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PAO Detroit - Modern Dining, Detroit, MI

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining

4.3
4.3
762 Reviews
$31 to $50
Pan-Asian
Located in the former Michigan Oriental Theater serving exciting shareables in an iconic, historically-rich and high energy atmosphere. PAO is located in the former Michigan Oriental Theater, a space so rich in cultural history, we decided to preserve Detroit’s memories as part of our dining experience. Since 1950, the space sat unoccupied. Today, we reintroduce PAO the restaurant in the heart of Grand Circus Park. The flavors of PAO draw upon Pan-Asian influences, a collaboration of efforts by Chef Alex Farhat and the PAO culinary team. Our drink menu offers approachable, yet rare Asian spirits to be enjoyed as classic favorites. Stop in to sip your favorite handcrafted cocktails or share a meal with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Pan-Asian, Asian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 816-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alex Farhat

  • Private party facilities

    Dining experiences available for special occasions, corporate events and more. Join us in a supper club-focused atmosphere, complemented by craft cocktails, rare Asian & International spirits, customizable menus, strolling buffet and sit-down options in over 800 SF of usable space.

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    W Adams Ave & Park Ave

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 762 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes!! Good service!! Definitely would like to come back and party closer to the dj.. this seemed to be where all the action was... I would have liked a special sparkler or something for our engagement.. would have been a nice touch but service was overall great!!

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded 2 days agoOur team enjoys doing what they do because of customers like you. Your review just made our day. Thank you so much!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great shareables and ambiance before heading to the fisher for Hamilton

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded 2 days agoPao Detroit is an excellent stop before a show! Thank you for joining us.

  3. l

    lisas

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night. Great food and service. Our server, Drew was outstanding.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded todayWe’re so happy to hear you had a great date night with us and we’re so grateful that you took the time to share your feedback about Drew.

  4. CM

    ChristineM

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I’ll begin with the good. The ambiance is really amazing. Situated in an old Oriental Theater, yet with very modern fixtures, music etc the was quite stunning when we sat down at a table upstairs. However, I felt like the establishment was trying to figure out what it was…an upscale restaurant? Or a nightclub with food? The food was not very flavorful and the drinks were weak and did not fulfill their creative descriptions. (Except for the matcha cocktail, which was delicious in spite of seeming to have been made sans spirits) Our final bill was difficult to swallow, considering the fact that the food was not earth- shattering. Our Chilean Sea Bass was undercooked. We don’t mind paying more for an exceptional meal, but this one fell short. The servers did a great job in filling our waters regularly, but they all seemed either unhappy (as though there was some unseen pressure from overseeing staff, or there were unfavorable circumstances going on behind the scenes, or perhaps they were just unfriendly.) Would we come back? Probably not, but we hope your experience is better than ours was.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded 2 days agoThank you for your feedback Christine. It is always helpful and we want you to know we value your feedback.

  5. MT

    MalissaT

    Savannah

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice environment. Drinks very interesting and good. Menu interesting.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded 2 days agoIt's awesome to hear such great feedback. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    A real let-down! Menu needs work and food was marginal at best. Won’t go back.
  7. SS

    SameeraS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was always good time and food at PAO. Good vibes.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 22, 2022We strive to provide an experience that is both comfortable and luxurious, and it's always nice to know that we've succeeded.

  8. N

    Neisha

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I’m really easy to please when it come to visit restaurants. I understand it takes a lot and normally apply grace to unfortunate situations but my husband and I did not like this place overall. We were sat at a table in the aisle that was not too far from the door. It was so cold that we could not even enjoy the meal. Every time the door was opened, there was a draft that swept through. We noticed that there was a booth that was open further to the back. We asked the manager if we could be moved to that table and we were told there was nothing available when there clearly was. We tried to stick it out and just put on our coats while eating. At the time when we left, there still wasn’t anyone sitting there. We couldn’t even finish our food because we were so uncomfortable. The food was just ok. But it probably would have been better if we could actually enjoy it. For over $150 bill (because gratuity is added even for just 2 people) , the experience could have been way better. We won’t be returning.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded 2 days agoDear Neisha, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We understand how important a particular situation can influence our guest's experience. We sincerely hope you come back and give us another try.

  9. GD

    GwenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is great, the service impeccable, just don’t expect to take home leftovers from your delicious meal.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for noticing us and taking the time to leave this great review.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Second time here. Food is just OK … It’s like they can’t decide between being tapas/small plates and being a regular restaurant. Octopus was tough . not a lot of flavor, spicy tuna bite was just odd . Is it supposed be hot or cold??? Wasn’t full but everything took forever. The sea bass was the best … Way overpriced. will not return

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Your comment has given us valuable insight and we sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 21, 2022Your fantastic feedback means a lot to us at Pao Detroit. It’s our pleasure to provide the best possible food and service to our guests, and we’re glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit.

