PAO Detroit - Modern Dining

4.3
472 Reviews
$30 and under
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 Howie Barnes, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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MeganM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We made a reservation 3 or 4 weeks prior for a nice night out and they sat us right in the middle of the walkway. We had to flag down our server to order our entrees and the food was okay. The server was nice, just not attentive.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded a day ago

Megan, thanks for your feedback. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better. We appreciate your comments and are working on providing all our guests with the 5 star service they deserve.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First and foremost, the service was phenomenal. Our server had the perfect amount of attentiveness and letting us dine in peace. Glasses never went empty and she checked in on us the perfect amount of times. She was friendly and charismatic. Now the food, the food, the food. We had the edamame, tuna nachos, short rib dumplings, orange chicken, and lamb chops. My faves were hands down the tuna nachos (so fresh and flavorful with the right amount of heat) and the lamb chops. I’ve never been a huge lamb fan but these were prepared to perfection. I can’t wait to come back!! What a great spot.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded 2 days ago

We 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.

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ZellyJaibel
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was extremely salty. Service was poor. The atmosphere was nice but overall overrated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, beautiful building and lovely atmosphere

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for sharing your lovely review with us!

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MonaS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music was a little loud
Could have toned it down a bit. Can’t hear ppl talking and could be brighter inside.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for sharing your feedback Mona. Pao Detroit is known for its DJ night vibe. We are glad you enjoyed your food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with Pao Detroit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome place to get some dinner and drinks. Food was great as well as the ambiance. Played great music and they have a DJ most nights. Would go back again.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 28, 2021

We 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 OpenTable community know about your fantastic experience with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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vipKizzy
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cool place snd cool vibe
Most dishes were very tasty!
Biggest issue for me …we were downstairs near bar and entrance and it was very cold!!
Probably different in warm months
Other than that I would return

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 29, 2021

Thank you Kizzy for letting us know how great your local experience was at Pao Detroit. We would love for you to visit us again. Stay connected with us by checking out our Instagram @paodetroit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was good, service was absolutely terrible. Really disappointing when we spend over $100 per person.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 28, 2021

We are truly sorry for your overall experience at the restaurant this weekend. We are working on improving the waitstaff and sincerely hope that you do not allow this isolated issue stop you from coming back for dinner. Thanks for your feedback. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better.

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
94 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

HAPPY HOUR SCAM! We had an amazing meal/happy hour/ early dining experience at this place. Unfortunately the server was terrible. They run a happy hour special until 6… We sat and ordered around 5/515. None of the menus line up, according to the server. After we asked for our bill, it all came out at full price; the server got super mad when we asked about happy hour pricing. Told us that that menu changes so often, so she doesn’t know what’s on it. I then pulled up the menu to show her what was on it, she swiped our bill and discounted 16$ which was not even close to what it should have been. We just paid and left. Unfortunate for such a great spot! Went from a five star experience to a two star. Major bummer

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 29, 2021

We are sorry to hear about your recent experience. Please reach out to us with your contact information so that we can properly address your review. We sincerely wish to make things right for you and your party.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. The ahi runs nachos and the beef satay were our favorites. Caution... the desserts, unlike the main course small plates, are ENORMOUS!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 25, 2021

Thanks for your lovely review Steph. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner and look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 31st Birthday!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thanks for celebrating with Pao Detroit!

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Charly
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great! Service was faster than expected. Ideal restaurant for celebrating a birthday or night out with friends.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you Charly for highlighting how great the food is. We appreciate the five star review.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

The last time we came, we loved it! This time… not so much. There were 4 of us at the table, and they brought the dinners out one at a time, except for the 4th person, because of some issue in the kitchen, my husband’s dinner wasn’t served. He had to wait until we had all finished our dinners, before his was brought out. They seated us at the last booth in the back, which was apparently close to the bathroom. We had a loud long line bumping our table half the time we sat there.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 26, 2021

We are truly sorry for your overall experience at the restaurant this weekend. We appreciate your review. We take feedback seriously and we strive to provide an experience that is unmatched. However, it appears we have fallen short in doing so. Our General Manager, Stoli would like to discuss with you personally. If you would be willing, please send us your email so that we may get in touch with you. We hope to hear from you.

