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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.7
4.7
813 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.

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Booked 43 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Roasted Eggplant Toast$14.00

    roasted pepper, gjizë, herbs

    • Roasted Olives$9.00

      mustard seed, fresno chili, orange zest

      • Open Faced Spinach Pie$16.00

        feta, leeks, lemon

        • Rhode Island Day Boat Calamari$16.00

          fennel marinara, lemon

          • Seared Octopus$19.00

            olive and celery relish, white bean puree

            • Pulled Lamb Shoulder$18.00

              brown butter hummus, pomegranate reduction

              • Seared Manouri Cheese$16.00

                figs, onion marmalade, mustard seed, thyme

                Salad

                • Citrus Salad$14.00

                  romaine heart, pine nuts, coriander vinaigrette

                  • Arugula Salad$14.00

                    gorgonzola dolce, pomegranate, sesame crunch

                    • Village Salad$12.00

                      cucumber, peppers, tomato, olives, herbs, feta

                      • Mixed Greens Salad$12.00

                        tomato, cucumber, green onion, radish

                        Entrees

                        • Roasted Maitake Mushroom$21.00

                          beet salata, walnut, watercress

                          • Branzino$39.00

                            tehina glazed asparagus, gremolata, lemon

                            • Sable Fish$45.00

                              ajvar marinated, uni orzo, local fennel and radish

                              • Lamb Heart and Mushroom Ragu$39.00

                                hand rolled pici pasta, parmigiano reggiano

                                • Caledonian Blue Prawns$42.00

                                  chili and herb marinated, quick cured cucumber, coriander yogurt, turkish chili crisp

                                  • Amish Chicken Breast$21.00

                                    vegetable freekeh, swiss chard, avgolemono sauce

                                    • Creekstone Filet Mignon$59.00

                                      mushroom conserva, olive oil whipped potato, heirloom carrots, braised pearl onion

                                      • Double Cut Lamb Chops$59.00

                                        roasted red pepper yogurt, herbs, cucumber, celery, peppers, vermouth vinegar

                                        Sides

                                        • Butternut Squash$12.00

                                          saba, pepitas, basil

                                          • Spinach Heads$14.00

                                            turkish chili crisp, parmigiano reggiano

                                            • Fries$12.00

                                              rosemary aioli

                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                              What 813 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.7
                                              4.7 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.7Food
                                              • 4.8Service
                                              • 4.8Ambience
                                              • 4.4Value

                                              NoiseModerate

                                              Loved For

                                              • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

                                                American

                                              • Detroit

                                                Best Ambiance

                                              • Detroit

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                                              • Detroit

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                                              1. MF

                                                MargoF

                                                Detroit

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Every dish was so flavorful and plentiful. Loved the focaccia . . .TDF!

                                              2. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                40 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                40 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our meal and service was fantastic. Our server really tried to make our stay special.

                                              3. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything at Besa, from the food to the service, was impeccable. The lamb shoulder appetizer was the highlight of the evening, and we were so impressed by how accommodating and personalized the whole experience was.

                                              4. F

                                                Feedeezy

                                                Grand Rapids

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Ava our sever was absolutely fantastic. The food was terrific but she made in even better overall experience.

                                              5. MH

                                                MikeH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                great food, attentive service, knowledgable staff, great experience

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                It was a fantastic experience and the server was excellent.

                                              7. AS

                                                AnthonyS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The entire experience surpassed my expectations. EVERYTHING was delicious! And if you are able to, request "G" as your server! And if you really want to have fun, tell them to "drive!" You won't be disappointed!

                                              8. TF

                                                TwyletF

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very nice food was delicious

                                              9. m

                                                mike

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Took my Wife, Mother and Daughter here for Mother's Day brunch. I like the environment and layout of the place. The food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed there food. Our waitress ( Eva ) was very helpful. She was knowledgeable of everything on the menu. The customer service from the staff was A1.

                                              10. g

                                                gabby

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Mother’s Day brunch was amazing. Everyone was extremely happy with their meals and drinks. Our server was super friendly, patient and answered all of our questions. We will back soon.

                                              11. DW

                                                DarrellW

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                One of Detroit's best restaurants. I will definitely be returning.

                                              12. ER

                                                EsterR

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had brunch at Besa for Mothers Day and the food was excellent, very flavorful. The restaurant is beautifully decorated. The staff was friendly. Now I have to come back for dinner!

                                              13. LD

                                                LaurelD

                                                Detroit

                                                13 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Stellar food, superior service, start to finish perfection. Will def return

                                              14. CP

                                                ChristinaP

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our dinner was delicious and the ambience was romantic! Will definitely return for date night.

