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Daebok Korean Barbeque is located inside New Seoul Plaza.
Michelle Gerard

Metro Detroit Restaurants That Are Perfect for Big Group Dinners

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Daebok Korean Barbeque is located inside New Seoul Plaza.
| Michelle Gerard

It’s tough, nearing on impossible, to please everyone — especially when dining out as a big group. Picky eaters, dietary constraints, limited budgets, and challenges finding a restaurant to accomodate large parties often rule out the usual suspects. While many restaurants in Detroit now offer private dining rooms for rent or buyouts for private parties, the average mid-sized group is simply looking for a good meal where everyone leaves feeling satisfied. Whether for a birthday, work gathering, baby shower, or graduation, here is a list of restaurants perfect for dining with a group. They include Korean barbecue spots, family-friendly taquerias, pizza spots, and beyond. And for goodness sakes, call ahead.

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1. New Seoul Plaza

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27566 Northwestern Hwy suite a
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 996-8922
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Big groups can eat well at New Seoul Plaza, a Korean restaurant complex in Southfield. At Jinji, customers can sip soju and share items like kimchi-scallion pancakes, spicy “military stew,” and fried dumplings. For a more interactive meal, gather around the table at Daebok, a Korean barbecue restaurant where patrons take turns cooking and eating a selection of marinated meats with sauces and condiments. Visitors can round out an evening with a heaping pile of shave ice at the Myome cafe.

2. Trizest Restaurant

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33170 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 268-1450
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This Sterling Heights Chinese restaurant specializes in numbingly spicy Sichuan dishes including a handful of vegetarian-friendly items. While classics like General Tso’s chicken are rightfully tempting and delicious, return patrons will tell you to skip straight to the fried squirrel-shaped fish and peppery Sichuan dishes like lamb and vegetables tossed in a spicy bean sauce. The big, circular tables with Lazy Susans encourage sharing.

Squirrel-shaped fried fish in brown sauce on a rectangular plate. Brenna Houck

3. Loui's Pizza

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23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 547-1711
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With old-school ambience, really big salads, and plenty of Detroit-style pizza, Loui’s checks all the boxes for a group dinner. Order a bottle of Chianti for the table and settle into a booth with a thick, cheesy slice.

4. Buddy's Pizza

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17125 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 892-9001
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Detroit icon Buddy’s is a crowd-pleaser with square pizza, checked tablecloths, macaroni and cheese, and lots of charm. For a family gathering, it’s an easy place to feed people with dietary restrictions and there’s plenty of TVs, if one needs to, say, tune out and watch a game.

5. Aladdin Sweets & Cafe

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11945 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 891-8050
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Bangladeshi favorite Aladdin Sweets & Cafe offers dishes that are ideal for sharing with a larger group. Pair dishes like chicken biryani with options like aloo matar gobi (potatoes with peas and cauliflower stewed in spices) and fish masala. Wrap up the meal with a sweet treat for dessert.

6. Cadieux Cafe

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4300 Cadieux Rd
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560
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For a group of adults looking to spend a fun night out, Cadieux Cafe is worth the trip. Make a reservation ahead of time for one of the bar’s Flemish feather bowling lanes and pick your teams. The dining room offers a full Belgian-influenced menu with lots of seating and beer.

7. Norma G's

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14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 290-2938
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With its lively, family-friendly atmosphere and plentiful seating, Norma G’s is a smart choice for groups. This Jefferson-Chalmers area Caribbean restaurant serves up hearty dishes like oxtail sliders, jerk chicken Trini Tacos on bara bread, and vegan coocoo and callaloo. Call ahead to check on the wait.

4870 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 883-9788
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Part of picking for a group involves choosing a spot that suits all dietary preferences. Ima fits this category with its rich selection Asian-influenced vegan and gluten-free choices like pho and teri-yaki udon. While the Corktown location is relatively small, the restaurants in Madison Heights and Midtown are more spacious with slightly different menus like spicy karaage chicken or tofu sandwiches.

9. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery

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441 W Canfield St #9
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 262-6115
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With its long communal tables and laid-back, beer hall atmosphere, Jolly Pumpkin is a good choice when dining out with a mixed crowd. Folks can mix and match a variety of thin-crust pizzas or pick an individual entree like the JP burger or fried chicken sandwich. Plus, there’s the truffle fries. Always order the truffle fries.

10. Detroit Shipping Company

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-4973
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Groups don’t have to commit to the same restaurant or style of cuisine at at Detroit Shipping Company, which houses six different food stalls. Choose from options like pad thai rolls at Bangkok 96 Street Food, jerk chicken wings at Coop, curry potato tacos at Brujo, and plump Nepali dumplings at Momo Cha. The second floor features nitrogen ice cream and coffee for dessert. This Cass Corridor food hall features a come-as-you-are atmosphere with communal seating, two bars, table games, and occasional live music.

11. Supino Pizzeria

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2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-7879
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With large, 18-inch pizzas, and lots of choices for vegetarians, it’s easy to feed a big table at Supino Pizzeria in Eastern Market. Call ahead for big groups, and expect a wait during high-traffic Saturdays and weekend evenings.

12. Frita Batidos Detroit

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66 W Columbia St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 725-4100
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Frita Batidos features options for all appetites including five different types of burger patties and gluten-free chicken salsa verde rice bowls. Adults can split shareable fishbowl-sized cocktails. The casual seating with long, communal picnic tables and modified service makes it easy for larger parties to find a seat.

13. POP + Offworld Arcade

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128 Cadillac Square
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-9249
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This funky second floor arcade bar in downtown Detroit features wild pizza combinations with plenty of vegan options like the Gringo with spicy sauce, vegan cheese, walnut “chorizo”, black beans, cilantro chimichurri, and salsa. For a healthy dose of garlic, try the Napalm Breath. Large pizzas here clock in at 18 inches and there’s plenty of tables for groups. Bring quarters to play the vintage arcade games.

14. The Apparatus Room

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Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 800-5600
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This large hotel restaurant located inside a former fire station in downtown Detroit features lots of long tables and banquettes for hosting big parties. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with items like grilled ham and pimento cheese sandwiches, Maurice salad, oysters on the half shell, and artichoke-porcini mushroom ravioli.

15. Slows Bar BQ

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2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
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There’s a reason Slows is always brimming with customers on game days. Barbecue is an easy sell for a large group. This Corktown favorite features items like pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and brisket along with a respectable beer list. Many of the dishes are gluten-free and there’s even a vegetarian shredded jackfruit option. Reserve a seat online or take your chances as a walk-in.

16. Takoi

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2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864
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Since its inception, Takoi’s team has advocated for sharing dishes. Large groups — between 3 and 12 people — looking for a trendy evening out with Northern Thai-influenced cuisine can make reservations ahead of time on Tock for a family-style tasting menu that’s around $60 per person. This restaurant is vegan-friendly, but the kitchen’s ability to adjust for dietary restrictions depends on the size of the group.

17. Taqueria Mi Pueblo

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7278 Dix St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 841-3315
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With sufficient seating for large groups and a diverse menu that includes options like tacos, California burritos, and gorditas, Taqueria Mi Pueblo is an easy choice for a large group looking for a casual lunch or dinner.

18. Al Ameer

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12710 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-8185
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No one will go hungry with a meal at this family-owned Lebanese favorite in Dearborn. While individual entrees are available, there’s something to be said for going all in on a few shared dishes like the storied stuffed lamb with the Al-Ameer maza combo. This spot generally has plenty of seats but call ahead for above-average sized groups.

shredded lamb over rice with slivered almonds and a salad on the side Bill Addison/Eater

19. Sheeba Restaurant

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13919 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 724-6887
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With ample seating and plenty of family-style platters, Dearborn’s Yemeni restaurant mini chain is a good bet for eating out with a group. A basic platter for two features lamb haneeth (roasted, seasoned lamb with rice) and a choice of seltah (vegetable stew in served in a clay pot) or galabah (minced and sauteed meat, seafood, or veggies). There’s also combination trays featuring skewered meats, shawarma, salad, and dips. A handful of items are vegetarian, meaning there’s a little something for everyone.

