Whitney Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 4421 Woodward Ave

    Detroit, MI 48201

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  • 313-832-5700

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6 of us went to brunch - the worst food ever, a wedding party and all others went through the same brunch line. Food was poor quality, warm, not hot, desserts mediocre and none of us will ever go again. It was a Christmas outing, the

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★★★★★

6 of us went to brunch - the worst food ever, a wedding party and all others went through the same brunch line. Food was poor quality, warm, not hot, desserts mediocre and none of us will ever go again. It was a Christmas outing, the

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My husband wanted to surprise me on our wedding anniversary ,,we went in & atmosphere was nice,, started by ordering soup,,I got mushroom and cauliflour and my husband ordered sea food soup both were terrible,,mine was tastless more like

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★★★★★

My husband wanted to surprise me on our wedding anniversary ,,we went in & atmosphere was nice,, started by ordering soup,,I got mushroom and cauliflour and my husband ordered sea food soup both were terrible,,mine was tastless more like

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What a disappointing food experience! I'm actually going to write a personal letter to the manager after I finish this review.\r
All of our food was flavorless. I could have done a better job in my kitchen. We headed for Happy Hour and

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★★★★★

What a disappointing food experience! I'm actually going to write a personal letter to the manager after I finish this review.\r
All of our food was flavorless. I could have done a better job in my kitchen. We headed for Happy Hour and

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My boyfriend took me to the Whitnew a few days ago for my birthday. We have been before for drinks in the Ghost bar and spent this past New Years there, but this was our first time dining. Reservations were made and when we arrived our table wasn't ready. No problem, we headed up to the Ghost bar for a pre-dinner drink. When we got up there the bartender informed us that our first drink was on the house. We were both impressed and loved the way the evening was starting out. After 30 min we had the bartender call down and check on our table and they said they were getting it ready. So, we paid for our drinks and left, only to realize later that she charged us for an extra drink (a $10 drink!) We were seated in the main dining area, right in front of the main window which we though was nice. It took a while for our waitress to come to the table and get our drink order, then even longer for her to bring the bottle of wine. We started off witht he bruchetta. I do not recommend it. The "bread" part was actually breadded eggplant that only tasted like the oil it was fried in. There was absolutely no flavor to it at all. The salad course was okay...and okay is not what I'm looking for when I go to the Whitney. I ordered the filet, it was a little over-cooked for the med-rare that I ordered and again it was lacking flavor. My boyfriend ordered the New York (by the way they were out of the Lamb and Chicken dishes that we were originally going to order). His steak was half overcooked, like they had let it lie on one side too long on the grill. The side dishes were sub par. Dessert was like something you could get at Denny's.

Overall, the service was bad and the food was worse. The experience also included several fruit flies bothering us throughout the night. The waitress did explain to us that they had a new chef and he was in the process of changing the menu, but that is no excuse for putting out bad food and poor service. We will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend took me to the Whitnew a few days ago for my birthday. We have been before for drinks in the Ghost bar and spent this past New Years there, but this was our first time dining. Reservations were made and when we arrived our table wasn't ready. No problem, we headed up to the Ghost bar for a pre-dinner drink. When we got up there the bartender informed us that our first drink was on the house. We were both impressed and loved the way the evening was starting out. After 30 min we had the bartender call down and check on our table and they said they were getting it ready. So, we paid for our drinks and left, only to realize later that she charged us for an extra drink (a $10 drink!) We were seated in the main dining area, right in front of the main window which we though was nice. It took a while for our waitress to come to the table and get our drink order, then even longer for her to bring the bottle of wine. We started off witht he bruchetta. I do not recommend it. The "bread" part was actually breadded eggplant that only tasted like the oil it was fried in. There was absolutely no flavor to it at all. The salad course was okay...and okay is not what I'm looking for when I go to the Whitney. I ordered the filet, it was a little over-cooked for the med-rare that I ordered and again it was lacking flavor. My boyfriend ordered the New York (by the way they were out of the Lamb and Chicken dishes that we were originally going to order). His steak was half overcooked, like they had let it lie on one side too long on the grill. The side dishes were sub par. Dessert was like something you could get at Denny's.

