PAO Detroit - Modern Dining

4.3
496 reviews
$30 and under
Pan-Asian
Located in the former Michigan Oriental Theater serving exciting shareables in an iconic, historically-rich and high energy atmosphere. PAO is located in the former Michigan Oriental Theater, a space so rich in cultural history, we decided to preserve Detroit’s memories as part of our dining experience. Since 1950, the space sat unoccupied. Today, we reintroduce PAO the restaurant in the heart of Grand Circus Park. The flavors of PAO draw upon Pan-Asian influences, a collaboration of efforts by Chef Howie Barnes, Chef Alex Farhat and the PAO culinary team. Our drink menu offers approachable, yet rare Asian spirits to be enjoyed as classic favorites. Stop in to sip your favorite handcrafted cocktails or share a meal with friends.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    It's Valentine's Day at PAO We've crafted a special menu for you and will feature a DJ (9PM - 12AM) and Mirror Photo Booth to celebrate the day.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
What 496 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pao was nice. Good vibe, good food and good music.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded 4 days ago

Your review means a lot to us at Pao Detroit. We are always happy to hear when our customers have a great experience. Thank you for sharing your review.

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ZhaneJ
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall my experience was absolutely outstanding I loved the vibe and the food was incredible and far as the service it was outstanding one of the best restaurants I have been to in a long time.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 9, 2022

We greatly appreciate your comments. Thanks for taking the time to review us and letting us know what a great experience you had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Food was horrible! Sea bass was super spicy, that’s all you could taste…waste of a piece of fish! Asked for medium cooked filet and came out super well done. Octopus was also very spicy and sub par…not sure why almost every dish was so overpowered by spice. Asked for zip sauce to help with the dried out filet and they brought out aioli. Very bad experience…haven’t had this bad of an experience at a restaurant in a very long time. Never coming back

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded 7 days ago

We are really sorry to hear about your recent experience at Pao. This is defenitely not the service we normally provide to our customers. We understand how frustrating a bad experience can be and we will address your review with our chef. Thanks for taking the time to share and allowing us the opportunity to do better.

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TrishaT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good. Felt a little rushed, music was a little too loud. Service good. I didn’t like that they added auto gratuity, I didn’t realize it at first and almost doubled the tip.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 9, 2022

Dear Trisha, thanks for taking the time to review us and sharing your comments. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better.

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PalM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Food was overall good, Hostess was wonderful. We had high expectations for our 'Birthday celebration- Date night'. However, the musty smell from where we sat was a big letdown. It was a constant and killed the whole 'Celebration date night' vibe for us.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded 7 days ago

We are sorry to hear about your overall experience. Our team has been alerted to look into the matter and we thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food served quickly. Friendly and accommodating staff.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 3, 2022

Thank you very much for the fantastic review.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

6pm NYE at the bar. The gentleman bartender; fantastic & attentive. Female bartender was so terrible it was unreal. There were 8 people at the bar she didn’t ask one person “how is it, would you like to order, another drink perhaps”….you had to ask for EVERYTHING it was very bizzare. She works with her head down & isn’t even aware of her guests. As a GM of a high volume sports bar I would recommend some focus training on the “steps of service” or maybe serving on the floor would be better??? Not sure but she is not best for the business. very disappointing first experience.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 3, 2022

We are really sorry to hear about your recent experience at the bar. This is defenitely not the service we normally provide to our customers. We understand how frustrating bad service can be and we will address your review with our bartenders. Thanks for taking the time to share and allowing us the opportunity to do better.

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ChefJL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bravo to the kitchen for flawless technique and unique flavors. Attentive and professional servers.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 3, 2022

Thank you very much ChefJL. We are thrilled to have received your review and look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been there several times and Is always one of our favorites. Food is great and so is service

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 13, 2022

We sincerely appreciate the fantastic review and are glad to be one of your favorite restaurants. Thank you for letting us and the community know about your fantastic experience with Pao Detroit! We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The music was so loud, you couldn’t even hear someone next to you. Not a great experience. Food was okay.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on January 4, 2022

We are sorry you were not happy with your overall experience. Pao Detroit is known for hosting DJ nights with a fun club vibe. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible and the staff was welcoming and accommodating. Will definitely be back!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 26, 2021

Thanks for highlighting the great service. We appreciate the 5 star review and look forward to having you back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Good and service were great, but it definitely has a Jersey shore vibe. Loud music you have to yell over. Not great for a date but maybe a group outing would be better

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 26, 2021

We understand our club vibe is not for everyone. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

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Chanel
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience. The food was good and we enjoyed our drinks, the music throughout dinner and service. It’s a great place to go for a more intimate evening!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 26, 2021

We love to hear when our guests have a great experience. Thank you very much for sharing your review with us and the OpenTable community.

