Top 10 restaurants in Ann Arbor, United States

April 15, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Backpack-strapped students permeate the streets of Ann Arbor, home to The University Of Michigan. But there's more to the city than academia. A popular destination for families, Ann Arbor boasts child-friendly museums with exciting hands-on exhibits and art museums with prestigious collections. Couples and single travelers enjoy the eclectic shops, ethnic restaurants and hip night clubs, while book lovers are wowed by the more than 30 independent bookstores. From mysteries and crime to holistic healing and yoga, each store has a unique personality and area of expertise. Most of the major attractions are located in the same area, making it easy to hop from one to the next and enjoy all this vibrant city has to offer.
Things to do in Ann Arbor

1. The Lunch Room

407 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1107 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 8 - SGD 14 +1 734-224-8859
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

The Lunch Room

Reviewed By snipe49445 - Muskegon, Michigan

Stopped here while in Ann Arbor on business. We ordered the Chili Mac and the Pad Thai. Both were fantastic and freshly prepared. We ordered several vegan baked goods since we never get vegan desserts where we're from. We had the pecan roll, Brownie, ginger snap, and the monster cookie. All were amazingly good and fresh. The restaurant is super crowded with a small dining area. The staff were all awesome and patient with us small town rookies. The parking can be challenging because of it's location, but we found a spot without too much difficulty, but be prepared to pay for parking. Next time in Ann Arbor, we'll visit again!

2. Pacific Rim By Kana

114 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1321 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 734-662-9303
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 337 reviews

Pacific Rim By Kana

Reviewed By 26Babs - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pacific Rim may be suffering from success. I was informed by an employee who did not identify himself over the phone that I had a reservation for two instead of four when I called to verify. I had tried previously to directly make a reservation for my birthday. It appears the phone was out of service. There was a steady busy signal for more than an hour --no answering machine. I then went online to book through OpenTable. I submitted my request asking for a table for four at 7:15 for Friday evening. This was on Wednesday. When I received confirmation, I noted it said a table for two had been reserved. I then attempted to modify unsuccessfully. When I finally reached the restaurant answer machine, I explained the situation and then received a call back two days later. There was no apology. Instead I was told repeatedly I had made a mistake and nothing could be done. I don't think I made a mistake, and at a minimum I expected sympathy. It was a special occasion being cancelled at the last minute. I asked the yong man why he was so angry? He insisted he was not, but kept asking me what I expected him to do and repeated it was my mistake. This is not the kind of customer service one expects from an Ann Arbor institution.

3. Frita Batidos

117 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1324 Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Free Wifi Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +1 734-761-2882
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 320 reviews

Frita Batidos

Reviewed By kumarcheryl - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Blazing hot Black Bean burger. Took the enjoyment out of eating it. Normally I enjoy the burger very much, but for some reason today perhaps they added twice the amount of spice to it. Disappointed. In case you think I am a wus, I am Indian origin and not a stranger to hot food. The burger was hot by most any standard.
The fries were good as usual but the spice level in the burger left a bad taste in the mouth. The Ginger Lime drink was potent and good. I got it in a cup instead of the plastic baggy that it usually comes in.

4. Mani Osteria

341 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2276 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 734-769-6700
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 491 reviews

Mani Osteria

Reviewed By dabloomaa - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Whether I drop in for a quick salad or pizza at the bar during the in-between hours or bring a small group for dinner when the place is jam-packed, Mani works well. From gracious reception at the front end to knowledgable wait-staff, and great food it is always an excellent and reliable experience.

5. Zingerman's Delicatessen

422 Detroit St, Corner of Detroit St. and Kingsley, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1118 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 734-663-3354
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Zingerman's Delicatessen

Opened in March of 1982 by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market. Serving up thousands of made-to-order sandwiches with ingredients like premium Black Angus corned beef and pastrami, free-range chicken and Turkey, housemade chopped liver and chicken salad. The Deli also stocks an exceptional array of farmhouse cheeses, estate-bottled olive oils, varietal vinegars, smoked fish, salami, coffee, tea and much, much more. Today, Zingerman's Delicatessen is an Ann Arbor institution, the source of great food and great experiences for thousands of visitors every year.

Reviewed By Jeffrey L - Babylon, New York, United States

Large sandwiches were good for 2 meals. All were excellent. Sides, such as knishes, were also really good. They have a coffee drink, vanilla cold brewed, that a couple of our party absolutely loved. Great place

6. The Chop House - Ann Arbor

322 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 105 +1 888-456-3463
Excellent
68%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

The Chop House - Ann Arbor

Reviewed By fenmen - Ann Arbor, Michigan

My husband thinks their salmon entree is the best in town. I find ordering one appetizer makes a full meal - last time I ordered the crab/lobster cake appetizer, I took one home. Deserts are okay not great. We are not meat eaters so can't...MoreHello, Thank you for the great review. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at The Chop House. We hope to see you again soon! Best Regards, Lisa Hunt Guest Services Head Supervisor Mainstreet Ventures Inc. [email protected] (888)456-3463

7. Metzgers German Restaurant

305 N Zeeb Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1552 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 734-668-8987
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

Metzgers German Restaurant

Reviewed By FrynPan - Eaton Rapids, Michigan

When your taste buds only want the best homemade, authentic German recipes, this family owned restaurant,that has been in the Ann arbor area for over 90 years, is the only place to go. The food and selections are exceptional. Quantities are generous and pricing is reasonable. Service was friendly, but SLOW. We were there in the mid-afternoon for a late lunch, so there was only a hand full of customers in the dining room. Did not see any reason for the long delays between seeing our waitress. We will return, but only because of the fantastic food.

8. Sava's

216 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 734-623-2233
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 656 reviews

Sava's

Reviewed By CM06870 - Fairfield, Connecticut

Ate dinner with daughter while on a colllege visit at UMich. Great atmosphere and friendly hostess and server. Extensive wine list by the glass much appreciated. We enjoyed the Mediterranean bowls for our dinner, sautéed cauliflower for an app, and yummy cannolis for dessert. This would become a perennial favorite if she enrolls.

9. Jerusalem Garden

314 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2206 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 734-995-5060
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Jerusalem Garden

Reviewed By Christin K - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Very clean room. Front desk staff Hanna,Rick and Gabby are very helpful. Housekeeping staff, Dana is wonderful. Hotel close to shopping and restaurants.

10. Gandy Dancer

401 Depot St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1088 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 734-769-0592
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 678 reviews

Gandy Dancer

All across Ann Arbor, the Gandy Dancer restaurant is known for its creative preparations of seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Situated in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Depot, it is both an architectural landmark as well as an elegant restaurant. A popular wedding venue in Ann Arbor, the Gandy Dancer's fine cuisine and sophisticated, historic atmosphere make a grand setting for rehearsal dinners and receptions. One taste of the Gandy Dancer menu, and you'll see why diners all over Michigan choose it time and time again

Reviewed By Ron H - Gregory, Michigan

The atmosphere is fantastic and the food and service is always outstanding. We've been there many times since our first visit nearly 35 years ago and we have never been disapointed.

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