Overall, the service was bad and the food was worse. The experience also included several fruit flies bothering us throughout the night. The waitress did explain to us that they had a new chef and he was in the process of changing the menu, but that is no excuse for putting out bad food and poor service. We will not be back.

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It took 3 1/2 hours for salads, entree, and desert. There was 27 minutes when we had no water or drinks. Our server would not even look our way when making her rounds. The water/bus boy ended up taking our drink orders and gave us our desert menus after waiting 15 minutes for them. The desert was overpriced and tasted like it came out a freezer at the grocery store. The fish (salmon) was dry and small portioned for the $29 you pay. The chicken consisted of a half-breast of dry chicken with about 1lb of bread pudding and 2 baby carrots. The manager did credit part of our bill but it was a truly bad evening on what was to be a special night. They should be ashamed to call themselves The Whitney.

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★☆☆☆☆

It took 3 1/2 hours for salads, entree, and desert. There was 27 minutes when we had no water or drinks. Our server would not even look our way when making her rounds. The water/bus boy ended up taking our drink orders and gave us our desert menus after waiting 15 minutes for them. The desert was overpriced and tasted like it came out a freezer at the grocery store. The fish (salmon) was dry and small portioned for the $29 you pay. The chicken consisted of a half-breast of dry chicken with about 1lb of bread pudding and 2 baby carrots. The manager did credit part of our bill but it was a truly bad evening on what was to be a special night. They should be ashamed to call themselves The Whitney.

Pros: Valet was good

Cons: Service was horrible, food was dry and bland

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It had been years since we dined at The Whitney. Even so, I think its better than its ever been. The food was fantastic. We had young children with us and the chef was kind enough to make them a special meal (off menu!). The historic mansion has always been beautiful but i think The Whitney just needed a re-fresh. Congrats...you got it.

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★★★★★

It had been years since we dined at The Whitney. Even so, I think its better than its ever been. The food was fantastic. We had young children with us and the chef was kind enough to make them a special meal (off menu!). The historic mansion has always been beautiful but i think The Whitney just needed a re-fresh. Congrats...you got it.

Pros: Great Food, Beautiful Place

Cons: None

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It was my first and will be my last. My salad Brie had very little dressing, my scallops were under cooked and only had 3. Asked for tartar sauce,didn't have any.The wife's steak was well done she asked for medium.we asked for some steak sauce,we were told that they can't ask for that,the cheif wouldn't like it. By the time our main coarse came we didn't have any silverware, so we had to wait till the waitress brought us some. The waitress acted as if we were bothering her if i flagged her down to ask for something. We were in the dinning room area and the majority of people in there were just drinking no eating, sounded like the neighbor hood bar, if the waitress stood at the other end of the table i could not hear her talking to me, thats how loud it was in the dinning room we were in. It was a real waste of money and time all they have to offer is there NAME.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was my first and will be my last. My salad Brie had very little dressing, my scallops were under cooked and only had 3. Asked for tartar sauce,didn't have any.The wife's steak was well done she asked for medium.we asked for some steak sauce,we were told that they can't ask for that,the cheif wouldn't like it. By the time our main coarse came we didn't have any silverware, so we had to wait till the waitress brought us some. The waitress acted as if we were bothering her if i flagged her down to ask for something. We were in the dinning room area and the majority of people in there were just drinking no eating, sounded like the neighbor hood bar, if the waitress stood at the other end of the table i could not hear her talking to me, thats how loud it was in the dinning room we were in. It was a real waste of money and time all they have to offer is there NAME.

Pros: there are not any

Cons: bad service and bad food

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This building has amazing architecture, amazing ambiance and unbeliveable service. I recenlty visited The Whitney for dinner and our service and food was exquisite. I had the scallop dish and the presentation was beautiful and the taste was savory and delicious. My fiance had the filet and it was not only cooked to his desired temperature but it was seasoned to perfection.

To say the least our experience was wonderful and we will return for our anniversary again in September.

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★★★★☆

This building has amazing architecture, amazing ambiance and unbeliveable service. I recenlty visited The Whitney for dinner and our service and food was exquisite. I had the scallop dish and the presentation was beautiful and the taste was savory and delicious. My fiance had the filet and it was not only cooked to his desired temperature but it was seasoned to perfection.

