This lively establishment set on the Avenue of Fashion is the brainchild of Donald Studvent, who made the place known for its brunches, its mix of American fare, and live music.
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This was the worse dining experience I have ever had in my entire life. I was with a group of 6 individuals and we didn't get our food until an hour after placing our order. Moreover, once we did receive our food each of our meals came out at separate times. So, by the time I finished my meal, my friend was just now receiving hers. What is even worse is that the last individual to receive their food did not receive their meal all in one (they first got the catfish, then 5 minutes later the fries, and finally minutes later the Zucchini that came with it - this was suppose to be one meal, not 3).
Also, one of the servers (not our waitress) decided to argue and come up with excuses for why she could not take off the dollar that was put on one of the bills and did not belong there. I appreciated our particular waitress and felt bad that they had her running between serving and going upstairs to bartend. She was literally serving every table in there and was the only one to apologize. Even once we had a chance to speak to the manager, there was no apologies, no concerns, and a very bad attitude given towards us for pointing out our less than satisfying experience.
The build your own burger is freakin awesome.. Carmalized onions, mushrooms, bacon on a toasted Kaiser bun. Love the live jazz
No matter when I go.. Who I'm with... What I order there is always an out of the way wait on food VERY UNPROFESSIONAL
I love the bistro the food is excellent. Get the chicken or shrimp Alfredo. Also they have a good NY strip. Its ALWAYS. A good cut of meat. The service. Is good to and they have great lemonades!!
Verry nice atmosphere great art work and live music along with very good food very well put together
I loved the setting, it is professional but relaxed, very peaceful with smooth music playing, and the food is absolutely delicious! Service = 5 star, food = 5 star, I had the lamb chops that were cooked to perfection, the smashed potatoes were perfect with my veggie blend. I topped it off with the sweet potatoe pie. I left satisfied and I was very pleased with the overall experience. I will be back and I will highly recommend 1917 Bistro!!
Upliftment To The Community , Unity &Love Amongst A Black Neighborhood Mentoring Men Of GOD Loves This Place
simply an AMAZING burger! could not have been better.
JUICE BAR IS TO DIE FOR. I LOVE THIS PLACE
I was hoping to get the same service I received previously. Order. My favorite, the lamb chops. I was with a party of 20. We waited over an hour for food. The appetizers came just before the entree. My long awaited chops were burnt, red and bloody (I ordered medium well) and tough. I was given a butter knife to cut them with. I got tired of "sawing" and dodging the raw meat; I ended up leaving the equivalent of 2 chops on my plate. I raved to my sister for a week about this place. She ordered the lamb chops too. She was given a dull steak knife and left most of her meal on the plate. I was embarrassed. NEVER AGAIN!
My sister chose this venue for her birthday dinner. She likes to try a new restaurant every year and really likes to patronize small businesses, especially in the city. That being said, two of the three people in our party enjoyed the food; the caribbean and the blackened salmon were great. However, they were out of many of the items on the menu-either they had run out or were discontinued. They had alot of wait staff but I think they were new and not very efficient. They were out of steak bites, and about 4 other items on the menu. There was a problem with carbonated beverages and none were available; I heard the gentleman at the next table tell a waiter he had asked for lime wedges for his Corona beer of 5 different people-they had to send someone to purchase some. I ordered spring rolls-at first I was told someone had just ordered the last, and when I expressed my unhappiness, the waiter told me they found some; at $9 I had the equivalent of 2 egg rolls. Unfortunately, this first visit was not great.
The food came out in a timely manner but lacked flavor. The service was friendly but the waitress gave too many personal opinions on health views that didn't compliment the restaurant choices. The dessert (chocolate cake) was terrible! It tasted like a store bought cake that my grandmother took out the freezer for thanksgiving that she bought during a 4th of July fire sale. The icing on the cake was one of the workers yelling out their thanks, appreciation and please return to the only white couple there while all black customers walked out with no acknowledgement. Won't return or recommend.
