The Ann Arbor area dining scene is anchored by popular mainstays and constantly evolving and growing. We attract our share of name-brand talent, like Top Chef/Top Chef Masters alumni Eve Aronoff (Frita Batidos) and Takashi Yagihashi (Slurping Turtle) and James Beard Award winner Alex Young (The Standard Bistro and Larder). Fine dining options in Ann Arbor are vast and varied.
When you’re here, it’s easy to see that a passion for food and ingenuity permeates each and every kitchen. Along Ann Arbor’s Main Street (the one Bob Seger paid tribute to), visitors will find very few chain restaurants. Fine, local establishments line the street, each one showcasing the specific talents of its chef. One such location is Spencer (a favorite of Mario Batali's, and recently featured in HOUR Detroit), where local ingredients and culinary passion come together for an outstanding, original dining experience. The highly recommended Taste Kitchen is a popular location for a lovely night out, where Chef Danny Hua fuses Vietnamese, French and American cuisines together in a completely unique menu paired with a beautiful wine list.
Gratzi Ann Arbor is a favorite for Italian cuisine, Black Pearl Ann Arbor is a gem with sought-after seafood and a martini bar, and The Chop House is a destination hailed for its prime beef. Intimate, personal, connecting experiences are the norm at places like dessous, where French, Indian, and American influences create a complex, inviting experience.