The Motown Bistro

4.1
630 Reviews
$30 and under
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!
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4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was Gary and he was also serving as bar tender. He was absolutely wonderful. We went in for brunch for a cousin date, he was very attentive and just an absolute pleasure. The food was also amazing! Definitely will be going back.

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AshtonM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love the singer and the piano player. Nice cozy and romantic

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and it was amazing!! Our server Gary was thee best!! Food was outstanding and the music OMG!! We will be back…

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Started out strong…. Then our waiter was missing and we had to keep looking for him. Good took a very long time, then our food came out overcooked, and with the wrong food and was missing items. Ordered dessert, only received two of the best orders. Performer was amazing and we enjoyed listening to her. Won’t be back to eat, but would come to listen to the band.

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shaycarey
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The special price and food were not balanced…. $109 for 4 lamb chops and 2 small king crab legs mash potatoes (ice cream scoop and 12 string beans was not a good bang for my buck!

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jazminek
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going was last night! Everything was perfect! I will be going back.

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FatimaA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and I will be coming back!! Not only was the food and service great but so was the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

From the outside, I wasn’t sure what we were walking into. Once we got inside, it was very pretty. Motown music playing at just the right level. Our waitress, Stephanie took great care of us and made perfect suggestions for our meal. Everything was fantastic. We had blue crab potatoe skins, spinach artichoke dip, crab legs, lamb chops, filet mignon and lobster tail. Best lobster I’ve ever had! The place is clearly older and could use a face lift or furniture upgrade but I didn’t have any issues with our booth that I’ve read in other comments. The staff is really nice and the food is great! Definitely worth the trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent & the service was great. The music was soothing to the ear. Atmosphere was great & I definitely would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and the atmosphere was amazing. We will definitely be returning.

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Char
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I will definitely be back. I had my birthday celebration there. Our server Will was incredible. He sang Happy Birthday to me. His service was perfect. I had the stuffed salmon with the red skin potatoes. It was delicious. The ambiance was great. Kayla the bartender was amazing!! The gentleman on the piano sang the whole time we were there. LOL he sang happy birthday to me as well. It was a great day

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MichaelS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Drinks were good, we ordered margaritas and added Patron ,food was also good and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive we will go back

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JackieA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place to spend our anniversary with friends. The food was great and the live jazz was awesome. When we come back to Detroit we will definitely come back to visit this restaurant. Thank you Danielle for this recommendation from Cleveland, OH!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Will was excellent the food and service was great!!

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vipMarz
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The waiter was rude, no live music and the food was overcooked. Not likely to return.

KJ
KishaJ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine!! Love the staff and the food was amazing!!

KG
KimberlyG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took by best friend for her 55th birthday! I not only loved the service I loved the laid back vibe. The food was good also they made my first impression memorable!! I am definitely going back!!!!

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vipDeannaR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our food was decent but service was a NIGHTMARE! Our server also refused to show me my receipt. I still have no idea what I paid for because the drink prices didn’t match up. Very disappointed!

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Paris
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It’s simple, food is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The waist staff were getting loud with customers

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I come here often and have never had a bad experience until yesterday. We had reservations at 4 and were told is was change over from brunch to dinner so we should be seeing food by 4:30. We sat in a hot booth, their air didn't seem to be circulating well and it was hot! Ultimately we didn't see out food until 6:10 and by then I just bagged it up and left. My baby was hot and I couldn't sit there much longer.

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RestaurantLover
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant could use a deep cleaning and some attention to detail [some seat cushions falling off, mismatched glasses and silverware, etc.]. The food and drink prices were very high. I have eaten in nicer restaurants in Paris that were less expensive. I really wanted to like this restaurant, but ultimately it did not win me over.

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TerrellP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The noise from outside did not come into the restaurant at all. The piano player and the bass player were magnificent. The food was phenomenal and well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

It was my birthday so I decided to go here For dinner ...First Off they did not have everything that was on a menu .The waitresses new She didn’t know anything about the items that they Did have on the menu The service was terrible it took a really long time for the food to come even though they were not crowded.... What’s the full finally did come it taste OK I asked to speak to a manager he never came out lol 🙄....... I’m straight on this place

