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Babo - Detroit, Detroit, MI

Babo - Detroit

4.7
4.7
422 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 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Breakfast, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–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

What 422 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit

    American

422 Reviews
  1. JoeB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food for brunch! Bloody Mary’s were excellent!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love, love, thank you for being awesome! My wife said it was the best mimosa she had ever had, and my daughter said, it was the best waffle she had ever had. Well done

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  3. JanayJ

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Babo Detroit is always great. 5 stars across the board for service, food, atmosphere, cleanliness and the staff.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed it here! Service is fast. The French toast was yummy and the eggs Benny was really good! The Bloody Mary isn’t really that special.. wouldn’t get that again. Loved the espresso martini.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been 3 times and I have yet to have something I didn’t like. 10/10 🌟

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  6. NancyL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place with very good food with reasonable prices for these days. The Kirby Street address was confusing as the storefront is on Woodward. Service was good.

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  7. JurettaB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. The chicken wings and the smash sandwich were outstanding. I loved the variety of mimosas!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the delicious jerk chicken tacos & the root vegetable salad (with added grilled chicken). Both entrees were the perfect size .. fresh, seasoned so nicely & very tasty. One of our favorites for breakfast too! Location is great- especially since it’s right next to the outstanding Detroit Institute of Arts! Will definitely be back next time we are back in Detroit!

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  9. MontiereO

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, food and service. Drinks were refreshing, the food was great and came out quick, the servers were extremely nice and welcoming.

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  10. MaryM

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh, delicious and innovative. Plus the best latte I’ve ever had.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place, nice atmosphere, the food & drinks were good!

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  12. LisaW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my BF here as a surprise 50th birthday brunch. He loved the food, and we both said we would come back. The options were delicious and hearty, no small plates here, lol. One recommendation would be to have some non alcoholic beers or wines available for those of us who don't/can't have alcohol. The coffee was spectacular too! We will definitely be back.

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  13. Nuda

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and a creative delicious menu. It’s so close to Detroit Arts Institute.

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  14. NyaJ

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was good experience overall. I like the food and the chai lattes are really good. It’s super loud inside but it is a small space but I wish there was a way to make the acoustics of the room better.

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  15. NicolasL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the house burger and my dining companion had the avocado toast; both were delicious. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. I will definitely be back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. However, we had a reservation and people who walked in before us without a reservation got a more desirable table.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Brunch, food coffee and cocktails were top notch!

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  18. ZJones

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This is honestly one of my favorite spots, so it pains me to do this. The service has gone down so dramatically that I must write my first poor review at one of my favorite places. On my last several visits, I’ve had to send the food back. I’ve also had to involve other waiters and managerial staff because the waiter assigned to our table or me, if I was solo, wasn’t doing their job.

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  19. JillS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great! It's a small space, so recommend making reservations. Definitely recommend.

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  20. Deborocks

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! This is my favorite spot for brunch! Delicious drinks, lattes and the Brussels sprouts!

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  21. BarbaraQ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The French toast was amazing. Light and delicious. Could as easily have been dessert as breakfast.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous eggs Benny, which arrived piping hot, and peach mimosa! Amazing latte with honey and cinnamon. High top table was a little cramped and draft from door was annoying. But I’ll definitely be back!!

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  23. victorias

    Indiana

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Babo before and truly had a great time and a great meal. The service was excellent - as were my coffees. My friend and I both ordered the breakfast tacos, and unfortunately they were overcooked and full of red onion. The tacos were more like tostadas, which is fine. Just seemed like they sat for a long period of time before coming out to our table.

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  24. Larlynn

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second visit. Both were a very enjoyable experience. Staff kind and efficient. Food outstanding. Great cappuccino!!

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  25. StaceyB

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Crème Brule French toast, by far the best. Had Eggs Benny and literally had a teaspoon of hollandaise sauce. When I asked for more, it showed up on my bill. I wish I had taken a picture to show how much hollandaise sauce was on it.

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  26. KarenB

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a nice place although the parking was a bit of a hassel.

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  27. MichaelL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. In my opinion, the best brunch in Detroit.

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  28. EricG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Bobo has delicious food and a nice variety of cocktails and drinks. We enjoyed our experience and would visit again! Staff was friendly and efficient. Thanks.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best brunch I’ve had in Detroit! The ambience is so chill - it feels like I’m having brunch at a friends pad, with the best food. We even got some sandwiches to-go because the food is so good. Their shakshuka is still the best around - I recommend adding chorizo. Here’s all the other deliciousness we tried and would get again: mango & pineapple mimosas, Diego skillet, sausage & bacon sides, Korean beef cheesesteak and muffaletta focaccia ( add burrata if they still have it!). The sandwiches traveled really well - everything is so fresh. I can’t wait to go back!

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  30. LeilaM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service small seating but still great I love coming here

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  31. Kellee

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    1st times. Very good experience. I’m sure I will return

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  32. TyonneT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was phenomenal, waiter was nice quick and efficient!

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  33. Peabody

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is reliable. I like the truffle fries and French toast. I often feel like the staff is about to throw me out because they want my table. The fabric on the bench is quite filthy.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here and enjoyed myself. Brought my friend here for brunch and he loved it! Great brunch for those who do drink and those who don’t to have a good time!

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  35. KellyN

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Affordable food with great ambience. We'll come back!

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  36. AlishaM

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Babo! It’s one of my favorite mid-town spots!

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  37. PeteyGreen

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Excellent service!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best brunch in the city. Always fresh and experience is on point each time!

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  39. Deedledee

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crème brûlée French was soooo good and the drinks and service are excellent

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  40. LisaF

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not knowing where to have a nice breakfast brunch, this was the perfect location! Close to downtown Detroit and of all the brunch places we passed along Woodward, this by far was the busiest!

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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 422 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 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Babo - Detroit

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Woodward
  • Neighborhood
    Detroit
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 9:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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