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mattc
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Got to get the pot stickers and the octopus

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 23, 2021

Great recommendations Matt, thanks for sharing.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great the manager Nadia is

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 26, 2021

Thank you for highlighting how great Nadia is! We will be sure to share your praises with her.

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DeevaD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service was slow for a Tuesday night. So it took awhile for waitress to get our drink and food order

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 23, 2021

Deeva, we are very sorry for the slower service. We appreciate the feedback and will address your review with our staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating our Sons 21st Bday. We have eaten here before and loved it so it was no surprise my son chose to celebrate at Pao!
Great food, service and ambiance. We will be back!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 26, 2021

We love that you choose to celebrate with us! We sincerely value your business and are thrilled to receive your lovely review. Thanks for sharing!

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NateR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Only negative was that we (a group of 6 with a reservation) were sat at a table made for 4. This made for a pretty cramped experience.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 21, 2021

Nate, thanks for sharing your comments. We are sorry that you were not seated at the proper table for your party. I will address your review with the hostess. We value your business and thank you for being a loyal customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, music, and vibes.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We love the feedback!

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vipTrevina7
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Girls night with my best friend went amazing. The bartender who was a male with blondish hair did amazing at making our drinks. We had the shish peppers, ahi tuna nachos, and Cesar salad to start. It was all amazing and full of flavor. The Cesar was the best one I’ve ever had in my life. Dinner was the filet mignon, salmon, octopus, and chicken satay. The filet was good but a bit dry, served medium rare. The salmon was yummy and had an orange sauce that wasn’t super sweet and over powering. The octopus was chargrilled and just perfect. Chicken satay was good but also needed more sauce. The up stairs is a vibe around 9-10 they bring a dj and puts on Arabic, English, Spanish hits. They also had a drummer. It was super fun. I loved every second. It’s definitely a classy place not casual. Everyone’s super dressy. Heels all day!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 14, 2021

Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing Pao Detroit. We look forward to serving you for many years to come!

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ABCLIFE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place to eat and the art vibe is everything.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you very much for your 5 star review. Its so nice to hear feedback like yours. We can't thank you enough.

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DELLAD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place, great service! Food was a bit pricie. I got the octopus, it was good but pretty salty. Got the truffle fries, flight if saki and butter cake w straberries for desert to share, delicious!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 10, 2021

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed review. This is incredibly helpful and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us.

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LauraC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. All our meat entrees were cooked to perfection. The octopus was incredible. Our server Drew was so polite, attentive, and courteous. We will definitely be back!!!!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 9, 2021

Thank you Laura for your lovely review. We will be sure to share your praises with Drew.

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vipKathie
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday and couldn’t have had a better experience! Our server, Shelby was wonderful and helpful. Service was great and attentive, food was fabulous as was presentation. We ordered grilled octopus, Thai braised short ribs, ahi tuna nachos and lobster scampi. The Pan Asian butter cake was a perfect ending to our evening. We look forward to returning!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 9, 2021

Thank you Kathie for the wonderful feedback. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We definitely look forward to having you back.

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MeganM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

We made a reservation 3 or 4 weeks prior for a nice night out and they sat us right in the middle of the walkway. We had to flag down our server to order our entrees and the food was okay. The server was nice, just not attentive.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 6, 2021

Megan, thanks for your feedback. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better. We appreciate your comments and are working on providing all our guests with the 5 star service they deserve.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First and foremost, the service was phenomenal. Our server had the perfect amount of attentiveness and letting us dine in peace. Glasses never went empty and she checked in on us the perfect amount of times. She was friendly and charismatic. Now the food, the food, the food. We had the edamame, tuna nachos, short rib dumplings, orange chicken, and lamb chops. My faves were hands down the tuna nachos (so fresh and flavorful with the right amount of heat) and the lamb chops. I’ve never been a huge lamb fan but these were prepared to perfection. I can’t wait to come back!! What a great spot.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 5, 2021

We sincerely appreciate the fantastic review and are glad you had a wonderful dining experience. We want all our guests to have the best 5 star experience and we are thrilled by your feedback. Thank you for letting us and the community know about your fantastic experience with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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ZellyJaibel
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Food was extremely salty. Service was poor. The atmosphere was nice but overall overrated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty food, beautiful building and lovely atmosphere

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on December 3, 2021

Thanks for sharing your lovely review with us!

