Let’s Do Dinner Detroit!

By: Carolyn Hall | November 9, 2023
pumpkin lasagna with brussels sprouts and garlic bread from seva

Photo courtesy of Seva

From November 12-16, Detroit will be buzzing with food enthusiasts, gourmands, and anyone who appreciates a good meal, thanks to the Let’s Do Dinner Detroit event. At participating Detroit restaurants, 3-course meals will be available for $20, $35, $50, or $75 during this time. 

“We have 28 restaurants on board for Let’s Do Dinner Detroit, with representation from Downtown, Capitol Park, The Riverfront, Midtown, Corktown, Southwest Detroit, Greektown and more across the city,” said Jon Witz, Let’s Do Dinner Detroit producer. “This is a community effort that has really come together in a short amount of time. It’s not just promoting the incredible Detroit dining scene, but with each meal benefitting Forgotten Harvest we’re excited to do some good leading up to the holiday season.”

For every selected 3-course meal served during this event, Forgotten Harvest will receive a donation sufficient to provide eight meals to individuals and families in need. Make your dining experience doubly rewarding — relish a 3-course meal at a discounted price, and know someone else is getting a meal as well. Let’s dive into some of the participating restaurants you’ll want to consider reservations at…


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51 West Forest Avenue, Detroit

Mezcal Detroit is offering popular menu items for $20 and $35 meals. For $20, you can order the Tacobirria, made shredded marinated beef, melted cheese, onions, and cilantro in a corn tortilla with Consommé and served with chips and salsa, and flan for dessert. With the $35 meal, choose between the fish tacos or Taco Gobernador, with grilled shrimp, red and green bell pepper, and cheese in a flour tortilla. These are served with your choice of chips and guacamole or queso dip, and for dessert pick either the tres leches cake or pan elote, a Mexican cornbread with caramel, whipped cream, and caramel popcorn. Co-owner Sandra Haro shares, “Mezcal Detroit is a brother-and-sister family-owned Authentic Mexican restaurant that celebrates our food, culture, and art with a little bit of a twist. Introducing Mezcal to the area [has brought] Mexican modern art and dishes from different parts of Mexico. We want our guests to feel welcome from the moment they arrive. It’s a pleasure to participate and be a part of the Let’s Do Dinner Detroit event!”

tacobirria from mezcal detroit's menu for let's do dinner detroit event
Photo courtesy of Mezcal Detroit


1445 Farmer Street, Detroit

Penny Red’s is offering a choice of any sandwich, any side, and any dessert/bottled water for a $20 meal. Pick from sandwiches like the classic with hot honey, city ranch, and a sweet pickle, to the K-town cutlet with scallions, toasted peanuts, and Kimchi BBQ. Try the Mexican street corn or Dang Tangy slaw for your side, and Bananarama pudding for your dessert, which is made with toffee-date cake and bananas foster cream.  


66 East Forest Avenue, Detroit

Seva is participating in the $20 and $35 meals at its Detroit location. For either one, choose a starter soup or salad from selections of vegan potato-leek soup, three-bean chili, green side salad, or Caesar side salad. For the $20 menu, the second course is the Artichoke Po Boy Sandwich. With the $35 menu, choose from the Pumpkin Lasagna served with crispy fried Brussels sprouts and garlic bread or the vegan celebration roast Wellington served with garlic mashed potatoes, miso gravy, and sesame green beans. For dessert, your options are a lemon bar or a Mexican chocolate bar. Business Manager Emma De Almeida tells us, “Seva Detroit is a family-owned business that has been proudly serving fresh, imaginative vegetarian cuisine to the Motor City for the past 12 years! Our sister location in Ann Arbor is celebrating its 50th year in business this year, making Seva a beloved staple in Michigan’s vibrant food scene. Our menu is thoughtfully crafted to showcase delicious plant-based cuisine, offering an extensive selection of dishes at moderate prices that cater to various dietary preferences.”

