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The Motown Bistro, Detroit, MI

The Motown Bistro

4.1
4.1
900 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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 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 900 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I had dinner here once and the food was great! However, I had a totally different experience for brunch. My shrimp and grits was outrageously salty. I’m sure the cooked had to know to much seasoning went on my dish but still decided to serve it to me. Then I also got chicken and waffles the waffles were over cooked. I then asked the waiter for some butter because on top of being over cooked they were dry. He came back with hospital packets of butter. I wouldn’t even melt because the waffles was cold and dry. Very disappointed especially for a pricy brunch. We spent $134 for nothing I was so hungry but I couldn’t even eat it, it was that bad. We don’t mind spending money at all especially on good food. But I should’ve known, because no one was in there the place was pretty empty and now I see why. Never again! And I don’t even like leaving bad reviews but I told the waiter that my food was to salty. How do you mess up waffles and grits?? I’ve had uptown eatery hundreds up times and the price is way less but the waffles never disappoints plus they also have wiped butter for your hot or warm waffle. The same at ohop. They’re not even on Ohop level and charging 3x the price for food they’re guest can’t even consume.
  2. C

    Candi

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a good time celebrating my daughter's birthday!
  3. SB

    SherryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motown Bistro was recommended by several family members. Myy cousin and I decided to give them a try. Motown Bistro did not disappoint. The food was most delicious. Chef Don was on his game and Marvin the server made our evening very enjoyable. We will be going back. The Seafood Nacho was exquisite. Highly recommended.
  4. k

    katinaj

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    My friend and I went for the all u can eat crab legs. We were disappointed that they advertise all u can eat but doesn't say that it's all u can eat in 1 hour. It's $75 for snow crab and there shouldn't be a time limit on it. I ordered the stuffed salmon instead. That entree was bland and could've been better. I cook salmon better at home. Some of the asparagus was overcooked. The ambience was ok and the service was fine. I did like my sausage gumbo but was not pleased with my entree. We gave this restaurant a try but we wont be going back.
  5. MV

    MsVal

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had heard a lot about this restaurant from my daughter & it was everything, and a lil bit more! Great
  6. BF

    BruceF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    Upon arrival the initial response was spectacular. After seating a party of 15 (3 separate tables of 5 were booked)....they accommodated with 3 tables together but we had 3 separate servers assigned to our party. 1st table got menus and ordered promptly. 3rd table followed soon after...middle table had yet to see our server. Table 1 and 3 had ordered and received appetizers and meal before we even ordered....1 and 3 were done eating at least 15 min and we had not received our food. After unsuccessfully summoning our server various times....I asked for my bill as the rest of the party was ready to leave....after 3 requests for the bill, the server completely ignored my request and proceeded to bring out the food for my table...I refused and once again inquired about my bill....reluctantly the server brought out the bills for our table...after leaving the manager approached some of our party and offered a $20 gift card for all of the party for future visit. We were visiting form Milwaukee and had no use for the gift cards as we were leaving the next day....from what was told to me by others in the party...the food was exceptional....I just never got a chance to partake...
  7. ST

    SusanT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly employees, food was spectacular, eclectic wine list. Definitely going back.
  8. DM

    DawnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience was great, food was good, entertainment was a real treat. Service was also very good. Great job, Jessica!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    The food was terrible and $58 steak with gravy on it with a lot of fat on the steak was terrible Broccoli and red potatoes was nothing special could've made at home the waiter Will did excellent job My overall rating of this restaurant is a one
  10. SB

    SherithaB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    My first impression was the settings of the place was nice, we had the whole restaurant to ourselves it was perfect setting it was out Anniversary. Food was terrible the stuffed salmon was fishy and bland and cold!!! Limited food available on the menu, I’m glad we didn’t order crab legs you could even share the food that you’re paying for just top it off!!! How you going to dictate what you do with your food, the prices way over the top, higher than 5 stars restaurants, unbelievable they advertise live Motown music, instead old drunk white guy singing the blues! The waiter was really professional and nice! I will not be back or recommend no one to dine!
  11. SM

    SMSRO

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Waiter was very good. Food was good but overpriced. Enjoyed the entertainment. Booth seats are uncomfortable.
  12. CH

