Café Cortina

4.7
32 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
The Cafe Cortina, which is found in Farmington Hills, Michigan, is a restaurant located inside an actual Italian vineyard in the countryside. It has been in existence since 1976 and has earned a following among food lovers for its authentic Italian atmosphere and cuisine. In addition, the owners and staff at the Cafe Cortina also try to make a difference within the community. The menu at Cafe Cortina attempts to represent what it might be like at an Italian table some 150 years in the past. Meals likely to catch your attention include the vitello paillard, which includes bone-in veal and the tower of layered spinach lasagna.
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1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i loved cafe cortina the food, the environment , the staff it was really nice. You have the option of dining in or out on their patio i sat on the patio with my fiance we both loved it it was very romantic and perfect for summer! 5 stars for sure different than going to downtown detroit !

M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. The setting in the garden area where we were seated was wonderful.
Will return soon.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service,wonderful food, stellar setting. An evening to remember!

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary and this is the ideal restaurant!

CB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Pretty formal but exactly what we were hoping for a nice evening out. We sat on the patio which was very beautiful.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amaaaaazing! Service excellence at its finest! The patio is adorably romantic and food is to die for! Our waitress Christina was awesome!

BM
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a lovely evening on the patio. We did have a spider and a leaf fall on our table from the tree above, fortunately not on the food. Our wine bottle was placed in a community bucket 20 feet from our table with wine belonging to other patrons. We had to ask twice for more wine as we couldn't reach it to pour for ourselves, which we prefer. Then they whisked away the small dinner roll plates and butter so when we wanted more they had to go and get additional plates. The prices are astronomical so sadly we probably will not ever return. Too many other reasonable places in the city with lovely settings and less shocking prices. The veal was very good, but I've had better salmon. Inside needs a little updating. Many wait staff were constantly hovering.

m
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice and authentic Italian food!
However, very slow service. You need to be ready to wait quite a bit.

j
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best Italian food in our area. Though pricey , each dish is prepared perfectly. The patio setting is magnificent, you would never know you are in Farmington Hills.

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for an incredible authentic Italian Experience! Great food, wine, and service in a romantic outdoor setting! A great special occasion evening anf my new favorite restaurant experience!

FD
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was wonderful. Our waiter, Paul, was very knowledgeable, funny and attentive. He described the food specials with enthusiasm and answered my questions. The food was incredible. The house salad that came with our entrees was very light and fresh. My son had the lasagna and I had the veal saltimbocca. The homemade pasta that came with my veal was exceptional. The cherry gelato and the chocolate/pecan/caramel gelato were phenomenal. We live in North Carolina, but travel frequently. An all around great evening at our favorite restaurant in Southeast Michigan.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food!

D
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Took my wife for her birthday. Food is amazing as was the service. I want to sit in the beautiful garden next time. We plan on going back. One of the better places in south east Michigan.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was top notch. We definitely will be visiting again. Thank you for making our birthday night out a memorable one.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So beautiful and delicious food!

M
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Expensive, especially for it's location, but the food was delicious. The attempt at speaking Italian was a little bit much.

PH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service felt slow at times, perhaps that's part of the ambience? When server(s) came by they were all very professional and very attentive and made you feel very welcomed. Enjoyed our evening very much.

OT
Detroit
37 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of THE most beautiful and romantic outdoor dining restaurants in the area! Although the indoor dining is just as beautiful.
And the food and staff are FANTASTIC!
Never a bad meal at Cafe Cortina!

HT
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

This place has seen better days. The restaurant's ambiance is dated except for the outdoor patio dining area which is beautiful, especially on a lovely spring/summer evening. I'm all for white table cloth restaurants, especially for special occasions (despite the current trend) and you can enjoy that in the front dining room. However, the back dining room in between the front and the patio where we were seated is neglected, dilapidated and depressing--and it is for the forgotton clientelle. It's got bland beige brick walls, old stained carpet, tables in no particularly thought out setting and poor lighting--avoid it at all costs.
The service is mixed up: We had 4 different servers ask if we were ready to order a bottle of wine from the wine list when we had already placed an order. That's not really a biggie--they wanted to make sure that order got placed. But when it came to the entrees, an hour after ordering they were AWOL and I had to get up from the table and find someone to ask for our meals which came out super hot--like they were lounging in a warmer somewhere and were forgotton.
That being said, the grilled octopus salad was the star of the evening. And for entrees, the lasagne was very good. It is not a typical recipe so don't expect something with red sauce, but it is very good. We were celebrating a birthday and they asked when making the reservation and again as we sat down if there was a special celebration but they offered no acknowlegement of it otherwise. So if you'd like a special dessert with that eye-popping lit candle they show on social media you might want to specifically ask for it.
Now for value: They don't publish their prices on their website for good reason. Everything is oh, say, around $34 and soar up to the ozone from there for an entree. You do get delicious rolls. You better ask for the butter (which is good) if you want it. Your entree also includes a small dinner salad--a nice touch.

OT
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This might have been a rare situation where the quail that my wife ordered was "burnt to the bone". She could only nibble on a few pieces.

FK
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food; Cafe Cortina is a true gem

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive service, excellent dishes.

LL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Cafe Cortina for our anniversary. We were seated outside on the patio which was so beautiful and quiet. The service as amazing and timely and the experience was elegant and romantic. The food was incredible and fresh. We will definitely be returning for future celebrations.

J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent food was delicious. The atmosphere was quiet and elegant. I would make it more favorite caf and go there whenever I have a chance.

JB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably awesome!! Ambiance amazing! Service above and beyond! Food was magical from a foodie standpoint!

MC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Amazing food! It was our first time there and it was exceptional...from start to finish!

BT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress

D
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a Father’s Day dinner service in the quality of food was absolutely amazing. Everyone was very accommodating. I look forward to going back there again soon

E
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous upscale Italian food with very attentive waitstaff

OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

It was so loud we could not enjoy ourselves