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About Bistro Joe's

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.

34244 Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, American, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Woodward & Maple

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(248) 594-0984

Website:
http://www.bistrojoeskitchen.com/

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro Joe's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
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Casual (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Cozy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was good, but the ambience was terrible. We were stuck in a back corner, next to an office space. The office phone was ringing while we were trying to talk. We tried to turn off the ringer as it was so disruptive. It looked like the restaurant just tried to create extra tables and decided to put one in a former back office, without even trying to move the office. Supermarket employees—not waiters—were walking past us to get to the office space next to us. The restaurant was crowded and understaffed, so service was subpar (not the waiter’s fault). It didn’t help as we were sitting in “nowhere land.” Is it really worth the profit of an extra table to alienate customers who are likely never to return?

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Loved their foods, specially oysters!! So fancy decorating on foods !!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very nice; excellent waiter

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We ordered appetizer & entrees. Appetizer came right away and then we sat and waited. Finally asked about entrees & server said she waited to put in order so as not to rush us. It seemed too long until she came out & said the chef redid one of the entrees, fair enough. When it finally came out the sides were cold, not warm, but cold. They came back with them reheated on outside, but not a new order. Too many choices too eat at for a meal & service like this.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything we ordered was fresh and delisious! The menu is packed with unique dishes from appetizers to desserts. The drink menu is just abundant with a wide variety of wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails. Great kids menu as well!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 10, 2017

They save reservations for the very back of the restaurant near the grocery section. I've never been able to sit in the nicer restaurant area. Once we were dining while people were shopping for wine, hovering over and bumping into our table. It's also an area that gets ignored by servers. I asked about sitting near the front by the large window but they said they save it for "walk ins". Why bother to make a reservation to get trash tables??? Don't bother making reservations here unless you don't care about seating, service or a nice dining experience.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Once again Joe's Bistro did not dissapoint. Their Brussel Sprouts are the best. The filet wrapped in bacon melted in my mouth. The service was top notch, not too intrusive but there when needed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was the first time out of a dozen we had bad service . Everything else was fantastic . Food was warm not hot but I blame it on our server .

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and food.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Sat at the bar for happy hour drinks and appetizers was wonderful. Able to do a little shopping at the fruit market and meat market downstairs before I left

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Perfection!
My husband and I tend to have bad luck with tasteless, overpriced food or really bad service, or both, BUT our recent dinner at Bistro Joe's was impeccable. Sat on the enclosed patio with heaters and lovely lighting.
Ordered a bottle of wine, reasonably priced. Ordered the Bone Marrow app. Lamb Chops and Whitefish for dinner. Blonde brownie sundae for desert. Large portions and so deeeeeelicious!!!!
So happy we finally found a great spot that won't disappoint!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always great for weekend brunch. The best scones with whipped butter, and I ask for berry preserve. Really great. Also get yogurt with granola and fruit which is excellent. Hash browns, mushroom omelette, pancakes, French toast amazingly delicious. Very nice Bloody Mary bar

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Casual, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 30, 2017

First time at Bistro Joe's was a success! I was always really curious and their brunch menu is a great variety for all. The bloody mary bar was superb! I couldn't even decide on toppings. We had 6 people and it was a great spot out on the patio and we enjoyed the atmosphere. I don't know how much I would have loved it being inside, the outside is so bright and lively though. Would recommend for brunch!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was surprisingly terrible! Super salty, not as fresh as I would expected from a market. Service was mediocre, something I would expect from an all night run down diner! Expensive night out for this meal.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

I have eaten here several times over the past few years and always enjoyed the food. This time, the Nicoise Salad ( previously a favorite ) was just bad- mediocre. My friend who had the fish tacos ate half of one and said the fish was bad and didn't eat them. The wait staff did not offer to replace the meal. There are so many good restaurants in the area that we will not return to Bistro Joe's.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The restaurant was not busy yet my food took an extremely long time and it was cold.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was great as always!

Cocktails and dinner with friends :)

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We've eaten here many times and had events here as well. The biggest issue is how slow they are. So avoid it if you're in a hurry. The other issues is the atrium/balcony seating in the summer, especially during sunset times as it is far too hot and it makes for a miserable and sweaty experience.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 16, 2017

My family and I go to Bistro Joe's most Sundays for brunch. I also have been here multiple times for lunch and dinner. The food is always amazing and fresh. The service is always great!! Make sure to make reservations because this place is so amazing that it gets booked up super fast! Brunch is always amazing and they offer great specials. They also have an amazing Bloody Mary bar and mimosas for brunch! Try their fig jelly and scones they are hands down the best thing I've ever eaten!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Chris was awesome! & very accommodating! The food was delicious as usual!! Can't wait to go back!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food! Truffle fries are the best!!! Service was excellent!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food, active atmosphere, varied menu. Many choices for the vegan and paleo alike. The layout is a bit of a fishbowl as you are overlooking the gourmet grocery below. It's a rather small long train layout with tables and half-booths. A bit cramped. However, the food, the cocktails, and the waitstaff are wonderful. Decor is colorful and casual.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 11, 2017

I love going to Bistro Joe's. Dan the bartender is great!

I have a food allergy and they were very conscientious about it ensuring clarification and ingredient list on the sauces used in the dish.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Omaha)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great place with great food with a view of Woodard Ave!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent food and service, our favorite restaurant by far!!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, People Watching, Fun, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great restaurant with good food, good service, and a neat ambiance. Friendly, helpful staff throughout.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We had a fantastic meal! Dan did a great job taking care of us. You have to try the 47 oz Tomahawk Ribeye. It comes with great side and the steak is great. Half off wine Wednesdays is a great time to go and drink good vino at half off.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The food was absolutely scrumptious!!! Our sever told us they had the best brunch but we didn't believe her because she's supposed to say that! LOL. I had the corned beef in the hopper. My daughter had the French toast. And my other daughter had the thank the lard. Everything was delicious. I have been telling people about it since we left! Can't wait to go back.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This is one of our favorites restaurants, great food and Excellent service!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We went for happy hour on Friday night. We expected it to be busy, but there were always open tables around us on the patio. Service was fantastic, very attentive waiter. Drinks were very good. Food was fine. Overall the menu was very limited and super pricey.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I love Bistro Joe's! I always have a fantastic meal. The derive is great and the food is so fresh. Very fun atmosphere. I recommend sitting in the patio. Happy hour is my favorite time to visit because of the great drink and food specials. I highly recommend the mussels during happy hour and a Moscow mule 😊

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great food, great company

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Healthy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Favorite lunch spot and great as always! Fun to shop in the market afterwards.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Really love this place. Food consistently good with service to match.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Nice place to eat coupled with market. Food was good but presentation was unusual.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great, good service. Somewhat expensive but worth it.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Disabled Access, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Our server Sarah was amazing, nice and super helpful with the menu. The food was great especially the soft shell crabs special.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Stopped at Bistro Joe's for a drink and meal before going to a show at Meadowbrook. Great Happy Hour specials. Nice wine list. Loved the sunny outdoor dining area.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 6, 2017

I liked the ambiance of the inside, but several in my group wanted to sit on the patio. The bench was hard as a rock and the discomfort was a bit distracting. It also felt cramped. Someone order the large meal for 4 and the smoke filled the patio such that it burned our eyes a bit. Finally a waiter opened a window. The patio was not very decorated; it didn't have much character which seemed out of balance with the prices on the menu and the quality of the food.
Next time I will sit inside. But the food was outstanding.....5 stars. And the service was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 4, 2017

First time I visited for dinner. Options were great. The bread is AMAZING (the butter is BETTER)!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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