To say the least our experience was wonderful and we will return for our anniversary again in September.

Pros: Food and service

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The beauty of this amazing mansion and restaurant and its well prepared cuisine are damaged by inept and self-involved management who seem oblivious to the importance of customer satisfaction.

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★☆☆☆☆

The beauty of this amazing mansion and restaurant and its well prepared cuisine are damaged by inept and self-involved management who seem oblivious to the importance of customer satisfaction.

Pros: Excellent food and wait staff

Cons: Poor, inept management

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This place has impeccable service and awesome food. They have a 7 course meal. They also have private rooms. Although they are very pricey, be prepared.

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★★★★★

This place has impeccable service and awesome food. They have a 7 course meal. They also have private rooms. Although they are very pricey, be prepared.

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The Whitney closed on February 18, 2007 for a change of ownership/management and remodeling. If you are interested in visiting this beautiful mansion, please call first. It's my understanding that it will be re-open soon! When I was there, the atmosphere, service and food were excellent. It is truly the most romantic atmosphere ever and when my husband and I got home, the atmosphere continued and our son was conceived! Is that TMI????

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★★★★☆

The Whitney closed on February 18, 2007 for a change of ownership/management and remodeling. If you are interested in visiting this beautiful mansion, please call first. It's my understanding that it will be re-open soon! When I was there, the atmosphere, service and food were excellent. It is truly the most romantic atmosphere ever and when my husband and I got home, the atmosphere continued and our son was conceived! Is that TMI????

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Prices were outrageous and the portions were rather small

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This is a restored very large home/castle in Detroit. It has some really neat old furnishings inside and they try to keep all the original old art work, woodwork, and such entact. You can have weddings at the Whitney, or go for dinner, etc... The food is wonderful!!! Parking can be a little difficult sometimes, but you can usually find a spot. Neat old building to see.

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This is a restored very large home/castle in Detroit. It has some really neat old furnishings inside and they try to keep all the original old art work, woodwork, and such entact. You can have weddings at the Whitney, or go for dinner, etc... The food is wonderful!!! Parking can be a little difficult sometimes, but you can usually find a spot. Neat old building to see.

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I have been here many time but only once for dinner, I love this place highly romatic and great desserts. In fact we had dinner I had dessert then went upstairs to the paino bar and later had another dessert. It is truly the best love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

I have been here many time but only once for dinner, I love this place highly romatic and great desserts. In fact we had dinner I had dessert then went upstairs to the paino bar and later had another dessert. It is truly the best love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I visited the Whitney on May 1, 2004 and had an experience unlike any other. The restaraunt itself if absolutely gorgeous. The service was the best I have ever had. The food was incredible... in fact, my boyfriend and I both got steak, and we were able to cut it with our butter knives. Everything was amazing and we could not have asked for anything better. This place is a must visit when going to Detroit. HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!!!

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★★★★★

I visited the Whitney on May 1, 2004 and had an experience unlike any other. The restaraunt itself if absolutely gorgeous. The service was the best I have ever had. The food was incredible... in fact, my boyfriend and I both got steak, and we were able to cut it with our butter knives. Everything was amazing and we could not have asked for anything better. This place is a must visit when going to Detroit. HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!!!

Pros: everything!!!

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I went with my husband to Whitney to celebrate Valentine's Day. Other than the setting, nothing was impressive, at least not worth $250-300. The food was nothing special, while the service and the wine was terrible. As a matter of fact, Denny's provides you with a better explanation of the meal and their drinks!!!! The waitress couldn't tell us the difference between different sauces and the characteristics of different wines. When we told the waitress that the wine is bad, she tasted it and she told us that there was nothing wrong with it. We had to get the manager to taste the wine, who agreed with us.
Whoever thinks that the food and atmosphere at Whitneys' is worth the huge price tag, they need to eat at restaurants outside of Detroit. Actually the Whitney owners need to come up with better food, wine & service

