Inside Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck’s Delicious Anniversary Dinner

06/30/2014 at 05:09 PM ET

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Anniversary Dinner in Detroit
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For Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, nothing says “happily married” like a steak and seafood dinner.

The down-to-earth actors celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary Sunday with a cozy dinner at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak, Michigan — not far from where Affleck, 41, has been filming Batman vs. Superman in Detroit.

“They looked like a great couple. They paid a lot of attention to each other,” a restaurant source tells PEOPLE, adding that the stars shared “a great bottle of wine” at the local hot spot.

Also on the menu: steak, salad, and oysters. And Batman proved he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy, telling staff that the french fries served with béarnaise sauce and parmesan were the best he’s ever had.

Garner, 42, and her hubby noshed on the French fare for about an hour and a half, ringing up a food bill around $150. The parents of three were both dressed casually (she in a black dress, he in a button-down and jeans) and thanked the bistro’s workers as they left smiling, another diner tells PEOPLE.

“Everyone was freaking out in the restaurant,” says the source. “I was starstruck.”

After seeing Hollywood’s cutest couple eating fries at your local haunt, who wouldn’t be?

— Michele Corriston, with reporting by Ellen Piligian

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Anonymous on

Trying to get them back in the news.
I like how they complain one minute about the media interest and then pay people to put out info to the media the next.

gymluv on

Is this the same source People used last week when they wrote about them spitting up? Impressive.

Anonymous on

*splitting up…not sure they were spitting up their dinner!

gymluv on

*splitting up…I don’t want to start a new rumour that they were spitting up their dinner!

Trish on

I love her red dress. I’m going to be having steak & potatoes for dinner tomorrow. YUM! Glad they had a delicious dinner and a Happy Anniversary! 🙂

Cyndi on

Cute story!

yahoo on

The only thing exciting about this marriage is that she doesn’t have to work.

Anonymous on

I thought Ben was sober, so why would they being sharing a bottle of wine?

Jee on

Pr overkill. Their publicist is working overtime with these “sources” to kill the gambling, drinking rumors.

Too obvious.

Mia on

Thanks Ben & Jen’s publicist for this riveting report to downplay all the rumors about them. This story is straight from them.

Can’t complain about the media when you feed stories to them.

George Bush on

Cheap date! I spent more at the local Chinese place last meal for 2 with drinks!

Mia on

Awwwww….what a private couple. NOT.
Publicists working overtime because of all of Ben’s addictions.
He must be a piece of work if Jen has to be so patient

Dolores Pendleton on

I saw and got Ben’s autograph many years ago at a baseball game in Anaheim, CA , he signed it but never looked at me. Was so turned off I threw it away!!

Roelle on

This couple just makes no sense to me. She seems so sweet and charming and kind and he seems…well kinda like the ahole everyone thought he was before they got married. These stories keep popping up…he cheats on her with Blake Lively, he continues to gamble even though he has issues with addiction, he wouldn’t let her keep her male friends (a la Mark Ruffalo), makes you wonder why she continues to stick it out?

Madsme on

Oh please – their PR people can try to whitewash his drug and painkiller addiction all they want, but no one’s biting. Lots of money on the line for Batman…

bill on

That sounds like a brutal dump waiting to happen.

Mellie on

I love this couple! I wish many many more happy years for them!

Anonymous on

NINE years! That’s another full circle for them, excellent. They are truly a cute couple, and let’s see if they can make it to ten.
Hey Garner and Affleck – He’s watching. He’s still watching. Do not fail him.

deb on

I love Jennifer Gardner, she is so sweet. But him, he turns me cold. All this gambling when he has kids at home. How she puts up with him. Last week it was him at a poker game talking about Jlo’s butt. Jennifer dump him.

ron on

Ben is an addict period. Why on earth is he gambling and drinking period?His wife is nice but an ENABLER. This will not end up well until he finally goes back to rehab in a truly serious manner.

noorilhuda on

This is another Sean Penn-Robin Wright marriage and divorce in the making. Garner will branch out over cheating-never-there husband and probably get nominated for a few Emmys. He’ll move on to bigger stardom and say she’s a lovely woman!

Sylvia on

Well, last I heard gambling was legal in many states, and Ben is over 21, so he has the right to gamble all he wants. He earns his money, so what’s the problem?? How’s that different from other people who spend their money on shoes, clothes, cars, travel, football tickets, whatever!! As for their marriage, isn’t that their business?? Why speculate when none of us know what’s their relationship like?? One thing I know for sure after 33 years of being married myself: the ONLY people who know what’s going on in a marriage, are the 2 people in it.

Edward on

PR stunt. With his gambling problems and boredom setting in, nothing like a Detroit date…

Curly Sue on

Love them❤️

Nikki on

Cracks me up – all you people who “believe” everything you read about their marriage, etc. Seriously you need lives! More than half of what is in the news are lies and as you can see, PEOPLE in the restaurant reported the sighting, not their PR person. Obviously she loves him, 3 kids and 9 years later and still loves him and she doesn’t seem unhappy in interviews she does and photos. So quit believing everything you read until it actually comes from the horses mouth!

Jamie on

Not a big fan of Hollywood celebs, but I do like this couple. Maybe because there are so many of them and they marry, divorce, separate, remarry somebody else, and I just can’t keep up with them. Nor care, really. This couple is different in that they aren’t trying to impress others with their ‘things”, and how important they are. Happy Anniversary, Jen & Ben!

Amy on

People up in arms about rumors are hilarious.

Sounds like a nice evening.

Anonymous on

OMG ! Who cares what 2 people ate for dinner ?

Guest on

Yawn!They are both boring.

guest on

He looks absolutely miserable as he always does. I hope they are really happy, but he just doesn’t act like she’s the one.

Semper on

Um, “…nothing says “happily married” like a steak and seafood dinner”? Come on now, People. I think that it might say “celebration” or “prosperity,” maybe, but little more. And disclosing the cost of the meals? Seems like an invasion of privacy, really.

Grandma on

Jen’s back to sporting her fake pregnancy belly again. The last pic (taken yesterday) she looks to be 5-6 months along. I’m beginning to think she does it on purpose for publicity.

Suggested Reading on

think the green should have been mint, and the tan should have been coffee

next on

I’m amazed Catherine is not a princess she is Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. The duchess of Cornwall is not Catherine’s mother in law as she is William’s stepmother. Diana Princess of Wales, would have been Catherine’s mother in law if she were still alive. Sloppy journalism.

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