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Make Your Reservations: Date Night Guide in Detroit

It’s hard to find time to get out of the parenting trenches and out on the town but SO worth it.

Life before kids turns into an unfamiliar memory no matter how long you’ve been a parent. The loving gazes to your mate shift to silent pleas help or frustrated death stares. There are a million reasons why you can’t go on a date but one very important reason why you must – YOU DESERVE IT!

Pick up the phone make a reservation, find a babysitter, put on whatever makes you feel good, and grab your sweetie for a date in Detroit.


Apparatus Room // 250 W Larned St
New American fare and craft cocktails in an industrial-chic space at the Detroit Foundation Hotel.
Monday – Saturday: 6:30am-10pm
Sunday: 6:30am-9pm

BESA // 600 Woodward Ave
Experience modern dining inside the historic Vinton Building and only a couple blocks away from Campus Martius. 
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm-10pm
Thursday – Saturday:

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails //15 E Kirby St
Cozy, seasonal American dining spot with botanical decor.
Sunday – Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-9:30pm
Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-10:30pm
Saturday: 5pm-10:30pm


Flowers of Vietnam // 4430 Vernor Hwy
Go off the beaten path to Southwest Detroit and find the only coney that’s acceptable for a fancy date night. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but you’ll want to order the caramel chicken. 
Wednesday & Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday:

Gather // 1454 Gratiot 
Locally sourced, seasonal American classics, plus craft cocktails, in sleek minimalist digs.
Monday – Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Sunday: closed

Gold Cash Gold // 2100 Michigan 
Corktown’s hot spot Gold Cash Gold offers a conscientiously sourced, carefully crafted, uniquely Detroit menu with a nod to the South and rooted in old world tradition.
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5am-12am
Sunday: 5pm-10pm

Grey Ghost // 47 Watson St 
Modern, hip spot for American fare and craft cocktails.
Monday – Saturday: 4pm-12am
Sunday: 10am-2pm & 4pm-12am

Joe Muer’s Seafood // 400 Renaissance Center
Contemporary restaurant & bar serving global-inspired dishes.
Monday – Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday: 11am-12am
Saturday: 4pm-12am
Sunday: 11am-3pm & 4pm-10pm

La Dolce Vita // 17546 Woodward Ave
Escape to one of Detroit’s hidden treasures to enjoy a night in the garden enjoying a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. 
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm
Friday: 11am-2:30pm & 5pm-11pm
Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm & 5pm-9:30pm

Lady of the House // 1426 Bagley Ave
New American fare with Irish influences in a beautiful, intimate venue.
Wednesday – Sunday: 5pm-11pm
Wednesday – Sunday (bar): 4:30pm-2am

London Chop House //155 W Congress
Classically elegant steakhouse established in 1938 with an English feel and accompanying cigar lounge.
Monday – Thursday: 11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm
Friday: 11am-3pm & 5pm-11pm
Saturday: 5pm-11pm

Maru Sushi // 160 W Fort
Japanese restaurant featuring unique sushi rolls, sharing plates and cocktails in stylish surrounds.
Monday – Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-12am
Saturday: 12pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-8pm

PARC // 800 Woodward 
Sophisticated New American fare and vast wine list offered in the center of Campus Martius.
Monday – Wednesday: 11am-11pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am-1am
Sunday: 11a-9pm

The Republic // 1942 Grand River
Elevated, seasonal pub food pairs with craft beer, wine & brown spirits in a hip, rustic-chic space.
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Sunday: 5pm-9pm

San Morello // 1400 Woodward Ave
Experience the tastes and flavors of southern Italy and Sicily at Detroit’s long anticipated Shinola Hotel.
Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm-10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5pm-11pm

Selden Standard //3921 Second Ave 
Seasonal, locally sourced small plates & craft cocktails are the focus at this stylish New American.
Monday – Friday: 11am-2:30pm & 4:30-11pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am-2pm & 4:30p-11pm

SheWolf // 438 Selden St.
A trip to Italy might not be on the calendar but you can escape to Rome for an evening at the long anticipated Italian  restaurant. 
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm-11pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm-12am
Sunday: 4pm-10pm

Takoi // 2520 Michigan Ave
Trendy, compact dining room with an open kitchen offering elevated Thai plates and cocktails.
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm-12am
Thursday – Saturday: 5pm- 2am
Sunday: closed

Townhouse Detroit // 500 Woodward
Casual fine dining in downtown Detroit.
Monday – Thursday: 11am-12apm
Friday: 11am-2am
Saturday: 9am-2am
Sunday: 9am-12am

Wright & Co. //1500 Woodward
Creative small plates with a seasonal focus, plus craft cocktails, in polished vintage surroundings.
Monday – Thursday: 4pm-11pm
Friday – Saturday: 4pm-12am
Sunday: 10:30am-2pm


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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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