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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.7
4.7
883 Reviews
$30 and under
American
"A Taste of the Adriatic Experience"

Imagine a light breeze overpassing the Adriatic Sea coupled with fresh mediterranean vegetables, olive trees, citrus, grains and various cheeses. Our restaurant experience will fulfill this by bringing you closer by each bite of our authentic dishes.

Come join us to get a taste of the Adriatic experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 117 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 315-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nick Geftos

  • Catering

    For more information regarding catering please visit https://www.besadetroit.com/catering

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a variety of options with regard to private events. We designed and built our restaurant to be able to offer multiple experiences within the same space. We have a's Table for 15 that offer an amazing experience private experience. We can do events for up to 40 people in our lounge which is separated from our upper floor dining. We can do a more casual event of up to 30 people in our bar area with high tables and the bar. We can also do events for up to 250 people that would include a variety of different experiences throughout the restaurant; high tables, bar area, raw bar, lounge and private room, all in one. Truly unique experience unlike any other place in Detroit. Location, flexibility, attention to detail and overall philosophy of putting our guest ahead of everything makes for one of a kind experience at BESA.

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    North West corner of Woodward & E Congress

  • Parking details

    Parking available on the street, parking structures on Congress . BESA offers two hour free parking validation at One Detroit parking garage.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 883 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit

    Romantic

  • Detroit

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  1. SS

    SeasonalSampler

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great downtown Detroit location, nestled among the high rises. Big windows to observe the outside energy. Great appetizers, albeit pricey. Amish chicken was very tasty & reasonably priced. Our waitress was perfect ! The service shines in this place.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    All the dishes we ordered were very tasty, but absolutely tiny - we wanted to share but it wasn’t really viable, just a forkful or 2 each. The service was fine, but the overall feel was a little awkward really. I’m gluten free (not celiac) but trying to understand from the server what was it wasn’t, or what could or couldn’t be gluten free was much trickier than it should have been. The drink menu on a clunky malfunction so iPad, with the food menu on paper (which worked just fine) was also a bit weird?! The price point on top of all of that makes it pretty unlikely we’ll come back, there are a lot of places downtown or In Midtown that offer a better experience and value.
  3. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday here with my hubby. Our go to spot for great food & drinks!! Love this place!!
  4. TE

    TonyE

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Ambiance was great. Food was off the map! Excellent drinks. Will definitely be back
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful and fantastic food
  6. PC

    PatC

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made a meal out of appetizers and salads, treating it like tapas. (Although the entrees looked superb, we're seniors and wanted to keep it a bit lighter while trying a lot of things.) Everything was beautifully cooked and presented--seasonings were well thought out and complemented the food without overpowering it. We highly recommend the grilled octopus, the pulled lamb shoulder (my favorite!), the calamari, and the village salad, which was light and refreshing with just the right amount of dill and mint. Service was right on spot; attentive without being at all intrusive. We also appreciated the high plexiglass partitions around all the booths, which allowed us to relax and feel like we were safely dining indoors. Overall, an excellent dining experience.
  7. TG

    TeeG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had such a great time for our anniversary the server was amazing and great service was so fast !! Food was so hot and fresh, overall great experience
  8. SP

    SandiP

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect first time experience. We will definitely be back!
  9. L

    Lindey

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant and it did not disappoint. Our server was exceptional. She was very personable and offered great recommendations. And The food was delicious! Definitely will go back again!
  10. CA

    CharlotteA

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience! We shared lots of appetizers and a salad for a very reasonable cost especially given how delicious everything was! Our server was also fantastic!
  11. SZ

    SteveZ

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was balanced, well prepared, and delicious. The service and ambiance were excellent. It was a wonderful meal.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience! Food was delicious, service was amazing and atmosphere was classy/elegant. Ray was phenomenal at making our experience at Besa Detroit unforgettable. We will be dining here often…yum!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ray was exceptional! The food was delicious, but her service really stood out.
  14. N

    Nico

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Pricey, but the ambiance and service make it worth it. Can't wait to go back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the portion sizes weren't too small. I definitely walked out feeling full. We went earlier than the main crowd and it was much quieter than when we left around 9. I would definitely recommend BESA and I plan on going back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Daniel, was phenomenal! So attentive and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic, and the service greatly enhanced our dining experience. We will definitely be back!
  17. CA

    CABO

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had heard mixed reviews but went to try it out for ourselves and loved it! The drinks were great, we got the lamb chops and chicken entree and would recommend them.
  18. AH

    AnnH

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a last minute idea to have a date night at BESA and we were lucky to grab a last minute appointment. There is a construction in 275/96 area and we had to take a detour so running 13min late. Called the restaurant and was told the grace period is 8-10 mins so can’t guarantee! We still went and got our seats, but the two-seat tae is so small that I felt that we were in New York where the real estate property is so expensive. The deco is modern and chic but nothing really extraordinary! Now about the most important thing that we came to enjoy: the food!! Here are key takeaways: 1. Very small menu printed on letter size paper, limited selections 2. Drink menu is much more extensive, and it is displayed in a Kendall like device, but the touch screen is not very reactive and hard to navigate. Fancy ideas but not very functional. 3. The taste is a mix. Out of 6 dishes that we ordered, only 50% I will give good rating, the rest is ok. Service: our server Alex is ok, but our entrée took probably half an hour to come after we finished two of our appetizers and one of our side dishes. Will I return? not on my own dime.
  19. AL

