This place is not good and expensive.
I dont normally comment on these kind of sites but felt I should as it was so poor.
The piped music was on CD which kept jumping and no one botherd to sort it out...Very annoying.
They then served Cod as Halibut.
When i noted it the chef,who had no idea,suggested that maybe the halibut is different in the US to Europe(I am English) ....Oh Please.
I may be English BUT I am not a moron and I am also a chef by profession!
They gave me a jar of sauce by way of an apology but all I really wanted was halibut or a credit for the "fake fish"
The service matched the food.
One to avoid.
A love of traditional Italian cooking sets the scene for romance in this exquisite restaurant..
Long considered one of the finest and most romantic restaurants in metropolitan Detroit, Ristorante Cafe Cortina is the place to go for special occasions. Its unlikely suburban location belies the elegant surroundings, service and menu that make this a destination unto itself. A brick fireplace is the centerpiece of the dining room, offering intimacy and warmth to those seated nearby and atmosphere all around. Authentic, traditional Italian dishes are what the faithful come here for.
Best food, best service, best ambiance. IMHO, anyone who rates the Whitney's uneven service and overpriced food as superior to Cafe Cortina simply hasn't been there, or doesn't know great Italian food when they see it. This is a primo spot for birthdays, anniversaries, or any special romantic occasion. Adrian Tonto and his staff are consummate professionals who are attentive to their guests, but never obtrusive. Special requests when making reservations are graciously addressed, and if you ever find something wanting, it will be remedied immediately. This restaurant is a hidden gem; as the French say, "il faut."
There is a reason this place is listed in DIRONA. Romantic to the max, try to get a table near the fireplace. Authentic Italian done with flair and class. The portions a a bit small, but the quality is there in spades. Excellent service what more could you ask for in a restaurant!
Prices not justified by food or service.
Prices are high. Appetizers run $6-12, pastas $25-30, entrees $35-50. For these prices I expect well-executed food. Pastas were not overcooked but they were not flavorful, relying on heavy cream sauces. Spent $48 for appetizer sampler for 4 --$12 for 4 pieces of breaded artichoke and $12 for 4 medium shrimp, plus greasy unseasoned calamari.
Waited 15 minutes to be presented menus. The winelist and bread came after we ordered appetizers, so had a bare table for 25minutes. They offered pepper halfway through our salads. Menus were taken before the appetizer, brought back to order entrees--again a bare table. Lots of "bueno serras" to give impression of fine Italian dining, but it's show. They need to focus on basics--food and timing. Appears to be a place to be seen, not eat. Food simply does not justify prices.
Marangdav. This place was great! The food, service and atmoshpere was perfect. From the parmesean cheese plate at the beginning to the Mango Sorbet for dessert everything was just right. Veal Chop is one of the best I have had.
2007 Update of Previous Review: Good Italian.
Cafe Cortina continues to amaze my customers & I in their versatility and excellence in dining. I stand by the following remarks I made several years ago.....
This isn't the best Italian restaurant in North America, but it's in the top three or four in Detroit - a haven for excellent Northern Italian food like your grandmother puts on the table. Although the wine list is limited & pricey, the interior is decidedly romantic and worth that special occasion wherein you are attempting to impress your significant other.
Had a great meal. It was cold outside but the cozy atmosphere and gracious greeting warmed us up. The mushroom appetizer was excellent (and parts kept showing up all over the menu) as were the entrees (lamb and filet). The amount of waitstaff attention was perfect--no hovering, no, "How are you guys tonight?" but attentive. Somewhat overpriced but it's a place that I would revisit on another special occasion.
Looks Aren't Everything. A good looking place but the food is nothing special and it is overpriced.
Bad Business. I had associates in from out of town and made reservations here. The flight was delayed and I called them to say we would be late. They said no problem. We arrived at 9:30 and they would'nt serve us. They said the chef went home! What's up with that! They didn't even apologize.
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