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Cliff Bell's

Nightlife, Jazz & Blues, Arts & Entertainment, Restaurants, Fast Food, Bars, Entertainment

Description

Welcome to Cliff Bell’s, where a truly unique dining and entertainment experience await you. As soon as you step through our doors, you’ll take a step back in time. The 1930’s charm of the lavish, art-deco interior will have your friends talking for hours. The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere sets the mood for a night not to be forgotten. Signature cocktails are ordered as the Jazz trio begins to play on stage. The quiet bustle of the club begins to come to life! Discover this cultural gem for yourself during one of our nightly jazz sets, Sunday brunch, daily lunches, or our popular happy hour Tuesday through Friday.

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Parking

Valet, Street

Credit card

Yes

Price

$$$

Attire

Casual

Groups

Yes

Kids

No

Reservations

Yes

Delivery

No

Take out

No

Waiter

Yes

Outdoor seating

No

Alcohol

Full Bar

Ambience

Classy

Good for

Dinner

Wi fi

Free

Has tv

No

Caters

Yes

Wheelchair

Yes

Best nights

Thu, Fri, Sat

Coat check

Yes

Happy hour

Yes

Music

Live

Smoking

No

Good for dancing

No

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564 Reviews

564 Reviews

Paul G

5/25/2016

Atmosphere is nice with cool, dark lighting and constant performances. The place was very clean, even the backstage (which was a bit cramped) Good food to eat while you watch. Will come back for another show.

Tom G

5/25/2016

Great place! Went for an evening dinner from the suburbs and glad we came. The performer there was great, entertaining, and relaxing to listen to. Staff were nice. Drinks were a bit pricey, but some of the best made (Bell's Blossom and Stuburn as a Mule were great). The food was ok (pheasant was dry and the sturgeon was a bit gamey)--we heard the food was ok prior to going. Because there was a show we had to pay a $10 cover per person which wasn't that bad. Loved the atmosphere and felt historic. Would def go back and recommend to others.

Edward W

5/25/2016

Sunday Brunch! The shrimp and grits are amazing along with the steak and eggs. They also have other great dishes. Don't waste your time going somewhere else? They're prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is great and the decor is just right!

Ashley J

5/25/2016

Great atmosphere. Great service. Excellent food. Would come again. Good for dates.

S

5/25/2016

Jazzy fun. Swanky feel. Vintage appeal. The women's restroom will make you want to powder your nose whether or not you normally wear powder.

Michael S

6/27/2016

Step back in time with dark wood, smooth jazz and fine food. Date night for two, maybe a booth for four. Intimate fun for adults!

Kayla S

10/29/2016

We stumbled across this place in mid January and found a beautiful piece of Americana. Besides the spectacular surroundings the food was crafted with such skill and delicacy. A burst tomato sauce with hand rolled gnocchi, steak that cut like butter and a nice wine selection makes for a memorable and musical night.

Evan M

10/29/2016

Wow, what a piece of history. The prohibiton era ambiance with smooth jazz playing in the background really set the mood. The stunning woodwork kept me captivated the whole time I was there. We stopped in with my wife and in-laws as a part of our anniversary tour and ordered their meat and cheese platter along with an order of rosemary fries. As simple as our order was I was astounded and the level of craftsmanship and flavor the chef was able to introduce into the dishes. I was a particular fan of the honey mustard on the meat and cheese plate that paired exquisitely with the sausages and ham on the plate. Look forward to going their again and trying out more of their fine food!

Debi S

10/29/2016

The food was surprising good!! The martinis actually had alcohol in them.... Music was good but a little loud .. it was hard to hold a conversation while the band was playing ...valet was fast and accomodating ..had our car already pulled up in front when we walked out .....over all a fun place to hang out...

Chad M

10/29/2016

Such a great place! great look inside as well as drrinks and food. you step back in time for any show there. love jazz and love this place.

markus d

10/29/2016

Great music, great atmosphere, pretty good food. Come for the Sunday brunch!

Christy J

11/29/2016

Smooth live jazz in a beautiful, elegant, well decorated piece of history! This place has character and is a true gem of Detroit. Waiter even catered to my veganism and bought me a bowl of roasted red pepper couscous. I highly recommend this place! Busy on Friday and Saturday nights, so make reservations. $10 cover and $10 valet, although self park is available close by.

