The Best Places to Eat Downriver 2.0
We’ve eaten our hearts out, Downriver! From beer bars, gastropubs, classic Italian eateries, and more, the suburbs of Southwest Detroit are a treasure trove of eateries that will make your mouth water! Check out our list of 11 places to eat and drink downriver!
118 Sycamore St, Wyandotte
Bobcat Bonnie’s reopened in Wyandotte back in December 2017 and we are so glad it did! With its Detroit connection, creative food offerings, and extensive drink menu including signature cocktails, it’s one of our favorite spots to grab a bite Downriver. If you needed any more reason to go, they recently announced new brunch hours with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar!
2775 West Jefferson, Trenton
From salads, seafood, burgers, and tacos: Truago has something for everyone. Its casual atmosphere, great food and service, and an extensive menu make it a great spot if you are meeting up with a group, family, or friends.
2760 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton
Calling all you BBQ lovers- Roundhouse BBQ is the place to go. While all their BBQ options are delicious, we recommend you try their pulled pork with their Carolina sauce. Other favorites include the Ultimate Mac & Cheese and signature BBQ Egg Rolls. ROundhouse BBQ is a great option for dining in, carry-out, or catering.
507 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte
The Waterfront Wyandotte is one of our picks for Downriver eats because of their ambiance, food, and live music. Situated on the Detroit River, it makes for great boat watching during the summer months. Check out their Facebook for more information on live music and menu offerings
3840 Oakwood Blvd, Melvindale
We love Sabina’s Restaurant for their authentic Polish cuisine and quaint establishment. With generous portions and homemade desserts, it’s hard to pass up such a welcoming sight. If you want good tasting food without the fancy fare, definitely give Sabina’s Restaurant a try.
152 Elm Street, Wyandotte
Magdaleno Ristorante is a great choice to get your pasta fix. With traditional Italian cuisine and rotating specials, it’s a must try for anyone who enjoys hearty meals. Magdaleno Ristorante puts emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients that translates into the freshest and highest quality dishes.
2910 Van Alstyne St, Wyandotte
Wine Dotte Bistro serves great food and wine in their contemporary establishment located in the Downtown Wyandotte District. Ambiance is always key at Wine Dotte Bistro with their chandeliers, upscale seating arrangements, and decorations for the holidays. We love this place for their attention to detail, and consider a great spot for small parties and gatherings!
2922 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte
We love R.P. McMurphy’s for its “come as you are” vibe, consistently good American pub food and drink, and family-owned environment. Service is always and on point and friendly. Also, the soups are delicious! We recommend their French Onion soup.
14595 Southfield Rd, Allen Park
If you enjoy good craft beer and American eats, definitely check out Griff’s in Allen Park. The always have a good selection of Michigan made beers like Founders Brewing Co, Atwater Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, and more. Griff’s always makes an effort to get creative with their French fries, which we greatly appreciate!
22673 Allen Rd Ste 100, Woodhaven
For amazing Lebanese food and portions without breaking the budget, check out Shish Garden in Woodhaven. You’ll love their attention to detail, wide selection of Mediterranean food, and great service and atmosphere. Check this place out, you won’t be disappointed!
22753 Allen Rd, Woodhaven, MI 48183
Black Rock Bar & Grill, is an award winning steakhouse specializing in Certified Angus Beef. But get this, the steaks are served on a sizzling stone that’s so hot (755-degrees) it cooks right in front of you. This ensures that the steak is as fresh as possible cooked exactly to your liking! This place definitely creates a memorable dining experience.
26123 Huron River Dr., Flatrock, MI
The Roc is a restaurant and wine bar located on the lower level of the Salute Special Events banquet hall. The space is as cozy as it gets. It feels like you're back in time in a dim lit steak house. They serve a variety of delicious wines, specialty cocktails and a variety of beer! Their dinner selection is great as well. The space is perfect for birthday parties, showers & anniversary parties.
2441 Van Horn Road, Trenton, MI
The Grotto is best known for the brick oven pizzas that are fired to order in their brick oven with an open flame and garnished with a dusting of parmesan. They even offer a pretty bomb gluten free crust (as far as gluten free goes!) Our faves include their classic Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil on top a classic pie and their BLT pizza topped with bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and a mayo drizzle. The build out of the space is awesome with stone lined walls and high benches making you feel like you're actually in a grotto!
13499 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate, MI 48195
Vic's serves classic dishes with a twist in a comfortable environment. They offer carry-out and custom catering. Their food is as beautiful as it tastes. We're big fans of their Bruschetta Pomodoro with crusted Italian toast topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and tomato basil relish with a balsamic glaze and any of their seven homemade pastas.
330 Oakwood Blvd, Detroit, MI
Giovanni's creates an atmosphere where friends and family can gather to enjoy more than just a delicious Italian-style meal. From homemade pastas, to prime cuts of meat, the freshest fish and farm grown vegetables; all the details forge to create an incredible experience. Each dish is prepared to showcase old world flavors of specific regions in Italy. They also have a nice collection of fine wines and spirits to go with your meal.
2903 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192
Whether you go for brunch, happy hour, dinner or late-night drinking, Whiskey on the Water is the place to be. It is a super cozy and inviting space to chill out and have a beer or two from their list of over 20 taps. They make damn good classic versions of whiskey cocktails and offer some new school beverages that will have your tastebuds begging for more. As for the food! Our faves are the spicy "Still Fire" burger which has beer battered jalapeńo coins, and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. Add their homemade pulled pork for the ultimate mac and cheese experience!
3520 W Jefferson Ave, Ecorse, MI 48229
Auburn Cafe has been around for almost four decades serving Greek tavern-style food. They have a bunch of Greek options that will be familiar to most Metro Detroiters but what sets them apart is the awesome service, quality of food and they serve alcohol! We recommend the chicken gyro for lunch or the porterhouse steak for dinner. No matter what time of day you go, GET THE SPICY FETA DIP!
6535 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101
Moro's is the perfect Italian dining experience with French, Greek, and Hungarian influences. We love the Fettuccine Alfredo, be sure to get the garlic bread so you can dip into any and every bit of extra sauce. We'd also recommend the Veal Olympic, which they flambé at your table! This place gets extra points from me with over 100 wine options to choose from!
3455 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192
Portofino's is known throughout the country as some of the best Italian and seafood you can get in Michigan. They also have a killer view of the water, providing a comfortable elegant dining experience. You can count on us sippin' cocktails on their patio this summer, ALL DAY. We highly recommend going on a Monday, as all wine bottles are half off!
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit