BESA Detroit

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$31 to $50
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American
The brainchild of Mario Camaj and Gerti Begaj complemented by chef Nick Geftos 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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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating at Besa. The food is excellent. The ambiance is great and your feel good in there. The service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Timing of food poor. Just started to eat a delicious appetizer when our main course arrived. Also had to ask for bread when three other tables within our view were brought bread without asking. Price was reasonable. Food was great! But timing is equally important. So many great choices. Doubt we will be back anytime soon. Hope they get their act together.

JH
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussel sprouts... one word, WOW! Food and drinks are really good! Service is great. Nice spot for a date or special occasion:

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was fantastic and food matched expectations. Service was fantastic as well. Loved it.

OT
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I came here for my anniversary dinner. I remember seeing it opened up downtown and it's been on my list of places to try. I made a reservation on Opentable and the day before was contacted via opentable, text, email and phone to confirm. I was a bit surprised it wasn't packed when we showed up. The place was nicely decorated as I expected. We got a private booth with a lovely marble table.

Multiple people in the restaurant wished us a happy anniversary. Our waitress was very nice but the service was way beyond leisurely. It was downright slow. She brought us water and came back to take our drink orders. I ordered a pop, which tasted flat. She brought us plates but nothing to put on the plate for quite some time. My husband thought bread would be coming but if I had to guess, I would say it took about 30+ minutes for the bread to show up. My husband ordered corn soup, which he enjoyed. We also started with the crispy brussel sprouts. They put rice krispies in them, which is an interesting choice. The amount of time in between this course and the food was long...

The entrees arrived. We both order steak frites. The fries were crisp and good. The steak was well prepared. It was good...but not great. We then ordered a chocolate dessert. They brought it out with a candle. I'm a chocolate lover but this dessert did not taste good. The presentation was nice but frankly this dessert left much to be desired. Also, we got there at 7:45 and didn't leave until 10:20. There was a lot of waiting for a Wednesday evening.

C
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From tbt time we walked in to the time we walked out, the experience was superb.

SM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, ambience, and location were perfect. In addition they had a great wine selection by the glass. I looking forward to my next trip to Detroit for the opportunity to dine at BESA again.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great other than the asparagus (which was taken off our bill without us having to ask). Our server was very attentive, the food came quickly. We had the lamb shank and the fillet--both were fantastic.

K
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful and the staff is very pleasant and attentive. We were seated next to a table celebrating a birthday and they were pretty energetic, which made conversation at our table a little difficult. Dinner was good, but dessert was fantastic.

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

There was live music which was a little loud in the bar area but completely fine in the dining area. Added to the ambiance. Service was great and the food was delicious. The drink menu was very extensive! Would definitely go back.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Portions were small which is fine if the food was exceptional but it was just ok. We had to order a side of fries so we would leave full and that was after 2 people sharing two apps and a salad and 2 entrees. Steak tartare was weird and had Funyuns on it as a gimmick but they were stale so not sure why that was a choice as a garnish since they provided the wrong texture. Lamb shank was simple and dry with no sauce so it ate like a dry over cooked steak. It is decorated nice and the atmosphere was nice with live music so gave it an average rating. Likely won’t go back and wouldn’t recommend. It was also my birthday and nothing special was offered not even a happy birthday wish.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Besa really exceeded my expectations. The staff is very friendly and accommodating, the environment is a right mix of modern but not too loud. It's located in the heart of everything downtown (and you can use the Townhouse Valet across the street). But, the best part by far is the food. There Octopus appetizer is the best I have ever had. We ordered four entrees and shared them, and each one was excellent, it was hard to choose a favorite. I will say that the duck breast was by far the best preparation I've had. And the deserts were the perfect sweetness without being obnoxious. Overall, outstanding place for a good business meal or a date night.

SW
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, menu, food and preparation! We will certainly return!

DJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

If you are looking for a place with ambiance this is the place for you! The food was very basic. Flavors were just OK, to be honest. I definitely feel the drinks are over priced as well. It was worth a try.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

They had some loud ignorant people there , they should have been asked to leave. 2 hours later they were causing more problems and actually hit a woman, calling another woman awful names !!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Really bad service. Food was not that great for the price. Great location but service was awful, lack of follow up from management. Overall poor dining experience.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was great! Was well executed beautifully presented. The service was excellent. The waiter had a good knowledge of all of the food and cocktails. Desserts are also well thought and delicious. Would Recommend and return to this restaurant.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Our server was very knowledgeable in the dishes and wine and he made several outstanding recommendations for us!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I begin with my experience at Besa? From the hostess to the server the food the whole experience was outstanding! I had the branzino that was perfectly cooked and the cocktails were amazing. Manager Gerti stopped by a few times to check on us . Thank you so much for the great evening at Besa. We will definitely be back soon!

CM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My spouse and I are regular customers and BESA never disappoints us. When they have new staff they are excellently trained, so there are never any glitches. We bring friends whenever we can, and they always have a great time. We look forward to the variety of food and cocktails they always have available, and the sincerity of the staff regardless of their title or role.

AP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly, welcoming and cordial. The atmosphere had a very cosmopolitan, sexy vibe that reverberated throughout the restaurant. The table setting was comfortable and great looking. The view out onto the street added to the ambiance. Our server, Jessie, was friendly and helpful. The food was topnotch, beautifully prepared and delicious! We loved everything about the evening, where we chose to celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like I was back in in NYC!

SM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our food was amazing! Can't wait to come back

DF
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, loved everything about it. We definitely be back!!

ML
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BESA was an amazing dining experience that left solid impression on my wife and I. From the waitstaffs attention to detail and recommendations to the cuisine, top notch.

K
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing, and helpful when trying to decide what to order. They were extremely knowledgeable! Highly recommend this restaurant

KD
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and we had such a wonderful time

RV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is awesome as you have a full view of the streets - the architecture is innovative- you feel like you are in downtown Chicago- the food was phenomenal - our waiter (Daniel) was superb- the drink menu and wine selection was sublime- I will definitely return to BESA and will encourage all food enthusiast to visit this spectacular restaurant-

OT
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant in the heart of downtown. Excellent service and food! So glad BESA is open for lunch!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was top notch along with the food and ambiance. Everything we order was a 10/10. We had the salmon, tomatoes basil salad, curry soup, calamari, polenta, and the roasted marshmallow for dessert. We will definitely be back.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience and ambiance . I had the chicken, it was great, however very small portion

MP
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner here while visiting Detroit from out of town. Service was exceptional. The sommelier came up to our table immediately after we sat down, somehow knowing we wanted to order a bottle of wine. Food was delicious. I would return next time I’m in Detroit.

AL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, delicious food and exceptional service.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raquel LOVES her company, her management and her employees. The joy she takes in her job reflect on the customer experience. We were here for the weekend from LA and we returned 3 times.

DR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything from the Brussels sprouts appetizer to the meat and vegan entries. ❤️

GA
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

FG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Besa experience was wonderful! Not a huge vegetarian offering, but what we did order was fantastic! We will return if there are more vegetarian offerings on the menu. Chef is very creative!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MB
Detroit
68 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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!

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