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with my husband to Whitney to celebrate Valentine's Day. Other than the setting, nothing was impressive, at least not worth $250-300. The food was nothing special, while the service and the wine was terrible. As a matter of fact, Denny's provides you with a better explanation of the meal and their drinks!!!! The waitress couldn't tell us the difference between different sauces and the characteristics of different wines. When we told the waitress that the wine is bad, she tasted it and she told us that there was nothing wrong with it. We had to get the manager to taste the wine, who agreed with us.
Whoever thinks that the food and atmosphere at Whitneys' is worth the huge price tag, they need to eat at restaurants outside of Detroit. Actually the Whitney owners need to come up with better food, wine & service

Pros: the mansion

Cons: , wine, staff

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I took my wife to the Whitney to celebrate the New Year 2003. Probably the best historic environment I have dined at in the US. The service, like many so-called fine dining restaurants in the Midwest, is simply not there. Detroit is not what it was, gone are the patrons who could challenge the restaurant to rise to the occassion - that, or they are all in the suburbs now.
We stood around in the entrance for five minutes before being greeted - I could only ascribe it to rudeness. There was something wrong with the wine - I can't remember what. Our courses came either right on top of each other or after extended waits. We were served our main course right at the stroke of midnight - this for a 9PM seating that should have allowed us to be enjoying Champagne instead. No recourse given despite complaints.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my wife to the Whitney to celebrate the New Year 2003. Probably the best historic environment I have dined at in the US. The service, like many so-called fine dining restaurants in the Midwest, is simply not there. Detroit is not what it was, gone are the patrons who could challenge the restaurant to rise to the occassion - that, or they are all in the suburbs now.
We stood around in the entrance for five minutes before being greeted - I could only ascribe it to rudeness. There was something wrong with the wine - I can't remember what. Our courses came either right on top of each other or after extended waits. We were served our main course right at the stroke of midnight - this for a 9PM seating that should have allowed us to be enjoying Champagne instead. No recourse given despite complaints.

Cons: , Poor Management, Poor Hosting

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I have been there three times over the past few year. I have no intention of ever going back.

A five year old would still be hungry after the tiny servings you are given. The only nice thing I can say about the Whitney is they have great atmosphere. The service has become quite disappointing too!

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★★☆☆☆

I have been there three times over the past few year. I have no intention of ever going back.

A five year old would still be hungry after the tiny servings you are given. The only nice thing I can say about the Whitney is they have great atmosphere. The service has become quite disappointing too!

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I hosted a wedding brunch at the Whitney in March for my daughter. We were very pleased with the food, the service, and the atmosphere. The staff went out of their way to make it a very memorable experience. It was definitely a great choice for a family celebration!

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★★★★★

I hosted a wedding brunch at the Whitney in March for my daughter. We were very pleased with the food, the service, and the atmosphere. The staff went out of their way to make it a very memorable experience. It was definitely a great choice for a family celebration!

Pros: great food, valet parking, flowers and music

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We had a small wedding brunch at the Whitney on Sunday March 16, 2003. It was absolutely wonderful! Our brunch took place in the Music room which was a perfect size for 30 people. The food and service were exceptional. The interior of the Whitney is exquisite and the staff made our day truly special. What a beautiful place for such a special day!

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★★★★★

We had a small wedding brunch at the Whitney on Sunday March 16, 2003. It was absolutely wonderful! Our brunch took place in the Music room which was a perfect size for 30 people. The food and service were exceptional. The interior of the Whitney is exquisite and the staff made our day truly special. What a beautiful place for such a special day!

Pros: friendly staff, great food, reasonable prices

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This is a wonderful spot for a relaxing Sunday brunch - the food is good, the service is wonderful, and the beautiful surroundings can't be beat. Be advised that this is a leisurely affair, though -- it will take you almost two hours to get through the four delicious courses of food, so make sure you save this treat for a day on which you have time to relax and enjoy the experience.

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★★★★★

This is a wonderful spot for a relaxing Sunday brunch - the food is good, the service is wonderful, and the beautiful surroundings can't be beat. Be advised that this is a leisurely affair, though -- it will take you almost two hours to get through the four delicious courses of food, so make sure you save this treat for a day on which you have time to relax and enjoy the experience.

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The Whitney has the best brunch ever! Beautiful surroundings, and great food. The Sunday brunch is better than the dinner.

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★★★★★

The Whitney has the best brunch ever! Beautiful surroundings, and great food. The Sunday brunch is better than the dinner.