                                              15. HS

                                                HannaS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                I had a small bday celebration at BESA. I loved the experience and i would recommend my friends this place.

                                              16. ML

                                                MarianaLulgjuraj

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was amazing and service was excellent. I cant wait to go back.

                                              17. EA

                                                EveA

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                Food and service were super lovely. Portion sizes a bit small for the price. However the ambiance and overall experience made it a wonderful night!!

                                              18. KB

                                                KristinaB

                                                New York Area

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience1

                                                It was my favorite style of food and ambiance

                                              19. SS

                                                ShawnS

                                                Detroit

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Awesome restaurant with amazing food. One of the best in the city that’s for sure. Great appetizers however they are small and made for 1-2 people, keep that in mind when ordering.

                                              20. m

                                                marcc

                                                Detroit

                                                52 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                52 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We haven’t been since 2019 but this place remains an island of sophistication, hospitality, and fine and creative cuisine in downtown Detroit. Our waiter (G) did a great job and one of the owners came by our table to talk about our wine selection. A special occasion restaurant. The only negative is that the plexiglass barriers put up for COVID serve to amplify the ambient noise in the booths. Open tables by the window might be better/ quieter?

                                              21. d

                                                davida

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                Service from Ray could not have been better! She is wonderful and patient.

                                              22. S

                                                Sarah

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                Food portions were quite small for the high prices and our main entrees came out about an hour after ordering. The ambience was very strange, the restaurant is located on the corner of two streets and you could see people looking at you directly into the restaurant which was very off putting for a fancier restaurant.

                                              23. F

                                                Foodman

                                                Detroit

                                                26 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                26 reviews

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall2food5service5ambience5

                                                Strange Strange Evening We were a little late for our reservation and Besa called us. I explained to the hostess we are just around the corner and will be there in 5 min or less. She said not a problem. We arrived at the restaurant and were told our table was released to another party and our only option was to sit at the bar. We complied and had a wonderful meal and service. BUT While eating we noticed several empty tables. The tables sat empty for 90 plus minutes. Paying a little of $250 for dinner and drinks and being told our table is gone was upsetting. Besa will not be on the top of the list for the next outing.

                                              24. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Just a good spot overall

                                              25. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Excellent lamb shoulder. The atmosphere was energetic plus our waiter Alex was wonderful. The Cod fish was ok.

                                              26. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our waitress was PHENOMENAL from beginning to end. We had a GREAT birthday celebration and we will be back.

                                              27. TC

                                                TheblckbookClubFoodies

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                10 out of 10 highly recommended. My waiter was awesome. The porch swing was amazing! I got the steak cooked to perfection ! Wish I had got desert !

                                              28. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Our server was outstanding. He was able to provide information related to gluten-free options on the menu and the food was delicious.

                                              29. SS

                                                SarahS

                                                Detroit

                                                10 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Awesome, Awesome, Awesome We love going to Besa food & drinks always great! Service phenomenal.

                                              30. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Absolutely sublime dining experience. Recommended with enthusiasm.

                                              31. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great experience! The service was great and the food was too. Nothing bad to say would definitely recommend for a date night.

                                              32. L

                                                Lesh

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                Our waitress Gi was the absolute best! She made us feel so welcomed and didn’t let me lift a finger to even change forks or put my napkin in my lap. She was present, but not TOO present, and very helpful. The food was delicious, cooked perfectly, and present well. The drinks were high quality too (not like a chili’s drink, and not watered down or overly sugary). 10/10

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Rae was our waitress. She gave amazing energy and menu options that she highly recommended. All of the staff were so nice and friendly. And the lamb shoulder and lamb chops with spinach were perfection. Will be a regular rotation on my date night list.

                                              34. C

                                                Cindy

                                                Chicago

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Had a lovely time with friends. Shawn was an amazing animated server who described dishes in a sexy style. Food was unique and perfectly prepared. Cocktails were good and wine decently priced.

                                              35. DG

                                                DavidG

                                                Detroit

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was amazing and our service from Eva was outstanding!

                                              36. AR

                                                AndrewR

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was very good and the service was great, the restaurant looks beautiful.

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything was amazing and we had the best service

                                              38. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                19 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                Nice setting, good vibes. Not much options for food, small portions, had better expectations. Half an hour to find a parking spot.

                                              39. LM

                                                LashanettM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Went there for my birthday and it was the best choice to celebrate in style and with comfort. Drinks are worth it. Also very affordable. Dont be intimidated by the menu and/or the look of the place. Just book it and enjoy!

                                              40. CM

                                                ChristinaM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing service, amazing food! Staff was the best!! Great atmosphere!!

                                              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 4.7 stars by 813 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                              Booked 43 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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