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Cliff Bell's
Cliff Bell's

Cliff Bell's Details

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


    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: Ashleigh Laabs (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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "I would come back here for beverages and entertainment, for sure, but not for a pre-theater dinner. The tomato basil soup was thick and odd and served without a cracker, crouton or sliver of bread. I felt like I was eating a bowl of ragu. The vegetarian pasta dish was kind of chewy and a bit bland, although the veggies were nice and fresh and it was served piping hot. The mac and cheese crock that my dinner companion had was absolutely wonderful and would really hit the spot late at night along with a drink and some music. Our waiter was moderately attentive."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I took my parents, who are from West Michigan, to Cliff Bells for lunch. Jarrod Champion was on the piano playing jazz standards (he's so talented! His is an excellent interpreter of song), bottomless mimosas were fun, the food was excellent, the service was very attentive, and the atmosphere was fun and relaxing. The whole experience was fantastic. I will really cherish this visit with my parents and this experience made it memorable."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We celebrated Keith's Fourth of July 77th birthday with a 7 pm dinner after the ball game crowd had cleared out and before the 9 pm music began. So it was quiet. The Coq au Vin I found to be quite good. No bread was served with the meal, though, which seems unusual. The server brought the soup before we got our drinks. When we pointed this out, it was quickly corrected and handled nicely. (It's ok with us for people to be in a learning curve as long as they are charming about it.) Cliff Bell's is very beautiful on the inside, worth a trip to see all by itself. We're going back again soon for the jazz which we know if fantastic."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our first visit and was designed to hear French jazz pianist Phillipe LaJune. And we were not expecting such a fine meal accompanying the fine music. Like a double header at the old ballpark, this place is a great jazz lovers retreat ... Like stepping back time, Cliff Bells provides a glimps of glitz and glamour of the 1930's and 1940's night scene. It's easy to see why they've remained in business for so many years. Though jazz lovers are a rather small faction of the music scene, they're blessed with a venue that oozes the traditions of America's own music. Our good fortune was augmented with seating next to headliner LaJune at stage right. Before and between sets provided ample time the meet him in person. Great food and great jazz."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have considered myself a bit of a foodie who enjoys good food. I have dined at many Detroit Restaurants over time and I enjoyed the food. We have never dined at Cliff Bells, I think we were scared off that it was a jazz club and I thought that meant a bar. We looked at the menu online and decided to try Cliff Bells. The food was amazing. We will be back very soon especially for the Sweet Potato Salad."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Awesome place to eat, fantastic jazz. We will be returning here often!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I went for the first time the other day. We were so impressed. The service was great and the food was amazing!!! They also have a great drink menu! And of course the music was great! We sat close to the stage and I was afraid it was going to be too loud but it wasn't. We will be going back for sure. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had dinner there Friday night June 27th. Every bite was delicious!! The service was impeccable and the décor was very retro cool. Right off the DPM so easy to get to as well!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our first time to this classic jazz club. Saw an amazing jazz/hip-hop group from Chicago (Sidewalk Chalk). Staff was super friendly. Food was great. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We know the atmosphere at Cliff Bell's never disappoints and more often than not the music is incredible, but our visit this time ALSO include two incredible meals. Both were incredible flavor and prepared beautifully . . .not that it's ever been bad, but I don't recall the food being THAT good. Great evening all around not to mention the incredible talents of Thaddeus Davis quartet."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Cliff Bells is the place to be. Great food and drinks"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food and service were lackluster; venue was great for the jazz show. Was very surprised to have to pay cover for a restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "our table was the closest to the door so it got a little tough with sunlight kind of in and out of my eyes. But overall I had a great time and the food was delicious. Waitress was attentive with bottomless drinks which is always a plus"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We came to see a show, and we're glad we went. The show was delightful, and the environment charming. Unfortunately, the food was uneven at best. The appetizers (mac & cheese and stuffed pepper) were good, but the entrees (duck confit & steak) were bland, and the desserts (chocolate cake and sweet potato pie) were so bad we didn't finish them. The bar was out of the ingredients to make the two cocktails I ordered (things listed on the menu, not something special I requested). They made alternatives, but the result wasn't impressive. I'd come for another show and give it another shot (perhaps it was just an off night?), but it definitely didn't live up to my expectations."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The ambience and music was great, the service is great, drinks are awesome. Food was ok. But the whole experience was very nice."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Second time there as I don't live in detriot and it was great. Thank you cliff bells for a wonderful evening. Music was good but little loud this time."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went mainly for the live jazz. Having read mixed reviews on the service and food at Cliff Bell's we weren't sure, but we chose to dine there anyway. The music was pleasant. But the meal earned our lasting devotion. We ordered the Brussell Sprouts appetizer, Coq au Vin and Duck Confit entrees, and for dessert we shared a piece of Strawberry Cheesecake. The service was terrific--paced just right, with the server frequently checking in on our needs. The food was plentiful, and by any measure, exquisite! The cheesecake topped off a great night, as it was both delicious and unique. This was my first visit to Detroit and Cliff Bell's took the cake."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good food, great music! We had a lot of fun, dancing and the dinner was very good (although portions are a little bit small). The interior is authentic and provides open space as well as niches for more private talk. Highly recommended for friends of good music!