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“Great little pub” 5 of 5 stars
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Dan's Downtown Tavern
103 East Michigan Avenue, Saline, MI
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Ranked #4 of 47 Restaurants in Saline
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Excellent tavern for travelers looking for an authentic - local Michigan tavern in Saline (15 minutes frm Ann Arbor) - nice selection of beers, many burger choices
Michigan
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great little pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Probably the best burgers we've ever had! It's a bit crowded but the amazing food & service are hard to beat.

Visited March 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Saline, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
“Go for A Great Burger”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

The food is great. You gotta try one of the burgers. Dan and his family live in Saline and support the community. Please support our local Saline families.

Visited April 2013
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Saline, MI
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Enjoy Life! Go to Dan's!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

In the 1800's, Miss Kitty presided over the Long Branch Saloon and won the hearts of Marshall Dillon, Doc and Chester in Dodge City, Kansas ("Gunsmoke"). In the 1900's, Sam Malone tended a bar in Boston where everybody knew your name ("Cheers"). In the 21st century in Saline, you've gotta go to Dan's Downtown Tavern for that same hometown feeling. When we moved to Saline to raise our kids almost 35 years ago, that bar was a greasy, dismal dive frequented by unshaven alkies -- you put your reputation at risk merely entering. Along came Dan Kolander and personally turned this spot into "the place to be" no matter who you are. He stripped that grimy, gray interior down to the original brick walls and hardwood floors, making everything fresh and inviting. The location is already great, with windows looking out over Saline's main drag and parking is usually adequate (don't forget the rear entrance). The food is varied, very good bar fare on Food Network steroids, especially the burgers. Oh my goodness, if you order anything here, ORDER A BURGER! All food is delivered by a delightful, knowledgeable waitstaff (which often includes Dan himself) in plastic baskets with paper liners (as in the drive-ins of yesteryear), and your eating utensils are also plastic. I'm a domestic beer girl so I can't personally comment, but our kids love Dan's beer menu (I can testify that they make a mean Bloody Mary, too). Our granddaughter inhaled the homemade mac 'n' cheese from the Kids' Menu, which is also more than respectable. Families, young people, retirees, sports fanatics, educators, blue and white collar workers, everybody enjoys themselves at Dan's. It's loud, lusty and lovely. Whenever our daughters and their husbands are back in Saline, Dan's is a must. Don't miss it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great Beer selections”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Dan's remodel last year has done wonders to the place. Along with larger space, more beer selection, the food has always been good. It can now hold its own with any other restaurant in town!

Visited November 2012
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Belleville, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Nice little tavern for burgers and drinks. Very nice staff. Old time feeling and the customers they have are friendky as well as the staff.

Visited October 2011
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