It’s All About Atmosphere at these Local Restaurants

By: Scott Davis | February 26, 2020

Photo Courtesy of Toasted Oak.

Although this winter hasn’t been the most demanding, we can all use an escape from the overall dreariness of winter. One way to do this is to cozy up under some blankets, have a fire going in the fireplace, and enjoy a warm drink. If you’re looking for that kind of atmosphere on your next night out, check out these fine restaurants throughout Metro Detroit!

The Cellar

Located in the basement of the Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, The Cellar is quaint in style but big on beer offerings. Formerly known as Old German, The Cellar specializes in flights of a wide variety of beers and brews. If you’re looking for hearth-baked pizzas, signature burgers, and tasty tacos, visit Grizzly Peak upstairs.

The Whitney

Elegant is usually the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the iconic Whitney Restaurant. The mansion-turned-restaurant has a classic home-like feel with fireplaces, stained glass windows, and gorgeous art throughout the building. Add in an exquisite menu and a wide variety of events, and The Whitney can feel like your home away from home.

The Earle Restaurant

With an intimate setting and a cozy wine bar, The Earle Restaurant in Ann Arbor is a perfect date night option. The warm lighting, comfortable booths, and occasional live jazz music make for a relaxing night out. Their happy hour is known as one of the city’s best, which goes perfectly with their classic French and Italian menu.

Toasted Oak

A blend of classical and modern French cuisine awaits you at Novi’s Toasted Oak. With a modern look, relaxing ambiance, and a crackling fire in the fireplace, the setting is sure to keep you warm on a chilly night. For special occasions, be sure to check out their private dining room that is perfectly suited for any small party event.

Gandy Dancer

Beautifully restored in the 1886 Michigan Central Depot, Ann Arbor’s Gandy Dancer features an historic atmosphere with plenty of cozy seating. With a vintage decor, and beautiful artwork, Gandy Dancer is a welcoming spot any day of the week. The restaurant is known for its creative seafood dishes and its perfectly paired wine menu.