Babo - Detroit

4.8
157 reviews
$30 and under
American
An homage to owner Kris Lelcaj’s father, “babo” (slang for “dad” in Albanian) is a gourmet, all-day diner in Midtown Detroit. We will feature a menu comprised of creative, artisanal takes on comfort food classics that will be served up in a bright, lively ambiance.
We pride ourselves on carrying products of the highest quality and social responsibility from local, small batch producers. We will serve our guests, team members and community with a brand of unmatched hospitality. We will cultivate a dining experience that is as remarkable and unique as the city we call home.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 157 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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AlishaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was great! Only thing is that we sat at the high top tables and the chairs were not very comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and staff was excellent. Make a reservation though which you should anyway.

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LucyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service; my friends loved their meal, and my caprese was fine (tomatoes are out of season, though, so the tomato part was left wanting!)

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Ottscay
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious brunch and great service. I had the Frida Skillet, which was flavorful and unique; my wife had the lemon ricotta pancakes, which were sweet and filling with a light lemon flavor.

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vipHelen
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was so sweet and nice - she gave us great suggestions. Everything was delicious - truffle omelette and light side salad and latte and oh my goodness chicken and waffles!!! Would highly recommend

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vipMattK
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Trendy spot. Fantastic service. Would recommend for brunch/lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Enjoyed th experience

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AliS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat at the bar and Rob our bartender/server was amazing. The owner of the restaurant was super friendly with a smile.

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WSUstaffer
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

I love this place and the fact that they take reservations is amazing. I work at WSU and can't wait 15 or more minutes to be seated on a weekday...so it is great. Staff is friendly and food is delicious. I'm in my 60's so the music is a bit loud for me - perhaps it it the tall ceilings that add to the "noise" but this does not keep me from going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best chia tea latte …staff was good food was great …..

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fun time, great food, nice servers

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AlexisT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The servers were all super nice and we had a great time! Our food and drinks were delish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is hands down, our favorite place for breakfast! Great atmosphere, fun and lively. The food is exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was great and the food was delicious!! The salted Carmel mimosa was a hit and I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Kptea123
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food was scrumptious. I will definitely be going back. The prices are pretty decent too.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Drinks were nothing special.

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KimberlyS
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

2nd time there.. amazing food!!! The service is always excellent.

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EricT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and even better music selection playing!

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CarolineS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here for brunch! The food is excellent and the staff's service is exceptional.

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dang
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Reservations worked great. We were seated immediately upon arrival. Food and drinks were delicious. Took a few minutes more than I would have hoped to order. After that, staff was friendly and attentive. Overall great experience, would go back again.

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vipLovesToDine
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch! Small and quaint, good service and good food. Worth the trip. Thank you.

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LanyM
Toledo
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

my favorite place for brunch in detroit! im from toledo and i drive up just to go here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food!

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vipliketoeat
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and nice variety of lunch and breakfast items.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was the warmest and most welcoming dinning experience post covid. Every employee was friendly, helpful and they really worked as a team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time going. I really liked it.

I’d eat here every weekend if I could.

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Ny0597
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was great! Only thing I was hoping for was more food. I ordered a breakfast skillet and expected such but the meal came in a small bowl instead.

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LuluM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely worth making a reservation!
The menu has lots of options. The staff was friendly and service was quick. All of our meals were delicious. Will definitely go back.

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Roger
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We had gone to the DIA and were looking for lunch after. Had a little trouble with our map app as it put Babo inside the building. We got there eventually. There was more seating available than OpenTable had listed. We were seated promptly. We took a little while to order and or waitress was friendly and helpful. She took our order and that was the last we saw of her. Our food came out with a different server who cleared out plates and tended to our bill. That was abut it. My wife really like the Pesto Omelette. I had the Diego Skillet. It seemed a bit light on chorizo and frankly, couldn't taste it much. Portion was small compared to the omelette. I'd be willing to try Babo again, but a different item. I saw others ordering things that looked pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

Very small, service was slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the teamwork and great service from the staff!

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davidd
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent breakfast and drinks for our party of 6. We will definitely be back.

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vipGKoss
Detroit
59 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything about our meal was great, except the music was playing so loud- causing everyone eating there to talk louder, and resulting in an extremely loud environment. We had my elderly mother with us, and she couldn’t really hear a word we said to her. Enjoyed our food and service, but then exited ASAP.

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Kiryn
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Babo is just a great place for brunch! Or for lunch as well! The staff is so nice and the food is great. I love finding new food spots in my city. Definitely try it out!

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Bowtiementor
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Birthday breakfast was great! The food was awesome and the lemon pancakes need a foodie award!

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It was a great place for a team luncheon. I had the korean beef sandwich. It was good but there was very little beef for how much other items were on the sandwich.

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PatrickH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Different kind of place. Food was great. Service was excellent.

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Dana
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It was sweet. I wish them all the luck in their business.

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terriea
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The location was convenient as we were visiting the DIA but the rest of the experience was not what I had expected.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Babo - Detroit using the Order Online button. Babo - Detroit also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 974-6159.

Babo - Detroit is rated 4.8 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.