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Bonfire Bistro & Brewery

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39550 Seven Mile Road
Northville, Michigan, 48167
United States

(248) 735-4570

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Reviews by Mitchster:
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere is pretty typical upscale brewpub. Noisy with a tall open ceiling, dimmed lighting so your food and beer has a dramatic aura and you can't tell what color things are. Staff is average with little knowledge of the beer they are selling ("Porter is a dark beer, Oktoberfest is a lager" kinda reply). Furnishings are decent with lots of room, and it's easy to find off the highway. Not really very friendly or warm. The maple glazed porkchops with mashed sweet potatoes and pecans was really good. The beer is average at best. The homemade 7-grain bread is pretty good. $6 will net you (5) 4oz. samples.

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Photo of midlifec
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A good casual dining alternative to the applebees, redrobins, etc. chain fare. The food is better than a beer bar, the beer is better than a chain restraunt.

The rotating casks are sometimes interesting; tonight's offering was a '90 minute' style IPA - vaguely tasting llike a SN Celebration with a bitter finish. The second offering was a Choclate Milk Stout (which my wife enjoyed) nice choclate and coffee taste, thin like Guiness, kind of a weak Breakfast Stout flavor.

The real suprise of the night - they now bring in 'guest' local beers on occassion (call first I suppose) tonight's selection was Two Hearted Ale.

Average to good beer, with decent food.

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Photo of stouty1
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I thoughtI was walking into an Applebee's at first. Same decor which I am sure you have all been to, so I won't go into details. We went at lunch (twice in one week) and it wasn't busy (worried they weren't open). Sat at a booth just out of reach of the bar.

Waiter was more than knowledgable about the food, but knew nothing about the beer. Actual quote, "I don't like dark beers" came from his mouth!

I had a Porter and the IPA, both of which were quite good. Never bothered to write down reviews, but I had two of each (in the two days).

Food was good both times, I had the Turkey Gouda which was recommended. Buddies had the Steak samwich and the Schnitzel. They ate them and enjoyed. Price was Northville-like, pricey but not too bad. Return trip will be whenever I can get there again!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Let me give you the scenario on how I came to visit this place. I was in DET for Super Bowl XL and myself and three others had been invited to stay in the condo of a friend of a friend. The owner was out of town for the weekend and she said that we could use her place if we did not trash it. As if. I was the youngest in the group, at 41 y/o, and our rock star antics are in the rear-view mirror. As we are on the approach to her place, somebody points out the brewhouse in the window. I was immediately rivited, but we seemed destined not to have a chance to stop in, until there we are, ready to pull out and she comes home. The idea of taking her to lunch is broached and I immediately suggest Bonfire Bistro, just down the road. She agrees and I'm all set.

This is situated in a stand-alone building with the brewhouse sitting in a window that faces the road. You enter through a short vestibule with the bar to the right. The bar is marble topped and is in an oval/rectangular shape. There are high tables and chairs running down the centerline of the space with a bank of booths to the left. Heading aft, to the right, is an oval window overlooking the brewhouse with a line of booths flanking the space. The Mens' and Ladies' rooms are off to the left, just past that first bank of booths, then down a funhouse passageway, and through a door with crazy signage designating gender. The walls in the lav are the same marble as the bar and the mirror and lights above the sink are faux-vintage, lending a nice touch to the ambiance. Still headed aft, also to the right, behind a short wall, is the kitchen.

We were seated all of the way aft in the space, opposite another set of booths that were upholstered in a wild, multi-colored cubist pattern. They have a beautiful tiled floor throughout the space and they incorporated exposed ducting and corrugated steel in the overhead, both of which make my heart go pitty-pat. It is unquestionably a clean, well-lighted place for beer (thanks again, Papa), but I have moved away from being a hard-line Stygian-darkness drinker, so this passes muster for me. I also liked the muted pastel color scheme of blue, gold, and red throughout the building.

