Bistro Joe's

4.4
487 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Bistro Joe’s is an endeavor to create a sensational dining experience through inspired cuisine and superior service. Momentarily escape, and let your senses feast on globally influenced fare ~ with elements of surprise ~ in a casual, yet upscale eatery. Our mezzanine setting is a comfy blend of vintage and contemporary, designed to encourage shared dining experiences with friends, old and new.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, American, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(248) 594-0984
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Woodward & Maple
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
487 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
58%
Very Good
29%
Good
10%
Fair
2%
Poor
0%
4.5
Food
4.0
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Food was good as always. There's always something good in the specials.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

I can rely on Bistro Joe's for flavor and freshness. I almost always order a salad; I had the spicy shrimp salad this time and it was tasty and not terribly spicy. I appreciate the never-ending iced tea and water, especially sitting out in the sun on the balcony. Terrific, attentive waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was delicious as always! Service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We frequent Bistro Joes fairly often (twice a month), as we live nearby. It is our "go-to" for Happy Hour. Overall we're pleased with the experience and recommend it for casual dining. The food is consistently good - for brunch, Happy Hour and dinner. alike. We love the lively atmosphere, but are many times somewhat disappointed with the service. The wait staff often seems overwhelmed and not always well informed.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Bistro Joe's has a great selection of healthy options. I come here every time I'm in town. The Bistro combined with the market make it easy to take other dishes home to be tried later.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our food, drinks and service were awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great happy hour and wonderful dinner choices. The staff is very attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Loud drunks next to us

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The server was terrible.. we waited over 30 minutes for some food to arrive.. the server claimed there was a problem in the kitchen, but others around who came in either after or at the same time and had a different server had been served. Also the floor of the area we sat in was dirty, and there was dirt that had accumulated between the flooring and the floor to ceiling windows.. that was not appetizing.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great ambiance and atmosphere! Nice selection of Happy Hour drinks and food! One of my go-to's on a Friday!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The manager, on duty, always seems to have an unpleasant attitude when she working. She glanced at us as she walked by. Clearly, we were both finished our meals, empty plates in front of us. Could she have lifted a finger to clear the platters off the table? No. Absolutely, not. Just an example of an awful manager and her poor service and attentiveness.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Service was slow and our waiter had no personality. We had to go find our waiter multiple times to ask for drink refills and inquire on our food. There weren't many people in the restaurant yet it took over 2 hours to get our food. I let the restaurant know ahead of time we were coming to celebrate my daughters graduation - it was not a good experience nor the "celebratory" dinner we expected.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food is amazing. But service is hit or miss. Patio is nice but not open air.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We were visiting from out of town and by chance wound up going to Bistro Joe's for a late bite to eat. It's a cool concept as it sits above and overlooks a specialty gourmet market. Kayla the bartender waited on us and was fantastic. An excellent server but even better at conversation. We shared the black angus sliders, the meat tasted so fresh and the carmelized onions were on point. The ahi tuna appetizer was fresh and tasty. Everyone there from the owner to manager couldn't have been nicer. If we ever get back to the area we are definitely going to Bistro Joe's.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Having dinner at one of my favorite bistros, the food is typically great; today the service was off just a hair.

I had made a reservation on open table, because the place can get packed at happy hour. The hostess seemed to be bothered that I asked to be seated where it was cool; as she was getting ready to seat me at the (nearly full) bar, the manager (I’m assuming) told her to seat me at one of the many empty tables. She was not happy to have been over ruled; was it my name, was it the way I looked, I mean, I’m dressed in jeans and a casual shirt? BTW, the hostess never made eye contact with me the entire time I was there. She was very welcoming to other guests though.

Finally the waitress showed up; I only had a few minutes till end of happy hour prices. I ordered a beer and 6 oysters. Whoever shucked the oysters was a rookie and non-eater; they were “ripped”, served on the flat shell (no oyster liquor), no crackers, and had a fair amount of grit.

I asked about specials, there was a soft shell crab appetizer; the waitress did not know how many were in an order, or how they were prepared. I also had hummus and pita ( I know odd combination, but what I wanted.). Anyway, the crabs were superb as was the hummus. The waitress efficiently removed my plate, did not offer to box the hummus. I asked her for 2 boxes to keep the pita separate, got a snide comment, “ok 2 boxes”. And I had to ask for a spoon to transfer the hummus.

