20 Best Restaurants in Southfield, MI

This article was written by local contributor Jaxson Ramos & edited by the Travel Lens team.

Best Restaurants in Southfield, MI
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Southfield, Michigan, has been my stomping ground for years, and there's one thing I can confidently say: the food scene here is absolutely amazing!

Tucked away in the suburbs of Detroit, Southfield boasts a diverse and delectable mix of cuisines that cater to every taste bud.

From mouth-watering Middle Eastern dishes and cozy Italian trattorias to satisfying sushi spots and comforting soul food, Southfield has it all.

As a food enthusiast, I've had the pleasure of dining at many of the city's top eateries, and I'm excited to share with you my favorite spots in town.

So, whether you're a local or just passing through, buckle up and get ready to embark on a tantalizing journey through the 18 best restaurants in Southfield, Michigan.

Exquisite Eats Bistro

Food at Exquisite Eats Bistro

I recently discovered a hidden gem in the city called Exquisite Eats Bistro, and I must say, it has quickly become my new "go-to" spot.

The moment I walked in, I was greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, amazing customer service, and a fantastic menu.

I decided to try their lobster and crab grilled cheese, which was absolute perfection.

The combination of fresh seafood and melted cheese was divine.

Along with the sandwich, I ordered some delicious Parmesan wings.

They were juicy, flavorful, and surprisingly, I couldn't get enough of them, even though I'm not typically a fan of wings.

I'm eager to go back and sample the rest of their menu, including the pasta, burgers, and mac and cheese.

I've heard great things about their stuffed salmon with mac and cheese, broccoli, and potatoes, so that might be my next choice.

The Farm Grill

Soup at The Farm Grill

Just the other day, I decided to visit a local gem - The Farm Grill.

Hidden in an unassuming suburban strip mall, this spot is perfect for those who love Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Armenian cuisine.

The menu offered a wide variety of dishes, including a "secret" Armenian menu featuring lahmajun, manti soup, and souboreg.

We decided to start with a medium 16-ounce orange and carrot juice, which was absolutely refreshing.

Unable to resist the appeal of the Armenian menu, I ordered the manti soup.

These Armenian dumplings, filled with an amazing blend of meat and spices, were served in a mouthwatering rich broth.

It truly exceeded my expectations.

For the main course, I went with the chicken shish kafta and a side of hummus and salad.

The house salad was incredibly fresh, and I could smell the vinaigrette even before taking a bite.

My dining companion opted for the hummus with gallaba, which came with lentil soup and salad.

The lentil soup, with its smooth texture and perfect lemony flavor, was an instant hit.

Shawarma Man

Chicken at Shawarma Man

This quaint yet comfortable eatery might not be the largest, but its clean, inviting ambiance more than makes up for it.

The menu at Shawarma Man is uncomplicated and straight to the point, and it offers an array of delectable options.

Being a fan of a well-cooked shish kabob sandwich, I must say they nailed it to perfection when I asked for it to be medium rare.

Paired with a side of silky, satisfying hummus, the experience was nothing short of delightful.

The beef kafta, too, was delicious, bursting with flavor and complemented with perfectly fluffy rice sprinkled with crunchy toasted almonds.

Capri Pizza

Pizza at Capri Pizza

I had been hearing a lot of good things about Capri Pizza from my friends and family, so I decided to give it a try.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm and friendly atmosphere that greeted me as soon as I walked in.

I started my meal with their antipasto salad, which was generously portioned and topped with a delicious dressing.

Although they could have added a few more tomatoes, the salad was still quite tasty.

For my main course, I decided to go with their popular BBQ chicken pizza, which turned out to be a great choice.

The crust was perfectly crispy, and the toppings were delicious and plentiful.

One of my friends suggested that I try their breadsticks, too, and I'm glad I did.

They were soft, warm, and the perfect side dish for my pizza.

Taste of Ethiopia

Food at Taste of Ethiopia

Whenever I'm craving Ethiopian food, the Taste of Ethiopia never disappoints!

I love going there for their health-focused Ethiopian dishes.

They offer a buffet-style setup in a basic room with traditional injera tables.

One thing I genuinely appreciate about this place is their gluten-free injera option.

As someone with dietary restrictions, it's nice to know that they accommodate such requests.

Additionally, they also serve alcohol, including a good selection of domestic and Ethiopian beers.

The Captain's Table

Catfish at The Captain's Table

I had been hearing great things about The Captain's Table, so I decided to give it a try!

I decided to order their popular fried shrimp, which was some of the best I've ever had.

The shrimp was larger than I expected and cooked to perfection.

I then tried their mac and cheese, which was delicious and not too spicy, just the way I like it.

The Captain's Table really surprised me with its amazing hush puppies, which I found to be a great substitute for the hard-to-find Long John Silver's in our area.

They were a little small for the price, but the taste was outstanding.

I also couldn't resist trying their chocolate cake slice, and I was not disappointed.

