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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Detroit

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Detroit? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (738)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Detroit
About the restaurant
A modern cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Detroit. Standby's beverage program uses innovative techniques to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass while honoring and paying homage to the classics. Standby’s equally dynamic food menu features reimagined bar food from scratch with dishes such as; Coconut Calamari with fermented chili and pineapple marmalade and Thai Pork Skewers with peanut sauce, fried shallot, and pok-pok pickles. Come for the drinks, stay for the food.

James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018. Tales of the Cocktail Regional Top Ten Best American Cocktail Bar - 2020.

Top review
JanetD
Dined 5 days ago
Today was my first day at standby and it was amazing. My waitress is very attentive. The food and cocktails were excellent. I really enjoyed everything. No complaints.
A photo of Johnny's Speakeasy restaurant
4.8
4.8 (425)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Royal Oak
About the restaurant
The most creative Craft cocktail Menu in the Midwest, 669 spirits, Casual and Unique, Haute Cuisine.

We'll be sending out the secret code the afternoon of your reservation, we look forward to seeing you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Very cool place! Food, service and ambiance was great!
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4.7
4.7 (420)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Royal Oak
About the restaurant
Farm to table Bistro, with very creative high end craft cocktails.
Top review
PinaCvip
Dined 3 days ago
A fantastic experience. The food was amazing and the service unparalleled. This was our first time dining there and we were wowed !!
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4.6
4.6 (147)
$30 and under
American
West Bloomfield
About the restaurant
COMFORT FOOD FOR THE MIND AND PALATE
Modern, stylish spot for creative comfort fare, cocktails & wines.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Bar like ambiance , it net our expectations 👍 Will go there again
A photo of The Ebenezer restaurant
4.6
4.6 (312)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Plymouth
About the restaurant
"Exciting Things are on the Horizon -- Coming Soon!"

Top review
DetTigersFan
Dined 6 days ago
The wagyu sliders are genuinely the best I've ever had!
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4.4
4.4 (1015)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Detroit
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Nice place! Have very good coconut shrimp and I will come up here again
A photo of HopCat - Royal Oak restaurant
4.3
4.3 (27)
$30 and under
American
Royal Oak
About the restaurant
HopCat returned to Royal Oak in 2023 at the corner of Main and 4th Street. The expansive space features multiple sidewalk patios and a massive wrap-around bar. We’re just down the street from the Royal Oak Theatre, Oakland Community College, Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre, and the Royal Oak train station.

HopCat was founded on the principles of bringing local craft beer a bit closer to the communities we love. We’re known for our award-wining Cosmik fries, which are beer battered, sprinkled with our signature cracked black pepper seasoning, and served with a side of warm cheese sauce. From burgers to tacos, our menu offers a range of delicious options.

We live the craft lifestyle - beer, cocktails and even craft food made from scratch. With a dedication to local breweries, sustainability and community engagement, HopCat offers craft beer and great food in a vibrant atmosphere for an inclusive, unforgettable experience.

Top review
KrystalK
Dined 7 days ago
I had a great time and will be back soon.. Everything was perfect.
A photo of Alex's Taproom Bistro restaurant
4.2
4.2 (115)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Clarkston
About the restaurant
We serve Mediterranean and American cuisine. We have 101 rotating tap handles with craft beers and sodas. We have 4 bowling lanes, a virtual golf room, and virtual reality games. We also have an amazing patio that is used all year round. Whether you are looking to go out to dinner on a regular day or have a special event, this is the place for you. We serve the best brunch around on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. ALL GAMING RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY CALLING THE RESTAURANT. NO ONLINE GAMING RESERVATIONS WILL BE HONORED.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
Amazing food. We had the Mediterranean nachos and. Burger and both were delicious
A photo of The Morrie Royal Oak restaurant
4.0
4 (32)
$30 and under
American
Royal Oak
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
Great brunch location, I loved having someone playing the guitar during brunch. I wasn’t rushed and the noise level was great for conversation!
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Livonia restaurant
3.7
3.7 (83)
$30 and under
American
Livonia
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Always a fun time but the food was cold and pricey for what you get
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