These restaurants prepare your food tableside

By: Katie Goncalves | April 20, 2023
Server flambéing dish tableside

Back in the day, tableside service was all the rage. The best dining establishments would wow their guests by carving meats or setting desserts aflame right next to your seat. This charming meal experience slightly went by the wayside through COVID times, but many of the places that have always had it are back in full swing. If you want to be delighted by a meal and a show, you have to make your way to these Metro Detroit restaurants featuring tableside service.

Mr. Paul’s Chophouse 

29850 Groesbeck Highway, Roseville

Family-owned and operated for over 50 years, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse is the place to go if you want an old-school vibe with your meal. Their tableside Caesar salad is one of their most popular menu items and is crafted completely from scratch on a cart the maitre d wheels out from the kitchen. Their chateaubriand for two is also served tableside, meticulously carved while surrounded by flames.

server cuts steak tableside at Mr. Paul's Chophouse
Tableside Service at Mr. Paul’s Chophouse

Mario’s Restaurant 

4222 2nd Avenue, Detroit

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A Midtown classic, Mario’s Restaurant provides traditional Italian dining with a flare for tableside service. Their entire list of house specialties as well as many of their desserts are prepared tableside. Many of the options come with an element of fire to add to the excitement. If you’re looking for perfection on a plate, get their alfredo served tableside. 

Mare Mediterranean 

115 Willits Street, Birmingham 

Inspired by Greek, Italian, and Spanish cuisine, Mare Mediterranean is committed to creating fresh seafood dishes with hands-on experience. Their fish market display allows customers to select their fish and cooking style. Then the fish is presented and deboned tableside by your server. 

A whole fish is deboned tableside at Mare
A whole fish is deboned tableside at Mare


935 West 11 Mile Road, Madison Heights

Boodle’s is a New York-style supper club known for its tableside preparations including Caesar salad, steak Diane, cherries jubilee, and bananas foster. Their whole VIP tableside menu features dishes that are sure to keep you coming back for more.