It’s a dining experience that’s meant to suit a variety of taste buds with a heaping helping of a spectacular, top-of-the-world view of downtown Detroit and beyond.
Dining high atop the General Motors Renaissance Center’s 73-story-tall central tower — which houses the Detroit Marriott Hotel — is back after a nearly three-year hiatus.
Highlands — the overall brand of an operation that includes two restaurants, a Scotch bar and a special events space — opens Monday on the 71st and 72nd floors of Michigan’s tallest building.
Highlands Steakhouse is the main restaurant with curved booths and table seating, and a stunning view of the city and down the Detroit River.
Hearth 71 is a smaller area with seating for about 50 and it leans more to the casual side. It has a view upriver of Belle Isle and Lake St. Clair, as well as Canada.
The High Bar is what is what you first see when you exit the elevators on the 71st floor. A full menu is available at the High Bar, but chef/owner Shawn McClain said it’s meant to be a spot for cocktails before or after dinner. A highlight is its Scotch and whiskey program complete with Scotch lockers.
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