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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.8
4.8
952 Reviews
$30 and under
American
"A Taste of the Adriatic Experience"

Imagine a light breeze overpassing the Adriatic Sea coupled with fresh mediterranean vegetables, olive trees, citrus, grains and various cheeses. Our restaurant experience will fulfill this by bringing you closer by each bite of our authentic dishes.

Come join us to get a taste of the Adriatic experience.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 315-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nick Geftos

  • Catering

    For more information regarding catering please visit https://www.besadetroit.com/catering

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a variety of options with regard to private events. We designed and built our restaurant to be able to offer multiple experiences within the same space. We have a's Table for 15 that offer an amazing experience private experience. We can do events for up to 40 people in our lounge which is separated from our upper floor dining. We can do a more casual event of up to 30 people in our bar area with high tables and the bar. We can also do events for up to 250 people that would include a variety of different experiences throughout the restaurant; high tables, bar area, raw bar, lounge and private room, all in one. Truly unique experience unlike any other place in Detroit. Location, flexibility, attention to detail and overall philosophy of putting our guest ahead of everything makes for one of a kind experience at BESA.

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    North West corner of Woodward & E Congress

  • Parking details

    Parking available on the street, parking structures on Congress . BESA offers two hour free parking validation at One Detroit parking garage.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 952 people are saying

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4.8
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. B

    Blade

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice environment. Manager was very professional food was good.
  2. GL

    GaryL

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!! Ambience was very nice. Server was friendly and efficient. Menu was diverse and creative. Presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. Certainly not inexpensive, but a fine dining experience!!
  3. f

    fulviol

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We go there frequently and usually have a great experience. The waitress was not good or attending. Had to ask multiple times for things, food was serviced cold.
  4. MH

    MichelleH

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went during happy hour which is 4-6:30pm, weren’t sure if there would be open seats at the bar after 4:30, but there were plenty, we got served right away our drinks and several appetizers, a salad and an entree. Without requesting, they served the salad and the entree on 2 plates for us to share more easily. The complimentary bread with oil & vinegar was delicious too. I think during happy hour the prices are very fair for the quality of the food, otherwise may be bummed that the portions are small for the price, especially the calamari appetizer, just ~8 little rings, could have been more generous, but it was delicious like everything else! Would return during happy hour again!
  5. R

    Rebeccad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was FANTASTIC! She was personable, and made my boyfriend's birthday the best. We loved the entire experience!
  6. A

    Andytree

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 33rd anniversary at Besa Detroit last night, and it we had a wonderful meal. Our waiter, Daniel, was knowledgeable and personable, and service was prompt and professional. For appetizers, we had the calamari and open-faced spinach pie, which were both superb. We got the filet and lamb chops for our entrees, and both were cooked perfectly, and presented beautifully. The hazelnut frappe dessert was decadent and delicious. As Daniel described it, it was like a Ferrero Rochet ice cream sandwich (only better)! Props to the manager, who was an active presence throughout the restaurant, keeping things running like a well-oiled clock. We highly recommend!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally obsessed with Besa and the Lamb Shoulder is EVERYTHING! Amazing every time !
  8. B

    Bestdadsince2008

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our reservations were planned for 4, knowing it would be empty before it started we finished our dinner date. Perfect timing. We loved it,
  9. SL

    SarahL

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good but prices slightly high for what we had. Service was absolutely wonderful.
  10. L

    Lfks

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maitake mushrooms were divine. Crispy and delicious. I have been wanting to try them for a while but this was my first opportunity. Also enjoyed the spinach/ feta/ lemon flat bread. Light and flaky crust with delicious mixture on top. I’m vegan/veg so these were two of the options that were available. There were several things on the menu that I could have tried. My companion had the chicken. She didn’t like the veggie style rice but said the chicken was quite good. At 87 yo, she doesn’t often like everything on her plate!
  11. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the lamb shoulder 😍 butternut squash fritters were Awesome!!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hospitality was phenomenal and the food was amazing!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was outstanding. The filet was on point! Great wine list.
  14. KQ

    KishaQ

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! At first, we thought the menu was unimpressive, but once we took the time to read the descriptions, it became more interesting. We had calamari and seared manouri cheese. The calamari melts like butter while at the same time being lightly fried. The manouri cheese was creamy and flavorful without being salty. We were too full for a main entree and instead opted for dessert. The Trilcece is their take on a tres leches cake, and it is by and far the best I've ever had. Everything was delicious, and we'll be back!
  15. KH

