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Rugby Grille, Birmingham, MI

Rugby Grille

4.7
4.7
953 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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Booked 7 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, Diners Club, 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

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 953 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Outdoor Dining

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Great for Brunch

  • Detroit

    Healthy

  • Detroit

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit

    Notable Wine List

  • Detroit

    Outdoor Dining

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

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  1. R

    Rachel

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We went to the Rugby Grille because we were staying at the Townsend. The salad, bread and drinks were great. The main entrees were not. The chicken was dry and flavorless, the only seasoning seemed to be in the purée it was served on top of. The root vegetables did have a good flavor, but sadly they were undercooked. Probably wouldn’t go back. There a many other fantastic restaurants within walking distance to the hotel.

  2. P

    Phlubs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambiance was great and food delicious. Waiter Michael was wonderful and made the experience even better

  3. AT

    AthanasiosT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rugby Grille offers a very casual experience with good value and excellent food.

  4. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    205 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress, Kelly, was phenomenal!! She was new to me and was attentive without being annoying, she was wonderful.

  6. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I recently went to the Rugby Grille and loved their chopped salad! It was especially delicious with the salmon I asked to be added. I also loved eating their chocolate cake; it literally melted in my mouth - was delicious! I always love going to this restaurant for the elegant ambiance as well as the wonderful food and service. I am NEVER disappointed when I go :) I look forward to visiting again soon!

  7. R

    Rocon

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service, beautiful room

  8. MA

    MatthewA

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    always nice, the service is top notch, the food is great,

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day dinner was great

  10. DT

    DawnT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch was amazing. I would recommend to others’s.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Enjoyed our meal, the food was good

  12. CC

    CulinaryCounsel

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a fabulous brunch with my girlfriends

  13. w

    wineygolfer

    Detroit

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Generally good service and ambiance. However, a filet ordered rare was served medium well, which is hard to understand.

  14. KM

    KimberleyM

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    Skip this - hotel lobby ambience, expensive and sub par food

  15. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The overall experience was great! The food and service were very good.

  16. PS

    PhilipS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service, food and surroundings. The staff was friendly and attentive, but not overbearing. Such an elegant and relaxing atmosphere to dine in.

  17. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The overall experience was very good! The food and service were excellent.

  18. r

    ronaldr

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    waiter did not tell me of 20%vservice charge. the food was very good.

  19. JK

    JKIM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent interiors as known and great service and food!

  20. MC

    MaryC

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We dined here for Easter. Our table was in the lobby of the hotel. It was busy and a bit loud with lobby and hostess stand. Food was good. Service was good. For a set menu you need to be aware of food allergies, be clear about allergens in foods and have options to sub. But overall we really enjoyed it. Lamb and frittata were favorites ❤️

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter brunch always a special treat; wish we could have options instead of only prefix menu for the occasion.

  22. TG

    TanyaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, delicious food wonderful place for afternoon business lunch meeting.

  23. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful breakfast with great service.

  24. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! We love going to the Rugby Grille!

  25. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The overall experience was very good! The server did a great job. The food was prepared to my expectations.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really good time. Excellent customer service. The food was fresh and delicious.

  27. d

    deenie51

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service. Noisy and very expensive.

  28. d

    dominickm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rugby is pricey . Food was outstanding. Waitress very knowledgeable on food and drinks, plus top notch service.

  29. ND

    NickD

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I ate here for our anniversary and it was a wonderful experience. The waiter was attentive, professional, and kind. The ribeye we split, the cocktails, and other appetizers were wonderful. We really appreciated the complementary cucumber crab rolls and cheesecake. The atmosphere was upscale but not suffocating. It was a great experience and we will be back.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed the food, service, and total experience. I had never been to Rugby Grill before, but look forward to the next time.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2

    Historic location, super overpriced. $40 pasta is nonsense. Food was good, atmosphere was a little bland. Service was excellent, bartender was great. $250 on a good dinner is too pricey to me, without some kind of wow factor. Nothing special here. You are paying for the location.

  32. JL

    JohnL

    Detroit

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Rugby Grille has great ambiance, service and food. Always a pleasure to go there.

  33. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Try the fish n chips with fresh Dover Sole and steak fries. Service of course is always good

  34. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The overall service was very good! The food was also really good.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I celebrated our 5th anniversary. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

  36. AW

    AnnW

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service

  37. MT

    MotownTraveler1965

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Terrible service (had to ask 3 times for salad dressing?!), tasteless $24 dinner salad and the worst table in the house. 3 strikes, you are out. Never again!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Suprised my Aunt with a delicious dinner. She was so happy and pleased. Rugby Grille bravo

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything couldn’t have been better

  40. JJ

    JaJa

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    A good place to dine but they are not as good as they were in years past. Attention to detail in terms of service needs improvement.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • 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 4.7 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Rugby Grille

100 Townsend Street Birmingham, MI 48009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pierce & Townsend Street

  • Neighborhood

    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, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • 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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