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The Motown Bistro, Detroit, MI

The Motown Bistro

3.7
3.7
873 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
WELCOME TO THE MOTOWN BISTRO OYSTER BAR, LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL EASTERN MARKET OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN, AND MINUTES AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT. THE MOTOWN BISTRO IS WHERE GREAT FOOD, MUSIC, AND SERVICE ALL MEET TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE, ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE. WHILE ENJOYING AN ARRAY OF CULINARY MASTERPIECES, IMPECCABLE SERVICE IS OUR GUARANTEE. WE STRIVE ONLY FOR THE BEST.

Live music nightly at 7pm!

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 567-2811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Division

  • Parking details

    Street and public parking available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 873 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit

    Hot Spot

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  1. RP

    RekkoP

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was...OMG so, so good. We got to eat outside, the weather was great. The business next door was celebrating a wedding anniversary, and they had a DJ. The music was awesome, and set the mood for great conversation. The server was good, he started out with a great personality, but when he brought us our bill we told him we needed it split and he seemed to have a issue with that. Not to mention he forgot our appetizer and we never said anything. It was great to be honest, all the food that came.
  2. RR

    RedRob

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The waiter/ bartender was amazing! However they automatically charge gratuity. We only had two people. I’d definitely go back!
  3. TB

    TamB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for date night <
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Our reservations were for 1pm. After a short wait, we were seated. Our waiter Gary brought us water and then disappeared. When he came back he was very rude. He interrupted our conversation by saying “let’s get this going” as an indication that he was ready for our order. We had questions regarding the menu which he answered very rudely. I ordered the Motown classic, he left the table without allowing me to choose between grits and potatoes. He stated this was no choice only potatoes. The menu clearly stated something different. After a wait our food came, but my meal was missing toast. I was told that toast wasn’t included, again different from what the menu indicated. This is only one example of the poor service received. 20% was added automatically to our bill. If I had a choice, the tip would definitely have been less. While the food was good, the experience was ruined by the sour mood of our waiter Gary. Sadly that was my first and last time dining at Motown Bistro.
  5. VS

    VeronicaS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a great place. A diamond in the rough. I didn't prefer what was going on outside however dining inside was a wonderful experience. Top notch service. Very satisfied.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Horrible wait staff!! Sat for 20 minutes before getting our order taken. Food took forever to come out and it was very subpar, especially to be paying that much money for it! My waiter wrote his own tip on my receipt and when I called to talk to the manager the next day she avoided the whole situation and never resolved it!! Vey unprofessional!! I wouldn’t recommend anyone to come here. I’m never coming here again smh
  7. RE

    REGINAH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The greeting was very pleasant our waitress was well mannered and friendly. She also was polite patient and professional. The food was amazing I couldn't decide what I wanted due to all the great selections. I got the waffle and Chicken and ot was delicious. I will be back to try everything else. Thank you for your services
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, service wasn’t, had to wait too long for our server to get our drinks and he didn’t check on us at all without us calling him over. Willie was his name
  9. TV

    TomV

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sherri who took care of us.struck the right balance of professionalism & humor, providing suggestions without being overbearing. The food was better than expected—I’ve never had a shrimp & lobster omelette as savory as this one, and I couldn’t help but steal some of my wife’s catfish & grits. Plus, surrounded by the sights & sounds of Eastern Market on a beautiful day imbued our time there with a dynamism lacking in other restaurants.
  10. M

    Mikayla

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was great! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. They were out of a few things, but our waitress told us upfront, and offered some great alternatives. Would definitely come back. The stuffed salmon was delicious!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers day
  12. AW

    AmberW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Only there twice and each time the food was fresh and scrumptious
  13. CQ

    CandyQ

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The bread seems like rolls out of the bag from the grocery store. The minestrone soup and spinach dip appeared to come from a can of already prepared in bulk. The salmon and shrimp was good, but nothing was excellent. It was okay. Not as good as when I went year or so ago. New cook?
  14. MR

    MccantsR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My 3 girlfriends and I have a wonderful late lunch/ early dinner. Staff -excellent!! Several stopped by our table to say hello and one gentleman even “crooned” for us! Food was plentiful and delicious! Drinks were on point! Would go again!
  15. AP

    AngelaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ambience was soothing and the Food was great. This is one of numerous visits.
  16. SJ

    SedrickJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything was good except the booth we sat at in the middle of the restaurant. It was much too low for the table and the cushion in extremely worn. Simple fix with reulpostery
  17. EA

    EugeneA

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    The waiter never told us about the outdoor seating which looked much more comfortable then the small booth they put us in, the decor was lovely and the piano player was quiet entertaining.... the extended wait on seafood wasn't in there favor although it was very well prepared and quite tasty. The 18% gratuity I was good with, even though the waiter made it an even 20 without a conversation - might order takeout, but never dine in again
  18. CS

    CarlosS

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Everything was great except the cleanliness of the bathrooms which made of question everything, as we did not want to eat anything. They were beyond dirty and nasty.
  19. TJ

