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Babo - Detroit, Detroit, MI

Babo - Detroit

4.7
4.7
294 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 19 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 294 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit

    Healthy

  • Detroit

    Neighborhood gem

  • Detroit

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails. Very friendly service and lovely ambiance. Very impressed with this restaurant and planning to frequent it going forward.
  2. R

    Roxstar

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our brunch meal was the perfect start to the day. I had the shakshuka which had such deep flavor. And my pineapple mimosa was the perfect pairing.
  3. LW

    LizW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to have lunch here before heading over to the Van Gogh show. The food and service were excellent! I would return here in a heartbeat. Great menu, lovely restaurant!
  4. MF

    MeFoodYes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for breakfast for sure! The food, the price, customer service, all were excellent.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Healthy and traditional food choices on the menu. If I’m in the area would visit again
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I stopped here for brunch. I have a pork allergy so I was bummed that they didn’t have any other choices of meat. I got the French toast and he ordered the waffles and the platter. The French toast was super sweet, but good. If you like a lot of sugar I’d say get it. The chai tea latte almost had me sitting in there till close it was so good. Overall the food was good and the aesthetic of the restaurant was a vibe. Really great server, she remembered everything we ordered to the T, which I appreciated. Give them a try!
  7. TB

    TaylorB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Tina was an amazing host! She was very attentive and polite.
  8. JW

    JoyW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great place to have a nice lunch away from the bustle of being directly downtown. I would absolutely come here again,
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Food and service was great.
  10. B

    Bowtiementor

    Detroit

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great spot to drop in for breakfast or lunch. Parking is tough but the food is worth it. Great espresso drinks too!!
  11. S

    Sandra

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    all good except they don't offer decaf coffee (espresso or regular brew)
  12. KG

    KimberlyG

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was pleasantly surprised to receive a text informing me that our table was ready almost 30 minutes before our reservation. The small restaurant was filled with guests at the bar, the high tops and the tables, but did not feel crowded and was not overly loud. And, importantly, the service was great...there's a full team that provides attention to all so there's no waiting for food delivery or drink refills. The food and drink menus were perfect for our group, and everything we ordered was delicious. Babo is definitely a great option before or after a visit to the DIA!
  13. DS

    DeeS

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was great, menus changes were accommodated. The atmosphere was fun. Vegan options are possible for an up charge.
  14. JC

    JoyC

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. I have eaten here several times over the past few years and it is always consistently good!
  15. SS

    ShontaS

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bring back the veggie omelette
  16. TM

    TaylorM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect place for brunch. We had the spicy chicken sandwich, chicken and waffles, kale Caesar wrap, and lemon ricotta pancakes. Everything was delicious! We had cocktails that were delicious and reasonably priced and we got lattes to go. The service was quick and super friendly.
  17. LL

    LauriLoops

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Babo is a great hopping brunch/lunch spot in Detroit, located close to the DIA and Wayne State University. There aren't a lot of gluten and dairy-free options on the menu, but they were able to work with our restrictions. Great waitress, atmosphere, and delicious food. Just a little too loud with the talk, music and T.V. But, we're old!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    DIA Van Gough
  19. BN

    BrierN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Babo and we loved it! The waitstaff couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating and the food and cocktails were outstanding! I can’t wait to go back.
  20. BT

    BethT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a reservation and was seated right away, great choice for breakfast and lunch. Good size portions and delicious. The truffle fries were especially memorable.
  21. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lattes and breakfast! Thrilled to have so many complex and savory options. Perfect brunch location before we visited the art museum.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Babo, after hearing great things from anyone who has ever brought it up to me. And I will say, it lived up to the hype. The space is super cute and I feel like the menu has a good variety of options. And it may be premature to say, since I’ve only been here once, but I think Babo is my new favorite brunch spot. I can’t wait to return!
  23. S

    joS27

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Worst service for weekend brunch. Very rude staff, they do not even say please and thank you. They will text you that your table is ready and then make you wait an additional half hour while the bar tender openly ignores you and refused to even look in your direction. That does not even take into consideration how long it took to get the food and cocktails at the table. In addition no one ever apologized or showed consideration that it was taking this long.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent!! Make a reservation! They are always busy! Tomato bisque, breakfast tacos, fridas skillet and eggs Benedict all great!!
  25. KS

    KaylaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have never been disappointed at Babo! The staff and atmosphere are unbeatable, and the food and drink menus are one of a kind. I had a southwest wrap, which gave me a bit of a stomachache due to how greasy it was, however it was so delicious! Will be back again for sure 🫶🏼
  26. LD

    Luv2Dine

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Parking could be an issue as there is only street parking and Dabo is located near all of the museums so depending on the time and day that you dine be prepared to drive around several times before getting a parking spot.
  27. CQ

    ColleenQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was out of this world!!! Staff is so friendly and on top of it. Can’t wait to go back.
  28. MP

    MetaP

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was GREAT. The Lavender Cappuccino was EXCELLENT. My food was really good and flavorful, although I would have liked to taste a little more sausage in the skillet I had. I’d definitely go back again!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    2nd visit for brunch. The quality and variety of food and beverage options for brunch is excellent. During our first visit in July we sat outside on the sidewalk. This time we sat inside the dining room which is small and noisy.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and the ambience!! Glad I chose this place for my Sweetest Day breakfast.
  31. JR

    JimR

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

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

    marial96

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    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
  33. A

    Artt

    Detroit

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    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.
  34. NR

    NancyR

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    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
  35. 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

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

    Dave

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

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

    DorisG

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 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.
  40. 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 🤩

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 4.7 stars by 294 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 19 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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