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Babo - Detroit, Detroit, MI

Babo - Detroit

4.8
4.8
262 Reviews
$30 and under
American
An homage to owner Kris Lelcaj’s father, “babo” (slang for “dad” in Albanian) is a gourmet, all-day diner in Midtown Detroit. We will feature a menu comprised of creative, artisanal takes on comfort food classics that will be served up in a bright, lively ambiance.
We pride ourselves on carrying products of the highest quality and social responsibility from local, small batch producers. We will serve our guests, team members and community with a brand of unmatched hospitality. We will cultivate a dining experience that is as remarkable and unique as the city we call home.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Breakfast, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 9:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 974-6159

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Catering!

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Private Dining!

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Woodward

  • Parking details

    Street Parking, Park Shelton Garage

  • Public transit

    Ferry Street QLine Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 262 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Great for Brunch

  • Detroit

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit

    American

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  1. JR

    JimR

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only thing "wrong" with babo is they need to open a few more locations so more people can enjoy!
  2. m

    marial96

    Detroit

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 of us are brunch at Babo. We had excellent service. The food was amazing- I had the lemon ricotta pancakes, we had an order of truffle fries for the table. My friends had chicken and waffles, and a skillet. The chai tea martini was fantastic. Overall excellent meal and enjoyable time
  3. A

    Artt

    Detroit

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Babo is a very nice restaurant that serve breakfast (all day) and lunch. It's close to the Detroit Institute of Arts museum and combines well with a visit there. However, you have to reserve in advance because Babo is very very popular. We had eggs Benedict and a very impressive burger (2 patties, cheese, egg, onion). The server was efficient yet friendly and personable. You have to use a QR code menu, but that's OK for us because there is still a human person taking the order, and taking note of special requests. We appreciate their cloth napkins. The decor is charming and original. Why do I downgrade them slightly? Because tables are pretty close together and us older folks find it not very easy to get up from the teetery chairs; and because their wine selection did not include Chardonnay, which is my sweetie's preference. Neither of these are disadvantages to their principal audience, which appears to be under age 40.
  4. NR

    NancyR

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our first time, The experience was very pleasant. Food was well done. We were going to the DIA for Van Gogh exhibit. Very eclectic nice ambiance. Will definitely come back
  5. CL

    CathyL

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Delicious food, and lots of chocies. Wonderful service but kinda noisy.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Babo is literally one of my favorite places The waitstaff are amazing, always in a great mood and looking super cute! Food is always great. O
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was really great. Overall a 10/10.
  8. D

    Dave

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hana is absolutely the best!!!
  9. DG

    DorisG

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service met our expectations. We all enjoyed our meals and commented on the high quality of the meals we ordered. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu items and very professional. We enjoyed the entire experience and I highly recommend this restaurant. We dined inside and noted the simple and attractive decor.
  10. DB

    DaneshaB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, food and atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back! Everything I had was amazing 🤩
  11. J

    Jocelyn

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Babo is expensive, but it's also one of the few places where you don't have to strong arm someone into giving you a vegetable. The staff will make sure you have a fine dining experience, the food is delicious, the lavender lemonade is fabulous.
  12. CG

    Chris89G

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was friendly and inviting. The drinks were delicious and looked amazing! The food was exactly what we ordered and tasted great. :) We will definitely be coming back!
  13. TK

    TracyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whether sweet or savory, the food is delicious and presented beautifully. Staff are a pleasure, so helpful and accommodating. The space inside and outside has an air of the world class museum next door. A favorite is the Frida Bowl). Make a reservation as tables fill up fast.
  14. AB

    ABee

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Genty was great. He was friendly, knowledgeable and efficent
  15. CW

