Cliff Bell's
Cliff Bell's

Cliff Bell's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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: Ashleigh Laabs 3139612543x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Cliff Bell's reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (70)special occasion (66)late-night find (58)neighborhood gem (55)vibrant bar scene (51)hot spot (39)fit for foodies (36)good for groups (28)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (7)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good Food, Great Music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Good Food, Great Music, fabulous restoration of old building from the 1930's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B-Day Celebration
    Jonesy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great Service. Had 2 person table, front and center of the 3 piece jazz band. Music and Food was excellent. Only compliant: food was unusually pricey....I guess you get what you pay for. Nice package for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere! Great Musix! But Eat First!
    Adam
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Musoc was outstanding! Loved Band! Had a great waitress, but the food itself was below average. I would still rexcomend Cliff Bells, but make sure you eat somewhere else first.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the music...
    kraftee
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    ...and stay for the music and drinks. Atmosphere was great, music outstanding, drinks very good. Food menu was limited and more eclectic that I would have preferred, fairly pricey. Location is great, right downtown by a bunch of other great bars.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goos Atmosphere
    k5lawson
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have been to Cliff Bells previously, for drinks and had dinner for the first time this weekend. The food was good, although not a whole lot to choose from. I love the live entertainment, and the service was good. My only complaint is that they place the tables far to close next to each other in order to fit as many people in as possible. It feels like you are eating dinner at a banquet table with a bunch of strangers. I was placed on a corner near the walkway, and was unable to cut my food without someone running into my elbow. Overall good atmosphere, cool architectural structure, good food - just not the most comfortable accommodations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and music
    Worldrallyoffrd
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The band was excellent and every plate at the table was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    trum
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It is a nice restaurant with a small menu. Which I like because that means that the food will be delicious, which was the case. It has the feel of a speakeasy and they have a great selection of wines, liquor and specialty drinks. Great place for a date night. Live Jazz music was easy on the ears.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent place to dine
    SarniaCanada
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great depression era looking decor. Bar staff were very friendly and knowledgeable when it came to deciding on a "different drink". Our waitress was very good but busy taking care of many tables. Because of this, she didn't give us quite as much attention as I hoped. It wasn't from her lack of motivation but rather the amount of table she had to deal with. I would recommend this place to friends and co-workers. Good location also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first time!
    NickB
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took my wife and some friends here prior to a show at St. Andrews. It was our first night out since having our first child, and my wife's first time in Detroit in a long time. Cliff Bells was great! Good food, amazing drinks (try The Final Word), and the music was great background - and knew how to fit into the venue. I can personally vouch for the amazingness of the short ribs, which were the meat equivalent of melty fudgey goodness.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experiential dinner
    ExpDining
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I was excited to go to this location for dinner and night entertainment. The place was great but info have a few suggestions for someone going there for the first time. The website says that you should come in at 8pm for dinner to see the show. Choose at least 7:30. I would have liked to finish dinner before the band went on so that dinner conversation could be heard. Ask for the table you want. We were placed at a table between 2 couples with about 5" on either side. While the place was still pretty empty. No place for any privacy during conversation. Expect to pay a cover of $10 per person even if you are having dinner. I we all the place was really nice and I enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hunting4Food
    Hunt4food
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great Detroit Gem. Always great food and music. The service is attentive and polite. Quick with food and refills. I would put Cliff Bells on the must see and do list if you are from Detroit or come to Detroit. Read up on its History - be a part of its future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good music, food, and drink
    Looking4jazz
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Heard a great organ trio, drank Bookers, and ate beef tips in a room with a vintage wood veneer ceiling. Good vibe, slightly amateurish waitress with a nice walk.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch every month
    MimosaClub
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My friends and I go here once a month on a Sunday for brunch and all you can drink Mimosas. We have always had perfect service, excellent food and plenty of Mimosas. Definitely one of my favourite locations in Detroit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE Cliff Bells
