A "steakhouse in the sky" is among a two-story set of new food and drink destinations overlooking the downtown Detroit, Windsor and the river they share, as we describe in a related post Sunday morning.
Our earlier coverage tells briefly what's at Highlands, opening Monday evening atop the GM Renaissance Center, while this follow-up shows the space, the food and the vistas.
The newcomers are Highlands Steakhouse, a 140-seat restaurant on the 72nd floor; a casual alternative named Hearth 71, with 60 seats on the floor below; the High Bar a cocktail lounge with appetizers, small plates and desserts; and a separate area for parties, receptions and business gatherings.
Restaurant predecessors on the tower's top floor were Coach Insignia (2004-17), which followed The Summit. Each dining room rotated for 360-degree views, something that's not part of Highlands.
Below is some of what chef and co-owner Shawn McLain of Grosse Ile serves, via Crain's Detroit Business. The first three are small plates:
Grilled artichoke hearts ($18)
Charred Spanish octopus ($19)
Salad with ingredients from RecoveryPark, a Detroit nonprofit ($15)
Sea scallops ($41)
Steelhead trout ($31)
16-ounce New York strip steak ($56)
22-ounce Wagyu strip steak ($115)
Highlands, Hearth 71 and the cocktail lounge are open 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They close a half-hour later on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours (5-10 p.m.) begin Dec. 29. The group's site is highlandsdetroit.com. Tables can be reserved via Resy or at (313) 877-9090. Emails can go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These 16 photos are mostly from the business' Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as from two attendees at a wine-tasting luncheon Thursday for local sommeliers, sponsored by Daou Vineyards of Paso Robles, Calif.