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Standby, Detroit, MI

Standby

4.7
4.7
557 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

A modern cocktail bar in the heart of Detroit. Standby's beverage program uses innovative techniques to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass while honoring and paying homage to the classics. Standby’s equally dynamic food menu features reimagined bar food from scratch with dishes such as; Coconut Calamari with fermented chili and pineapple marmalade and Thai Pork Skewers with peanut sauce, fried shallot, and pok-pok pickles. Come for the drinks, stay for the food.

James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018. Tales of the Cocktail Regional Top Ten Best American Cocktail Bar - 2020.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (313) 241-5719

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sarah Hansen

  • Catering

    Cocktail Catering services available for parties of any size.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@standbydetroit.com for private events and cocktail catering.

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Broadway & Gratiot - Located in The Belt Alley

  • Parking details

    We validate parking for up to 2 hours in "The Z" parking garage on Gratiot Avenue, right next to Standby, on non-event days.

  • Public transit

    Cadillac Center People Mover Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Main

  • Marinated Olives$7.00

    Citrus, herbs, garlic

    • Fried Deviled Egg$8.00

      Dill, pickle brine, smoked paprika

      • Halloumi$12.00

        Strawberry, fennel, black pepper, honey

        • Soft Pretzels$12.00

          Served with jalapeño cheese sauce

          • Arancini$14.00

            Caramelized onion, balsamic, black pepper aioli

            • Cucumber Salad$14.00

              Labneh, radish, za'atar, preserved lemon

              • Coconut Calamari$16.00

                Coconut milk, pineapple marmalade, fermented chili

                • Wings$14.00

                  Korean BBQ, sesame, slaw

                  • Ricotta Toast$14.00

                    Spring pea, cured egg yolk, mint

                    • Pork Ragu$22.00

                      House made gnocchi, whipped ricotta, rosemary

                      • Standby Burger$18.00

                        House made everything bun, burger sauce served with fries

                        • Thai Pork Skewers$24.00

                          Peanut sauce, fried shallot, chili oil

                          Tostadas

                          Avocado, pickled onion, shaved lettuce, queso fresco, salsa macha

                          • Chile Roasted Mushrooms$15.00

                            • Poached Gulf Shrimp$18.00

                              Dessert

                              • Rotating Vegan Ice Cream$9.00

                                • Chocolate Bundt Cake$9.00

                                  Last updated: May 4, 2022

                                  What 557 people are saying

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                                  4.7
                                  4.7 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.6Food
                                  • 4.6Service
                                  • 4.8Ambience
                                  • 4.5Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                    Detroit

                                    4 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    The drinks and food were awesome. I’ll definitely be back.

                                  2. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Loved it, great service, experience, drinks, as usual! Music was just a little to loud this time.

                                  3. KD

                                    KathyD

                                    Detroit

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    An excellent experience. This is my 6th experience at Standby and look forward to coming again. I am an omnivore and highly recommend the vegan cardamom ice cream. It was a nuanced treat that was thoroughly enjoyed.

                                  4. JB

                                    JohnB

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall3food4service1ambience3

                                    Service was slow and they forgot two of our entrées. Never try to make it up in terms of offering us something else on the menu given that we had to wait an extra half hour for our food, while the rest of the people in our party or already finish eating

                                  5. NH

                                    NoorHak

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall2food4service1ambience5

                                    Our server was terrible! He had a bad attitude and failed to tell my 5 hungry friends and I that the kitchen closed at 10pm. We only had put 3 plates in so we had to share 3 small plates amongst 6 hungry people. The drinks also took forever to come out and each time we ordered another round was another 30 minutes of waiting.

                                  6. T

                                    Tiger

                                    Detroit

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great Place For Cocktails On Date. Thoroughly Enjoyed Myself With A Couple Friends.

                                  7. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Grand Rapids

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This place is lit AF. First five songs were old school Three 6 Mafia. Drinks were awesome as well.

