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Standby

4.8
4.8
485 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.

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Booked 21 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.

  • 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

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 485 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Detroit

    Healthy

  • Detroit

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Detroit

    Contemporary American

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  1. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  2. 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.

  3. DO

    DrOrtiz

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal service, food, drinks, and atmosphere.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. M

    Madmenlost

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious small plates, and the best cocktail menu around

  14. 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!

  15. CP

    CameronP

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. s

    scottj

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  20. 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

  21. M

    Marie

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Tried a new spot for drinks - a great find! Loved it :)

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyed every bite & every sip of the several items ordered. I would completely trust anything on the menus. A must-go in Detroit.

  23. d

    diner24

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Excellent service, delicious cocktails and appetizers. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Service was absolutely terrible. I used to love this place and it really disappointed me that i had to cut my dinner short because our waiter refused to even look at us. Left us for an hour with empty drinks, didn’t even take our order for entrees. I never complain, I’m an easy going person but this was unacceptable.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place! The music is always on point. The drinks are excellent and the service is top notch!

  26. AS

    AnnS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Standby never disappoints - great atmosphere, drinks and food. Service is impeccable and we always walk away happy we chose Standby.....

  27. DB

    DavidB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I enjoyed my evening at Standby. Our waiter, Josh, was very knowledgeable of the menu. There were no non-alcoholic drinks listed on the menu, but Josh recommended a refreshing and fun drink that I enjoyed. Our food was delicious. The Purple Yam Ice Cream was exotic and tasty!

  28. MW

    MicheleW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We loved it! Cocktails were so fun and the small plates were fantastic!!! Everything was reasonably priced too. Loved all of it.

  29. BC

    BrandonC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The food is excellent and the vibe is among the best in Detroit. I would highly recommend this place. The waiter was fantastic and very personable, but seems a bit overworked at times and didn’t make it back as often as I would have liked.

  30. SL

    ShelleyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    The Brooklyn Cheer was amazing, as was the clove flavored cocktail. Service was exceptionally slow (and we arrived at 5 PM right when it opened). The table of 10 that was seated 20 minutes after we ordered got their drinks before we got ours, which is the only significant complaint. We'd eaten all of our food long before our drinks arrived and when they did, the order was wrong. That said, the "error" cocktail was not charged to our bill and the replacement correct cocktail arrived far more quickly than the initial set we ordered.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    STRAIGHT BUSSIN’ SHEESH

  32. KL

    KeithL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience1

    Music level was unbelievably loud for a sit-down bar and the restaurant was almost completely dark. Gave my friend a panic attack. Server was extremely understanding however and helped us get out of there with our food. Good people, good food/drinks, atrocious setting.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    Great but our waiter forgot to put our food in..

  34. DS

    DiannaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fantastic evening in the “D”! The cocktails, food, background music and vibe were outstanding! An iconic Detroit spot!!

  35. SD

    ShaunD

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience every Time we go

  36. ET

    ETIII

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, fun/sophisticated drinks and food, awesome vibe!

  37. DH

    DawnH

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I were pleasantly pleased with everything about Standby. The atmosphere was so romantic, service was great, and the food and drinks were definitely worth a return visit. I’m already checking my calendar for another visit.

  38. TY

    TerryY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was amazing, from the door man to the receptionist to our waiter. Great place

  39. TS

    ToddS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall, a really wonderful experience. Food was fantastic. Service was great. The room was very chic, but comfortable.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    We were sat down first and our order took first but last to receive our order( there was two of us). Larger groups sat after after us got their stuff before us. Food was ok but not worth the price had too send the calamari back for not being fresh and and hard to even eat and we never send things back. The priest em was gummy and not great, however the cheese sauce was great! This isn’t the standby we know and used to love. Luckily the server was nice and took somethings off the bill but still isn’t up to the standard that it was before and to the standard of other bars in the area.

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Standby is rated 4.8 stars by 485 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.

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Booked 21 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

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