BESA Detroit

4.6
237 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The brainchild of Mario Camaj and Gerti Begaj complemented by chef Kyle Schutte's inventive and exciting menu make for a relaxed, sophisticated and uncompromising hospitality experience. From every unexpected detail in the dishes to each conversation had between bites, BESA is a surprising celebration of authenticity, honesty, and timeless charm.

Our progressive American cuisine coupled with our unrivaled service will leave you wanting more.

Rather you're looking for lunch, happy hour or dinner, BESA is where you'll want to be.
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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious lamb and fillet. Gracious service. Elegant feel. A bit noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BESA had a great menu selection, service was fantastic and prices were reasonable.

AV
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning food and kind service. Everything is done to perfection.

MB
Detroit
65 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and it was a pleasure. My date and I ordered the baked salmon dish. The portion was adequate and it was delicious. Don’t forget to grab dessert. The chocolate entree is terrific. Our server was knowledgeable and courteous. Well done BESA!

M
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and fabulous service!!!! Raed was one of the best waiters we have ever had. Will return again!!

G
Philadelphia
327 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

OMG. We had a business lunch recently and we could not of been happier with the food and service that we received. The corn soup was very tasty while our burgers were excellent. A beautiful restaurant that we highly recommend.

JF
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting an out of town friend for dinner. Had not been here yet - but definitely will return.

Service and food tremendous!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The manager John made myself and my boyfriend extremely uncomfortable. We were about to leave until we were finally greeted by our waitress who held off because he was hovering over us so much. Winks, touchiness, and overall just creepy behavior. I said we were there for my boyfriends birthday and he came and told me happy birthday and commented on my birthday month (2 months ago?). Very aggressive demeanor. Shame because the food was amazing and the restaurant was highly recommended to us as we were visiting Detroit!!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The appetizers were so over priced for what you got. Very disappointing.

OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant ,, will make another reservation soon

ZM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I've had. The whole staff was phenomenal and the food and drinks were excellent. The tartare, brussel sprouts, and octopus were standouts.

HB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is as always very good. "the food was great, so what's new?" There is a parking voucher for across the street. Valet parking for those who feel across the street is too far, or it's raining. This wasn't our first time, n or the last.

L
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the experience. Would recommend to anyone for dinner and lunch. Thank you for such great service. Raed is the best.

Lowery

SD
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foodies paradise! The seafood was super fresh, wine list was spot on and the desserts were amazing!

DR
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Superior staff. Very welcoming.

OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous dinner on a Friday night. Our table was waiting for us when we arrived . Everything was excellent, the service the food the experience. We would definitely go back!!

TS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Servers were very friendly and staff was very professional. Food was wonderful but wasn't amazing. After being told we could only order everything at once and then having to wait nearly an hour for the main course we were a little let down. I would lift the ordering policy and get the food out in a timely manner. Also music was a touch to techno for such an elegant setting. Turn it down or put something on thats a bit more soothing for a relaxing summer evening.

K
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant experience in Detroit
Amazing flavor, great ambience, fabulous service (thanks Daniel

This is my happy place!!!

AM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!!! The desserts were super creative and delicious!!! One of the best meals I've had downtown in sometime. Can't wait to go back

KC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable space and great service. Will definitely go back!

JF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had heard good things about Besa but to be honest I was disapointed with my experience from the get go. First ofg all, our drinks at the bar were $21 each. Are we in Miami? Our waitor was really young and lacked knowledge if the menu. Then he told me the crispy onions were from a can and I thought, "on a $60 steak?" I also ordered the vegan dish and they said it was hefty and I'd be full but it was like 5 bites. It didn't feel like I wanted it to there. The ambiance is amazing but the staff and service fell short of expectations.

SS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb
Excellent staff

ML
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and experience! Our server Daniel suggested amazing starters, mains, wine... and everything was so delicious! We went for our anniversary and would definitely consider returning. We ordered the wild ahi poke, octopus and braised bacon starters. I had the scallops as a main and my husband had the duck. Wine and drink menu was awesome as well!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just alright. Very loud.
Service need improvement. The restaurant wants to be fancy but they have a long way do go.

GR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. The wine list is unique and well curated. Fantastic food and service.

JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was ok but nothing WOW, for the price it did not live up to expectations. The room is not laid out for nice street views we were stuck in the back corner with an ally view. Also, other tables were tucked away behind a large wall with limited light/ no view. The food was good but small portions, nothing that we felt we would need to go back for.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was hands down the best restaurant experience I’ve had, it surprised me in every way. Was so so good worth every penny

a
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All the food was excellent. Some things could have used a tiny bit of salt. We loved the paparadelle, butter lettuce salad, the brussel sprouts and the lamb. They have a unique collection of cocktails as well. The service is among the best in the city.

S
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently very good. Attentive waitstaff and alway a great meal, with interesting twists. Love the venue, so urbane!!!

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants I have been to in Detroit. Such a beautiful atmosphere, amazing food! The Brussel sprouts were our personal favorite. Oysters were great. We had a beautiful evening here.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service- the Brussel sprouts and cheese platter were amazing to start off with - loved the attention to detail. Definitely order dessert. Overall Besa is a welcome addition to downtown Detroit’s restaurant scene - definitely worth giving a try.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service was above and beyond

SA
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I plan on coming back again next week for drinks and appetizers! Great food, ambiance and service!

g
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great modern and hip restaurant in a great location in Woodward Ave. Right where things are happening. Good food and service. Would return!!

AO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were beyond expectation. Highly recommend a visit ... you will not be disappointed!

SC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Forgot our appetizers and our cocktails took 40 minutes.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been there a few times -- each time the food & service are fantastic! Will will continue to go!

RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, superb service.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

There was a lot of time between courses, the waitress seemed flustered, but she was good. Food was delicious, everyone was very polite.

PE
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall the restaurant was quite nice and the service was excellent. Most of the food was very good. On the menu was a"bistro steak" and I was told it was a hanger steak. The meat when served was not hanger steak, but teres major steak, a cheap cut from the shoulder. I was disappointed with this. The rest of the meal was great.

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