BESA Detroit

4.8
722 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 722 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
LA
LouieA
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot!

AP
AndrewP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came here and were both blown away, everything was excellent, from the service, ambience, all the way to our meals and drinks. Looking forward to coming back soon!

i
ivanam
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, sablefish was perfectly cooked, and delicious, Oysters were lightly broiled and really good.

S
Somer
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved celebrating my birthday at Besa! The food was absolutely amazing and I will never forget the experience. The pulled lamb and hummus just melted in your mouth. Sable Fish just have no words. Everything was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No words!!! Absolutely amazing food, staff, drinks, service,etc! Will be back again.

CC
ChristyC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit and I was not disappointed. BESA is fabulous. I have nothing negative to say about this spot. Both times I have had the chance to dine here I was surprised that there was not a line out the door - this is perhaps one of the only well kept secrets left in a city of constant newness right now.

The staff is remarkably friendly and low key. It may look like a stuffy, highfalutin fine-dining place but the staff brings everything right down to earth. Everyone is welcoming and well informed and enthusiastic - these are impressive feats in the current employment crisis.

The menu is small and I have tried perhaps half of it - not a bad bite on it. Ask the staff for recommendations if you're stuck. Try a bunch of starters if you cannot decide. Even the table bread is fabulous and I tend to avoid filling up on that stuff.

Last night we had the lamb and hummus app (a Must) to share. I had the Lamb Heart Ragu and my date had the Sable Fish. It was tough to choose which was the better of the two. Very different entrees and both were rich, complex, and super tasty.

I have also had the Eggplant toast, Arugula Salad, Citrus Salad, and Seared Cheese. Honestly, still not a bad bite.

Cocktails were great. Last visit we relied on the bartender to make wine suggestions and he was spot on with some fabulous pics. Don't be shy, lean on the experts to make your visit even better.

It is a little more formal and outside the now-typical hipster aesthetic of loud, communal tables and raw-edged wood everything. Folks were in jeans but suits and dresses were definitely more the norm. Being on the corner of Woodward with a full bank of floor-to-ceiling windows is ideal for a romantic date night. The city and people watching views are excellent.

KR
KendelR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Daniel and the house somm (forgot his name). We will definitely be returning again and again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server, great flavorful food, fast service, great atmosphere!

TA
vipTarynA
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel our waiter was the best. Food and drinks were amazing.

z
zeb902
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great service, delicious (but expensive) food, good presentation and a bit noisy.

AJ
AlishaJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel was amazing. He was knowledable and very accommodating.
His spirit was very welcoming.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The quality of food has gone down significantly. We keep giving this place a try but I think that’ll be the last time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were amazing! Our server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and did a wonderful job! I forgot what it was like to enjoy an amazing dinner out since the pandemic, and I can’t wait to bring more family and friends back!

DH
DebbiH
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything about Besa was just as we remembered, with one exception. Like many restaurants, they have introduced the iPad for listing wines and menu items. Unfortunately, even they admitted that not all of them were working properly. This is frustrating for guests. And although they had an extensive bar, they didn’t have Blantons bourbon or Absolut vodka. The food and service however was great. I recommend the prawns. My partner had the filet and both were excellent.

KB
KarenB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

EB
vipElizabethB
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 8 was delighted with the experience!! We could not made our mind for the appetizers , so we ordered all
Excellent executed!!

SS
SarahS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome as usual. Our server was awesome as well. Pulled lamb shoulder & manouri cheese fabulous!! Must try if you haven’t yet!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The staff was friendly and accommodating. Sommelier was very knowledgeable, helping us recall a delightful wine selection with very few details. Pulled lamb shoulder was outstanding! Overall enjoyable experience; would return for another visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and food!

EH
EricaH
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. And perfect location to stroll downtown Detroit after!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was supremely delicious and service was very friendly. Every single dish was very tasty.

n
none
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome location. 5 stars.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Service! Super Posh and Ambient. I love the vibe here. It is dimly lit and good drinks.

JN
JazminN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents night out and it did not disappoint!

BS
BrianS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is impeccable. Lamb Shoulder alone is worth coming back for. Friendly management, great staff.

BB
BillB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first time at BESA and overall the experience was good. Cara was a great server/bartender. The food was pricey but the Lamb Chops were perfectly cooked with great flavor. The octopus/hummus appetizer was very tasty but very little octopus for a $20 appetizer.

VP
VinishaP
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

simply - food was amazing, service was EXCEPTIONAL! will definitely come back again

MH
MichelleH
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Beautiful ambiance, friendly and knowledgeable and helpful staff. Hostesses accommodated us when we called to say we were running late for our reservation and they got us out in time for our show! The meal was delicious, easy to find gluten free options. My husband loved his filet. Just wish we had enough time to try dessert! Great dining experience.

s
vipscottg
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a perfect night out. Service, food and ambiance! Bought a gift certificate as a special treat gift too!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, service, and food were all spectacular. Our waitress Shaun was attentive and very knowledgeable about the food and restaurant. We were given the opportunity to go downstairs to see the wine cellar. We will definitely be back soon. Besa is one of our new downtown favorites!

The branzino was cooked beautifully with a delicate, crisp skin. We tried both the arugula and citrus salads—both were outstanding. They were small but light and delicious. Surprisingly the chicken was fantastic, and the fries are a must try.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ever disappointed here! Constantly mouth watering food and top of the line service! Sean is the best waitress and Gerdy the owner is one of the best people out there!

PS
PaulaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an anniversary dinner here with my husband. Heather, our server, was absolutely amazing!! The food and ambiance were just what we needed and we even learned of the extra seating, wine cellar and private dining area downstairs. Thanks for making it a fun night!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and the food was full of flavor. Not a fan of the salads.

MA
MikaelaAmira
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my time though I felt the prices were a little more than it was worth.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great, but the banquets are uncomfortable, especially for 2 people. 😁

CC
CraigC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic! The lamb shoulder appetizer was exceptional! We will definitely be back.

MH
MarieH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World class wine offerings and excellent food. Go!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was amazing the food was amazing ambience was amazing!!!!

r
viprihamilt
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaun was our server and she was amazing! This was our first of what will be many visits! Excellent find. Great food, great service and a good vibe!

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 722 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.