    CarmenH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    We went for a Sweetest Day dinner and requested long beach cocktails with pineapple instead of Cranberry juice. Drinks unfortunately were made incorrectly and the server did not attempt to get the order corrected. The same drinks were ordered a second time the exact same way and received incorrectly once again after being assured by the server it would be done successfully. A Crab Stuffed New York Strip was ordered with Medium temperature and came out burnt and dry. A caesar salad and clam chowder soup was ordered in conjunction with our entrees and neither were received until our server had to be reminded after we had already received our meals. The best part about the experience was Marty and his piano singing thankfully. Very unfortunate experience overall.
  13. KS

    KarenS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I took my husband to Motown Bistro for Sweetest Day and we had a wonderful time. We tried their calamari for the first time. My husband thinks the calamari at Joe Muer’s Seafood restaurant is the best he’s ever tasted. He now thinks Motown Bistro’s is the best! It was delicious! Also we’d returned to Detroit after a week vacation in Jamaica and my husband was dying for a good steak meal (the steak dinners in Jamaica were very disappointing). He had the filet minion (medium) and it was perfect! I had the stuffed salmon and it was equally delicious! Our drinks were perfect too (side car with Hennessy for my husband and Prosecco for me). The clam chowder and gumbo soups were so good. Marvin was our waiter and he was appropriately attentive and helpful throughout our meal. We would like to also give a shout-out to Will, who’d been our waiter at a previous visit; and he intermittently stopped by our table to welcome us back and encourage us to return during one of their special weekly night events. We haven’t celebrated Sweetest Day in a long time and going to Motown Bistro made it a great celebration. There were no disappointments. Everything was perfect, especially since we were able to get a booth! We’ve been going to Motown Bistro for a few years and we will definitely be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  15. R

    Ruby

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    You must give your credit card to make a reservation. That’s a new one to me. And the restaurant was not busy at all! No salad was available. How do you run out of salad? The 2 soups were not eaten. Our entrees were good, but way overpriced! Be careful, a tip of 20% is included in your check!! Even for 2 people!! We tried to have owner refund the extra tip we left, but she has not called us back . It’s a fun place, but we won’t be returning.
  16. JP

    JaimeP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best meals I have had in awhile Great atmosphere, romantic night
  17. U

    Uzumaki

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Lies lies lies!!! I went for all u can eat crab legs and it's limited to 1 hour?? Who does that?? Wasn't advertised on website nor Facebook page👎 also they didn't even have crab crackers🤔🤔 imagine fighting your dinner cause that's exactly what i did & lost😭🤦 this place was so disappointing and our waiter gary was so rude i hate him I'll NEVER go back to that establishment. The live entertainment was great though👍
  18. ML

    MelindaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The waiter Gregory had a lousy attitude. I guess because the tip is included in the bill. He feels he does not have to be nice., but the food was great.
  19. CC

    CarolynC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I enjoyed it we had a good time it was a table for 12 our server Cheryl or Shirley I couldn't remember she was very good very patient very outstanding yes I would recommend eating at Motown bistro definitely for the brunch 🤗
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food was delicious and well prepared. This was My 1st time for dinner.. usually go for the brunch on Sundays ..
  21. AD

    ArnikaD

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, good service, good food and drink. Came for oysters and drinks, ended up leaving with carry out and some.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The vibe was amazing! . The service was amazing! The food was amazing! It felt like family!
  23. s

    skay

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The food was very overpriced for the quality of the food. the food was good, just overpriced. The service was horrible, the waiter kept disappearing. Served a Ceaser salad but were out of Ceaser dressing, so one of our diners sat and waited over 30 minutes for the waiter to finally come back so we could get another dressing. so the rest of us had to wait as we did not want to eat in front of this person until she was able to eat, so the rest of our meals got cold. The waiter was more interested in being an entertainer and making jokes than doing his job. We told the waiter in the beginning that we were going to a play at 8 pm, and our reservation was for 5:15, so when the bill came it had added another table's meals in addition to ours and once again we had to go and find the waiter to get it resolved. By the time we had the bill straightened out, we were late for the play.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    First we get there and no one acknowledges us for about 15 mins. We finally are seated and our order is taken the food took a very long time to come out! Everything was served in to go containers and we were charged $2 for water $1 for ice on our bill per person smh this was a terrible date night! The food was terrible and the only pleasant thing about it all was that the server was a true sweetie pie. Definitely wouldn’t return
  25. CW

