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The Forest Grill

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735 Forest Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009-6429 (Maple & Woodward)
+1 248-258-9400
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

This "high end" place offered excellent food although the offerings were VERY modest in size (bring you reading glasses to FIND them). Unfortunately the "dinner density" for 2-tops is simply NOT acceptable. I do NOT want to be closer to an adjacent stranger than to my dinner companion. The tab for two, lightly fed and with 3 glasses of wine... More 

Thank wwalker2016
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We loved the food, we loved the service. The farm egg and the octopus small plates to start were our favorite and the lamb and the branzino entrees were outstanding. Our water was SO attentive and friendly, ask for John :) They even called the next day to ask us how our dining experience was. The decor is understated and... More 

Thank Gilda H
Cleveland, Ohio
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126 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent sturgeon duck bronzini Will definitely return Appetizers dederts also great Good wine list Good chef consistently good but not great yet

Thank rsegraves
bloomfield hills, MI
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The new decor is very nice. The table settings all very new and beautiful. The prices average for downtown Birmingham. But the portions, really? I had the pasta bolognese and it was a little swirl in the middle of a giant bowl. It was tasty but why so little? My husband had the Bronzino which came with a quinoa. The... More 

Thank blondbear
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

I was here once before when it was the Forest Grill. The Forest, as it's now called, is in a completely different--higher--category. My NY strip steak was the best I've had in the Detroit area and as good as I've had in New York. The Home Fries that came with the steak were unique and delicious and the homemade catsup... More 

Thank Mark B
Birmingham, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Hours before we were set to try the new Forest Grill we all read a lukewarm review in a local magazine. Hard to believe this was the same restaurant....4 of us each had a fantastic experience. The updates to the dining room were great and make the space more approachable and inviting. The size makes it intimate - a neighborhood... More 

Thank spj1
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

High quality and careful flavoured local cuisine. Reminds me very much of the outstanding restaurants in Portland, Oregon. It is a bit pricey, but I remember the meal well.

Thank LM M
Franklin, Tennessee
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1,755 reviews
1,216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 635 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

Came here for dinner with customers who recommended to us. The service was spot and helpful and the special cocktail drinks were yummy. We had everything from the appetizers thru dessert. The apps were chatturiceire of meats. (Duck, Chrizio and others), there was a flambe that was delicious also. We all had some sort of fish for the entree. I... More 

Thank Anthony C
Detroit, Michigan
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179 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

Elegant restaurant with servers who serve in a professional and caring manner. My husband and friend said that their Manhattans were the very best they had ever had…they are true connoisseurs!!! The food was good…not excellent, but good. I had the flatbread pizza type of dish and it was only fair. My friends were happy with their food. Dessert was... More 

Thank lindz3
Southfield, Michigan
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567 reviews
404 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

We enjoyed an outstanding dinner and wine one, recent weekday evening here just after 5pm. Aside from the staff, the place was nearly empty. Matt Ashley, the bar manager was immediately friendly and engaging. He suggested a terrific white wine to go with my companions's beef carpaccio. The ginger lemongrass soup poured over grilled gulf prawns was amazing especially with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
French, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 735 Forest Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009-6429
    (Maple & Woodward)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 248-258-9400

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?