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PAO Detroit - Modern Dining, Detroit, MI

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining

4.0
4
1089 Reviews
$31 to $50
Pan-Asian
Welcome to PAO Detroit, where Asian fusion meets elevated dining in the heart of Downtown. Nestled in the historic Michigan Oriental Theater, our unique supper club offers a refined blend of upscale ambiance and cultural heritage. Explore our diverse fusion menu, catering to all dietary preferences, from vegetarian to halal options. Whether it's a romantic date or a night out with friends, our attentive service and sophisticated atmosphere ensure a memorable experience. Savor a selection of rare Asian spirits, craft cocktails, or luxury champagnes from our drink menu, elevating your evening at PAO.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pan-Asian, Asian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (313) 816-0000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Middle Eastern
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,089 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

1,089 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great it was very good. Thank you for a good night
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for the kind words! We're so glad you had a good night with us. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Prices and portion sizes don’t make any sense. For example fish tacos. Also, the music playing by DJ Is way too loud for anyone to hold a conversation with anyone else.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on April 9, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We take all feedback seriously and aim to offer a dining experience that meets our guests' expectations. Your insights are valuable, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

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  3. Markymark

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue, great location, and amazing food. Only reason I didn’t give five stars is it’s very expensive for what’s provided, gratuity is included (odd for a restaurant at this price point), and our server dropped the ball a couple times.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your experience. We're so glad you enjoyed the venue, location, and our food! We value your feedback, and we'll definitely take your comments into consideration.

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  4. TifftheBarber

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu changes took away from our experience. We came for two dishes that were no longer on the menu but mgmt DID accommodate & didn’t charge my card for the reservation.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 19, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We're so sorry to hear that the menu changes affected your experience.

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  5. KristenR

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance is amazing…dining amongst the remnants of the Michigan Oriental Theatre. Cocktails and mocktails were tasty and the food delicious. Service was excellent. Nice option to valet park too.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 19, 2024
    We're happy you enjoyed the atmosphere, drinks, and delicious food. Valet parking is definitely a plus – we appreciate you mentioning that!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked the last minute dinner reservation at Pao. Atmosphere and vibe was amazing. After being seated wait time to be greeted by our server was extremely long, so we moved to the bar. Bartender and service was amazing. 
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 13, 2024
    We're so happy you loved the atmosphere at Pao! Thanks for the shout-out to our bartender; we're glad they turned your experience around.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Some cracks in the armor here. used to have the most distinctive Ceasers Salad. now with new chef, just like everyone else's. Ran out of Crown Apple and Patron, both of those are featured in distinct drinks on the menu. 20% automatic gratuity added for party of four seems a little presumptuous. hoping they can make it back
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 13, 2024
    We'll absolutely take your comments to heart as we work on maintaining consistency and improving our offerings.

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  8. JohnN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food wasn't worth the price. Steak was massively over cooked and nothing was done about it other than offering to make another which would have had me eating dinner by the time my table was eating dessert. Service charge was on the bill for a table of only 4 people and no mention of it. So watch out. With all the great restaurants in Detroit, this is not one we'll be returning to.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 7, 2024
    We appreciate your feedback and will address these issues internally. We understand your decision not to return but hope you might reconsider in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my girl and we blown away by the staff and atmosphere. We’ll be back.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 13, 2024
    Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We're committed to providing an excellent atmosphere and service, and we're glad you enjoyed it. We hope to see you again soon.

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  10. Brimblue

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had 5:00 o'clock reservations (when it opened), we had walked from the Detroit Opera House and arrived at 4:57 (hard to time a walk). The doors were locked and we were standing in the bitter cold until about 5:05. Almost 10 minutes in the freezing cold. When they finally opened, we noticed that they did have a little lobby with some seating. Why not allow your (freezing) patrons to come in from the cold and wait in the lobby for a few minutes. Just very rude. Then the entire restaurant is empty because it just opened and there was another couple (unknown to us) behind us. What do they do? They seated us two feet apart at tables. They are close enough to hear the other couple's conversation without trying hard. Then they tell us that they have a limited menu tonight. "I don't want to scare you away" was the line they used. We, of course overheard the other waitress talking to the table two feet from us. (Maybe OpenTable could send an email alert to warn of a limited menu.) So we were basically forced to pick between 4 entrees. My wife was reduced to one choice. The filet mignon. It was a well cooked and great tasting filet, but please, $55 for a filet from this type of restaurant was absurd. And it was only 6 oz I would guess. Definitely felt we did not get a lot of value from this restaurant. I will say the food tasted great and our server was very nice, no issues there. And busboys were on point in clearing emptied plates. But that standing in the cold for 10 minutes really turned us off from the start. Please correct that for your future patrons.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 1, 2024
    We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced upon arrival and for any discomfort caused by the cold weather. Your feedback regarding the seating arrangement and limited menu options is valuable to us, and we will address these issues internally to ensure a better experience for future patrons. We appreciate your kind words about the food quality, service, and attentiveness of our staff. Please know that we take your feedback seriously and will strive to make necessary improvements. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  11. MelissaM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    They charged us $3 to put my husbands whiskey on ice. The menu was limited which was not a problem. But that limited menu items should be spot on. Grilled octopus was cold in the middle and chewy. The chicken katsu and the filet mignon were dated not modern. Our server was very nice and friendly. Disappointed.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 4, 2024
    HI Melissa, Your feedback is invaluable, and we'll address the quality and presentation of our menu items to ensure a better dining experience. Please note that we do not charge for ice, this was a billing misunderstanding. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  12. RS24

