The Standard Bistro & Larder

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138 reviews
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French
Celebrating the diversity of French cuisine set in Art Deco Paris alongside a full-service Larder representing the height of old-world butchery.
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Detroit
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Bar and bartenders were awesome- food was ok, not great, and the food prices were way too high for the quality.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day ❤️

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LN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable special dinner. Pricey, but appropriate for the level of quality and service. Our server was gracious and knowledgeable. Good wine list, a varied menu, and in each dish the flavors were fresh and nicely balanced. Some of the best creme brulee I've ever had. And the sound level low enough that we didn't have to strain to hold a conversation -- a very much appreciated rarity in this era of "lively spaces."

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FD
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place. It is perfect for dinner and in the winter it is perfect for a Sunday brunch. Our only problem this last time was the blowing cold air from the vents. Why would you want to freeze your guests on a wintery day?

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MM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food with a French twist. The service was impeccable. Will definitely be coming back.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered small plates and soup. Outstanding food. Lobster Bisque was amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

It was fine they took a very long time to seat us despite having reservations and being a little early. as for the food, the first plates far outrank the second plates and the service was ok - but the dessert was amazing!! Our server was better when he wasn’t too busy working the bar and waiting. The lemon lavender tart is a must!

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WR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the steak frites - it was delicious. Good atmosphere. Service was excellent.

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KW
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH BOTH MANAGER AND SERVER....WILL GO BACK AGAIN FOR SURE!!

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Cocktails, food, and service were excellent. We sat at a high top that was located a few feet across from the retail meat counter. Not the ambiance we were expecting. We would go back.

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JF
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good menu, good drinks, great service, and you have the bonus of "The Larder", a small shop that sells heirloom meats and some sides. We come here for the provisions as often as we do to dine.

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JM
Detroit
47 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice happy hour appetizers with a server who was attentive to make sure our order was in on time. Entrees were delicately seasoned. One was bass with the patron expecting Chilean Sea bass which has a totally different texture. Maybe servers could warn those ordering that this type of bass is a solid not flakey fish.

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LL
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. A real plus is being able to pick up a fresh baguette on the way out, and some goodies for dinner.

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f
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The savory dishes we ordered were well prepared and delicious. However, the dessert, Tart Tatin was disappointing. Was really looking forward to nice caramelized apples complemented by the ice cream and caramel sauce. Unfortunately, the apples were not even close to being caramelized - and were just mushy and not even warm. The crust underneath was good. The ice cream and caramel sauce were the best part of the dish. My husband ordered the Pot de Creme. It was excellent - although the chocolate was a bit bitter to the taste.

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T
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Server Traci is great!!

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was fantastic. Their knowledge of the food and the wine list was vastly superior to most restaurants in A2. I had sole with brown butter sauce but the sauce seemed to be missing both from my plate and from the fish. I had carpaccio which was too salty possible due to the cheese or not washing the capers prior to use.

Overall a pleasant evening mostly due to our server.

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KM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was a complete disappointment. Shredded Kale just tasted like vinegar. Squash had
not even a hint of any kind of seasoning. But the biggest problem was the rib eye steak.
Only about 5/8 of an inch thick, the “pink” center was about 1/16 thick. The “eye” portion
of the strange shaped slab was about 4 ounces of meat. The only saving grace to the meal was
that the portions were small.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Booked this table over a month in advance. We were crammed in a corner making it difficult for the served to do her job and for us to get in and out to use the restroom. Some of the meals were not cooked per request. I expected better based on my previous visits which is why I had invited our friends to join us.

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ID
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried this spot for the first time for last night’s dinner. Great experience! Good food and wine accompanied by excellent service in a pleasant setting. We’ll go again.

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GC
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to decide which is better, the food or the service.

The owner and manager both overhead us inquiring about brunch and proceeded to give us a card for free cronuts.

The meal was not rushed, but our server was always attentive and helpful with menu insights.

The yellowtail snapper was quite good, and the middle appetizer even better.

We skipped dessert this time due to restraint, but the pot of creme chocolate dessert is worth going there just for that.

In short, you really can’t go wrong with dining here, unless you just don’t like French food, but even then you’re bound to find something on the menu that you would like.

