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The Motown Bistro, Detroit, MI

The Motown Bistro

4.0
4
927 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Dining areas

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 927 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. TW

    TorrenceW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere it’s expensive tho sheesh but I enjoyed my food for sure
  2. T

    Trina

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    The atmosphere was nice, the drinks were great, the food, we got oysters for an appetizer, I was very disappointed. Id go back, bit would not get that particular appetizer.
  3. MD

    MatureDissapointed

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I was celebrating my 50th Birthday…and this experience RUINED it. Let me start out by saying When I made the reservation, Shauntelle was very pleasant and answered all my questions and took away my worries of not knowing an accurate count of how many guest I would have. The night of our reservations, there was no band, a DJ who was EXCELLENT and the ONLY reason the night was not totally ruined. My 8 guest could only order potatoes (that came out cold) and broccoli as our sides. The waiter who served one half of my party was very inexperienced and the other waiter for the other half of my party was rude, mean and short tempered. There was a old array of menu choices, however 2 people ordered surf n’turf, no flavor, lamp chops were tough, steaks were cooked on top and not on the bottom, fish was salty and my stuffed salmon only had spinach in the middle no cheese or anything to bind it together. The kicker for the evening, the person who ordered pasta which was undercooked noodles asked for a to-go and she received a KROGER bag. MOTOWN Bistro I will not return and you ruined my birthday dinner!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Food was undercooked , music too loud and waiter wasn’t the best. I had to yell at my date the whole time, I sent my food back and it still wasn’t done. I’m disappointed honestly I just know not to come back unless invited.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Food was cold
  6. L

    Logan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, definitely will be coming back.
  7. S

    Sharita527

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious and Gary our waiter was very attentive
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great but the prices. Looked at menu on phone. Prices way higher once you're in restaurant.
  9. RS

    RenoSteve

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here and wow what a fantastic meal. There was 4 of us dining and we all had a different meal. Great service also.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!!
  11. T

    Tres

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious, the server was professional and very friendly, and I loved the live music while eating my dinner...
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    I had the shrimp scampi. It was $39.99. The rice was SOAKED in butter. And the shrimp was meh. Not filling for how much we paid. The server was rude to my boyfriend from the jump. Very sassy and to busy for us.
  13. CK

    ChelsieK

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    onestly the worst service ever. I was really looking forward to eating here because of the menu online. We sat at 8 pm and didn’t order food until 835. Our appetizers were very delicious, we ordered the seafood nachos but our main food dishes were all cold. Our salads had one tomato, one very small slice of cucumber and two shreds of cheese, with a lot of wilted spring greens. We ordered medium steaks and they all came well done. When we said they weren’t what we ordered she said we could just have a discounted dish instead of not getting anything. I literally took one bite from my meal and she took it away and gave me a 10% discount. I was really upset because we don’t get date night a lot and we’re so excited. The manager finally came to our table and asked what was wrong and we told her what had happened, that we couldn’t find our server and we’re constantly having to flag down the poor hostess who agreed our steaks were not good or right. She gave us $140 in gift cards as we were getting into our cars, we are never going to use them and don’t even want to give them to anyone we know incase they have the same experience. Very disappointed in the whole night. 😕
  14. BD

    BelindaD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Waiter was very attentive to our party. Food was good with generous portions. Everyone took some home. Nice place.
  15. LB

    LB112

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Will return
  16. TD

    TerenceD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The hostess was fabulous!!!! I would suggest the location to family & friends!!!!
  17. C

    Ceecee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Maybe a bad night but service was slow, server was less than attentive and more focused on trying to be entertaining. Quality of food disappointing especially for the price. I'd heard great things and looked forward to dining there but I will never return.
  18. NA

    NancyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here. It's especially nice to bring out-of-towners who are not familiar with the city. The service has always been attentive and pleasant with staff going out of their way to accommodate us. The menu is distinctive with dishes that are not commonly found - some "classic," some creative, but always well presented. We like the atmosphere that accommodates folks who are more "dressed" as well as those who may be a bit more casual. We like the live music and enjoy that it is likely to meet a range of tastes.
  19. D

    Dessmom

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It was ok but I wouldn’t go back. The waiter was kind of pushy and it came off kind of rude. I love feeling welcomed especially if I’m spending my money. Food was not that good for the price. They didn’t offer anything but water and liquor as drinks. Most of my family wanted a salad but the waiter ranted about the cost of lettuce everytime someone tried to order a salad which was kinda unpleasant. We definitely should’ve just went to Bert’s next door. If you want overpriced drinks and seafood this may be the place for you. Food was 3/10 I literally left my entire plate I had seafood nachos
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Went on a dinner date for my birthday with my boyfriend. The pasta was very runny and had little to no flavor. Our waiter rarely checked in on us and we needed water and a couple other things. Live music was very loud and the overall food left us feeling sick.
  21. LO

    LOUISEG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really great atmosphere with a Motown flair. We enjoyed the live music. Food was good, and the service was excellent.
  22. G

    Greg

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. We were seated in a Stevie Wonder themed booth, a nice touch, along with the pianist playing.
  23. RB

    RitaB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Birthday dinner with my husband
  24. BW

    BethW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They had run out of some items due to a busy brunch but the food we had was all amazing and loved the atmosphere!
  25. JR

    JosephineR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. The staff was friendly and accommodating. It was a relaxed atmosphere.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The waiter sang Happy Birthday to me and he can really sing
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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.
  28. C

    Candi

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a good time celebrating my daughter's birthday!
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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
  32. 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...
  33. ST

    SusanT

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly employees, food was spectacular, eclectic wine list. Definitely going back.
  34. 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!
  35. 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
  36. 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!
  37. SM

    SMSRO

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Waiter was very good. Food was good but overpriced. Enjoyed the entertainment. Booth seats are uncomfortable.
  38. 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.
  39. KS

    KarenS

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great

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The Motown Bistro is rated 4 stars by 927 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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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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