    goodeats
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was my third or fourth time going to Cliff Bells. I love it because, like their website mentions, you can go in there before the game in your jeans and t-shirt or you can go all dressed up for a night on the town. There is a good mix of people and the food is great. I like that their menu is seasonal and their drink menu is a special feature. I also appreciate that they specify gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. The gluten free dessert was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful lacking important stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    i had very high hopes for clif bells. The menu was disappointing and so was the service. The selections were limited and so were the flavors.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    Simone
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Perhaps we picked an off time ~ Sunday at 130pm? It was quiet & empty. No hostess to be found and several servers walked past us w/o an acknowledgement. I asked the bartender if there was a host/ess around. He said yes & nodded to someplace behind my head. We cont'd to wait. Finally, a person asked if we had reservations. We did altho there were no more than several tables occupied. A server approached our table and from that moment on, service was impeccable. Food delicious, although both dishes were not as hot as we had expected. Music was nice but we were placed behind a huge pole, blocking a view of the artist. I have enjoyed brunch here in the past and this time was certainly an exception. Usually it is packed & fun & spot on!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There's a First for everything
    LoveAt1stSight
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Took my husband here for Sweetest Day dinner. Although he's a native Detroiter (and I'm just new to the city 3 months ago), he's never been here. Needless to say we were both well pleased. Atmosphere was lovely, music was great, and the food was excellent. Considering it was a "holiday" I thought it would be overly crowded and possibly uncomfortable, however their online reservation system prevented all of that. Surprisingly, I was even able to make reservations the night of only hours prior to our arrival. Not to forget, we arrived at the restaurant an hour early anticipating some wait time to be seated, but fortunately there was NO wait time and they were able to seat us an HOUR EARLY! We enjoyed our evening and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Jazz Bar
    Jazzy2class
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The music was amazing. The scene was perfect. The building is kind of small, you defiantly want to make reservations so you get a table. I wouldn't suggest a lugging a big purse cause the tables are small. A booth would be perfect though, they are a great size. The menu is pretty expensive. I would suggest eat before you go and just order the amazing wine. I loved my time there over all and my hubby truly enjoyed the grand Jazz.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martinis and Jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for dinner on Sweetest Day before heading to a show at City Theater. Fun music, service friendly and delicious food made for a perfect night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great jazz club
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The vibe they've achieved at Cliff Bell's is perfect. It's worn in the right ways, but still feels fresh. It's an incredibly comfortable spot with great food and great live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    SweetestDay21
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a great time here! Love the live music! The lamb burger was awesome! Love the lighting and the mood setting here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    llfagan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    we celebrated a birthday. Everything from the valet on down was great. The service, Nick, was very accomodating. We told him we just wanted to relax watch the show and we were in no hurry. I know servers don't usually like to hear that, but he was very gracious and attentive. The food was awesome. Served hot and timely. The entertainment was loud, but we didn't find it intrusive. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a very memorable night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • johnbtrade
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Overall I love cliff bells. Last time my group went they stuffed 4 of us in a booth that really was for three, right next to a table for 5 that was holding 7. But still one of the coolest places in the D
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Jazz!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    One of America's great jazz clubs. Music was outstanding. Food is very good. As with many jazz clubs, I'm always surprised when people show up and pay to hear the music but sit in the back and hold loud conversations. The house tries to suppress this to some extent but does not strictly enforce a quiet policy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience in downtown Detroit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is a cool vintage campy setting convenient to sports and plays but the food is mediocre at best with no healthy choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    JayRell
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really enjoyed every part of our visit. Only thing was we ordered the braised ribs that we were looking forward to only to find out they were out after waiting. Besides that perfect place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    RonDoe
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was magnificent!!!! " Artic Charr" is a must have....The ambiance was nice. However, what's the use of making reservations, if when I get there, my party of four have to sit at the bar......that's the point of making reservations!!!!! we really enjoyed ourselves...
