It’s not often I look to a hotel restaurant for a good lunch, but that’s just what you’ll get at 5ive Restaurant inside the luxury hotel and golf course at The Inn at St. John’s. My husband and I first tried 5ive last year for my birthday dinner and really enjoyed the food and friendly service. I though it would be fun to give their lunch a try last weekend.
They were not particularly busy on the Saturday afternoon we stopped in, but I’m not sure they’re normally very full. They were also pretty quiet last year when we had dinner here, so it may just be the nature of an out-of-the-way hotel restaurant.
Their summer lunch menu has a variety of flatbread pizzas, salads, sandwiches and lighter entrees. I ordered the steak panini on the recommendation of the waitress. The panini had slices of grilled steak, boursin cheese, chipotle mayo and normally caramelized onions, which I chose to omit. It came with house french fries and sweet and sour pickles on the side. As a warning, the prices for their lunch menu that are currently online are a couple of dollars less than what we saw on the menu when we arrived at the restaurant.
My grilled steak panini was really good. I was a little concerned that the combination of boursin cheese with the chipotle mayo might be a bit to heavy, but it wasn’t. The chipotle mayo gave the sandwich just enough of a kick in flavor. The portion size was pretty substantial, too. The fries were decent, but traditional in style and flavor. The sweet and sour pickles were tasty and I couldn’t stop eating them!
Service at 5ive is very friendly and attentive. The food is really good, but maybe a bit overpriced; however, not too surprising at a boutique hotel restaurant. I thought the cost for the dinner entrees (about $18-$33) were more reasonable overall than the lunch entree prices (about $15-$24). Though both the lunch and dinner entrees include a choice of soup or salad. It’s a nice slightly lower priced and quieter alternative to a number of high end downtown Ann Arbor restaurants that are usually crowded and difficult to have a conversation in.