Where to Eat in Whitmore Lake: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Whitmore Lake is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan. The community spans the boundary between Green Oak Township in Livingston County and Northfield Township in Washtenaw County. The United States Census Bureau has defined a census-designated place (CDP) with this name for statistical purposes, which has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population was 6,423 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Whitmore Lake

1. Captain Joe's

9901 Main St, Exit 53 off US 23 Next to The Best Western, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189-9448 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks +1 734-257-9000
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Captain Joe's

Reviewed By solomon5 - Florida

It is not always easy to get vegetarian gluten free fare. Choices are usually quite limited. So we ended up with salads and they were fine. The hummus appetizer was outstanding - delicious and a very generous portion. Carnivores would probably do better here. Our server was very helpful did her job well.

2. Lyon Grill

20889 Pontiac Trl, South Lyon, MI 48178-9402 Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, American Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 248-437-4903
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Lyon Grill

Lyon Grill is a contemporary American restaurant specializing in prime steaks, pastas, pizza, char-grilled burgers, and fresh seafood. Our expert kitchen staff takes a multicultural approach to traditional American dishes--bringing life and tantalizing flavors to your favorite items!

Reviewed By Keith N - Michigan, United States

Heard from several locals of this place.
Arrived and waited 20 mins in a cramped lobby, built to hold 4 people, but there were 15 others including several running around children. The hostess kept telling us 5 more minutes. The place is so loud, I should have trusted my feelings and left. When we were finally seated, we were at a table right by the door going to the "patio". Every time a server passed, either my wife or I were bumped. Our waitress was slow as could be and not at all friendly. We waited 10 mins for a drink and another 25 for the food. The food is a joke - the pizza is the worst ever, and the white fish left a lot to be desired. Again, the volume in this place is ridiculous. We watched other tables seated after us receive their food - although it did not look any better than ours.
Can not figure out why people think this is a great place....Will never go back, Too Loud, Crappy Service, Poor Tasting Food. If you live in South Lyon and hate to drive more than 2 miles to eat, you should visit the Lyon Cantina or Lake Street...But there are soooo many better restaurants within 10 miles of this place.

3. The Wooden Spoon

675 W Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48116-2322 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 810-588-4386
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

The Wooden Spoon

New restaurant in Brighton. Owned by a chef who worked at a local Country Club now out on his own. Hearing good things about the place. Needs a a spot on TA.

Reviewed By stulucy

It's so hard to find great "farm to table" restaurants that truly embrace the philosophy. The folks at the Wooden Spoon in Escondido not only embrace the philosophy, they could help write the book.
All their ingredients are fresh, organic, and delicious.
Although they may have sacrificed location, they make up for it with great service, wonderful dish selections, and quaint atmosphere.
I highly recommend the Wooden Spoon for your special gastronomic needs.

4. Dragon Court

7570 E MI State Road 36, Hamburg, MI 48139-1002 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 810-231-3883
Excellent
33%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By tony G

Had Shrimp Fried Rice- Apperance : Good, Taste : Mediocre. The Kung Bo Chicken : just plain BAD, something in it that was rubbery-couldn't figure out what it was, the chicken had no flavor,tons of chopped garlic, Shrimp Foo Young: Another BAD dish- tasted like something that you would get from Dennys if they had Chinese food.Egg Rolls straight out of the frozen food section at Krogers, This is pretty much the only Chinese restaurant in the area so that is probably the only way they stay in business , and then they're Expensive. Do the extra drive & AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

5. Dairy Queen

6450 E MI State Road 36, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189-8903 Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food +1 810-231-1991
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By Randy F

Just had tha apple pie blizzard. Delicious, but what makes this location stand out is the owner. At least i think he is the owner. This gentleman is there all the time. He is very nice and always smiling. Takes time for a little banter if he is not to busy. I see him treat his employees with respect also. Whenever I get a craving for a blizzard (a lot) i will wait until i get to this location.