artichoke po boy sandwich from seva for let's do dinner detroit event
Photo courtesy of Seva


225 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit

Standby is offering balsamic onion arancini, roasted beet salad, and caramelized leek agnolotti as $20 entree choices. On the $35 menu, the 3-course meal consists of a maple-roasted carrot salad to start, served with miso tahini dressing. For the main entree, you’ll find a short rib ragu with gnocchi, with flavors of fried rosemary and herb ricotta. For dessert, enjoy a delicious almond chocolate Paris Brest with chocolate pastry cream, shaved almonds, and cocoa whipped cream. 


800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Parc is serving up menus at three different price points, all being served with a chop salad and chef’s choice of dessert. For the $35 meal, enjoy the wood fire chicken with a Berbere yogurt marinade, onions, peppers, and tomatoes, served with saffron rice, herb pistou, and roasted tomato jus. On the next menu, you can order prime New York steak with rigatoni bolognese, ricotta, and Grana Padano. Finally, the $75 experience offers a hand-cut filet with 2 scallops. 


1000 Brush Street, Detroit

With $50 and $75 menus, Symposia is offering a fine 3-course dining experience. “Symposia, located inside the Atheneum Suite Hotel, is delighted to join the Let’s Do Dinner Detroit event presented by Stella Artois, where we’re serving up culinary excellence with two exquisite 3-course fixed-price menus. From the savory hazelnut herb-encrusted lamb chops to the melt-in-your-mouth braised short ribs and the artichoke and feta-stuffed chicken breast, our offerings are a symphony of flavors. To enhance your visit, we’re pleased to offer complimentary valet parking for all dinner guests. Secure your seat at symposiadetroit.com and savor the flavors of Detroit with us, says” Athina Papas, Executive at the Atheneum Suite Hotel.

lamb chops from symposia for let's do dinner detroit event
Photo courtesy of Symposia


4421 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

For fine dining located inside an exquisite mansion, head over to The Whitney for the Let’s Do Dinner Event. Each 3-course meal starts with either a vegetarian lentil garden salad or a Caesar salad and Whitney house bread. As for the entrees, there are several delicious choices. Try the pumpkin risotto with parmesan cheese, shallot, harvest pumpkin, and squash for the $35 choice. For $50 pick between the orange smashing salmon or the charred grilled chicken thighs with a teriyaki sauce, both served with sautéed root vegetables and honey-scented couscous. Finally, at The Whitney, you can order the duo of lamb porterhouse for $75. The lamb porterhouse chops are char-grilled and served with braised red cabbage and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. For the final course of the evening, you’ll get a duo of house-made desserts. 


1500 Woodward Avenue, Floor 2, Detroit

Wright & Company, found in one of downtown Detroit’s most beautiful spaces, focuses on seasonal menus, created by Executive Chef Kyle Schutte, designed around a composed shared plates concept,” says General Manager Joaquin de la Cerda. “For Let’s Do Dinner Detroit, we will be offering a $50, 3-course meal. The first course consists of the dinner choice of House Made Potato Chips, Pork Belly Sliders, or MI Mushroom Pate. Second-course options include Udon Carbonara, Fairytale Pumpkin, Michigan-raised Pork Belly, or Wild Line Caught Walu. And for dessert, enjoy either Butterscotch Pudding, Coconut Espuma, or Vietnamese Coffee.”

fairytale pumpkin dish from wright & company
Photo courtesy of Wright & Company


400 Renaissance Center, Detroit

With excellent views of the Detroit Riverfront, Andiamo is a go-to for Italian dishes. For this event, Andiamo is offering $75 3-course meals. For the first course, choose between Minestrone soup or a salad with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and more. For the second course, there are ten options to choose from, ranging from seasonal ravioli and five-pepper chicken to a filet mignon or Mediterranean sea bass. For course three, enjoy a dessert from the chef’s selection.