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“Not as good as its Royal Oak Namesake” 3 of 5 stars
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Red Coat Tavern
6745 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(248) 865-0500
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Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Not as good as its Royal Oak Namesake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I have eaten at the Royal Oak Red Coat for at least 10 years or more. I now live closer to the West Bloomfield restaurant and this was our second visit. This location is very busy and it shows in the noisy and chaotic atmosphere you encounter. The greeters are not friendly and did not even look up when asking us how many would be joining us. Our table was small and shoved against a pillar; seemed like an afterthought. Though our server had a warm smile, we could barely hear her questions or responses. The restroom was dirty and the restaurant was disordered in general. There were napkins, straw paper and fries on the floor. We understand that this is not a find dining establishment but we were not expecting a diner-type atmosphere. Our food was okay and was not warm. We had to send back our fries that lacked even a bit of warmth. We will continue to drive past this location (5 minutes from our home) on our way to the original and consistent Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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WALLED LAKE
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“dark and over-priced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The last time I visited this location it was called Zinc. I thought it was way too dark & noisy. But having fond memories of the Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak and being in the mood for a burger, I met a friend there for lunch. The lighting was so poor that my friend had to walk over to the window in order to read the menu. The server was very friendly and efficient. However that couldn't make up for the overpriced menu items. That simple burger, served with lettuce, tomato, "special" sauce (which is quite tasty) and a pickle is $7.25. If you choose the healthier Piedmontese burger there is a $2 upcharge. $7 for a burger and a pickle??? We would have had to pay an additional $3 for an order of fries. Our bill for 2 burgers & 2 soft drinks including tip & tax was $18. That's absurd & unless I'm eating Kobe beef, totally not worth it. I see no reason to return & no reason to recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Southfield, Michigan
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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great Burger Unfriendly Server”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The server came to the table and asked if we needed a few minutes to order. No "Hi my name is...." or "Welcome to Red Coat Tavern". No greeting at all. He did not ask about drinks. When he came back to take our order he asked about drinks and took our food order. During the meal he sometimes came to the table refilled drinks and never said a word. One of the oddest experiences I have had with a server. It really diminishes the whole dining experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Franklin, Michigan, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Hamburger Heavan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Tons of good food but the Hamburger is unique and you can add anything you can think of to it. Small bar and kind of dark but friendly people and staff make it a pleasure.

Visited October 2012
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good food & service but needs maintenance.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had a great meal at a reasonable price and our server was attentive. However he recommended we get the burgers cut in half because they are so big it would make them easier to eat. We thanked him and asked him to do so. The arrived uncut. Not a big deal but it was his suggestion!
The tables are worn and the finish is peeling off. The restrooms were filthy, the worst I've seen in years. I didn't want to touch anything and they looked as if they hadn't been cleaned in days.
The room was dark but unlike other reviewers I actually liked the dim lighting.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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