Joseph G

11/29/2016

Great place and food, but slow service at bar.

Russell C

11/29/2016

I had pulled pork so I had them bring it back to be cooked a little bit longer and it still came out cold the second time. My buddy ate alone and I didn't eat at all. It was a good atmosphere.

Lindsay K

12/31/2016

Good food, sub par service and overpriced. We've tried this place twice now and as beautiful as it is we want it to be fantastic but it fails to meet expectations. First time the food wasn't very good but our most recent visit the food was fantastic. I think 3.5 stars would be more fair if the food continues to be done so well but unfortunately that's not an option. Both visits the service was slow and disorganized. Dirty dishes were left on the table after multiple staff visited the table. With as many great options as there are in Detroit, these guys need to step things up to play in the game. You can only ride on looks and a name for so long in my opinion.

Trevor D

12/31/2016

Sometimes music is a little loud, but some of the coolest ambiance and decor downtown

Anthony R

2/3/2017

Great atmosphere. Really enjoyed our meal and the live jazz performance.

Dave M

2/3/2017

I've been to Detroit twice and stopped in for Sunday Brunch at Cliff Bell's both times. This place makes it genuinely difficult to remember what year you're in. Beautiful and fun establishment with reasonable prices.

Dezerai M

2/3/2017

The mood is lovely, great music, good food all the way around, a grand evening.

Service was on point.

Brian M

2/3/2017

Classy atmosphere with musical acts - excellent food with attentive wait staff

Christopher L

3/3/2017

Went here on a date and absolutely loved it. The band was great, atmosphere perfect, and drinks aplenty. Highly recommend if you're looking to impress.

LM F

4/6/2017

Wow. Fantastic food. Very flavorful without being overseasoned. Both the chicken and pork tenderloin was so moist it practically melts in your mouth. Desserts were just a good. Cool atmosphere with the decor and live music. Did I mention it's a jazz lounge that captivated all age patrons?

Nikeah H

4/6/2017

I went here to watch my friend and his band perform (they sounded beautiful, by the way). Servive was wonderful, the food was divine, and the stage had a lovely set up.

The drink section was extensive (although I didn't drink), so if you like to drink, this is a good place to sit, listen to music, and have one.

Wonderful place for a date!

I've attached a photo of what I had, but sadly, I cannot remember what it's called.

Nikyra H

4/6/2017

Truly spectacular place. They serve all sorts of drinks (alcoholic and non), and the food is quite good (however, a tad pricey!). They allow many different artists to perform, and it's a wonderful experience. Low lighting makes the place a cozy spot, as well.

Denise M

4/6/2017

Nice place in general. My son plays for a few of the Youth Jazz groups and it's always a hassle. If there is a program here and you still want to be open to the public the program people should get priority. Don't tell me I have to buy dinner in order to sit at a table and then be shuffled around to accommodate someone that had no idea of the program. The waitstaff is slow but friendly and the Hostess w/ the dreads is just rude!. I only come because of the programs... nothing else nor will I ever. *** So update to this review I went to cliff bells on 4/23/17 for my son's high school jazz band performance. Came in told the Hostess how many seats I needed and was promptly seated with no hassle or attitude (different person this time) and our server James was absolutely wonderful!! Way better experience than the last time.

Chochie H

5/9/2017

First off, Cliff Bell's is gorgeous.

The building housing Bell's combination jazz club, bar, and restaurant was designed by "Architect of Detroit" Albert Kahn, and the club itself was designed by noted architect Charles Agree. Opening in 1935, and fully restored in 2005, every inch of the interior is glowing mahogany hardwood, leather, and brass. Wall-sized wood panel murals adorn one wall, leading towards a beautiful art deco sunburst behind the stage, and all under an amazing curved wood ceiling. Truly one of the saved gems of Detroit architecture.

Hear jazz most nights and enjoy one of the fabulous cocktails. Reservations are a good idea if you don't want to wait. The vibe is upscale but still casual, and it's the kind of place you can wear a sport coat or a t-shirt to, but why not look good in a place as good looking as this?