Worst food and service that I have ever had! My husband and I ordered Corned Beef sandwiches. It was so salty! We were sick for several days after eating there! The servers were rude and NOT attentive. I'm not a needy customer, but a drink and some silverware would be nice!
I love 1917 American Bistro. They have the best lamb chops and the service is GREAT!!!😊. Sunday Brunch is my favorite. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone with no hesitation 😊 It Won't Be A Regret
Like being at home ... owners are real cool.. nice place to go with family and friends.
The food didn't disappoint, but the service need some work.It should never take thirty minutes for bacon/eggs and a side waffle. Especially when there's only two other people in the restaurant.
Great food. Service can be very slow even when not busy. Usually eat in. Today is my first time getting takeout. Over 20 minutes so far but know it will be worth the wait!. Love the catfish. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.
I've eaten here several times and I usually get the blackend catfish,and I love it. One day I decided to get a carryout after a long days work, I called to make to place my order, so by the time I get there, the hostess had my order bagged and said they didn't have any catfish ,so they gave me salmon instead ! I was mad as hell because I don't even like Salmon ,I was very disappointed . Then the second time I ordered they didn't have any mashed potatoes so instead of calling me back to give me another option they just gave me double vegetables. Then he asked me if that was ok , I was like no and walked out. Terrible service .
1917 AMERICAN BISTRO IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST RESTAURANT ON THE PLANET! THE OWNER IS THE KINDEST PERSON YOU'LL EVER MEET! DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, GO TRY IT YOURSELF! FYI, THE JAZZ IS THE BEST YOU'LL EVER HEAR IN PERSON! GO CHECK IT OUT! HURRY BEFORE THEY RUN OUT OF FOOD!!
Great self serve establishment! Both food and drinks are well priced especially for the location and atmosphere. Have been coming here for years and definitely more years to come!
First off the place has a nice environment. But when you go to a resturant you go there to eat and thats where my problem started. Waiter Terrell was awesome. I ordered my cajuan chicken and got me a juice from the juice bar which was great. Cucumber carrot and beet juice. I was the only one in there besides another couple down at the far end. After about 5 minutes a lady and her little boy came in they sat 2 tables over. Now we have 3 tables occupied and the rest are staff about 5 to 6 of them. Ok..the waiter comes out and tells me my food will be ready in 15 minutes. 20 minutes rolled by so im like ok..the lady and little boy that came in after me got their food now Im still being patient. Now 10 more minutes roll by and I see the waiter coming towards me with the menu..WTF. I was starving and someone had posted the resturant on facebook so I went right over looking for a great meal..Well the waiter proceeds to say they dont have any chicken after 45 minutes of waiting and anticipating this meal. WTF..how do you have a resturant with chickeoin the window and on the menu and dont have chicken????Not only was I pissed that they did not inform me immeidately, the waiter and cook lied and said it would be 15 minutes knowing full well he didnt have chicken..lets keep in mind the 3 tables that had customers me being one. Its 5 oclock in the afternoon and nobody was in there why did I have to find out 45 minutes later you had no chicken..bad business. Owners or chef didnt even come out to apologize. I try to support black owned but stuff like this makes it very hard for me. Had to go to Southern Smokehouse where the food is always ready and delicious..Thanks for nothing but a waste of my time..
I have visited this restaurant several times and I always leave with a positive experience. However, I visited 1917 American Bistro twice this week. I regret to say that I am disappointed with the service. On Wednesday I was left sitting at my table with no food or the drink I ordered for 45 minutes. I watched four other guests who arrived after I did, received their food and left before I received my food. I did not complain because this had been the only time it had ever happened to me at this restaurant. I thought maybe something happened. I visited the restaurant again yesterday for my birthday. My mother and I sat at our table for an hour and nobody ever came to our table. No one even asked if we wanted to order our drinks. The servers just kept walking passed us. Even stood in front of us to watch television. So therefore, my mother and I left. I do not like to complain; however the service I have received this past week has been unacceptable. Also, something needs to be done about those filthy menus.
