Top 10 restaurants in Pontiac, United States

April 14, 2018 Tynisha Seiler

Pontiac /ˈpɒntiæk, ˈpɒni-/ is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located near Metro Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 59,515. It is the county seat of Oakland County, and about 12 miles (19 km) north and slightly west of the Detroit city limits.
Things to do in Pontiac

1. Lion's Den

4444 Highland Rd, Waterford, MI 48328-1222 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 46 +1 248-674-2251
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 222 reviews

Lion's Den

Reviewed By cvillediner - charlottesville

Rustic sports restaurant decorated with football photos and helmets, and lots of screens showing games. They were not busy but my waitperson disappeared after dropping off a menu, until finally the hostess noticed. She was testy the rest of the meal. They were out of the featured lasagna, so I went with the fried perch. My salad with iceberg lettuce was crisp, but nothing special. The perch was bland and the French fries overcooked. Probably should have gotten a pizza.

2. Buddy's Pizza

2612 N Squirrel Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2276 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 13 +1 248-276-9040
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

Buddy's Pizza

Reviewed By DickandRobin - Troy, Michigan

Antipasto salad delicious and shareable. 8 square Italian sausage, mushrooms, and green pepper pizza excellent. Cold beer and great service (Kay). Paid then decided to stay for another beer!

3. Pastries By Ellen

2495 Orchard Lake Rd, Sylvan Lake, MI 48320-1533 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 248-681-5700
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Pastries By Ellen

Reviewed By detroitfoodlover - Detroit, Michigan

This was a small bakery and cafe but recently remodeled and expanded. It is beautifully designed with an upscale look. The menu for lunch had appetizers like risotto cakes and calamari, salads and sandwiches. The choices seemed to be on the healthier side with lots of fresh ingredients and interesting pairings. I ordered the chicken nicoise salad which was $9.95. The bowl was large with romaine lettuce, red skin potatoes, green beans, red peppers, olives, chicken tossed in a light vinagarette. It was a perfect blend of ingredients with a wonderful presentation. My friend ordered a bowl of the chicken tortilla soup and was very happy with the flavors. The service was excellent and I highly recommend this place for lunch.

4. Lemon Grass

3999 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI 48341-3122 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 248-335-7435
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Lemon Grass

Reviewed By EdM734 - Saline, Michigan

Stopped on my way home for my first visit. Drunken noodle was very good. The noodles were not too heavy. A little too mild for my taste but typical for the area. Service was a little slow. They appeared to have trouble covering all the table. Worth a try if your nearby.

5. Avon Donuts

45324 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, MI 48341-5013 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American Breakfast +1 248-333-2121
Excellent
97%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 33 reviews

Avon Donuts

Reviewed By detroitfoodlover - Detroit, Michigan

This is a family owned and run donut shop on Woodward in Pontiac. The donuts are wonderfully made with a nice variety. Our favorite which is hard to come by unless you go first thing in the morning is the long John with a maple glaze and a whole strip of bacon. The flavors and textures are awesome together . I realized since I am not a morning person, I've probably missed out on some of the more interesting combos because by the time I get there, they literally are practically sold out on all. One time I came around 12:00 or a little later and there was a sign that said " sorry sold out". I'm really happy that they have loyal customers. We are a donut family because we love a good donut. This is by far the best we have had.

6. Bill's

39556 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-5005 Takeout, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 24 - SGD 52 +1 248-646-9000
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Bill's

Bill’s draws inspiration from the neighborhood and its rich history, creating a setting that is modern but with old-world charm. The creatively classic menu easily incorporates the food of a French bistro, Italian trattoria and American social club. Whether you’re here for lunch, dinner, breakfast, brunch or drinks, you’ll delight in our sophisticated yet comfortable space.

Reviewed By Larry W - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

I visited Bill's shortly after it opened and vowed never to return....the noise level was beyond belief and the electronic/tablet wine list was a royal pain. Broke my vow several nights ago and was glad I did. The ambience is vastly improved, the noise level greatly reduced.....and of course the menu and the wait staff have always been good. I a hard-copy wine list has replaced the electronic version. Wahoooo! We'll be back.

7. The Moose Preserve Bar & Grill

43034 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-5009 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 248-858-7688
Excellent
35%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 261 reviews

The Moose Preserve Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Giovanni L - Turin, Italy

I went there with a colleague. The place is characteristic of old western places with moose head showed at the entrance. Overall a place simple and welcoming. Staff kind and efficient. WE had Buffalo Oaf and Ribbs (photos). Both were very good. So I would recommend this place for a dinner with friends or a family dinner. Good the beers choice.

8. Jalapenos

806 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac, MI 48340-2505 Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 248-454-0887
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Jalapenos

Jalapeños Restaurant first opened its doors in 1997 by Jorge& Laura. The Restaurant offers authentic traditional family home made recipes staying true to their authentic Mexican roots. With dedication, love and hard work for their culture, together as a family there pride them self in building a good team to bring you their best Mexican food and quality service not just in Pontiac or Clarkston in Michigan.

Reviewed By FREPLUG - Macomb, Michigan

I have eaten here many times and will continue to do so. Food is made fresh and quickly. Staff are friendly and attentive. The food is great!!! Nachos are a must and good luck finishing the large order. Burritos and tacos are great. variety of salsa is also a plus. I will continue to eat here.

9. So Thai Restaurant

3377 Elizabeth Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328-3007 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 248-682-6350
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

So Thai Restaurant

Authentic Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar. Dine in or carry out. We also provide catering services and accommodate private parties.

Reviewed By Melissa L

We typically get carryout as the restaurant itself does not have much of an atmosphere Food is good and service is prompt

10. Heroes Bar-bq & Brew

998 W Huron St, Waterford, MI 48328-3728 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 248-683-9900
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Heroes Bar-bq & Brew

Reviewed By KenCz2013 - Englewood, Florida

Been here probably 30-40 times over the years and always a favorite.
Now, things have changed and not for the good.
About a year or so ago we noticed the food was not as good as in the past.
Met my 2 Brothers there, our usual spot, for lunch today and the food was awful.
I had the Meatloaf special. They served me a thin 3/8" thick single slice of meatloaf that was totally tasteless, including the blah brown gravy it was floating in!
My one Brother had a Pulled pork sandwich. The bun was so hard he was tapping his knife on it and it sounded like a rock. Also, his order came with homemade chips that were also rock hard, greasy and totally inedible. When we called the waitress over she was quite snotty, ripped the plate off the table, returned with a the same meat on fresh bun, not even rewarmed, and in place of the chips they actually put 4 pcs of french fries about 2-3" long each on his plate. Very sad service, This is not how you treat customers.
My other Brother had a Tuna Wrap that he said was good but had the same inedible home made chips. The waitress did not even offer to replace his with 4 french fries.
A terrible experience after going there for at least 8-10 years. We vowed to meet elsewhere next time. I guess the good cook must have retired!

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