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“Nice addition to downtown Northville”

Garage Grill & Fuel Bar
Ranked #9 of 88 Restaurants in Northville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Garage... is a dining experience on Main Street at the corner of Wing Street in historic downtown Northville, Michigan. The menu is as classic as the circa 1940 service station that is home to Garage.Respectful of the past and stylish by today's trends, the restaurant, the bar and outdoor cafe are visually exciting with great views of the town. A separate "To Go" counter has been created for easy access.An important feature of Garage is the Banquet Room, an 80 seat private room which has a view of an impeccably restored 1930 Ford Model A car that creates part of the overall banquet experience.
Michigan
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice addition to downtown Northville”
Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

I've been to the Garage three times and each time it has gotten better.   The salmon is incredible - love how tasty it is while being healthy and not drenched in sauce.   The red snapper was delicious and I liked how there were gluten free sides such as quinoa.  The fish tacos were made with mahi mahi and I would get the again but would prefer a little more sauce or spice for my taste.  The shrimp appetizer is worth the $11... there were about 12 large shrimp so healthy portion and they were in a spicy sauce and sautéed versus fried.

I also like variety of the menu.  If one person wants a nice entree in the $25 range, the other person can get something less extravagant in the $15 range.  Would go here again gladly!

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Northville, Michigan
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Just a notch above average”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We waited anxiously for this restaurant to open. Small town, cool venue. However, after several visits, both lunch and dinner, we have found The Garage to be pretty average. The bar area is small, the tables in the main dining area are too close together, and the food is just okay. We had hoped the menu would be a bit more creative, but it is just a notch better than we've all seen before. As they have only been open for a few months, they may not have hit their stride yet. That being said, probably will give it another chance.

  • Visited February 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding Service!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

The service was second to none! Great menu selections. Excellent wine list and reasonably priced. Food was disappointing though only so-so and the place is very noisy no acoustics in place to absorb. Unique place but not worth the wait.

  • Visited March 2013
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Food was so-so, very nice staff”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

They don't take reservations, so you have to put your name in and wait. Luckily, when your name comes up they text you on your phone so you can mill around downtown in Northville until your name comes up. We arrived at 7:00pm on Friday night, seated at 8:15pm. The estimated wait time was 1.5 hrs so they were spot on.

We had drinks, apps, entrees and desserts

Drinks: Everyone loved the martini variations. Strong pours. 5 stars.

Apps: Firebird shrimp - great; Sliders - fair/very dry. 4 stars.

Entree: Perch (recommended by staff) - fair at best/bland; Salmon - good/bland. 3 stars.

Dessert: Cream puffs - great; Caramel pudding - bad/grainy, poorly prepared. 2 stars.

Staff: Great. Very friendly. Amanda was awesome.

Atmosphere: Small and very loud. Decor was fun. They could use some sound absorbing materials around the place.

We had high hopes for this restaurant because of all the previous reviews, but it fell short of expectations. We will likely not go back for quite a while to allow the hype to die down a bit, but we'll try it again to test the other menu items.

TIP: Get your name in early since they don't take reservations.

  • Visited March 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Revisit very nice...great meal”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We revisited the Garage and it was very pleasant. We were seated promptly, the waitress knew the menu and made excellent recommendations, food was timely, nice atmosphere. Creative, clean, hip, a little different, great food, trained staff....thanks for a very nice meal for 4. Fire Shrimp appetizer, Perch entree...they were out of Tenacious Cabernet, but had Grgich Hills Cab...the Banana dessert was nice too. teens had the pork loin and hamburger and enjoyed their meal.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank IngraS
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