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant was supposed to open at 5:00 but instead had a staff meeting until 5:10 making us and others wait outside.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 26, 2024
    We apologize for the delay in opening and any inconvenience it caused you and other guests waiting outside. We understand how important it is to adhere to our advertised opening times, and we regret any disruption to your plans. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to ensure our team is well-prepared to offer the best possible dining experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Guests with advance reservations should be made aware that the staff, including the kitchen, are being trained. Very limited menu (8 food items) that did not justify the cost for what was received. One example was the crab noodle entree had no visible protein. $34 for noodles and sauce. Puzzling why the hostess is trained to sit people in the very back when the front is empty. We sat in the 2 top next to the walkway leading to bathrooms. We had staff moving tables, vacuuming and constantly walking behind our table to a small curtained off area in the back. Our waitress, who was satisfactory, did not appear to have any fine dining experience. $270 spent and we left hungry after ordering 3 starters, 2 entrees, 4 adult drinks. We skipped dessert, which we usually get, because of the food quality and overpriced cost. Pao wants to be a fine dining establishment but its not cutting it. Overpriced food that doesn’t justify the cost. Go to Mabel Gray if you want a fine dining experience.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 21, 2024
    We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and feedback. We acknowledge the importance of training our staff to meet high standards and will take your comments into consideration as we refine our approach. We hope to have the opportunity to offer you a more satisfying dining experience in the future.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu was very limited because the kitchen was in a transition phase. Wish they would have said that on their web site while making the reservation. The Crab Noodles had a lot of shells in them and was lacking flavor. The fries and tuna as appetizers were good. The salmon was decent. No vegetarian option. The couple next to us left because of the limited menu.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 21, 2024
    We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience caused by our limited menu. We recognize the importance of offering a variety of options, including vegetarian, and will take this into consideration as we update our menu. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again.

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  15. Dmjeffery

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    When I made the reservation a week and a half prior, I was unaware that they would be transitioning staff and only have 4 menu items available. I booked based on their full menu and had specific things in mind to try, neither of which were available. Nice ambiance and atmosphere, just not with the price of the meals for such limited options.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 20, 2024
    We appreciate your feedback and understand your disappointment with the limited menu options available during your visit, especially after making reservations with certain dishes in mind. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our staff transition and menu limitations. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future, where you can experience the full variety and quality that we aim to provide.

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  16. KatD

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu was disappointingly limited. The food we had was good but there were literally no vegetables on the menu. Not even a side or a salad. We were told that it was the first night of an entirely new menu and they would be adding more items later. The service was very good.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 17, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback on our new menu. We apologize for the limited options during your visit, especially the lack of vegetable dishes. We appreciate your understanding and hope to offer you a more diverse selection on your next visit.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    A bug in our food. The ap we ordered came after our entrees.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 26, 2024
    We're sorry your visit didn't quite live up to expectations. We're currently in a period of transition, we're taking all feedback seriously to guide our improvements, especially in expanding our selections and enhancing the overall experience. We're committed to making positive changes and hope you'll noticethe difference should you choose to visit us again in the future.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite return of all time! And Chef Alex is killing it out in the kitchen! Do yourself a favor and go enjoy a beautifully prepared meal! It’s worth every bite!
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on March 29, 2024
    We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your return visit, especially the meals crafted by Chef Alex! Thank you for your enthusiastic recommendation. We look forward to serving you more beautifully prepared meals that are, indeed, worth every bite.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks, and ambiance was amazing. I celebrated my birthday and they made it special! I will be back. The think I did not like was we were near the windows at the front of the restaurant and could feel the cold coming through but other than that I have no complaints.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 11, 2024
    We're delighted you decided to celebrate your special day with us and thrilled you enjoyed the food, drinks, and atmosphere. Your feedback means a lot, and it's fantastic to know we contributed to making your day memorable. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  20. TylerH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic food! Could have gone with the disco ball, but otherwise great place and a cool vibe!
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 11, 2024
    Thanks for the fantastic review! We're glad you loved the food and enjoyed the cool vibe of our place.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pao is always a great experience. The food and service never disappoint. Thanks to bartender Leo who always has the best suggestions. The Sea bass was fantastic!
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 8, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that Pao consistently offers you a great experience, both through our food and service. Your continued support means the world to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Filet cooked perfectly and the zip sauce was one of the best we’ve experienced. Lobby area was cold, cramped and gave a negative first impression. The fake trees by the door looked a little tacky but the rest of the evening was good.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the food, especially the perfectly cooked filet and our zip sauce. Your feedback about the lobby area and decor is greatly appreciated as we continuously strive to improve our guests' first impressions. We're glad the rest of your evening was enjoyable, and we hope to welcome you back soon for another wonderful dining experience."

