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The Motown Bistro, Detroit, MI

The Motown Bistro

3.7
3.7
853 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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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

Menu

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What 853 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    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.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Mother’s Day dinning

  6. 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.

  7. 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..

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Everything was disgusting.

  11. 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????

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Mom & Daughter day out!

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful great food and ambience

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great energy!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. AG

    AGee

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    The service was not great the waiter was okay. It took so long for my party of 3 to get our food only to not receive what we ordered. This was our first and last visit.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very romantic with live music

  23. NC

    NorrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The atmosphere was very good and the staff was very friendly and helpful

  24. B

    B2012

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    1. Prepayment for the meal was required. I feel this isn’t right. There is no onus on the establishment to provide food of appropriate taste and temperature. 2. 20% required gratuity for a self-serve buffet is ridiculous and no incentive for even satisfactory service. 3. No beverages, not even coffee, tea, or soda, were included in the buffet price. 4. Buffet options were basic, bland, and tepid. The only hot item was the made to order omelets. I would not recommend this venue.

  25. m

    maryk

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2

    When I made the reservations, the website did not state that easter sunday was a buffet only nor did it reflect the price. When we arrived, I paid for everyone but there was not even coffee or tea offered, cold drinks only. There was not fruit on offer, most foods were fairly heavy.

  26. KR

    KeithR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ll definitely be back. Next level attention to detail in their food. My wife and I both loved it.

  27. MM

    MarilynM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Place was quiet food was great service was excellent

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    I was super excited to dine at your establishment with my sister do to your large menu selection and it being a black owned establishment. This was my sister and I first time dining with you but sadly we left beyond disappointed. First I understand that Covid has put a damper on staffing and some food items so we were very patient and understanding at the beginning but here is a list of what went wrong. #1 We arrived on time for our reservation and was told it would be 20 minute wait for table unless we selected the table seated in front of the door which we declined. However a table did become available but we found out two parties were waiting ahead of us so the wait would have been longer. 5:40 we find to seats at the bar. We ‘re happy again. #2 5:45 We place our drink and food order. We get our salad at 6:20. A full hour after reservation. #3. The hostess piled all the dirty glasses up next to me so many glasses in fact when my food arrived at 6:45 it was barely any place to put our COLD FOOD. #4. Not sure where you purchase your wings but what was served to us as wings was unprofessional at best not to mention you charged full price. #5 We bagged up our food only to be offered bread at that time🤬 #6 To add insult to injury a 20% gratuity was automatically included. Unbelievable. &, Unprofessional. 🤬🤬🤬. I have been fine dining for years and look forward to dining at black own establishment because I understand how hard you have to work to keep your business going. Highly disappointed!! We definitely didn’t deserve to be slapped with a 20% gratuity because our service was subpar to say the least. While I am not blaming my waitress the service as a whole is my critique. Let me add I dined at The Block the night before and I’ll just say this , one of y’all got a A+ the other F~. Mrs. Moses

  29. LB

    LakenyaB

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had reservations for 5pm and table was not ready. We waited for our food for an hour and half. By the the we never received it. We asked to speak to manager/owner and was told they were not available. I think that is so unprofessional. We paid for our drinks and left. The waiter acted like he had an attitude when we was asking about our food. If I could have gave the restaurant no stars that's what they would have got. Needless to say we will not be back.

  30. KD

    KayliaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    It was my birthday and I had the worst experience the waiter Meghan was just trash. She didn’t pay attention to us at all it supposed to be bottomless mimosas and I only had 5 while her other table couldn’t even finish the glass. And as a bartender I always tip but because she was already getting a tip I realized she didn’t care if I tipped her on not. So imma go back for dinner but brunch Issa hell NO!!!!’

  31. C

    Cece

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    $56 for brunch?? The food was cold. You had to walk to the back to get the food it was very dark so you couldn't even see what you were getting! I definitely will not be back! The staff was ok, but for the price of that food even though it was all you can eat, I didn't even eat one plate. I should have just asked for a refund. I definitely got robbed!

  32. TN

    TaNishaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Made reservations for bottomless Sunday for them to let me know less than 12 hours before the event that it was buffet style! I was looking for to trying the menu! Food was good but everything was cold, drinks seemed watered down and the waitress did not deserve at 20% gratuity! Poured out own water, etc. definitely won’t be patronizing here again

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    Husband and I went for brunch on Sunday, April 10th. It was a buffet style, the set up was in the back, the food area was very dark you couldn’t even see what the food was or read the label. They had servers, so I had to ask what was in each tray. When we went to our seats, to begin to eat, most of the food was cold. We complained about it and they offered to put it in the microwave, but we declined. I think the food would’ve been good if it was served hot. The hostess and waitress were nice and professional. The ambiance was pleasant. The price was too high, $44 per person, to be served cold food. I wouldn’t try the buffet again, but may give them another chance for dinner if I could order straight from the kitchen.

  34. RW

    ReginaW

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome drinks and every dish we’ve ever ordered has been full of flavor!!

  35. LS

    LeonardS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The dining experience was superb. The waiter, Will was friendly and professional. He was very attentive.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I enjoyed my time. Our server was amazing. The drinks were great but a little over priced for the bottomless mimosas. I don’t mind being over charged for a good drink though. I ordered the steak, it was ok but everyone else at the table said they was satisfied with their food (shrimp and grits and the lobster omelette). The music was awesome, the vibe was amazing. I will return and I will get the bottomless mimosas again.

  37. KH

    KathrineH

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Went to Motown Bistro for Saturday dinner. The waitress was absolutely wonderful very attentive knowledgeable of the menu and specials for the evening. The waitress was so great at her job she convinced my friend and I to purchase the drink special of the night. Without telling us the drink was 26$ a piece. Bread was brought out to the table we were served warm hamburger buns with garlic butter. We both ordered the Motown trio and seafood nachos to split. Although the nachos were tasty they did not have the shrimp and lobster meat as describe on the menu. Then our entree arrived looking amazing however, neither one of us ate due to us eating the nachos before our meal so we packed our food to go. Later in the evening I warmed my food up in the oven and let me just say the food didn’t warm over well the food was very greasy and the catfish was not catfish at all. I am very disappointed with my decision to dine at Motown bistro a total waste of 200$

  38. TZ

    TheresaZ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5

    Over priced for food and wine ; server never told us that 15% gratuity would be added for only 2 of us. She did not hesitate taking the $20 left on the table before we even got up to leave. Margaritas were watered down, steaks overcooked. Entertainment awesome piano player/singer. Sorry to say we won’t be back nor will I recommend the place👎

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    The food was cold when it arrived. It was not worth the money we paid.🙁

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    The wait was extensively long and the food was not

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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 853 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

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Google Map for The Motown Bistro

2735 Russell St Detroit, MI 48207-2614

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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