Themed Restaurants in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

With a diverse number of themed restaurants to choose from locally, there’s sure to be something to delight the whole family.

Taking kids out to a restaurant can be a tricky business — are they going to throw a tantrum out of boredom or forget how to use a fork? It’s a lot of pressure, but a themed restaurant has the power to hold a little one’s attention and give them a meal they’ll actually eat.

Does your child have an Alice in Wonderland obsession or maybe you have a teen with a soft spot for the Beatles? Look no further than these themed restaurants in southeast Michigan.

Choosing a restaurant with a theme that your little one enjoys can take a dining experience from regular to magical. Check out our list of local themed restaurants for ideas on where to take the whole family on your next day out.

Bomber Restaurant

This restaurant calls itself a miniature museum. With tons of World War II memorabilia as well as model planes on the ceiling, history buffs will find something to get excited about.

Dakota Inn

An old castle-like building in Detroit houses a truly German experience. The Dakota Inn serves up authentic German food and beer as well as decor. Plus, servers wear traditional German costumes.

The Engine House

For little ones obsessed with firefighters, this might be the perfect spot. Authentic firehouse doors, firefighter memorabilia and more are highlights at this themed restaurant.

Ford’s Garage

A 1920’s service station theme awaits diners at this official Ford licensee. For fans of Detroit’s automobile history, there’s Henry Ford memorabilia, too.

Green Dot Stables

This Detroit restaurant serves up sliders and mini cocktails in a horse racing-themed space. Outside igloo seating, too.

Karl’s

  • Address: The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway, Detroit
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

This buzzy new restaurant takes the old diner aesthetic and gives it an upgrade. Even the paper menus are an homage to diners of the past.

Mad Hatter Bistro

This upscale take on an Alice in Wonderland theme is sure to delight all members of the family. Guests can choose to dine “down the rabbit hole” or watch the “mad scientist” chefs from the open kitchen.

Melting Pot

  • Address: 888 W Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday

The theme here is cheese — and lots of it. This multi-course fondue experience allows diners to dip and create their own cheesy adventure.

Rainforest Cafe

Want to experience the sounds and sights of the rainforest without leaving the country? The Rainforest Cafe offers a treetop dining experience with animatronics and tropical flair.

Strawberry Fields

As the name suggests, this restaurant pays homage to The Beatles. The decor features Beatles signs and posters, Beatles music plays all day and menu items feature riffs on Beatles songs.

Vinsetta Garage

Out front is a vintage gas pump, but don’t let that throw you off. This airy restaurant, which used to be a garage, features on trend lighting, decor and food.


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