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Jun 26, 2007 06:06 AM

Money to spend in Detroit for my Birthday.

For my birthday next monday, my hubby suggested we go out for a nice dinner or lunch of my choosing. Since we don't eat upscale very often, I want something really fabulous. It can be in downtown Detroit or in the burbs. Though I have heard great things about Tribute, I don't think we want to spend quite that much. Maybe something in the $100 to $150 range for lunch or dinner. What will knock our socks off?

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  1. Question: that $100-150 that for the entire bill for the both of you, or just per person? Important to know that when I recommend something. Also, how many courses are you expecting, and are you going to be drinking?

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    1. re: boagman

      That would be total for 2 people. We would adjust our drinking to meet our budget. (no expensive bottles of wine)

    2. I am a lifelong Detroiter, and I work downtown. In my opinion, Opus One is the best restaurant value in the Detroit area -- fabulous food, decent prices, great service. The Lark is also very nice, but I like Opus better.

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      1. re: tennismom

        Opus One is NOT all is talked up to be. Sorry. Not good food the past few times I've been there. Expensive crap.
        I love to get people into the city, so I heartily recommend Seldom Blues, too. Good food, scene, and service. How about Roma Cafe? You're going to have to try places before spending a lot of money at them, unfortunately. Go in for a drink and/or appetizer and get a feel.

      2. Tribute might be an option for lunch, and not that much money. Most entrees were under $20 when I was there, although I would imagine it is quite a different experience from dinner. The food is very good, as is the service.

        Not sure of too many other options here that are really fabulous. I've likely Northern Lakes Seafood, but don't think it will knock your socks off.

        1. While I'm a big fan of Tribute, I would recommend dinner at Seldom Blues in the RenCen downtown for this occasion. The food's very good, location terrific, plus you can walk on the riverwalk before and after if it's not raining. No such view at the Tribute. Seldom Blues should easily fit your budget, including wine. I've had several great business lunches there and one very nice dinner with the wife and kids (teenage + ) a couple of weeks ago. They really enjoyed the whole experience, which included some great jazz on a Saturday evening. I don't think they have live music on weekdays.

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          1. re: bellmont

            The Lark is top o' the list for dinner. but most fine dining spots close monday. it's really sad how few great restaurants metro detroit has for an area with that big of a population...and how spread out they all are.

            1. re: g rote

              There's no way on earth that two people could get out the door of The Lark for $150 or less. At all. I was there just about a month ago, and I had two cocktails, dinner, and dessert. The total for me, tax and tip included, was $139. I had no wine. Now, I'm not complaining, since it was quite good (though how a place with a fixed seating can "run out" of an appetizer of salmon was [and remains] a mystery to me), but there's no fathomable way to come out of The Lark for two people under $200. None. That's why I posed my question.

              How about Rocky's in Northville? I second the suggestion for Opus One. That can be reasonably done for $150 for two people.

              1. re: boagman

                I've had crappy food at Rocky's, for the price, but (not sure if they're related) Steve and Rocky's (Novi, on Grand River) has consistently good food. I always recommend this to people looking for a resto on the "west" side. When I say "consistent," I mean consistent.

                1. re: amandaqtpie

                  Huh! Well, that is a heck of a thing. They are, in fact, related, and while I haven't gotten myself over to the actual Rocky's in Northville in quite a while, Steve and Rocky's has a darned stellar reputation, which is well-earned. I thought about Steve and Rocky's, but didn't think it'd be "special enough," considering the original poster's idea.

                  Glad to hear your view on Rocky's, though. Perhaps it's not what it once was.

            2. re: bellmont

              Seldom Blues is one of the places I had on my list of possibles. What were your favorite menu items?

              1. re: bellmont

                Seldom Blues is on my list. Do you have any favorite menu items?

                1. re: thatgirl153

                  I haven't been to Seldom Blues in years (two and a half, precisely), but it was our celebratory "last big spendy grownup dinner" before my daughter came along and we were delighted with everything. Can't remember what I ate, unfortunately. Opus One would also be lovely, and I have heard good things about Cusine although I have not been there.

              2. On a nice summer evening I'd consider the Rattlesnake, which is also on the river and has a nice deck. I have not been there for a few years, however, Has anyone been recently?

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                1. re: Jim M

                  If the Lark is a tad spendy, how about Five Lakes Grill in "downtown" Milford...been there twice and have had excellent meals/experiences. Should be able to get out of there for around $150.

                  1. re: Jim M

                    I agree with the Rattlesnake club for the warm summer evenings. Was there for the kickoff of their annual summer wine and jazz party and sitting out in the garden terrace is simply lovely. They have wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz every Wednesdays.

                    1. re: Jim M

                      The menu at Rattlesnake looks excellent! Unfortunately they are closed on Mondays. Right now we are leaning toward Seldom Blues. We are also planning on going to the Science center for that body exhibit afterward. It has been extended until September I think.