  12. T

    Td28

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Hostess and manager were nice. Sat at bar, bartender was not attentive drinks were poorly served and made. Food was good but cold, not asked how anything was during meal

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 21, 2022We are sorry to see your review. We will be sure to share your comments with the staff. We are always looking at our reviews to learn and do better. We sincerely hope you come back and give us another try.

  13. JD

    JDan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience3
    1. Need single rock ice. 2. At about 8:30 on sunday the music went from cool vibe- decent volume, to energetic - lively volume, then about 9:30 we had to yell across the table on the first floor by the door in order to hear each other over the turn up music (which is fine) - on volume 1000 ( not so fine) 3. Food is great. Atmosphere is great. 4. Its like they want to be fine dining, a sports bar, and a club all in one. I advise pick two.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 16, 2022Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We value your feedback and will discuss your review with management.

  14. DR

    DaniR

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Had an 8pm reservation, table for 4. After 1 hour and 32 minutes our check was thrown down on the table and we were told to leave as we had ‘used’ our time up. Even the reservation stated 4 people can dine for 2 hours. This happened right after the waitress sets down a round of drinks that took the bar nearly 25 minutes to serve. It’s a shame really, food was good, we would have ordered more. Left a ‘bad taste’ in our mouth. Manager finally came around once clued in we had only been there for 1 1/2 hours. Disappointing evening, won’t recommend.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. I’m very sorry we failed to meet your expectations.

  15. ML

    MattL

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was enjoyable.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your message Matt.

  16. RW

    RobynW

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful space. Our waitress was really good. The drinks were very good and had a nice presentation. We ordered the tuna bits which were weird. They were like little cornbread Twinkies with blended tuna on top. Not great. The lobster sandwich was good - nothing special for a lobster sandwich. At the end of the meal, the bill is presented by a small register tape of your bill put on your table. No bill holder. Not very classy for the ambiance they are trying to bring. I felt like I was getting a bill at a diner. The restaurant is odd. No one seems to know about it. I'm a tour guide in Detroit and I didn't know it existed until my friend found it on a social posting. They could use some more advertisement or PR. The good part is that they were easy to get into when all the other restaurants in Detroit had no reservations available. I probably won't go back unless I was just having drinks at the bar. The interior is worth a peak, though.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 16, 2022Dear Robyn, Thanks for sharing your comments. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better. Pao Detroit is known for its Club Vibe Thursday to Saturday. Please join us for a fun night of drinks and great music.

  17. TC

    TinaC

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Our server and staff were great, very friendly! Music was blaring knockoff EDM, The food was not at all pan asian, not enough vegetarian options and the city security camera green light is right out front of the building, so we had a green light flashing in our faces throughout the meal. I had been really excited to check this place out, and left thinking I probably won't be back. Really disappointing.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for sharing your review with us. It is always helpful and we want you to know we value your feedback. We have taken the good and the bad and will share your comments with the staff and management. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food isn’t that great at this place but I see it’s more like a hang out spot for people with money. It’s way too loud in there. You can’t even talk to someone you’re on a date with unless you yell at each other. Our server wasn’t very attentive either.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 11, 2022We understand our club vibe is not for everyone.

  19. C

    Charly

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    I was really disappointed with my most recent visit. The valet is rude. They were taking up parking spaces with cones forcing people to valet or park away from the restaurant. Portion sizes of my favorite foods have been significantly reduced, but a lot of menu items have been discontinued or removed. The waitress we had was very dismissive and inattentive- she should be thankful for her automatic 20% gratuity.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 11, 2022Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We will be sure to address your comments with management.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    After hearing great reviews and reviewing the menu, I drove across town to experience PAO. For starters as I was someone side swiped my vehicle and kept going! To make the best of it I continued my dinner night. Unfortunately the open table menu and Google menu is not updated. Everything I wanted to try removed from the menu. The bartender highly recommended beef short ribs which I ordered, but only to find out those were sold out. I paid $220 including gratuity for one lamb chop dinner, one side salad, one shrimp appetizer and 4 martini/cocktails for a party of only two!!! Sadly my guest was the birthday girl. It was a terrible experience, waste of gas, time and money.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 16, 2022All feedback is important to us and we're sorry to hear that you had such a frustrating experience. It is always helpful and we want you to know we value your feedback and your business.

  21. l

    luvnlife

    Dallas

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in town.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for taking the time to rate us. We look forward to your next visit at Pao Detroit.