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Halle
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful, start to finish. Could have done without the servers in belly shirts, but it is what it is.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 22, 2021

Halle, we are thrilled to hear that your experience from start to finish exceeded your expectations. Thanks for sharing your review.

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JohnE
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the chefs tasting. It was amazing. We all loved and the chef even came out to see how we enjoyed it. Great time

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 20, 2021

Your review made our day John. You really can't go wrong with the chef's tasting. Thanks for your message, we look forward to your next visit.

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Cheryl
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was very delicious and the service was phenomenal!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you Cheryl, its always great to receive a glowing review. We look forward to you dining with us again.

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KattB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food, service and ambiance was great. The music was too loud. Sound echoes in the space. Hard to have conversations at the table. Otherwise, a fantastic dining experience.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

We are thrilled you enjoyed your food, service and ambience. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We value our customers' opinions and would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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SamH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Only thing I hate is how long they take to seat you at the table, 2 or 8 people they still take almost 45 min to be seated but it’s def worth the wait if you have the patience, the DJ, DJ Leo makes the place. Great taste in music

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

Sam, thank you so much for your lovely review. We will be sure to share your praises with DJ Leo.

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JulieG
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Super dark, loud. Food was good. Large portions. I’m not sure why but I expected more flavor. Good service. They automatically add 20% tip and don’t tell you so be aware of that. Beer selection is not great. Nice cocktails.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed review. I wanted to let you know we've taken the good and the bad elements you've mentioned in your review to heart. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Cocktails pricey but worth it! Loved the ambiance, a mix of cozy and chic. Everyone was very nice and efficient.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We’re so happy you loved your experience and can’t wait to have you back

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Stacey
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. It was a bit loud in the main part but we were tucked away in a corner upstairs and it was perfect.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, Stacey! We’re so happy your visit at Pao Detroit went so smoothly.

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LP123
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was slow. It took nearly 40 min after we were seated to receive our drinks. We had a table 4, one ordered their signature cocktail while the other 3 ordered old fashions…so its not like they had a large array of drinks to make. We received (and finished) our appetizer before drinks came out. The service was so slow that we did not even get a chance to order a second drink during our 1.5 hour reservation block.

Food was ok, not sure it was worth the money. The atmosphere was nice, except we were seated close to the kitchen and it smelled almost like dirty dish/sewer water.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

We are truly sorry for your overall experience at the restaurant this weekend. We are working on improving the waitstaff and sincerely hope you do not allow this visit stop you from coming back for dinner. Thanks for your feedback. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Birthday dinner. Or was freezing cold. Waitress was a film and go the heat tuned on. The restroom a need some help. Food was fabulous! Just the perfect portions. The drinks I had to get doubles to taste the spirits (I’m no a drinker either). Will visit again, however I will not drink and will wear a sweater 😊

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks for your honest feedback. We value your business and look forward to your next visit.

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KristenZ
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pao.

A little pricey but worth it!

Lobster night was delicious!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 18, 2021

Kristen, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Lobster night has been incredibly successful. We are so glad you enjoyed it. See you back soon.

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AllyEats
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Beware that Tuesdays are lobster days. This was not on Open Table and we did not see it on the website. This limited our options because there is a limited menu and one of the people in our party cannot eat lobster. Dishes were quite disappointing overall. Server was wonderful. Bummer experience, will not return.

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SharJi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service by Sonida! Great atmosphere, fast service, good food!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 8, 2021

Dear Shar, we will be sure to share your praises with Sonida. Thank you for taking the time to share your review.

