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The Dakota Inn Rathskeller

17324 John R St, Detroit, MI 48203-2237
+1 313-867-9722
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“schnitzel” (8 reviews)
“potato pancakes” (12 reviews)
“soup” (7 reviews)
German, Bar, European, Central European
$$ - $$$
17324 John R St, Detroit, MI 48203-2237
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went together with couple of friends, enjoyed the atmosphere very much. We got pre ordered samples of typical Oktoberfest food: Schnitzel, Meatballs, Sauerkraut, Red cabbage and the favorite German Potato salad. All good and tasty but not extraordinary. The beer as expected excellent, service attentive...More

Thank GeorgSa
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We have not been able to get to Munich yet, so the Dakota Inn is the closest we can get to a real Oktoberfest. The beer is great, the food is good (not great, but very serviceable), the music is good (if Tommy Sober is...More

Thank mdgoler
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Have to admit, this wasn't our first choice for a dinner on a Saturday night. Sort of came upon it by accident while driving around. The restaurant isn't in the best of neighborhoods (parking lot fence has barb wire on top), but didn't feel too...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

A+++ great fun night at the Dakota with family who has never been here before. Kareval and chicken hats for everyone!!

Thank Rich L
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We called at noon the day after Thanksgiving for an evening reservation and were told that between 7 - 9 there were no reservations for 6 people available. However, we were able to make a reservation at 5pm when they opened. Because of Thanksgiving they...More

Thank Traveler1968_01
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

If you love getting drunk with friends and eating good food, this is the place. I can't believe it is still in business after all these years. You have a 69% chance of being murdered walking to the doors. One of the worst parts of...More

Thank Randy F
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The hostess/server was welcoming and very expressive of the background and food of the establishment. I was there for lunch so I was unable to try the dinner menu, but the food I had was very good. The only semi negative comment is that I...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you like German beer - there's several taps of Oktoberfest varieties running now! Nothing better :) My favorite dish is the Kassler Ripchen - can't go wrong with that! And the Rueben soup will warm you up on a chilly night!

Thank dalrutz
Reviewed 26 September 2016

What a fantastic place. Generous brews, friendly and engaging staff, hilarious German music, hearty European fare, plentiful liederhosen, and, of course, the infamous chicken hats. Very few places have all guests arrive already smiling. Special Detroit gem. PROST.

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Dakota Inn is an old German restaurant that is one of the hidden gems of Detroit. Owned by the same family for over 80 years, it serves of hearty portions of good German food and beer. On some evenings, there is also live piano music...More

Thank Lisa S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$20
German, Bar, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17324 John R St, Detroit, MI 48203-2237
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit
  • Phone Number: +1 313-867-9722
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