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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.6
4.6
1267 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch at BESA

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 12, 2024 only
    🌸✨ Indulge in Elegance this Mother's Day ✨🌸 From 11 am to 6 pm, join us for a culinary journey that celebrates the essence of motherhood in the heart of the city. Savor an exquisite array of gourmet dishes expertly crafted by our talented chefs. From delectable appetizers to sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, every bite is a testament to our dedication to culinary excellence. Raise a glass to the woman who deserves the world. Our curated selection of brunch cocktails, fine wines, and champagne perfectly complements the flavors of our menu, ensuring a toast as special as she is. Show Mom how much she means to you with an unforgettable Mother's Day celebration at our sophisticated downtown restaurant. Book your table now! 🌸✨
    Mother's Day Brunch at BESA Photo

What 1,267 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    American

1,267 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love that place! It’s nice to have places sit down at downtown with great meals

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was a little overpriced, drinks were mediocre but the service was awesome. 7/10

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  3. AshBree

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    BESA has unique offerings but the highlight was the arugula salad. Wait staff was not as attentive as other restaurants of this caliber in Detroit and music was very loud.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our first dinner at BESA! Honestly, for us the star of the show was the fresh focaccia. SO pillowy and crispy and perfectly salted. Pulled lamb shoulder, sea scallops, grilled artichoke and BESA fries… all clean plates. We will be returning with friends!! Thank you!

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  5. stevens

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. Lamb is always top notch

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  6. AustinC

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food, drinks, and atmosphere, were all fantastic. Lamb chops, steak tartare, and scallops were all perfect. Really enjoyed the house music they were playing as well.

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  7. Justwine

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As first timers we were greeted like family. From the owners to waitstaff just walking by each one took care in making the night a most enjoyable experience

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  8. Foodie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dining experience! Started with the Don Julio 1942 Tuesday special and the Honey crisp mocktail (apple pie vibes), eggplant toast, vegan maitake meal, lamb chops, and the raspberry vegan dessert with a decaf latte with oat milk. Everything was delicious and the service was on point. I don't usually leave reviews but we enjoyed our meal and time so much, I just had to. Cheers!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Server was very sweet but food took over 2 hours. Appetizer was given to wrong table. Pop was given 30/40 minutes later. Food was good but cold. I ask for medium well was given medium rare. Not pleased with service at all.

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  10. Den48

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a wonderful dining experience at BESA. The meal was excellent. The service was a little slow and we attributed that to an extremely busy house and perhaps need for more servers.

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  11. CorineS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to BESA was fantastic and we will most definitely be back. Our server was helpful and attentive, she did a great job explaining the various items on the menu. I had a hard time choosing. Our table enjoyed every dish; we ordered a spinach pie/phyllo dough appetizer, kale salad, a chicken entree, and steak frites. There were 3 options for individual glasses for cab drinkers with more options by the bottle. We had a 515 reservation so we could be on time for the 730 theatre show. Parking across the street from BESA was convenient but if the city is busy with multiple events then a 5 pm reservation would be smart.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food & service. One of the best dinners I’ve had.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it the food was amazing !!!! Will recommend for any occasion 

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  14. SteveS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful and the waiter was extremely helpful and polite. Great experience!!

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  15. Disappointedk

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The server was so sweet but the food was awful for the price. They took our steaks back to the kitchen after we cut them because they were not cooked… then came back with the same steak on our plate. The entire back half of the restaurant had the same issue. We didn’t get to enjoy our meal and continued to eat seperate because everyone was having issues with their food. They tried to make it better by compensating for one meal but it still didn’t make it worth it. Wouldn’t try it again. The poor server was amazing though but after seeing multiple steaks go back touched and recooked I was so repulsed Incouksnt enjoy.

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  16. DawnH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good as were the cocktails. Not such a great spot for a relaxing or romantic date night. Pounding music made conversation difficult. Service was a bit slow - olive oil was delivered to the table but we waited quite awhile to get the bread with it. Had to ask for plates to put our seafood shells on.

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  17. Keith

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the food and our service was great. Would go there again.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shawn was THE BEST! We absolutely enjoyed her service and it truly made our girls night dinner that much better. Will definitely be coming back :)

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  19. WandaB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was phenomenal!! The staff was attentive and wonderful.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Daniel, was amazing! Full of energy and fun! While the food was good, we felt it was overhyped and more dull than anticipated. We would likely come back because of the energy and to give other dinner options a shot.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience. Their server Daniel was nothing short of amazing. He went above and beyond to make our anniversary absolutely beautiful. Will be going back soon.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BESA is great! I’d definitely go back. Great food and service.

