Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Detroit / Eastern Michigan
  4. Detroit
  5. Detroit

Standby

4.8
4.8
505 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

A modern cocktail bar 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 locally sourced from-scratch bar 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

January 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–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

    Stephen Schmidt

  • 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

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
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 505 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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

Sort by

Filters

  1. s

    samm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is great! Love all the drinks and food!

  2. JR

    JeffreyR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We expected more of a cocktail spot, so we were surprised how excellent the food turned out to be. It shows that they care. The tamari eggs were unbelievable. And the cocktails were fantastic. One thing to note is that even though the music was loud and the energy level high, my wife and I could still hold a conversation without yelling.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, drinks were perfect.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delish, shareable food- though not a large menu. Great craft cocktails.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service and the bartenders were great!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    This is a great place for a friend reunion. Lovely current music (house, electronic, hip hop, etc.) served as a backdrop to tasty drinks and shareable eats.

  7. c

    cjb9238

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wonderful drinks, and awesome ambiance.

  8. GR

    GRFoodie

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Standby is ideal for a fun date or intimate drinks with close friends. Unique cocktails with tasty small plates. The menu is limited so it’s not a dinner place! Think cocktails and appetizers. Ambiance was dark and sassy - super fun. A little dark and loud for good conversation.

  9. m

    margarets

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Drinks were delicious. Food was excellent. Server was attentive and friendly.

  10. SR

    SabrinaR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cocktail menu has something for everyone and the servers have the knowledge to help you find something if you're not sure. I love the small plates and being able to share and try different tasty dishes.

  11. MF

    MikeF

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service, and ambiance were excellent. And lots of fun.

  12. M

    Mamalegz

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've always had a great time when i visit. Top of the line drinks, decent appetizers & great service!

  13. SC

    SteveC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was awesome. The descriptions on the menu did not describe the full bodied and unique flavors. It was great

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything is awesome! Never a complaint whatsoever.

  15. DC

    DonCreamy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Dope af? They played Thundercat and it was a wrap, I was in ♥️. At one point after the kitchen closed they dimmed the light even more,✔️ the drinks where original and very tasty. It IS very small, very intimate, I was there on a weekday so the crowd wasn't a big factor, but I can see how it could be. Very dope place to have a drink and a delicious snack.

  16. A

    Alexis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    The ambiance is perfect for a nice date night. Drinks were pretty good and the music definitely helped to set the vibe.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious as usual! Will continue to come back… my chill spot!

  18. PW

    PaulW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambience, great staff, and phenomenal drinks! Try the Polaris! You won’t be disappointed!

  19. TB

    TysharaB

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks! Nice atmosphere.

  20. SL

    SaraL

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall3food1service3ambience5

    They had no food when they got there but their website made it seem they had food. The server was also extremely unhelpful when it came to suggestions. Was disappointed for my first time in Detroit

  21. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome spot. Server was exceptional food was exceptional drinks were exceptional five ⭐️‘S

  22. P

    Poseidon

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing selection of cocktails, all reasonably priced. Great ambiance, fast service.

  23. DO

    DrOrtiz

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    best drinks in the D, Go for that, food menus quite small, but high quality food. Go for dinks

  24. S

    Subasue

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food1service5ambience5

    The cocktails are fantastic. We had Obsidian Moonrise and Vanishing Point, both excellent. Our problem was with the food, which should have been delicious and would have been had there not been an extremely heavy hand with hot spice (?cayenne pepper?). Every single item we ordered - carrot hummus, lamb kebabs, arancini and even the hamburger was SO spicy!! It was palate numbing! Why do that to our palates when we’re trying to enjoy your wonderful cocktails?! Will I return for cocktails? Probably, esp since I’ll crave the Vanishing Point, but I won’t ever order the food which is such a shame - so much lost potential!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great cocktails and food! Good for happy hour or date night but menu is somewhat limited. But what they do have is delicious!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place was awesome! The ambiance was great and the server was very knowledgeable about the cocktails. I mean she was able to even tell us the complexity of the flavors we would get and had very detailed suggestions. I was honestly amazed! The cocktails came out and were just as she said and tasted amazing. We also got the soft pretzel and that was just as well done. I love a good soft pretzel and this one was crispy on the Outside and fluffy on the inside.

  27. A

    Arie

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Love this restaurant. Has a great atmosphere, an extensive drink selection and excellent staff. Food was options were good and they put interesting spins on all their creations. Food menu has changed quite a bit since pre-covid which led to a bit of disappointment on my end, but overall, still a great experience.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal service, food, drinks, and atmosphere.

  29. KB

    KariB

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Standby was a very nice place to eat and share a meal. The offerings were small, but this kept the quality very high. The space is cozy and has a nice ambience; Classy but not stuck up. The drink selection was one of the best in the area if you like creative cocktails. The dessert menu is limited. But the appetizers and main dishes are flavorful and something you can't get just anywhere.

  30. CT

    ChantiaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great from start to finish! Upon walking into the established the host greeted us and sat us right away. Our waitress was very very nice!! She helped us with pairing drinks we liked and food options for what we liked. We shared a few dishes- the wings, bitterballen, standy burger and kebab. All delicious!! I tried the Rose Quartz and Blue Hawaiian drinks and they were so tasty. Noise level was good not to loud. The lights were dim and very romantic. Seating was good and spaced out enough for those who don't like to be in crowded areas. There is a parking garage right next door which was so convenient and just cost 10 bucks for a few hours of parking. I can't wait to go back.

  31. C

    Carnevour

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything was wonderful, except the music -- too loud and too much bass

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I came here for my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The drinks were great, burgers were bomb and they had a great menus overall. Will definitely be coming back!

  33. M

    Madmenlost

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious small plates, and the best cocktail menu around

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Delicious cocktail experiments! Very friendly staff & cool vibes. Recommend for date night or girls night out!

  35. CP

    CameronP

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always!

  36. K

    Kiaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a great time here! They even played the new Young Thug album. Saturday is probably the best day to go. The vibe is nice and it’s got a nice underground feel to it

  37. M

    Makayla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was excellent and the drinks were even better. The space was comfortable and intimate, I can’t wait to go back.

  38. SW

    SophieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cocktails were all fantastic and the burger was the best I've had in ages

  39. s

    scottj

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun place with a cool vibe. Would definitely check it out again.

  40. p

    prof

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience1

    Background music/genre over the top loud, cannot hear one converse across the table. Played at club level not intimate cocktail bar

FAQs

Standby is rated 4.8 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Make a reservation

2 people

January 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Standby

225 Gratiot Ave Detroit, MI 48226

  • Cross street

    Broadway & Gratiot - Located in The Belt Alley

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–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

    Stephen Schmidt

  • 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.

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell My Info (California)
Copyright © 2021 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo