Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Detroit dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Detroit Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

10 forty-two degrees north
Although it's located in the Renaissance Center Marriott, forty-two degrees north is anything but your run-of-the-mill hotel restaurant. Chef Franz Josef Zimmer takes American comfort food (which could easily come across as uninspired and simply average) and concentrates their flavors to produce a very pleasing gustatory experience. The Midwest Meatloaf, in particular, is enormously satisfying — the mixture of beef, veal, bacon and pork is topped with leeks and mushrooms, creating a swirling bonanza of taste. (313-568-8699)

9 No. VI Chophouse
Elegant and with a more contemporary edge than most steakhouses, No. VI Chophouse is an atmospheric place ideal for impressing clients or dates. Serving only USDA Prime beef, broiled to perfection, the restaurant takes great pride in its menu. From a 7-oz. filet mignon to a 20-oz. porterhouse, steaks are top-quality, and overall options are broad: lamb pot au feu, pork tenderloin, grilled ahi, and broiled lobster tails. The cocktail lounge adds another dimension to an upscale evening out. (248-305-5210)

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8 Rochester Chop House
A good option for a special occasion, Rochester Chop House is just as skilled with seafood as it is with steaks. If you're going for the former, the lobster-and-shrimp panroast is wonderful, as is salmon Lawrence, with its splash of saffron cream and asparagus side. If beef is your choice, go light with a 6-oz. tenderloin, or treat yourself to a 22-oz. bone-in rib-eye. You might even try it encrusted with Maytag bleu cheese or dressed with a signature zip sauce, a zesty, spice-packed concoction that stands up to good beef and is a local necessity. Other hearty possibilities? A veal chop, a Delmonico, or roasted rack of lamb. (248-651-2266)

7 The Lark
Slip away from the chaos of the city to a romantic hideaway. This rustic Portuguese-style country inn serves cuisine with an eclectic French touch. The wine list offers hundreds of choices, and the prix fixe menu features such specialties as curry duck salad, marinated rack of lamb, and a medley of seafood roasted in red pepper sauce. Superb wine list, lavish desserts, and outstanding service combine make this a must for serious diners. (248-661-4466)

6 Beverly Hills Grill
Although it's eminently relaxed for diners, the Grill keeps servers nattily attired and offers incredible, quality-driven food — as it has for decades. Regulars adore the place, which treats everyone well and isn't afraid to accommodate special requests. The slate of daily specials gets lots of attention, and every meal is given the highest regard. Expect dishes like lobster flatbread pizza, sauteed Arctic char, and angel hair pasta with Creole Gulf shrimp at dinner. Brunch is perennially popular, thanks to fantastic French toast, pancakes, crab cakes benedict, and the like. (248-642-2355)

5 Bacco Ristorante
Renowned for its gracious welcome, fine food, and excellent press, Bacco is proudly named after the Roman god of wine. Murals dedicated to the profligate deity distinguish the dining room, promising certain pleasure in food and drink. The menu boasts imported ingredients and premium goods, all incorporated into dishes like veal tenderloin with black truffles, a lush osso buco, pan-roasted branzino, and a Certified Piemontese filet with gorgonzola and Amarone wine sauce. A fantastic Italian wine list hews to the theme. (248-356-6600)

4 The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton
Classic American cuisine gets an innovative twist at this first-class restaurant. Served in an impressive, luxurious setting, dishes include grilled meats and seafood, creatively prepared and served with fresh seasonal vegetables. Add to the mix the hotel's renowned service and an impressive wine list, and all the ingredients are there for an unforgettable meal in the Motor City. An ideal choice for a special occasion or an important business dinner. (313-441-2000, 313-441-2100)

3 Opus One
Dine in an elegant, romantic atmosphere, surrounded by etched glass, marble, and mahogany. Opus One specializes in gourmet American cuisine with a Continental flair, and the dinner menu features such delights as baked pinwheel of Norwegian salmon with spinach and parmesan risotto or braised Barbarie duck with wild mushrooms, leeks, and fresh butternut squash. Outstanding service rounds out the first-class experience. (313-961-7766)

2 Ristorante Café Cortina
Subdued and enveloping, with curved brick walls and wood paneling, this esteemed restaurant gains added warmth from carefully placed ambient lighting. It's a soothing place for a meal of delicious northern Italian fare, ably prepared and abounding in good ingredients. An onsite garden provides herbs and produce, which add great flavor to pastas and veal dishes, in particular. Fireside tables and an outdoor courtyard also add to the restaurant's romantic allure. (248-474-3033)

1 Rattlesnake Club
This style-conscious — it has a sibling in Palm Springs — restaurant overlooks the Detroit River and the Windsor skyline. Its changing menu features creatively prepared regional dishes that are artistically presented and simply outstanding. One example of the riches you'll find is Lake Ontario perch, sautéed with capers, citrus, sweet pepper, and thyme, but temptations like rack of veal and rack of lamb also abound. A superior wine list and excellent service are also standard. (313-567-4400)

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Maps and Directions

forty-two degrees north 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
No. VI Chophouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: NOVI
COST: $$$
Rochester Chop House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$$
The Lark 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European
COST: $$$$
Beverly Hills Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Take Out
Neighborhood: BEVERLY HILLS
COST: $$
Bacco Ristorante 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
COST: $$
The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: DEARBORN
COST: $$$
Opus One 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (bar only), Take Out
COST: $$$
Ristorante Café Cortina 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms
Rattlesnake Club 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$$