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LaTonyaS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great service menu was great for adults so so for teens which was an special occasion but he did enjoy sumthing on the menu. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was my first time every coming to this restaurant and It is also my last !!!! We waited over 20 mins to at least be acknowledged by the waiter and he completely ignored us. I attempted to get his attention he stated he was taking an order however after taking it he walk past our table not once but three times. The hostess had a very nasty attitude I ask if she could located the manager after about 5 mins she returned from the back of the restaurant and stated she forgot and was going to find her ( please keep in mind it was only 3 tables occupied so it was not busy however I understand everyone is short staffed so I let it fly) As the manager approached I started to tell her about our experience in a respectful claim tone and manner immediately she cut me off and In a very condescending tone she said “wait what are you talking about” I immediately left. It is so unfortunate to say this incident makes you not want to support our black businesses the attitude and the lack of empathy and effort left a bad taste in my mouth I will never go back to this restaurant and I strongly suggest retraining not only the staff but management as well!!! I am telling anyone I can tell horrible experience we have to do better.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated and waited 20 minutes. The servers and hostess walked by numerous times and made eye contact, but never acknowledged us. We never got water, and one of the serving plates on the table we were sat at was dirty so we had to clean it off with the napkin. Not necessary to clean it off since we never received anything to put on it, but still. We ended up leaving after 20 minutes because we received no form of service.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good atmosphere, food was just ok. Waiter did good best.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food nor the waiter was not all that great.

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t expecting much and walked out a customer for life.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waitress was very helpful with ordering
But to be paying for that expensive menu and get cold mash potatoes made me feel the sides was already made. But fish was hot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We have visited Motown on several occasions and overall we have enjoyed the service and food. But it seems that EVERY TIME we come they're missing items from the menu. Last night we visited I ordered the lobster mac which is usally one of my favorites but this time it was a VERY small portion and they didn't even use the same pasta as they had been the last few times I ordered it. I also ordered the king crab legs and the waitress told me that she was "looking" for the cracking tool but never brought them. So when I asked again she then told me that they didn't have a single pair in the whole restaurant (there's a restaurant wholesale store in the same plaza) and that every pair they had rusted weeks ago and they haven't replaced them yet. Like I said overall great restaurant
But I have never gotten exactly what I ask for when dining here.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Note really the style of food you get when you see bistro. Food prices are definitely more than what is advertised. $40 salmon, probably leans more upscale pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Made reservations but got there and was told that there were no tables available and we could sit at the bar. Had to wait for a table and then complain after waiting for half hour. Finally get seated and the server took 15 minutes to come by and greet us. Gave us water filled in a dirty carafe. We immediately put our food order in and waited 45 minutes for appetizers. Our entrees came out about 15 minutes later and the entree’s were cold (brought out by a kitchen staff member). We asked for a manager but one wasn’t in the building. A lovely server named Jessica came and helped us who was not our server and was nothing but pleasant. Our server then came over and gave us the nastiest attitude and was very rude and argumentative . This was only our 3rd time seeing our actual server that whole time we were at the table. That server needs to be retrained or released . We were very disappointed with our experience and left the restaurant unfulfilled as we didn’t eat our entree’s and felt our date night was ruined by horrendous customer service

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was cold waited over an hour for food…. Food was not that good. Very nice ambiance but not worth the price

MA
vipMarwanA
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We went for my son’s birthday based on reviews.
When we checked in, the hostess seemed stressed and confused and finally got us seared.
Place was very dark and many lightbulbs seemed burned and not replaced and could not see the menu.
Then after meeting our server we place our order for drinks and food.
40 minutes later, still no food and no drinks and could not find my server anywhere.
Spoke with manager, clearly drinks nowhere to be seen. Mentioned due to delay we will be leaving and he said “ok”.
That was it.
I am not coming back, would you?

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

A big letdown overall. We had 6:45 reservations for 6 people for my wife's birthday. When I checked in, they said the table was not ready yet. My first warning sign should have been the hostess telling me that the party of 6 we were waiting to leave had been there 54 minutes, which for a group that large would only be about the halfway point. Finally at 8pm, they notified us we could be sat, but everyone had to be there. Even though the hostess saw our whole group, she wouldn't seat a few of us while the others finished their drinks. When we got sat, there was no silverware or napkins, and no apology from a manager about the delay. Once we got into the meal and drinks it was ok. The cocktail shrimp were average size and lukewarm. Ordering drinks took about 20 minutes as the server would disappear for a while. I ordered the Motown surf and turf, and my filet medium rare. It was well below medium rare (I attached a pic). It also took the server a moment to realize he had not brought me a steak knife when he saw me cutting it with my butter knife. My wife had the seafood risotto and had found a hair in it. Just save your money or find another restaurant, this one isn't ready yet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The experience at this location was unacceptable. I will never dine here again.

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Nicki
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good but too expensive for small portions. Online prices didn't match inseat prices. Had to ask for bread instead of them bringing it out before the food. Drinks were small, not cold and tasted watered down. I liked the live music.

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

The Motown Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 630 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.