C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill

4.5
64 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL is an independent, family owned and run restaurant featuring a plethora of smoked meats and hors d'oeuvres, craft cocktails, and local Michigan beers. A spacious and diverse interior features reclaimed barn wood, wrought iron, and elaborate, industrial metal ornamentation. C.A.Y.A.'s chef-driven menu features as much farm-to-table fare as possible and the highest quality ingredients. All meats-- duck, chicken, beef, pork-- are all from farms within 100 miles or closer. They work closely with local farmers to ensure fresh ingredients in all dishes. The restaurant's all natural products are not treated, chemically washed, or rinsed. Make a reservation to enjoy this neighborhood gem today!

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 64 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and the service were very good. It’s nice to find this kind of family restaurant.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind review of CAYA Smokehouse. Sorry to see that the ambience was less than favorable for you. Please feel free to offer any suggestions in your future visits. Best regards!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious. Prices fair and on par with atmosphere. Wait staff wonderful. Drinks great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, interesting vibe.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for sharing this exceptional review of your experience at CAYA Smokehouse. We look forward to meeting your expectations again on a future visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to celebrate birthdays and decided to try CAYA. the food was amazing and the portions are generous! Staff was awesome too. Will definitely be a repeat customer.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on October 23, 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your exceptional review of CAYA Smokehouse. We are so glad you enjoyed our food with us. I thoroughly agree that our staff is awesome. I am so happy that you think so too! We look forward to seeing you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am from Jersey and I was in town for a youth hockey tournament. I didn’t want to eat at any more chain restaurants and I was thrilled to find this family owned Barbecue restaurant. So, 8 of us drove 30 min to eat here. Our waiter was hysterical!!!!!!! Made our experience even better. I think he escaped from a comedy club. Try the El Stugotz cocktail it is spectacular. We had the burnt ends, candied bacon, and the Mac and cheese for apps. The waiter recommended their signature pork belly pork chop with chimichurri and it was delicious.

The decor is very rustic and friendly. Give it a try! It’s worth the drive.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on October 20, 2021

Hi there, we are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us last Saturday! Your group was receptive and very fun. I was happy that we were able to move you inside. We concede: Marty is thoroughly entertaining. Next time you are in town please don't hesitate to stop by. Cheers!

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DionM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent, but I was disappointed with the food presentation. It was not presented like the pictures on their website. I was expecting a more gourmet experience rib shack. I know how that sounds, but I thought that was going to make this place different from some of the other places I've been. Food being served on picnic wax paper was just more of the same.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on October 20, 2021

Hello Dion, thanks for your fair review of CAYA Smokehouse. I understand your distinction between web photos and the items you received. I have inferred from your mention of the checkered paper that you ordered the Smokehouse Dinner. This item is not pictured on our site, and features an exceptional variance in presentation from our smoked meats and hot sides. I would suggest more of the main course entrees to enjoy the atmosphere predicated by our pictures. We look forward to your next visit!

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SamanthaK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Loud music for a Wednesday evening but food was pretty good - Burnt Ends were amazing!

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi Samantha, I am sorry to see that the ambiance outweighed your appreciation of the service and food at CAYA. We try to have fun here. I was working behind the bar on the Wednesday that you were dining with us, and I would concede that the music was a little off kilter. I remember trying to get around to switching it from the electronic dance music that was playing, but it was too busy at the moment of my attempt. I hope that you are able to come try us again sometime soon. Thank you!

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FreqTraveler
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great dinner with friends during a visit to the greater Detroit area. Will definitely go back to CAYA Smokehouse.

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vipJetson
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi there, we are delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We seek to provide a unique experience for our guests on every visit. Please come try some more of the menu with us again sometime in the near future!

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CraigS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a very casual place that was fun, so noise was a bit of a plus. The beer choices were great. The staff was quite welcoming and engaging. The food choices were what you'd expect at a casual barbecue spot, but the quality was much higher. The pork ribs were tremendous, with an excellent rub that we found out was home made. The brisket was fantastic too. The barbecue sauces were surprisingly varied and tasty. Having spent time in Texas (which IMO is THE standard for BBQ) CAYA would rank respectably against BBQ anywhere.

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vipTP0408
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We ordered the Tomahawk, 1/2 slab ribs, Mac cheese and cornbread. Food has little to no taste and was heated in the microwave. I do not recommend eating here.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on September 5, 2021

Lmao. Heated in the microwave? Not true. If the dishes you had were not up to your expectation I wish you would have mentioned it. We take pride in the Pork Belly Tomahawk Chop with fresh chimichurri and cheddar grits. It's a true staff favorite. What did you find distasteful? Many regular guests adore the ribs and mac & cheese. Please offer criticism while dining with us instead of stating false accusations on a third party site. Call management. We will try to make it right. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Marty. Go OSU

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BrianR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place will definitely be back! Kim was awesome!

