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Standby, Detroit, MI

Standby

4.8
4.8
748 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 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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. Email events@standbydetroit.com
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 748 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Best Overall

  • Detroit

    Best Ambiance

  • Detroit

    Best Value

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

748 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brandi was the best she made my birthday so much sweeter!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ibrahim, Arie, and Liz showed me a wonderful time! Their service is top notch as always!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic!! Loved it!!! Will be back! Thanks!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t say enough about how great of a Mgr Liz is. I’ll be back on Opening Day!

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  5. AshleyS

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice laid back space to enjoy a delicious cocktail and great music. Staff was extremely friendly

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Squeezing in and standing over people at their tables, because the bar area was overflowing with people already, just to wait for the table we made reservations for was SUPER weird. The space is really too small for that, it was so hot and we were so squished together that I ended up puking up the dinner I’d had before coming down. There HAS to be a better way to turnover tables, guys. That was miserable.
    StandbyResponded on March 25, 2024
    We value your recent feedback as we strive for continuous improvement in our services. We apologize sincerely for any discomfort experienced during your visit. While waiting for your reserved table may not have been ideal, our space sometimes necessitates offering guests the option to enjoy a drink in the bar area. Rest assured, we are actively working to enhance seating arrangements and streamline reservations for a more enjoyable experience. We appreciate your recognition of our staff's diligence in promptly addressing the unfortunate mess of an incident and maintaining cleanliness.

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  7. MiraO

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal and drinks before a comedy show at the Fox. Our waiter was attentive and helpful especially in navigating the cocktail menu which is extensive. I know it can get loud and crowded later but early evening was perfect for us! Would highly recommend for amazing cocktails and great food.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it’s a cute place to stop and have drinks. I didn’t try any food so I can’t speak on that, but the drinks were really good! I’d definitely stop in again some time.

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  9. KathyS

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible cocktails and delicious food. Highly recommend!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Liz and Arie were fantastic hosts. I’ll be seeing them often this spring and summer.

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  11. Jacq

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to Standby and it was a great experience! Our group ordered multiple appetizers to share and everything was amazing, very different and flavorful, definitely an outside of the box spot. Will definitely be back!

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  12. JanetD

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Today was my first day at standby and it was amazing. My waitress is very attentive. The food and cocktails were excellent. I really enjoyed everything. No complaints.

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  13. SeanmichaelD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks were excellent as well as the food. Service was quick and attentive.

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  14. MarquettaC

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great vibe at Standby and the bartender Andrew is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. DiannaS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Standby is a Detroit gem. The dark and romantic atmosphere, sophisticated cocktails, and delicious, creative food make it our favorite date night stop downtown. It’s the first place we recommend to visitors and friends. Easy parking at the Z garage next door is a bonus!

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  16. Connor

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding and interested service. Ibrahim is just the dude. The most creative cocktails in Detroit and not only creative but truly delicious and amazing cocktails. Sadly I frequently see innovative but not delicious cocktails, these are absolutely both. Finally the food. Get the olives, I thought for 7 dollars we’d get like 20 olives cause that’s how it seems to go these days. The olives are a mound of delicious thoughtfulness and literally I’d come back just for that dish. Beyond that everything we had food wise was awesome! Don’t get the burger medium it gets tough as it’s a thick juicy boy, get it medium rare, not super pink. In sum, just the best bar in the city imo and also a phenomenal restaurant attached to it.

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  17. anwarU

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy my time at Standby. I look forward to returning. My only suggestion is offering more sandwiches or soups.

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  18. DavidT

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are up for an exciting, smaller venue that has great food and excellent service, Standby will fill the bill. Vibrant and a bit cozy, with a nice urban feel. Not a great place if your needs are for quietude - environment can be somewhat boisterous. Another consideration is that their bar stock is limited - you may have to make a compromise on your drink order. But these quibbles are merely that. Don't hesitate to go - but you will definitely need advance reservations. Another tip - ask for waiter Ibrahim; he's the greatest!

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  19. anwarU

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, service, cocktails, and music were lovely!

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  20. GarrettP

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Standby was nice to visit again. Limited to Bakers Dozen Drink specials which we were unaware. Ambiance was nice but the music was so loud we could not have a conversation at our table. Drinks were good, and service was moderate as waiter was more into dancing and entertaining than completing orders. Overall was fun, but a few suggestions. Thanks

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  21. ShellyW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small plates. Traditional menu items with a unique twist. Get the calamari! It is excellent. Rotating drink menu. Fancy, fun drink offerings. Restaurant is small with a laid back vibe, but beautiful elegant space. Make a reservation! The service was outstanding. From the friendly hosts to our server and the staff member ensuring we always had a glass of water.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was so awesome. The whole place is very welcoming.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing selection of small plates with an emphasis on presentation!! Exceptional cocktails bursting with creativity. Loved every minute of this experience. Will definitely return!

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  24. GretchenM

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks were original and delicious. The food was very good and service was excellent.

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  25. Michbuddy

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this hidden spot, incredible drinks and the burger was outstanding! Service was top notch.

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  26. erinr

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing drinks, ambiance, perfect for small & intimate gatherings for people in their 20’s & 30’s

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place for a romantic dinner with exceptional food and service.

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  28. SandyR

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We wanted to experience one of Standby's pop-ups, and it did NOT disappoint. The food was amazing as ever, and the drinks were inventive and sublime. We had the best night out with friends!

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  29. PatC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cheerful, professional service. Energetic vibe. The pop-up cocktails were fantastic. Food hit the spot. Anytime at Standby is well worth it and then some. This is definitely a place to go and take the ones you love with you!

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  30. JohntaF

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Andrew was the best I will most definitely be back

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. I’ll most definitely be coming back with more of my friends

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing cocktails, amazing atmosphere, an amazing experience as always. Pop-up menu at this time is fantastic!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Beautiful space with great food and good service.

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  34. TerryM

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best tasting cocktails in town! Very good food, very good service.

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  35. MonicaJ

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Cocktail Bar in The City!!!! Drinks do not disappoint

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  36. KTHouser

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. Super friendly and attentive staff, delicious food, and great mixed drinks. Highly recommend trying this place out

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  37. NicoleC

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drink menu. Most of our food was great- fresh and creative combinations of interesting flavors. The fried deviled eggs however were a mistake. Definitely would like to go back and try some other things though.

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  38. Heathere

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Standby is our favorite bar, it never disappoints. The drinks are the best in Detroit.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. SherriceD

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fries were a little undercooked than usual. The waitress incorrectly charged my AmEx 5Xs my bill... over $1K vs $196. She apologized... just hope that all will get resolved quickly.

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  40. Lothar

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and service...slow in responding to voice and email messages....need people to answer the phone during working hours...can't take calls to preserve intimacy?????

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FAQs

Standby is rated 4.8 stars by 748 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 26 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (313) 241-5719
  • Catering
    Cocktail Catering services available for parties of any size. Email events@standbydetroit.com
  • Private party facilities
    Please email events@standbydetroit.com for private events and cocktail catering.
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