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Cliff Bell's
Cliff Bell's

Cliff Bell's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cliffbells.com
  • Email: info@cliffbells.com
  • Phone: (313) 961-2543
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner:

    Sunday: 11:00am - 10pm

    Monday: Closed (Open for various events - check monthly calendar)

    Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - midnight

    Friday: 4:00pm - 1:00am

    Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am

    Kitchen Hours:

    Sunday closes at 9:00pm

    Tuesday-Thursday closes at 11:00pm

    Fri & Sat closes at midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Baldridge
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: From weddings to company parties and networking events, Cliff Bell's is Detroit's premier destination for private events.



    With the ability to seat up to 150 guests (including 30 at the bar), Cliff Bell's can accommodate private events – large and small. And with a nationally recognized kitchen and award-winning cocktails, we offer numerous meal and bar packages.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Jackson (313) 961-2543
  • Entertainment: Cliff Bell's hosts nightly entertainment featuring a variety of performances including local and national musicians. Weeknight performances at Cliff Bell's are typically free of charge. For weekend performances and special events, there is usually a cover charge collected at the door.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Adams & Elizabeth
  • Public Transit: For quick access from other areas of downtown Detroit, the Detroit People Mover is available. Please use the Grand Circus Park station stop to visit Cliff Bell's.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Cliff Bell's offers valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. Additional parking options include nearby street parking (city meters enforced until 10 p.m.) as well as nearby surface lots and parking garages. Cliff Bell's does not own a private parking lot.
A word from Cliff Bell's
Welcome to Cliff Bell's, where a truly unique dining and entertainment experience await you. As soon as you step through our doors, you'll take a step back in time. The 1930's charm of the lavish, art-deco interior will have your friends talking for hours.  



The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere sets the mood for a night not to be forgotten. Signature cocktails and dinner are ordered as the Jazz trio begins to play on stage. The quiet bustle of the club begins to come to life!



Cliff Bell's is once again alive with spirit and song. But don't take our word for it…. Discover this cultural gem for yourself during an evening of jazz and dinner, Sunday brunch, daily lunch, or our popular happy hour.



