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Babo - Detroit, Detroit, MI

Babo - Detroit

4.7
4.7
435 Reviews
$30 and under
American
An homage to owner Kris Lelcaj’s father, “babo” (slang for “dad” in Albanian) is a gourmet, all-day diner in Midtown Detroit. We will feature a menu comprised of creative, artisanal takes on comfort food classics that will be served up in a bright, lively ambiance.
We pride ourselves on carrying products of the highest quality and social responsibility from local, small batch producers. We will serve our guests, team members and community with a brand of unmatched hospitality. We will cultivate a dining experience that is as remarkable and unique as the city we call home.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 36 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Breakfast, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 9:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (313) 974-6159
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Catering!
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Private Dining!
  • Area
    Detroit
  • Cross Street
    Woodward
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking, Park Shelton Garage
  • Public Transit
    Ferry Street QLine Station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 435 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    American

  • Detroit

    Great for brunch

  • Detroit

    American

435 Reviews
  1. RebM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent, service is also excellent. Will return for another visit.

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  2. JasmineB

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought my Mom here for brunch and we had a great time. The food was awesome and the service and hospitality went a long way for us. We even met with the manager on duty, Kiwi, and let her know we couldn’t wait to come back to dine there. Our server was awesome and we truly had a great experience.

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  3. Dsmarr

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and prices! Service was outstanding! We will be back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly service! Stopped here before going to the DIA and will definitely be back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for Easter Brunch and it was perfect like always. The mushroom truffle omelette was so good! Also the French 75 with lavender syrup is one of my favorite cocktails.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is fantastic, the Mimosa pitcher is a great deal, the food server was attentive, but the hostess was TERRIBLE. She was rude from the second we walked in. 30 seconds after we received our bill she came to the table and told us we had to leave because the next reservation had arrived. The reservation stated tables of 3-4 have an hour and 45 minutes. We were there exactly an hour. We still had Mimosa in the pitcher and the hostess gave is dirty looks during the 5 minutes it took us to finish it. Not sure we will be going back. It’s unfortunate that she ruined the whole experience for us.

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  7. Rose

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great and my server was fantastic but the hostess and manager were rushing me and making me feel like I couldn’t eat at my own pace. I had the hostess come up to me twice asking about the eta of when I will get up. This was only 30 minutes into my meal. Overall I love Babo but the way the hostess was acting was a bit weird and off putting.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My woman was on a date and we ask to move to a bigger table they allowed it because she is with child and it made my day. Soon as we move the food comes out and it smells amazing and taste amazing they pay attention to our needs and wants and smiled the whole time I love this restaurant.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks! Everything was delicious

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  10. LDowntown

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent staff. Seated timely. Food was incredible. Detroit’s best kept secret!

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  11. Smurf2840

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere! Food was amazing Servers were very attentive!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD KINDA SMALL. YOU WILL BE SITTING RATHER CLOSE TO OTHERS BUT THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS AMAZING !!!

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  13. MariaT

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, refreshing, healthy and tasteful!! Never disappointed! One of my favorite places!

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  14. JoeB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food for brunch! Bloody Mary’s were excellent!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love, love, thank you for being awesome! My wife said it was the best mimosa she had ever had, and my daughter said, it was the best waffle she had ever had. Well done

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  16. JanayJ

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Babo Detroit is always great. 5 stars across the board for service, food, atmosphere, cleanliness and the staff.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed it here! Service is fast. The French toast was yummy and the eggs Benny was really good! The Bloody Mary isn’t really that special.. wouldn’t get that again. Loved the espresso martini.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been 3 times and I have yet to have something I didn’t like. 10/10 🌟

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  19. NancyL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place with very good food with reasonable prices for these days. The Kirby Street address was confusing as the storefront is on Woodward. Service was good.

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  20. JurettaB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. The chicken wings and the smash sandwich were outstanding. I loved the variety of mimosas!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the delicious jerk chicken tacos & the root vegetable salad (with added grilled chicken). Both entrees were the perfect size .. fresh, seasoned so nicely & very tasty. One of our favorites for breakfast too! Location is great- especially since it’s right next to the outstanding Detroit Institute of Arts! Will definitely be back next time we are back in Detroit!

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  22. MontiereO

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, food and service. Drinks were refreshing, the food was great and came out quick, the servers were extremely nice and welcoming.

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  23. MaryM

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh, delicious and innovative. Plus the best latte I’ve ever had.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place, nice atmosphere, the food & drinks were good!

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  25. LisaW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my BF here as a surprise 50th birthday brunch. He loved the food, and we both said we would come back. The options were delicious and hearty, no small plates here, lol. One recommendation would be to have some non alcoholic beers or wines available for those of us who don't/can't have alcohol. The coffee was spectacular too! We will definitely be back.

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  26. Nuda

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and a creative delicious menu. It’s so close to Detroit Arts Institute.

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  27. NyaJ

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was good experience overall. I like the food and the chai lattes are really good. It’s super loud inside but it is a small space but I wish there was a way to make the acoustics of the room better.

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  28. NicolasL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the house burger and my dining companion had the avocado toast; both were delicious. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. I will definitely be back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. However, we had a reservation and people who walked in before us without a reservation got a more desirable table.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Brunch, food coffee and cocktails were top notch!

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  31. ZJones

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This is honestly one of my favorite spots, so it pains me to do this. The service has gone down so dramatically that I must write my first poor review at one of my favorite places. On my last several visits, I’ve had to send the food back. I’ve also had to involve other waiters and managerial staff because the waiter assigned to our table or me, if I was solo, wasn’t doing their job.

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  32. JillS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great! It's a small space, so recommend making reservations. Definitely recommend.

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  33. Deborocks

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! This is my favorite spot for brunch! Delicious drinks, lattes and the Brussels sprouts!

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  34. BarbaraQ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The French toast was amazing. Light and delicious. Could as easily have been dessert as breakfast.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous eggs Benny, which arrived piping hot, and peach mimosa! Amazing latte with honey and cinnamon. High top table was a little cramped and draft from door was annoying. But I’ll definitely be back!!

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  36. victorias

    Indiana

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Babo before and truly had a great time and a great meal. The service was excellent - as were my coffees. My friend and I both ordered the breakfast tacos, and unfortunately they were overcooked and full of red onion. The tacos were more like tostadas, which is fine. Just seemed like they sat for a long period of time before coming out to our table.

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  37. Larlynn

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second visit. Both were a very enjoyable experience. Staff kind and efficient. Food outstanding. Great cappuccino!!

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  38. StaceyB

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Crème Brule French toast, by far the best. Had Eggs Benny and literally had a teaspoon of hollandaise sauce. When I asked for more, it showed up on my bill. I wish I had taken a picture to show how much hollandaise sauce was on it.

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  39. KarenB

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a nice place although the parking was a bit of a hassel.

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  40. MichaelL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. In my opinion, the best brunch in Detroit.

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You can order delivery directly from Babo - Detroit using the Order Online button. Babo - Detroit also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 974-6159.

Babo - Detroit is rated 4.7 stars by 435 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Babo - Detroit

15 E Kirby St, Ste 115, Detroit, MI 48202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Woodward
  • Area
    Detroit
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 9:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Breakfast, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking, Park Shelton Garage
  • Public Transit
    Ferry Street QLine Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (313) 974-6159
  • Catering
    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Catering!
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us at info@babodetroit.com for more info on Private Dining!
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