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Rugby Grille, Birmingham, MI

Rugby Grille

4.5
4.5
1014 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Carry out is available! To place an order please call 248-642-5999

Voted by OpenTable diners as one of the Best Overall Contemporary American Cuisine in Detroit in 2016, you’ve come to the right place!

The Rugby Grille Restaurant located inside Birmingham Michigan’s Townsend Hotel offers a memorable-dining experience. It features beautiful art, intimate tables and a private bar, world-class service and the culinary expertise of our talented team. The menu changes seasonally and features the very best in USDA prime beef, seafood, poultry and salads. The Rugby Grille features monthly events including wine dinners.

The Rugby Grille has been recognized with the following awards: the coveted AAA Four Diamond award, the Forbes Travel Guide "Recommended" rating as well as the very exclusive Wine Spectator "Two Glass Best of Award" of Excellence since 2016.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Breakfast, Burgers

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (248) 642-5999

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    The Townsend Hotel provides a wide variety of venues to accommodate your needs. Our brand new Clancy Room can accommodate up to 30 for a Rugby Grille private dinner. Please call for specific details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Rugby Grille is the perfect place to host a variety of events such as corporate business dinners, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, and engagement celebrations.

  • Private party contact

    Daniel Holmes or Leslie Carter: (248) 642-5999

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Cross Street

    Pierce & Townsend Street

  • Parking Details

    Valet parking is available at restaurant entrance (100 Townsend Street) or two hour complimentary parking at the Pierce Street Garage which is located right next door.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 1,014 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Brunch

  • Detroit

    Healthy

  • Detroit

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit

    Notable Wine List

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  1. A

    Aunt

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We went because I wanted sole meunière . It was on the menus and the most expensive entree. It did not seem fresh and the vegetables were soggy . The tuna tartare was bland. The burger and oysters were standard
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We had a great time. Great food, great staff, great outing
  3. KK

    KarenK

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Rugby Grille is always a perfect choice. We love the food, the service, and the atmosphere.
  4. F

    Family

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful hotel and relaxing and quiet. Food was very expensive for the amount that you got. One of us got a Caesar salad and it literally had two pieces of bread croutons and lettuce no Parm on it. the salad was $24 and you didn’t get anything but lettuce and a piece of bread
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  6. R

    Radmcca

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Expensive for a turkey dinner but a lovely place, nonetheless. Dinner arrived cold butas soon as I mentioned that, it was whisked away and replace. Very nice Thanksgiving experience.
  7. M

    Marcy1836

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Nephew’s engagement
  8. L

    Louie

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Ordered burger well done, sent back, by the time us was done my guest had nearly finished eating. Ugh
  9. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch and a very professional and friendly staff.
  10. C

    Clax

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, great service and the Townsend Chocolate Cake is awesome.
  11. J

    Julie

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch at Rugby Grille was fab! Server Kelly was very accommodating. Food was delicious. Perfect setting. Most enjoyable & addordable.
  12. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Food #todiefor
  13. J

    John

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    The group at the bar was extremely loud and did not fit with this type of dining experience. The meals were not well prepared. The pasta, was cold, and the fish dish was over cooked. The time between the courses was not well paced. The only complement to this restaurant is the wait staff, in particular, Adam, was excellent.
  14. m

    mmrm

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Although the waitstaff was friendly, the quality of the food was quite inferior. The lettuce was stale and the fish was definitely not Dover Sole. The food was overpriced.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    The table next to the kitchen was not pleasant for a Birthday Celebration and the Large party in the area was very loud!
  16. BG

    BigGMan

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed a fantastic meal, great bottle of wine, and presented to us by an awesome waiter.
  17. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The overall service and the quality of the food was excellent!
  18. MS

    MichaelS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Nice place, service was lacking pulling down the overall grade. They never really cleared the table of glasses, dishes, etc. When we left the first cocktail glasses were still on the table. Not quite what you would expect from a higher level establishment. Reminded me of a Coney Island. Still I would go back.
  19. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't know that I'd ever been treated with such care. The staff here is phenomenal. The food is superb. I enjoyed every moment and I'm definitely going back, with friends. Nothing should be sooooooo good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Ok the past they would Make a birthday celebration special and put roses on the table and such. I put that it was a birthday celebration in the notes on opentable and they did nothing
  21. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service as always and the food was delicious! Try the fish n chips and the soups. Perfect for a fall day!
  22. L

    Linnie

    Detroit

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I will only go to the rugby grill if I can sit on the inside of the restaurant sitting in the Foyer or hallway outside of the restaurant is not a pleasant experience in my opinion
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    According to the menu I was overcharged for the wine that I had purchased
  24. RC

    RobynC

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good. The service was amazing and the staff took our food allergies very seriously!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and delicious. Very attentive and perfectly timed service.
  26. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience was excellent! The service was also excellent.
  27. G

    Gman

    Detroit

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only thing better than the food is the service……always a fantastic experience.
  28. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a breakfast business meeting
  29. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and food. We really enjoyed the crab cakes and main course! Try the soufflé! #todiefor!
  30. AS

    AaronS

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Special occasion turned into a big problem. Took over an hour for our food to come out. Not a good experience.
  31. M

    Mike

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.
  32. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The overall experience was excellent. The food was great. The server did a great job!
  33. PR

    PamR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    An excellent food for brunch but marred by disorganized service. Drink orders came after coffee.. and coffee came 30 minutes before food.
  34. S

    Sarah

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a lovely brunch. It was quiet, the food was delicious and portions were a good size. Service is also very good. Had a wonderful first experience
  35. P

    Peter

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It is a very nice place and food was excellent. Service was outstanding and we have great time. Peter
  36. MK

    MichelleK

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Started off great with the hostess she was very friendly, the servers assistant ( water person ) was extremely friendly and energetic. The server was very friendly but not very professional , wasn’t attentive ( we all had empty drinks and didn’t come to ask if we needed refills) food was so so. Husband got a burger and the bun was burnt to a crisp and sent it out that way . Manager looked like he didn’t like his job. They did give us one free dessert when we ordered two desserts for the table ( which he said desserts were on him ) they were not busy . Bartender took a very long time to make drinks . Overall not a good experience we will not be back! We hoped for a good new place to go to but it wasn’t. Save your money and try someplace else
  37. JG

    JenniferG

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was unapologeticly slow. Drinks came only after several reminders, food was cold and or without flavor
  38. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service by Kelly
  39. m

    micheleh

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was less than expected. We sat for over 30 minutes before we received our drinks, an hour before food and it was brunch. Server did not check on us after meal was served, we had to call out to them as they walked by. The restaurant as not crowded.
  40. r

    rdwrrior

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ambience, Food & Especially the Service Was Top Notch - I would definetly recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Rugby Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 642-5999.

Rugby Grille is rated 4.5 stars by 1014 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Rugby Grille

100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Pierce & Townsend Street

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Breakfast, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet parking is available at restaurant entrance (100 Townsend Street) or two hour complimentary parking at the Pierce Street Garage which is located right next door.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (248) 642-5999

  • Catering

    The Townsend Hotel provides a wide variety of venues to accommodate your needs. Our brand new Clancy Room can accommodate up to 30 for a Rugby Grille private dinner. Please call for specific details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Rugby Grille is the perfect place to host a variety of events such as corporate business dinners, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, and engagement celebrations.

  • Private party contact

    Daniel Holmes or Leslie Carter: (248) 642-5999

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