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“Over PrIced, Small Portions and Bland”
Review of The Ravens Club

The Ravens Club
Ranked #60 of 592 Restaurants in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Mission StatementAt the Ravens club, our mission is to provide our guests superior service, unique libations, exceptional cuisine that supports our community and an opportunity to relax and smile.Welcome to the Ravens clubOur bar menu offers great classic cocktails, local and regional craft beers, 10 taps and 23 bottles to choose from. We offer a large selection of Michigan made spirits and a unique wine program that spans the globe to offer you the best value without compromising quality. Our kitchen, led by Chef de Cuisine, Dan Vernia and Sous Chef, Scott Behler, will provide exciting food with a focus on local, sustainable, natural ingredients, daily specials and house made desserts. Additionally, we offer an exciting late night reprieve, “The 207 Hour” will be from 10PM to 1AM where we will dim the lights, turn up the music and bring out a few additional special cocktails and small plates so that you can relax and smile!
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Over PrIced, Small Portions and Bland”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

Our second visit here and I'm just not impressed. We should have left the minute the server told me they were out of Cabernet Sauvignon. We ordered a couple of plates start. We know that are more like tapas so we fully expected to order a few more once we finished. The first was chorizo empanadas. I'm not sure what the meat was inside the empanadas, but it certainly was not chorizo. It resembled ground beef in color, texture and taste. The dish was described as 'mexican style', so we expected to have some spice, but it was just bland. The second appetizer was described as 'quail with cornbread stuffing and cranberry chutney', priced at $10.00. We received about a 3" quail leg on top of a thin slice of cornbread. Nothing danced about this dish either. We decided to cut our losses after those two dishes, paid the bill and went to a better restaurant to finish the meal. The interior of this restaurant is beautiful, but I won't be going back for any more food.

  • Visited November 2013
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Ann Arbor, Mi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“More bar than restaurant”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

25 (ish) page drink menu and one small sheet food menu is really all you need to know about what a place concentrates on.
We remembered a much more extensive menu and server confirmed a big reduction in food offerings since 'we are more of a bar'
Drinks were inventive and reasonably priced.
The food is mostly small plate / appetizer fare. Our selection: green bean casserole, smoked cashews, Brussels sprouts were all very good and suitable bar food good for sharing.
What they do offer as 'mains' are sort of goofy: Pulled pork on huge slabs of sweet pecan cranberry French bread. or just a mess: burger with spam, pineapple smothered in runny coleslaw on a stubby pretzel bun. the thing was 6 inch round and 8 inch high. completely impossible to bite into, especially with cole slaw running down the sides.
sometimes chefs simply seem to be trying too hard...or being clever by half
speaking of trying too hard. server informed us that the chef doesn't cook meat to customer preference: like medium rare. all burgers are cooked medium well. apparently it is easier for him.....really?
go, but don't go if you want an full meal.

Visited December 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food, cool drink, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Went with some old friends from college. Great drinks (both alcoholic and non alcoholic). The cheese and meat plate was fantastic. And the chicken dumplings are NOT to be missed. If I lived in Ann Arbor, this would be on my weekly rotation.

Visited November 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Consistently delivers”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Have visited this restaurant dozens of times. The food is inventive, farm to table goodness, and even late at night (when the atmosphere shifts from restaurant to bar) it is carefully prepared and delicious. The cocktails are meticulously crafted and taken very seriously. Live jazz on Sunday, Wednesday, and I believe Thursday give this place a speakeasy vibe. Service is always excellent. Just want to give a shout out to TRC crew for being a Main Street asset.

  • Visited November 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“we loved everything but the food”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

The restaurant decor is very attractive, the service was excellent, the drinks were good with a huge selection, but the food was a disappointment. The pork paté we ordered for an appetizer was still so cold that it couldn't be spread on the overtoasted slices of bread that accompanied it. The chicken salad sandwiches tasted strange. The short ribs were mostly bones with any meat on them charred to petrification. This would be a great place to go for drinks, but we will go somewhere else for food.

  • Visited October 2013
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