    CW11

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Good just isn’t the same. I knew something had changed when they brought the rolls out that looked like hamburger buns. Service was great. Food was not.
  26. R

    Ramik

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Loved the live entertainment, the ambiance is incredible - however my catfish was not golden brown the way I like, requested for it to be cooked a little longer & the artichoke dip (our appetizer) came out lukewarm. Otherwise, we had an enjoyable time with a tasty meal for our 1st visit. We will be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was great! The inside is nice. The outside has live music but can be noisy. If your looking for an element evening sit indoors. The waiter was pretty rude/sarcastic.
  28. RP

    RekkoP

    West Virginia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was...OMG so, so good. We got to eat outside, the weather was great. The business next door was celebrating a wedding anniversary, and they had a DJ. The music was awesome, and set the mood for great conversation. The server was good, he started out with a great personality, but when he brought us our bill we told him we needed it split and he seemed to have a issue with that. Not to mention he forgot our appetizer and we never said anything. It was great to be honest, all the food that came.
  29. RR

    RedRob

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The waiter/ bartender was amazing! However they automatically charge gratuity. We only had two people. I’d definitely go back!
  30. TB

    TamB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for date night <
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Our reservations were for 1pm. After a short wait, we were seated. Our waiter Gary brought us water and then disappeared. When he came back he was very rude. He interrupted our conversation by saying “let’s get this going” as an indication that he was ready for our order. We had questions regarding the menu which he answered very rudely. I ordered the Motown classic, he left the table without allowing me to choose between grits and potatoes. He stated this was no choice only potatoes. The menu clearly stated something different. After a wait our food came, but my meal was missing toast. I was told that toast wasn’t included, again different from what the menu indicated. This is only one example of the poor service received. 20% was added automatically to our bill. If I had a choice, the tip would definitely have been less. While the food was good, the experience was ruined by the sour mood of our waiter Gary. Sadly that was my first and last time dining at Motown Bistro.
  32. VS

    VeronicaS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a great place. A diamond in the rough. I didn't prefer what was going on outside however dining inside was a wonderful experience. Top notch service. Very satisfied.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Horrible wait staff!! Sat for 20 minutes before getting our order taken. Food took forever to come out and it was very subpar, especially to be paying that much money for it! My waiter wrote his own tip on my receipt and when I called to talk to the manager the next day she avoided the whole situation and never resolved it!! Vey unprofessional!! I wouldn’t recommend anyone to come here. I’m never coming here again smh
  34. RE

    REGINAH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The greeting was very pleasant our waitress was well mannered and friendly. She also was polite patient and professional. The food was amazing I couldn't decide what I wanted due to all the great selections. I got the waffle and Chicken and ot was delicious. I will be back to try everything else. Thank you for your services
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, service wasn’t, had to wait too long for our server to get our drinks and he didn’t check on us at all without us calling him over. Willie was his name
  36. TV

    TomV

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sherri who took care of us.struck the right balance of professionalism & humor, providing suggestions without being overbearing. The food was better than expected—I’ve never had a shrimp & lobster omelette as savory as this one, and I couldn’t help but steal some of my wife’s catfish & grits. Plus, surrounded by the sights & sounds of Eastern Market on a beautiful day imbued our time there with a dynamism lacking in other restaurants.
  37. M

    Mikayla

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was great! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. They were out of a few things, but our waitress told us upfront, and offered some great alternatives. Would definitely come back. The stuffed salmon was delicious!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers day
  39. AW

    AmberW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Only there twice and each time the food was fresh and scrumptious
  40. CQ

    CandyQ

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The bread seems like rolls out of the bag from the grocery store. The minestrone soup and spinach dip appeared to come from a can of already prepared in bulk. The salmon and shrimp was good, but nothing was excellent. It was okay. Not as good as when I went year or so ago. New cook?

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

The Motown Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 900 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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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–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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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