She dropped off the check, but never asked if I wanted dessert till I asked her. Only filled my water once.

My point of this rant is that service employees need to pay attention to details; and certainly treat all customers equally. I did not feel welcome here, my tip and accompanying comment on the receipt reflected that.

The hostess and wait staff however did treat other customers with a smile; especially the owners (I’m assuming) who sat across from me. Maybe I should expect these minor issues, it is Birmingham!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Comsitantlyngood food and great happy hour value.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

An interesting atmosphere as you are looking down on the Papa Joe's shoppers or cars on Woodward which can be fun especially for people watching. We went at the end of Happy Hour and it was very crowded and lively. After Happy Hour the crowd seemed to thin out. The food was good and the wait staff was efficient. Our waitress was not very friendly but the service was adequate. We had the brussel sprout appetizer and it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We had excellent service and the food was fantastic. Very nice experience!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I love their grits! Food here is delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great, Mother’s Day so expected to be busy, however it was a full hour before we received our food. We had tables behind and across from us that received food before us and we were here prior to them even being sat. Just an omelette and a waffle, shouldn’t take from 2:15-3:09 before getting it. Server was super apologetic and kept checking in with us and he was great, and we were understanding being the day it was, just felt like a manager could’ve stepped in at some point instead of leaving our server to fend for himself.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very unassuming from the outside but once you are inside it's quite wonderful. This was my first visit and the service, atmosphere and food were exquisite. The Bartenders were awesome and very knowledgeable. I will be visiting again and again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day celebration. Great brunch and good fresh food!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food here is always fresh and there are a lot of really good options. Most of what we had was delicious -- the gooey cheddar omelette was very good, the breakfast flatbread was very good, the bacon omelette was very good! The french toast was delicious but I would have been disappointed if we ordered it before we saw it - it's literally one piece of bread (very large) with great toppings---but still one piece of bread. It was a fun breakfast dessert to share, but I wouldn't have been happy if it was a meal I had ordered. The corned beef hash skillet was honestly disgusting. It came with a big glob of fatty corned beef laying on top of it - not even shredded or trimmed - it honestly made me sick to my stomach just to see it. The chipotle coleslaw is on top which means it makes the potatoes in the skillet mushy.....that menu item needs to change. The lamb sandwich was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good brunch spot

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I’ve been here quite a few times for dinner where everything was great but this time wasn’t what I expected. I ordered the tomahawk steak to share and it was one of the toughest steaks I’ve ever had. It was so tough that even a steak knife wasn’t sharp enough for it. Honestly, it was terrible and I regret not complaining while still there.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I love the food! It’s always delicious! And the grits are simply divine! The staff is friendly! Bistro Joe’s is always MY “Go To Restaurant.”

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great place to eat and nice ambiance. However, I made a reservation and didn’t get seated until 30 minutes after the reservation. Hostess showed no sense of urgency.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The Happy Hour is a great value, food is amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Hidden gem in Birmingham. Great Happy Hour and Brunch selections.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My kids and I enjoyed a very nice dinner and conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Good meal with a nice view of Woodward. Good service. Very attentive and helpful with all my questions.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great Happy Hour values

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Celebrated my daughter's birthday by starting out at Bistro Joe's for brunch before a girls day at the spa. Food was delicious, our server Jamie was great - efficient, fast, thorough, kept the coffee coming. Was a little cramped on the porch, difficult for guests and servers to get by the tables. Noisy but we could hear each other talk. My daughter selected Bistro Joe's because she had been before and raved about it. Now I will too!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was delicious and very fresh - it is a laid back ambiance and it is literally on top of a gourmet grocery store so it is also very convenient to get some goodies on the way out.
Loved it - will definitely go back again!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Happy Hour is a steal! Great small plates for sharing and cheap drinks. The service was a bit neglectful after our food came, but our waters were always refilled and the food came out hot. It would have been nice to have an additional check in from our main waitress shortly after our food came out, but we really enjoyed the atmosphere and didn't really notice that the service was below average.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The best brunch period! The real deal, high quality food and unique atmosphere. Our favorite place!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Our brunch selections were very good. Our only non-positive feedback was that we had to wait in a line to check in, so if you had a reservation, you waited past your seated time just to check in with the hostess.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Another outstanding happy hour and dinner at Bistro Joe’s! Service was impeccable.

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