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Live music was outstanding, love the atmosphere and staff always go above and beyond. Their signature drinks are outstanding and I appreciate the selection of wine and beer available as well. I have yet to have a full meal as this is often my after dinner place but the desserts have been delicious. It is a little piece of Bourbon Street right in Detroit, great for dates or a fun night out with friends."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "It was my very first dining experience at Cliff Bell's. I'd like to come back again soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was my first time coming to Cliff Bell's with my husband and friends and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. We especially like the fact that we could come as we were and be comfortable in such an elegant atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have dined here before and this time was "ok". I have had exceptional service and outstanding food during previous occasions. However, this time I found the experience to just be ok; not Cliff Bell's quality to be honest. Maybe they have a new chef. I'd go back because it was only one visit that wasn't fantastic! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We come to Cliff Bell's for the music, but the hearty, well-prepared bistro food is just right for a supper-and-jazz club -- steak, fish, duck confit sorts of dishes. There's the occasional dash of creativity (like the excellent wild mushroom ravioli), but expect primarily comfortable food in a great venue. Service is surprisingly attentive, too, and not just for hustling drinks."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I am from Detroit and have been coming here since they reopened, and ALWAYS had an excellent experience. They food was always good, and the ambience unmatched. I was back in town during Detroit's Restaurant Week and suggested to my family in town and my husband we hit Cliff Bell's because "duh". Well, I got blamed for picking it. The service was terrible. We sat for a half hour (with reservations) at our table with nothing, not even a greeting. When we finally got in a drink order it took another twenty minutes....so 50 minutes seated and no drinks yet. Our food was a disaster. We finally got that order in and it showed up late, and we STILL didn't have silverware to eat our cold food. Every table in that place was unhappy. TOTAL FAIL. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food menu is an afterthought. This is a LOUD Blues joint. Entertainment was so-so. Don't was your time or $."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mom and I are big jazz fans, so I was excited to hear they had remodeled and were serving brunch on Mother's Day. When I called, the only reservation left was at 3 and I knew the music started at 11, so I asked if there would still be music. I suppose that technically she did not lie when she said there would be music on and off all day, but we learned when we arrived that the music always ends at 3 and doesn't start again until 6. The service was excellent, and everyone was very nice, but I hope they're able to get better management -- to add insult to injury, it was less than half full when we were seated at 2:50. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I heard many good things about the brunch and was taken back by the limited menu options for Mother's Day. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I heard about this place through someone else. I didn't know what to anticipate! Now having gone, this place was and amazing treat for my girlfriend and I! Both her and I loved every moment of it! Don't worry about parking. They did valet for $10. The service was outstanding! Everyone was friendly and welcoming! I would recommend this place to everyone! Definitely a treasure in the D! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Music was great. Building had chacater and ambience. Service was good and friendly. Food was well over priced for portions received, and the quality didn't make up for it. My dinner was bland. Overall we had a good time. The music made it worth the visit. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food portions are very small and expensive. Would like to see more variety on the menu. I had shrimp and grits which was good. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food is already expensive, there should be no cover charge. I spent $30 before eating."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My Wife and I went for Restaurant Week. We both were blown away by the service, food, musical group and atmosphere. looking forward to going back. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The waitstaff was the most disappointing. Not very friendly or informative. My wives salmon was very undercooked (basically raw) and the waiter never came back to check on us until we had almost completed our dinner. All he offered was to get her another piece of salmon."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Cliff Bell's is a speakeasy from the 30's that has been completely restored. The inside is absolutely beautiful- warm woods. big bar, lots of tables and gorgeous lighting. But the amazing thing is that the fantastic live music, which is jazz/blues, is matched by the food. Cliff Bell's has the best steak I have ever had. Don't miss it! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "With live music and a cozy feel we were able to cure our hangovers with Cliff Bell's bottomless mimosas. We enjoyed the piano music as we felt like we were in a scene from Boardwalk Empire. This is definitely a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Went to see music which was great. Food and service were ok"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Cliff Bells is the ultimate destination spot to see a band you love or even a musical artist you may just want to "check out." The menu, while not overly abundant with choices, has several interesting and well executed options. My party of 4 each had different entrees and everyone was more than pleased. The service was great, but the atmosphere is the reason why you go. You can completely envision what it must have been like in Detroit's hey day while you are dining and listening to music. I have been to CB for happy hours as well and have been equally pleased, but adding the element of incredible music (we saw Dust Bowl Revival) makes it logarithmically better. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Very loud atmosphere with many people crowded around the bar. Portions were quite small, definitely not worth $90 for a dinner for two."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We normally went to another nearby restaurant before Tiger games but were so glad we visited Cliff Bells this week. It takes you back in time with its beautiful, warm interior and background music. We can't wait to return when there is live entertainment. Our dinners were great. Definitely try the filet! Servers were very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back and tell others what a great place this is!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I've only been once and that was during restaurant week. Portions were small and I left hungry. I'd imagine portions are much bigger off the regular menu."
    Dined on 4/19/2014