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MonaS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Music was a little loud
Could have toned it down a bit. Can’t hear ppl talking and could be brighter inside.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 30, 2021

Thanks for sharing your feedback Mona. Pao Detroit is known for its DJ night vibe. We are glad you enjoyed your food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with Pao Detroit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome place to get some dinner and drinks. Food was great as well as the ambiance. Played great music and they have a DJ most nights. Would go back again.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 28, 2021

We sincerely appreciate the fantastic review and are glad you had a wonderful dining experience. We want all our guests to have the best 5 star experience and we are thrilled by your feedback. Thank you for letting us and the OpenTable community know about your fantastic experience with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

Food was good, service was absolutely terrible. Really disappointing when we spend over $100 per person.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 28, 2021

We are truly sorry for your overall experience at the restaurant this weekend. We are working on improving the waitstaff and sincerely hope that you do not allow this isolated issue stop you from coming back for dinner. Thanks for your feedback. We are always looking at our reviews to strive and do better.

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vipKizzy
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Cool place snd cool vibe
Most dishes were very tasty!
Biggest issue for me …we were downstairs near bar and entrance and it was very cold!!
Probably different in warm months
Other than that I would return

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 29, 2021

Thank you Kizzy for letting us know how great your local experience was at Pao Detroit. We would love for you to visit us again. Stay connected with us by checking out our Instagram @paodetroit.

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
97 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

HAPPY HOUR SCAM! We had an amazing meal/happy hour/ early dining experience at this place. Unfortunately the server was terrible. They run a happy hour special until 6… We sat and ordered around 5/515. None of the menus line up, according to the server. After we asked for our bill, it all came out at full price; the server got super mad when we asked about happy hour pricing. Told us that that menu changes so often, so she doesn’t know what’s on it. I then pulled up the menu to show her what was on it, she swiped our bill and discounted 16$ which was not even close to what it should have been. We just paid and left. Unfortunate for such a great spot! Went from a five star experience to a two star. Major bummer

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 29, 2021

We are sorry to hear about your recent experience. Please reach out to us with your contact information so that we can properly address your review. We sincerely wish to make things right for you and your party.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food. The ahi runs nachos and the beef satay were our favorites. Caution... the desserts, unlike the main course small plates, are ENORMOUS!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 25, 2021

Thanks for your lovely review Steph. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner and look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 31st Birthday!

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thanks for celebrating with Pao Detroit!

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Charly
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always great! Service was faster than expected. Ideal restaurant for celebrating a birthday or night out with friends.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you Charly for highlighting how great the food is. We appreciate the five star review.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

The last time we came, we loved it! This time… not so much. There were 4 of us at the table, and they brought the dinners out one at a time, except for the 4th person, because of some issue in the kitchen, my husband’s dinner wasn’t served. He had to wait until we had all finished our dinners, before his was brought out. They seated us at the last booth in the back, which was apparently close to the bathroom. We had a loud long line bumping our table half the time we sat there.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 26, 2021

We are truly sorry for your overall experience at the restaurant this weekend. We appreciate your review. We take feedback seriously and we strive to provide an experience that is unmatched. However, it appears we have fallen short in doing so. Our General Manager, Stoli would like to discuss with you personally. If you would be willing, please send us your email so that we may get in touch with you. We hope to hear from you.

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Halle
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was wonderful, start to finish. Could have done without the servers in belly shirts, but it is what it is.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 22, 2021

Halle, we are thrilled to hear that your experience from start to finish exceeded your expectations. Thanks for sharing your review.

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JohnE
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get the chefs tasting. It was amazing. We all loved and the chef even came out to see how we enjoyed it. Great time

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining
Responded on November 20, 2021

Your review made our day John. You really can't go wrong with the chef's tasting. Thanks for your message, we look forward to your next visit.

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You can order delivery directly from PAO Detroit - Modern Dining using the Order Online button. PAO Detroit - Modern Dining also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 816-0000.

PAO Detroit - Modern Dining is rated 4.3 stars by 496 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.