Roast

Row 1

Details
1128 Washington Blvd (btwn Michigan & State)
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
Steakhouse, American, Bar
$ $ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–9:00 PM

Chef Michael Symon seemed bold when he founded Roast in Detroit’s refurbished Westin Book Cadillac hotel in 2008. Why open a high-end restaurant in a struggling city? It seemed like a risk for a celebrity chef. But Symon says he felt comfortable there, seeing Detroit as similar to Cleveland, where he opened his first restaurant almost 20 years ago. Plus, he has noted, “My dad is a Ford guy, so I was in Detroit a lot as a kid.” Unsurprisingly, Roast, which Symon describes as "a meat house — a steak house plus," has since garnered awards for best restaurant and best steakhouse. This is Iron Chef Symon we’re talking about, so the menu is a carnivore’s paradise. There’s a custom, six-foot-long grill for cooking steaks over mesquite and hardwood charcoal, and an open stainless steel rotisserie beside the dining room. Signature dishes include beef cheek pierogies with horseradish and mushrooms; roasted marrow with sea salt, oregano, capers, and chiles; "roast beast" (slow-roasted whole suckling pig, baby lamb, or goat) with seasonal garnishes; short ribs with Cheddar grits; smoked pork chops with polenta, pickled chiles, and barbeque onions. Of course, there are plenty of other tremendously prepared steaks and chops with delicious accents like filet mignon with crab béarnaise, bavette sirloin with Fresno yogurt and roasted peppers, ribeye with beef fat gremolata, and the porterhouse for two with shallot jus.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • With some of the best happy hour specials in town, plus a meaty main menu that would make any carnivore drool, this is anything but your average hotel dining room. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Order the Brussel Sprouts! Don't worry - it comes with bacon.
  • The fried brussel sprouts are AMAZING!
  • Michael Symon's Roast Detroit, serves up savory American cuisine like steaks and the Roast Beast of the Day.
  • Get the homemade pappardelle noodles with a slow-braised meat ragu. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
  • The best happy hour in Downtown Detroit.
  • Fantastic! One of the best restaurants downtown.
  • One of the best Happy Hours in Detroit. Try the fried brussel sprouts.
  • Still the best Happy Hour in Detroit!
  • The Pierogi appetizer is fantastic.
  • Didn't live up to the hype... Sides GREAT... Steaks were bad.... Real bad! I would take texas road house steaks over here, it was that bad.......
  • Recommend the Perfect Pear specialty drink. Tastes like the syrup from canned pears only with less syrup and more martini.
  • The Porterhouse for two is absolutely phenomenal! Order that with asparagus an macaroni and cheese and you have a winner!
  • They roast an entire animal each day. Be sure to try to bone marrow.
  • Good place for dating !
  • The Roast burger is like a single-serving religious experience. The Brussels sprouts? They will change you. Best Happy Hour in Detroit.
  • Get the bone marrow and the brussel sprouts
  • Root vegetable salad is to nom for!!!!!!!
  • Tremendous place. Crispy sweetbreads or crispy chicken livers? I'll have both, please. And a steak. So good.
  • The porterhouse for 2 is the whip. Get it with a side of cayuse syrah from walla walla.