    AnneL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great drinks and fantastic service! This was our second visit and we’ll be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ray our sever was amazing, it was the perfect way to celebrate our birthdays! Dinner was incredible!
  21. MM

    MicheleM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was well prepared and menu decently creative. The atmosphere was great and the owner took us into the wine cellar and gave a tour, made the experience and our dinner!
  22. o

    oldman

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was very good and extremely well presented. Took a little too long and portion size v price was a drawback. Would definitely go again
  23. J

    Juergen

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding food. A bit pricey. Poor message conveyed by the staff upon entry, as there was an expectation of 90 minute dinner completion, as they wanted to turn the table again. Just started the evening out with a bit of anxiety over making sure to be done on time.
  24. NG

    NicoleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Danielle was amazing, food simply but flavorful and the atmosphere fantastic………loved loved loved
  25. SH

    SheilaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, my fav was the Amish Chickrn! Our waitress was absolutely amazing! she brought the perfect bottle of Cabernet for our taste and price. Love the decor and ambiance of the restaurant and parking was so very convenient. Thanks for a lovely evening!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for my girls night
  27. YO

    YasumasaO

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best customer service. The most ingenious food. It was perfect!
  28. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food & service as usual.
  29. TF

    ThoughtForFood

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Mia and Alex as servers and they were outstanding. Food was fantastic Manager stoppped by to say hello The wine poors are getting a smaller but that is obvious a regional and national. I am always recommending Besa to friends.
  30. MC

    MCFoodie

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING! We had a girls night & everyone loved everything.
  31. MR

    MarketRebecca

    Key West

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had selected BESA because of the reviews, menu offerings and location. Upon arrival our party of 4 was promptly shown to our table next to the windows where we were introduced to Danielle (server). Danielle guided us thru the menu, made tasty recommendations and provided excellent service through the evening. Starters: The Roasted Olives, recommended by Danielle, was such a simple and sooo delish dish that it is something that we’ll be trying to replicated at home. Seared Octopus tentacle delivered the sought char and tender taste. Salads: They are slightly larger portions so easily shareable as an in between course. Our Citrus Salad and Village Salad were split prior to delivery to the table. It’s so nice when a restaurant does this vs having patrons splitting at table. Mains: Branzino served skin side up with skordalia and lemon was tender and moist. Double Cut Lamb Chop was perfectly cooked with slight charring. The Lamb Heart and Mushroom Ragout was ordered by 2 in our party, both continued to talk about it says afterwards as it reminded them of a dish their yiayia cooked. Dessert: Labneh Cheese Cake with unique windmill cookie crust . . . use of labneh makes for a denser and lactose free cake that is as tasty as the original. The Coconut Milk Malabi was tasty, we just expected a stronger rhubarb taste. And, Trileche Cake was consumed before one could ask “how is it?” Afterwards we went to the bar for drinks and then outside to the patio to watch the fireworks. Our visit to BESA was highly enjoyable and memorable. An excellent way to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary. Στην υγειά σας!
  32. PM

    PheleciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I truly enjoy everything about BESA!!! Loved the food! It was different and I enjoy exploring new foods. The wine: LOVED IT!!!! We will come back again.
  33. n

    n733

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was excellent. Food was amazing. Alittle pricy for portion size but taste and flavors were great. Would recommend.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was great. Somewhat expensive, however, but the service and food made up for that. Highly recommend. Will def go back!
  35. KD

    KristyD

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved all of our food and drinks. Service was excellent. It was my 3rd time dining here and each time was delicious. I will be back!
  36. J

    Judy

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a table of three and each of us had an outstanding dinner. Every element on the plates was exceptional. Service was impeccable. We all would return in a heartbeat.
  37. CS

    ConstanceS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the environment. The ambiance, the customer service. They were really nice and professional… I’ll definitely be coming back.
  38. BP

    BryanP

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal! The drinks were great as well as the service. We go the pulled lamb, prawns, sable fish, lamb ragu, citrus salad, arugula salad, & two desserts! We were in town visiting detriot for work and lets just say if we ever come back this restaurant will be on our must eat list!
  39. JP

    JustPassingThrough

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BESA made for a great place to celebrate our anniversary—brilliant food, service, and atmosphere.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal with a fabulous waitress

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

BESA Detroit offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 315-3000.

BESA Detroit is rated 4.7 stars by 883 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 117 times today
Google Map for BESA Detroit

600 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North West corner of Woodward & E Congress

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking available on the street, parking structures on Congress . BESA offers two hour free parking validation at One Detroit parking garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nick Geftos

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 315-3000

  • Catering

    For more information regarding catering please visit https://www.besadetroit.com/catering

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a variety of options with regard to private events. We designed and built our restaurant to be able to offer multiple experiences within the same space. We have a's Table for 15 that offer an amazing experience private experience. We can do events for up to 40 people in our lounge which is separated from our upper floor dining. We can do a more casual event of up to 30 people in our bar area with high tables and the bar. We can also do events for up to 250 people that would include a variety of different experiences throughout the restaurant; high tables, bar area, raw bar, lounge and private room, all in one. Truly unique experience unlike any other place in Detroit. Location, flexibility, attention to detail and overall philosophy of putting our guest ahead of everything makes for one of a kind experience at BESA.

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