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BESA Detroit, Detroit, MI

BESA Detroit

4.7
4.7
845 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 35 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 845 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit

    American

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  1. BP

    BryanP

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal! The drinks were great as well as the service. We go the pulled lamb, prawns, sable fish, lamb ragu, citrus salad, arugula salad, & two desserts! We were in town visiting detriot for work and lets just say if we ever come back this restaurant will be on our must eat list!

  2. JP

    JustPassingThrough

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    BESA made for a great place to celebrate our anniversary—brilliant food, service, and atmosphere.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a great meal with a fabulous waitress

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing from start to end. The service was great and the staff were welcoming. The food was delivered to our table in a timely fashion and everything was delicious.

  5. SS

    SarahS

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Daniel was Awesome!!! Just a delight & a great server!! Ty

  6. E

    Elliott

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    5th wedding anniversary. They treated us like royalty!

  7. AF

    AnneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We look forward to returning. Food was excellent, lamb chops, ragu, calamari, olives, Bronzino, filet pulled lamb shoulder, wine, cocktails, all 3 desserts! I could go on but it was phenomenal and our server Shawn was a delight and true professional. Can't wait to go again.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Daniel our as excellent !

  9. LM

    LeeM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent time in Detroit

  10. l

    live2eat

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first visit and we were extremely pleased with everything on the menu. The focaccia was some of the best I’ve had. The Open faced spinach pie was a delicious new take on an original - and the service was exceptional

  11. n

    nikkid

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been to Besa before and had a very good experience, last night was GREAT. Our server G was the best. No complaints everything was great!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was excellent very good recommendations by the waiter and she was very funny kept the table entertained. Definitely recommend it if your looking to try something new in downtown.

  13. JG

    JtheGourmet

    New England

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Go for the food and the very interesting selection of wine. Decor is ok, noise level is not helped by thumping background music, but the point is the small yet excellent menu where no dish will disappoint and most will be memorable. It is not inexpensive but it is certainly worth the price. Not likely to be a better restaurant in this neighborhood.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was really good. I loved the ambiance of the place, will definitely go back!

  15. AL

    AngelaL

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server and the food were absolutely top notch. The noiselevel is just right – enough to let you know it is a bustling place, but easy to have a conversation and to hear what the server is saying.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fuad was amazing! Such a well spoken staff, and made sure our experience was perfect. The food was delicious, and the ambiance totally topped everything off. One of my favorites in the city, will definitely be returning.

  17. m

    mihaela

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner and service wete great Our server, Rey, made excellent recommendations and was able to describe the dishes perfectly. Would definitely come back! .

  18. g

    gastro2

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was beautifully presented and very delicious! The service was attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu, preparation, and great wine pairings. Kudos to the BESA Team!

  19. KV

    KimV

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I always dine here when in town from Los Angeles. Usually perfect. Tonight, disappointed. Daniel, is superb. Did not get him tonight. He would have made sure everything was perfect! Olive and cheese appetizer were great. Downhill from there. Main courses came cold. I asked to re-heat. Still cold. Frustrating, just ate a couple of bites. No dessert. I don’t order unless the rest of the dinner is good. Won’t return.

  20. w

    wineygolfer

    Detroit

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food, great service, nice atmosphere, parking fee is covered.

  21. C

    Critic2016

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food. One of the best tres leches cakes we ever had! Service excellent as well.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Positively sublime in every way. The restaurant is aesthetically beautiful, and every person who assisted us, particularly our wonderful server G, were kind and highly attentive. And the food, oh the food! We loved everything, but the lamb shoulder with the brown butter hummus really stood out. The very best appetizer available anywhere in Detroit. Yes, it is that good. We will definitely be back.

  23. B

    Bcalhoun2dine

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and always an amazing meal. The lamb shoulder appetizer is perfect every time we’ve been there. The prawns are incredible - perfectly cooked and seasoned!! Music in main dining room can be loud - sat in bar for this dinner and it was actually softer there than in main room!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and cocktails, the lamb shoulder app is killer

  25. FD

    FDeM

    Houston

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was excellent! Music a little loud I would certainly recommend

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fantastic. The ambience was amazing. The staff was outstanding

  27. c

    cindyk

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Ray our server was awesome and food was great beautiful restaurant

  28. NA

    NestorA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an awesome place for my wife and i to have dinner. We really enjoyed the service and view. Very clean and we where sat right away in our tables, will return.

  29. TK

    TKB22

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Will return for another special event.

  30. TG

    TammelaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Overall wonderful experience. Great ambiance. Felt chic and exclusive. Will go back and recommend to others

  31. GS

    GSchef007

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This my second visit to BESA and I enjoyed every minute of our experience, the food is interesting , well presented and delicious. Samantha was our server, we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday and Samantha made it a special night. Professional, personable and knowledgeable , Samantha is all that. Needless to say we will be back.

  32. CH

    CharlesH

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    BESA was way too loud with the music in the bar that cascaded throughout the entire restaurant. Our server Shawn and the restaurant manager were great. Food was fine. Octopus was a bit over done.

  33. MF

    MargoF

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.

  36. F

    Feedeezy

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  37. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    great food, attentive service, knowledgable staff, great experience

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. TF

    TwyletF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice food was delicious

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 845 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 35 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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