During my visit, I noticed that they also offer a catfish box, which comes with a drink and a side.

Their catfish is perfectly battered and fried, and the tartar sauce is delicious.

I also tried their wings, which were scrumptious.

The macaroni and cheese and greens were fantastic sides to accompany the catfish and wings.


Food at Daebak

Located in an industrial-style building in Southfield, Daebak Korean BBQ offers a unique and interactive dining experience.

The menu is full of hearty Korean BBQ options, including pork, chicken, beef, and even vegan selections.

When I first arrived, I noticed a few shops inside the building where I could browse while waiting for a table.

The atmosphere was lively, with most of the tables set up for Korean BBQ, and the place had a cool, modern vibe.

As soon as I sat down, I was impressed with the attentive service and the high-tech buzzer for calling assistance when needed.

I decided to go for the A5 Premium Galbi Combo, which turned out to be a great choice for two people.

The meats were cooked DIY style, which made the experience even more engaging and fun.

The food came with banchan, multiple small side dishes, salad, rice, soup, and steamed egg.

Everything was absolutely delicious, and I enjoyed trying out various dishes.

Athens Souvlaki

Food at Athens Souvlaki

I've been going to Athens Souvlaki for the past 16 years.

The Chicken Greek Salad is absolutely the best, and I never thought I'd ever crave a salad, but this one changed my mind.

It's always fresh and tasty, with no old, wilted lettuce.

The chicken is freshly grilled, the dressing is delicious, and the pita that is served with the salad is hot off the grill.

On one of my recent visits, I decided to try the Lamb Shank dinner, and I was not disappointed.

It was so delicious that now I refuse to go to Detroit anymore for Greek food.

Prime 10

Salmon at Prime 10

I recently visited Prime 10 for dinner with a few friends, and I have to say it was an elegant and delightful experience.

The restaurant has a contemporary and cozy ambiance with a screen fireplace, crystal chandeliers, and cool-looking metal ceilings.

They also have an enclosed patio area with tents set up outside, which I found to be a unique touch.

We started our meal with delicious fried pickles and cauliflower appetizers, which did not disappoint.

For the main course, I tried one of their must-try burgers mentioned by other diners, and it was cooked to perfection.

My friends had the blackened salmon and Moroccan salmon, both cooked nicely and well-seasoned.

We couldn't resist trying the chocolate banana dessert, which was as addictive as promised.

Bacco Ristorante

Linguine at Bacco Ristorante

I recently decided to treat myself to a special night out and chose to dine at Bacco Ristorante.

The cozy atmosphere and impressive wine selection caught my attention, and the on-site garden seemed like an interesting touch.

I started my meal with their eggplant carpaccio, which was absolutely delightful.

I could tell that the tomatoes used in the dish were freshly picked from their garden, resulting in a burst of flavor.

I also tried the caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and pesto sauce, which did not disappoint.

For my main course, I ordered the squid ink linguine.

The noodles were incredibly tender, and the sauce was rich and flavorful.

Although the gnocchi wasn't particularly standout, according to some previous diners, the lamb pappardelle more than made up for it.

It was truly a unique, delicious meal that I won't soon forget.

I appreciated the warm bread and breadsticks with cheese that were brought to my table before the meal, along with the balsamic vinegar and oil for dipping.

Wok in Cari Out

I decided to give Wok in Cari Out a try after hearing good things about the place from my neighbors.

As soon as I walked in, I could tell it was going to be a great meal.

The restaurant had a clean, inviting atmosphere that made me feel right at home.

When it came to ordering, I decided to go for their veggie egg rolls, which I had heard were the best in town.

And let me tell you, they did not disappoint!

The egg rolls were incredibly fresh, with crispy, flaky wrappers and a delicious, flavorful filling.

For my main dish, I opted for the almond boneless chicken and vegetable fried rice.

The chicken was tender and perfectly cooked, and the almond sauce added a delightful, nutty flavor.

The vegetable fried rice was equally impressive, with fresh veggies and just the right amount of seasoning.

As a bonus, their wonton soup was one of the best I've ever tasted.

I could tell that they use high-quality ingredients, which made all the difference in the world.

CK Mediterranean Grille

Chicken dish at CK Mediterranean Grille

I recently decided to try out CK Mediterranean Grille for the first time.

The moment I walked in, I was impressed with the casual and family-friendly atmosphere of the restaurant.

As I glanced over their menu, I was excited to see a variety of popular dishes, including shawarmas and other Middle Eastern delights.

I decided to go with the Chicken Shawarma, and let me tell you, it was definitely the best I've had in town!

The food was fresh and cooked to order, right in their open kitchen.

I love that I could watch my meal being prepared, ensuring its quality and cleanliness.

One thing that stood out to me was the reasonable prices and the generous portions.