6. Brighton Bar & Grill

400 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116-1446 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 810-229-4115
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 299 reviews

Brighton Bar & Grill

The Brighton Bar & Grill is a contemporary, bright and energetic restaurant serving the very best in American eclectic fare. Our food is fresh, full of bold flavors and eye-catching presentations. Our service staff is attentive, friendly, and eager to make your visit with us a memorable one. Our attention to detail is second to none, making your dining experience always satisfying. Our slogan, emphasized in our mission statement and carried out in our restaurant every day, is "Always an Escape. Always Uniquely Brighton Bar & Grill" We look forward to exceeding your expectations!

Reviewed By Joyce H

Our first visit. We didn't have reservations, but thank goodness we arrived at the perfect time. We were seated right away, our waitress was very good, food was served promptly, and all of it was incredibly delicious! We will definitely come back, and tell others!

7. Zukey Lake Tavern

5011 Girard Dr, Pinckney, MI 48169-8703 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 810-231-1441
Excellent
27%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 191 reviews

Zukey Lake Tavern

Reviewed By bobbyshotgut - Clinton Township, Michigan

This was our 1st visit there. We drove 2 hours to have lunch there an chose outside dining. It was very hot and sunny and we asked for a table under an umbrella. Although there were several tables with umbrellas unoccupied we were told none were ready and were seated in the hot sun. When our waitress came we asked if the table next to us with an umbrella was available. She said yes and that it was in her section and allowed us to move there. After ordering drinks and an appetizer a male older manager approached us and asked how we got that table. We told him that the girl sat us there. He challenged my statement and said "No, you asked for a table with an umbrella and was NOT given one". and that the tables with umbrellas were saved for others. When I said the waitress move us he left. I saw him confront the waitress with an attitude after. The waitress brought us our appetizer (nacho supreme that was very good) but failed to bring us plates or silverware. When she came back for our main order 15 minutes later we asked for plates and utensils and finally were able to eat the now cold appetizer. For the meal my wife ordered a chicken sandwich and i ordered a bacon cheese burger that was delivered without any bacon. It took apprx 45 minutes for the 2 sandwiches and my burger without the bacon was cold. I doubt we will return. I prefer better customer service and management without an attitude

8. Whitmore Lake Tavern

9839 Main St, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189-9438 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 734-449-5011
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Whitmore Lake Tavern

Reviewed By tom s - Indianapolis, Indiana

Beer and lunch specials. Tomato bisque soup, very good just thick enough with a little spicy at the end. Polish sausage with potato salad and fresh fruit cup. Fish and chips, burgers with fries. All food was good and served hot. Servers were good without being obnoxious, did not have to look for them. Sat on outside deck with nice view of the lake

9. Hamburg Pub

10668 Hamburg Rd, Hamburg, MI 48139-1204 Seating, Waitstaff Bar, Pub +1 810-231-3344
Excellent
33%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By keith n - detroit area

Took a nice ride down the Lakeland Trail from Pickney and stopped for lunch. Didn't expect much but the sandwiches were downright good and the service excellent.
It's also a great place for some local color at the bar where everybody knows everybody.
Has a deck outside also, but then you would miss the bar. Particularly liked the Reuben, lots of good corned beef, tasty.

10. La Marsa Brighton

543 W Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48116-1143 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner +1 810-227-0600
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

La Marsa Brighton

Step Up to Health & Flavor... La Marsa in Brighton offers your the opportunity to explore the freshness of the Mediterranean diet. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner and experience gracious hospitality. The entire menu is also available for Carry-Out. We also offer Catering for groups of all sizes.

Reviewed By Todd L - Brighton, United States

Been going to La Marsa for years. Recently ordered the lamb chops and could not have been any happier. Great food and very good service.

We tried to carry out a few times but found the order and eat in the restaurant is much better. Carry out service is good but the food was typically semi warm by the time I got home. Eat at the restaurant - much better experience.

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