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The Motown Bistro, Detroit, MI

The Motown Bistro

3.9
3.9
971 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
WELCOME TO THE MOTOWN BISTRO OYSTER BAR, LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL EASTERN MARKET OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN, AND MINUTES AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT. THE MOTOWN BISTRO IS WHERE GREAT FOOD, MUSIC, AND SERVICE ALL MEET TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE, ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE. WHILE ENJOYING AN ARRAY OF CULINARY MASTERPIECES, IMPECCABLE SERVICE IS OUR GUARANTEE. WE STRIVE ONLY FOR THE BEST.

Live music nightly at 7pm!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (313) 567-2811
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Detroit
  • Cross street
    Division
  • Parking details
    Street and public parking available.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 971 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

972 Reviews
  1. LindaJ

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I was allowed to make reservations for brunch. I received confirmation of my reservation and I received a reminder the day before my scheduled reservation, only to find out the place was closed. Having little choice, my party of three and I were coaxed into eating at the restaurant next door. The experience at the restaurant next door was even worse. We have to eat our meal from a styrofoam container and drink a cocktail from a plastic solo cup. What should have been a nice outing with friends turned out to be one of my worst restaurant experiences to date. Never again

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  2. Angei

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked online and when I got there I was told they were not open, they had a brunch going on. I was not the only person who book online that was disappointed. I had other people meeting me there which they could have put that online that they had something else booked.

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  3. ReChelleK

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The online menu was so tantalizing only to realize the item wasn’t available or had poor quality.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While the experience was overall 8.5 on a 10 scale; was taken aback by spending more on 3 drinks than one entree. Did enjoy the fact that our server was highly attentive even going as far as bagging our meals and providing extra condiments. Definitely will go back just with a bigger budget 🙃

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  5. LoveJoi

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately my husband and I didn’t get to be served. They set us at a table, and took almost a hour just to ask us “what would we like to drink”? No appetizers or food was put in either. We watch people that came in after us get served. It sucks, because the restaurant did not seem bad and the Jazz was good. I’ve heard good things about Motown bistro that’s why I decided to give it a try, but everybody experiences is different.

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  6. JasmineG

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall - ok. The menu listed on the website was not the same as what was presented at the actual restaurant (only about half of the menu from the website). There also appeared to be new price increase. It was extremely hot inside, they had fans in some areas not turned on, when we asked to turn them on the server advised that the strings weren't long enough to reach :( Service was very slow - especially considering there were maybe 2-3 tables filled when we arrived and it took forever just to get beers and soup/salad. I'll cut them a break on the entree delay as my husband ordered a 50 oz. tomahawk steak which took 40 minutes to cook. Overall the food was mediocre which was unfortunate as this restaurant seemed to have potential. I do like the live music aspect. However, while the pianist was talented, he played no "Motown" style music just Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett style music.

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  7. Maeg

    Northern MI

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu at the restaurant is significantly different than what is posted online. No surf and turf. No crab legs or lobster. We actually asked if they accidentally gave us the lunch menu because it was so small. The service was absolutely awful, waited for water, drinks (which were warm mixed drinks), waited for ice for our warm mixed drinks, waited for the bill and boxes. The food we ordered was delicious, but not what we had come for :)

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, my waitress Jay was very nice and helpful.

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  9. TasheannaW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was definitely a vibe ❤️ Food was amazing & the band was awesome it gave the restaurant uniqueness. I will return‼️

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  10. lovasteak

    Detroit

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Early Mother’s Day dinner. Party of 5. Seated right away with good greeting at door. Sever was friendly and knowledgeable with pleasant personality. Food was amazing. Catfish dinner, Ribeye, NY Strip, Lobster and Shrimp Linguini. All came hot and tasty. Band started at 6:30. Overall great experience.

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  11. CGibs

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food service immaculate. I’d dine in again for sure

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  12. MarcusC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Went for Mother’s Day there was a DJ on the stage playing music so loud we had to yell to talk to each other. I had lobster and grits, it was over priced for the portion size. Another person in our party ordered a medium steak that came well done. Chicken and waffles and the waffles were crunchy. I’ve had better dining experiences here, was disappointed today.

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  13. virgiea

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    very much over priced the wait was extremely long food was good.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The unlimited mimosas isn’t worth the buy because it’s for an hour only, but u don’t even get your first drink until 15 mins later. The only thing that makes me want to go back is the live pianist. Maybe I’ll go for drinks one night he’s playing. Ambiance is great.

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  15. Coco

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    My experience is almost always the same my server took 30 minutes to respond then when she finally delivered our drinks she wasted them on my outfit and all white shoes But overall it was good and the service got better

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  16. JadeGreen

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I reserved a table for my cousin receiving his Masters degree. I was very excited to go because I had been wanting to for weeks. It was three of us. Two of us asked for bottomless mimosas while the other asked for one singular mimosa. The waiter asked her did she want to start bottomless she said no. She wasn’t drinking like us. He said ok. I did share some of mine with her that I explained to the manager who was called when bills were given and bottomless was on her bill. After two of out of three paid $150 to the establishment the manager refused to accommodate bill with the wrongful charge. She stated they don’t do singular mimosas and all we said was it should have been communicated when we asked was it okay to share. The manager then calls us “broke” and stated since we can’t afford the bill she will pay AFTER already taking $150 from the table. We were in awww. The manager was very disrespectful to us and distasteful because who talks to there consumers this way. All in all the food was good and waiter and other staff were excellent and stated that we were not in the wrong. I will not patronize this establishment again. I suggest if you do ask CLEAR questions so this won’t happen to you!

