The always delicious La Dulce made a big move from Royal Oak to the Detroit Riverfront this summer and now, the expanded restaurant is open for business.

La Dulce evolved in Royal Oak, with restaurateur Luis Negrete at the lead. He’s a native of Toluca, Mexico and he brought his experience in the culinary world to open the modern tapas restaurant with low tables and comfortable couch seating to encourage community and conversation.

Hector Sanz, executive chef, was born and raised in Segovia, Spain, and he’s worked for multiple Michelin Star rated restaurants. New dishes on the bigger La Dulce menu include their Piquillo Peppers & Crab with roasted red bell pepper sauce, the Tuna Tataki seared with ajo blanco sauce and wasabi tobiko, the Tomahawk Steak with wild mushrooms and hand-cut fries, the Fried Rock Fish served with sambal trio, and your choice of four of La Dulce’s signature Paellas- squid ink, pork rib, seafood or Farmer’s market.

The restaurant uses a mix of fresh and local products with imported ones and the atmosphere is made to be something like an evening in a Madrid home with small plates to share.

The drink menu lists cocktails like the Ol’ Refreshing, made with Jim Beam double wood bourbon, lemon oleo, lemon bitters and orange, and the Silly Saylor, made with Courvoisier cognac, lemon, blackberries, benedictine and Patron Orange. You can also try their Sangria, made with red wine, rum, fruit and love. Dan McCarthy is the beverage director and general manager.

They also have a separate part of the beverage menu that features their Gin & Tonics, like the Rose & Cucumber, made with Hendrick’s, rose and cucumber tonic. Non alcoholic beverages at La Dulce include their house-made tonic water, ginger beer, shrub and iced tea.

The kitchen is bigger at their new and improved location, and their Facebook mentioned big culinary offerings like suckling pig in the very near future. They also have added a meadow-like patio to their space, which is surrounded by herbs, green grass, and budding olive trees, which they imported.

It’s like a dreamy oasis with amazing food. 

We have a big suggestion for you…do NOT leave La Dulce without tasting their Churros. You’ll thank us later.

Visit La Dulce in Detroit at 2 Washington Boulevard in the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Detroit and online at www.ladulce.com. Find them on social media here.

Photo credit: La Dulce Facebook

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