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About Cliff Bell's

Welcome to Cliff Bell's, where a truly unique dining and entertainment experience await you. As soon as you step through our doors, you'll take a step back in time. The 1930's charm of the lavish, art-deco interior will have your friends talking for hours.  



The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere sets the mood for a night not to be forgotten. Signature cocktails and dinner are ordered as the Jazz trio begins to play on stage. The quiet bustle of the club begins to come to life!



Cliff Bell's is once again alive with spirit and song. But don't take our word for it…. Discover this cultural gem for yourself during an evening of jazz and dinner, Sunday brunch, daily lunch, or our popular happy hour.



"The place to be in Detroit."
- The New York Times

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

Sunday: 11:00am - 10pm

Monday: Closed (Open for various events - check monthly calendar)

Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - midnight

Friday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am

Kitchen Hours:

Sunday closes at 9:00pm

Tuesday-Thursday closes at 11:00pm

Fri & Sat closes at midnight

Cross Street:
between Adams & Elizabeth

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(313) 961-2543

Website:
http://www.cliffbells.com/

Entertainment:
Cliff Bell's hosts nightly entertainment featuring a variety of performances including local and national musicians. Weeknight performances at Cliff Bell's are typically free of charge. For weekend performances and special events, there is usually a cover charge collected at the door.

Parking Details:
Cliff Bell's offers valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. Additional parking options include nearby street parking (city meters enforced until 10 p.m.) as well as nearby surface lots and parking garages. Cliff Bell's does not own a private parking lot.

Public Transport:
For quick access from other areas of downtown Detroit, the Detroit People Mover is available. Please use the Grand Circus Park station stop to visit Cliff Bell's.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Baldridge

Private Party Facilities:
From weddings to company parties and networking events, Cliff Bell's is Detroit's premier destination for private events.



With the ability to seat up to 150 guests (including 30 at the bar), Cliff Bell's can accommodate private events – large and small. And with a nationally recognized kitchen and award-winning cocktails, we offer numerous meal and bar packages.

Private Party Contact:
Ashleigh Laabs: (313) 961-2543

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cliff Bell's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.6

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Service was outstanding! It made my Mom’s special night so enjoyable! The waitstaff was so attentive, every time a plate was empty or glass was empty they were right there. The food was amazing...

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Wanted to try a new place with friends, and Cliff Bells was the place to be! Wow! The ambiance transported you back to the 20’s, the food was amazing, the jazz band was perfect, and the service by our waitress, Heather, was great! Yes it’s on the pricey side, and we were probably under dressed, but the delivered what you paid for!

Our party of 6 all said, we need to come back! A jewel from the ashes of Detroit’s past, well done! Wishing you future success.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

My boyfriend and I went to celebrate some accomplishments in our lives. The food is pricey but for good reason. His lobster was incredible and my filet was superb.

My friends quintet, Tristan Cappel Unit, played live while we wine and dined. They were remarkable. Love the jazz ambiance of the restaurant.

Highly recommend for a special night out! If you love live jazz music! Definitely a gem in downtown Detroit. A must-see!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Food1
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on January 14, 2018

Staff were rude. It's a nice atmosphere. Food was completely cold, staff ignored us as we called for them. We had to ask 2 separate wait staff to get just some WATER!!! All food was under cooked and not seasoned. Our food was completely cold but when asking other guest they said their food was good and warm. I was the birthday girl food had to be sent back and all guest had finished food by the time my food came....RUINED MY BIRTHDAY !!!!! I always tip above and beyond because I've worked in food service before. No myself and my party will not be paying the 20% gratuity. The manager and wait staff didn't even ask if everyone and everything was okay. My experience was horrible the workers are as good as their leadership and it was all around very poor...I will just stick to going to more Urban restaurants. I suggest customer service training. The response and excuses of the manager for how we were treated was not sincere...Its a no for me NEVER AGAIN

Food5
Ambience4
Service1
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Took a frie

