Detroit, MI

Redcoat Tavern: A Family Favorite

Becca Ballard

You may have heard of Redcoat Tavern a time or two. If not, you need to jump on the bandwagon and try it out for yourself. As a long time goer, I truly just can't get enough of this ale house, wine bar, gastropub.

Redcoat Tavern, located on Woodward Avenue in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, opened their doors in 1972. Since then, they have been known for their giant burgers and special sauce, and that is only the beginning. Redcoat is a tradition for a reason; the experience, vibes and food is unlike any others. Redcoat is even known for winning awards for the best burger.

With anything so good, there must be two! Redcoat Tavern opened their second location in West Bloomfield, taking over what was formerly Zinc Brasserie & Wine Bar.

Unparellel Experience

A smooth dining experience is an absolute must here at Redcoat Tavern. Time after time, the service somehow is equally as good as the next. Although the long wait for a table is regular around here; after having a taste of the food, along with the experience, you'll surely be fine with the wait. The nice part is that once you're seated and order, the food comes out super quick. The servers are always friendly, full of suggestions and wanting to make your experience a happy and memorable one. On top of good service, Redcoat Tavern may surprise you with their great prices. The food quality is amazing which makes the average price of $15 a meal, hard to pass up. You'll find creative twists on their menu to make the experience unparallell to any other menu.

British-American Pub Vibes

Redcoat Tavern's decor is a Veteran British-American pub vibe, as shiny red booths line the front room with only tiny red lanterns of illumination. Slightly retro with the red booths, when you walk into Redcoat Tavern, it isn't just walking like walking into any ole restaurant or burger joint. The ambiance is calming and so unique that is uncomparable to any other restaurant I have been to. Even the outside of the restaurant sets a good first impression. Dark yet fun, this restaurant reminds me of a speakeasy and that is only part of the reason this restaurant is so special.

Mouthwatering Food

Although Redcoat Tavern has been named Detroit's Best Burger for quite sometime, a burger is not the only mouth-watering dish you'll eat here. The blackened tenderloin tips, onion rings, mac & cheese and more, is all just absolutely..amazing. A restaurant needs something special to stick around and I think one thing that Redcoat Tavern does best, is stay consistant. Redcoat Tavern has been a family favorite in my extended family and still years later, the food is just as good as the first bite.

Attention to detail is important at Redcoat Tavern as everythings seems to remain the same, year after year. The brasserie burger is what gave Redcoat Tavern the name, Metro-Detroit's #1 Gourmet burger by the Detroit Free Press. This half pound ground beef patty comes with bacon, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, tomato, watercress, Dijon mustard-mayonnaise and a toasted brioche bun. Not only is the service and food great, time and time again, the options continue to remian pretty endless. When you visit Redcoat you'll have the choice to build your own burger with 33 different "motifications." These options include an array of different sauces, cheeses, veggies, buns and even meats. A popular upgrade option is Redcoat's Piedmontese Beef burger. As an alternative to the traditional burger, this beef is from a specific type of cattle that is naturally low in fat. With less than 2 grams of fat in each patty, these burgers are lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol, than chicken or salmon. Trust me when I say Piedmontese Beef is worth the $2 upcharge. The meat comes from a local supplier, Fairway Packing which may be one reason their meat is so fresh tasting. Many say that their burgers taste like you are eating steak in a bun..it's that good. Feeling adventurous? Get your burger blackened for something different!

Redcoat Tavern doesn't just have memorable burgers, but they also have tons of other great options such as sandwiches, salads, mac & cheese and even more entrees beyond a burger. Make sure to end your Redcoat Tavern experience with a hot fudge cream puff, ice cream burger or any other dessert of choice.

31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073

(248) 549-0300

11AM - 10PM, 7 days

6745 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

(248) 865-0500

11AM - 10PM, closed Sundays

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