"The place to be in Detroit."
- The New York Times
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went on a date. Food and service is fair at best As for our poor waitress she had way to many tables to service with food and drink. Drinks and song were grea,t if you like jazz. which we do"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Everything we had was good. I realize that we went on Restaurant week, however we had to change our order 3 times because they were out of so many different types of food. Other than that great atmosphere and food as always."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Cliff Bells for Restaurant Week. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was terrific. Service was a little spotty - some dishes were delivered missing items (dessert a la mode, missing the a la mode). After our dinner, while enjoying our drinks and conversations, the hostess came up and told us we needed to give up the table for a 9:30 reservation. It wasn't even 9 yet. It was really rude and left a bad taste in our mouth. We won't hold the restaurant to just one person but the hostess should not have spoken to us like that - especially since there was almost 45 minutes before 9:30 and many empty tables in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Cliff Bell's in years and were pleased to see that it's still thriving. The vintage decor--especially the curved wooden ceiling--make the noise level almost unbearable--and that was before the musicians started playing. Tables are very crowded; plan on making new friends with the table next to you! The food was outstanding and the service very good considering how busy they were on a Friday night. All-in-all a very pleasant tho' noisy evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. Dark atmoshpere and it was extremely noisy. Service was fair."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything was great except for the portion size. The menu says "scallops" but I only get 1? Food was good but not enough for the price. Besides that everything was excellent! Great band."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Totally enjoyed the Sunday brunch before the tiger game. Bottomless Bloody Mary's AWESOME"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had a great time hitting Cliff Bells for brunch prior to a show Sunday at the Fox. Made reservations because I was a little nervous with the Tigers having an afternoon game. Was seated promptly and quickly asked for our drink orders. Gotta love the bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's. And the food was delicious! Can't wait to go back for Restaurant Week to try out the dinner menu."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We love Cliff Bell's. The atmosphere is as wonderful as the food! The retro decor is of the restaurant and bar is amazing and I feel as though Frank Sinatra will be walking in for dinner! I would recommend the crispy brussel sprout and goat cheese appetizer to everyone including those who hate brussel sprouts....they were outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Quality of food does not justify price. All 4 in our party had stomach issues after dining. LONG wait on food. Server did not come to check on everything after food was delivered. Honestly couldn't wait to get out. BEWARE!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "What a great night! The service was outstanding. Samantha was attentive and efficient. She made excellent recommendations. Our meal was delicious. If I had to say anything on the negative, it was the jazz band was a bit loud. They were very good but for a small venue, they may want to turn it down a bit. It did not deter from a wonderful evening. I can't wait to visit again."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had reservations on a recent Sunday. There was only one other couple in the restaurant part of the place. It was 10 minutes before someone brought water. About 10 minutes before the waitress returned to take our order.There was an extremely long wait for our entree. The waitress did not return to our table until we were almost finished.. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes to "catch" our waitress to ask for the tab. When looking it over, I noticed that there was 2 charges for the wine: $7.00 for the white zin which I never received and $12.00 for the little glass of other wine. This was pointed out to the waitress and she tried to tell me that it was taken off. I showed her that it was not."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Given the fact that I've lived in Detroit my whole life and have never heard of this restaurant, I was very surprised at just how much my wife and I enjoyed the experience. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was perfect for a night out and the jazz music was a nice touch. Our waiter was a bit preoccupied with other patrons so it took us a while between having our plates collected and actually receiving the bill but this was an otherwise truly enjoyable night. I would definitely recommend cliff bells to anyone looking for a romantic setting or simply an awesome meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've been here several times for some drinks. It's really one of the greatest jazz clubs in the city. The best play there, and it's a perfect place for drinks. I've seen the menu and based on price thought it would be some really fine dining. Decided to go there for valentines day with my date. EXTREMELY dissapointed. Besides the one good point (the music) everything else was pretty awful. The food was mediocre at best, my main dish was inedible. I had to send it back it was so bad. And we're talking $20 a plate and up. No cheap stuff here. We were caught in a territory war between several servers, and the one that won our battle took forever, and ended up bringing the bill before we were even finished or could ask for a night cap. Awful!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Second time I have been to Cliff Bell's, first time for brunch. Amazing food, great jazz and spectacular service. It is quite loud with the music and the conversations but expected for a place that plays live jazz. Already planning my next visit. Can not recommend enough, absolutely Detroit GEM!!!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I've been to cliff bells before a couple times. Though this past Saturday my boyfriend threw me a surprise birthday party there. It was absolutely amazing! Perfect. I love the music, atmosphere, food and drinks! It's nice to. Get away from the daily life routine and, step into a place that makes you forget and you are enjoying every minute thanks again Cliff Bells"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I went for a date night and it was great. We sat in the bar area and our server was very attentive. The music is always good. The only thing is they need to dim the lights in the bar area when the band starts. It would increase the ambiance a bit more. Otherwise everything was great!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A Detroit must. This is one reason why Detroit will make it, but service needs to improve greatly if they are going to compete with Chicago, NY and other great food cities."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went to Cliff Bells for the first time Friday 3/21 to celebrate a birthday. Exceptional food and atmosphere, loved everything about it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The ambience, music and service were excellent. However the food was mediocre and over salted."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Good food just in small quantities but great atmosphere. Great for doing something different."