that the menu was somewhat limited. But we were ok with what the had. I got the beef Wellington which was excellent.

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OT
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Whitney is absolutely beautiful and dressed for the holidays it was even more so. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive, the food was excellent and overall it was a wonderful experience. I would HIGHLY recommend the Whitney.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service from the time we walked in the door. Was celebrating our anniversary. The food was good so was the ambiance. Show up early so you can head up to the 3rd floor and have a drink at the bar that's there good cocktails! There is also a tour you can take with a historian that will give you great insight into Mr. Whitney and the building itself.

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FL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Whitney is a beautiful mansion. A wonderful experience dining there. Food is very good, but the cuisine is not elaborate but well done. Service is very good. Cellar is of good quality. We were given a tour of the mansion and background to its history. My date and I have a very good and memorable experience.

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GL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Stephanie was amazing. Her attention to detail was 5 stars. From the table setting to drink and menu selection.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first experience at the Whitney. Went to celebrate my parents birthday. Had a great time and the food was wonderful.

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Josh the waiter was very pleasant and friendly. The manager and the rest of the staff was great too. Food was a TEN!

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AK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, exquisite ambiance...the benchmark of dining in Detroit

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MP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for my wife’s birthday it was wonderful its worth the trip for sure

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OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

The food was very bland and tasteless. 2 of us had the white fish. Terrible choice. The service was very slow. The wine we chose was unavailable and the Sommolier came out and said she didn't have a comparable Chardonnay ("nothing with the same Oakiness", she said)

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D
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I was very disappointed. First, the place is beautiful and has to be the best ambiance in Detroit. However, the food is so over priced and disappointing. I was there for a special occasion and just happened to get the most expensive item, the lobster thermidor. It was so dry and bland, total waste. The fillet my friend had was average. I saw a few bone in pork chops that looked good. If you go, be sure to save time for the tour.

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