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The Rattlesnake Club

300 River Place Dr.
#1900
Detroit  Michigan  48207
United States
(313) 567-4400
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Midwest Living Review

Emily Tennyson
The riverfront Rattlesnake Club serves delicious, locally sourced food, although they go light on the wine.

Located in a former pharmaceutical building, the Rattlesnake Club has served refined, locally sourced cuisine for more than 20 years. Made famous by Jimmy Schmidt, a young culinary whiz, the restaurant still maintains his tradition of locavore cooking, even though it's under new ownership. The restaurant's airy space is adorned with black leather banquettes, bold original art and picture windows overlooking the river. For dinner, there's a menu based on the number of courses you choose -- two courses for $37, three courses for $47 or four courses for $57. Courses are broken into warm appetizers (such as BBQ glazed shrimp), cool appetizers (such as red and golden beet salad), entrees and a cheese course. Some entrees, like the porterhouse steak, have an extra charge. Cocktails from $9; small plates from $12, and main courses from $19. Our Lake Ontario perch was crisp but not too crunchy, and lightly seasoned with lemon and capers. Paired with an oaky California Chardonnay, it was a dining delight and followed by sea-salt-coated chocolate truffles, it was the perfect meal. We had only one complaint about the experience, and we admit it's picky: Our server poured red wine into a white wine glass. Servers tend to go light on wine pours by the glass, as well, so be forewarned. In summer, live music on the brick patio, coupled with a signature cocktail as boats sail by, is a calming end to the day.

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