Lelli's of Auburn Hills

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590 reviews
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Italian
Come to Lelli's Restaurant for a fine dining experience you can't find anywhere else. Lelli's was opened by Irene and Nerio Lelli in 1939 and has been serving Northern Italian dishes to the Detroit metropolitan area ever since.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Our waitress was great.

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c
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food good service used a groupon and I screwed up waitr was very understanding and patient let me resolve the problem with groupon

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KT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Made a reservation for mother’s day at 7:45. Called to confirm. They said there was a 20 minute wait when we got there. Finally got to our table. Waited 10 minutes for server to come take drink order. Bread took 30 min. Server never returned to take our order. We saw people asking their servers where the food was and all the servers were making excuses about how long it was taking. We decided to get up and leave. This place needs to be on one of those restaurant rescue shows. Because it’s a poorly run family business. Can’t really rate food because I was never able to taste it.

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P
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant. Our table of 11 walked out after 2 hours and no food. No one even tried to stop us. It was a total disaster for a Mother’s Day. Three moms and no food. Shameless!

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Certainly an under performance. A reservation made well in advance for an early dinner on mother’s day led to an unapologetic 1 1/2 hour wait. The supposed highly rated rest had no on site manger. Food mediocre and dinner a disaster as our 10 month old waited for a unplanned late dinner. My condolences to the founders of this supposed Detroit area icon

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 4

Reservation was 5:15. We did get seated to 6 pm. We didn't leave to 930 pm. Kitchen couldn't keep up w customers and food took forever to come out. When food did come out it was cold, wrong food or just bad......tables all around us were walking out.

Advice: Next holiday-do limited menu!

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M
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very busy on Mother’s Day. Not as awesome as normally but still great!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Had a 5:00pm reservation and was not seated until 6:10pm. After two hours around 8:30pm our entrees came out. Very dissatisfied. Some of my party got up and left the table and went home. Had to ask many times for simple items like water. Steak knives were given to us halfway through eating our steak if not at the end. No apologies for the delay in service or lack there of. I would of expected at least the restaurant to offer complimentary dessert or something.

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JH
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not as good as we remembered. The food was good but not worth the price we paid…

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was cold and service sucked. Took over a hour for our food

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B
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let much for professional administrator day

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M
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed their meal, filet was perfect. We will most likely dine there again.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding anniversary

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Puerto Vallarta
111 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chad our waiter catered to our every need. I've been going for 72 years and another since inception in 1939. I have yet to have a bad meal in all those years. Keep up the good work.

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BC
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice old school Italian restaurant, but overpriced for meal, which I was hoping to be truly old world. Service was spectacular though.

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Invited clients for lunch, the food and service were excellent. It exceeded our expectations. I can strongly recommend for anyone inviting corporate clients to lunch. Thanks to everyone at Lelli's. I'll be back.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great. There was a large party across the building on the other side, a little on the loud side, but I can respect a celebration. A loud crowd just wasnt what I was expecting for the atmosphere.

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G
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had not been in a while and have been patrons going back to the old Lellis on Woodward. Food and table service were absolutely as expected of a fine restaurant. The only thing that knocked a corner off the experience was the failure to acknowledge the special occasion of my wife's birthday. This may have been my failure to enter and send it correctly on OpenTable. As we came down to the end of the meal, I was reluctant to make a thing of it. In the scheme of things, not a big deal given the typical excellence of everything else!

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BT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Lelli's, everyone should enjoy the experience of fine dining

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PE
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Lelli's to everyone. The food is excellant and the service is the highest level.

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KB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent and the service started pretty good but failed to follow up towards the end. We had to wait 20 min to get our check because our waiter was too busy with new customers and I believe he forgot that we were waiting for our check, we had to call another waiter to remind him.
Regardless of the disappointment with the service, I would go again and again for the quality of the food and I am hoping that the service would be an isolated incident.

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TF
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced and disappointing. I'd like to be able to give Lelli's a higher rating, but the dinner did not get it done.

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R
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice inside. Reminds you of restaurants of old and elegant. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Strange odor in the corner of the booths. Food was overpriced, but very good.

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JL
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service are the best in the Metro Detroit area.

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L
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent. Emily was fantastic along with the food.

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s
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful steak! Our waitstaff was attentive without being obtrusive. We love coming here.

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RL
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice time in this beautiful Italian restaurant, enjoying a 5 course meal with good options which included a nicely grilled organic chicken breast and vegetables. I like to see more gluten free, organic and locally sourced meals being offered more and more in the Metro Detroit area. The service was also impeccable. Grazie per una bella serata!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Place is going rapidly down hill!!! Food was mediocre at best. The waiter was gross (stunk like cigarettes) and could remember anything we told him! Then brought us a bill that was inaccurate!

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G
Detroit
80 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We havent been to Lelli’s in quite a while. The food used to be very good but the service was poor. The food always arrived late to the table and was cooled down by the time we received it. This experience was awful. From start to finish, the food was tasteless and expensive. Not sure what has happened but we wont be returning anytime soon nor will we recommend the place.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.... great experience. We go there for the luncheon special (8 oz fillet).

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LG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great; staff very personable and professional. Food was wonderful

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SO
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was great. The young bus boy was very respectful. Constantly filling our water and removing our plates.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were sitting there waiting for forty five minutes after our reservation to be seated. We were starving and a horrible experience. Food was ok and will never recommend this place.

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JS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Absolutely horrible service. We had a reservation for 7:45 pm and arrived at 7:40 pm. The waiting area was full of people also waiting, many of whom were visibly frustrated and upset as they’d been waiting for long periods of time, even with a reservation. Finally seated one hour later at 8:45 pm. Servers were trying but were clearly understaffed that night. Guests were getting up and leaving. The food was fine, not extraordinary, especially for the price and ridiculously slow service. There were long waits between each course. All in all, we were there 3 hours.

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AO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Will never go back here. Horrible service. Waited an hour for a table WITH reservations while the maitre D messed about on his phone, disappeared contanstly for 10 min at time and told every person it will just be 5 min wait. Then took 20 min to get a menu, another 20 min to order and hours to get your food. The only food we had delivered was our appetizer of 3 raw shrimp that only have to be put on a plate. After about 9:30 it really died down too so no being busy wasnt an excuse. After waiting over 3 hours we told them forget it, paid for our appetizer and left. Most poorly managed restaurant i have ever been too. I am assuming because the owner is cheap. One extra waiter/waitress would have reduced the time to actually place an order. Also they duct taped $3 Christmas lights around everywhere. They want to charge $100 a steak and can't invest any money back in. Extremely dissatisfied, will never recommend or go here again. Driving to Chicago and eating would have been quicker.

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JG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a wonderful dining experience at Lelli's. The food is delicious and plentiful! The menu is quite large with lots of options from steaks to seafood to your favorite Italian dishes. If you go the route of the Lelli's traditional dinner service, you will likely be full when your meal arrives so plan accordingly! I opted for veal marsala, which warmed up beautifully for lunch today.

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FK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible. Sat for 20 minutes before we were given any notice. Was served one drink and was not offered another till dinner was finished. Water glasses finally filled 5 min before leaving. Bathroom was disgusting. Took a couple with us. Was embarrassed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very courteous staff. Well dressed. Food was great. Live violinist and guitarist present. Was here for 3 hours. 2 hours waiting. Busy.

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