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Iridescence Provides Fine Dining and a Five-Star View at MotorCity Casino Hotel

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Sixteen floors above the bustle of the MotorCity Casino Hotel gaming floor stands the city’s only AAA-rated Four-Diamond restaurant.

Iridescence, which won the Diners' Choice Award from OpenTable this year, serves Detroiters and visitors every evening from Wednesday through Sunday.

“It’s the best view of the city,” said Randy Villareal, Senior Vice President of Hospitality and Facilities at MotorCity. “Our job here is to be the best of the best. We can do anything.”

Iridescence is one of many restaurants in The District Detroit, which range from longstanding establishments and to trendy new eateries. More shopping and dining is planned along the Columbia Street retail destination and other spots throughout the live, work and play hub, creating a more walkable community surrounding Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues.

At Iridescence, patrons will find a knowledgeable and approachable wait-staff eager to educate patrons, Modern American cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients and an extensive, well-curated wine selection that’s earned Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence for 10 consecutive years.

Nicholas Geftos, Iridescence’s Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef de Cuisine, said staff spends hours finding and preparing locally-sourced foods and exclusive fare from all over the world. The popular wedding proposal spot serves Michigan-raised organic chicken, Ōra King salmon from New Zealand, free-range Iberico rib pork chops from Spain and African Prawns from Nigeria that boast a distinctive texture, flavor and consistency. The restaurant also maintains an extensive steak catalog in which every cut— either from the famous Niman Ranch in California or the Kobe-beef black cattle in Japan—is prime-grade and well marbled.

Other selections at Iridescence include a regular menu that changes four times annually and a five-course tour, also known as the seasonal tasting menu. Geftos said the tasting menu begins with small bites, moves on to sides served family-style and the “Roast of the Day” and then ends with dessert.

“It’s a fun way to dine,” Geftos said of the tasting menu, which allows diners to try about a dozen dishes in an evening. “Traditional entrees can be limiting to patrons’ dining experience.” Some of the regular menu’s popular items include what he calls a “staple Iridescence dish:” macaroni and cheese packed with white cheddar and cold-water Canadian lobster.

Certified sommelier and MotorCity Casino Hotel Fine Dining Manager David Brown said the wine selection originates from across the globe, like the Castell d'Encús winery in the Catalonia mountains of Spain and the Shady Lane Cellars winery in northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula.

In addition to hosting private parties, Iridescence accepts special dish requests to accommodate various dietary needs and desires with prior notice, said Raymond Bertschy, MotorCity’s Vice President of Food and Beverage.

The eatery serves Happy Hour drink specials and quick bites at the bar every day from 5-7 p.m. Its popular “WINE and DINE” special serves a four-course dinner and a glass of house red or white wine for only $55 per person daily from 5-6:30 p.m. Iridescence also serves brunch on Mother’s Day and Easter and is open on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Geftos said while many Detroiters may be tempted to only focus on new eateries, they should not forget about Iridescence. “This is a restaurant that has stood the test of time,” Geftos said.  “It’s a restaurant for everyone.”

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About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.