The Motown Bistro

3.9
751 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!
What 751 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
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Dede
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good spot and excellent food.

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Stu0717
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

The server read the specials wrong and the food included ingredients I can't eat. We even told him I couldn't eat it after it came out and he did nothing about it. We also told the manager and she blamed us for "picking that item as our order"

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vipErinM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WOW!!! We grabbed a table last minute as it was the only place near that still had reservations available. We walked in with zero expectations or hopes other than a bite before a concert. Food and service were incredible! William was attentive and helpful without being over bearing. Appetizers, drinks and dinner were all so yummy. Only sad we missed out on the live music since we had to get to our plans.

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RTGOD
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very tasty. Fresh lobster and cooked good. Only complaint would be the temperature of the food. Nothing was hot. I didn't complain nor voice it to our server Gary. It wasn't a deal breaker. The other complaint is the automatic 20% gratuity. I don't recall seeing that on the menu and we were just a party of two. Gary was great, so no complaints on tipping him 20%, I just don't believe in forced tipping amounts, especially 20%.

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PamelaB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Upon entering it was soft music playing. I was seated immediately and my date was shown to my chosen booth seat. Gary waited on us and was very kind and suggested meals not on the menu. The stuffed Salmon was over the top delicious. There was no room for dessert. We will for certain come back for a second visit.

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vipClew
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent. Lindsey provided outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow, outstanding service and food. You are missing a treat if you don’t go to dinner here. Our server, Will, was simply superb. Engaging and knowledgeable. We will be going back again and our friends said the same.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice and they had live music

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The seafood was delicious and ambiance very cool. This was our first time here. We will be back.

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Mark
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Steak was very tough, used steak knife to "saw" it. Almost burned flavor. Waitress was not attentive, water was empty several times. There were not many customers, she kept disappearing in back room.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff and great food!

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KennyH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

The service was bad ,the food was over cooked, the men bathroom was well kept, but the ladies bathroom was disgusting and with this pandemic going around that should b the first thing that is looked after.

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Lkkkkkkkk
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

I understand it was busy for nye but we were just 100% forgotten about. If you enjoy waiting an hour for a drink from the bar this place is for you. Was looking forward to a night out and was definitely disappointed. Will never return to this place just awful service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The entertainment was amazing! The booths are super cozy! The service was awesome, The food was cooked perfectly and the presentation was exceptional! The only thing that took away from the food was that the steaks weren’t the best cut of meat! Which really was sad because if the quality of the meat could be improved they would be one of the best places to get a steak in the city!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We went to celebrate my daughter's birthday and enjoy the festivities for New Years eve. They had live music which was nice and the Michigan game was on.. the food was over cooked and a little over seasoned, our server hardly checked on us which in some cases that's fine, but our table needed plates removed, he only waited on us when we seen him walking by and we had to get his attention, however after dinner,as we sat listening to the music,we thought we could just stay there for the rest of the evening and watch the rest of the game until a lady come tell us, we have to leave because she need to turn the table. We did have reservations and there was know time limit to how long you had a table, it wasn't discussed at the time of reservations and since it was New years eve and they kept announcing that they're open to 1am "so everyone enjoy your evening of good music and good food". We were like wow, but no argument from us because our server was never was attentive with us. But again we was trying to enjoy our night..he had a problem with us asking about the menu.
There's more.. but at this point, I do not have to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

my absolute favorite place to go for a date. food is incredible and the live music makes the place!

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DJBigBen
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here and we throughly enjoyed the experince. Would definitely recommend!

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vipPABJAH
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for dinner after a day at the Eastern market. Had a wonderful meal great time, great service, and great food.

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PatriciaW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

We weren’t able to order food until 5pm? Why lte us make a 4 pm reservation without notifying us of that. We sat for an hour then the Dj left?

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Food was overpriced and not very big portions. Meet was overcooked. Drinks were overpriced. Piano player was extremely loud. Our waitress was attentive.

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RoxanaM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

We were put at a table next to the door and to the piano and you could feel the draft every time when someone came in.
It was nice that they had live music, but it was to loud, we couldn’t hear anything. We asked multiple times to be moved bc they had other tables available until they actually moved us. Our server had an attitude too!

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KeciaD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Overall service. Food was cold, greasy, and flavorless was charged for items we hadn't received then the waitor charge are credit card for the wrong items etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It was for my birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We had lobster Mac and cheese which was very good. The Mac and cheese had great flavor and was topped with a grilled lobster tail, which was not expected. Also had the New York Oscar. When it came to the table, the steak was undercooked and the potatoes were cold. The vegetables were vey good. The waiter took the steak back to cook it more. When it came back, the steak was still too rare and they covered the entire plate with the sauce. Everything tasted good, we just had a less than perfect.

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Saundra313
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I were having a pre-concert meal. We were seated and attended to quickly. We didn’t wait long for our food. The service was great. Gary is very personable yet professional. There was live music which was awesome. The crowd was small and the environment was cozy. Parking was pretty convenient. This is my second time dining here and I will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was our first time here. Great food and service. The staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. We will definitely go back when we are in the area again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food as always was fantastic. We ate after a show at the Fox and it was perfect. Meals terrific, drinks terrific and Gary is the best. Wish we were down for a show more than a couple times a year but we will always make the Bistro a stop when we can. Lamb Chops, Lobster, Shrimp and Chicken Fettucine, Calamari and Catfish apps. All were mouth watering. Thanks again and see you soon!

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LaDa
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Was very satisfied overall. Food and service was good. Ambiance was nice. It is a bit pricey, so be prepared.

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

I loved the food it was delicious and the service was great! It’s perfect for date night?

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JimmiayaD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice establishment and the food and service was Great!

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constanceb
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing!! The entertainment was wonderful as well, a tad loud but we were right up front.

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KaylaM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

There was someone there bothering our family the whole night. A drunk patron that no one asked to leave us alone. No security, waitress barely checked in on us most likely due to automatic gratuity. Food was over priced. Ambiance great.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

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

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vipDavidB
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ask for Willie and make sure you check out the live music and amazing bone in rib-eye.

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Evette
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
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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The Motown Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

The Motown Bistro is rated 3.9 stars by 751 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.