We are excited to use modern and innovative techniques within our beverage program to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass. But we know that there are some things in life that should never change, so rest assured you can feel safe in the arms of all of the old classics you’ve come to love. Our equally dynamic menu will feature locally sourced fare that will complement our bar program.
Come for the drinks. Stay for the food.
James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018
Great intimate setting, the drinks were amazing and our waiter was the best. I would recommend this place to anyone. Make reservations and check Standby out as soon as you can.
Great place! Atmosphere was nice and the drinks SUPERB!!! I'm definitely going back!
Love the atmosphere in here. The squash ravioli was incredible! Fun cocktail list but a tad pricy. Will be going back again to see the changing menu.
Fantastic food and drinks!!! Can’t wait to go back for the Silk Road 💚💚💚
The food was great, we were sat right away (with reservation) and the servers were perfectly attentive and present without being overbearing. We got the burger and the chicken wings, and a couple drinks, all of which were great.
Everything was wonderful! Excellent service... unique and amazing food and craft cocktails! Highly recommend!
Our server Josh was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and the drinks. I thought the menu was a little limited but I suppose some folks like that.
Great !!! Food Great
Food excellent, service excellent, drinks superb and atmosphere top notch. Will be going back soon.
Fun atmosphere, delicious food, drinks made to perfection, and friendly service that makes you feel special
I would recommend for drinks only. The menu was not amazing. Too expensive for what the menu contained. The music was extremely loud, and had to scream to hear each other.
This was the first time we have been and we loved it. It's a place to go back to with so many different options on the menu to choose from.
Fish was not done. Waiter was not great. Drinks was good but that was the only thing.
Great, energetic atmosphere with phenomenal drinks and surprisingly good food. Have been here multiple times without a bad experience.
Great cocktail bar with interesting shared plates.
My husband and I came here for a date night - new restaurant to us. Loved the cocktail menu - probably the best Gin & Tonic I've ever had. And my husband had the Jules Verne which he got as a recommendation from our server and it was awesome. We shared the short rib tacos. Ensue the drooling now. They were delicious and would order them again in a heartbeat. Lastly we shared the fish and chips because the tacos left us fairly full and not wanting separate entrees. It was good - crunchy outside and yummy hand cut fries. Would order again but not over the tacos! :o)
A smaller place and the bar is directly next to the seated area so can become a bit loud if the bar becomes full. But overall liked the vibe. Great server with good suggestions for us. Was attentive but not overbearing.
We will definitely go back!
When you call the restaurant, you are directed to an automated greeting with the restaurant hours. Simultaneously, a text message arrives stating, "sorry, due to the intimacy of our restaurant, we cannot use the phone." This is a shame and excludes all who don't have cell phones - remembering that, shock horror, there are many - as well as those for whom several text messages in exchange with a hostess taxes a set monthly limit. Oddly, when we arrived, the noise level was so loud, we could not actually hear the hostess, much less each other, despite standing in close proximity. Not my definition of an "intimate environment." We waited 30 minutes beyond our reservation and were not offered anything in recompense. Our initially overly solicitous waiter disappeared once our first plates arrived, leaving us with empty water and drinks glasses for a good portion of meal. The food is good; the service and the volume level leave lot to be desired.
Great atmosphere! Amazing service! Loved the food!
Very nice! Intimate atmosphere in a cool location in Detroit. We will definitely be going back!
Good, but basic. Not a gotta do but definitely fun to do!
I enjoyed myself. I would go again!
Super cool vibe, atmosphere and drink menu. Get the Black Rye Tartine. Fries are sub-par, at best. Little pricey. Service pretty good.
The best damn burger I’ve had in a long time, would recommend anytime!!
The Entire Experience was awesome.. The staff was Amazing & The Food was sooooo Delicious!!!! I will be going back real soon❤️
Really great service, great food, everything was wonderful
Excellent, knowledgeable service. Great food and excellent selection of liquors (great cocktails, too).
This may now be my favorite Detroit restaurant, definitely favorite downtown.
We both had the burger and it was delicious! The drinks were really good too! We will definitely be going again.
A great meal. Nice meals on a short menu. Really good cocktails.
Pretty good overall if you make a reservation. If you don’t you’ll probably have to wait 1-2 hours because the place is smaller. Food was excellent, drinks were great, very different. No vodka cocktails on the menu which is strange.
Extensive cocktail list... initially overwhelming, but staff very helpful in narrowing it down.
Food menu is short, but varied enough that anyone can find something tasty.
Standby is a hidden gem of a cocktail bar. They have a great variety of cocktails, all original and well-made. This was my first time trying their food, and it was delicious. Highly recommend the short rib tacos!
Absolutely delicious! Our waiter was very informed. Try the gummy bears!
One of the best places to eat and drink in Detroit!
Creative cocktails, really good food different from standard things you find in Michigan. Only problem we had was, that every time someone would come in from outside, a cold breeze reached our table (it's winter, it was probably 15deg F outside), even though we were seated almost in the middle of the restaurant.
Always wonderful. Friendly staff that can have a conversation; they provide a guiding light with the extensive drink menu if you're unsure what to get. Always pleased with drinks and dinner.
place is so so so dope, we’ll definitely be back #detroitvseverybody
The food was amazing, the portions were bigger than we expected, great drinks, warm, attentive service and a great vibe. We loved Standby and can't wait to go back!!!
Really loved this place! Service was exceptional, drinks unique and carefully crafted as was the food. We shared the salted beet salad, squash ravioli (which has a much nicer title than I have given it) and short rib tacos. The layers of flavour and unique ingredients made each one a dining pleasure. The ambience is incredible and blends perfectly with food and beverages.
First time. Looked at the menu online and was intrigued. Erin was our server,and was excellent, even tho she claims she is Slytherin, but other staff were great too. Cocktails were solid, staff know what they are doing. Apps were excellent and mains delish. Very healthy portions ie substantial DO NOT come to Standby and try to order a Bud or even a diet coke for that matter. They serve authentic straight up cocktails, wine and a minimal beer list. I will absolutely go back and will recommend to others. Sat in corner near window and door. A little drafty when the door opens but its winter in the D.
Though Standby can get loud, the drinks are really unique and fun. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and are very helpful whether you know a lot or very little about different alcohols. Some of the food I’ve gotten there has been good, some has been fine. Overall, it’s a great place to go downtown. Highly recommend.