My family and an out-of-town friend visited on last Saturday. Blown AWAY. Of all the items we ordered none were a disappointment: Spring Rolls and Crab Cakes for appetizers don't miss out, order these! both of them. Garlic Butter Chicken with rice and spinach, perfect. Creole Salmon is delicious. Chicken Caesar Salad to finish up the main dishes. Finish with either the Rum Cake or the Chocolate Cake, neither will disappoint. Believe you me this place met every need we had and didn't stop there. We were welcomed in like we knew each other for year and left full and filled with love. God bless this family and their wonderful restaurant. Stop reading these reviews and get over there and eat, eat, eat.
Before I start to my waitress Mia you are a breath of fresh air. I'm happy to have met you! All your dreams will come true! Stay at it and God will see you through! That's why I'm giving more than 1 star!
I've been here for comedy shows and jazz and loved it. However, this morning breakfast visit was horrible. Only one table was seated when I arrived. We're ordered and it took 20 min to receive coffee and was informed that they couldn't "find" a spoon and did I want a straw. Uh no sent it back and asked to be removed from my order and SURPRISE they have a spoon. Meanwhile, two other tables have been seated and have drinks by this time. As the other tables are being served their food ours finally arrives. But without my chicken. That took another 20 minutes. I'll never return. Food was not very tasty and you can tell it was rushed.
First restaurant I have gone into and received my food HOT. Loving it. Check out their special teas and smoothies. Quite impressive.
Wonderful live jazz band. Beautiful artwork on the walls. Very nice wait staff. The owners of the juice bar were very accommodating to my vegan needs. Evetything tastes fresh & flavorful (I had veggie stir fry). I had a great time & will definitely be back!
I frequent this place because their lamb chops are absolutely awesome. ..Always cooked the way that they should be. Chef Don is awesome! They have raw juice bar and Smoothie Bar. Great food great drinks great people! You should frequent this business it really is awesome and the atmosphere is unbelievable.
Great atmosphere, amazing staff, and even better Salmon and German Chocolate cake! New favorite Detroit Restaurant.
Great Food &Amazing Drinks and Atmosphere! Great Place to unwind after work!
You'll be hard pressed to find better food in Detroit. Friendly staff and great food. What else can you say?
Good location, good food, good prices and free Wi-Fi.
The waitstaff are cordial and the food is awesome. The owner even comes to the table to ask if you enjoyed your meal.
Not feeling the Cosmos. No Lamb or Asparagus? And only Ranch & Italian dressing. Really Don. Gotta change my expectations when I come down? The Cajun grilled Salmon was good.
Last year I called to inquire about hosting a bridal shower at this establishment. I was told the owner would need to contact me to answer any questions and provide prices. I left my name, telephone number and a couple of questions but I never received a return call. Fast forward to today. This was my first time patronizing this restaurant. Upon entering we were immediately seated. There were only 6 tables occupied including mine but it took 45 minutes for our shrimp stir fry to be brought out. Our waiter Isaiah was fabulous. He kept the water glasses full, he apologized repeatedly for the delay, when the food did finally arrive he came to make sure we didn't need anything else. The owner doesn't return phone calls, the kitchen staff was extremely slow, the portion size was very disappointing for the amount of money that I paid. I will not be dining here again. Isaiah was the best thing about the entire experience.
Such great place. Good food, great service and they are passionate about the Detroit community.
I enjoy the food here so much. Been coming for years and have never been disappointed by a dish. I believe they make the best grits, salmon, potato skins in the whole world! The owner and staff are friendly and welcoming everytime. My favorite spot.
An absolute gem in the City of Detroit.
Personable, pleasant and practical.
Treat yourself to the Bistro EXPERIENCE.
You will not regret it!
Best...to Chef Don and his entire staff.