1. New Seoul Plaza

27566 Northwestern Hwy suite a, Southfield, MI 48034

Big groups can eat well at New Seoul Plaza, a Korean restaurant complex in Southfield. At Jinji, customers can sip soju and share items like kimchi-scallion pancakes, spicy “military stew,” and fried dumplings. For a more interactive meal, gather around the table at Daebok, a Korean barbecue restaurant where patrons take turns cooking and eating a selection of marinated meats with sauces and condiments. Visitors can round out an evening with a heaping pile of shave ice at the Myome cafe.

27566 Northwestern Hwy suite a
Southfield, MI 48034

2. Trizest Restaurant

33170 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Squirrel-shaped fried fish in brown sauce on a rectangular plate. Brenna Houck

This Sterling Heights Chinese restaurant specializes in numbingly spicy Sichuan dishes including a handful of vegetarian-friendly items. While classics like General Tso’s chicken are rightfully tempting and delicious, return patrons will tell you to skip straight to the fried squirrel-shaped fish and peppery Sichuan dishes like lamb and vegetables tossed in a spicy bean sauce. The big, circular tables with Lazy Susans encourage sharing.

33170 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

3. Loui's Pizza

23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

With old-school ambience, really big salads, and plenty of Detroit-style pizza, Loui’s checks all the boxes for a group dinner. Order a bottle of Chianti for the table and settle into a booth with a thick, cheesy slice.

23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

4. Buddy's Pizza

17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212

Detroit icon Buddy’s is a crowd-pleaser with square pizza, checked tablecloths, macaroni and cheese, and lots of charm. For a family gathering, it’s an easy place to feed people with dietary restrictions and there’s plenty of TVs, if one needs to, say, tune out and watch a game.

17125 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212

5. Aladdin Sweets & Cafe

11945 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Bangladeshi favorite Aladdin Sweets & Cafe offers dishes that are ideal for sharing with a larger group. Pair dishes like chicken biryani with options like aloo matar gobi (potatoes with peas and cauliflower stewed in spices) and fish masala. Wrap up the meal with a sweet treat for dessert.

11945 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

6. Cadieux Cafe

4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224

For a group of adults looking to spend a fun night out, Cadieux Cafe is worth the trip. Make a reservation ahead of time for one of the bar’s Flemish feather bowling lanes and pick your teams. The dining room offers a full Belgian-influenced menu with lots of seating and beer.

4300 Cadieux Rd
Detroit, MI 48224

7. Norma G's

14628 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48215

With its lively, family-friendly atmosphere and plentiful seating, Norma G’s is a smart choice for groups. This Jefferson-Chalmers area Caribbean restaurant serves up hearty dishes like oxtail sliders, jerk chicken Trini Tacos on bara bread, and vegan coocoo and callaloo. Call ahead to check on the wait.

14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215

8. Ima

4870 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Part of picking for a group involves choosing a spot that suits all dietary preferences. Ima fits this category with its rich selection Asian-influenced vegan and gluten-free choices like pho and teri-yaki udon. While the Corktown location is relatively small, the restaurants in Madison Heights and Midtown are more spacious with slightly different menus like spicy karaage chicken or tofu sandwiches.

4870 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery

441 W Canfield St #9, Detroit, MI 48201

With its long communal tables and laid-back, beer hall atmosphere, Jolly Pumpkin is a good choice when dining out with a mixed crowd. Folks can mix and match a variety of thin-crust pizzas or pick an individual entree like the JP burger or fried chicken sandwich. Plus, there’s the truffle fries. Always order the truffle fries.

