Where to Eat in Farmington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Augustus Redeker

Farmington is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is one of the northern suburbs of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,372. It is surrounded by Farmington Hills, except for a small portion bordered by Livonia to the south. Since 2009, the city's downtown has been the center of an extensive renovation and remodeling featuring a refacing or rebuilding of many buildings on Grand River Avenue, as well as brick paver sidewalks, the Farmington Pavilion, new lighting, and landscaping. The area is known for its historic downtown, elegant Victorian-style homes, and one of Michigan's top rated public school systems, Farmington Public Schools. In 2007 CNNMoney.com listed Farmington as number 55 in its Best Places to Live survey. Farmington was also ranked 27th on the list for Best to Live in 2013, citing nearly US$3 million in additional city renovations and development, bumping its rank up.
Things to do in Farmington

1. Peterlin's

22004 Farmington Rd, Farmington, MI 48336-4416 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 248-426-8822
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Peterlin's

Reviewed By happytraveler49 - Michigan

We recently visited here for the first time based on the recommendation of several neighbors. The place was hopping on a cold, Saturday evening. Although the hostess told us that the wait would be about 30 minutes, we only waited for ten. We were seated in the bar area near the entertainment...a singer we enjoyed very much.

The food was tasty and well presented. The salad was fresh. The tomato bruschetta was yummy. My DH enjoyed the mushroom soup. We both enjoyed our entrees: Pot Roast Sandwich (a special the day we went) and Portabello Divine. The menu has quite a few options I would list under the Comfort Food category. They had many specials on the day we were there. I just wished they had more vegetarian options.

We would definitely go back based on the friendly staff and the food quality. The entertainment was a nice plus, so we would want to go back when they have the entertainment. They have happy hour specials which would make it even more desirable to choose those times. They also have specials Monday through Thursday.

Great neighborhood establishment!

2. Silver Dairy

32323 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3203 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 248-474-6609
Excellent
64%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Reviewed By Christopher D - Farmington, Michigan

As often as I eat ice cream I shouldn't complain about prices. It's just I expect to have a very small cone available at a reasonable price which I didn't find this year. Before new ownership prices were a bit lower and their was always an adult in the shop. Now you never see anyone over 18 y/o in there. I'm old therefore I complain. Goes with the territory, right?

3. Buddy's Pizza-Farmington Hills

31646 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-1656 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 248-855-4600
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Buddy's Pizza-Farmington Hills

Reviewed By Drpad - Farmington, MI

Stopped in for a late lunch, after a day traipsing around the Detroit Zoo. We were starved and Buddy's sounded good. Neither of us had been there is a while; it's just not on our beaten path. We ordered the basics, an antipasto salad and an original Detroiter's Pizza.
Maybe we were just hungry, but both were excellent. Detroit is a home of excellent pizza and Buddy's is one of the best..

4. Basement Burger Bar

33316 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-6404 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 248-957-8179
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Basement Burger Bar

Reviewed By 460teddg - Novi

We have been there several times. The quality of the burgers is excellent with many signature choices or build your own. Prices are reasonable. They also have a nice craft beer selection. The onion rings are worth coming in for even if you don't like burgers.

The ambiance is nice in spite of being in the basement. We are seniors, but the normal crowd is much younger; there are plenty of IDs being checked.

5. Breakfast Club

38471 W 10 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48335-2809 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 248-473-0714
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Breakfast Club

Reviewed By Deb1205

Never disappointed. Usually a wait, but we were lucky to get right in. Such a special treat for breakfast! Service by all is always with a smile and sincere. Food always great! Whenever I have the opportunity to meet anyone for breakfast, this is the place to impress. Everything is tasty, couldn’t pick my favorite meal. To top it off the bill is served up with fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate.

6. Browndog Dessert Bar

33314 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3124 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible American SGD 5 - SGD 39 +1 248-615-2955
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Browndog Dessert Bar

Michigan's first dessert bar specializing in unique plated desserts, craft cocktails, beer floats, and of course small batch artisan ice cream. Small appetizer menu also available.

Reviewed By amcg101 - Royal Oak, Michigan

Homemade ice cream and full bar? Yes! Ask for a 'flight' of ice cream, it's a great way to try 3 or 4 different flavors. "Who needs a therapist?' is my favorite, real chocolate and peanut butter. Don't miss the 'Salty dog' ice cream cake, chocolate, caramel and pretzel. Should I keep going? Try the alcohol infused ice cream. Great service and fun flavors. We went in the afternoon and had the sliders with dessert and then again after dinner on a Sat. night so we could drink. Had a wonderful time on both occasions.

7. Greene's Hamburgers

24155 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington, MI 48336-2558 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Diner Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night +1 248-474-7980
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Greene's Hamburgers

Reviewed By Rachel548 - Farmington Hills, Michigan

This tiny little 50s throw-back has classic, sliders. Yes, they're greasy. No, not so greasy that they're not tolerable. Yes, they taste good. So do the fries and onion rings. Next time I'll try a shake!

8. Sunflour Bakehaus

33250 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3122 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch +1 248-442-2360
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 16 reviews

Sunflour Bakehaus

Reviewed By NinjaFoo - Farmington, MI

It is always a treat to stop at Sunflour Bakehaus in Farmington, Michigan. They have delicious cookies, coffee cakes, brownies, and pastries. They also have a great selection of freshly baked breads, and their homemade pretzels are the best. They also make delicious sugar cookies and will decorate them to match a variety of party themes.

9. J Alexander's Restaurant

19200 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152-1074 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 33 +1 734-464-9220
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 367 reviews

J Alexander's Restaurant

Reviewed By Alan H - Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom

The perfect steak! Medium well New York strip. Appetizer the gumbo although l was lucky as it’s not on every day.

They are busy and there can be a wait. The bar is a good place for a drink/cocktail.

I would wait for a table I find the bar and bar tables too busy

10. Rainbow Restaurant

22048 Farmington Rd, Farmington, MI 48336-4418 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 248-427-8265
Excellent
71%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Rainbow Restaurant

Reviewed By George M - Surprise, Arizona

I recently had a trip back to my native Michigan and had lunch at one of the best Chinese restaurants in suburban Detroit. The portions are large and the hot and sour soup is the best I ever had - and I am married to a Chinese lady who is a great cook. Try the Rainbow restaurant, you won't be disappointed.

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