Your Guide to Downriver Dining

By: Briana Dixon | August 30, 2022

The Downriver area usually doesn’t get much credit when it comes to its dining scene. However, it should not be written off, as there are a bevy of restaurants that serve all kinds of mouth-watering fare. Here’s some Downriver dining inspiration for the next time you venture south of the city…

Big Bear Lodge 

If you’re looking for an up north cabin experience, without actually traveling the distance, this place has you covered. Big Bear Lodge is an eatery that resembles the cabins found up north. The wood-fire ovens and grills, exceptional hospitality, and cozy ambiance ensures every guest the ultimate non-camping, camping trip. The menu mainly consists of American cuisine, such as pizza, steak, burgers, and an array of desserts. The drink menu houses an assortment of wine, beer, margaritas, and more. For more information, follow Big Bear Lodge on Instagram @bigbear_lodge and on Facebook @Big Bear Lodge Restaurant. 

Black Pine Tree

With friendly staff and unique Sushi roll options to choose from, Black Pine Tree has worked its way up to being the go-to Sushi spot in the Downriver area. The restaurant boasts an intimate space where patrons can enjoy fresh sushi, authentic Japanese and Asian food, delightful drinks, and a relaxing atmosphere filled with great music. To learn more, follow Black Pine Tree on Instagram and Facebook @blackpinetreesushi.

Smugglers Run on the River & Tiki Bar

Smuggler’s Run on the River & Tiki Bar is more than just a restaurant with a bar. It’s a lively venue where you can not only find delicious food, and a fully stocked bar, but also dance the night away on the patio where there’s live music every weekend. For those who’d rather sit back and relax, there’s an enchanting riverfront view, which can be seen from the dining room, that’ll make it easy to do so. They also host events and offer catering services, both onsite and off. For more information, follow Smuggler’s Run on the River & Tiki Bar on Instagram and Facebook @smugglerswyandotte. 

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This Mexican eatery was inspired by the owner and chef, Chef Galindo’s favorite dishes from his childhood, spent in Mexico City. One of the most popular dishes was the Torta, a type of sandwich that Chef Galindo now serves, along with over a dozen variations of it. The menu also includes items like quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and more. In addition to Downriver, there’s also a location inside of Little Caesars Arena. To learn more, follow Galindo’s on Instagram @galindosmexican and on Facebook @galindosmexican. 

Bierkeller Tavern & Eatery 

The Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery team strives to provide outstanding service and food in an environment that is relaxing and friendly. The menu features American food and drinks with a hint of German. Whether it’s dinner, lunch, brunch, or drinks you’re looking for, Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery has it all. To learn more, follow Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery on Instagram @bierkeller_tavern and on Facebook @BierkellerTavern. 

Downriver is a great area to explore when trying to discover new food favorites. With the variety of cuisine and scenery available, there are many options to choose from.