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Rugby Grille, Birmingham, MI

Rugby Grille

4.6
4.6
985 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

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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

What 985 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Great for Brunch

  • Detroit

    Healthy

  • Detroit

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit

    Notable Wine List

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

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  1. P

    Peter

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    MichelleK

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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
  3. JG

    JenniferG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    214 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    214 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service by Kelly
  5. m

    micheleh

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 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.
  6. r

    rdwrrior

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    DonC

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good. Lamb was raw. For the price, the food should have been outstanding.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and location were great. We arrived early for a birthday celebration No disappointments
  9. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    214 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    214 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service at Rugby Grille is always very good. Sometimes it is hard ot book because they are so busy so always make a reservation when possible in advance.
  10. M

    Momof2boys

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rugby Grille never disappoints! Our server was fabulous and on top of all our needs.
  11. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was very good! The overall experience was also very good as was the food.
  12. P

    Pasifae

    Detroit

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rugby Grille is always an experience. I treated friends to lunch and they loved it. Pricey yes, but if you aren’t into the adventure, why are you here? I’ve never been disappointed. I was amused by the lavender lemon water and tried it. Glad I did. Food is excellent.
  13. KS

    KurtS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is about top notch. If you are looking for venue this is not the place. If you are looking for a meal experience, fantastic food and a positive ambience give this place your business.
  14. F

    Foodies

    Chicago

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Wrote rugby grille off last year after a few poor experiences. My husband convinced me to try it again. Although my grilled cheese with bacon was yummy the service was appalling. It wasn’t busy but somehow took 20 minutes to get 2 ice teas and a coffee. Finally got to order and we set a timer for fun and it was 35 minutes to get a grilled cheese, salad and turkey club and the fries were cold. Ordered 2 glasses of wine prior to the food arriving and had to flag down another server to grab the wine after I was half way through my lunch. No managers stopped by to ask how anything was yet there seemed to be an excessive amount of staff hanging out. Want to love rugby grill but now it’s 4 poor dinning experiences.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful service and delicious food!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is so beautiful and what a wonderful experience! My server was very friendly and knowledgeable about my menu questions. My French toast was mouthwatering and everything else I tried gave me the same feeling! I’ll definitely be returning!
  17. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The overall experience was very good. The food was prepared to my liking.
  18. M

    Mike

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic evening dining here. The food was incredible, and priced appropriately for the quality of the food. Our waiter, Michael, went out of his way to make it a great experience for everyone. Food arrived in a reasonable time, and from what I could tell the whole staff worked hard at accommodating all diners' requests.
  19. TR

    TanyaRG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rugby Grille never disappoints! The restaurant is my "go-to" for business breakfast and lunch meetings. The staff is always very accommodating and the food is delicious!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    This was our 25th wedding anniversary dinner and they knew it. It was not a good experience from the start. I made a reservation well ahead of time. Asked for a table outside when we arrived an no one was at the tables. We were told no way. When we left 3 tables outside were still open. Horrible hostess. Then we got a seat i the bar area not even i the restaurant area. Then there were 10 open tables and the next group they brought in the sat next to us and it was noisy. The food was not good. I will not eat there again.
  21. CF

    CFFZFF

    Detroit

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was hot and delicious. Presentation of food was very nice. Sever was very professional. Can’t wait to return for another meal!
  22. DT

    DrThought

    Detroit

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful hotel and lovely restaurant. Service was excellent! That said, while the food was very good and prepared well, the cost is exorbitant for what you receive. Love the Townsend Hotel, but prices are very dear!
  23. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The overall experience was very good. However, the service could have been somewhat quicker.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Food was expensive and not very good
  25. R

    Rgeecee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It had been 2+ years since we were back in the area and RG had an opening for dinner. We were a bit disappointed in the food and felt the halibut was over cooked. I was happy that they were able to accommodate our food allergies. Might have been an off night for them??
  26. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service was absolutely impeccable. I would definitely recommend, especially for celebrating. Michael our waiter was so prestigious and compassionate!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The appetizer and dinner were absolutely delicious. Halibut with risotto is outstanding and my husband loved the lamb chops. Our waiter was attentive and polite. Atmosphere was elegant and relaxed at the same time. It is a bit pricey but worth it…I haven’t had such an outstanding meal in a long time. Will definitely return.
  28. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The overall experience was very good as was the food. The service was slow due to a party.
  29. C

    Carnevour

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, wonderful friendly service, large portions, but a bit pricy. Good for business meetings and meeting with friends.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Quality Food + Service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This place is amazing. Doubling as a hotel and restaurant it really shows how rustic styles can come together with outstanding ambiance. The beautiful craftsmanship of this restaurant makes it a wonder to be sitting in and the food is so simply put together, but there is so much design and creativity within. I went there for breakfast an even so I got the French onion soup and let me say, it is to die for. I love this immaculate place as a whole, and would defidently go there again, maybe for dinner?
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The wait staff is excellent. The ambience excellent. The food was very good. The only problem I had was that my wife’s dover sole was dry. She should have sent it back but didn’t. Except for that we had a good time
  33. RS

    RynellS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed myself immensely. Kim was a wonderful hostess.
  34. J

    Jane

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Not a big fan of burgers, but theirs are truly divine with a glass of the finest red wine.
  35. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The overall service by Syed was very good. The food was also very good.
  36. R

    Rachel

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    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.
  37. P

    Phlubs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was great and food delicious. Waiter Michael was wonderful and made the experience even better
  38. AT

    AthanasiosT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rugby Grille offers a very casual experience with good value and excellent food.
  39. AM

    AshMWill

    Detroit

    214 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    214 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  40. 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.

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 4.6 stars by 985 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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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