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Standby, Detroit, MI

Standby

4.7
4.7
603 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A modern cocktail bar and restaurant 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 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

What 603 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Lively

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Lively

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks and food. Staff very friendly.
  2. H

    Hernandez

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Arrived at 7:45 with our appointment waited on immediately ❤️ sat down order two appetizers and a drink. At 9:51 I asked the server for the bill the server walks back to me and places it down. I very nicely said. Thanks for not charging me for the food that we never got. Face shocked 😳 realize that the server fudged up. Reminder the tables are close! And yet serving everyone around us and not thinking at all within two hours we had no food in front of us. I tipped and left. I have been here one other time and amazing service (I came late so I didn’t get to try food the first time) so I chose it for my sister bday dinner (her first time) let’s just say she hated it left super hungry and she never wants to go back. ( more servers are needed) ❤️ but beautiful place and tasty drinks
  3. C

    Chris

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and always the best cocktail menu in the city.
  4. s

    scottg

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Date night was wonderful at the Standby! Loved all our drinks and all our food. We sat at a corner table that was chilly with people coming in on a cold night. Everything else was perfect! Will be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The menu did not match the online menu and was very limited.
  6. DA

    DariaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall is a pretty good place will be back again!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a blast consistently. I’ve been to several bars in the area, but standby has never disappointed.
  8. JW

    JeremyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    This place is very nice but the options wasn’t all that great for food choices loved it overall
  9. MB

    MattB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular cocktails and food. Excellent service.
  10. KC

    KristinC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely cocktails , great food and wonderful service!
  11. KH

    KathyH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The establishment was hard to contact other than OpenTable for the reservation. they DO NOT open until 5:00 p.m. and you are not able to talk to a person prior to that time. The location is hard to find as the door does not look like a door. If you are looking for drinks and appetizers this is a great place, but if you are looking for dinner you will be very disappointed as there were really only 2 options to choose from.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always
  13. RR

    RayyyRay411

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff. Were running late to our reservation and the hostess kindly adjusted our time with no issue. Fried deviled eggs made a delicious appetizer, although it was a small portion. Loved the Chile roasted mushroom tostadas as well, which was a more generous portion. The strawberry vegan ice cream was a great way to cap off a wonderful evening. 5 Stars! Great location as well right next to The Belt and Z Parking Lot, which is very convenient.
  14. R

    Reece

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was absolutely amazing and the drinks are crafted amazingly. The atmosphere was sexy and modern. Defiantly will dine and drink here again.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great, as always
  16. AO

    AliO

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very nice place if you're looking for some good drinks and a small bite , great atmosphere
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The calamari and shrimp tostadas were so good. Honestly considering ordering more because of how good they were.
  18. n

    nomadfornow

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and the staff is amazing! They are able to recommend the right drink based upon what flavors you are seeking.
  19. YC

    YvetteC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with fabulous cocktails and tasty food.
  20. PS

    PaulS

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Small space with full house and loud music. Noise level very high…had to yell to be heard by my companion. Very dimly lit…most had to use phone light to read me yes. Bartenders well versed but wait staff challenged. Sitting at the bar would be best but table seating makes it difficult to enjoy the experience.
  21. J

    Jacqi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance. Great lively hip-hop music. Please never change it. Wish the waitress let us know that we had 15 min until the kitchen closed so that we could order food, and that they serviced us more promptly to be able to do so. Service was slow, but the experience is worth it.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on a anniversary date sooooo good
  23. SK

    SabrinaK

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The variety and flavors of drinks are amazing! This was my second visit to Standby and I tried whiskey and brandy drinks. All of them were different and delicious. I ordered the burger and the wings. The burger was delicious but the fries weren't the most fresh. The wings were pretty good. Great music but no common theme. I give it a 4 out of 5 overall! Would definitely go back
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  25. SA

    SuzanneA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Standby is truly a hidden gem. It’s literally hidden behind an alley door amongst some awesome artwork on an alley. We loved that it is right next to the Z Garage and they validate parking on non- event days. We were there for an event at Comerica and it’s a short walk from there. The atmosphere was very cozy and nicer than expected. Drinks were amazing, food was also really good, but small portions and expensive. Overall, great service and experience and we would definitely return.
  26. JA

    JoAnnM

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the cocktails!
  27. JJ

    JoJo

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Immaculate vibes. Excellent cocktails. Food was good, service was a little backed up but it was a busy Saturday night.
  28. JR

    JeffreyR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an awesome experience at one of my favorite cocktail bars. Drinks are always amazing and the food was great as usual. Highly recommended.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place
  30. W

    Walter

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    30 min to get a drink... Service was beyond slow, server made sure she kept her social skills to a minimum. If you hate your job, quit people. You're not doing any good to the business by sticking around. I've rated Standby a 5 star review 3 years ago. Now it's a 1 star, 2 if I'm being nice.

    StandbyResponded on August 15, 2022We’re really sorry to hear about your experience with us. It sounds like we did not come close to providing the level of service that we pride ourselves on. We take your feedback seriously and want you to know that we’re disappointed that we missed the mark. We hope you’ll give us a chance to redeem ourselves by visiting us again. We want to do better and hearing about your experience helps us do that. So, thank you. Warmly, Deirdre

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    Great ambience for quick drinks and conversation. I wasn’t a fan of the food but they have quick bites to eat.
  32. KD

    KarenD

    Columbus

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Drinks original and very good. Food selections tasty, but somewhat pricey for the portions. Cool vibe and very attentive staff/server. Would visit again.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great drinks! Great vibe! Great service!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing cocktails with a bit more limited food selection.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favoritest place!
  36. K

    Kayycee

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Standby has some of the best drinks in downtown Detroit. The list to choose from is massive which I love. Came to celebrate a birthday and they remembered to acknowledge it with a candle on one of the drinks-very cute touch. The burger is so good as well.
  37. KM

    KeitrinM

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    French fries were good. Drinks were just okay. Service was slow.
  38. GL

    GLee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good apps and great cocktails! I love that the cocktails are arranged by spirit, and they do a great job of describing the flavor profile! The Plum Yuzu Gimlet and the Polaris were amazing!
  39. l

    local

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing cocktails, delicious food. Would recommend!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I went for dinner but it’s more of an apps and cocktails before dinner type of place. So for apps and cocktails, I’d give it a 5. Dinner a 3.

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 603 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 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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