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Truly worth it!! Elegant, fabulous menu, service and ambiance. Wonderful after the theatre.

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★★★★★

Truly worth it!! Elegant, fabulous menu, service and ambiance. Wonderful after the theatre.

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The Whitney is a classy restaurant meeting the tastes of any gourmet.
The atmosphere is excellent as is the food and the service.........what more can one say about Detroit's all around finest restauarant

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★★★★★

The Whitney is a classy restaurant meeting the tastes of any gourmet.
The atmosphere is excellent as is the food and the service.........what more can one say about Detroit's all around finest restauarant

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PROBABLY THE CLASSIEST RESTAURANT IN THE DETROIT AREA, HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED THERE.
NEVER SEEN A RESTAURANT IN THIS COUNTRY THAT HAD A FIREPLACE IN THE RESTROOM.(MENS)

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★★★★★

PROBABLY THE CLASSIEST RESTAURANT IN THE DETROIT AREA, HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED THERE.
NEVER SEEN A RESTAURANT IN THIS COUNTRY THAT HAD A FIREPLACE IN THE RESTROOM.(MENS)

Pros: ELEGANT

Cons: LOCATION

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Beautifull building..way over priced food/wine. Service is snobby..not a good value.

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★★★☆☆

Beautifull building..way over priced food/wine. Service is snobby..not a good value.

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When the Whitney first opened, it was great. Over the years, it has declined. The food the last time we were there was NOT the best effort I have seen. Service was horrible! The waiters were blaming service on the kitchen. The Whitney now offers coupons in the entertainment books, a bad sign in my opinion. Very unsatisfying. Duet is a MUCH better restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

When the Whitney first opened, it was great. Over the years, it has declined. The food the last time we were there was NOT the best effort I have seen. Service was horrible! The waiters were blaming service on the kitchen. The Whitney now offers coupons in the entertainment books, a bad sign in my opinion. Very unsatisfying. Duet is a MUCH better restaurant.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: service, expensive

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The food can be very good at times but I find the service inconsistent. What a great old building. Too bad it's not in a better neighborhood. Pretty expensive.

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★★★★☆

The food can be very good at times but I find the service inconsistent. What a great old building. Too bad it's not in a better neighborhood. Pretty expensive.

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I have only been to the Whitney once, but the service was very good, the food was very good, and the ambience was unbelievable.

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★★★★★

I have only been to the Whitney once, but the service was very good, the food was very good, and the ambience was unbelievable.

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i wanted to wine and dine my boo on his birthday, and decided on the whitney. wine and dine we did- from the valet parking, through the four course meal, to our stroll through the rooms of the mansion- i came out of that date looking like a champ, but enough about me. the service was extraordinary, and i don't think it was just because we were there for a special occasion. dining at the whitney is the closest thing to a romantic dinner at home- if you live in a mansion, have hired help who live to please, and you can cook like some of the finest chefs in the city.

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★★★★★

i wanted to wine and dine my boo on his birthday, and decided on the whitney. wine and dine we did- from the valet parking, through the four course meal, to our stroll through the rooms of the mansion- i came out of that date looking like a champ, but enough about me. the service was extraordinary, and i don't think it was just because we were there for a special occasion. dining at the whitney is the closest thing to a romantic dinner at home- if you live in a mansion, have hired help who live to please, and you can cook like some of the finest chefs in the city.

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wonderful place to share a special time with someone. very initmate.

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★★★★★

wonderful place to share a special time with someone. very initmate.

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The history behind this place is delightful and very interesting to any history buff.

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★★★★★

The history behind this place is delightful and very interesting to any history buff.

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The best food, the service and the best atmosphere I have ever had. The only problem I could have with The Whitney is it just too expensive for regular dinning. It is the kind of place you would only go to for a special occasion.

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★★★★★

The best food, the service and the best atmosphere I have ever had. The only problem I could have with The Whitney is it just too expensive for regular dinning. It is the kind of place you would only go to for a special occasion.

Pros: Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Beautiful

Cons: Expensive!

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The chef has magic in his hands. Really knows what he is doing.

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★★★★★

The chef has magic in his hands. Really knows what he is doing.

 

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