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We loved our server and the environment however, the portion size versus the dollar value was not worth it. The steak plate had 5 small medallions and was 37 dollars. The chicken dish had absolutely no noodles and a small piece of chicken for 27 dollars.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall just an incredible time. Food was delicious and filling. Unpretentious but pleasing to the eye. Service was excellent and I still dream of the lavender tart.

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JG
London
27 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The fish dishes were not outstanding - the sole was "mushy" and the bouilliabaise was over cooked. For the price, I would not give it another try.

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the presentations and smaller portions!!! Perfect! Our server was delightful!

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FD
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were there for the Tunisian dinner. The appetiser was very good. The salad was way way over dressed. Seems like an upscale restaurant should know how to do that!!! For the main course, the lamb was good. But the fish was so so at best. But then, Standard Bistro fish dishes have always been so so at best and tend to be overcooked. For the chocolate desert, the bottom (nuts?) layer was good but you almost have to use a hammer to break it up. For a special dinner, an offer of expresso option at the end would be pleasant. Instead, the water downed "coffee" was not pleasant.

With all of Alex's previous association with Zing and also the name bistro, you would think they should know how to make baguette by now. But they have not improved on that since they opened. It's really a shame.

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LM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My sister and I took advantage of the steak frites two-for-one special. A great promotion and deal. The beef was well prepared, to temperature, with a tasty cognac-pepper sauce. The salt on the frites was a bit heavy handed. Jardiniere salad, with al dente vegetables in a vinaigrette dressing, was quite nice. The desserts we had weren't top notch. I had a lavender lemon tart, but it didn't seem fresh. The tart shell looked prefab, and was dense and sodden; the meringue was gummy, and the custard was muddled in its flavors. My sister's crème brulee was better, but the custard was eggy and not quite smooth in texture. The service was excellent and attentive. We will go again, but may skip dessert.

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SY
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant and we loved it. They had continued the restaurant week menu so we had that. The food was excellent with reasonably sized portions and the choices were nice and varied. I had the sole meunière which was delicious. The restaurant is modern looking and clean with real tablecloths and flowers on the tables. The staff are knowledgeable, attentive and friendly and we will definitely be going back!

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NP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selections and the preparation of the food was excellent. The bartender Michael made me a special drink to my specifications and it was perfect!

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ES
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Vegetarian entree served lukewarm, not hot, twice. They did replace my meal with a new entree to take home. Disappointed...

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GH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. So was atmosphere. My only complaint is the portions were pretty small for the price.

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RW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef brought samples to the table and talked with us; the waitress was delightfully - very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and interesting - very European. Can't talk about the alcohol because we did not partake (I needed to drive home through the snow) but it looked interesting - the bar was well stocked.

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OT
Toledo
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice service and good food. We tried the restaurant week’s menu and thought it was well priced.

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GC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The french onion soup was cold and the Beef Bourguignon didn't have more than 3 small pieces of meat in it. Prices were much too high for the quantity / quality of food they were serving.

Our server was outstanding. He was the highlight of the meal.

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I
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week experience extraordinaire! Loved the wine pairings with food selections and expert advice from James!

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'd been wanting to try this place for a while, but most of our favorite restaurants are in downtown Ann Arbor so I was skeptical about its location way out on Jackson Road near Lowe's. Its cool, simple, calming decor won me over, though, before we'd taken a bite. Our server, Bob, was great -- attentive and friendly without being intrusive -- and we loved the food. Our favorite dishes were the first course of almost crunchy glass noodles with a very light, refreshing lime, coconut, and sesame dressing as well as our dessert of chocolate pot de creme with bits of candied orange zest. Their larder is impressive, too. We'll be back!

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 couples came with us to a Restaurant Week lunch. Restaurant Week allowed us to try out a variety of luncheon offerings and share our opinions. We viewed this french cuisine as our big meal of the day; the offerings were not super-sized but were ample, considering how satisfying they were. Some of us had to take part of our meals home. We all want to return for dinner sometime. The service was excellent, as was the atmosphere. Good job! The Standard provided an A+ dining experience.

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LK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is fresh with wonderful flavors in sauces and dressings. Wait staff were very accommodating including offering samples of two wines, before deciding which GLASS of wine to select.

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WZ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited during restaurant week. Everything we tried was delicious. We got the wine pairings that were offered with the restaurant week menu and they were expertly matched to the food we ordered. The service was outstanding. We will definitely return!

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