Best Downtown Restaurants: Where to Eat in Detroit for Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerModified: December 16, 2022 | Story by Lindsay Whitman Drewes | Photos by Hudson Cafe courtesy of Hudson Cafe; Green Dot Stables and Mercury Burger & Bar by Bill Bowen
Heading downtown for a game at Comerica Park, a show at the Detroit Opera House or just part of the daily grind? Award-winning and crowd-pleasing restaurants are around nearly every corner in downtown Detroit. Whatever brings you downtown, work or pleasure, you’ll want to give these restaurants a try.
Organized by top picks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, many of these stops are open for 2 or 3 meals plus late-night bites. Keep reading to plan your gastro-adventure in The D.
Early Morning Eats: Breakfast in Downtown Detroit
The Hudson Cafe puts a modern twist on traditional brunch. Try the Pesto Benny, Baklava French Toast, or have a specialty coffee. The Hudson Cafe was voted best breakfast or brunch in Wayne County.
Dilla’s Delights brings together organic eating, doughnuts, and hip-hop in a one-of-a-kind experience. All the doughnuts are made with 100 percent organic flour and high-quality ingredients.
Stop in for a pastry breakfast at Milano Bakery and Cafe. This cafe style bakery has indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy your breakfast or lunch.
Zeff’s Coney Island
Zeff’s Coney Island keeps it simple but delicious. Stop by for a traditional diner breakfast of Corned Beef Hash or a Farmer’s Omelette. The menu also boasts a variety of lunch items including Coney dogs, pitas, sandwiches, chicken dinners and more.
Enjoy contemporary urban dining at Volt. In the morning you can enjoy an American breakfast buffet or order from the menu. This casual yet stylish restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers American cuisine and craft beers. Perfect if you’re near the Renaissance Center.
Mid-Day Munchies: Lunch in Downtown Detroit
Mark Wahlberg and brothers bring The D a variety of specialty burgers, sandwiches, floats and spiked milkshakes. Wahlburgers is open for lunch and dinner.
Green Dot Stables
You’ll be in slider heaven at Green Dot Stables. With more than 20 slider options, local ingredients, and global inspiration there’s sure to be a slider for every appetite.
Grab a quick lunch at Bucharest Grill and try their famous shawarma wraps with a side of hummus. Bucharest Grill is also a late night hot spot for a bite after a night of rocking out to local bands.
Lafayette Coney Island
This super-simple hot dog joint skips the frills and leaves visitors raving. Stop in for a classic Coney dog, or burger and fries. Make sure to take cash because that’s all they accept. Lafayette Coney Island is perfect for a quick lunch or late-night bite.
American Coney Island
Open 24/7; you can grab a quick bite at American Coney Island any time of the day. This classically themed, yet simple diner has been family-owned and operated since 1917. Stop in for a Coney dog and fries.
Fantastic Finishes: Dinner in Downtown Detroit
Slows Bar BQ
Slow cooked favorites from pulled pork to ribs paired with delicious sides and craft beer make Slows Bar BQ a favorite spot for lunch or dinner.
Mercury Burger and Bar
Mercury Burger and Bar is a great casual spot for lunch or dinner. It’s an upbeat and modern diner in the shadow of Michigan Central Station that has an incredible selection of innovative burgers. You’ll also enjoy their take on dogs, shakes and more.
Have dinner at “The Best Jazz Club in Detroit.” At Cliff Bell’s you can start with charcuterie and dine on lamb chops or swordfish. Enjoy a nightly live jazz show in one of the D’s oldest Jazz Clubs.
Z’s Villa is a favorite in The D. This family-owned restaurant serves a variety of specialties from “world’s best corned beef” to pizza, seafood and ribs. Open for both lunch and dinner.
Motor City Brewing Works
Visit the Tap Room to try out Motor City Brewing Works‘ latest craft beers and have a brick oven pizza, soup, salad or appetizer.
This list will only get you started with excellent restaurant choices in downtown Detroit. Explore more options with insider information from our Detroit Restaurant Guide.
1Hudson Cafe1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-237-1000
2Milano Bakery3500 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-3500
3Zeff’s Coney Island2469 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-259-4705
4Fuell400 GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243313-568-8700
5Wahlburgers569 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-462-8161
6Green Dot Stables2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-5588
7Bucharest Grill - Rivertown2684 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-965-3111
8Lafayette Coney Island118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-8198
9American Coney Island114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-7758
10Mercury Burger & Bar2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-5000
11Cliff Bell's2030 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-2543
12Motor City Brewing Works470 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-832-2700