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  23. GoBlue

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience, all the food was excellent.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 4, 2024
    We're delighted to hear that you had a very good experience and found the food excellent. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The grilled octopus was amazing! We loved everything.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 3, 2024
    We are thrilled you loved everything. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

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  25. MelanieF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Pao overall was a great food experience. When it comes to service, they were heavily lacking. I came with my friends for their birthday, and our reservation was held up by another party, which is not the fault of the restaurant, but definitely set the tone for the night. When we finally sat at a table, we hardly ever saw our server and they were very inattentive. Our food felt sluggish to come out, the atmosphere was a little loud, and it felt like our table was the odd one out. It just felt like we were last on the list for service, which was upsetting because I even wrote in the reservation that this was a birthday dinner. Why even have the option if it doesn’t change anything about the experience? Overall it was a little strange, but the good food made it more tolerable. I would come back, but I’m not sure how frequently.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Pao. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the food, but we're sorry to hear that the service did not meet your expectations, especially on such a special occasion. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us improve. We will address the issues you've mentioned with our staff. We hope to have the opportunity to make your next visit a more memorable and enjoyable one.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The cauliflower lettuce wraps always bring us back!! Food is creative, beautifully presented and delicious!!
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 29, 2024
    Thanks for your appreciation of our culinary efforts, we look forward to serving you again soon!

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  27. MarcelinaG

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good date spot. Lamb chops were delicious! Drinks were ok.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on February 1, 2024
    Thank you for choosing us for your date night! We're so glad you enjoyed the lamb chops. We appreciate your feedback on the drinks and will strive to make every part of your experience exceptional in the future.

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  28. ThomasM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We. Celebrated a birthday! The staff was very attentive. The food was more delicious than I can describe. Atmosphere was wonderful
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 22, 2024
    Thank you for choosing us for your special occasion, we hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon!

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  29. AllieB

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was poor. It took us an hour to get out appetizers after we ordered them. The waitress rarely came by to check on us. 4 out of our 6 entrees came out and the last 2 came out once everyone was finished eating. Food was alright, overpriced for what it was. They added a 22% gratuity to the bill when the service was worth about 15% at best. Will not be returning.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 24, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the delays and service issues you experienced. We're addressing these concerns to improve. Your input is valuable to us, and we hope to offer you a better experience in the future.

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  30. PamelaN

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pricy, had some hidden charges such as a fee for ordering a margarita that is not on the menu. Our waitress was very nice and attentive, our food was good, and all was presented well.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 25, 2024
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the food and service, but apologize for any confusion regarding additional charges.

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  31. MrJ1

    Detroit

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Music was too loud for a night of dining. It was loud like a club atmosphere. There was a party of some sort in the upper level, but the layout doesn’t allow for the upper and lower level to be closed off from one another. Made it hard to hear during dining. The service was great, as the staff moved fast and was always present. The food was pretty good. Only thing is the mushroom stir fry should have had half the amount of sauce. It was just too much. I would go back, but not so late.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 24, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Our atmosphere is energetic and designed to offer both dining and entertainment. We appreciate the compliment on our service and are glad you enjoyed the food. We understand our club-like vibe isn't for everyone and we value your feedback.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pao was fantastic, food and service both great. Minor issue with being a little chilly, but overall great place to eat
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 16, 2024
    Thank you for your positive review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food and service at Pao. Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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  33. Marcia

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Bad experience, the place is not that nice, drinks are mediocre. We didn’t even have dinner and decided to go somewhere else
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 19, 2024
    We hope you will consider giving us another opportunity in the future to demonstrate the high-quality experience we are committed to offering. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place was not ideal. I attended this restaurant for a special experience and they sat us next to a cupboard. Not only that but they gave us an unsteady table and when I asked them about it they stuffed some napkins under the table to balance it out. When our food came out they dropped our steak on the table and then put it back on the plate and walked away. They did comp the steak but if you’re trying to find a place to have a unique dinner experience this is not the place, unless you wanna pay $200 for an average dinner.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 19, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're sorry to hear that your visit did not meet the expectations of a special dining experience. While we're glad the steak was comped, we understand that it doesn't fully make up for the overall experience. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you with a better experience in the future, one that truly reflects the quality and uniqueness we strive to offer.

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  35. Ethan

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, was rather disappointed with my experience at PAO. The wagyu eggrolls were delicious, but that’s about where the positives end. The beef in my entree was dry and chewy, the chicken in my mother’s entree was no better, plus they forgot one of the main ingredients in the chicken dish. I brought it to the attention of the waitress, and received a measly 10% off that particular dish (for a whopping discount of $2.80 on my bill). Ambiance was nice, it was quiet, felt upscale, but the food was incredibly underwhelming and certainly not worth the price. Probably won’t be visiting again, which is a shame, given that their menu is, on paper, interesting and unique. TLDR: Great in theory, poor in execution.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 10, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the wagyu eggrolls, but we're truly sorry to hear that the rest of your experience did not meet your expectations. We hope you'll consider giving us another chance in the future to better meet your expectations and showcase the full potential of our unique menu.

    2 people found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a last minute sitter. So decided to go out for a “nice dinner “ made some last minute reservations. No wait time was seated immediately. Drinks were ok. For 16-18 dollars a drink. I really expect a quality drink. First, Cocktail was supposed to have egg white. Drink showed up with. Crushed ice. No foam cap(no egg white). Sent it back. Came back. Perfect. Ordered a Katana (a sub par margarita with a nice name ). Ordered a saki flight….2 of the 4 cups. Had lipstick on them. Again. Notified staff and were promptly replaced. Brussels had a solid flavor. Except. Half of them were under cooked. So they were hard. Edamame was standard. Filet was a solid choice. Cooked perfectly, No complains At all on the main course , also ordered the Mongolian beef, Another solid Choice very good flavor with the right amount of heat Not too spicy . Requested a beer. That never came. Overall it was a decent experience, it’s clear management has some work to do with server and bar training. Won’t be rushing back soon but. Willing to give them another shot down the road because as I stated earlier, The main dishes Were definitely on point. Unfortunately basing it off of the entire experience no rush to return. Side note:They Calculated gratuity Of 20% On my bill, having worked in service in the past I never tip less than 25%. Now that being said I on my own would have still given the 25% seeing as how there were so many issues during my visit. And seeing them insist on setting a rate. I decided not to even add the additional 5%. Hope they get their $4it together prior to my next visit.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 10, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We apologize for the inconsistencies you encountered during your visit. We're glad to hear that our main dishes met your expectations, and we appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve our service. We are working diligently on staff training to ensure a better experience in the future. We look forward to having the opportunity to impress you on your next visit.

    2 people found this helpful

  37. sandys

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here twice and it is always a great experience. The service, the food and the ambiance is just amazing. Perfect for date nights or girls night out.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 8, 2024
    Your continued support and positive feedback mean a lot. We look forward to welcoming you back for more enjoyable evenings. Thank you for sharing your experience and for choosing us for your special occasions!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and cocktail quality was low. I provided private feedback, and I think they can make a few changes that would greatly improve.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 9, 2024
    Thank you for providing private feedback regarding your experience with the food and cocktail quality. We are committed to continuous improvement and take all feedback seriously. Your willingness to give us another chance means a lot, and we look forward to the opportunity to impress you.

    3 people found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and ambience was great for our first time at PAO. The food and drinks arrived much faster than I expected. We all ordered different items to sample and enjoyed everything (the lobster udon was my fave) although it was a bit pricey. The vibe and awesome service (shout out to the hosts and Shelby) was worth it though, since that seems hard to find lately.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 8, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your first visit to PAO. It's fantastic to hear that both the service and ambiance were to your liking. We appreciate your shout out to our team members and will be sure to pass on your comments to them. We look forward to welcoming you back to PAO in the future for more enjoyable dining experiences. Thank you again for your kind words and support!

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  40. StephenH

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, food and service. One of the better restaurants in Detroit.
    PAO Detroit - Modern DiningResponded on January 5, 2024
    Thank you so much for your positive feedback! It's wonderful to know that we're considered one of the better spots in Detroit by our valued guest like yourself. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another great visit!

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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 stars by 1089 OpenTable diners.

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114 W Adams Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Additional information

  • Cross street
    W Adams Ave & Park Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Detroit
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pan-Asian, Asian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Middle Eastern
  • Executive chef
    Alex Farhat
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, 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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