dessous

4.6
184 reviews
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Contemporary American
dessous is a very personal restaurant, combining the culinary influences of the restaurant’s owners, who come from diverse backgrounds and are extremely passionate about food – Influenced by their own heritage.
Our menu brings together a mélange of flavors, textures and contrasts.The menu brings together influences of Jay’s Indian origin and features his mom’s homemade naan recipe made one at a time on a cast iron skillet, Scott’s upbringing around country cooking and our friend Chef Eve’s childhood memories of the spice markets in Jerusalem, growing up around vibrant flavors of Cuban cooking in Miami, and her culinary training in France.
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Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and had a great experience. Atmosphere is great and everything we ate was fantastic. Surprised there were not more people there on a Sunday night. Will definitely come back.

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C
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The decor was upscale, but the service and food didn’t match it.

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a
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing. Dessous never fails to impress! Amazing food and wonderful staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Portions were big. Especially after that amazing bread. Loved it.

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AB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome taste in everything!!!! What a great lower level Ann Arbor secret!!!!!

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m
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

brunch needs a llttle work to keep up with balance of food

but we all enjoyed

halibut was just great

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r
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, varied menu selections all with great flavors

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LH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and our server was friendly and courteous. We waited a little bit for the entrees, but wouldn't have really noticed if we hadn't needed to be somewhere after dinner.

The A/C was out, which wasn't their fault. They did warn us when we arrived, and it was it was tolerable.

There is a problem with Blue Llama's noise from upstairs. We could definitely hear the bass thumping. I hope the folk who own each establishment can get together and figure out how to put some noise block in or Dessous will probably be the loser.

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MA
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and the service were great. Truly a treat. The only thing that put a damper on the evening was the air conditioner was missing. I thought it may be that we were there at opening but it never cooled off. So strange being on the lower level but it was hot in the restaurant.

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AA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is quiet early in the evening which is great. There are unique things they do in terms of flavor such as adopting Indian flavors pretty well. However for the price point their presentation is far below expectation. Flavors tend to be busy and the fat contents are pretty high. The wine listings are pretty poor.

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h
New England
63 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. I was intrigued by the menu and impressed by the reviews, but I still didn't quite expect this. The service was excellent and the food both inventive and excellent (two attributes that don't always go together!).

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j
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary and had a fabulous dinner with great service. We will definately come back.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great restaurant experience with unusual dishes. Dessous is always a bit of a pleasant surprise.

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food service! We will return for another meal at Dessous.

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B
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Many locals don't seem to know about Dessous... whether because it's underground, or because its tiny sign and doorway are hard to spot on Main Street's restaurant row. And that's a same, because the cool, elegant decor, attentive service and Eve Aronoff-inspired menu should be drawing a larger crowd.

We stopped in during during Restaurant Week, but the place was less than full and the servers had both the time and inclination to give us full attention, along with some suggestions. All the preparations came off the regular menu -- we particularly enjoyed the shellfish ceviche appetizer and my wife's savory sea bass main. Desserts were indifferent.

Dinged one check for portion size; Dessous seems to think that Restaurant Week specials mean serving half-size portions at 40%-off prices. My 40-garlic-clove consisted of three thin, London broil-style slices of beef. Perfectly seasoned and cooked -- but really? All the other dishes were similarly diminutive; when asked, our server confirmed that portions had been scaled way back.

Nonetheless, we plan to stop in again, because what we ate was well-done and interesting, and there are multiple other items on the menu we'd like to try.

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e
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, excellent service (after a bit of a wait to be greeted - they were slammed for Restaurant Week), and intriguing ambiance - clean/white without being sterile; comfortable.

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

‘twas a dream

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L
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The 4 small slices of steak they served was mostly tendon and gristle. I wouldn’t have served that to guests at my home, let alone paying customers. Best dish was the free naan. Appetizers were decent.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely fantastic. We particularly liked the Sea Bass. We'll be back!

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MR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed the Food and drinks. Excellent. Really nice interior decor. The ambiance was marred by the squeals of a baby at a nearby table. Her Parents and grandparents were oblivious. When I was at that point in my life all the adults would take turns taking the baby for a walk away from the table so the others could enjoy part of the meal. Or get a sitter if you’re going to an upscale restaurant such as this.

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BA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation here for restaurant week, and it turned out great! My partner and I each ordered something different for each course so that we could share, and everything was wonderful! We tried the Lamb Bolitos and Seafood Ceviche as appetizers, the Skillet Strip and Spaccatelli as entrees, and one of each dessert (the crumble and the tres leches cake). My favorite dish was probably the ceviche. The serving sizes were a bit small, but it makes sense since all three courses made for quite a filling meal. The price range is definitely out of my range regularly, but for restaurant week, this was a great deal!

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s
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites during this restaurant week

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RO
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Good value for restaurant week.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a beautiful environment. Great food and craft cocktails.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, choc cake dried out was a bummer ending to a wonderful meal.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. Will be back many more times.

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AA
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessous was a great experience all around. Nice decor and ambiance, great service and food was excellent! Took servers advice and got the sea bass which was perfectly seasoned and prepared. My husband had the lamb shank which was also outstanding. Loved the Indian bread pudding for dessert! We will definitely be back

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a
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I experienced the most delicious meal in Ann Arbor (and anywhere else I’ve been). The waitstaff, noise level, presentation, and beautiful food were amazing. The sea bass was the best!

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ZB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a soft opening for their future brunch. Despite the fact that it was just a "dress rehearsal," the food was excellent. Can't wait to go back for dinner.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite upscale restaurant in Ann Arbor as we have had only good experiences here. For my husband’s 50th birthday, we had a party of 8 and I pre-ordered a cake from the kitchen. Everyone enjoyed the food, drinks and cake, plus the service was outstanding.

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N
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great happy hour, friendly bartender, delicious food! Nice selection. Particularly liked the duck confit and the avocado pan

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LF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved dessous. Celebrating our daughters UM graduation and wish we’d found dessous earlier! Really great and definitely recommend!

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S
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was tasty. Service in bar was not attentive - a friend in our group joked that the bartender had 5 jobs including dishwasher which gives an idea of how distracted he was.

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m
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, service and staff. Great food, cocktails and a great wine selection. Will certainly return.

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DA
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every course was outstanding. Wonderful food. Can't wait to try the Spring-Summer menu.

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A
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely fantastic. Amazing flavors and combinations etc. We were sat a bit too close to the tables adjacent to us which was a bit less desirable, but didn't negatively affect the dining experience as a whole.

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JF
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was delicious.

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KM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. A bit tricky to find as it is downstairs. But as long as you follow the address numbers you'll find it without a problem. Great staff, amazing take on their various dishes. Although only in bottles, an amazing beer selection to complement your meal and what looks like a good wine list. Great place for taking clients or significant others. Really enjoyed it.

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AS
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stellar service and divine tasting menu creations. Everyone was thrilled with their selections and the flavors were outstanding.

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DA
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding and perfectly prepared...every single item brought to the table. Service was very good, but there was room for improvement.

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