Lizanne C

6/9/2017

Groovy atmosphere, great jazz and a nice selection of bar beverages. Went in for a drink post Tiger game and T-shirt with jeans was as comfortable attire as the ladies all dressef for Friday night fun!

Decor is divine, historic and a fab place to hang out in the D! 👍🎶🍻😊

Vinal D

7/9/2017

I booked a large group dinner to celebrate my birthday at Cliff Bell's, and I wholeheartedly regret doing so. The evening started out well; we enjoyed the historic setting and the ambiance (which is why I chose it in the first place). Our servers were friendly enough and our food was decent. But it all went downhill once we asked for the check. Five minutes after leaving it on the table, one of the servers came by to tell us she forgot to add a $10/person cover charge. That was shocking, to say the least, since half of our party had already paid upon entry. We immediately asked to speak to the manager, who came over and said he'd make an exception for us. While that was nice of him, it didn't improve the situation. We ended up waiting over ONE HOUR to pay the check (granted, we had provided several credit cards but I don't see how charging them could take over 15 minutes). The whole debacle nearly ruined my birthday, and my friends left dinner with a bad taste in their mouths. I feel awful for inconveniencing them, especially those who went through the trouble to make the drive to Detroit, arrange babysitters, etc. All of that said, I do not recommend Cliff Bell's — especially for large parties. There are far better, more professional establishments in Detroit that would certainly respect and appreciate your business more.

Brad P

7/9/2017

Great place, great night out. Beautiful setting, and the music makes for something different and a really enjoyable experience. For menu looks to have recently expanded in some great offerings, but with an accordingly higher price tag.

beth c

7/9/2017

Cliff Bell's was on my bucket list until this visit. We are usually in Detroit for baseball games and never feel like we are dressed appropriately for this place. However this time as we were walking back to our hotel the sign on the sidewalk said come on in! I asked if it was ok since we had game day wear on and the lady said yes! This place is sexy. In the day imagine the talent that played here. We ordered an old fashioned and cosmo, both were divine. The bartender working spoke to us for a while and was friendly. He thanked us for stopping and said to come back soon. I am so glad we stopped and experienced Cliff Bell's...finally.

Barry J

8/10/2017

Ordered a salad and the waiter brought a steak. Decided to just eat it. $56 just for the steak!! He got every single order wrong. Overpriced. Great music though. Just get drinks and way elsewhere

Scott S

9/13/2017

Alright place, good drinks and decent food, little pricey for what you get. Worth checking out to see the restored interior and catch one of the shows they host.

Greg D

11/14/2017

Oh man I love this place. Even if you don't like jazz you should at least stop in for a cocktail and checkout the old-school decor. The acoustics in this place are stellar. No matter where you sit in the club, even if you can't see the stage, sounds phenomenal.

kristin k

11/14/2017

Such a neat little gem. The live jazz band never disappoint and the ambiance is wonderful. It's like stepping back in time pair that with the delicious food and you have another Detroit treasure

jeremy w

11/14/2017

One of a kind Art Deco Jazz club. Good music, good drinks, and ambiance for days

MM m

12/15/2017

The live jazz was great. The food was too dressy and didn't taste all that well. Need to introduce American cuisine, soul food, and more vegetarian/vegan options. Instead and trying to be so fancy and over the top on pretty food add some flavor (garlic, Lawry's, old bay) and just serve good tasting food it does not have to be fancy; if it tastes good I'd definitely come back. Its way over priced. Get a cook that can cook instead of cooking pretty with no taste and add bread sticks to the tables while patrons wait for meals or a complimentary side salad with every meal. I would pay for good food that's how to keep my business The food here is just way to fancy and nasty for no reason. Change that menu! Yuck!

Troy W

12/15/2017

Went here for their Sunday brunch special with some friends. We had a great time. The atmosphere upon entering is a slick jazz club feel. There was live music and the food was great. It is more on the pricy side, with the average plate for brunch at $16. It was worth it for the experience in my opinion. If you plan to go make a reservation.

Chris F

12/15/2017

Outstanding place I will going back for more. if you have not been it is a must place to go. The food and live band is out of this world. Love it love it.😁

Brian T

1/16/2018

As a music lover this is a fantastic way to dine. The drinks were good, food was delicious, music was excellent. Went to celebrate a birthday and had a blast. Good jazz and tasty food make for a place I wish I could afford to visit more often! The age of the building brings character and history to what would otherwise be just some music and food.

