The Motown Bistro

3.8
717 reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
WELCOME TO THE MOTOWN BISTRO OYSTER BAR, LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL EASTERN MARKET OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN, AND MINUTES AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT. THE MOTOWN BISTRO IS WHERE GREAT FOOD, MUSIC, AND SERVICE ALL MEET TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE, ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE. WHILE ENJOYING AN ARRAY OF CULINARY MASTERPIECES, IMPECCABLE SERVICE IS OUR GUARANTEE. WE STRIVE ONLY FOR THE BEST.

Live music nightly at 7pm!
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3.8
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

great food & ambiance. service was a little slow near the end of the meal.

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Evette
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great choice for my hubby’s birthday. The food and service was great. He enjoyed himself immensely until the Dj kept repeating tracks. It was a little loud for me but sitting further away from the DJ would solve that next time. That was the only downside.

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None
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

It was okay people should dress for the occasion. They should enforce the dress code because the Atmosphere is very nice and cause for casual wear not jeans and gym shoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seafood taco is slappin

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Zopound
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Service, ambiance, and drinks were excellent. Food was not very good! We had the steaks and they were bland at best and overcooked.

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Crystal
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Live music is not live it is old men on a piano singing
The good is a 1 don’t not get the seafood nachos/ stuffed salmon not done will never go to again horrible

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Aggie
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It went very well. Our server was attentive (Savon) and I may be spelling that incorrectly. It was great service and the music both live and DJ was great! We will be back. I had the lobster and noodles (not sure the exact name of dish)

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Disappointed
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

The setting was nice with the live music, some dishes the food was luke warm and some food was cold, not ok with how long it took to get food. The service was terrible. Had to keep reminding the waiter to bring out portions of the dish that was missing. The waiter left in mid sentence explaining the menu to tend to another table and came back after we waited for 20mins. The food was just ok. Not worth the money! Gratuity is included in the pricing of the bill, which is fine if the service was good. I would not be going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

The waitress was horrible treated is as of we were dirt and the host wasn’t no better but the food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I just want to say Gary was fantastic he was knowledgeable about the special which made us not only get 1 but both that night. He was attentive even though having multiple table to service he was still attentive. I been in industry long enough and the service and the place match other 5 star restaurants. I really enjoyed the the live music it gave our date night what it needed. Will definitely be back again

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Shugatee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wonderful time at the Motown Bistro for my birthday Saturday November 13th well seasoned food good music and our server Sean was very nice. La.Tonya

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StinaL
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Gary our server was great, the food could have been hotter, it was luked warm and the fries with the fish was not cooked brown, fish was really good.

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PamR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The salmon was the best I ever had! Everything was delicious, I enjoyed the music and the atmosphere.
Our server, Stephanie, was attentive and helpful.
I can’t wait to return .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Very loud first of all. I love live music, but jeeze! I could hardly hear my girlfriend speak! Our server was Inattentive to say the least. My first cocktail took literally 20 minutes to get to me and there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. I work in the service industry myself mind you so I know how it goes. But still it was a little outrageous especially when my girlfriend ordered a coke and our server didn’t even bring her coke first but instead waited to bring it with my cocktail. Like that’s just flat out rude. Also, there’s no free refills? He charged us for both cokes she got. Like that’s crazy to me. How cheap do you have to be to have that be a real thing. The food, worst filet I’ve ever ordered in my entire life. It was cut 3 times so they could see the temperature. That’s such a rookie move. It was rough and chewy. My food was cold also. Green beans on the side were ice cold and my filet was not hot whatsoever. The potato was the best part and it didn’t even have any butter to go with it. My girlfriend ordered a side of mashed potatoes and the potatoes were raw and had a huge Chunk of raw potato in the dish. We couldn’t even eat it. It was my birthday and our server, Will, didn’t even offer any sort of dessert menu to us. I didn’t expect a free dessert, but I at least wanted to be offered a dessert menu to observe. I felt like our server wanted nothing to do with us and paid no mind to us whatsoever. As a bartender, I have to have a certain uniqueness and finesse to have a job in the service industry, but Mr. Robot Will, have no flair whatsoever. P.S. the oysters were amazing, great job with those. All in all, I picked the wrong place to celebrate my 30th birthday. I probably won’t go back, unfortunately. Overall, 2 out of 5 stars. Better luck with your next guest.

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Patricks
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

the food was delicious, and the waitress was very nice and friendly, explained the menu specials, awesome fruity margaritas drinks , and the peach cobbler was on point . I recommend weekday visits , not very busy

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Julie
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Arrived for reservation - no one there to seat us or provide assistance. Band performing-we were ignored for 15 mins and left

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Food was terrible

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ShannonC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall the experience was great!! Especially considering I was visiting for the weekend. My only problem is I booked a reservation and received a seating arrangement worst than the party that was seated before me and my complaint was met with a rude response from the gentleman responsible for the issue. Also a booth became open, I requested it and was denied meanwhile a party that arrived after me was issued the booth by the same guy who stated there was nothing he could do. The live music mixed with the great service and of course the libations made for a wonderful evening.

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MikeG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was very tasty and our server Lindsay was amazing.

