Wine Dine and Play: Reflections


Layover In The Motor City
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Cuisine Style: American
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined in September 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Wine Dine and Play are in the pages section above, or by following these links:

Reflections Bar and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

The Reflections Bar and Grill and DEMA Lounge inside the Westin Hotel are attached to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and is advertised as the ultimate dining convenience at the Detroit airport, and though it is a great place to indulge in some well prepared upscale American cuisine, convenience needs reflection. To enter the Westin from the airport you have to go pass DHS airport security which entering the hotel is not a problem, but getting back to the terminal is not convenient. So give yourself lots of time before your next flight as the DHA will take their time.

Reflections; nestled amongst an indoor pond with 5,000 square foot hotel promenade with an 80-foot atrium with a bamboo grove providing a sleek and dramatic atmosphere.  Reflections DEMA lounge is also a cozy meeting spot that serves cocktails and wines to satisfy any travelers palette.

    • Appetizers
    • From the Brick
    • Soups and Salads
    • Between Two Pieces of Bread
    • Main Entrees
    • Sides
    • Desserts
As it was a short layover I grabbed a few bites to eat with some wine, starting with an Argentinian Malbec from Alamos Gallo their flagship wine from Uco Valley, incredibly concentrated fruit flavors of plum and blackberry blends the deeply concentrated plum flavors of the country’s signature variety of Malbec with small portions of Syrah and Bonarda to add dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Well-integrated hints of brown spice and vanilla contribute layers of complexity. A full structure, firm tannins, and a long finish create an expansive palate that is hard to forget. The 2014 vintage according to the winemaker was filled with cold, wet days that led to wines with heightened acidity, lower sugar levels, and concentrated aromatics. Although yields were lowered by the cooler weather, the excellent acidity and tannins of the wines of 2014 from Mendoza grapes produced enhanced vibrant color and flavor concentration.

Brie dish

From the robust appetizer and brick selections, I ordered the side Caesar salad and the baked brie with toasted basmati bread, apple-cranberry jam, and water crackers. They also had a meze plate, wild mushroom toast, rustic pizzas, Rueben's, assorted seafood and steak options

I did not have time for dessert, especially with the hold up trying to get back into the terminal but some of the selections on their menu were a creme brûlée, tiramisu teardrops, and Hudsonville Ice Cream, a Midwest Crafted Creamery from Holland, Michigan.

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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Reflections a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they exceeded my expectations in a dining experience.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
3 of 5 Stars: 
81% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded All My Expectations
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Gluten Free, Low Carb, Pescatarian, Vegetarian Options
Not Required
Dress code:
Smart casual to Casual attire,
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
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Contemporary, Modern, Trendy, Lounge, Great bar, Upscale, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Public Lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

United States Dollar (USD)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
European Union (EUR)

 Alcohol prices:

$13.00  USD


The Westin
2501 Worldgateway Place 
Detroit, Michigan
48242, United States

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 734-942-6500
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
06:30 am - 10:00 pm

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