Eve F

1/16/2018

Food was tasty and atmosphere was nice. Portions are small but hearty. Enjoyed the live Jazz musician. The bartender, Mr. B was friendly and provided great customer service. The hostess which was a woman who appeared to be training another gentleman was awful. This was on Sunday morning for brunch. She appeared fluster, no customer service, inattentive, and unable to properly manage crowds. She was not able to accommodate us on a table so we eventually sat ourselves by the bar. Furthermore, the entire time we were at the restaurant, tables were open and not being utilize but time after time she told us there were no tables. Luckily, the bartender was attentive and had a good experience because of him and the live music. The hostess needs training herself on how to properly treat customers, work with large crowds, proper work etiquette, and be friendly. I gave it a 3 stars because of the terrible experience with the hostess.

Amber H

1/16/2018

Fantastic food, I got the special which was a brisket hash with two poached eggs on top, I wished for more potatoes but the taste overall was amazing brisket was so juicy and just fell apart! The restaurant had an environment that you just don't see anymore, classic dimly lit piano bar. Loved it. Can't wait to come back.

Dan S

1/16/2018

Friendly, classy place. The only thing better than the food was the music. I inadvertently left an additional tip on my bill (Bell's automatically added one). They kindly refunded the error on my part. Nice establishment.

Amelia K

2/16/2018

Beautiful building, great atmosphere. Pretty pricey, and the food wasn't amazing but I'll definitely be back. The bathroom was nice and had a powder room with lots of mirrors, and the music was great. It's a loud room, so thankful we chose not to sit on the stage! Parking is easy, there is a lot right in front for $10.

Kyle B

2/16/2018

Had my 35th birthday brunch here. Is a great place to enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed a wonderful live jazz pianist/ vocalist as well as bottomless bloodies and mimosas. Great environment and delicious food. Shrimp and grits is my favourite! Extra hot sauce, please.

Shantelle T

3/19/2018

Awesome swanky jazz club and lounge. It's the perfect date spot. The atmosphere is dark and romantic and the jazz talent is always impressive. Drinks are reasonably priced. I've heard the food is excellent too but i haven't tried it yet.

Matthew A

3/19/2018

Music way too loud

Music wasnt great

Food is mediocre for the price

Server was not very attentive

Too many tables make it really cramped

Got a rubber band on my plate that I almost ate because of how dark it is - they paid for my meal because of it, which was nice.

I don't typically write reviews - good or bad but this place could be so much better

Pavel G

4/19/2018

The place itself is amazing. The inside interior is very authentic and feels super cool. The music was good, but not load enough to even cover the noise of people speaking at the dining room and we have been sitting very close to the stage. That made it very hard even to hear it well. The food quality is really bad, more like fast food style yet the prices are quite high. Could be a great place, but needs quite a few changes...

BRI'AN D

4/19/2018

Came here for happy hour on a Thursday night with colleagues. The place was pretty empty. The atmosphere was very old school...a 1930s feel. The service was great though. Happy hour drinks were fantastic. The truffle fries were top notch...ordered 3 rounds of those. All in all, very happy with this place. Would come here again for sure!

Lewis A

4/19/2018

I,my wife & my mother visited Cliff Bell"s for the 1st time on my birthday. The ambiance is very dim but personal with a live jazz ban playing in the back round. It's a place for a mature crowd, very laid back with a hint of classy. The minue is a bit pricey but I found it well worth it $183.38 to be exact. I had the 18 oz prime rib w/veggies w/real potatoes & delicious shrimp that was cooked to perfection, my wife had lamb chops & my mom had the surf & turf which they both seem to enjoy. This joint most definitely got my attention. I encourage anyone that is a lover of jazz to try this joint because will soon be visiting again.

Kate N

5/19/2018

Excellent Speakeasy venue. Great drinks and food. Unique appetizer options. Bring a little extra cash if you're looking to eat and drink a lot. It's a little pricey for my liking.