Poke Poke - Sushi Unrolled

Poke bowl at Poke Poke - Sushi Unrolled

The moment I walked into Poke Poke - Sushi Unrolled, I was impressed by their fresh and delicious-looking poke bowls.

I decided to go for the white rice with Hawaiian salmon and shrimp, adding in all the available veggies, which were incredibly fresh.

The spicy mayo and house sauce drizzles elevated the flavors even more, and I couldn't get enough of the mango, which added a light and refreshing touch to the bowl.

I also appreciated their biodegradable bowl and 100% recycled napkins, showing their commitment to the environment.

My partner and I also tried their boba tea, opting for the strawberry flavor, which was absolutely delicious.

Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina

Fungi pizza at Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina

Last weekend, my friends and I decided to have a night out at Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, a contemporary Italian eatery well-known for its Neapolitan, wood-fired pizzas, small plates, and gelato.

We started our meal with the calamari and the crispy Brussel sprouts.

While the calamari was your typical fare, the Brussels sprouts were incredibly delicious, and I'd highly recommend them to anyone visiting.

For our main course, we decided to share a pasta dish and three pizzas.

We went for the ricotta stuffed shells, which were good, but the pizzas really stole the show.

The Pesto Genovese, wood-roasted vegetables, and the funghi pizzas were all mouth-watering and left us craving for more.

Apart from pizzas and pasta, I've heard great things about their wood-roasted beets salad with salmon, so I'm planning to try that during my next visit.

Arkin's Sweet BBQ Pit

Ribs at Arkin's Sweet BBQ Pit

I finally had the chance to visit Arkin's Sweet BBQ Pit, and it was a delightful experience.

As a huge BBQ fan, I was excited to try their famous St. Louis-style barbecue plates and traditional sides.

I decided to order the two-meat dinner plate with pulled pork, beef brisket, baked beans, regular coleslaw, and toast.

The pulled pork was moist, smoky, and full of flavor, while the brisket was tender and delicious.

I especially loved the baked beans, which were packed with meat, tomato, and onion flavors.

The vinegar-based coleslaw was a refreshing complement to the rich meats.

Almost everyone added a bowl of chili to their order after trying it – a smart move on their part.

Pho Chopstix

Soup at Pho Chopstix

When I first walked into Pho Chopstix after a long day, I was immediately overwhelmed by the delicious aroma of their beef broth.

As a fan of Vietnamese food, I knew I was in for a treat.

I decided to try their popular Vietnamese fried rice with chicken, and I was pleasantly surprised they provided a side of chili oil!

The combination was simply amazing, like a spicier soy sauce.

I also couldn't resist ordering the P2 pho, and the broth was indeed delicious, with a good amount of meat and noodles.

The pho was served with lemon wedges instead of lime, which made it unique.

Jerusalem Pizza

Pizza slice at Jerusalem Pizza

Whenever I crave some kosher comfort food, I always head to Jerusalem Pizza.

This cozy spot is known for its classic and specialty pizzas, along with calzones, sandwiches, and salads.

Their pizza menu is quite extensive, so I have been able to try a wide variety of flavors over time.

My personal favorite is their specialty Mediterranean pizza, with its perfect blend of fresh veggies, cheeses, and olives.

I also enjoy their classic Margherita pizza when I'm in the mood for something simple and delicious.

One great thing about Jerusalem Pizza is its impressive selection of calzones.

I've lost count of how many times I've indulged in their spinach and feta calzone, which is absolutely mouthwatering with its warm, gooey filling.

Their sandwiches are also a must-try, especially the falafel sandwich that comes with a generous serving of tahini sauce.

For those looking for healthier options, Jerusalem Pizza offers a variety of fresh and flavorful salads.

I have tried the Greek salad on numerous occasions, and it never disappoints.

The combination of crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, tangy olives, and feta cheese always hits the spot.

Maria's Cafe

One of my favorite spots in town for a delicious breakfast or brunch is Maria's Cafe.

Located in Minneapolis, it's a cozy and welcoming little cafe that serves up some of the best Colombian-inspired dishes around.

I love starting my day with their tasty Colombian-style scrambled eggs, which come with a side of crispy bacon and perfectly toasted bread.

Their arepas (cornmeal patties) are a must-try, especially when topped with their signature cilantro sauce.

Maria's Cafe is a family-owned business, and it shows in every aspect of the place.

And the atmosphere is warm and inviting, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch with friends or family.

Another thing that sets Maria's Cafe apart is its amazing corn pancakes.

They're unlike any other pancakes I've ever had, and you can order them with a variety of toppings.

I personally love the Nutella and banana combination, but they also offer options like blueberries or strawberries, and even a savory version with avocado, tomato, and cheese.

Final Thoughts

Living in Southfield has truly been a delightful culinary journey for me.

From the authentic Ethiopian flavors at Taste of Ethiopia to the mouthwatering barbecue at Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit, there's something for everyone in this vibrant city.

If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend trying out these incredible restaurants.

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