Greektown's revival was symbolized by the opening of this lively Cajun food-and-jazz emporium. On the same premises as the Atheneum Suites Hotel, ... More
Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe
Greektown's revival was symbolized by the opening of this lively Cajun food-and-jazz emporium. On the same premises as the Atheneum Suites Hotel, Fishbone's is wildly popular, and celebrities such as Aretha Franklin often drop by. The authentic food includes Cajun catfish, snapper, crawfish, alligator and caviar shipped directly from Louisiana. Live New Orleans-style jazz is a nightly feature and the popular Sunday brunch also includes live jazz. Loud, happy and soulful, Fishbone's features dirty rice, jambalaya, whiskey chicken and ribs, and a brassy, sassy atmosphere. Spin-off Fishbone's have opened in Southfield (at 29244 Northwestern Highway) and St. Clair Shores (23722 Jefferson).
This was the third time I've been and experienced nasty food and slow, poor service. Once when I ordered Grouper I got to believe they pulled the fish out of a box and even then over fried it....just nasty. Two, they over cooked my hamburger...how can you screw up a hamburger. This last time I ordered lamb and it tasted like liver. I feel sorry for them. Something has gone really wrong there lately. I tell my friends don't go there or if they do be very careful.
I JUST FEEL LIKE THIS PLACE IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. I THINK MY BABY'S FAMILY HAD GOOD INTENTIONS WHEN WE WENT TO THIS PLACE BECAUSE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE NICE. THE FOOD WAS NASTY TO ME. THE WAITRESS WAS " INCOMPETENT". MY STEAK WAS OVERCOOKED. I NEVER WANT TO GO THERE AGAIN!!! TIME WITH FAMILY IS ALWAYS GOOD THOUGH, SO AT LEAST MY BABY GOT TO SPEND TIME WITH THE FAMILY, ESPECIALLY THE LONG MISSED BROTHER, LOL!!!!
Our service was great, and the best thing about the meal was the raw oysters. Not much of a testament to their cooking ability. I ordered the shrimp creole and my boyfriend (a Louisiana native) got the andouille with beans and rice. I had to go online and to learn what made the shrimp so mushy-- my experience with overcooked seafood is that it usually gets tough, but I learned that the mush factor is probably from overcooking by boiling in the shell. Flavors were all right but overcooked seafood is a huge no-no. I could have done a better job myself even with frozen shrimp...if we go back I will probably stick to the raw stuff (they do have sushi).
Hard to describe how bad a dining experience this was. This restaurant cannot compare favourably with even the national chains such as Outback and Lone Star.
Their much vaunted entertainment was a street drifter playing sax on the pavement outside!
Probably stays in existence because of the local sporting venues, Joe Louis Arena, Ford Field and Comamerica Park and also the Greektown Casino.
On February 24, 2007, at around 6:30 p.m. a hostess by the name of Juanita FAILED at presenting the friendly and hospitable atmosphere that Fishbones is known for.
It was my birthday and my boyfriend and I were staying downtown at the Morriott. We made specific plans to go to Fishbones for thier "Saturday only" lobster bisque. We were greated by a woman named Juanita who did not represent Fishobones as the friendly and hospitable atmosphere we have experienced before. We requested not to be seated in a central location where patrons, waitstaff, and others would be frequently passing. Juanita made it a point to say that the restaurant did NOT take reservations and then followed by offereing us a smoking table, which we had already indicated was not our preference.
She did eventually seat us. As she walked us past a table set for four that was in a quiet area and sat us at a table for two, we assumed she was saving the table for a party of four. The table she sat us at was very centrally located. We actually had a chair next us that was occupied by the neighboring tables belongings, including, coats, scarves, and the like.
Aprroximately 1 minute later, Juanita ushered a party of two to the table fit for four and at that point my boyfriend and I walked out of Fishbones and into the neighboring establishment, "Mosiac."
There, we had the lobster bisque that we had originally gone to Fishbones for, wine and cocktails, appetizers, and main courses.
We were disappointed at first, but do not regret leaving the atmosphere that was intially provided by Juanita.
We arrived at the restaurant at 2:00pm for lunch before we attended a 4:30pm concert at Ford field. We placed our drink order at 2:30 and our food order was placed at 3:00pm. We didn't have any food at our table by 4:00pm. I had to search out a manager to inform them that we were leaving and would not be paying for the food.
The service was terrible. Waiter/waitresses were slow. Our waitress informed us they had no idea that a concert was being performed at Ford Field that day and therefore were short-staffed. That is inexcusable! I do not recommend this restaurant at all.
The manager never apologized for our troubles and wasted time.
Hope this helps when you plan to go downtown.
Well I go there often, but this last time my husband and I went into Fishbones to have some fun and our bartender was an older women and we ordered 2 coronas and said no to a dinner menu. She gave us a attitude that we were not werth her time. Little did she know we ordered a bottle of moet and 5 other cocktails along with an excellent dinner. The atmosphere is great and it's two steps aways from having a blast in downtown Detroit. It's ashame the bartender had to wait until after she seen my bill to treat me as if I was worth something. Now that I think about it I wish I had caught her name!
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