Detroit >Food & Dining > Whitney Restaurant
4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI | Directions 4820142.353010 -83.061938
whitney downtown detroit – 6 of us went to brunch - the worst food ever, a wedding party and all others went through the same brunch line. Food was poor quality, warm, not hot, desserts mediocre and none of us will ever go again. It was a Christmas outing, the cost was pricey, the food very poor. We had a nice waiter who kept our mimosa glasses full - but the food was not worth the $$$$ - A BIG disappointment to say the least.
Anniversary occasion .. Never again!! – My husband wanted to surprise me on our wedding anniversary ,,we went in & atmosphere was nice,, started by ordering soup,,I got mushroom and cauliflour and my husband ordered sea food soup both were terrible,,mine was tastless more like hot salty water and my husband's was more like tasteless baby food,, he was not able to eat it,, then we ordered a starter some kind of green beans and duck meat "Duck Confi" ,, worst taste I have ever tried. the duck was saturated with salt & had strong infested smell. at that point we could not take it any more,,we called the waitress complaining about the food .. she was very nice & apologized and asked if we want to speak to a manager,, my husband said if the entrees have the same bad quality then we want to leave ,,she said no the food is good,, so we got steaks for my husband and fish for me. Well the food was burned and the green aspergous looked dehydrated and old. steaks were over cooked almost burned.. and both were not edible,,,, very disappointed with the quality of food,,, too bad such a nice place had such a bad quality food,, never going there again,,,, waste of money and ruining of a nice memory.
DISAPPOINTING AND HORRIBLE FOOD – What a disappointing food experience! I'm actually going to write a personal letter to the manager after I finish this review.
All of our food was flavorless. I could have done a better job in my kitchen. We headed for Happy Hour and stayed for dinner.
The shrimp cocktail was boring- just cold shrimp and cocktail sauce.
Spinach salad was the best thing i ate all night and was just so-so.
The tuna was served with a dry fig chutney that did not compliment the flavor of the tuna and the sausage was good, but looked like it was thrown on a plate and served with some unappetizing mustard.
I had the chicken: DRY, LAVORLESS and the garlic mash potatoes were cold.
My hubby had the steak: he said the quality was horrid, and it was drenched in some sort of sauce.
We were not impressed. The atmosphere and our fun bartender were the only great things. The food was a HUGE waste of money. We actually ended up eating again somewhere else because we hardly touch anything we ate.
Don't waste the money eating there. Head for the bar and order up the 1/2 price drinks, enjoy the atmosphere then head to McDonald's for a better meal than you'll get at the Whitney.
Very Disappointing – My boyfriend took me to the Whitnew a few days ago for my birthday. We have been before for drinks in the Ghost bar and spent this past New Years there, but this was our first time dining. Reservations were made and when we arrived our table wasn't ready. No problem, we headed up to the Ghost bar for a pre-dinner drink. When we got up there the bartender informed us that our first drink was on the house. We were both impressed and loved the way the evening was starting out. After 30 min we had the bartender call down and check on our table and they said they were getting it ready. So, we paid for our drinks and left, only to realize later that she charged us for an extra drink (a $10 drink!) We were seated in the main dining area, right in front of the main window which we though was nice. It took a while for our waitress to come to the table and get our drink order, then even longer for her to bring the bottle of wine. We started off witht he bruchetta. I do not recommend it. The "bread" part was actually breadded eggplant that only tasted like the oil it was fried in. There was absolutely no flavor to it at all. The salad course was okay...and okay is not what I'm looking for when I go to the Whitney. I ordered the filet, it was a little over-cooked for the med-rare that I ordered and again it was lacking flavor. My boyfriend ordered the New York (by the way they were out of the Lamb and Chicken dishes that we were originally going to order). His steak was half overcooked, like they had let it lie on one side too long on the grill. The side dishes were sub par. Dessert was like something you could get at Denny's.
Overall, the service was bad and the food was worse. The experience also included several fruit flies bothering us throughout the night. The waitress did explain to us that they had a new chef and he was in the process of changing the menu, but that is no excuse for putting out bad food and poor service. We will not be back.
Worst service I have had in my adult life – It took 3 1/2 hours for salads, entree, and desert. There was 27 minutes when we had no water or drinks. Our server would not even look our way when making her rounds. The water/bus boy ended up taking our drink orders and gave us our desert menus after waiting 15 minutes for them. The desert was overpriced and tasted like it came out a freezer at the grocery store. The fish (salmon) was dry and small portioned for the $29 you pay. The chicken consisted of a half-breast of dry chicken with about 1lb of bread pudding and 2 baby carrots. The manager did credit part of our bill but it was a truly bad evening on what was to be a special night. They should be ashamed to call themselves The Whitney.
Just Getting Better... – It had been years since we dined at The Whitney. Even so, I think its better than its ever been. The food was fantastic. We had young children with us and the chef was kind enough to make them a special meal (off menu!). The historic mansion has always been beautiful but i think The Whitney just needed a re-fresh. Congrats...you got it.
i had better food and service at silver spoon in Allen Park – It was my first and will be my last. My salad Brie had very little dressing, my scallops were under cooked and only had 3. Asked for tartar sauce,didn't have any.The wife's steak was well done she asked for medium.we asked for some steak sauce,we were told that they can't ask for that,the cheif wouldn't like it. By the time our main coarse came we didn't have any silverware, so we had to wait till the waitress brought us some. The waitress acted as if we were bothering her if i flagged her down to ask for something. We were in the dinning room area and the majority of people in there were just drinking no eating, sounded like the neighbor hood bar, if the waitress stood at the other end of the table i could not hear her talking to me, thats how loud it was in the dinning room we were in. It was a real waste of money and time all they have to offer is there NAME.
Impeccable – This building has amazing architecture, amazing ambiance and unbeliveable service. I recenlty visited The Whitney for dinner and our service and food was exquisite. I had the scallop dish and the presentation was beautiful and the taste was savory and delicious. My fiance had the filet and it was not only cooked to his desired temperature but it was seasoned to perfection.
To say the least our experience was wonderful and we will return for our anniversary again in September.
Poor Management damages the Whitney's Reputation – The beauty of this amazing mansion and restaurant and its well prepared cuisine are damaged by inept and self-involved management who seem oblivious to the importance of customer satisfaction.
Historic mansion hosts one of the city's most upscale dining options. – In Short
Built by former lumber tycoon David Whitney, the Whitney is a 21,000-square-foot mansion of elegance and extravagance. Patrons dine in one of the estate's 52 rooms, the scene is both romantic and glamorous, and the elegance of the setting is matched only by the cuisine. The prix-fixe menu is recommended, as is the Russian caviar service. After dinner, patrons make their way up to the third-floor lounge for live entertainment and dessert.
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