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Cafe d'Mongo's

Jazz Club, Speakeasy, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
Downtown Detroit, Detroit
  • Lakeesha P.
    "great mix of people on a Friday night."(4 Tips)
    Ryan C.
    "Larry D'mongo is hilarious."(3 Tips)
    Alan L.
    "Try a Detroit Brown (ask red, courtney or christine), and for..."(2 Tips)
    TV Food Maps
    "Check out Cafe d'Mongo's Speakeasy as seen on Bizarre Foods America"(2 Tips)
41 Tips and reviews
  • detroit brown
  • friday night
  • larry
  • music
  • ribs
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  • Alycia C.
    Alycia CuckaFebruary 17
    Definitely packed but such a fun vibe! Drinks are cheap and strong!
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirMarch 20, 2017
    always a slamming time when the band gets going
  • Bob T.
    Bob TeshJanuary 1, 2017
    Get it right, get it tight
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MaudeAugust 28, 2016
    Went here on Saturday night and while it was busy we didn't have to wait for a table. Fantastic music & drinks but didn't have fernet.
  • laura k.
    laura kovickMarch 4, 2016
    Fun place! I think we took tambourines off the wall and played them with the band at one point! My friend did have the back pocket of his jeans cut open and his wallet stolen there, though.
  • Silvia A.
    Silvia AkiJanuary 31, 2016
    Fun place!!! In the heart of Detroit downtown, with live music and good drinks ❤️
  • Chris M.
    Chris MoylanMarch 18, 2015
    Usually very crowded, so get there early!
  • Jon M.
    Jon MillerJanuary 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try a Detroit Brown, get down with some awesome local music, and take in the ambiance!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Cafe d'Mongo's Speakeasy as seen on Bizarre Foods America Read more
  • Bill F.
    Bill FitzGeraldAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Finally Friday!
  • Vaughn D.
    Vaughn DerderianApril 4, 2014
    Friendly and welcoming for service animals!
  • Angel D.
    Angel DMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is awesome! Lots of attitude everywhere! Must get to know it!
  • Joe R.
    Joe RoJanuary 11, 2014
    Unless you like your drinks uncomfortably strong, ask for them a little watered down and they are much better
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VenturiniNovember 9, 2013
    Couldn't be cooler.
  • James P.
    James PozenelJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The greatest, disorganized, bric-a-brack bar in the known universe.
  • Cheryl H.
    Cheryl HowardMay 24, 2013
    It's full of hipsters from the suburbs! A fun place to hang out on a Friday night.
  • EM H.
    EM H'vanApril 28, 2013
    Amsterdance. Weakest drink in ages. Music should be good later
  • Marcella K.
    Marcella KovacMarch 9, 2013
    Weird time warp - feels like the 40s, 80s, 90s at the same time. Only open Fridays. Say hello to Larry and Diane.
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineAugust 22, 2012
    Soul food and very stiff drinks. Best bet? Meet the owner, Larry D'Mongo, and listen to his stories: If they aren't always factual, they're entertaining as hell.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SkoleJuly 19, 2012
    just be careful some of the chairs have some nails that protrude. Nothing to be concerned about, just keep an eye out.
  • Cait A.
    Cait AshJune 9, 2012
    Play the astrological sign guessing-game.
  • Faren
    FarenApril 14, 2012
    Id never go here again.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelFebruary 17, 2012
    Andrew and Chuck Bennett visited Cafe d'Mongo's for an upscale version of Detroit soul food. Andrew tasted Leroy's version of peking duck. As seen on Bizarre Foods America. Read more
  • Alan L.
    Alan LanguirandDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try a Detroit Brown (ask red, courtney or christine), and for the love of god get there early enough for soul food.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 24, 2011
    Dope music and drinks and the decor hasn’t changed in 50 years. If you’re lucky, Mongo will be there himself, and you can buy him a shot for being so damn cool. Read more
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica Cheney-SoulliereNovember 21, 2011
    Some spots are like sitting in your grandmas old furniture. Prepare for your chin to be table height.
  • Amber C.
    Amber CarterNovember 5, 2011
    Drink alot. Listen to the mysic. And dont stare at the walls too much!
  • Greg A.
    Greg AheeAugust 20, 2011
    If you think you're looking at a mirror and don't see your reflection, don't worry, you didn't disappear. You're just a drunk fucking idiot staring at the other side of the room.
  • DETROIT:2012 !.
    DETROIT:2012 !August 17, 2011
    Enjoy where the locals come to grab a drink and listen to live music.
  • Monica T.
    Monica ThomasApril 9, 2011
    Awesome place all in all!
  • Soul Train
    Soul TrainMarch 14, 2011
    Make this stop the Friday night highlight of your week. Live music, booze flowing and the chicken and ribs are the talk of the town.
  • Yahpee
    YahpeeFebruary 12, 2011
    I mean, this place couldn't get ANY cooler if it tried. No words to describe this place. You have to check it out! Hip. Hot. Sexy. Cool. <3
  • Niki R.
    Niki RicerDecember 11, 2010
    George the piano player is awesome. Their menu is not vegetarian friendly:( the décor is like Applebee's on Jazz;)
  • Lakeesha P.
    Lakeesha PowellSeptember 29, 2010
    This is a great place to chill with an a great mix of people on a Friday night. Plus the Food is Great also.
  • Erica V.
    Erica VandenBergSeptember 8, 2010
    Love the crowd and the cheap drinks.
  • John D.
    John DionAugust 15, 2010
    Happenin' joint!!! Have not had the opportunity to sample the food yet, but the atmosphere for cocktails is mighty entertaining. Highly recommend for an offbeat experience in good ol' Motown.
  • Jeff
    JeffJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a dark hipster hangout. It seems appropriate to drink things on the rocks.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CadyJuly 17, 2010
    Larry D'mongo is hilarious.
  • Gustavo A.
    Gustavo AtarJuly 15, 2010
    Go to Cafe D'Mongo's for an eclectic bar experience in Downtown Detroit. Read more
  • Darren L.
    Darren LockeApril 17, 2010
    One of my favorite spots in Detroit. The fabulous Jennie Knaggs performs every other Friday usually. Great vibe, great people, great food. Just great.
  • blake a.
    blake almsteadMarch 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Open only Friday night and some Saturdays. Go here for food and drinks and stay all night for the live music and amazing people watching!
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