Food1
Ambience3
Service1
Value1

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had to wait an hour after our reservation time to get seated, even that we had to go up to the hostess multiple times to accomplish. The service was bad, the food was drenched in oil. We ordered salad, burata, calamari, mushrooms with bread etc, everything was dripping in oil. The wait staff had to be flagged multiple times, extremely bad experience. We left without eating our food.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on January 14, 2018

We were visiting Detroit and this place made the stay really enjoyable! Great food and really good live music, especially if you like jazz. At 9pm they turned up the volume a bit - so if you want a quiet conversation you’d be better off somewhere else, but if you’re looking for a happening - this is the place to go.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The ambiance of Cliff’s is fantastic. It truly feels like you have gone back in time. We knew we were in for a good evening when we sat down at the bar and the bartender immediately introduced himself. Excellent service was the them throughout the evening. The charcuterie was phenomenal. My fiancée had the filet and I had the rack of lamb. Both dishes were well prepared and terrifically presented. The jazz band was stellar and not intrusive. I will go to Cliff Bell’s again and encourage my friends to do the same.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Delicious Meals, great service and an exciting band!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Cozy
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Was very disappointed that after we had dinner and spent over 350 dollars on dinner and drinks for 4 people, that in order to listen to music the restaurant wanted an additional $10 per person for cover charge when we were already spending quite a bit of money. Obviously we did not stay and went somewhere else for entertainment

Tags: Casual, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on January 6, 2018

I really enjoyed the entertainment and the staff. The atmosphere was delightful. I have been around Detroit for years and this was my very first time visiting. I loved it.

If you ever remodel...think about the layout of the tables (Just a friendly FYI).

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on January 4, 2018

First visit was a date night. We had a great time. Great Jazz and great food.

Tags: Live Music
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great time

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food drinks and fun! Great for any get together!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun
Food1
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on December 30, 2017

Although we had a reservation and arrived a bit early, still had to wait without an actual time frame for when we would be seated. After a while, opted to just sit at a table behind the bar. Drinks had too much alcohol giving an overpowering taste. Brought a seafood salad when I ordered a caesar. When correct salad was returned it was only OK. Also ordered slice of apple pie for dessert and it was really cold, had to send it back to be warmed. The performers that night played good music, the waitress and hostess were nice, so that helped. For my first visit, it was memorable but not in a way I'd hoped, especially since it was meant to be the ending of a birthday celebration.

Food2
Ambience4
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great ambience, but everything else was mediocre at best. Service was INCREDIBLY slow, we weren't greeted until ~15 minutes after sitting down. Our food took ~45 minutes to arrive after ordering and it when it was finally delivered everything was cold. Would return for music/ambience and drinks, but definitely not worth going for dinner.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 28, 2017

Had family in from LA and wanted to show them a cool & special place for a good time & to show off Detroit. Great food and entertainment. Server IEEYSHA was fantastic.

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Holiday outing for out of town family.

Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value1

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Out of the four meals that were ordered at our table, one of them came out as expected. For the price point (for entrees especially-we’re talking $$$) you can go down the street less than a mile to someplace like Roast and pay the same price for food that will come out absolutely perfect and impeccably prepared/cooked. The food overall was very underwhelming, and the server wasn’t very attentive. Had to go grab a different staff member to get the three other meals that were very poorly prepared, attended to. A kale and beet salad that was served without it’s beets, a coq au vin that was served with nearly raw fingerling potatoes, and a cold-soup-du-jour guarantees that we’ll probably never come back and spend our hard earned dollars on such a poorly-made meal. Also, the jazz was really loud and subpar.

Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Ok food, mediocre drinks, good jazz. Go for the music

Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on December 23, 2017

VERY EXPENSIVE, be prepared! My salad had chicken on it which was bland, so it was disappointing . The atmosphere is so FAB however that I will go again... just not for dinner. Happy Hour at the bar is a much better value.