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  23. AdaL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Besa surpassed all expectations for a delightful dining experience. The service was impeccable, and the culinary journey, from the exquisite calamari to the savory village salad and lamb chops, left a lasting impression. The ambiance added an extra layer of beauty and elegance, making it a truly memorable evening. Will definitely be back.

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  24. PDin

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience at BESA! The drinks were great, the roasted olives were a treat, the fries were over the top with an amazing aioli, and the fillet at medium rare wasn’t raw in the middle. We sat by the window and enjoyed the evening immensely!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Food Great Host I will definitely come back again

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  26. KyleS

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mediocre food. High prices. Would not return. Definitely not worth it.

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  27. KeithL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place! My go to fine dining in Detroit. The food and service is always excellent!

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  28. Kevin

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    20 minutes late to seat us for a Valentine’s Day reservation. We were given complimentary Champaign because of it which was great! The vibe of the place was incredible. Food was largely underwhelming… the lamb chops were great but the chicken was unimpressive. Fries were cold, broccolini was bland. We waited 1 hour between our appetizer and our entree being delivered… 8:30 reservation and our entree was served at 10:20. Waiter was nowhere to be found for 15 minutes when waiting to pay and get out of there. Maybe they were overwhelmed due to the Valentine’s Day rush (which I get) but I wont be coming back... too many other great places nearby with far better service. Positives: Very cool place, great cocktails. Negatives: slow slow slow, poor service, unimpressive food.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience on Valentine’s day. We had a bit of a wait but nothing outrageous. Food was fantastic, drinks were well made, and our server was attentive and kind.

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  30. TimB

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience for Valentine's Day. The team always does a nice job with food and service. I appreciate the vegetarian options.

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  31. Kinsey

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    M t boyfriend and I went for Valentine’s day 2024 and it was an amazing experience drinks to dessert!

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  32. KateC

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation in early January 2024 for Valentine's Day. Our reservation was for 6:45. We arrived on time and were told no table was available yet. We were finally sat around 7:15. It was another 10 minutes before our server acknowledged us. She sparsely checked on us throughout our meal. We asked for the check and boxes because we didn't have time to finish as we had tickets to the Candlelight Concert Series at The Masonic Temple at 8:30 and they do not allow late entry. Even after I explained this to her, she stood and spoke to the table behind us for 10 mins prior to bringing our check and boxes. The 30 minute delay from the outset of our reservation, combined with a lack of regard for our plans even after explaining, caused us to miss the concert completely. I called the following Tuesday and asked to speak with a manager. I was told one wasn't available at the moment. I left my name, contact info, and reason for calling, no one ever returned my call. We will not be returning here and certainly won't be passing it on as a recommendation to anyone. Extremely disappointed for a supposed 4☆ restaurant.

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  33. TimF

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Recently had a business celebration dinner at Besa. Not my first time, but wanted to recognize the restaurant after this great meal. The decor is chic, the service wonderful, the mocktails delicious (the honeycrisp!). Entrees were great. Both the mushroom ravioli, with shaved black truffle, and the steak frites were standouts. Desserts were amazing, and huge. Share them. Will happily return again.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped in for an early valentines dinner and had the pleasure of getting served by Shawn she was passionate and informative. Shawn went out of her way to make our night special. Highly recommend eating here and request Shawn if she’s in.

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  35. AndrewB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in Detroit.

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  36. PamT

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had amazing experience at BESA! Daniel and Adrien were very accommodating and knowledgeable with the food and wine menu. We had a chef special of a 48oz Tomahawk steak which we split, the spinach pie, and the hazelnut ice cream bar for dessert. All were absolutely delicious! We indulged on the wine getting 8 years in the desert which was a blended red. It was then smoothest wine I’ve had ever plus it had an amazing nose on it. Also to note, there is free 2 hour parking with the garage across the street. By far one of our best dining experiences to date and we will definitely be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was excellent. Even the beverage lady was excellent. Oh, and let’s not forget the hostess Lola. It wasn’t a special occasion but, I really like to enjoy myself. The food was kinda pricey but worth every dime. We’ll be going back in a couple of weeks.

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  38. NicoleG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience! By far one of the best meals I have ever had. My husband and I were celebrating out anniversary and the waitstaff made sure that we were welcomed and spoiled. I would absolutely go back for any special occasion.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    GREAT! Service excellent! Lamb app a lil tough but great flavor. Brown butter hummus yummy (DMskin! wink wink)

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  40. EmmaJ

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was lovely. Wasn’t impressed with the filet. Overall decent food and atmosphere.

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FAQs

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

BESA Detroit is rated 4.6 stars by 1267 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
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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