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13 Detroit Restaurants and Bars With Amazing Views

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With plenty of tall buildings and ample property along the river, it’s not hard to find a great view in Detroit. But what about the restaurants? The number of truly towering Motor City establishments has dwindled restaurants in recent years with the closures of Coach Insignia and Top of the Pontch. But there are still plenty of lovely vantage points from which to enjoy a meal or a drink in metro Detroit. Find here a collection of spots that offer stunning scenery for a variety of occasions and budgets including splashy casino restaurants, art-filled alley bars, waterfront boater retreats, and more.

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1. The Waterfront Wyandotte

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507 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 286-9046
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This dockside restaurant offers standard American fare ranging from crab cakes to veggie pizza, but what customers really come for are the views of the Detroit River. Grab a seat next to the window or enjoy the breeze from the patio overlooking the water.

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2. Iridescence

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2901 Grand River Avenue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel
Detroit, MI 40201
(866) 782-9622
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One of Detroit’s last remaining high-rise restaurants, Iridescence offers spectacular views of Detroit's downtown and waterfront from the posh 16th floor of the MotorCity Casino. Beyond the stunning setting, an impressive wine list paired with steaks and seafood keeps visitors coming back.

3. Lumen

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1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Downtown Detroit newcomer Lumen made an entrance this spring with a stunning design that takes full advantage of the surrounding scenery while riffing on a Belgian-style beer hall. Retractable windows wraparound the dining room and bar allowing customers to enjoy a breeze indoors in the summer, while additional patio seating around the restaurant and on the roof provides great views of Beacon Park and the city.

4. Savannahblue

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1431 Times Square
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 926-0783
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The People Mover may be one of Detroit’s more half-baked attempts at functional public transportation, but it does making for a charming view whizzing by the windows of Times Square’s contemporary soul food restaurant SavannahBlue.

5. Wright & Company

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1500 Woodward Ave floor 2
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-7711
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Tucked two stories up in a historic building, Wright & Co. offers excellent views of Detroit’s main thoroughfare Woodward Avenue. Snack on shared plates like dirty rice arancini and burrata toast while quaffing cocktails from the restaurant’s well-appointed bar.

6. The Skip

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The Belt alley
Detroit, MI 48226

Alleys aren’t typically considered scenic but the Belt — located between Broadway and Library streets — fits the bill. Take in the colorful, art-filled scenery while sipping frozen margaritas at the Skip’s breezy open air bar.

7. Parc

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800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 922-7272
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Parc is literally in the middle of all the action in downtown’s always-active Campus Martius Park. Retractable windows provide a front row seat to the Woodward Fountain in the summertime and the tree lighting ceremony in the winter.

8. Brome Modern Eatery

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607 Shelby St suite 100
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 403-1200
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Downtown workers can now enjoy a casual lunch with a view at the new outpost of Brome Modern Eatery. The restaurant wisely took advantage of a second-story pedestrian bridge connecting the 607 Shelby building to the adjacent State Savings Bank for its Balence juice bar. Grab a burger or a big salad from the restaurant below and head upstairs for seats that offer scenes of the surrounding financial district all the way to Windsor.

9. Joe Muer Seafood

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400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 567-6837
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Tucked inside the Renaissance Center, this upscale seafood restaurant boasts one of the best riverfront views in the city. Alongside giant shrimp cocktail and Maine lobster, Joe Muer features a raw bar and sushi. Pick a seat next to the windows or on the patio and split a seafood plateau while scoping out the waterfront.

10. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront

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400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 467-6700
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Andiamo serves modern Italian cuisine inside the Renaissance Center. The restaurant’s food and white tablecloth atmosphere is only improved by the panoramic views of the Detroit river, boardwalk, and Windsor skyline.

11. The Rattlesnake Club

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300 River Place Dr
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-4400
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The Rattlesnake Club is a Detroit institution and a favorite spot to host weddings thanks to its close proximity to the Detroit river and views of downtown. In warm weather, customers can sip classic cocktails on the restaurant’s terrace while looking out on the waterfront.

12. Sindbad’s Restaurant

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100 St Clair St
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 822-8000
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This dockside restaurant has been serving seafood to Detroit’s boating crowd for nearly 70 years. Boaters can anchor in Sindbad’s marina and head up to the dining room for sprawling waterfront views and a feast of rock lobster tails and fried shrimp.

13. Mike's on the Water

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24600 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 872-2630
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With its nautical aesthetic and ample space in the marina for docking boats, Mike’s on the Water in St. Clair Shores is popular with locals spending a day out on the water. Sip chilled cocktails in plastic cups on the restaurant’s lively waterfront patio while filling up on lobster rolls.