We had a good waiter who was both attentive and unobtrusive and both the bartender and the brewer got excited when I introduced myself. My friend from Colorado had their Roaring Red Ale and pronounced it worthy. I went with their cask-conditioned IPA and bought a growler of Porter (not Joey) to go. Those reviews will be forthcoming. I had a really good turkey and gouda sammich and everyone seemed pleased with their meal. All in all, a good visit.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Conveniently located at 7 Mile & Haggerty. They seem to keep things pretty busy. Seems like they are trying to go for some sort of European bistro feel (hence bistro in the name), without really hitting the mark. Very clean establishment. The beer selection was pedestrian - amber, light lager, porter. Although, they did have a decent American IPA on cask. Food was good, but a bit on the expensive side. Service was terrible. Nothing like being ignored for 10 minutes after being seated, and the manager eventually coming over to take a drink order. Demerit. And it didn't get any better. Plenty of other places around, so I don't see the need for going back here any time soon.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Just like many others before me, I agree that Bonfire Bistro is 1) a restaurant first, and 2) a micro brewer second. Nonetheless, it's a decent little establishment, with a cult like following. Through your meal you'll undoubtedly find regulars coming in and getting their growler filled up for a nominal price of 7.00. The food is decent, but nothing special. The highlights being the pizzas and appetizers during happy hour. The beer is where it's at here. Some seasonal brews, and a small, but solid selection of micro beers that should be adequate for anyone who walks in the door. Worth a try if you are in the area. Kind of pricey, but that's what the city of Northville is all about. Bring your Visa.

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Photo of frazbri
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice suburban prewbub in front near Home Depot on 7 Mile Road. Stopped in on a sunday afternoon. We sat at the bar for a couple pints and a little snack. The lighting was dim, and the surroundings were friendly. Nothing striking, but clean and stylish.

We didn't order a full meal, but the gorgonzola ale spread we had was tasty. The menu you was typical ecclectic brewpub style: woodfired pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas.

The bartender was friendly and seemed to know her beer. Again nothing extraordinary, but good.

They had eight beers on tap and two on cask. I had the cask bitter. The bitter was quite nice, and very close to the brittish style. I always go for the cask when available

I'd recommend Bonfire. Tasty beer and food in a somewhat formulated brewpub setting.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited for dinner after a day of beer hunting with trbeer. Very busy Saturday night but both bar and table service was pretty good giving pace and voolume in the place. Definitely not a beer-focused place but still make a decent showing. Having 2 offerings on hand-pull is always a sign that they are least trying and semi-serious about trying to offer some craft beer.
Food was good/very good category and again service was impeccable. Even when I pointed out that they had included duplicates in the sampler we got they questioned me but bought the proper beer. Prices were decent and pretty wide variety on the menus. Couldn't really give the beers a fair shake after Kuhnhenn's, Dragonmead and a visit with Putnam so I won't even try.
Nice place for dinner with I'm sure at least 1 or 2 beers that BA's would like.

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Photo of marburg
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Maybe this is just not my kind of place and thus didn't see the appeal. But I thought it wasn't really all that spectacular, especially considering the hype that'd been built up for me by a number of friends who live in the area.

The decor is nice -- a little trendy in that Panera Bread/Starbucks kind of way. Customers are there in anything from jeans to ties, but for some reason it just seems uncomfortable. This is why I was saying that it might just be me.

My beer was good but not great. I had a kind of nutty ale (Vienna Ale, I believe?) that was tasty. They had something like 5 kegged and 2 cask beers of their own as well as another 8 or so in bottles including Schneider Weisse and Chimay (red). The food was pretty good but not spectacular. I had a somewhat above average pizza, and my fiancee had an average piece of fish.

In all fairness, they are apparently known for their "Watermelon BBQ" ribs which none of us sampled because we were on our way out and didn't really need BBQ sauce all over us. *grin* But I've heard they're spectacular. So it's possible I'm underrating them a bit, but based on my experience, it's an above average place that deserves another visit or two -- but hardly the drop-dead amazing place I was expecting from local legend.

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