Good food and great service. They also have roof top seating. Can't wait until they set it up this summer.
I've been here for over an one hour and the food has not been served yet. We ordered an appetizer and after 45 minutes they said they didn't have it. We were offered free spring rolls, but half of the rolls were cold, and one of was dripping with grease. We didn't even eat the free food offered - now who doesn't eat free food!?! By the way, the bathroom is nasty. We are leaving now. WHAT A SHAME!
There wasn't anyone in the place but it took over a hour to get food. Also it was 1130 and they were out of most of the things that I wanted to eat. Service and atmoshere was good.
Undergoing renovation but still maintaining high quality food.
Never have had less than stellar food, which is high praise from a foodie like me. Service is a tad slow, however.
Service was terribly slow. Granted we had a very large party, it's inexcusable to wait 2.5 hours to be served entrees. Then 3 people ordered smashed potatoes and they brought us rice without notifying us they didn't have potatoes. There was no apology offered for the terribly service or acknowledgement by any staff. You try to support local business and it turns out terrible. The bathrooms were also unkept.
The food is amazing the Chef prepared an outstanding Chicken Alfredo. The wine tasting was not a great experience.
The service was extremely slow. My meal came out in pieces. I ordered fish and eggs. I received the eggs first and then the fish about 45 minutes later. I had to ask for a to-go container several times and still ended up tracking down our extremely incompetent server through the restaurant to retrieve the container. My bill was completely incorrect. Start to finish, just a horrible experience.
Omg. First time here and i will be back. The food is sooo good. My spinach was so good and fresh. Im a vegetable lover and yall have me happy and full.Thank you for the great food and service.
My family and I had the worst time with the food here. The service was a lot better than the food the food that was served was horrible, we waited an hour to an hour and a half for our food some plates that were served were cold, the chicken and fish wasn't cooked all the way through. The restaurant ran out of sides and didn't notify anyone that they were out they just served you cold French fries in which no one ordered. They told us the bread was in the oven and the mash was being made all at the same time none of this is in the store so basically just lying to us to get our money. The manager/owner was insisting to keep drinking with my brother and my aunt on the house. Why are u drinking anyway your supposed to be running a business. My experience here was just over all horrible and I would never visit this place again. 👎👎👎👎
Southern classic menu with flare. I’ve had smoked salmon and capers there, I’ve had salmon croquettes there, I’ve had chicken and waffles. Whatever fits your fancy you can probably find from fresh squeezed juices and smoothies to mimosas. Owner and chef personally greets every guest. Very clean and elegant presentation but casual. Great for Sunday brunch
I love this place. Don, the owner personally comes around and asks about your visit. The food is delicious but I honestly love the personal service. Any of my friends or family that come to the city looking for great food and the authentic Detroit experience, I send them to 1917. 5 stars!!!
Highly disappointed. Took over an hour to be served. No it was not busy. There was a party of 7, 3, 2 and 2 with one waitress. And an item that was on the menu they didn't have... I only came for the particular item. The music was nice. The bill came quicker than the meal.
The service was slowwww! My food was cold. But the staff was friendly and the prices are reasonable. And they offer wine tasting.
I will give them another chance.
My husband and I went today 11/25, the hostess said it would be 1/2he before they would take our order just two people were seated I asked why? No one was in there she stated it doesn't matter if we are sitting it depends on the cook.? So we would have to seat 1/2he before our order taken then how long would it be before we get it?? The hostess had a attitude we didn't stay. Customer service should be key!! Also the time on there blog to open is 10am. We were there at 11:40😞
I loved this place does anyone know if they opened another location?
Love this beautiful restaurant. I've been here on dates with my husband and also to "sip-n-shop" events upstairs. Nice atmosphere.
Came in for lunch today and was not let down by my fellow yelpers! I ordered the Caribbean chicken with steamed broccoli and rice. To me, it was home-cooked...read this and 92 more