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1917 American Bistro

American Restaurant, Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, and Jazz Club · Palmer Park
19416 Livernois Ave (at Outer Dr.), Detroit, MI 48221, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 82 votes

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    Megan S.
    "Great food, fun atmosphere, bring your own wine."(2 Tips)
    Brent V.
    "Fridays sit in the center , great spot to listen to the live jazz"(2 Tips)
    Amonyet ( MAIA CROWN) E.
    "Veggie stir fry and the cheesecake are very close to my heart!!! :-)"(3 Tips)
    Ettaflyy E.
    "Great Buffet on sundays!"(2 Tips)
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37 tips and reviews.

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  • live music
  • stir fry
  • own wine
  • jazz music
  • lively
  • buffet
  • breakfast food
  • catfish
  • casual
  • great value
  • trendy
  • cozy
  • rum cake
  • cheesecake
  • smoothies
  • good for dates
  • authentic
  • good for a quick meal
  • brunch food
  • chicken
  • HA H.

    Food was mediocre, service was awful. Went at lunchtime. Met at door by waiter who lacked energy, looked at us and said "yes?". Ummm..we needed to be seated. Downhill from there.

    HA Harris · 2 weeks ago
  • ALISA S.

    Pancakes were great! #SundayBrunch

    ALISA SEMONE 💋 · February 25, 2015
  • Jessica D.

    Went on a Saturday morning, the service was good and the food was too. Good bang for your buck.

    Jessica Davis · January 20, 2015
  • ALISA S.

    One of my favorite spots for live music & food!

    ALISA SEMONE 💋 · January 7, 2015
  • Patrick M.

    Great food. The ambiance needs some work as does the wine list but the food was terrific.

    Patrick Murray · May 25, 2014
  • Nicole H.

    Absolutely a Fabulous place for lunch and get work done! Great staff! Thanks!

    Nicole Huffman · December 10, 2013
  • China C.

    One of my favorites especially Lamb Chops, stir fry and the spinach... but poor service.

    China Cochran · October 5, 2013
  • Joseph P.

    Good food.

    Joseph Price · September 9, 2013
  • PrettyMisses1908

    Basic menu: chicken, fish, shrimp, steak, and burgers! They do have a nice breakfast buffet! Good food but we waited an hour for our exaggeration!

    PrettyMisses1908 · August 3, 2013
  • Shawntai

    Looking forward to seeing The Broke Baller next week

    Shawntai · July 18, 2013
  • Kindra S.

    Poetry heals the soul and when host Thomas sings his Wednesday night "1917 American Bistro" groove, it's on and poppin'! #GetHereWednesdays

    Kindra Speech · May 23, 2013
  • Kindra S.

    Wonderful Wednesday night Open Mic! Detroit got TALENT!!! The blackened catfish showed out too!

    Kindra Speech · May 2, 2013
  • Michael E.

    Food was absolutely delicious! Got to try it

    Michael Elder · April 27, 2013
  • denese w.

    Excellent chicken stir fry

    denese williams · March 14, 2013
  • Tjo

    Don't do it.

    Tjo · March 9, 2013
  • 👑1stladyeve E.

    Very nice everything Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephanie W.

    Somebody the best jazz music in the D played here, especially the Brandon Williams Experience Band!

    Stephanie Whitfield · February 17, 2013
  • Deena G.

    Great live music on a Saturday night...good feel in the city!

    Deena Gardner · January 27, 2013
  • Deadra R.

    Now serving breakfast - and it's soooo good! Have you every had lamb breakfast patties? No? go here to try them. Delish!

    Deadra Rahaman · December 22, 2012
  • Chantay L.

    Had to wait forever for food. The rice was cold and soggy, and they ran out of my veggie the 1st time and forgot it the 2nd time. Had to wait 15 more mins for silverware. Will not eat here again.

    Chantay Leonard · November 15, 2012
  • Najah F.

    The food is amazing & not that expensive!

    Najah Floyd · August 5, 2012
  • Ms. MakAroNi

    Black owned business do not eat here..bad service

    Ms. MakAroNi · June 9, 2012
  • Amonyet ( MAIA CROWN) E.

    OPEN MIC WEDNESDAYS, hosted by spoken word artist Thomas Williams!! FREE ADMISSION!! poetry! singing! comedy! emcees! 8pm-Midnight!!

  • Jorja J.

    Very nice restaurant friendly people and relaxing environment

    Jorja Jinks · April 21, 2012
  • Niqueamon G.

    Customer service is very poor. I will not go back.

    Niqueamon Givens · February 5, 2012
  • Social Detroit

    Come here on the weekends and find live jazz in the evening. Nice atmosphere and food.

    Social Detroit · February 2, 2012
  • Deadra R.

    Can't go wrong with any selection on the menu.

    Deadra Rahaman · November 27, 2011
  • Amonyet ( MAIA CROWN) E.

    Veggie stir fry and the cheesecake are very close to my heart!!! :-)

  • Anika G.

    Very cute and on the west side!

    Anika Goss · October 24, 2011
  • Vivian J.

    Getting here early is a good thing!

    Vivian Johnson · September 25, 2011
  • Brent V.

    Fridays sit in the center , great spot to listen to the live jazz

    Brent Vance · April 22, 2011
  • Sabrina N.

    Love it to deff DON S. Is on!

    Sabrina Nelson · April 2, 2011
  • markquisha s.

    food and is awesome :)

    markquisha stclair · March 23, 2011
  • Ettaflyy E.

    Great Buffet on sundays!

    Ettaflyy Espy · February 10, 2011
  • Sylvia H.

    horrible service. waited 15 b4 being noticed. as we were walking out disappointed waitress begged us a2come back. Food was right.

    Sylvia Hubbard · November 21, 2010
  • K E.

    No more bring your own wine... Chef Don has gotten his liquor license- Congrats! Nice selection & you can add shots to their homeade juices & smoothies Kinda defeats the healthy part but still yummy!

    K Edmonds · September 30, 2010
  • Megan S.

    Great food, fun atmosphere, bring your own wine.

    Megan Shellenbarger · April 10, 2010

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