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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:


    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "First time at Cliff Bells, for Detroit Restaurant Week. Enjoyed it a lot, the food was great. The service was a little slow - we got out in about 2 hours - but I think it's supposed to be like a laid-back jazz club. We got there around 4:45 after the Tigers game, and had a 5:30 reservation, but still got seated; the jazz band started playing at 6pm."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Had a great meal there during Restaurant Week, a perfect way to sample this place. It's beautiful, the staff was warm and friendly, and the food was excellent. Strong recommendation here and we will be back. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We chose this place as one of the restaurants we wanted to visit during Detroit Restaurant Week. It was out first visit and the menu for the event looked impressive and delicious...on paper. Few of my friends warned me in advance that Cliff Bell's is either outstanding or a total miss, depending on the night. Well, our night was a big miss. Even though we had reservations, we still had to wait over half an hour to be seated. Once seated, we waited forever for our waitress to show up, and that wait was pretty much a theme throughout the evening. Food was mediocre at best. The portions were "sample size" for all courses and the jazz band was loud enough to kill any conversation attempt. The only thing I loved was the interior. Waste of money"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Cannot believe that we have never been here before! Flawless experience..."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Cliff Bell's, and it will not be the last. The three course menu for Restaurant Week was generous in comparison to others, and the execution was excellent. The only reservation we could get was 5:30 on Saturday, but it was plenty lively even at that early dinner time. Not at all disappointed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food portions were insanely small and our ice cream was melted before it even reached the table. The musicians sounded like children banging on instruments. I now understand why there was no cover charge that evening. It was EXTREMELY loud and we couldn't wait to leave. We tried to make the best of it, but we had to yell to try to speak to each other. I will be very selective about which night I return for drinks and I will make sure I eat dinner prior to arriving. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We took the opportunity to dine at Cliff Bells to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We chose to celebrate a weekend early because it was Detroit Restaurant Week but were really disappointed with the portion sizes. 3 course meal for $30 per person sounded like a great deal but we ended up leaving Cliff Bells and going straight to another restaurant to order appetizers. The food was delicious but definitely not enough to feel satisfied. On the other hand, the drinks were great and our server was awesome!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It was a great Restuarant Week choice! Plenty of variety for each person in my group. Amongst us we ordered the bacon wrapped scallops, apple and asparagus salad and the mushroom risotto for the first course. The scallops and salad were both delicious, but the risotto was surprisingly bland. The next course we received the Petite Filet, Swordfish Medallions and Braised Short Ribs. Everyone cleaned their plates for this course. Last we had a mix of the Lemon Bar and Chocolate Cake desserts, both a la mode. Every course was a little smaller portion size than what I'm used to, but the meal overall was quite filling. Sizes are probably larger for non-Restaurant Week orders."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the atmosphere was great and a band was playing :) Great time!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great ambience and food. This was my second time at Cliff Bells and will be back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was a part of the first course during Detroit Restaurant Week and they are to die for. I would go back JUST for this item. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I was very disappointed with my dinner. I chose Coq au vin. I was given a leg and a BACK. Yes, a BACK. I told the waiter I was a little surprised at the choice of chicken and asked if I could possibly get a breast. He said of course and returned with a thigh. I assumed restaurant week was to give diners a chance to try out a new restaurant for a reasonable price; to make a good impression so that you would return. Not a chance. The wild mushroom risotto appeared to be rice with a few mushrooms added. My friends were not very happy with their selections either. We hoped that the desert would make up for the dinner. The sweet potato pie seemed to be from the refrigerator. Will not return. Not even for $30."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I had the bacon wrapped scaillion / duck confit w/dumplings / ginger bar . Not only were they out of creme brulee but also the ice cream that was supposed to accompany my ginger bar! Oh well, dessert aside, the dinner was sooo tasty & the ambiance was amazing"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My wife and I at at Cliff Bell's after a Detroit Tigers game. We were too early for the music, but we still had a wonderful time. One could almost expect to see Bogey sitting at the bar in this beautifully restored spot. The food was good (excellent beef short ribs) and the service was outstanding. By 5:30 the bar was jumping. We would go back just to sit at the bar and listen to jazz."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We had dinner w my husband brother& wife on a Thursday night during Detroit restaurant week.I have always wanted to try cliff's, so I was excited.they did not let me down! Great ambiance, we had a corner booth by the jazz band. our wait staff was perfect, because they definitely knew when to come around, but did not overdo it. my highlight was the swordfish, it was like 2 perfect little white steaks Yummmm! Only complaint is that the drinks were a bit pricey for what they were, but we would definitely go back for the food& atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I understand the concept of restaurant week and expect the portions will be small but the swordfish medallions entree was, although tasty, shockingly spare. Two small medallions with no starch or vegetables with it. I'm not a big eater and I left quite hungry. My friends' entrees were just a little bigger. I've eaten at restaurant week since it's inception and have always had a reasonably filling meal at other establishment. Disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Love the vibe of this restaurant. Felt like I was in an episode of 'Madmen'. Servic was excellent as was food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "When it comes to late-night eats and music that will satisfy your ears Cliff Bell's is the place to be. Don't let a sometimes $10 cover stop you from going through the doors, it is always worth it because the high quality music talent that this place attracts. The food is high quality. The Salmon Carpaccio is a must get. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "It is very loud because they have live music, just a thought to keep in mind : )"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Horrible service. Took 20 mins to get drinks, 45 mins for main course. No regular menu option during Detroit Restaurant Week. Also, no option to order an additional course (and pay for it) - some lame excuse about not having enough food. One first course option was gone (day 3 of DRW) and replaced with an additional second course option (??). Waiter was socially awkward. We were going to a theater show at 7:30. With a 5:30 reservation you would have thought we had more than enough time. We were 5 mins late to the show. Food was good. Not great but a nice selection. Fun bar scene and music great. I will be back - probably not to eat."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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
  • "dissapointment started the minute we parked, $10.00 parking in a run down lot. We had to wait at the door , no hostess for at least 10 minutes. She finally gave us a table w a partial view of the band, which was very loud we could not talk. Service was harried and slow. Small appetizer plate of olives and cashews but no bread basket, we had to ask for crackers. Food was good and High School Jazz band great and entertaining but to loud for small place."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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