About The Whitney
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 Sunday Brunch with endless Mimosas Sunday Morning. The Whitney also serves a Luxurious four course "High Tea" Monday through Friday. Live Entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Call for Ghost Hunting Dinners and Special Events.
Hours of Operation:
Hours: High Tea Tuesday - Friday at 2:00 by call-in reservation only. Saturday at 1:00 Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday Dinner 4:00pm - 8:00pm Ghostbar open seven days a week at 4:30 Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday 9:30-midnight. Garden open Memorial Day - Labor Day. $29 Early Evening Menu available Tuesday - Friday 5:00 - 6:30, and all evening Sunday
$31 to $50
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The Whitney offers live entertainment in The Ghostbar Thursday - Saturday nights. Live pianist nightly and during Sunday brunch.
Valet $7.00 Gratuities are appreciated. During M1 construction, we recommend accessing the Whitney from M-10 the Lodge Freeway. Exit at Forrest/Warren, take a left on Forrest ( left turn onto Forrest from center lane). Take Forrest 1/4 mile to Woodward,Right on Woodward. The Whitney is 1/10 of a mile down Woodward on the right.
Private Party Facilities:
The Whitney sustains an extensive and impressive resume for private dining events which includes hosting classically themed weddings, corporate occasions and any number of other, miscellaneous, intimate parties. Private Rooms for Bridal and Baby Showers, Breakfast meetings, Business and Rehearsal Dinners are available.
Private Party Contact:
Samantha Cesarz: 3138325700x208
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
The Whitney hosts interesting variety of special events throughout the year. Breakfast with Santa, High Tea, monthly Paranormal Dinners, and Garden Parties, just to name a few. Visit our website for more details.
The Whitney Ratings and Reviews
We had really high expectations because ...
We had really high expectations because it was rated #1 by Hour magazine for best romantic restaurant. We were seated extremely close to a table where there was a very LOUD guy eating. We got to hear he and his dates whole conversation. The hostess knew this was a special occasion. I don't know why she seated us there. It certainly wasn't for the view. Although we had a window seat the only thing we could see was the Woodward construction. Our food was good, but not hot. It had been sitting in the window for a while. Not what we expected, certainly not for that price.
I actually arrived to my reservations a ...
I actually arrived to my reservations a bit late. Reservation were for 2pm and I got to the Resturant around 2:20. I was willing to try the brunch anyway. I went to the restroom and notice there wasn't any soap. I then came out ask and employee for some soap. It took them 10 Minutes to return w/o any and then someone came over with some hand sanizter. I took it however I really want to wish my hands. Then the other two people in my party it took then 10 minutes to be seated. We ended up living going to another Resturant.
The service was just fair. It took a con ...
The service was just fair. It took a conversation with another wait staff to discover that there was a way to get a tour of the house . We ordered flaming deserts that were flambéd out in the hallway and not at the table. The bananas foster were just melted ice cream over bananas. It was very disappointing to find people in shorts and flip flops. The Whitney has lost some of its class and glamour.
Formal dining room is not the best envir ...
Formal dining room is not the best environment for a date night dinner. Room felt dark and was too quiet (lack of patrons). Entree quality was not equal to price of the meal. Maybe we ordered the wrong things, but they were slightly underwhelming. Lobster Mac and cheese was good, but could have used more lobster.
Truly a place for a special occasion! Th ...
Truly a place for a special occasion! The building is beautiful and the food was great. I particularly enjoyed the beef Wellington - don't see this dish very often, and the execution here was perfect. Service was attentive and gracious.
Daniel, our waiter was nothing short of ...
Daniel, our waiter was nothing short of perfection. He was knowledgeable, kind, and was trying really hard to create an atmosphere where memories could be made. Unfortunately, the energy and the food were disappointing. The potential to be great was there, but the ingredients tasted old. The lobster tail was way over salted (and I love salt) and chewy. The beef was beautifully cooked, but the fish was nothing special. The wine was excellent, but besides our waiter Daniel, and of course the mansion itself, the rest of the staff (the Maiter D') seemed disinterested and even a bit annoyed that he had to acknowledge our presence. He also seemed upset when we told him that we had changed our minds are were not going to have dessert upstairs. In retrospect, perhaps making a reservation on a Sunday was a mistake. There were not many guests, and I got the distinct feeling, from everyone except Daniel and the other female server, that they did not want to be there. Perhaps we will try again, but would never risk taking a group.
Jd heard all good things, I have to say ...
Jd heard all good things, I have to say it exceeded our expectations on every level. Our waiter was great and the piano was wonderful. The food amazing, perfection with the salmon and roast beef and the desserts to die for. Top Notch.
Beautiful restaurant especially if you l ...
Beautiful restaurant especially if you like old historical buildings like me. They had no chicken meals on the menu so the waiter asked the chef if he could make me a chicken meal and he did. That made me very happy since I don't eat seafood or steak. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. Only dissapointment..... $28 for 2 pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes and a few broccoli florets. A little overpriced restaurant.
A perfect setting for any celebration or ...
A perfect setting for any celebration or just because you're hungry. The desert bar to the omelette station and from the delecious prime rib and beyond. There is something for all ages and the surroundings of one of Detroit's most iconic buildings adds a feeling of wonder as you eat and socialize.
Be prepared for a $7 valet charge upon a ...
Be prepared for a $7 valet charge upon arrival, then a tip to retrieve your vehicle. Though the restaurant was very elegant with a piano player. They have early bird specials before 6:30pm, which are fabulous, and not an arm and leg. The outside seating looked very romantic, nested in the well groomed gardens.