Tags: Live Music, Happy Hour, Cozy
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was a first and earns a return for sure. Enjoyed sea scallops and gnochhi. Baby steaks left our guys wanting Hop cat for dessert. The views and music are worth the light dinner, seriously a gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent time as usual! Music was phenomenal and food was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience2
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on December 21, 2017

I reserved a table for 6 and they never had a table for more than 4. Our party was scattered every where, some didn't have no where to sit.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and anniversary with friends at Cliff Bell's on a Tuesday night. The food, as always, was delicious. We had a wonderful server who was attentive without being overbearing. We enjoyed the music. It was a very festive night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
Food2
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

It has been a very long time since I have had this poor of service. It was incredibly slow, the server couldn't remember to bring the requested refill items (e.g. coffee, glass of wine, check). Plus the noise level was so loud we had to speak in raised voices the entire time and as a party of 5 could not hear anyone at the table unless sitting directly next to or across. The food was fair, as was the pricing. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless they were going for drinks only to listen to music.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We received outstanding service. Sunday brunch was very good, good entertainment. Would visit again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
Food1
Ambience5
Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our first visit during brunch was wonderful. We had the bagel and salmon on a delicious ever thing bagel. Our second visit yesterday was very disappointing. We ordered the same meal but sadly after returning our meal to the kitchen twice we still ended up with a bad meal. The onion was a slab that would be good on a burger, we were given a teaspoon of cream cheese, the two slices of roman tomato were hard, and the bagel was so hard it could have been used as a weapon. The waitress and musician was wonderful, but the manager was not. The manager came to the table and shared the following words of wisdom... "I hear you have had a hard time, we have a new chef. Next time just tell if you have special requests and we will do it." We won't be returning to Cliff Bell’s.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

Live music was great, steaks were delicious and perfectly cooked medium rare, ambiance was very pleasant, and the valet was cheaper than the lots nearby.

Tags: Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was great and we got sat right in front of the stage. It was loud but not deafening. Don’t expect your food to come out super quick during peak hours. All thr staff was friendly. My girlfriend and I had a great time overall.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very loud music food is fair. Service was slow we got our salad first 25 minutes later got our appetizers then our entree. We didn’t order things that way however that’s how it came.

Tags: Good for Groups
Food4
Ambience5
Service4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our first time going and we made plans to eat here prior to a show at the Fox Theater. After arriving on time for our reservation, we waited almost 20 minutes before we flagged down a server to be waited on. The gentleman who's name I forget stated he would take our orders although he was not our server. We placed our drink and dinner orders right away due to our time constraints and was served in timely fashion so not too miss our show. My mother and I had the scallops with mushroom risotto which were cooked through but not sered properly and the risotto was undercooked and chewy. My father enjoyed the salmon entree and my husband enjoyed the filet. Our server was gracious enough to let us know that dessert would be on him later after the show, but upon our return we were expected to pay $10 per person cover charge to re-enter which we passed on. LOVED the music and atmosphere! Just won't order the scallops next time.

Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

The jazz was amazing and the food superb. I was very impressed with each part of the operation from "welcoming" to "good night".

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Music
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Out for dinner and some jazz with my two daughter in laws. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our service was impeccable. The only complaint was a little too much dressing on a salad. My daughter in law was unable to eat it. Will definitely come again though.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was excellent music was good We really enjoyed this spot

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was excellent. Wait staff was attentive and kind. Atmosphere was romantic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My first time at Cliff Bell's, though it has been on my list for many years given the jazz. This place is a classic...great music at a volume that didn't disrupt the conversation. Eclectic mix of people across the bar and restaurant area. Good food and drink. Our server was patient with us and let us order by course so we could enjoy the atmosphere. Menu had many classic entrees - nothing fancy - which was fine for me as I've been overwhelmed with gastropub/contemporary menus. Food prep was very good and on par with most other high-end restaurants. Will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Cliff Bell’s was amazing. Food was fabulous and music was fantastic

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

So glad we made the reservation. Super busy and seemed like there weren't enough waiters. Food was delicous but service was slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Neighborhood gem a PLUS. The jazz background was great however patrons voices were too loud to really enjoy. Food was excellent when we got it but service was slow for cocktails and main entree. Over all we loved the history and experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date

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