Carly S

7/22/2018

They always have great music here. Their food is amazing. They have a great craft cocktail list as well as a decent selection of craft beer. I recently tried some of their desserts for the first time and they were excellent! For their Saturday 930 performance we had reservations for 4 and I would encourage others to make reservations since it can get busy.

Janice S

8/23/2018

Went last weekend again, for dinner and Jazz music-both were excellent! We had prime seating to see the musicians. The filet was the most juicy and tender that I've had in a long time!

I love the 30's history, preservation of mahogany and brass, and my favorite murals.

Paul M

8/23/2018

Very nice place. Foos and service were great! I love the art deco decor, but the place could use a little TLC.

paddy p

9/23/2018

Walking into this bar felt like stepping into a bygone era. The interiors and beautifully restored to their former glory. The lighting, art work and furniture are all stunning. The staff were friendly, attentive and service was swift with old world charm. The cocktail menu is extensive and the drinks we had were delicious. There was light jazz with beautiful sounds being playing in the background. It was great for an after dinner drink like we had but looks like it would be stunning for dinner too. I hope to return again in the future. Really glad we stumbled across this gem.

Joel B

9/23/2018

Amazing place. We had a resevation for 9:45 but got seated around 10ish. All good though, service was nice and food was amazing. You pay for what you get. Mixed drinks were good. The Detroit Dirty martini is strong.

Velma W

10/24/2018

Loved the vocalist & the band!!! The atmosphere was AWESOME. I wished there had been more food selections, I'm allergic to Seafood.

Bonnie R

10/24/2018

Beautiful. Historic. Great drinks. Classic jazz. What more do you need?!? 🥰

Clifton K

11/25/2018

This is my absolute favorite place in Detroit. Steeped in history and beautifully restored to its original grandeur you won't find better ambiance anywhere. I recommend sipping on a Detroit dirty while listening to the artist the best seat in the house has to be the best seat in the house has to be the stage side booth. If you're interested in sitting there make sure you book early. The menu here is ever-changing and Michelin star Worthy. Classic offerings artfully prepared my compliments to the chef.

FallingPianos

11/25/2018

Do you like bells on a cliff? Then you'll love this place! Awesome jazz club! They have an open mic night on sundays where you can see amazing local talent. This place has been around since 1935. Definitely a different way to spend your night.

michelle b

11/25/2018

My wife and I have always considered it a special treat to visit this cozy jazz restaurant. The food, decor and music are always on point. We celebrated my birthday here last weekend and it was disappointing. The service was unusually slow, the server was disengaged and didn't even notice my wife's order did not come out with everyone else's. Her food came out after everyone else was done and there was no apology from the server or manager. Hopefully, this was just a bad day and does not reflect a new trend. The music and food were still delicious.

Ryan V

12/26/2018

Cliff Bell's is a jazz club in Detroit, Michigan which is located at 2030 Park Ave. It originally opened in 1935, and it is named after John Clifford Bell, an entrepreneur in Detroit in the 1930s. Its a great place to relax, people watch and listen to great music. Its a speak easy type feel, dimly lit with lit of little details throughout. Service can be a bit slow so come prepared to relax and enjoy the music.

Francis B

12/26/2018

Great band, especially for a Tuesday night. Really attentive wait staff and great food. Served our party of 40, smoothly and efficiently. Wide variety of bar beverages.

Michael B

12/26/2018

Folks, this is the ultimate, one of a kind, experiences in Detroit when it comes to Jazz. This is the place to go for an awesome night out. And, equally, a menu and food that is right up there with all the new, hot, trendy restaurants in metro Detroit. If you haven't been...go!

Michelle t

1/28/2019

Once a year, on a cold January night, the local high school jazz band plays a set at Cliff Bell's. It is easily one of my favorite nights of the year. If you're a jazz lover, this is the place to be. Excellent date spot. Depending on the entertainment for the evening, reservations are recommended. Ask for a table for two up front. Don't discard the bar menu, just ask the wai staff to see it. Their hamburgers are fantastic but not on the regular menu. I've paid a lot more for a hamburger at other local high end restaurants that do not compare to the hamburgers here. It's not a huge menu so check the menu online before hand. The menu seems to change a bit each year. You can see the look of satisfaction on people's faces around you when they bite into their food. This is just a cool place to hang. Your date will surely be impressed by your selection.

