The Motown Bistro

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454 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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What 454 people are saying
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KajaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a splendid experience. And I'll love to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Service and the oysters were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They had a fixed menu for sweetest day which I was not aware of, only because I seen a particular item that was not available. Additionally, the menu items were combos with seafood which my boyfriend does not eat but they were able to accommodate us in that respect. I will try again on a regular day for a better assessment

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CarmenR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I was thoroughly unhappy with my experience they offered a limited menu it seemed all the food was pre made as it was served cold and the prices were doubled from regular prices this restaurant should have made that know as customers were entering that they were only offering a few menu items I will never patronize this place again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for sweetest day everything was nice and top notch
So the prices were top notch as well they don’t give you a break on anything ended up spending $245 dollars there it was a good meal though and I will return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice and I like the music

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Ambiance, food, staff, everything was beyond amazing! Will visit again!! Motown bistro exceeding my expectations as well as my boyfriends 💕

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Open table said it was a casual restaurant, well it was not. Felt completely under dressed. Our server, Will, was amazing. He ran down all the food and drink specials and didn’t skip a beat. He kept us smiling and entertained. The food was fresh and delicious. The drinks didn’t come out in a timely manner but all in all we had an amazing time. Will be back again. Thank you Motown bistro!

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Boombostic
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience! It was our 31st wedding anniversary and we both we so satisfied. Great server, atmosphere was jazzy and the food was awesome! I will be telling everyone about your place! Thank you ☺️!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Bathroom very dirty . Food was good but wouldn’t go back .

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service is horrible, and slow.

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TamaraR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

The service was terrible, it took literally 20 minutes for our drinks and an hour for our food, then it was not what I ordered. The food wasn’t bad but the service was

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demetriusb
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Limited menu available and long waits. They gave me what they had and not what we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was good . The only complaint was the steak and the technique they use to master the tenderness. After sending it back for a total of three times the steak was delicious. We asked for well done and got three different results until the fine send back. Other than that the atmosphere was good and the server was ok.

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Quinn
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was me and my husband’s first visit to Motown Bistro. I booked for his Birthday Dinner. Overall our experience was great! The staff was professional and friendly and the environment was comfortable and upscale. I do have one complaint however the booth seating is quite uncomfortable. Other than that we will visit again!

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Nita
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything that we ordered was well prepared and delicious every bite was delightful it was a grown dim and intimate setting definitely recommended will be back again

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food & the waiter was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The sides were cold . And there was lack of sides to choose from just 2 to be exact. Peach cobbler to sweet and soupy . Cat fish not completely done

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RayM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our experience at The Motown Bistro was good. The food was good, the music was excellent and our waiter was great. However the women's restroom was not clean.

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RosieS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there and everything was amazing! It's cute and quaint, you have to look carefully for the place, if you driving too fast you might miss it. Our server (Willie) was the best, very friendly, accommodating and he knew what was in everything. I love that! We had a great time, thanks Motown Bistro!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Had reservations & was seated right away. But waited over 20 minutes to get water🤦🏾 then I actually had to ask could we get a waiter(ess). Food came out in a timely manner, I did enjoy my steak! Mashed potatoes not so much. My s/o had the Alfredo pasta, he didn't prefer his. The house salad was really good.

Now!!! All the money they make, they should get their BATHROOM (S) together😐😐 thank god I didn't wear sandals b/c my feet would have been soaked.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My appetizer was great ! Food looked exactly how it taste GREAT!! only thing was my steak was under cooked i asked well done it was rare still bleeding but they took it off my bill . loved the lobster Mac & cheese highly recommended!

JM
vipJamesM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience overall but the reservation was no accommodated. We had to wait over 30min for our table. It was same amount of time and the walk-in customers. So there was no need to make a reservation if I was going to be treated as a walk-in customer.

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kyleO
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a great restaurant and great customer service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Birthday dinner it was ok

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CrystalB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

First I’m start with the drinks.... patron margarita tasted like water literally my dude had a double shot of Hennessy 🤦🏽‍♀️ So much ice it turned clear 😂he also ordered the cowboy steak was small and full of fat the salmon special was decent but the sauce over Powered dish 🤢... However our waiter was great 👍🏻 he was fast & efficient But I don’t think it’s a place I’ll go back to I’ve had better Food from other places

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Drenise
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the great service!! I truly appreciate the server and the manager, they both were very considerate!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Place is a scam! Most expensive thing on the menu was around $35. But they tell you about their “specials” when you sit down, which sound comparable to the things on the menu but fail to mention it costs $90!!!! Stay away!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was top notch!

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TeniciaA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

i really enjoyed my meal. the service was good.
i would go there again

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t let the exterior fool you. Inside you are transported back in time. Our waiter Gary was the best and made great recommendations. The food was great. 5 star service and delicious food. I had the lobster tails, and my friend had a steak. Soup was potato and roasted steak, it had very good flavor. I didn’t touch the salad. Too much other good food to waste room on a salad. Very much enjoyed our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The no refills was surprising but o

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

My card was over charged $40.... the food was amazing and my server Will was too busy trying to get another guest number

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AnthonyW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to have dinner in city hands down no doubt about it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food Average, Service was good. I didn’t like the tip was added to my bill because the serve missed out on a higher tip.

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April
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I did not like the food for the price or the display of the food presentation...nasty food

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LakenyaB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and everyone was nice. I will definitely be back.

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RoniBoo
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere nice music and I had an amazing waiter

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CurtB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything about this restaurant was great..food drinks service and cost..

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None
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food use to be good but the last time I went it was bad

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The Motown Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 454 OpenTable diners.

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