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KeyKei
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice ambience and live music. Wish they did Motown music with all the Motown albums. Overall nice place with good food. I would go back and try something new.

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LYDIAJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first time and it was everything. I have a reservation for my 50TH birthday on 12/19. So I needed to see the atmosphere and taste the food. I can’t wait til my birthday!!!

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BrittanyG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omg what an experience!!!! Food was Amazing!! Drinks were good(pricey) but very good …. Definitely will be back Live Band was definitely a nice touch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

50th Birthday thanks

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Ciera
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

There was a 20 minute wait even though I had a reservation. People without reservations got sat before my group because they "walked in first", which defeats the purpose of a reservation.
We sent both appetizers back for being overcooked/burnt (oysters and calamari).
I was told the oysters were going to be cooked the same, even though a friend sent me a picture of their-exact same oysters from earlier in the week and it was no where near burnt.
My steak was overcooked and they have me a baked potato, although the website said it comes with whipped potatoes. After asking the waiter was it supposed to come with a baked potato(I couldn't remember at first), he stated the menu was wrong and all steak meals automatically come with a baked potato. I let him know I didn't know that and would like the whipped potatoes. He brought them quickly but it was side plate, no where near the amount that would've come with the entree.
The first round of drinks came with the glass 2/3rds full and when I asked why, they stated the glasses were too big but the amount of liquid is standard.

Overall, the live singer was amazing and my second round of drinks(tropical margarita) was delicious. The second order of calamari was delicious. Our bill was $200 which is typical for us, but it did not feel worth it at all. I will not be returning.

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MonicaB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Reservations mean nothing, had and additional 30 min to sit around dirty glasses drawing gnats while waiting for sitting, first drink had gnats on the fruit, food brought out cold to us as well as the wrong order. Live music was LOUD And Distracting, place to small for that high volumeGratuity of 18% AUTOMATIC To your bill regardless. I can say I tried it was not impressed and wouldn’t refer, they need to staff better hire bar backs for dishes and control volume of bands playing

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bernadetteh
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Decided to go here for my birthday dinner based on the reviews of others and pics of the food. Ambiance and atmosphere were great. Seated at the bar to allow the rest of my party time to arrive (about 10 mins), bartender never asked if I wanted to order anything but checked on the patron less than 10 ft from me. Finally seated and the waiter did the bare minimum. Came over and took drink, appetizer orders and didn’t check back for at least 20 mins. When he did come to the table, it was only to bring something and never asked if anything else was needed before quickly walking away. The food was cold when we received and not very good so we decided not to place entree orders. Lemon drop martinis were delicious tho. Service was bad but we still tipped him on top of the 18% already included in the bill.

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vipThomasM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was wonderful and Gary took very good care of us. It was our first visit and we were not disappointed.

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CarshaP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered a steak and it was very juicy and seasoned well. The ambiance was very nice and the live band made the cherry on top.

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MichaelQ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

Not sure where to start. 1. Why are we listening to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in a Motown theme restaurant??

2. It took an hour to get soup and a salad, once the main entrée came 1 hour and 37 minutes after initial order the steak was burned but red in the middle. My 3 inch lobster tail had no substance to it whatsoever it literally disintegrated soon as I touched it.

At least my smashed potatoes was good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

The food was okay.
The chicken was really salty. The was actual mold on the cake I was so embarrassed I took a woman there for a date. I thought it was a really classy place. I was very disappointed at the mold.

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vipAmyM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

I have been here several times & I loved it from the service to the food & ambiance everything was great but this last time I went the service was horrible and the food wasn’t as delicious as I know it could have been!

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Anay
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Had the lamb chops and the food was excellent. Our waitress never came to check on us beside bringing our food back.

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KeeshaH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Food was cold and for the money we spent they only allowed 1hr and 15mins for you to eat there but it took 45mins to get food and had to rush and eat it...And people say support your own...Never Again!!

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Peachy
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

DO NOT make a reservation with this restaurant. They are shady. They require a credit card which should have raised a red flag but I went on good faith and reserved a table for 3. The day before I tried to cancel online but the open table app indicated I had to contact the restaurant. I phoned the restaurant and the lady I spoke to confirmed my cancellation. Five days later I notice a charge of $50.00 on my credit card account. Unfortunately I did not get a written or traceable confirmation so now this matter is being disputed. Again if they ask for a credit card to reserve a table, DO NOT RESERVE A TABLE WITH THEM!!!!!

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BrittanyT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wait staff was absolutely amazing and the food even better. The love music was the icing on the cake, really enjoyed myself

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CarolynB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect. One of the best restaurants in Detroit

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Finerdiner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good , I just wish it was a few degrees hotter as I like my food piping hot.

Other than that minor thing, I definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

2 servers. The one with no Jaír was HORRIBLE. We complained to manager and she still included 18% tip.
I will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Service was superb. The live entertainment was excellent. The ambiance was wonderful. I'll definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful time when we go to The Motown Bistro. Both Will waiters do a phenomenal job. Great energy and atmosphere.

FAQs

The Motown Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

The Motown Bistro is rated 3.8 stars by 717 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.