We are excited to use modern and innovative techniques within our beverage program to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass. But we know that there are some things in life that should never change, so rest assured you can feel safe in the arms of all of the old classics you’ve come to love. Our equally dynamic menu will feature locally sourced fare that will complement our bar program.
Come for the drinks. Stay for the food.
James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018
Daily 5:00 pm–2:00 am
Had a great time. Drinks were amazing. Food was very good. My date has some food allergies and the server was very knowledgeable and patient in answering all of her questions.
It was a very cool restaurant and the food was terrific!
Hip place in downtown. Only two issues was the noise level and the continuous draft of cold air. Had to wear my down parka! Otherwise, a great location with nice folks and good food.
Very nice place. Staff was very friendly. Food was great. Looking forward to coming back.
Very cool and energetic atmosphere with a superb drink menu.
3 of us had the special spicy bisey bowl of nicey' .-it was a delicious bison pasta that they should have on the menu every day. Another Had The Fish and chips which were excellent and burger that were very good. Will go back soon.
Waited 20 minutes without a server showing up. It was not busy at the time. Then left.
Awesome drinks (craft cocktails are their specialty) and the food was equal if not better. We had the lamb ribs, shrimp, and cheese plate and the two of us were full after that. Everything was delicious. Two issues was that the service was a little spotty. We seemed to have multiple servers and went long stretches without seeing any of them. It was also incredibly loud. We are both still in our 30s (me barely) and don’t usually have issues with noise or a bar atmosphere. In this case we couldn’t even hold a conversation across our small table, once it got past 9:30. It was packed at the bar and it’s a small room, so there wasn’t a lot they could do, but they could’ve turned the music down a bit. Would definitely recommend a late dinner here if you do not want to converse with your co-diners.
We were celebrating a special occasion (anniversary and engagement), and the service was absolutely impeccable! The food and drinks were incredible, and we even received a couple wonderful surprises to help us celebrate our special day. We couldn't have asked for a better experience - thank you Standby!!
Wonderful. Went for our anniversary and they acknowledged it and gave us the best seat in the house. The food was fantastic and the drinks were incredible. Everything was so good we went back again the next night. It’s a great date place. Highly recommend.
On a Friday night around 6:30, Standby was packed with people and I spent my meal with either the waitresses butt in my face as she served the tables next to us (no more than 3 feet between 2 tops) or getting my back elbowed by the patrons standing 3 deep at the bar. Our server was efficient and pleasant. Our drinks were fantastic, the food good but not great considering the limited menu, and the music/noise level loud. This is not a place to have a quiet conversation. Once was enough for me.
Best cocktails I have had since I have moved to Detroit!
Flat iron steak : Delicious
Very noisy became a funk bar with bar food quality.
Awesome Food is the name of the game.
While the two person seating more than likely will have you sitting facing/back to the bar, I didn't receive nary a bump. Atmosphere is nice and hip, while the music isn't too loud IF the bar is full you may have to raise your voice some to be heard clearly.
If it's busy, it's busy... don't be a jerk if your server takes a bit of time to get back to you.
A great time, great drinks, good servers.
It's worth making a reservation or wait.
Great cocktail menu & server (Ricky) was very knowledgeable about the drinks and able to make suggestions. Food was delicious, for appetizers had wings, shrimp & short rib tacos, would order all 3 again. Entrees also really good, will definitely go back.
Service was a bit on the slow side but food and drinks were great.
Great environment. Nice music. Great menu. Great drinks. Be prepared to spend a minimum of 20 dollars. I had a shrimp appetizer, fries, and 2 drinks for 50 dollars. I left satisfied. The shrimp was amazing. I ordered the Midelton Cup and it was amazing. I had two but wanted 5 more. The venue is very small. I suggest always using opentable if you want a seat.
Great time, food was good. The special today squash ravioli was amazing! Drinks amazing
This was our first visit to Standby. The cocktail menu is wide and varied. I asked the waitress for a recommendation and she came through with a great choice. The Satsuma gimlet was delightful. We shared a bowl of olives, short rib tacos, fries and fattoush salad. It was more food then the two of us could eat. All was very good. The service is exceptional. This is a small spot but it should not be overlooked.
Cool vibe close to venues. Very accommodating. Lots of drink options but would of liked more small plates.
We had an amazing time and the selection of very good cocktails was impressive. Every drink our group of six tried was great! This is my new favorite place to have drinks and dinner.
Very small and dark. Music was very loud. Very limited menu and the food was just ok. Good drinks but very expensive.
The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is lovely. Highly recommend the fish and chips!
Food was okay. They needed more options. But the service was incredible!
Everyone at the table seemed to enjoy themselves and the meal. We waited in between courses a little longer than I'd have liked but they're a small staff.
Came here for my birthday, cute cozy and good vibes!
Went for our anniversary dinner. Made a reservation, which was definitely a good idea. Food and cocktails were outstanding. Would absolutely recommend Standby. Probably not a good choice for large groups.
Food was rather bland but otherwise venue was nice.
Food was good, cocktails were great, staff was friendly and attentive. Will go there again.
Trendy spot hidden away in the alley. Both the food and cocktail menu were creative and the dishes we ordered were delicious and nicely presented. Would definitely recommend checking it out!
I seldom write a review and I had been to Standby before with a very positive experience. This time there was some sort of photo shoot taking place while we were eating which was very distracting. This included added lighting to a subdued environment that were very bright, disrupting the atmosphere. And while it was clear that there was something going on none of the waitstaff acknowledged this to us nor asked if this was an issue for us. I found it very strange that in a restaurant as small as Standby they chose to take up almost half the restaurant with the photo shoot let alone act as if nothing was going on.
Awesome food and service is always on point. Our waiter Ricky is outstanding, really knows a lot about the menu and makes sure you have the best experience. Ordered the Apartment Bartender and have to say it was one of the me best drinks I’ve ever had!
I have been during the week and prefer the ambiance weekday. Went on a Friday night this time and it is more like a bar, too noisy for my liking. Will be back again to have great cocktails and sharable snacks, but I'll be going mid week.
Phenomenal cocktails - especially the house made tonic. Food was exceptional. Kimchee is a must try. Perfect for pre-game or pre-concert.
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I truly enjoyed myself!k
Service was great and they did have great food, however the Dry Thai was amazing!
Stellar drinks, excellent food, cool atmosphere! Will definitely be back!
I give them a lot of credit: I’ve been coming through at least three chefs and the food is consistently special and good every Time! I’ve managed to keep finding favorites, even when an old favorite goes away. The spagatouille and shrimp app are amazing and the drinks ar stunning!