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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.8
4.8
919 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 35 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 919 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Was a little slow waiting for our main courses, but not a big deal. Would definitely go back!!
  2. RA

    RobertA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I made a last-minute reservation on a Saturday night, and they were able to accommodate me. The ambiance was nice, and even our street-side table was quiet. The filet I had was delicious and cooked to perfection.
  3. N

    Nyris

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for night out in downtown Detroit. Great wine list.
  4. DG

    DavidG

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing as usual. We’ve been here many times.
  5. N

    Notafoodie

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal and service was exceptional! But be aware, it was very loud. Hard to hear each other.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  7. KD

    KaraD

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They always go above and beyond to make the dining experience fabulous. Ani and Jenn were amazing entertainment in the bar area as well.
  8. RT

    RuthieT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are absolutely outstanding. Highly recommend.
  9. BL

    BL2112

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BESA is a fantastic restaurant for celebrating a special night out. The food, ambiance, and service are all top notch. Raed is the best server we've had at any restaurant. All of the staff are great as well. The menu changes periodically and there's always something new to try. Raed always makes great recommendations and everything I've had was great. Highly recommended!
  10. JM

    JMTR

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food were outstanding. The prawns, octopus, lamb were all amazing. The cocktails too.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! The food was amazing!
  12. KD

    KDBB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely recommend. Suggest parking in structure or lot - street parking is limited.
  13. ST

    SeattleTraveler

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server David was INCREDIBLE!!!!! The food was amazing!! The owner came by to check on things and was so, SO kind!!!! Our party spends time at high class restaurants around the world and this was an exquisite dining experience!!!
  14. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mia was AWESOME!! Drinks & food great as usual!!
  15. SL

    StephanL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYC ambiance, excellent menu selection.....like the sable with orzo, service by Daniel was excellent and I would request him. Great wine selection. This restaurant exemplify's Mario's attention to detail. Can't wait to go back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, food, and atmosphere!
  17. DB

    DorianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Food!!! and Service from Mya . Will Return!!
  18. NC

    NicoleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service perfect thank you Dan! Great food great service great location!
  19. SC

    SteveC

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First the service was terrific. Our server (D) was excellent and there was another server who helped with the wine. The wine selection was outstanding! The food from beginning to end was excellent. We started with calamari, hummus dish, both were very good....I would add their in-house bread was also terrific. We had the pasta w/lamb hearts (excellent). The lamb chops were cooked perfectly and the pawns were prepared very well. They also offer a side dish of french fries (we shared) and it is addictively good. We also had the hazel nut ice cream and coffee. Each item was very good. It was a Wednesday, so the crowd was modest.
  20. MF

    MackenzieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing, our server honestly was one of the best servers i’ve ever had. He didn’t inturrpt our conversation, super knowledgeable with great recommendations, and always made sure we had water and drinks. Food was so delicious and desert was better than expected.
  21. DA

    DavidA

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. The server, Mia, was unbelievably great. She is a star!
  22. C

    Cazzie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Besa for the first time for appetizers and drinks prior to the Jazz Festival and we loved it! All five of the appetizers we tried were outstanding. The grilled octopus is a must-order, the calamari was crisp and fresh and above average, the lamb shoulder was delicious - even the Mediterranean salad was memorable. Expansive wine list, interesting cocktails and very friendly staff. Will go back for a full-dinner or drop by again for appetizers when in that area. We were at the bar, the dining room is sophisticated as are the food servers, and the outside dining popular.
  23. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniel was awesome, as usual, spinach pie was great!! First time trying it, will def be getting it again!! Great time as usual.
  24. k

    kdeats

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Really wanted to like it more than we did. Service took FOREVER and there were only 2 other tables in the restaurant. Our server was not particularly attentive. Our salads took over an hour to come to the table- a bit ridiculous considering there were only 2 other tables in the restaurant. The food was good. Portion size on a few items was far too little. Definitely needs to work on service
  25. g

    gastro2

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service very attentive. Thank you Team BESA!
  26. JO

    JefferyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great location! Be sure to try this one.
  27. KD

    KaraD

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat in the bar area listening to the entertainment Ani and Jenn. The food, service, cocktails and entertainment were all exceptional. We had a fabulous time.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service! My fiancé loved his bday dinner here :)
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a dear friend’s birthday and she LOVED the dining experience! Visiting from Chicago, she enjoyed the ambiance, service, AND the food quality. Thank you, Fawaad, for your excellent service! And BESA Detroit, you didn’t disappoint. Thank you!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Overall the food was ok. A little expensive for what you get. All the servers were friendly but we were giving dishes that we didn’t order. All of our food (appetizers, salads, main dishes) came out at once. Overall just an “OK” experience. I do not need to go back.
  31. A

    Az88scottsdale

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Ambience and service as well.
  32. SG

    SamanthaG

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent. The service was a bit slow, but overall an excellent meal and worth the visit.👍🏼
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!!!!
  34. PD

    PlainfieldDiner

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food great service. The octopus was stellar as was the lamb. If you want a great meal check BASA out.
  35. SS

    SeasonalSampler

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  37. LT

    LauraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our for our anniversary and we had a nice cozy table. Our server Daniel was exceptional and knowledgeable- not pushy. We enjoyed our drinks and food and a fabulous dessert. I would def return.
  38. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

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

    TonyE

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Business lunch

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 4.8 stars by 919 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 35 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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