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226 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2106
+1 734-994-2773
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good24%
  • Average20%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible4%
Jan 1, 2016
“Wonderful ”
Dec 15, 2015
“Spicy Tacos and Good Service”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
226 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2106
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Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Lena has an excellent house margarita which is a real bargain for Happy Hour. The spicy peach margarita is unique with the peach purée ice ball. Fresh chips and guacamole were the perfect match. Service was efficient and helpful too.

Thank nylady21
Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lena is a cute, even retro type of restaurant with innovative takes on Mexican/Latin foods. All food was fresh and prepared to order. Waiter was friendly and helpful.

Thank jmorth
Reviewed July 28, 2015

Lena was much better all the way around when it first opened and had a clear Ecuadorean focus. It strikes me that the menu has increasingly pandered to a more "common denominator" approach, and this has meant that it has become less a destination restaurant....More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place has a delightful menu full of authentic Latin American choices. I enjoyed the shrimp ceviche and chipitas (cheese-filled balls made of tapioca flour, that remind me of Brasil). My daughter had chicken tenders and fries, testing the more conventional American cuisine. Although she...More

Thank Ecogoat
Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Great outdoor seating right in the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor. Super friendly service and no wait for an outdoor table during the Ann Arbor Art Festival. Food was pretty good, but not great. Chips with guacamole were really good. Fish tacos - ok; salad...More

Thank gardenerandtraveler
Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food is decent but not worth the price. Margaritas were expensive and not good. Our meals were average tasting and expensive. Service was slow and not very attentive.

Thank jmdeneweth
Reviewed June 22, 2015

As a visitor to Ann Arbor, I was surprised to find so many amazing good places to eat. Lena was terrific with inventive flavorful dishes.

Thank Jeff D
Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very patient wait staff and above average food for brunch. Good selections to choose from. The crab? bisque was excellent.

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed May 11, 2015

Was here on a Sunday late afternoon. We let them know we were in a bit of a hurry because we were seeing a concert in about an hour and we were able to get our food, eat it, and settle our bill in half...More

Thank DanielPofMI
Reviewed May 10, 2015

Went for Mother's Day brunch. It was busy, but 50 minutes to get your food after ordering is unacceptable. Food arrived lukewarm. Wife's french toast special was burnt and almost unedible. Won't be back.

1  Thank James Edward H
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$14 - $28
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 226 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2106
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 734-994-2773
The Pretzel Bell originally opened its doors in 1934 and became the campus watering hole of choice for nearly 50 years. Popular with students, athletes, professors, campus groups and Ann Arbor townies, the Pretzel Bell was a legend. Today, the legend has returned after closing more than 30 years ago. We look forward to evoking memories of past generations and introducing new fans to the famous Pretzel Bell experience. Our menu is a modern take on traditional American comfort food. Our University of Michigan inspired restaurant has two floors as well as the largest street side presence in Ann Arbor. The interior is made up of historic, reclaimed Detroit wood including gym floors and old bleachers. Decades of Michigan memorabilia fill the walls and cases, while the decor is warm, upscale casual. Both floors offer the highest quality service, food, drinks, and atmosphere. The upstairs and downstairs will both serve the "soon to be famous" Pretzel Bell menu, while the downstairs will transform into a lounge atmosphere after 10pm. The first floor will feature an open kitchen and a large Bell that will ring throughout as the names of those celebrating their birthdays are called and patrons cheer! Old school cocktails, beers that were cherished throughout the history of Pretzel Bell, new artisan cocktails and an extensive list of premium craft beers will be available. We are the perfect destination to watch your favorite sporting event, entertain clients in one of our private dining rooms, enjoy a romantic date in a cozy booths, and always the place to celebrate your birthday! With our one of a kind atmosphere, food, service and deeply rooted University of Michigan connections, the Pretzel Bell is the premier dining and drinking destination in Michigan!
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