Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

(313) 482-9135 | Email | View Website

400 Monroe St, Detroit, MI | Directions   48226

42.334466 -83.043391

Open Hours

Daily 6:30am-2am

Seafood  more

Neighborhoods: Downtown

Owner verified business

From The Owners of Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

Cool jazz and Cajun spice bring the French Quarter to the Motor City.

About Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

  • Stand-Up Comedy Night
  • Live Music 5 Nights A Week
  • Fine Dining

Welcome to Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe and step into a dining and entertainment experience like no other. Created in the historic Greektown district of downtown Detroit, this expanding restaurant chain has captured the fine dining and festive atmosphere of the New Orleans French Quarter and delivered it to the Midwest with a twist.

Fishbone's is a "hot spot" for locals and visitors alike. This upscale seafood, steak and sushi house boasts an extensive menu of Creole and classic American fare, including prime steaks and chops, fresh fish, pastas and daily specials. This Motown destination features two sprawling bars, multilevel seating, an open kitchen and huge shuttered windows offering guests a view of Historic Monroe street.


Reviews for Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Disappointing Food – We went to Fishbone's today for lunch and we're expecting a good meal given some things we've heard and reviews we've read. We were so thoroughly disappointed with the food that it moved us to write our first restaurant review ever.

The meal started off with their bread and herbed butter. This was actually the only thing that we did enjoy because the butter had some nice flavor to it.

We ordered calamari for an appetizer. The calamari was decent, but I was a little surprised to just receive a plain plate with cocktail sauce when the appetizer costs $11. For this price, you would expect at least a garnish and nice presentation. It looked like something you would order from a diner presentation-wise. One plus about the calamari is that it was perfectly cooked and tender; we just didn't find anything special about the flavor.

For the entree, I ordered jambalaya. It looked good when I received it, but I was very disappointed when I actually tasted it. There wasn't really much there in terms of flavor. It almost tasted like they just threw some andoille sausage, shrimp, and tomato sauce over rice.

My girlfriend got a bowl of the seafood gumbo. She was trying gumbo for the first time and didn't even want to eat more than a bite. I offered to switch plates with her, but she didn't like the jambalaya either given my description above. The gumbo did not taste like anything I've had before. It was mediocre at best. We took the leftovers home but I don't even think I want to eat it, and I'll usually eat anything even if it's not that good just for the sake of not wasting food.

I would describe the service as adequate. Our server seemed to just fulfill her duties at the minimum, even though it was during a slow time. I expect better service from a restaurant with such highly priced items.

The menu was large, especially because of the sushi section. It may seem overwhelming to some. I personally did not have a problem with the size, but feel like other people would.

Overall, I will NEVER go back to this restaurant. We spent the rest of the afternoon making jokes and pointing out to other restaurants saying "we should've gone there instead."

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Unprofessional Bar Staff – After visiting for the Final Four games, I will NEVER visit this Fishbone's again. I have visited the one in St. Clair Shores multiple times and loved everything, and expected the same from this one. However after a while of watching the game, the bartenders came over and said "Here's your tip" which we found out from someone else was that he thought we tipped $0.75 on a $40 bar tab. We never even had a bar tab! I paid cash for each round and tipped. This was very unprofessional and not acceptable in my book for how a bartender at a nice restaurant should act. Even if that had been true they wouldn't have deserved a tip, since a tip is earned. Then to top that off as we walked out the door to leave one of the other bartenders ran out after us and called us inappropriate names. We don't even know the reasoning behind their actions because he ran back inside and they all refused to talk with us. Which means they know that we did nothing wrong in reality since they wouldn't discuss their issues with us. Wouldn't go back if you paid me unless those bartenders were fired.

over a year ago

Good food-kinda pricey – I came here for cocktails but i ended up havin dinner-i had the shrimp appetizer-so good-my entree was good-worth the money

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Down hill.. not like it used to be. – This place has gone WAY WAY down hill from its former glory days years ago. Service was terrible, the food was bland, and sloppy, and those fun plates of various hot sauces.. all gone.. I would never go back, and our entire party left with thoughts of "thats it?" and "that was terrible".

Avoid.. its not the Fishbone's it used to be.

over a year ago

Great Food/ Fun atmosphere, great drinks great service. – We visited fishbones for my birthday. Our server was great, none of this rude stuff the others spoke of!!!

We had great drinks! Hurricanes! Great Food (bbq shrimp appetizer- TO DIE FOR) Excellent food!!! And our service was great, never an empty glass, never an overused ash tray!

Highly recommended!!!

over a year ago

Great meal and kid friendly – I've been there two times over the past year and both times it was better than average. n Thursday night, I went with my family. Although it wasn't packed with kids it was most certainly 'kid friendly'. Very reasonably priced kid's menu. As for my meal, Ahi tuna, it was prepared perfectly(rare) and was of very high quality. Overall it was an enjoyable dining experience and I will definitely go back again.

over a year ago

Guilty pleasure – After sampling our Catfish Atchafalaya and our lemonades, we felt the quality matched the price. We were seated very quickly, and were able to get in and out in plenty of time to catch our movie. We were especially amused by the HUGE jumbo shrimp, and tickled to see how well it tasted! I highly recommend this eatery.

over a year ago

Fun restaurant for a night out... – ...but the food was just fair. The place was PACKED (altho it was a Saturday night), and we had reservations. But they couldn't find them initially, and we had to wait for the entire party (13 of us), and when the entire party arrived we had to wait an additional 15 minutes.

Our waitress was good, and our food was also good. Many of us ordered fish dishes , and I must say the sushi rolls were just fair (Sushi House in Farmington is the best!) Overall it was a good dining experience, I would recommend going on a different night than Saturday.

over a year ago

Incredible Customer Service, best place to eat in Detroit – Me and my wife went downtown on 8/20/07 and it was incredibly busy. We made reservations and were escorted to our seats as soon as we walked in. There was also a wait to be seated for patrons that just had walked in.

Our server (I believe her name was Lindsey) was incredible jovial and informed us on everything we've asked and even suggested the soup of the day which was outstanding. We were extremely impressed with the customer service, because even though it was busy, our dinner was seamless. We ordered three courses, and literally, our entree was at our table minutes after our salads were cleared. Same with desert. I mean the servers there are really on top of their game. I checked out the sushi bar before our appetizers were delivered and I spoke with another server about the selection. He was informative and definitely had full knowledge of what he was talking about (I know because I run a sushi restaraunt). Lindsey was definitely one of the nicest servers I've ever seen, and it seemed effortless to her because she had 4 other tables and was extremely busy the entire night.

The decor was beautiful, especially the waterfall and enourmous fishtank. The food is just amazing. You really can't go wrong with anything. My wife got the Shrimp Creole and I ate the Filet. The were cooked to perfection. This is definitely the best place to eat downtown. The service, food, atmosphere are all incredible. Definitely a 5 star place to eat.

over a year ago

Good Choice – Thank You Fishbones - for accomodating us and adverting a disaster

Everyone enjoyed the food and service

Thanks --------------

Read Below

To Whom it may Concern,

We booked reservations at "THEY SAY" restaurant

on approx. July 16th for a party of ten.

On July 28th we called back and confirmed and increased our head count to 16.

We arrived for our 4:30 reservation at 4:10. And was informed that there was no reservation for us.

Our party of 16 was informed that we could be served on the patio, which was in the sweltering sun.

We were given no sensible excuse for the restaurants cancellation ,and was left to find other accommodations without any notice , with 16 people in tow.

The planned celebration was for our son, who is in the Air Force and is being deployed overseas.

The entire experience was disrespectful to say the least.

And just basically BAD BUSINESS.

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