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Cafe d'Mongo's

Jazz Club, Speakeasy, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Downtown Detroit
1439 Griswold St (btwn Grand River & Clifford), Detroit, MI 48226, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM Friday (Show more)
  • Fri
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 8:30 PM–2:00 AM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Based on 109 votes

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    Cheryl H.
    "A fun place to hang out on a Friday night."(4 Tips)
    Marcella K.
    "Say hello to Larry and Diane."(3 Tips)
    Jon M.
    "Try a Detroit Brown, get down with some awesome local music,..."(2 Tips)
    Travel Channel
    "As seen on Bizarre Foods America."(2 Tips)
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  • friday night
  • detroit brown
  • larry
  • music
  • ribs
  • cheap drinks
  • people watching
  • casual
  • chicken
  • pianists
  • Chris M.

    Usually very crowded, so get there early!

    Chris Moylan · March 18
  • Jon M.

    Try a Detroit Brown, get down with some awesome local music, and take in the ambiance!

    Jon Miller · January 24
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Cafe d'Mongo's Speakeasy as seen on Bizarre Foods America Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
  • Bill F.

    Finally Friday!

    Bill FitzGerald · August 15, 2014
  • Vaughn D.

    Friendly and welcoming for service animals!

    Vaughn Derderian · April 4, 2014
  • Angel D.

    This place is awesome! Lots of attitude everywhere! Must get to know it!

    Angel D · March 23, 2014
  • Joe R.

    Unless you like your drinks uncomfortably strong, ask for them a little watered down and they are much better

    Joe Ro · January 11, 2014
  • Ashley V.

    Couldn't be cooler.

    Ashley Venturini · November 9, 2013
  • James P.

    The greatest, disorganized, bric-a-brack bar in the known universe.

    James Pozenel · July 27, 2013
  • Cheryl H.

    It's full of hipsters from the suburbs! A fun place to hang out on a Friday night.

    Cheryl Howard · May 24, 2013
  • EM H.

    Amsterdance. Weakest drink in ages. Music should be good later

    EM H'van · April 28, 2013
  • Marcella K.

    Weird time warp - feels like the 40s, 80s, 90s at the same time. Only open Fridays. Say hello to Larry and Diane.

    Marcella Kovac · March 9, 2013
  • GQ Magazine

    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.

    GQ Magazine · August 22, 2012
  • Jordan S.

    just be careful some of the chairs have some nails that protrude. Nothing to be concerned about, just keep an eye out.

    Jordan Skole · July 19, 2012
  • Cait A.

    Play the astrological sign guessing-game.

    Cait Ash · June 9, 2012
  • Faren

    Id never go here again.

    Faren · April 14, 2012
  • Travel Channel

    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

    Travel Channel · February 17, 2012
  • Alan L.

    Try a Detroit Brown (ask red, courtney or christine), and for the love of god get there early enough for soul food.

    Alan Languirand · December 3, 2011
  • AskMen

    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

    AskMen · November 24, 2011
  • Jessica C.

    Some spots are like sitting in your grandmas old furniture. Prepare for your chin to be table height.

    Jessica Cheney-Soulliere · November 21, 2011
  • Amber C.

    Drink alot. Listen to the mysic. And dont stare at the walls too much!

    Amber Carter · November 5, 2011
  • Greg A.

    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.

    Greg Ahee · August 20, 2011
  • DETROIT:2012 !.

    Enjoy where the locals come to grab a drink and listen to live music.

    DETROIT:2012 ! · August 17, 2011
  • Monica T.

    Awesome place all in all!

    Monica Thomas · April 9, 2011
  • Soul Train

    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.

    Soul Train · March 14, 2011
  • Yahpee

    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

    Yahpee · February 12, 2011
  • Niki R.

    George the piano player is awesome. Their menu is not vegetarian friendly:( the décor is like Applebee's on Jazz;)

    Niki Ricer · December 11, 2010
  • Lakeesha P.

    This is a great place to chill with an a great mix of people on a Friday night. Plus the Food is Great also.

    Lakeesha Powell · September 29, 2010
  • Erica V.

    Love the crowd and the cheap drinks.

    Erica VandenBerg · September 8, 2010
  • John D.

    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.

    John Dion · August 15, 2010
  • Jeff

    It's a dark hipster hangout. It seems appropriate to drink things on the rocks.

    Jeff · July 18, 2010
  • Ryan C.

    Larry D'mongo is hilarious.

    Ryan Cady · July 17, 2010
  • Gustavo A.

    Go to Cafe D'Mongo's for an eclectic bar experience in Downtown Detroit. Read more

    Gustavo Atar · July 15, 2010
  • Darren L.

    One of my favorite spots in Detroit. The fabulous Jennie Knaggs performs every other Friday usually. Great vibe, great people, great food. Just great.

    Darren Locke · April 17, 2010
  • blake a.

    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!

    blake almstead · March 28, 2010

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