    TJoh

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation. Confirmed the reservation for 12:30 over the phone with staff. Arrive at restaurant and told they’re closed and opening at 3.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The price was outrageous, the food was cold, there was no lobster as advertised, the steaks were all cooked and well done, and they add your gratuity before you even get to a table.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Paid $75 a person for A buffet style dinner which looked and tasted like it was sitting out for 10 hours and paid for crab legs that weren’t even warm. They were ice cold had to send back they put them in the steamer and brought back with slimy stuff all over them. Do not recommend ever. I will not be back
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked online for Mother’s Day no where said a buffet. I get there and it’s $94 per person for buffet. The lady at the party giving out tickets was very rude. Told us no one knew and we could cancel. The buffet plates were all dirty. The food was mediocre or cold. The most horrible experience. The prices were crazy. The $94 didn’t include a drink not even a soda. If you order a drink it’s 20% gratuity added to that as well. The buffet wasn’t buffet you had to give your ticket to servers when you go down the line. I’m all for supporting black business but I will not be back.
  23. TG

    TakiyahG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible place the owner is very disrespectful... Basically robbed me for 200 dollars ... And the food was horrible and cold . She wouldn't give me hot food so I walked out because she wouldn't refund my money I'm thinking about taking her to court truth be told.... I been talking to lawyer about this already
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I have eating here before but Mothers Day they drop the ball. The plates were dirty, buffet style food was cold, pop was flat, did not find out about buffet style until checked in nor about the $94 pp fee. Very disappointed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Mother’s Day dinning
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I’m not the type of person to do reviews but what I experienced on Mothers Day needs to be shared. Weeks ago, I was searching a nice brunch option to take my family for Mother’s Day. Reservations can be challenging during this holiday and I stumbled upon this place on OpenTable. I did some research and seen several pictures of the menu and food options and it seemed like the perfect spot for brunch. I was really excited about trying some of the brunch options on the menu. I secured a reservation and made it a surprise destination to my wife and Mother in law. It was important to me to spend this special day in the city. It was a bonus that it’s located in Eastern market. We drove 30 mins to have what I thought was going to be an epic Motown themed Culinary experience. When we walked in, there was no host at the stand (Red Flag #1.) We were flagged down by someone behind the bar to be told that food was being served “buffet style” today……Blindsided. (Red Flag #2) The buffet was $50.00 per person plus gratuity!!!!!! Wow….I immediately apologized to my family letting them know this wasn’t the experience I was looking to provide them. I was REALLY looking forward to the brunch menu I’d seen online. MAJOR LET DOWN None of us are fans of buffets but we decided to stay thinking (based on the linen a paper covered tables) that this was still going to be a great culinary experience. PLUS, I didn’t come here expecting to have a Plan B for a restaurant option which can be challenging on Mother’s Day. We were directed to go through tha back of the venue which led us to a dimly lit banquet hall with a Dj. The buffet comprised of Soul Food, waffles, and an omelet maker…$50 per person…..for this…. Thank goodness we were in the main dining room with the piano man who sang VERY well. While dining I notice SEVERAL groups of people turning away and even witnessed a couple of VERY heated exchanges (almost physical) between guests and management after being mislead. Poor execution.
  27. K

    Karen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    It was Mother's Day... They charged 63.00 to get in. Dishes were dirty and food was cold. Gratuity was charged for everything and from everyone..
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I would have loved to give this place a five star review but it took forever to get a drink, appetizer never came, dinner took a long time and was cold. Everything tasted great considering but the service and the temperature of food by the time it made it to us was disappointing.
  29. CF

    CatherineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Server was friendly and professional. Reservations were easy to make. This is a restaurant to experience for special occasions, for sure. So much so that this was my second visit within a month to celebrate birthdays.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Everything was disgusting.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I’ve dined at Motown Bistro for dinner about a year ago & I feel the food did not meet my expectations I was disappointed they have dummied down the dishes the stuffed salmon had frozen spinach inside which changes the entire flavor of the dish & it’s a smaller portion of salmon . Our waitress seemed intoxicated or high on something, the drinks are expensive & weak. I had brunch here as well this was my 3rd visit I’m done. Also they add gratuity to our check there was only 2 of us & our server was less than desired. Lastly you need a credit card to make a reservation WHY????
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Mom & Daughter day out!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a birthday celebration with my girlfriends the Ambience was beautiful the food was good and the staff was so nice Mimosas we’re so good. I will be going back
  34. f

    franh

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice place, and the host was outstanding, my only complain is the restroom need to be clean, no good for a place this.
  35. AR

    AngieR

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I would not recommend this restaurant at all. The food came to our table cold. My steak was rare, when I asked for it to be medium well...it was also missing the lump crab meat. My potato was not cooked throughly. We told the manager about it and she had an attitude. She took the plates away and still billed us for the steak.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful great food and ambience
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great energy!
  38. PG

    PrettyGodiva

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing restaurant. We went here for a date and I just love the romantic vibes it gives off. The live music could of been better. I would of rather listened to Motown artists not a random person. Overall I recommend Motown Bistro for your next dinner reservations.
  39. P

    Peace

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife had a very enjoyable birthday with her family. I'm will be returning.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Restaurant seating was way too close/cramped. Also it was so loud, you couldn’t even hear the other people at your own table speaking. Had to yell just to speak to anyone, including the waiter. Cannot rate the food, as we chose to eat elsewhere due to the high volume of noise and cramped seating. The restaurant did appear to be clean overall though.

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The Motown Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

The Motown Bistro is rated 3.7 stars by 873 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


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Google Map for The Motown Bistro

2735 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207-2614

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Division

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street and public parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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