Standby

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Standby's beverage program uses modern and innovative techniques to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass while truly honoring the classics. Our equally dynamic dinner menu features locally sourced fare, from-scratch bar food and more.

James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018
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KyleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Standby is always a great experience. Awesome cocktails paired with equally great food! Staff are knowledgeable ab

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Aggie
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a really nice experience and the staff was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff was great. We both enjoyed our dishes and drinks. Great atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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laurenp
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic

Cocktail menu is extensive

Food was good but cocktails are the draw

Fun vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Extremely creative dishes with outstanding flavor.

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DavidS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun and trendy ambiance. The menu is limited but the selections are unique combinations of ingredients and flavors. Portions are small by American standards but appropriate for those paying attention to portion control. Music was a bit too "dance club" for my taste buy hey, the younger patrons seemed OK with it.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Small plates but great food. Creative drinks on the menu.

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vipmellowgirl
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night - the place was packed (about 5000 things going on in the D that night), but service was on point, cocktails were AMAZING, and so was the food. I wish I lived close enough to be a regular. :)

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MichDinner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend making a reservation. The space is intimate. Service was great. Food is delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food - creative but approachable. Also had delicious drinks and great service from the staff!

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AgentClause
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time. The hose was friendly, good was amazing and service was on point. I will definitely return.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the perfect night celebrating a friends birthday! The waiter was so friendly and helpful and the atmosphere had only good vibes. The food and drinks were also delicious. They dim the lights at 11 and goes perfectly with the music they’re playing. Love this place and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Everything was great. It was just weird because one of the servers accidentally brought us a plate that didn’t belong to us. And we didn’t know if it was a complimentary plate or not because he just brought it over and started explaining what it was he never asked if we ordered it. He seemed new so maybe he was still learning his table numbers and got them mixed up. But Then another server came a couple minutes later, mind you we never touched the plate, and she proceeds to take our drink order and sneaks the plate away mid conversation as if we wouldn’t notice. All she had to say was “I apologize we made a mistake” instead of being sneaky. Maybe she was scared to say something, I’m not sure and is understandable. But in the future, just be open and honest with your customers. It wasn’t that big of a deal. I work in the industry as well and know mistakes happen all the time. The way she did it just made us feel awkward for the rest of the experience. She was super nice. But sneaking a plate away instead just being up front about it was weird. But other than that, dessert and drinks were great.

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BNipps
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Standby has great music, also top notch service. The food was excellent and drinks were made to perfection. The wife and I love the atmosphere. I recommend Standy to all grown and sexy people.

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LindaV
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super cute place! We really enjoyed the food and the drinks were amazing!

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Will
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and professional staff. Would definitely come again.

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EdwardH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The staff was wonderful, as well as the food + drinks. That said, the overall experience was very challenging for my date and I due to the unreasonable music volume and SKULL RATTLING BASS. If a couple is trying to have a romantic birthday dinner, and have to shout across the table to communicate... it's no longer a romantic dinner. The bass volume was anxiety-producing for us both.

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LauraB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVED this place! Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable. The drinks were wonderful. The food...oh the food! AMAZING! One of the best meals I've ever had. The calamari with smoked bacon - the best bacon I've ever had...and I've had a lot of bacon in my time. Bison bolognese was delicious and perfect. I don't even like mushrooms but the Grilled Mushroom Gnocchi just changed me. So. Good. GO THERE!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food wasn’t really what i remembered it.. a little too salty for my palette

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EricaC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the coral room and the drinks were amazing! Must get the garlic wings!!!!!

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Standby was great but the hostesses weren’t accommodating. We had a large group and a 4 top table opened up next to our other group members. We asked if we could move from our four top to the 4 top next to our group and they said no because they needed that space. They sat a group of 3 there instead and made us stay separated. Other than that, the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff. Refilled water at a blink of an eye. Amazing cocktails.

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TinaG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Try the snake in the grass - a Gin inspired cocktail that did not disappoint. The cheese plate was adorable with honey oozing out of bees wax. My friend had the chicken and pancakes which was great, I had the perch. It was a nice treat before the J. Lo concert.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. I love the small quaint size of the restaurant but excellent ambience!

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vipAneW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I come to Detroit I visit Standby! It’s the best!

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vipBethC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and drinks

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CorissaN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and kind, attentive waitstaff. Would go back again anytime.

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vipPunjabiXpress
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing bar.

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dawn
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite of mine and always keeping the drink list interesting! I ventured away for my jam: Snake in the Grass and thoroughly enjoyed the Griffindor but please always keep the snake!

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KaranG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Place is very small. As it is supposed to be. So provides a unique atmosphere 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful time. Great music and atmosphere. 1st time visitor to the bar. Great time after a Chappelle concert.

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ToddK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience3

The overall worth of a restaurant, or any business, is how it reacts to adversity. Our recent visit to Standby we had a good waiter, the food was interesting and mostly prepared well. So what's wrong? Management. Some of the worst I have seen. The detail are really not important, what is is how it was handled. Some mistakes were made, they dropped on meal, of 8, 15 minutes before the rest. After 15 minutes the waiter picked it up to replace it. A hamburger was running 20 - 30 minute cook time. After words were exchanged the "floor manager" walked off in a huff saying he was not going to deal with. Then we had to find the manager who was as well VERY accommodating. Half way through our main courses the waiter was sent over to drop the check and said thank you for joining us. THE MANAGER or "floor manager" didn't have the guts to come over in person, they sent the waiter. So I will, as will my 7 guests, be happy to tell everyone about our experience. Hope the owners really like their management team.

Standby
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hi Todd, First off, I love our team. Although the details don’t seem to be important to you, they are to us. Calling our server a “hipster f*****” will get you asked to leave immediately. Standby is an inclusive, safe space, for both our guests and employees and we absolutely DO NOT tolerate anything that jeopardizes that. I know anyone that reads this can respect an establishment that stands behind their employees when they are mistreated. Joe Operating Partner of Standby

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Ishara
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The short rib tacos are the truth! I thoroughly enjoyed my cocktail as well. I loved the music and diversity of the crowd there. Cool place.

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vipMEAFW
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very intriguing flavors, attentive service, groovy music.

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EricM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very strong waitstaff that was attentive and with few exceptions turned requests quickly. The cost felt a bit higher than may be appropriate which slightly pulled the value score down. Great cocktails and the rare instance of a Negroni with a Twist actually tasting as good or equal to a well made standard negroni. My colleague did not share the same affinity for the restaurant instead emphasizing his preference of the Seldon Standard... however, I think my love of the furniture, dark wood, and hip vibe (flying lotus) made this a place I would enjoy to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with old friends before A Live podcast

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DavidA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does deliver a very cool food/atmosphere experience. We had excellent service and the food was amazing.

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MadelynR
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An ever changing exciting cocktail menu. I have never had a bad drink in the 4 times I have gone. We just went for cocktails and were given no issues for making a reservation online.

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DeboraML68
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My Sons and I went there at my suggestion from the Yelp reviews. I had the New York Strip Steak it was tender and decent. Unfortunately, it wasn’t hot enough for me.
My one son had chicken and fries, chicken okay, fries warm, other son had cheese burger and fries. He liked both. They brought us olives and nuts because of the slow service. Good Margaritas. Overall it was an okay experience. Won’t go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and always wanted to try this spot so I came by my lonesome. Everyone was welcoming, I was educated on one of their Top Shelf specials, I got a birthday drink, and the food (Chicken & Pancakes) was amazing! Loved the ambiance because it was chill with good vibes during my visit too. Can't wait to go back again!

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