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justinf
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Pictures online look a lot nicer than the restaurant actually is… interior and food both. Our waiter told us the food was “family style” although it definitly was not. I got the sliders and fries—- 3 little sliders and a side of fries that is a 1 person mean. 2 people at our table got the orange chicken.. it’s a bowl of veggies and 4 little pieces of chicken—not shareable. And 1 person god the filet. 2 of our meals were out 15 minutes before the other 2. We ate at 5:00 pm, there were atleast 10 empty tables around us but the waiter said the food was taking a long time because they were busy and because it comes out at different times because of it being “family style”. Bucca Di Beppo is family style—- this place is not at all, I can’t figure out why they were saying this. Have no desire to return.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry you had a bad experience. Pao Detroit is known for its shareable menu so that our guest can try several dishes. We appreciate your feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I went out to this place with my husband for the very first time!
I loved the ambience of the place,music and everything.
However, we were seated in an awkward place , our table is right the middle of walking people path , right next to the cashier and my chair was blocking the table behind me. It felt very uncomfortable. However, our waitress Madison was amazing she moved us to another table :)
Food was good but not as I expected it to be.
Overall good experience will come back again

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for sharing your detailed review. We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to your next visit. Hurry back!

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DavaughnuB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! Server had a great personality and knowledgeable about menu. Drinks were tasty. Very cool space in old theatre. Lobster Mac was amazing and a few other dishes. Would definitely go back to PAO.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 6, 2021

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service. We are even more happy to know that you will be back! Thanks for sharing your review with us.

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BJR19
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was decent and the server was very friendly but they were blaring music so loud I couldn't hear my date speak and the seating was little crammed. Overall, I would not recommend.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 3, 2021

Pao Detroit is known for its club vibe. We are sorry that your experience was not worthy of 5 stars. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved every minute everything we had was amazing

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 1, 2021

Its great to receive such wonderful feedback. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Delicious food. Overall great experience!!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 3, 2021

We are thrilled to receive your feedback. Thank you for sharing with us and the OpenTable community.

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vipValerieW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent and the architecture of the building is really cool.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 1, 2021

Valerie, thank you very much for your excellent review. We truly love your comments and look forward to your next visit.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The food was excellent, service was impeccable.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to post a 5 star review for us. We are thrilled to see you had an amazing experience. We really value your feedback and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to post this lovely review for us.

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LamaA
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Truffle fries, rock shrimp, lobster mac, and fried rice were phenomenal.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on October 31, 2021

Lama, thank you very much for this awesome testimonial. It was a pleasure to serve you. We look forward to your next visit.

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JanayJ
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb. I love this place.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on October 30, 2021

Thanks for the 5 star review Janay! We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to your next visit.

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MargieH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was very good, food was excellent, lobster night, who hoo! A little too dark for menu reading, and music was just a touch loud for conversation. Overall, I thought it was a good value for the money and I would definitely go again for the unique menu.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on October 30, 2021

Margie, thanks for highlighting our lobster night. The feedback has been incredible. We look forward to your next visit.

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MJKInd
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Hi! My husband an i really enjoyed our TIME AT PAO ! ANDREW OUR SERVER WAS OUTSTANDING! If anything could be in proved it would have been giving knowledge it was lobster night ! I made a reservation on opentable and was called to confirm so at that time it would have been nice to know. It was our first time there so we had no idea and my husband is allergic to shellfish ! Andrew handled everything well since there were a few options he could have .. Sokitini ,Caeser, and Orange Chicken was delish ! We also had the chocolate mouse cake , the description doesn't do it justice , It was amazing ! We will definitely be back , just not on a Tuesday .. Lobster day

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 2, 2021

We are truly glad the night turned out to be great. We do our best to promote Luxe Tuesdays on our social media pages and Google. Please make sure to follow us on Instagram @paodetroit to keep up with all our events. We look forward to having you both back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service great experience would go over and over again

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thanks so much for your positive feedback and good vibes. We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to your next visit. Hurry back!

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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 472 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.