401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-542-0082; bistro82.com
Bistro 82 is no stranger to our Best of Detroit honors: Last year, the restaurant earned a staff pick for Best Appetizer Menu. For our readers, that appeal was clearly broader, as it was named the best in its region. Under the guidance of chef Derik Watson, the kitchen churns out excellent mains as well, from a prime 14-ounce rib-eye dry-aged for 28 days to a delightful vegetable risotto accented with cashew cream. Add attentive service and an interior of sleek, clean lines and you have this year's best.