Standby

4.6
256 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
A good bar is one that suddenly transports you, one where you can really take a load off. To our team, that means a thoughtfully created craft cocktail bar where our customers feel just as comfortable ordering a shot and a beer as they do ordering a Negroni. Our vision was to create a hideaway of sorts. The entrance is through an alley into an old elevator shaft, the space is dimly lit and designed to offer a little refuge from your day to day.

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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of Operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–2:00 am
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(313) 736-5533
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Business Casual
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Cocktail Catering services available for parties of any size. http://www.standbydetroit.com/inquiries/
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighbourhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross Street
Broadway & Gratiot - Located in The Belt Alley
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking Details
We validate parking for up to 2 hours in "The Z" parking garage on Gratiot Avenue, right next to Standby.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public Transit
Cadillac Center People Mover Station
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special Events & Promotions
Buyout PDF available upon request.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
What 256 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
RP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
AM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a very cool restaurant and the food was terrific!

Report
Helpful
RS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
DW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice place. Staff was very friendly. Food was great. Looking forward to coming back.

Report
Helpful
SW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very cool and energetic atmosphere with a superb drink menu.

Report
Helpful
CK
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Waited 20 minutes without a server showing up. It was not busy at the time. Then left.

Report
Helpful
CT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
DL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!!

Report
Helpful
CJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
KV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

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.

Report
Helpful
MR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best cocktails I have had since I have moved to Detroit!

Report
Helpful
KW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Flat iron steak : Delicious

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Very noisy became a funk bar with bar food quality.

Report
Helpful
T
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service was a bit on the slow side but food and drinks were great.

Report
Helpful
FT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
v
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great time, food was good. The special today squash ravioli was amazing! Drinks amazing

Report
Helpful
C
Detroit
105 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
n
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cool vibe close to venues. Very accommodating. Lots of drink options but would of liked more small plates.

Report
Helpful
DM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Very small and dark. Music was very loud. Very limited menu and the food was just ok. Good drinks but very expensive.

Report
Helpful
LM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is lovely. Highly recommend the fish and chips!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was okay. They needed more options. But the service was incredible!

Report
Helpful
MC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for my birthday, cute cozy and good vibes!

Report
Helpful
CB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was rather bland but otherwise venue was nice.

Report
Helpful
SS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, cocktails were great, staff was friendly and attentive. Will go there again.

Report
Helpful
S
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
ZD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 1

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.

Report
Helpful
E
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great Ambience!

Report
Helpful
NE
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
JC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
C
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal cocktails - especially the house made tonic. Food was exceptional. Kimchee is a must try. Perfect for pre-game or pre-concert.

Report
Helpful
CP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I upload a photo on my blog. Iamfabbycassie.

I truly enjoyed myself!k

Report
Helpful
DL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great and they did have great food, however the Dry Thai was amazing!

Report
Helpful
DD
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Stellar drinks, excellent food, cool atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
7