Bistro Joe's

4.3
658 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
Bistro Joe’s is an endeavor to create a sensational dining experience through inspired cuisine and superior service. Momentarily escape, and let your senses feast on globally influenced fare ~ with elements of surprise ~ in a casual, yet upscale eatery. Our mezzanine setting is a comfy blend of vintage and contemporary, designed to encourage shared dining experiences with friends, old and new.
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OT
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like that this is a unique atmosphere. My husband both enjoyed our meals. Will be back soon.

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LS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love love love bistro joes. Delicious food, wonderfully atmosphere and the service is outstanding. My family and I go often and enjoy it every time

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GG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it here. Love the food, the servers, and the ambiance!!

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OT
Detroit
126 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service consistently very good. Nice variety.

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FL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour.we liked the beef sliders and the Brussels sprouts. We like to sit way in the back past the bar.

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KW
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food, great atmosphere and Great service. Thanks!

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ND
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

A unique spot to have a meal. I went there for brunch. The food was not good . I ordered a skillet . I think it was the cowboy skillet and it was one of the specials for the day. and it was bland , no flavor. I needed ketchup. I ordered a French 75 for a drink and it was yummy. Would I go back?? Probably not

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FL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks!!! The shrimp N grits were to DIE FOR! Perfect place for apps and happy hour. My only complaint is it gets a lil pricey during dinner hours....but hey, it's Birmingham.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My granddaughter had pancakes. I am a pancake lover but had a healthy omelette which was very good, but when I had a bite of her pancake it was the best I have ever had. Next time I will have your pancakes .

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GN
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sliders!

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RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girlfriend and I tried the Bistro for craft cocktails and dinner. Super sunny day, patio was the only takes available but right in the sun. We preferred to wait and the host and stay accommodated is in every way possible while we waited for seating inside. Cocktails were made with care and flair and we all delicious. When the meal came, appetizer of tuna tacos (yum!) we're the perfect start to us sitting the Flaming Tomahawk. Quite a presentation and quite a steak. We both lived it and the sides were fabulous as well. Apparatus and Mac and cheese sound pretty pedestrian, but the flavors! Really, really good. We spent a little more than we usually do, but I think it was all well with it. Definitely we will go back.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was wonderful, as always. The service was very lackluster. Our server made almost no conversation other than to ask what we wanted to drink and our order. After our food was served, we didn't see our server until we were almost finished eating. I'll definitely dine at Bistro Joe's again, and I was fortunate enough to have my favorite companion to eat with; but our server in particular could have been a little more personable and attentive.

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KS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

It was all good except our table was noticably dirty with a layer of greasy dirt, as if it hadn’t been cleaned in a long time.

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OT
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brussels sprouts were great.
Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms were ok.
Mushroom flatbread was terrible. Undercooked and no flavor at all. Bread was very pasty and barely edible. We have had it before and it was excellent. Not this time. Server was very condescending and did not offer to take it back to cook more or replace it. Very bad experience.

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AP
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Bloody Mary was a meal! It has so much added to it that I wasn't that hungry for my meal. It was delicious! I had the skillet with grits, pulled pork, poached eggs and corn bread. Amazing taste sensation. Perfect aside from the fact that I was pretty full from my meal in a drink!!

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h
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing. Untrained staff and oblivious management.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service even better food. Had reservation for two. It ended up being three of us and they were able to accommodate immediately. Nice ambiance and view of Joes Market. Will definitely return.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We made a reservation at 12:15 PM and it took them over 30 minutes of waiting for us to finally be seated

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SS
Detroit
115 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Reliably good, fresh food that is well-prepared. We appreciated that our server brought our birthday girl a HUGE slice of remarkable chocolate cake to help us celebrate - without our asking!

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Always love the food and service here. Need to direct the heaters towards the customers....still too cold

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R
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server Michele was very attentive. We both ordered the soup and sandwich lunch combo. The chili was a little spicy for my taste. Salad was smaller than expected. My friend’s tomato bisque was too sweet for her. Nice quiet place to relax and talk. I would recommend as it’s convenient to downtown Birmingham. Will try other items next time. And you can get good groceries after you eat!

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KC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

While I have always enjoyed the Bistro, the wait for food was ridiculous long. Once we got there the waiter got our drinks to us pretty quickly and then took the dinner order for 4 people and the wait for the food exceeded 45 minutes. It was totally unacceptable and never did the waiter come and tell us the issue. The orders should not have been overly complicated as they were sliders, onion soup, mac & cheese and a beef appetizers and lamb chops. Takes away any desire to return any time soon even though the food is very good - when the kitchen cannot accommodate orders, then one's entire rating decreases substantially.

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DJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took a very long time to get our food.

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TG
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Last time we went the service was extremely slow and this time even worse. Nearly an hour to bring the special despite asking several times. They were ‘plating’ for twenty minutes! Bacon wrapped scallops were wrapped in bacon that was nearly all fat and only cooked on one side. We could not comment as we were so late to get to our concert

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KM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal celebrating a friends birthday. Food was outstanding, we sat on the patio overlooking Woodward which was great for talking. Wonderful experience overall.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I am not one to send food back or complain so I let it go. However, I went the week before and my food was wonderful and suggested we go to another friend due to my wonderful meal. This time, my medium rare steak was well done and very chewy. The patio was freezing with only one heater on but I will say our waitress was very attentive.

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TT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. This was my first visit. The food was great with excellent customer service!

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CC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2nd time we’ve been here. Both times the food,servers, and drinks were amazing.

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A
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!

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GG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun food, great waiter, and loved sitting on the porch!

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DA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a consistent good time and great food!

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Bottom line, the food was outstanding. Made a reservation, arrived 10 minutes early, was seated where we asked and reminded hostess two more coming. Twenty minutes later we found the other two in our party were seated after we arrived in another area. Thankfully we looked for them! Hostess did not even react when we told her what happened. Also the waiter was so laid back that we waited and finally had to let him know what we were missing and yelled across the room what we chose for dessert. Needless to say, courtesy and efficiency needs reinforcement. But kudos to the chef...top notch flavors in everything we ordered!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! My wife had a giant lobster and I had the steak- amazing. The dessert was to die for- brownie with ice cream served in hot skillet.

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D
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Got sat right away wit our reso..but it took almost 20 minutes to get a drink. Our brunch order was in and our server came back to say "the bartender is behind your drink should come with breakfast. It took almost an hour to get our food..had to send eggs back from the benedict because they were cold and hard, they replaced them with more one under cooked and another overcooked egg. Pancakes were oveecooked and crunchy. Pretty subpar for the price. And no personality or service from our server. Disappointment all around.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The few times I been here I had amazing experience except for this time. I understand that the place was extremely busy but it just seemed like we were forgotten about. It took like 20 minutes for our waiter to greet us and get drinks started. The service was lackluster throughout the whole dining experience, but the food was great.

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out wih friends during brunch!
Mimosas are delicious!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Will not be visiting ever again!

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KH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing! The service was great and the food is phenomenal! I love the atmosphere and the convenience of the market down below is wonderful!

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

Were very busy Saturday night. Waiting an hour and a half before even our apps came out. Record time I’ve ever waited. Server was very kind and kept apologizing and thanked us for our patience. However, when the bill came nothing was comped. If you are busy and your kitchen can’t keep up and you make customers wait an hour and a half for even an app you might want to compensate for something for the inconvenience.

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