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on September 4, 2021

Kim is the greatest! We are so happy you had a good time with us, Brian. We are looking forward to seeing you again sometime soon!

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vipElonF
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Cold food, slow and not really enjoyable.

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Jimbo
Detroit
44 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. Enjoyed equally as well both times. Good service. Up north atmosphere. Kale salad - both time, very good ! Ribs and other sides have been really good also. Fair value, decent sized portions.

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ScottA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tried 6-7 dishes, and they were all way above average, compared to takeout bbq we’ve had recently. The brisket was amazing, and the sauces were delicious and unique. The chef and his staff are all kind and passionate about what they do. The Joy Division & other 80s music is a real mood, too!

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on August 10, 2021

Hey Scott, We are so happy that you were able to come in and enjoy our food with us. At CAYA we strive to create a fun and personable atmosphere; I'm elated that you picked up on that. Choosing a wide selection of our menu is the way to go! I would love to hear more about what you got to try and listen to any improvements that you might suggest to us. Please feel free to reach out to me at Alexander@cayagrill. We cannot wait to have you join us again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant! Was a nice gem, especially liked the patio ambiance!

Food 5/5, we ordered:
Apps: Korean BBQ ribs
French Onion Soup

Dinner:
Half pound of beef brisket
Full Slab of Ribs (very generous & meaty portion)

Sides:
Jalapeños Corn Bread
Brussel Sprouts
Mac & Cheese

Total Pre Tip: $90

Would definitely come back. The staff , all, were super pleasant, quick and attentive! Could overhear other wait staff and all were engaging with their tables, very kind!

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Disappointed in the food. Unable to get ribs as 30 minutes after being seated I was told by our server they were out. Brisket I got as a replacement was just ok

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SeanB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

CAYA is a little of the main thoroughfare and wasn’t overly busy.

The parking is to the back of the building and the lot needs work and parking lines, but it’s all good. Just a sense of walking up.

We walked by a very small and awkwardly placed greeters table to the right. Never saw the poor girl and thought we had to walk to the front/street side entrance.

Dining areas was good sized for indoor area, but seemed oddly arranged and table sizes didn’t fit the space. The greeter sat us down in front of the kitchen door, worst place to sit someone.

There’s a cool looking screened in patios seating area too, but it was really humid out.

Waitress was prompt and nice. Service was quick, almost too quick as we barely finished our apps. Food was good, big portions. Too many fries to be honest.

Taste-wise everything was really good. For a family of 4, 2 apps, 4 beers, 4 entrees, over $100. Seemed pricey based on being Famous Dave’s comparable….

We’ll be back to try it again. First pass for me was a B, B-

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on July 28, 2021

Hello Sean, I really appreciate you taking the time to express your opinions about C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill. Much of what you mentioned is sentimental to our perspective from a managerial standpoint, save the comparison to Famous Dave's (our food is significantly better). As new owners in this building, we look forward to creating enough capital to update our parking lot; branding and atmosphere will also continue to undergo gradual scrutiny. Thank you so much for your patronage and support!

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ab1976
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations were very easy to make. Got right in and had a very pleasant and helpful waitress. Food came out fast and was very, very good. The recently had a swap in ownership, but the quality has not gone down. There homemade bbq sauces are fantastic. Our waitress had convinced us to try a fried Oreo dessert that was decadent. Had a great time. One of our favorite places. Will definitely be back

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MelvaA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were pleased with our experience and loved our waiter Adam. He was personable and friendly and the food was really good. The ribs were a bit salty, but mac and cheese and greens were the best.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on July 21, 2021

Hello MelvaA, We are so happy that you found your service to be amicable. Since your visit our St. Louis-style ribs have been honed and revamped to meet the expectations of our guests. I would encourage you to try them again, however, since you seemed to find our food to be generally worthwhile, there is no shortage of great menu options for you to try on your next visit. Thank you so much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our wait for our salads was an hour after we were seated. Cook dropped an half slab of ribs on floor didn't have anymore. Then to top it off our food was cold. The street corn 🌽 was very good. Not going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We got there 10 minutes early, had a drink at bar and were seated on time. A little slow service, took 2 hours for dinner but everyone was pleasant and we we not in a hurry.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on June 25, 2021

Hello, thank you so much for joining us for dinner last Saturday at C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill. I appreciate the honesty of your review, and we understand that kitchen order times were excessive on the day of your visit. Our small and newly trained kitchen staff strives to consistently and regularly fulfill orders under 20 minutes, and in this period of post-pandemic demand we will continue to aspire the satisfactory service that you deserve. We look forward to exceeding your expectations soon.