441 W Canfield St #9
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

Groups don’t have to commit to the same restaurant or style of cuisine at at Detroit Shipping Company, which houses six different food stalls. Choose from options like pad thai rolls at Bangkok 96 Street Food, jerk chicken wings at Coop, curry potato tacos at Brujo, and plump Nepali dumplings at Momo Cha. The second floor features nitrogen ice cream and coffee for dessert. This Cass Corridor food hall features a come-as-you-are atmosphere with communal seating, two bars, table games, and occasional live music.

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Supino Pizzeria

2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

With large, 18-inch pizzas, and lots of choices for vegetarians, it’s easy to feed a big table at Supino Pizzeria in Eastern Market. Call ahead for big groups, and expect a wait during high-traffic Saturdays and weekend evenings.

2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

12. Frita Batidos Detroit

66 W Columbia St, Detroit, MI 48201

Frita Batidos features options for all appetites including five different types of burger patties and gluten-free chicken salsa verde rice bowls. Adults can split shareable fishbowl-sized cocktails. The casual seating with long, communal picnic tables and modified service makes it easy for larger parties to find a seat.

66 W Columbia St
Detroit, MI 48201

13. POP + Offworld Arcade

128 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226

This funky second floor arcade bar in downtown Detroit features wild pizza combinations with plenty of vegan options like the Gringo with spicy sauce, vegan cheese, walnut “chorizo”, black beans, cilantro chimichurri, and salsa. For a healthy dose of garlic, try the Napalm Breath. Large pizzas here clock in at 18 inches and there’s plenty of tables for groups. Bring quarters to play the vintage arcade games.

128 Cadillac Square
Detroit, MI 48226

14. The Apparatus Room

Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226

This large hotel restaurant located inside a former fire station in downtown Detroit features lots of long tables and banquettes for hosting big parties. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with items like grilled ham and pimento cheese sandwiches, Maurice salad, oysters on the half shell, and artichoke-porcini mushroom ravioli.

Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226

15. Slows Bar BQ

2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

There’s a reason Slows is always brimming with customers on game days. Barbecue is an easy sell for a large group. This Corktown favorite features items like pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and brisket along with a respectable beer list. Many of the dishes are gluten-free and there’s even a vegetarian shredded jackfruit option. Reserve a seat online or take your chances as a walk-in.

2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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16. Takoi

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Since its inception, Takoi’s team has advocated for sharing dishes. Large groups — between 3 and 12 people — looking for a trendy evening out with Northern Thai-influenced cuisine can make reservations ahead of time on Tock for a family-style tasting menu that’s around $60 per person. This restaurant is vegan-friendly, but the kitchen’s ability to adjust for dietary restrictions depends on the size of the group.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

17. Taqueria Mi Pueblo

7278 Dix St, Detroit, MI 48209

With sufficient seating for large groups and a diverse menu that includes options like tacos, California burritos, and gorditas, Taqueria Mi Pueblo is an easy choice for a large group looking for a casual lunch or dinner.

7278 Dix St
Detroit, MI 48209

18. Al Ameer

12710 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
shredded lamb over rice with slivered almonds and a salad on the side Bill Addison/Eater

No one will go hungry with a meal at this family-owned Lebanese favorite in Dearborn. While individual entrees are available, there’s something to be said for going all in on a few shared dishes like the storied stuffed lamb with the Al-Ameer maza combo. This spot generally has plenty of seats but call ahead for above-average sized groups.

12710 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

19. Sheeba Restaurant

13919 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126

With ample seating and plenty of family-style platters, Dearborn’s Yemeni restaurant mini chain is a good bet for eating out with a group. A basic platter for two features lamb haneeth (roasted, seasoned lamb with rice) and a choice of seltah (vegetable stew in served in a clay pot) or galabah (minced and sauteed meat, seafood, or veggies). There’s also combination trays featuring skewered meats, shawarma, salad, and dips. A handful of items are vegetarian, meaning there’s a little something for everyone.

13919 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

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