The Rugby Grille

The Rugby Grille is located inside the luxury Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The restaurant has an interior design with Ralph Lauren herringbone wall coverings and light fixtures, upgraded leather dining chairs, new fine china and contemporary mid-century artwork by Spanish painter Joan Miró.

Executive chef Eric Avila and chef de cuisine Bradley Otis have updated the menu at The Rugby Grille to reflect their focus on local, sustainable and fresh foods. Popular dishes from the original menu, including the Dover sole entrée, are now featured alongside new items like homemade pasta and seasonal seafood dishes.
Things to Know
  • The Rugby Grille is located at 100 Townsend Street, inside the luxury Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
  • The Rugby Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant is open every day from 6:30 a.m. until midnight.
  • 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. To make a reservation, you can call the restaurant directly at 248-642-5999 and a member of the staff can help secure a time.
The Food
  • Long-standing favorites on The Rugby Grille’s menu include the hydro Bibb lettuce salad and the Dover sole.
  • More elevated fare is available too, including Faroe Island salmon with butternut squash puree, asparagus and citrus beurre blanc; a 12-ounce Imperial Farms wagyu reserve New York steak and the extravagant foie burger with sweet onion jam, black truffles, wagyu short rib ragu and seared foie gras. 
  • The breakfast menu includes a traditional continental spread—the Townsend Breakfast with fresh juices, Greek yogurt and granola, two eggs and bacon with hash browns and a Townsend bakery basket.
  • Weekend brunch includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrées, as well as breakfast favorites like oatmeal, pancakes, cold cereals, French toast, latke Benedict, egg-white frittatas, Belgian waffles, seasonal fruit and fresh baked goods.
Getting There
100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
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