Come as you are to downtown Detroit’s newest restaurant and bar: Parc, named after its location in Campus Martius Park and a tribute to Detroit’s French-European roots.
The venue features a 270-degree view of downtown Detroit, with over 100 feet of Nanaglass window walls. Guests can experience the beauty of the Woodward Fountain or the majesty of the public gardens while enjoying a meal with friends, family or coworkers.
“Spacious yet intimate,” is how the restaurant is situated in the cozy Campus Martius location, with a wide center bar as the centerpiece of the space.
Parc serves up a range of delicious lunch and dinner dishes, all cooked in a wood-fired grill.
Stop in for lunch and try the Parc Burger, a custom ground patty topped with American and Vermont cheddar, tomato shallot jam, shaved lettuce, double-secret probation sauce, sandwiched between a challah bun and served with French fries.
Another lunch must-have is The Woodward Salad, with grilled chicken, pancetta, ricotta salata, grilled artichokes, hearts of palm, avocado, romaine lettuce, tarragon and dill dressing
“Our aim is to provide a casual and lively midday dining spot for all who live, work and visit downtown Detroit, with elevated yet approachable food and drink, in the finest location in the city,” says Theo Oresky, the general manager of Parc.
My personal favorite is the Buccatinni Carbonara Americano pasta, made with applewood smoked bacon, pancetta, guanciale, parmagiano, with an egg yolk and cream sauce.
The perfect midday meal, the sauce is surprisingly light on the pasta, accredited to the egg yolk base, making it lighter than the average pasta dish, yet still creamy enough to satisfy the taste buds.
“The menu features many of our signature dishes from dinner, alongside a variety of new sandwiches and Panini’s, and other new items as well.”
Dinner brings on a fresh selection of meats and seafood such as the King Crab Tagilatelle, a butter-roasted king crab, with baby fennel, crab cream and toasted garlic or the filet, which sports an 8 oz. center cut, Marsala veal jus, served with roasted potatoes with onion and pepper ragout.
As if your mouth wasn’t already watering, be sure to experience the great food and even greater price during happy hour, Monday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., perfect for an after work get-together.
Be sure to order the Short Rib Sliders, a favorite of the happy hour crowd. Wash it down with the fan favorite drink, Cloud Nine made from Belvedere vodka, grapefruit, lime and triple-sec.
As Parc is located in the center of the city, the parking options are unlimited.
The Z Deck, located at 1234 Library Street, is home to an array of graffiti art, created by artists all around the world and has a six-minute walk to Parc.
The One Campus Martius Visitor Parking, formerly known as the Compuware Garage, is right across the street from Parc and has a two-minute walk to the restaurant.
Kennedy Square Garage is located on Griswold Street, between Michigan Avenue and Fort Street at 777 Woodward Ave, and has the shortest walk to Parc, clocked at one-minute.
The rates for all three garages are $3 for every 20 minutes, with a maximum rate of $20 per day. Between 4:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., rates are as low as $10. Weekend rates are $10.
Metered parking is available throughout the downtown area, with free street parking on Sundays and city holidays.
For more information on parking downtown, check out our article on Parking In Detroit’s Popular Spots.
Parc is located in the heart of Campus Martius Park at 800 Woodward Ave. and is open Monday – Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
While Parc reserves a portion of seating for walk-in-guests, we recommend reserving your spot ahead of time at Open Table or by calling the restaurant at 313.922-PARC.