    CarolW

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Hadley, was the best!! She definitely enhanced our delightful experience at this darling restaurant. We created our own omelet and ordered the wings minus the sauce (that was good, but just not on our tastebud radar.). To top it off, an incredible slice of flourless chocolate cake was provided for our milestone birthday celebration. It was beyond decadent!! So yummy!! The noise level is quite high, but it was so uplifting to see so many people enjoying this special addition to the Midtown Detroit dining list!! Thanks again, Hadley, for your off the chart service!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great breakfast spot. The staff is amazing and the food is great!
  17. l

    livvyfaye

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time trying! Loved the French toast.
  18. JB

    JasmineB

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time eating at Babo and I was not disappointed like the first time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing time and amazing food
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy birthday breakfast. So delicious!
  21. LD

    Luv2Dine

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Received great service from the staff at Babo and the food was delicious! I will definitely go back!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice. I was a little late for my reservation cause of Google directions but it was not a problem and the food was good but the portion size was small and the prices a little costly for tiny drinks
  23. D

    Dave

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hanna is the best!!!!
  24. DB

    DeannaB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from all of the staff. I will be back.
  25. DC

    DawnC

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First timer with friends for a lunch. Definitely recommend a reservation as we were there at 11:30 on Saturday and there was a 45 minute wait. It’s a small place with a minimalist atmosphere and everything was pleasing. Could benefit from a few sound absorbing elements. As it was VERY loud. The favorites from our group were the peach mimosa, the truffle fries and the spicy chicken sandwich.
  26. AJ

    AJin

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a great choice for brunch with friends or family.
  27. E

    Elise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Babo was super cute and the food and drinks were delicious. I will be back!
  28. J

    Jacquelyn

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit and it was great! Our waitress was efficient and kind, the food was fresh and the mimosas were on point 👌🏼
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I sat outside and it was a pleasant experience.
  30. DD

    DetroitDiva

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second trip to Babo and I have another in a few days! Consistently good food and service.
  31. LR

    LaRae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Babo Detroit is amazing. I have watched this restaurant grow and become a favorite for many. Keep up the good work!
  32. B

    Britt

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Babo. I've been here twice, food is delicious. I ordered a chai tea latte this time and it was so good! The only negative is the noise, it is SO loud in there, but honestly it won't keep me from going back because the food is too good hah! Just a heads up for people thinking about going!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and would definitely return.
  34. TB

    TraBeauty

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The home fries were ok, with an extreme amount of grease on my plate...my Greek omelette was undercooked...coffee was good and my waitresses Tina was excellent 👌.... first time , not sure if I'm interested in going again.
  35. CW

    CindyW

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, great food, trendy industrial vibe
  36. BJ

    BettyJ

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I want to say that our party had a very pleasant experience at Babo. The food was super. Everything was delicious! Service was great! This was a new restaurant for us and when we visit the DIA again, we're definitely coming back.
  37. RN

    RNOTR

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was not warm. The strawberries with sliced so thin you can practically see through them. The coffee cups were small. You would have expected at least one whole strawberry on the plate they were just like six slices of a strawberry. On top of that the service was slow.
  38. MP

    MichaelP

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, and vibe! We had a great lunch, and the experience was very enjoyable!
  39. K

    Kmcm

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice lunch here. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Drinks were good, La Violeta and French 75. Got harvest salad, veggie wrap, truffle fries, Brussel sprouts and kale Caesar. Kale Caesar was over dressed and had too much cheese for my taste. Walking distance to DIA which is convenient. Would go again.
  40. MF

    MargoF

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time to Babo and it did not disappoint. Service is top notch, food (I had shakshuka) was fantastic and it has a wonderful welcoming vibe.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Babo - Detroit using the Order Online button. Babo - Detroit also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 974-6159.

Babo - Detroit is rated 4.8 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Babo - Detroit

15 E Kirby St, Ste 115, Detroit, MI 48202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Woodward

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 9:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Breakfast, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking, Park Shelton Garage

  • Public transit

    Ferry Street QLine Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 974-6159

  • Catering

    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Catering!

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Private Dining!

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