Whether through good fortune or just a good eye, brothers-in-law ?Buster? Blancke and ?Van? VanHollebecke found the perfect location when they were opening Sindbad's Restaurant and Marina in 1949. Previously the site of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the restaurant's scenic marina-side spot has since become a Detroit staple. While renovations over the decades have kept the nautical-themed decor intact, they've added mahogany-inlaid flooring and more rooms that overlook the river. There, diners often see boats float up to the docks for a chance at Sindbad's steaks and seafood.
Signature dishes, including the open-faced new york strip sandwich and vegetarian ciabatta sandwich, arrive in the dining room thanks to Chef John Fleming's expertise and super-human ability to not eat every lobster tail he sees. Obsessing over his ingredients, Chef Fleming sources fresh perch directly from Lake Erie and unsoaked, East Coast scallops from Foley Fish in Boston. Bartenders round out the menu with ice cream cocktails, dozens of house wines, and bottled beer?including craft brews?while live music in the second-floor Sohar Room heats up the summer months. To seal the deal for sports fans, Sindbad's even runs a free shuttle service that ferries customers to Red Wings, Lions, and Tigers games.
• For $43, you get a two-course dinner and wine for two (up to an $87.50 value). Click here for an overview of the courses. • For $80, you get a two-course dinner and wine for four (up to a $174 value). Click here for an overview of the courses. • For $119, you get a two-course dinner and wine for six (up to a $276.50 value). Click here for an overview of the courses.
Step into Detroit’s flavorful history at Joe Muer Seafood. Originally established in 1929, Joe Muer’s has been serving excellent seafood for longer than many people have been alive! In 2005, the restaurant reemerged in a new, vibrant way. Now, diners saunter over to the raw oyster bar without a care in the world while others may find their preference at the sushi bar. Entertainment is a staple at Joe Muer’s with the piano bar, and relaxation after a hard day’s work can be found at the lounge. Business casual attire is requested, whether dining for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. For an exclusive dining experience, obtain the Ship Room or the Riverfront Room at Joe Muer’s Seafood for a beautiful setting. Even the most austere wine collector will be overwhelmed by the amount of wine options available. Once the perfect glass of wine has been chosen, guests must then choose an exquisitely plated dish. A rack of lamb is never a bad choice. Experience elegance in the Motor City at Joe Muer’s Seafood.
At Dylan’s, customers find themselves contemplating a generous spread of entrees and tapas, sushi, and an extensive wine list. For starters, patrons can slurp a bowl of clam chowder ($7) or chomp on single pieces of red-snapper (tai, $3), bluefin-tuna (toro, $8), or squid (ika, $2.75) sushi, then transition to a plate of lobster mac 'n' cheese ($8) or flash-fried coconut shrimp with pepper jelly ($11). After a sweet helping of Japanese– inari tofu-vegetable rolls (6 pieces, $5) or a squid-and-octopus tako salad ($7.50), omnivorous eaters can set their appetites at ease with a serving of beef-tenderloin tips tossed with whole-wheat pasta ($20), a 12-piece sashimi combination plate ($22.50) served with sushi rice, or a platter of frog legs ($15) in hot-pink leotards. Clogged body pipes can then be flushed with a glass of Cartlidge & Browne sauvignon blanc ($9), Latour chardonnay ($7), or Montoya pinot noir ($9).