  22. JG

    JGee

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the Mandalay bay drink. Truffle fries were amazing

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for the awesome review. Please come back and join us again soon.

  23. TM

    ToniM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the shareable plates and the ambiance. Servers were attentive and pleasant. Great experience.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 4, 2022Dear Toni, your fantastic feedback means a lot to us at Pao Detroit. It’s our pleasure to provide the best possible food and service to our guests, and we’re glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit.

  24. N

    Noname

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Food wasn’t that good. Fries was cold poor sauce selection. Lamb chops was like a 6 out of 10.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 7, 2022Your review will not go unnoticed. Your comment has given us valuable insight and we sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Not worth a visit.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 6, 2022We would love to hear more about your recent visit. Feel free to reach out to us and help better understand your review.

  26. MK

    MoeK

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went on Saturday night for my wife birthday dinner, food was good little pricey but overall its good experience.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on November 6, 2022We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Please come back and join us again soon.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful night out at an amazing restaurant

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 31, 2022Our team enjoys doing what they do because of customers like you. Your review just made our day. Thank you so much!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best crab rangoon I’ve ever had. Service was spectacular along with the food and drinks. Very cool atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 27, 2022We love to receive such great feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your favorite dishes and comment about your great service.

  29. K

    Kittylover

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, amazing service and so much fun with friends!!

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 26, 2022We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience with us and we’re so grateful that you took the time to share your feedback with us.

  30. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved EVERY part of our visit to PAO! The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 24, 2022Dear Laura, this is exactly the kind of feedback we strive to hear. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

  31. Y

    Yolanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing & our server Jada was wonderful! 10/10 definitely recommend!

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 24, 2022Thank you for the 10/10 Yolanda. We are grateful for your review and look forward to your next visit.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone absolutely loved every single thing we ordered. Prices are reasonable and our waiter was so amazing, thanks Drew! Highly recommend

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 20, 2022We sincerely appreciate the fantastic review and are glad you had a wonderful dining experience. We want all our guests to have the best 5 star experience and we are thrilled by your feedback. Thank you for letting us and the community know about your fantastic experience with us! We look forward to your next visit.

  33. R

    Randizzle64

    Detroit

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was expensive for a Tuesday night pre-concert meal, but the food, service and ambience were great. We plan to go back in the relatively near future but we’ll make sure we do it on a weekend where we can justify the cost.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 20, 2022Dear Randi, we are looking forward to your next visit with us. Thanks for sharing.

  34. RS

    RyanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! I strongly recommend this restaurant!

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 20, 2022Happy to hear you had such a wonderful dining experience. Thank you for your business. We really appreciate it and hope to serve you again soon.

  35. RB

    RachelB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday here. They gave me the birthday experience I was looking for. The vibe was amazing, food was great, everyone had a wonderful time!!!

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 20, 2022Thank you for dining with us and celebrating. Pao Detroit adds a special memory to any celebration and we are glad your group enjoyed themselves.

  36. D

    Demi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    I wanted to love it. It was overrated. Food overly priced and bad. Staff a little annoying and pushy

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 20, 2022We are sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. Thank you for the feedback.

  37. DS

    DrewS

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Eclectic and "cool'" staff was great as was food. The only issue we had was that even with a reservation, we had to ask for a better table.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 17, 2022I'm happy to hear that our team provided you with excellent service. Thanks so much for sharing your feedback about our services.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, food was amazing staff eas friendly.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 20, 2022We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience with us and we’re so grateful that you took the time to share your feedback with us.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was great, parking sucked this night and dont go bear if your hungry….online menu is not up to date. Already planned what I was getting and then got there nothing was the same….The bathroom was Filthy when I say Filthy. A restaurant of this status should never have a bathroom that looks like that.
  40. GE

    GlendaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have a wonderful time. I was celebrating my 65th birthday and the staff made sure my dining experience was great. I loved the Truffle fries and the Rock shrimp. I would go back just to eat those two items.

    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on October 17, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review Gelnda. We are happy you choose Pao Detroit for your celebration. We look forward to your next visit.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from PAO Detroit - Modern Dining using the Order Online button. PAO Detroit - Modern Dining also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 816-0000.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining is rated 4.3 stars by 762 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 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for PAO Detroit - Modern Dining

114 W Adams Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Additional information

  • Cross street

    W Adams Ave & Park Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pan-Asian, Asian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Farhat

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 816-0000

  • Private party facilities

    Dining experiences available for special occasions, corporate events and more. Join us in a supper club-focused atmosphere, complemented by craft cocktails, rare Asian & International spirits, customizable menus, strolling buffet and sit-down options in over 800 SF of usable space.

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