                                  8. DW

                                    DWtree

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                                    Old menu was better. Definitely miss the black garlic wings and the cauliflower tacos. The Korean wings aren't nearly as good. Music was so loud I could hardly talk to the people I was sitting with. Otherwise okay. Shrimp tostada definitely the food highlight.

                                  9. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Detroit

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great experience. Food, ambiance, service it was amazing. Five stars across the board.

                                  10. LS

                                    LauraS

                                    Detroit

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing cocktail program and delicious food. Love this place!

                                  11. SC

                                    StuartC

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                    Would have given five stars, as almost everything was perfect. Appetizer was delicious, drinks all tasted very good. The only thing lacking a bit was the presentation of the drinks which has to be very important at a place that is known primarily for drinks

                                  12. JS

                                    JayS

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This is definitely going into my downtown rotation. The food was really good, the drinks even better, and the staff, well I have a lot to say about the staff. I managed to get a reservation for 6, they staggered slowly because apparently my friends have no concept of time, but Josh and our hostess were amazing and made sure everyone was taken care of immediately. Now for the way above and beyond, more friends who happened to be downtown for opening day found out where we were and walked just walked in. I let our hostess know that with how busy it was, feel free to turn them away, as I had not planned for them, and The Standby certainly had not. She said it was not a problem and made sure that they could stay and that it was not an inconvenience to the other tables around us. I cannot apologize enough to the hostess, but she made it a really great night for me, my friends, and even the surprise friends.

                                  13. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Love it!!!! I’m a regular

                                  14. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Detroit

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                    Josh Rocks! Expert service from Josh added to delicious food and top shelf cocktails. We’ll be back!

                                  15. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Standby was a perfect night fir our party of six! Service and food were grade A. Will return again.

                                  16. DG

                                    DavidG

                                    Detroit

                                    5 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Food and service were wonderful

                                  17. LL

                                    LisaL

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 30, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This place is hidden behind curtains in an a very cool alley, connected to a parking garage. Really easy to get to and park. The alley is full of artwork and lights. The entrance is covered in dark cloth and the sign with the name is obscure. If we hadn't seen a group going in, it might have taken a little to find the door. The food menu is small, but everything was delicious. Drink menu is amazing!!! I had two completely different bourbon cocktails and they were both really tasty. The service was great and very attentive. We will definitely be back!!!

                                  18. BB

                                    BrookeB

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 25, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This was our first time at Standby and it was AMAZING! A hidden gem in Detroit for sure. The atmosphere and ambience was top notch.

                                  19. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 24, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The date was a dud, but Standby was perfect! The drinks, the staff, the music. All perfect.

                                  20. UR

                                    UmoyaR

                                    Atlanta

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Very date worth place had an amazing time.. drinks were very tasty

                                  21. PC

                                    PatC

                                    Detroit

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 13, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Love this place. Urban vibe. Good food. Great drinks.

                                  22. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Chicago

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 13, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                    I had a great time with my first visit to Standby, it was a great experience and I look forward to going back. It’s a small intimate spot. The food was good. The only downside was the dessert I took to go. The cake was over cooked and I did not enjoy it.

                                  23. MA

                                    MaryA

                                    Detroit

                                    3 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on March 12, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything was great except it was too loud. Can’t hear anyone speak.

                                  24. H

                                    Hanan

                                    Denver

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 11, 2022

                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                    The food was divine!! So delicious and the cocktails were on point! Never disappointed with the food and cocktails here. This time, the service was a bit slow but it seemed they didn't have many staff members and I can understand that. Overall, great dinner with a friend and will be coming back.

                                  25. CM

                                    CaronM

                                    Detroit

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Awesome ambience, staff were amazing and friendly, food is very good here and Drinks... OMG THE DRINKS!!!!!

