The Rugby Grille

Upscale American cuisine

You will find The Rugby Grille tucked inside the luxurious Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The restaurant's interior design sets the scene for your meal with Ralph Lauren herringbone wall coverings and light fixtures, leather dining chairs, new fine china and contemporary mid-century artwork by Spanish painter Joan Miró.

The menu focuses on local, sustainable and fresh foods. Popular dishes include the Dover sole, Caesar salad, housemade pasta and waygu beef cuts prepared to your liking. The drinks menu hews to a similar ethos — selections come from local wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Longstanding favorites on The Rugby Grille’s menu include the Caesar salad and Dover sole, both served tableside.
  • More elevated fare is available, too, including Faroe Island salmon served with heirloom cauliflower and creamed tomatoes, and a 16-ounce wagyu New York strip.
  • The breakfast menu includes traditional favorites like the Townsend Benedict, steak and eggs, and avocado toast. On Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant offers a brunch experience that is widely sought out in the Birmingham community.
  • Pastas like the pappardelle bolognese and bucatini carbonara are made in house from scratch.
  • Save room for classic desserts like the Townsend chocolate cake with chocolate glaze, apple caramel bread pudding and warm chocolate chip cookies.
Things to Know
  • The Rugby Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • There’s no formal dress code at the Detroit-area restaurant, so you might see people dining in everything from shorts and cocktail dresses to ball gowns and tuxedos, depending on what type of events are occurring at the hotel.
  • Reservations are definitely recommended at The Rugby Grille located in The Townsend Hotel. 
Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
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