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Babo - Detroit, Detroit, MI

Babo - Detroit

4.8
4.8
449 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 4 times today

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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 449 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit

    American

449 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes were to die for! Our server was the nicest and provided just the right amount of attentiveness. I like that you can customize the mimosas with multiple flavors. I did Orange and Mango. Yum! The high ceilings made for a little noise when conversations picked up but not too bad. I’ll definitely be back.

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  2. RonLeTondre

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my fave places in the D for weekend breakfast/brunch. Highly highly recommend the Creme Brulee French Toast and Kimchi Patatas Bravas…split with someone to get the best of sweet and savory. Need to come back more often.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from my latte to the food was absolutely awesome. You are seated very close to the next table so if any advice, maybe just a little space. But, awesome experience and can’t wait to come again!

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  4. RyanG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and prices were super reasonable! The wait staff from hostess to servers could have spoken and bit louder and waiter could have checked in on us a bit more.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. The entire experience was amazing.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and appreciated the servers patience with my guest and I as we took longer than normal to make our food choices.

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  7. TimB

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy it here. The food is great and really good people work there. Good stuff! Be well, God Bless!

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  8. susanr

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Upon arrival reservation was immediately completed and we were seated. This was Sunday about 1 pm and it was extremely busy- make a reservation, We were immediately welcomed and brought utensils and water,, could have asked for beverage choice we both would have appreciated coffee. It took about 10 min for service to ask/bring us a printed menu since mostly use bar code & phone. Order and food was taken & brought quickly as chosen. The Ricotta pancakes with blueberries and lemon zest was delicious about 8" dia. too much individual, however we were already sharing and were accommodated with separate plating(very apprectiated). As I mentioned, this was Sunday Brunch, Babo is on the smaller scale and rare opening in area with excellent menu choices, My first time & recommendation. Make a reservation or prepare to stand and wait a while.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for brunch before visiting the DIA or Detroit historical museum.

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  10. mmmmmm

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will be back, a great atmosphere with amazing food at a reasonable price!!!

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  11. CherylT

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food & staff. Noise level was high but the restaurant was full, fyi

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  12. ShoAli

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not a brunch person because every place I go to is not as good as I expect it to be but this place was amazing! Through the roof! Best brunch I ever had, hands down! We got the Diego skillet with vegan chorizo (don’t eat pork) and it tasted so delicious, perhaps better than meat! We also had the creme brulee French toast in which we almost cried eating it because it was that good! The fries were some of the best fries I had as well, since they didn’t need any seasoning and were full of flavor. Paired perfect with our skillet and creme brulee toast to balance the sweet and salty combo. It was also my birthday so they surprised me with their chocolate truffle cake, again definitely one of the best out there. Full of flavor like thickened yet soft chocolatey mousse/ fudge. Everything was just perfect. Very noisy but it was a full house so that was okay.

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  13. DetroitDiva

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. On weekends I highly recommend making reservations as the restaurant is small and busy.

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  14. Qdoggy

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful breakfast with attentive service! Can’t wait to come back

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  15. RebM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent, service is also excellent. Will return for another visit.

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  16. JasmineB

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought my Mom here for brunch and we had a great time. The food was awesome and the service and hospitality went a long way for us. We even met with the manager on duty, Kiwi, and let her know we couldn’t wait to come back to dine there. Our server was awesome and we truly had a great experience.

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  17. Dsmarr

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and prices! Service was outstanding! We will be back!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly service! Stopped here before going to the DIA and will definitely be back.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for Easter Brunch and it was perfect like always. The mushroom truffle omelette was so good! Also the French 75 with lavender syrup is one of my favorite cocktails.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is fantastic, the Mimosa pitcher is a great deal, the food server was attentive, but the hostess was TERRIBLE. She was rude from the second we walked in. 30 seconds after we received our bill she came to the table and told us we had to leave because the next reservation had arrived. The reservation stated tables of 3-4 have an hour and 45 minutes. We were there exactly an hour. We still had Mimosa in the pitcher and the hostess gave is dirty looks during the 5 minutes it took us to finish it. Not sure we will be going back. It’s unfortunate that she ruined the whole experience for us.

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  21. Rose

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great and my server was fantastic but the hostess and manager were rushing me and making me feel like I couldn’t eat at my own pace. I had the hostess come up to me twice asking about the eta of when I will get up. This was only 30 minutes into my meal. Overall I love Babo but the way the hostess was acting was a bit weird and off putting.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My woman was on a date and we ask to move to a bigger table they allowed it because she is with child and it made my day. Soon as we move the food comes out and it smells amazing and taste amazing they pay attention to our needs and wants and smiled the whole time I love this restaurant.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks! Everything was delicious

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  24. LDowntown

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent staff. Seated timely. Food was incredible. Detroit’s best kept secret!

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  25. Smurf2840

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere! Food was amazing Servers were very attentive!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD KINDA SMALL. YOU WILL BE SITTING RATHER CLOSE TO OTHERS BUT THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS AMAZING !!!

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  27. MariaT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, refreshing, healthy and tasteful!! Never disappointed! One of my favorite places!

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  28. JoeB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    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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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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 try a dish that I didn’t like. Oh, and their espresso martini is TOO tier! 10/10 🌟

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 449 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 4 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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