1. The Waterfront Wyandotte

507 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192
The Waterfront Wyandotte [Official]

This dockside restaurant offers standard American fare ranging from crab cakes to veggie pizza, but what customers really come for are the views of the Detroit River. Grab a seat next to the window or enjoy the breeze from the patio overlooking the water.

507 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192

2. Iridescence

2901 Grand River Avenue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI 40201

One of Detroit’s last remaining high-rise restaurants, Iridescence offers spectacular views of Detroit's downtown and waterfront from the posh 16th floor of the MotorCity Casino. Beyond the stunning setting, an impressive wine list paired with steaks and seafood keeps visitors coming back.

2901 Grand River Avenue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel
Detroit, MI 40201

3. Lumen

1903 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Downtown Detroit newcomer Lumen made an entrance this spring with a stunning design that takes full advantage of the surrounding scenery while riffing on a Belgian-style beer hall. Retractable windows wraparound the dining room and bar allowing customers to enjoy a breeze indoors in the summer, while additional patio seating around the restaurant and on the roof provides great views of Beacon Park and the city.

1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Savannahblue

1431 Times Square, Detroit, MI 48226

The People Mover may be one of Detroit’s more half-baked attempts at functional public transportation, but it does making for a charming view whizzing by the windows of Times Square’s contemporary soul food restaurant SavannahBlue.

1431 Times Square
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Wright & Company

1500 Woodward Ave floor 2, Detroit, MI 48226

Tucked two stories up in a historic building, Wright & Co. offers excellent views of Detroit’s main thoroughfare Woodward Avenue. Snack on shared plates like dirty rice arancini and burrata toast while quaffing cocktails from the restaurant’s well-appointed bar.

1500 Woodward Ave floor 2
Detroit, MI 48226

6. The Skip

The Belt alley, Detroit, MI 48226

Alleys aren’t typically considered scenic but the Belt — located between Broadway and Library streets — fits the bill. Take in the colorful, art-filled scenery while sipping frozen margaritas at the Skip’s breezy open air bar.

The Belt alley
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Parc

800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Parc is literally in the middle of all the action in downtown’s always-active Campus Martius Park. Retractable windows provide a front row seat to the Woodward Fountain in the summertime and the tree lighting ceremony in the winter.

800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Brome Modern Eatery

607 Shelby St suite 100, Detroit, MI 48226

Downtown workers can now enjoy a casual lunch with a view at the new outpost of Brome Modern Eatery. The restaurant wisely took advantage of a second-story pedestrian bridge connecting the 607 Shelby building to the adjacent State Savings Bank for its Balence juice bar. Grab a burger or a big salad from the restaurant below and head upstairs for seats that offer scenes of the surrounding financial district all the way to Windsor.

607 Shelby St suite 100
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Joe Muer Seafood

400 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI 48243

Tucked inside the Renaissance Center, this upscale seafood restaurant boasts one of the best riverfront views in the city. Alongside giant shrimp cocktail and Maine lobster, Joe Muer features a raw bar and sushi. Pick a seat next to the windows or on the patio and split a seafood plateau while scoping out the waterfront.

400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243

10. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront

400 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI 48243

Andiamo serves modern Italian cuisine inside the Renaissance Center. The restaurant’s food and white tablecloth atmosphere is only improved by the panoramic views of the Detroit river, boardwalk, and Windsor skyline.

400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243

11. The Rattlesnake Club

300 River Place Dr, Detroit, MI 48207

The Rattlesnake Club is a Detroit institution and a favorite spot to host weddings thanks to its close proximity to the Detroit river and views of downtown. In warm weather, customers can sip classic cocktails on the restaurant’s terrace while looking out on the waterfront.

300 River Place Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

12. Sindbad’s Restaurant

100 St Clair St, Detroit, MI 48214

This dockside restaurant has been serving seafood to Detroit’s boating crowd for nearly 70 years. Boaters can anchor in Sindbad’s marina and head up to the dining room for sprawling waterfront views and a feast of rock lobster tails and fried shrimp.

100 St Clair St
Detroit, MI 48214

13. Mike's on the Water

24600 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080

With its nautical aesthetic and ample space in the marina for docking boats, Mike’s on the Water in St. Clair Shores is popular with locals spending a day out on the water. Sip chilled cocktails in plastic cups on the restaurant’s lively waterfront patio while filling up on lobster rolls.

24600 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

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