Detroit has been hit hard by the recent financial crisis, but there are still plenty of romantic restaurants in the city. For a special night out, choose a place with atmosphere and possibly a few European touches like fresh flowers or French cuisine. There are also some haute American options available.
This turn of the century mansion has been restored and transformed into a romantic restaurant. The Victorian structure remains, and the restaurant is filled with light wood paneling and antiques. The menu includes haute American cuisine items like pork two ways: a grilled chop, confít, herb potato gnocchi, arugula and apple cider honey. There is also an extensive wine, beer and spirits list. Finish off the meal with the chocolate pyramid, a tower of chocolate and banana mousse.
4421 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
This small, intimate restaurant serves American food with a gourmet French accent. There is a main dining room with formal white tablecloths and a more intimate blue room with colorful lamps. The chef studied in Paris and it shows with dishes like a seafood tasting of seared sea scallop, lobster ravioli, crab cake and smoked salmon or roasted Colorado lamb over red wine barley. You can order a la carte or do a tasting menu, including one for vegetarians. For dessert, try a Grand Marnier souffle.
670 Lothrop Road
Detroit, MI 48202
This restaurant is dressy enough to make for a great special ocassion or date night out in a suburb of Detroit. It is decorated in the style of a European inn with fresh flowers, quirky statues and tiling work. When he's not moonlighting on the TV show "Top Chef," John Sommerville is cooking up fancy dishes in the kitchen here. These include everything from fresh Maine lobster to juicy steaks, all with a personalized touch. One example is the wild loin of rabbit stuffed with wild mushrooms, served with crushed Yukon gold potatoes and a red wine reduction.
6430 Farmington Road
West Bloomfield, MI