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  17. LynetteH

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I front table was too close to the stag where the band was only could see if you were seating in front of the restaurant. Music was good

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good food was tasty and hot and the ambiance was lovely represented the Motown legends well

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  19. CharlesW

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place to eat. Don't let the outside fool you. It's a real deal restaurant. Don the chef came out to chat with us. His grits are spot on. Enjoy!

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  20. Disappointed

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was very slow and the drinks nearly unrecognizable from what we ordered. We planned on eating however left beforehand. We were there an hour and were only served 1 drink each. Music on the other hand was GREAT!

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  21. Andy

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Alfredo was bland and soupy. The lobster tail didn't taste like anything. We asked for Nachos for a replacement ad food was cold. Spent 3 hours in rest only to leave eating a Ceasar salad and a margarita. Live band was amazing.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Husband birthday dinner with our adult children , it was great.

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  23. LeeS

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place for live music and great food in Detroit

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  24. MichaelB

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food and Service! Thank You! Entertainment and music was awesome!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was horrible but the service was excellent

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  26. KennethW

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The prices did not reflect the quality I expected for that price point.

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  27. AndreaB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service Gary provided was 5 star and the food was delicious

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Planned dinner to celebrate my son’s birthday. Given the occasion, I was more than prepared & willing and to pay a premium for the ambiance & what was supposed to be great food. What a HUGE disappointment! All items on menu were extremely overpriced. Happy & ready to pay for a meal that’s worth it. Food was less than mediocre and presentation was insta-CRAP worthy! I did read the reviews. Noticed that people either loved it or hated it. I had hoped to have an experience somewhere in the middle. Live band was a nice touch. Just ask to be seated towards the back if you want to have any conversation. Staff was friendly and attentive. Nevertheless, I will never be going back & will never recommend this place to anyone who asks.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My fish was good. The alfredo needed seasoning. Everything was great except the waiter was a little rude when he thought my friend wasn’t listening to him.

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  30. Andrea

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service and music. I’d read some reviews that the food was cold, we did not have that issue at all! Everything was amazing, the only negative I would say is that the portion of the daily special of Walleye was only one filet and for the price would have assume 2 filets or larger filet size. My husband said it was very good though, just small portion for him. I had the salmon and it was amazing and decent portion size in my opinion.

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  31. MichelleH

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The outside was sketchy. The inside was unclean - there was a half eaten chicken wing under our table. The service was good. The waiter was uninformed about gluten free options and the kitchen was inflexible. There weren’t many menu options for gluten free other than a steak. There was crazy loud party music coming from next door while the live music played in the restaurant, making for an interesting cacophony of sounds. My husband enjoyed his filet. My salad was average.

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  32. ShaniceG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food Was Delicious! Always A Great Spot To Eat And Good Vibes! :)

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Thank goodness for the band, the waitress and host. Otherwise it would’ve been a worthless Sunday night out. Waitress asked did we want appetizers? Sure we’ll have the Oysters. Oh we’re out of oysters. Are you ready to order dinner? Sure we’ll have the Lobster & Alfredo. Oh we’re out of Lobster. My husband ordered the seafood trio. But of course no Lobster, so No trio. I eventually ordered the NY strip. Which was a bit salty and the broccoli was overcooked. I’m sure I’ll be back for the music & drinks ONLY. Definitely was not worth the cost or 20% gratuity…

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  34. LorettaY

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved my experience, beautiful, politeness and can’t wait for my planned event. Thank You

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good. Each of our 4 diners got a different entree, and everyone enjoyed their dish. I had the lamb chops, which were excellent. The only downside was the automatic 20% gratuity. I tip 20% across the board, more if the service is exceptional, but an automatic tip is incredibly tacky. This was a 4-top, not a large party when an automatic gratuity is standard.

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  36. CrisJ

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food and drinks was awesome. And they had a live entertainer playing the piano.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed this place. Date night for my husband & I was amazing. Food was great.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful customer service, they really worked with us and our large party. Plus live music and good drinks. Nice for date nights would recommend

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I don’t know how it is only a regular brunch day but when I went. The bartender didn’t even acknowledge me at first. After an hour, When i finally ordered a drink, took me another hour to get it. I ordered catfish and grits. Catfish was hot, grits were cold and stuck together. FLAVORLESS might I add. Both could have definitely used more seasoning for this to be a black owned spot. I asked for more grits and so the new grits were hot and flavorless meanwhile by then the catfish was cold. Won’t be back

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Waffles where nasty looked and tasted like frozen box waffles

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FAQs

The Motown Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

The Motown Bistro is rated 3.9 stars by 971 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Motown Bistro

2735 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207-2614

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Division
  • Neighborhood
    Detroit
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street and public parking available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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