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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.7
4.7
854 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 25 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 854 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit

    American

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  1. TF

    ThoughtForFood

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. MC

    MCFoodie

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    MarketRebecca

    Key West

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  4. PM

    PheleciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  5. n

    n733

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was excellent. Food was amazing. Alittle pricy for portion size but taste and flavors were great. Would recommend.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. BP

    BryanP

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from start to end. The service was great and the staff were welcoming. The food was delivered to our table in a timely fashion and everything was delicious.
  14. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniel was Awesome!!! Just a delight & a great server!! Ty
  15. E

    Elliott

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5th wedding anniversary. They treated us like royalty!
  16. AF

    AnneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We look forward to returning. Food was excellent, lamb chops, ragu, calamari, olives, Bronzino, filet pulled lamb shoulder, wine, cocktails, all 3 desserts! I could go on but it was phenomenal and our server Shawn was a delight and true professional. Can't wait to go again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Daniel our as excellent !
  18. LM

    LeeM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent time in Detroit
  19. l

    live2eat

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit and we were extremely pleased with everything on the menu. The focaccia was some of the best I’ve had. The Open faced spinach pie was a delicious new take on an original - and the service was exceptional
  20. n

    nikkid

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Besa before and had a very good experience, last night was GREAT. Our server G was the best. No complaints everything was great!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was excellent very good recommendations by the waiter and she was very funny kept the table entertained. Definitely recommend it if your looking to try something new in downtown.
  22. JG

    JtheGourmet

    New England

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Go for the food and the very interesting selection of wine. Decor is ok, noise level is not helped by thumping background music, but the point is the small yet excellent menu where no dish will disappoint and most will be memorable. It is not inexpensive but it is certainly worth the price. Not likely to be a better restaurant in this neighborhood.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was really good. I loved the ambiance of the place, will definitely go back!
  24. AL

    AngelaL

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and the food were absolutely top notch. The noiselevel is just right – enough to let you know it is a bustling place, but easy to have a conversation and to hear what the server is saying.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fuad was amazing! Such a well spoken staff, and made sure our experience was perfect. The food was delicious, and the ambiance totally topped everything off. One of my favorites in the city, will definitely be returning.
  26. m

    mihaela

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service wete great Our server, Rey, made excellent recommendations and was able to describe the dishes perfectly. Would definitely come back! .
  27. g

    gastro2

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautifully presented and very delicious! The service was attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu, preparation, and great wine pairings. Kudos to the BESA Team!
  28. KV

    KimV

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I always dine here when in town from Los Angeles. Usually perfect. Tonight, disappointed. Daniel, is superb. Did not get him tonight. He would have made sure everything was perfect! Olive and cheese appetizer were great. Downhill from there. Main courses came cold. I asked to re-heat. Still cold. Frustrating, just ate a couple of bites. No dessert. I don’t order unless the rest of the dinner is good. Won’t return.
  29. C

    Critic2016

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. One of the best tres leches cakes we ever had! Service excellent as well.
  30. w

    wineygolfer

    Detroit

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, great service, nice atmosphere, parking fee is covered.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Positively sublime in every way. The restaurant is aesthetically beautiful, and every person who assisted us, particularly our wonderful server G, were kind and highly attentive. And the food, oh the food! We loved everything, but the lamb shoulder with the brown butter hummus really stood out. The very best appetizer available anywhere in Detroit. Yes, it is that good. We will definitely be back.
  32. B

    Bcalhoun2dine

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and always an amazing meal. The lamb shoulder appetizer is perfect every time we’ve been there. The prawns are incredible - perfectly cooked and seasoned!! Music in main dining room can be loud - sat in bar for this dinner and it was actually softer there than in main room!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails, the lamb shoulder app is killer
  34. FD

    FDeM

    Houston

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Music a little loud I would certainly recommend
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. The ambience was amazing. The staff was outstanding
  36. c

    cindyk

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ray our server was awesome and food was great beautiful restaurant
  37. NA

    NestorA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an awesome place for my wife and i to have dinner. We really enjoyed the service and view. Very clean and we where sat right away in our tables, will return.
  38. TK

    TKB22

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Will return for another special event.
  39. TG

    TammelaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Overall wonderful experience. Great ambiance. Felt chic and exclusive. Will go back and recommend to others
  40. GS

    GSchef007

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This my second visit to BESA and I enjoyed every minute of our experience, the food is interesting , well presented and delicious. Samantha was our server, we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday and Samantha made it a special night. Professional, personable and knowledgeable , Samantha is all that. Needless to say we will be back.

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 854 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 25 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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