Kristin v

1/28/2019

Beautiful space, surrounded with dark wood. Sat in a booth near the stage. Wonderful, huge selection of cocktails. Food was good but not great. Recommend.

Leah S

1/28/2019

Cliff bell's is a beautiful establishment. However, its a shame the staffs personalities are lacking in the same department. I brought a friend in from New Orleans to show him the real Detroit and the absence of service was, unimaginably, unreal. It was like being a ghost in my own city. We didn't exist. Haunting and stalking, craving to quench our very real thirst. The staff still looked through me. I tried to speak. No one heard. At some point a male bartender may have accidentally brought us a round. I really can't be sure, seeing as he was never to be found again... However if you are extensively introverted and enjoy being highly ignored then this is the spot for you!

Jim G

2/28/2019

Really fun place with great selection of beer and drinks and great food. But the best thing is music everyday they are open. I just enjoyed the Wayne State U jazz Ensemble and a Stout. A couple years ago I enjoyed Snarky Puppy there. Just recently Aloe Black an R and B singer performed. Great place

Rick B

2/28/2019

This place is amazing. Recently renovated and retained it's vintage charm and beauty. Great jazz, fancy food and mixed drinks. Reasonably priced appitizers and sides if you don't want to fork over lots of cash, but it is well worth it if you do.

Asha P

2/28/2019

I can’t to Cliff Bell’s for brunch on a Sunday and was not really impressed. We made reservations and were sat down as soon as we walked in. I’m pretty sure we waited a good 20-30 minutes before anyone came to our table at all to say hello, or to even ask what we wanted to drink. One of the kitchen guys, or maybe he was a server, finally came to us and told us that our waitress would be with us and that they only had two waitresses. It’s funny because...the restaurant wasn’t packed at all. When she finally came, we ordered our mimosas, or should I say orange juice with little to no champagne. Small portions and little to no flavor in the food. My friends and I were just not impressed with the food, mimosas or our sever. Table was wya too small for four people. My daughter enjoyed her burger, but she enjoys any burger. Entertainment was nice. What a waste of a brunch.

Kristin K

2/28/2019

Great food and drinks in beautiful historic location. Live music is good though it makes it hard to chat. Service friendly but very slow. Pricing is pretty steep but comparable to similar quality in downtown area. Definitely worth a visit.

Samantha S

3/30/2019

Absolutely love this place! The burlesque shows are by far my most enjoyable experience, but the live jazz is lovely and soul-touching. Unfortunate that they have yet to have more than 1 (if that) vegan option. But I'm willing to stay hopeful due to the amazing performances and lively atmosphere.

Joseph C

3/30/2019

Must see in Detroit. Cool speakeasy from the 1920s with great music. Not a big Jazz music lover but here you don't need to be. The atmosphere and music make it a must see in the city of Detroit.

Justin V

4/30/2019

If you're in the mood for Jazz, this is the oldest jazz club in Michigan, and a very reliable spot. I have been to Cliff Bell's dozens of times, and enjoyed it each and every one. There is some times a cover, and the meals are in the higher-end range, however the chef sets the menu, which changes frequently... And yes, this place has a "chef" rather than a "cook", and the meals look and taste accordingly :)

Matt B

4/30/2019

Cliff Bell's is an extremely cool spot. Food is outstanding, atmosphere is great, and whether you're a jazz fan or not, the music sets the tone and takes you back in time. This is a great spot for date night and special occasions. Food is pricey, but it's worth it. Highly recommend.

Chris D

4/30/2019

We had a great evening at Cliff Bells, atmosphere was what you would expect for an old school jazz club. What you don't expect is great food. We went to see our son play with his HS jazz band and decide to make a dinner date out of it. The food was awesome. I had the filet, it was tender, seasoned right and cooked perfectly. We stayed a little after my son played to hear the band and we couldn't have had a better evening.

Tzvi S

4/30/2019

A real old classic jazz club with a really nice diverse crowd. The drinks were generous and the food looked great (we didn't eat though).

We were there on a Saturday evening and the local quartet was really good. They played mostly jazz standards and did it really well!

Jenna L.

Stars_5

5/28/2018

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