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Standby, Detroit, MI

Standby

4.7
4.7
583 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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 583 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

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  1. PS

    PaulS

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 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.
  2. 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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on a anniversary date sooooo good
  4. SK

    SabrinaK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  6. 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.
  7. JA

    JoAnnM

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the cocktails!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place
  11. 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

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great drinks! Great vibe! Great service!
  15. 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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favoritest place!
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. l

    local

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing cocktails, delicious food. Would recommend!
  20. 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.
  21. TM

    TynitaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance. Great Drinks. The bartenders were very engaging.
  22. JG

    JeramiahG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Standby was a great establish. The drinks were top notch. The service was outstanding, and attentive. My biggest complaint is every appetizer they sold came in 3. Buy scotch eggs, get 3 of them. Buy chicken wings, get 3 of them. Etc. Had a party of 4, really hard to split 3 of things with 4 people. Lets be honest, the portions were tiny, and minuscule at the price points. Don't get me wrong, the food was delicious! However, for what you paid for the items it wouldn't hurt to make portions of food even numbered. Four of us spent about 250 on drinks and Food, and had to stop by street vendors afterwards to fill up. Do us all a favor Standby, add 1 more deviled egg to the plate. =)
  23. LW

    LoraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I love love love the atmosphere here. The staff was super nice! Good music! Drink menu is awesome! Food was really good however I wish they had a larger selection. Definitely recommend for a chill date
  24. JK

    JayK

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Standby. Their food menu had a lot of good options and literally everything we ordered was on point. From coconut calamari to pork ragu and Thai skewers, everything was really delicious. Drinks are always very refreshing, good alcohol content and served in cool glasses. I was skeptical of the vegan ice cream but it turned out to be the perfect way to wrap up dinner. Will definitely be back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The drinks and food were awesome. I’ll definitely be back.
  26. W

    Wendy

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Loved the vibe, food was excellent, hostess was pleasant. Service at our table was subpar. We had to flag down our server a few times to ask for more water or drinks, and for the check. Everything else was good though.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it, great service, experience, drinks, as usual! Music was just a little to loud this time.
  28. KD

    KathyD

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    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.
  29. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    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
  30. 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.
  31. M

    Mickey

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a cute chill fun date spot! The romance didn’t work but I had fun! Hahaha
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. LS

    LauraS

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktail program and delicious food. Love this place!
  37. SC

    StuartC

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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
  38. 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it!!!! I’m a regular
  40. 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!

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 583 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


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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