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Jazz Club Right Out of the '20's
    BillG
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Cliff Bell's is a jazz club right out if the 1920's! The interior decor is perfectly preserved and they have a great wooden bar. We went on a night with the house band and no cover charge, the music was great. The drinks were good and the food was OK. If you need a jazz fix, this is the place to good in Detroit!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy musical environment
    franghend04
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our first time at Cliff Bell's and the cozy, intimate environment was great for my husband and I, we usually attend one of the restaurants' for the Detroit Restaurant Week. The food was great but slow receiving our courses in a timely fashion that was the only issue I had. The music was great to have a live pianists and band playing while enjoying dinner and drinks. Loved the apple cobbler desert especially topped with vanilla ice cream, shrimp and braised beef appetizers was delicious as well as the main course. We will return again and this is also a place where friends, co workers and business lunches can meet as well. Thank for this rewarding experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Detroit Restaurant Week
    Kevyful
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I wanted to check out a restaurant for DRW. My dad is a jazz lover so we decided to treat him to a jazz club and fine dinner. We could not have made a better choice! The atmosphere was nice and vintage. We came on the weekend of a Tiger game. That took some of the romance away, but amplified the fun. The crowd got into the jazz trio that performed and really added to the energy of the room. The meal was well worth full price and allowed us to dine on items we might not have tried otherwise. ( Shrimp and grits?!?- WONDERFUL!) We made reservations thru opentable.com and that too was a very easy positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Love2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food, service and live jazz music. Most definitely will be back. If you are looking for a quiet place to dine this is not it while the music is playing. The cocktails are awesome also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    tigershark5347
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was very poor and it was not even busy at the time of my visit. Food was okay - it was restaurant week so the menu was limited. I may find when the full menu is available the food may be better. Ambiance was nice listening to the jazz band as we dined
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cash
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was delicious, and the energy was electric. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    nz1511
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First timer at Cliff Bell's. The food was wonderful. Went for restaurant week and had the Better Made Arctic Char. Perfectly breaded and very tender. Could've used a little bit more of a piece. My fellow diner had the same meal, but definitely a larger piece of fish. The corn "sauce" it was on top of was amazing. I wanted to lick the plate! Service was really great. Our waitress was attentive and always available to refill our waters and bring us new drinks. Noise level was quite loud as it was prior to a Tigers game. Did not expect that from this place. Could barely hear the trio playing on stage. It did quiet down a bit after people left to head to the game.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was disappointed when I first stepped inside and the noise was overwhelming. It was a Tigers game night and everyone was crowded around the bar in their jerseys being loud, not really the scene I wanted for my anniversary dinner with my husband. It quieted down at 6 when the music started, but our reservation was at 5:15, so we were 3/4 finished by the time things settled down. Food was good, cocktail selection was great, but I wouldn't recommend Cliff Bell's as a romantic spot, maybe just to stop in for the drinks and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not happy
    Denisemary10
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were disappointed in the parking valet during a Detroito Tiger game and believe increased the price for the valet, restraurant should have offered a discount for eating there. Also the waitress was in a hurry and did not come back to check on table, felt rushed in and out in 45 minutes. Restraurant Week is not recommended for this place. Appitizer was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Visited Cliff Bell's during Detroit Restaurant Week 2014. The food was really delicious! I just love the history and beauty of Cliff Bell's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a 5p dinner reservation during restaurant week. Got to sit up in the stage area which I convinced my 8 year old was the VIP section. The food was so amazing the 8 year old ate all of his spinach. One uncomfortable moment was when a manager who was in the process of leaving for the day was talking to our waitress within ear shot and he was dressing her down about leaving a napkin on our table or something ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had dinner with 3 friends during resturant week. Limited menu with 5 options to choose from for 3 courses (All food tasted good). Sat down at 6:45, ordered all 3 courses by 6:55, did not leave until 9:45. Waited over an hour and a half for our entrees, and even had the waitress come out and ask us to reorder after waiting an hour. This is after multiple complaints to the manager, who seemed to be the only one serving food to the entire resturant. Not to mention, while waiting, our glasses sat empty for long extended periods, in which we actually took our glasses to the bar to be filled.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than just a Detroit gem!
    Liljennyw
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Cliff Bell's is exactly what we wanted it to be! A neatly packed away little jazz/bar/restaurant worthy of it's notable reputation for fine dining, music and drinks! We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the trio playing on the stage we sat right in front of, eating our delectable meal. We thoroughly enjoyed the architecture and decor as well. The woodworking in the restaurant is so warm and inviting. Thanks again for a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.