Standby

4.6
346 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A good bar is one that suddenly transports you, one where you can really take a load off. To our team, that means a thoughtfully created craft cocktail bar where our customers feel just as comfortable ordering a shot and a beer as they do ordering a Negroni. Our vision was to create a hideaway of sorts. The entrance is through an alley into an old elevator shaft, the space is dimly lit and designed to offer a little refuge from your day to day.

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
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BH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place! Atmosphere was nice and the drinks SUPERB!!! I'm definitely going back!

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B
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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S
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks!!! Can’t wait to go back for the Silk Road 💚💚💚

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M
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CC
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Excellent service... unique and amazing food and craft cocktails! Highly recommend!

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KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great !!! Food Great

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent, service excellent, drinks superb and atmosphere top notch. Will be going back soon.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, delicious food, drinks made to perfection, and friendly service that makes you feel special

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Fish was not done. Waiter was not great. Drinks was good but that was the only thing.

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, energetic atmosphere with phenomenal drinks and surprisingly good food. Have been here multiple times without a bad experience.

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EP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktail bar with interesting shared plates.

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K
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Amazing service! Loved the food!

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Intimate atmosphere in a cool location in Detroit. We will definitely be going back!

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d
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good, but basic. Not a gotta do but definitely fun to do!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed myself. I would go again!

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MM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Super cool vibe, atmosphere and drink menu. Get the Black Rye Tartine. Fries are sub-par, at best. Little pricey. Service pretty good.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best damn burger I’ve had in a long time, would recommend anytime!!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Entire Experience was awesome.. The staff was Amazing & The Food was sooooo Delicious!!!! I will be going back real soon❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service, great food, everything was wonderful

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JA
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, knowledgeable service. Great food and excellent selection of liquors (great cocktails, too).
This may now be my favorite Detroit restaurant, definitely favorite downtown.

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SS
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the burger and it was delicious! The drinks were really good too! We will definitely be going again.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A great meal. Nice meals on a short menu. Really good cocktails.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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AC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Our waiter was very informed. Try the gummy bears!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat and drink in Detroit!

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JU
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AQ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

place is so so so dope, we’ll definitely be back #detroitvseverybody

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SL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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