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Celia
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing but we had to do a lot of waiting to order other items if we wanted

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vipGaryB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

After an hour and half of waiting for food we walked out. Beware.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 29, 2021

Hi Gary, thanks for your review. The items you ordered were at 49 minutes when you walked out. We strive to keep our ticket times under 20 minutes, but on the Saturday you visited we had a cook quit and were operating at 5% labor with some conflicting catering requests. The patience of our patrons was rewarded with fresh fare; however, your food was wasted, and your items had to be comped. In any regard, we appreciate your interest in our restaurant and hope you can come visit some other time..

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vipleslieE
Detroit
73 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Some food items were good, corn bread, tater tots, onion rings, bbq sauce selection. The ribs were very fatty. The coleslaw was too bland. I know restaurants are in dire need of help but the service was awful. Our waitress had way too many tables, took forever to get drinks, food, the check. We were disappointed.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hi Leslie, we smoke our ribs for six hours, and then we braise them in jus to render the fat, however, generally a full slab of babyback ribs contains about 190 grams of fat after being cooked. If you would like to try a leaner pork option with us later this summer I would definitely suggest our new pork chops. They are delicious. Thanks for understanding that our service staff is very limited amid this tumultuous pandemic era. We look forward to rectifying your expectations on your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience dining at Come As You Are (CAYA), and it was great! Our server, Marty, was very attentive and friendly. I had the braised short rib. It was SOOO tender and juicy! We will be back!

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind words and review of our new Braised Short Rib entrée. We are delighted that your first visit with us was so wonderful. Your generous review and patronage is greatly appreciated. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love CAYA grill, brisket is my absolute favourite!

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Dee15
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Baby back ribs were half fat. The short rib was better. Service has kinks to workout. It has potential but needs work.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hello Dee, we love our Short Ribs here, and generally babyback ribs are a fattier option. Thank you for your understanding that our limited staff does everything that we can to guide and tailor your experience. We look forward to your future patronage and living up to the potential that you see in our business. Cheers.

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MarlanF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Enjoyed every bite...

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 13, 2021

Hi Marlan, thank you so much for your reservation at CAYA on mother's day. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time. Please come visit us for dinner again soon!

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Alexandra
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delicious Mother’s Day brunch! And the drinks were yummy too.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 13, 2021

Hi Alexandra, we are so pleased that you could visit us for mother's day brunch service. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time. We hope to see you again for dinner soon!

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CelesteW
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was phenomenal. We tried many other brunch places while cayas was closed and nothing compared. We were so excited to go back for my 1st mothers day. It was awesome. Love the staff. The food. And the drinks. It is always a great experience.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 12, 2021

Hi Celeste, thank you so much for dining with us on mother's day. We look forward to having our Sunday brunch regularly available again very soon. In the meantime, please come see us again for dinner service. Ask for our general manager, Alexander; your patronage is greatly appreciated.

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SalvatoreR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service made our experience very nice. We will back

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Customer
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Only the basement was open, only a couple,of,items available. After quite a long time for a server to,come over, he told us the chef quit without notice. I appreciate the honesty, however if I would have know that up front, I wouldnt have wasted my time. Hopefully, things will change and we can try again

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your visit. Unfortunately, the only way that you would have had an existing reservation on this date was through our OpenTable experience, "Speakeasy Saturday," which is exclusively in the Billiards Room. Between April 23th and May 8th our dining room was closed due to pandemic staffing. Please come back and try our new, full dine-in menu as soon as possible. Cordial regards.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st Time Eating @ C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill. Loved the atmosphere, the employees, & the food was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Basic food was ok. Cocktails were really bad

Order a beer. Desserts weren’t great either
Our waitress tried to make up for it best she could
Bad

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Generous portion sizes. Great flavors and tons of options.

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vipElmoT
Detroit
75 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were seated outside. It took too long for our waitress to come to our table and she mostly acted like she was doing us a favor. Also, this is a bbq place, so we asked for bbq sauce but we were simply given three squeeze bottles from a dirty table next to us that had just been used. In the Covid era, giving us items touched by other customers is unacceptable.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on March 26, 2021

Hello Elmo, our protocol for cleaning barbecue sauce includes a three-step sanitation process. Obviously, you did not risk using dirty sauces, so we trust that the server attended to your need for a clean space. We are happy to do you the favor of providing a sensational dining experience, and we consider your personal interpretation of the waitress as indignant to be a grave concern. I hope that on your next visit we can provide a more comfortable ambience and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a cornbeef lover, but their cornbeef was the moistest best flavor I have ever tasted. It was amazing.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill
Responded on March 20, 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your honest and positive review! We look forward to being your go-to for corned beef dinner next St. Patrick's Day (and maybe sometime before then).

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You can order delivery directly from C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill using the Order Online button. C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 438-6741.

C.A.Y.A. Smoke House Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 64 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.