FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • Do we need a reservation?

    A reservation is suggested, however we always try to accommodate walk-ins.  Outdoor dining reservations are available for the Front Porch and Fountain Courtyard.  There are no reservations for The Patio & Deck.  Reservations are required for Mansion Tea Service.

  • May I request a specific room or table?

    We will attempt to accommodate all table requests. Private rooms rentals may be available for larger parties . Please alert our hostess to any special requests when making the reservation.

  • Does The Whitney enforce a Dress Code?

    We recommend Business/Country Club casual attire throughout The Mansion. Gentlemen, please feel comfortable in dress jeans and collared shirt or dress sweater.  Jackets and ties are not required though appreciated.   Tee or sleeveless shirts, sports jerseys, shorts, and open toed shoes are prohibited. Please remove ball caps while inside the mansion. Ladies, please feel comfortable in dress jeans, slacks, skirt or dress. 

    Sports Jerseys, ball caps, flip flops, yoga pants and tank tops are prohibited. Tattered or disheveled clothing, sweat pants, and any athletic wear is prohibited.  Please check backpacks at the door.

  • Does The Whitney do anything special for birthdays?

    Please preview our Thursday "Birthday Deal" on the Events & Experiences page. Our reservation staff will be happy to provide additional details.

  • Is there a charge for valet?

    There is a charge of $10.00 for valet. There is paid self-parking across Woodward.  

  • Does The Whitney offer a shuttle to Detroit events and attractions?

    The Qline now provides transportation along Woodward from West Grand Blvd. to Jefferson.  The Qline stops at the corner of Woodward and Canfield.  Please be sure to find out what time our lot will be closing on the day of your reservation.

  • What can I expect to pay?

    All of our dinners are served complete with 4 courses and range from $59 - $89.  Menu with pricing is available on the "menus" page.  The Patio offers it's own unique menu of chilled plates for sharing.  Mansion Tea Service is $49.  Menu pricing will change for Holidays and Special Event Brunches. All prices are subject to change without notice.   

  • How far in the future may I make my reservation?

    The Whitney takes reservations anytime up to a year in advance for large groups reservations. It is recommended that individual reservations reserve at least two weeks before the reservation date. Signed contracts and applicable deposits may be required to hold large group reservations. Please contact our sales and marketing department at 313-832-5700 for group reservation details. Walk-ins are always welcome.

  • Does The Whitney offer vegetarian dishes?

    Yes, The Whitney will always have a vegetarian entrée on the menu.

  • Is The Whitney handicapped accessible?

    Yes, The Whitney has a ramp in the back of the building (ask the Valet to direct you upon arrival) and an elevator inside the Mansion.

  • What days does The Whitney close for business?

    Generally, Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. There are also unique occasions when the Mansion may close for a private event.  Please contact us regarding specific holiday closings.

  • When may I use a coupon or other promotional discount?

    Every coupon or discount promotion clearly states the valid dates for usage. Once expired, these discounts are no longer valid. Read your discount promotion carefully for terms and conditions. Only one discount or promotion may be used at any single visit to The Whitney per table or per group.

  • Can I bring my own food and/or beverage to The Whitney?

    The only outside food we allow is special occasion cakes provided by a licensed Bakery. There will be a cake service fee involved. Please note The Whitney is happy to provide you with one of our specialty cakes. Please contact us for pricing and information. Ala Carte guests guests may bring their own bottle of wine with a $35 per bottle corkage fee.

  • Can we schedule High Tea for Saturday, or another time of day?

    We serve High Tea at 11:30 & 1:30 on Saturday and Sunday by reservation only. If you have a large (20 or more) group, we may be able make special timing arrangements. 

  • Can we just come in and walk around the Mansion?

    You are welcome to stroll the Mansion when you’re visiting us for Tea or Dinner, but we limit access to planned tours during non-business hours. Flash, or professional photography of any kind is by appointment only.

  • What's the Champagne Tour like?

    You will be guided through the entire Mansion by a knowledgeable member of our staff and given information on the Whitney Family, the History of the building and it's uses through the years. Champagne (or Non-Alcoholic Champagne) is served at the start of the Tour.

  • Are you open for Brunch or Lunch?

    We offer an elegant "Mansion Tea" a four course light luncheon at 11:00 & 1:30 on Saturday & Sunday.  We will offer brunch & lunch service in mid-December for Holiday dining.

  • Can I bring in a professional photographer to memorialize our event?

    Guests are welcome to take casual photographs via mobile phone or small digital cameras for personal use only. Personal photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes. Portrait and flash photography of any kind is considered professional photography and is permitted during non-business hours, by appointment only. Portrait/Professional and Commercial photography sessions are available for $250/hour and can be booked via email at Events@thewhitney.com .