    KathyH

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. I am from out of town and found this place on open table. Took clients who are local and we truly enjoyed our experience. Would definitely come here again and recommend to others. .
  16. MP

    MarcelloP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic from front to back. Had Alex as my server for the 3rd time. Definitely worth requesting by name. Food was everything you want and more.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice first time dining. All staff members were very nice & personable. Our waiter was very accommodating and professional. Will be returning:)
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No words, just wow. Our waiter Daniel was the absolute best. The pulled lamb shoulder…out of this world. Filet and lamb heart ragu did not disappoint and the green beans were a surprise favorite of the night 15/10. Drinks were also amazing.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A beautiful restaurant. Great food. The service could have been a tad better but I’m a bit picky. A good value as well. Would go back for sure.
  20. K

    Kiki

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!! Everything was really delicious! Matthew, our server was wonderful and was knowledgeable about the menu. Also gave a great wine recommendation. Loved the pulled lamb shoulder appetizer, a must try! The restaurant is beautiful. We will definitely return!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was some of the best I’ve had in Detroit, not to mention the service! Incredible place we will be back!
  22. L

    Laurel

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and service. love it would highly recommend
  23. J

    Jorge

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in Detroit. Services is always great, food is good and drinks are tasty. Great wine selection and they also have a phenomenal Happy Hour. Kara, Danielle and Alex are amazing!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious menu. Can’t wait to go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great knowledgeable server with good wine recommendations. Staff was friendly, the manager and owner where on the floor!!
  26. M

    Mia12

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and delicious food! The food was very flavorful.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning. I enjoyed every aspect so very much. Delicious
  28. DD

    DDYoung

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The managing partner, Gerti, is amazing!!! I highly recommend this restaurant for all of your donning needs, including special occasions and private events. Food is always delicious and the experience is second none. Dr. Y
  29. VB

    VitoB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and milieu. Definitely one of the best spots in downtown Detroit!
  30. t

    table42

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Party of 7; celebrating a 60th birthday. Service was great. Food was, for the most part, very good with some minor hiccups on a couple of appetizers and one entre (the chicken dish which was mediocre).
  31. KT

    KathleneT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took Mom out for her bucket list. We are drooling over the food especially the Lamb Shoulder and Amish Chicken. Mia took care of us too. As well as the hostess who helped my Mom get in with her wheel chair. Thank you!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and nice ambience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Was a little slow waiting for our main courses, but not a big deal. Would definitely go back!!
  34. RA

    RobertA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I made a last-minute reservation on a Saturday night, and they were able to accommodate me. The ambiance was nice, and even our street-side table was quiet. The filet I had was delicious and cooked to perfection.
  35. N

    Nyris

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for night out in downtown Detroit. Great wine list.
  36. DG

    DavidG

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing as usual. We’ve been here many times.
  37. N

    Notafoodie

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal and service was exceptional! But be aware, it was very loud. Hard to hear each other.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  39. KD

    KaraD

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They always go above and beyond to make the dining experience fabulous. Ani and Jenn were amazing entertainment in the bar area as well.
  40. RT

    RuthieT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are absolutely outstanding. Highly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

BESA Detroit offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 315-3000.

BESA Detroit is rated 4.8 stars by 952 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for BESA Detroit

600 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North West corner of Woodward & E Congress

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking available on the street, parking structures on Congress . BESA offers two hour free parking validation at One Detroit parking garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nick Geftos

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 315-3000

  • Catering

    For more information regarding catering please visit https://www.besadetroit.com/catering

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a variety of options with regard to private events. We designed and built our restaurant to be able to offer multiple experiences within the same space. We have a's Table for 15 that offer an amazing experience private experience. We can do events for up to 40 people in our lounge which is separated from our upper floor dining. We can do a more casual event of up to 30 people in our bar area with high tables and the bar. We can also do events for up to 250 people that would include a variety of different experiences throughout the restaurant; high tables, bar area, raw bar, lounge and private room, all in one. Truly unique experience unlike any other place in Detroit. Location, flexibility, attention to detail and overall philosophy of putting our guest ahead of everything makes for one of a kind experience at BESA.

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