                                  26. LC

                                    LuisC

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Best margarita I’ve ever had. Excellent food and the the servers were all great

                                  27. T

                                    Tameka

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 6, 2022

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Went here for birthday dinner and drinks before a concert. Nice gem to have great drinks and intimate dinner. Service staff is knowledgeable and attentive. The place has a cool "speak-easy" vibe.

                                  28. G

                                    Great

                                    Philadelphia

                                    453 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    453 reviews

                                    Dined on March 4, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Great service, amazing food, and fantastic drinks. Everything was perfect. We highly recommend it hands down!!!

                                  29. BS

                                    BartS

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great great great every time, the only

                                  30. EL

                                    ELIZABETHM

                                    Detroit

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on March 3, 2022

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    one of my favorite bars to go to. great ambiance, vive is ways good and drinks are excellent!

                                  31. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Dallas

                                    3 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on March 2, 2022

                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                    I would love to see spaces like this more in the city. I felt that the space spoke to me with great Ambience, food, & music…I did have hair in a dish that I ordered but they made it right & that’s what’s it’s about. I wasn’t upset but I was relieved that they made things right & we still enjoyed our night.

                                  32. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Detroit

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on February 27, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Friendly and helpful staff. Large craft cocktail selection and scrumptious small plates. We’ll be back!

                                  33. E

                                    Elizabeth

                                    Detroit

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 26, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    A snake in the grass is a must for friends who are in town to explore the city. I love sharing this spot with others. It never disappoints.

                                  34. h

                                    hazel

                                    Chicago

                                    27 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    27 reviews

                                    Dined on February 26, 2022

                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                    Food and drinks were very tasty! The restaurant was lively although it seemed they were having an issue with the music, it kept going in and out and volume was sometimes louder/softer. The spacing of the food coming out was slightly slow in our opinion but we likely only felt that way as we were heading to an event after that we were a little late for. Overall a great date spot or place to get dinner with friends!

                                  35. a

                                    ameliad

                                    Minneapolis

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on February 21, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent Service! Pork Ragu was delectable!

                                  36. L

                                    Lesh

                                    Detroit

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on February 20, 2022

                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                    Depending on your waiter, service can be slow (as it was for us last night). However, the cocktails are always amazing and the food is delicious. Keep in mind that this is more of a cocktail bar than a restaurant, and the food menu is small. Still, the food is definitely good quality. One of my favorite places to frequent.

                                  37. J

                                    Jake

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 15, 2022

                                    overall5food3service5ambience5

                                    Great drinks; great balance between flavor of the liquor and other components in each cocktail; food was okay but the atmosphere and drinks made everything well worth it. Fantastic service as well.

                                  38. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 15, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Went for Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife. Never been here. Don’t be fooled by the small menu the food was amazing. Had a n amazing time loved the night time vibes a dim atmosphere where you can chat with your date. Service was amazing. Good was delicious. Highly recommend

                                  39. JH

                                    JeremyH

                                    Grand Rapids

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Best arancini ever. Drinks were amazing, and the server was nice.

                                  40. MM

                                    MMJJ

                                    Denver

                                    18 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    18 reviews

                                    Dined on February 12, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food and drinks. Wait staff very knowledgable.

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                  • Screening

                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                  FAQs

                                  Standby is rated 4.7 stars by 557 OpenTable diners.

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                  Booked 17 times today
                                  Google Map for Standby

                                  225 Gratiot Ave Detroit, MI 48226

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Broadway & Gratiot - Located in The Belt Alley

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Detroit

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Elegant

                                  • Dress code

                                    Casual Dress

                                  • Parking details

                                    We validate parking for up to 2 hours in "The Z" parking garage on Gratiot Avenue, right next to Standby, on non-event days.

                                  • Public transit

                                    Cadillac Center People Mover Station

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Sarah Hansen

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                  • Phone number

                                    (313) 241-5719

                                  • Catering

                                    Cocktail Catering services available for parties of any size.

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    Please email events@standbydetroit.com for private events and cocktail catering.

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