Cameron's in Birmingham, MI
Thought I would give a brief review of Cameron's in trendy Birmingham...
I went before X-mas on business and was really looking forward to it. We originally wanted to have a party of 8, but were told that there would be a 2 hour time maximum at our table!? So, there were 6 of us and only 5 could make it. This turned out to be good because the horseshoe shaped table for 6 really could hold 5 and that was stretching it.
The interior of the place is really nice...it feels like a big city-type place. Plus, the bar is reasonably spacious (bigger than Capital Grille).
The food was good...somewhat typical big steakhouse fare. A nice seafood platter came out and the steaks were very well prepared. I have been to Mitchell's Steaks (another of his restaurants) in Columbus, OH and thought that the food may have been a touch better. Could be that Cameron's is still new and learning.
Overall, very good but very expensive. I still think that if one is looking for the ultimate steak-business dinner, Captial Grille has got it. If one is looking for something a bit more intimate with steaks, why not try Shiraz in Bingham Farms...it's still my fave.
I've had great experiences at Camerons. Great steaks. The lobster tails are delicious but very pricey. I love their calamari appetizer (spicy strips with hot peppers and not fried) and also the smoked salmon (oh-so-thin, also with salmon pate and bagel chips). And I dream about their exceptional carrot cake. Man is it good.
If I'm not mistaken, they will not seat tables of 8 or larger in the restaurant, you have to sit in the small glass-enclosed private room next to the entry. Hence, the 2 hour limit. I sat in there once with a large party. The service was a little slow in there.
Capital Grill is a great restaurant, but I've had more "off" dinners there than at Camerons. Although I was there a couple months ago, and it was perfect.
I am a very big fan of Shiraz. The tempura shrimp appetizer is another item I often find myself dreaming of. Great wines too.
I have had very good service and also accommodating extra items or requests for guest. I have had no problem with the food, but yes a steak house affair. I am bummed to hear about your table. What a terrible time to squeeze too many people in a space. I guess it worked out though.
I have also had excellent service at the Capitol Grille, but at the end of the day it is in a mall. A nice mall, but it is not The Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ. My husband cannot stand going to any of the restaurants at Sommerset Mall, which I too understand. It is unfortunate because there are a few decent spots in there for what there is to offer in this area. I tend to stop in for the capriccio and a glass of wine to help liven up the shopping...