I thought our service could have been better. Our dining waitress was nothing but an order taker. We were 1/2 way thru dinner and she brings us our bread, mentioning that it was just baked. Okay, if that's so, why wasn't it hot?
I over heard one of the other waitresses, explaining the history of the mansion, which was interesting. She even took 2 separate parties of customers on a tour. Our waitress didn't say boo or offer any knowledge about the place.
The grand finale was when we went upstairs for dessert and ordered a warm Grand Marnier. Now a waiter brings a flaming drink back to the table (impressive), unable to snuff the fire out. He's blowing on the drink (yuck). Still the fire refuses to extinguish. He leaves and returns, setting the now extinguished drink in front of my boyfriend. My boyfriends picks up the glass to take a sip and burns his fingers (better those than his lips). He immediately submerged his fingers in the glass of ice water that was sitting on the table. The waiter now apologies and brings us 2 mini tortes.
The Whitney is gorgeous with the turn of the century ambiance. Food was delicious. Some servers are better than others. We just happened to get 2 bad ones, in one night.
The special occasion was Father's Day Br ...
The special occasion was Father's Day Brunch. My wife and I had a 12:30 reservation. We arrived a little early yet we were promptly seated, next to the window as we requested. Our server was Ahmed. He is friendly, with an easy smile, and knows the menu well. He acknowledged that he had waited on us before and seemed pleased to see us. He was attentive and even brought a coffee to go just before we left. I will certainly ask for him again the next time we dine there.
This visit was our third to the Whitney and each time was better than the last. We will be back.
We had a wonderful time and although we ...
We had a wonderful time and although we wanted to come for lunch, they only had "high tea" available on Saturday afternoon. The service was slow and that may have been attributed to the wedding taking place on the first floor. Beautiful setting and wonderful ambiance. They allowed us to wander a little and explore on the second and third floors. We were overall very happy with the day.
Great time with anniversary dinner. Max, ...
Great time with anniversary dinner. Max, our server was great, food was very good, setting iconic. Only negatives was temperature (warm), and amazing piano player played really LOUD. Needed to be background music, not a rock concert.
Dessert bar feedback. Amazingly good desserts.Negatives - really warm room temperature, and our server was awful. Twice I asked for a coffee refill and she forgot. Delivered desserts, never came back to check on us, no coffee with my dessert. I asked for the manager who switched us to Omar, who was great.
Whitney is a very nice place to go for t ...
Whitney is a very nice place to go for that special occasion. Beautiful old mansion with a long deep history. Perfect place to enjoy your event. Valet parking very convenient. Women's rest room needs updating, piano music a bit to loud.
Beautiful and Amazing Food
This was my first visit to the Whitney and to Detroit. It is a beautifully built 1800 home, the history of the building alone was amazing, but it gets even better.
We went as a team outing and managed to get the most amazing waiter, Daniel. He took such great care of us and made suggestions for our meal choices. I was go glad that we did the food was amazing.
At Daniel's suggestion I had the Beef Wellington, the steak was perfectly cooked and the steak was amazing. My friends all had the Filet and they all said it was equally amazing. T
We finished off our evening with a tour of the mansion, with no ghost in site. Daniel explained the rooms, the finishes and teaching us about the Tiffany glass that was installed by Tiffany himself.
I cant wait to come back to Detroit and eat there again. Thank you for an amazing evening, with amazing service and for my part great company. Thank you The Whitney
The brunch was very good-a lot of option ...
The brunch was very good-a lot of options. Our waiter, Eric, was funny, informative, and overall cool. The live music fit the motif (piano and jazz guitar). The Ghost Bar upstairs was very neat. The bartender was awesome. Try the Absinthe!
I have taken my wife to The Whitney on 3 separate occasions (2 times for dinner and once for drinks/dessert at the Ghost Bar on the 3rd floor.) Each time the service and food was impeccable. The staff is exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. Our waitress, Shawn, was great and was able to tell us about some of the history behind The Whitney in addition to knowing every detail about the menu.
I loved the 22 oz. bone-in rib-eye cooked medium rare (it was PERFECT). My wife enjoyed the twin lobster tails. The jalapeno sweet corn and asparagus spears were terrific. The wine selection was top notch and the pre-dinner cocktails were delicious. I look forward to returning and trying more of their signature dishes.
I would not recommend this as a "kid-friendly" restaurant as it is certainly NOT a fast dining experience. Expect to spend 2+ hours for dinner and some more time if you hit the dessert lounge on the second floor. The only drawback is the price, but at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. What we got was an awesome evening out and a special anniversary dinner.
I highly recommend The Whitney for those special occasion meals as well as for anyone just looking for a high-class night on the town.
My wife and I went here for our 5 year a ...
My wife and I went here for our 5 year anniversary dinner. The building was beautiful, but the food was just "ok". My wife had had the filet and lobster and commented that it "wasnt anything special" and "could have gotten the same taste and quality at Outback". I had the Pork Shank. The meat was prepared correctly, but had very little flavor. For the price, the food was terrible. My wife and I will NOT be returning here again.
"Early evening menu" is a joke!
The "early evening menu" was a major disappointment. We ordered the filet medium-rare, it came well done and dry. Sent it back and the next one came slightly pink. The "grilled tomato" was cold and NOT grilled. There were no "crispy fried onions" on top. It felt like a "left-overs" dinner. Then, upstairs for dessert -- the flaming bananas foster was not flaming and looked like it had been prepared an hour earlier, and the charge was $16 (the menu says $12). Our "special occasion" was not very special!
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