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Overall we had a wonderful time! We were the winners of a $100 gift card from a bridal show. Before we received our gift card we had never heard of the place. The food was OUTSTANDING, amazing, A+!! It did take a while for it to come out, but it was hot and well worth the wait. We wished that we would have seen our waiter more. We had empty drinks for quite sometime. But overall we had a great experience and look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This was my first experience at Cliff Bell's and was quite surprised to walk in the door and be stopped by a man who said there was a $5 per person cover charge before I could give the hostess my name for the reservation. I had an entertainment book premier dining card and was told that it was not accepted even though the restaurant was listed as participating in the program. The food was good but the music was very loud and the restaurant is not conducive to having a conversation during dinner. My reservation was for 8:00 p.m. and the waitress informed us that the special for the night had already sold out. I thought it rather unusual that at 8 o'clock it was sold out already."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Atmosphere is interesting .... Food was not great and service the same"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Cliff Bell's was a great choice for a Friday night dinner with jazz outing. Parking was a cinch (across the street with 1/2 block walk). A friendly greeting at the door was followed by immediate seating. Swordfish was terrific. And we were glad we tried the Duck Mac 'N Cheese, which we had heard so much about. After dinner we enjoyed quality jazz with qualify cocktails. The mixologist at the bar made Godfathers better than the ones I make for myself at home. Sitting close to the stage, I felt little bits of NYC or Chicago jazz clubs in the air. We'll be going back, for sure."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was decent, the service was a bit slow for me. The entertainment was great and worth going back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Cliff Bell's is a cozy welcoming venue for a good evening's jazz session. The choice of ale was excellent and the food outstanding. We had an especially enjoyable evening since our son was playing bass trombone with the Huron High School Jazz Band. The club's decor is unusual and tasteful, quite ornate. We felt at home with wonderful music and support from the waiting staff."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Had so much fun at Cliff Bell's, great food and the jazz group Spare parts was excellent. Make sure you request your car at least twenty minutes before you are ready to leave and stay at your table. The valet service is good but a bit slow."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Cliff Bell's is a jazz club, that happens to have a bar and food. The jazz is the primary attraction although the food is pretty good. Service somewhat slowed by the group playing; but since we expected that I have no issue with it. The best part is the speakeasy atmosphere giving you an opportunity to dress up or down as the mood hits you and listen to some great music."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Come for the music only. Food was subpar and under seasoned . I was surprised that this iconic dinner club had what I equate to wedding food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great historical place restored to past glory. Awesome night life and great music. Just a cool place to be. Fun to get dressed up for and go have a different kind of fun. Good for couples or groups. Prices are great compared to other places of this caliber."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A step back in time. I can onlt imagine the nightclub action back in the 1930s and 40s. Great place, food, drinks, service and most of all ambiance. We will be going back to Cliff Bells with friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It was way too noisy. . .even the waiter could not hear to take our orders."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I took my mom and dad here to here Chris Collins who is a professor at Wayne State that is very popular in the jazz world. Right from the moment we set foot in Cliff Bells everyone was wonderful. The waitress we had was very patient with my elderly parents while taking there order and she checked on us regularly to make sure everything was running smoothly. The food was superb I had steak and they orded salmon. Everything was cooked perfectly. The lighting and overall ambience was perfect for s mellow jazz evening. MYI will surely return here and I recommend it for anyone who loves live jazz and excellent food."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Our service was not very good. We asked for bread....they didn't have it. We asked for latte or espresso....didn't have it. Fell short of our expectations."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Cliff Bell's is a wonderful historic restaurant with a up to date creative menu that is well executed. Live music added to the experience and was just the right volume that we could enjoy the music and still have some conversation at our table. Only 2 small criticisms: 1) Our table was so small we felt crowded with water classes, beverages and plates. 2) The lights were so low that to read our menus and pay our bills we had to use the flashlight features on our phones."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been here before and the food was wonderful. I don't know what happened but I payed a lot of money for a sub par dinner. Both of our meals were bland and the appetizer we ordered, peppers stuffed with apple was just a weird combination. The $40 filet mignon "special" was not special at all. Other than that, service was okay. Music and atmosphere were great as always."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This place is a classic... great bar scene, great atmosphere and great music. Service is very good. The food needs some improvment... but overall it's a great place to hangout..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoy trying new places to dine, especially when there is live music. While the music was great, everything else was nothing short of disappointing. From the moment we arrived until the time we left. The valet wanted payment upfront and had no change. He did offer to VIP park it for us to minimize our wait at the end--more on that to come. The hostess and waitress were rude. The food was lousy--no bread or crackers came with the soup I ordered. My date had requested a special dessert for my birthday when he made reservations and was assured it was no problem. It never materialized Then when we went to leave the valet took our keys and was gone for 25 minutes only to come back without the car! We ended up walking to it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "server was really nice. He didn't seem very educated in the menu. He wasn't able to give a lot of feedback on the food I was asking about. I would like to see your servers study the menu more to get a better understanding of the selections Very nice place. $26 for 3 small pieces of chicken is highway robbery. Especially with not sides. Another 7 dollars for a side salad that might be big enough for 2 bites. Not to mention all of the other overpriced side dishes. I would love to come here more, but I feel like these prices might keep me away. At the least, I would suggest specials on food throughout the week to influence people to come in."
    Dined on 2/18/2014