Cello Italian Restaurant - Howell

4.8
529 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cello Italian Restaurant in the heart of downtown Howell, Michigan, is an affordable, approachable and fun, modern Italian restaurant and wine bar. Our menu consists of fresh pasta, seafood, traditional favorites and housemade limoncello designed and priced to order multiple plates! Try a variety of dishes with your guests for an engaging and memorable dining experience.

- Chef/Owner Adam Merkel
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C
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a large group on a busy night and our server Kat couldn't have been more responsive and fun. The food was better than we remembered and few seasonal additions (tomato salad, bucatini with zucchini) were memorable. This has become one of our favorites.

DS
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Farmington Hills and go to cellos 2-3 a month. The food and service are always great. The manager Reno always make sure things are flowing smoothly. We would highly recommend!

FC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian around. Most items come in small plates (about 5 oz) and large plates (10 oz) so it’s easy to mix and match and have several things. Killer mushroom gnocchi. Solid wine list.

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Always great food and service. Cocktails are wonderful and the food is really fantastic. Make sure to get a limoncello (or two...) to cap off your night!

AL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food. Wonderful service. Menu items are set up to be shared. Server made sure we understood how to get the best experience for our $$.

JU
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and fabulous service. Table next to us very obnoxiously loud, no big deal though. Outstanding dining experience overall!!!!!

TV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, excellent service and food. Not to pricey for that level of service and quality.

BF
Dubai
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was as good. Management of the restaurant is off. Made a reservation for 7:45, showed up at 7:30 sat at 8:20. Why? Unknown, there were tables open an when they finally sat me there at least 4 empty tables adjacent to my table. Apparently the reservation is tied to a specific table and the staff are not capable of any deviation. But the food was good! I ordered a second glass of wine which never made it to the table so service problems. People were nice just disorganized

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is off the charts and service was great. We can’t wait to go back!

KH
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit...we felt well cared for as various members of staff tag teamed our table while the place was super busy. Food so delish! Recommend scallops w/ risotto and lemony pasta. The roasted garlic appetizer super yummy too.

J
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of 5 really enjoyed Cello from the food to the wait staff. Seemed really busy for a Thursday night but we had reservations and got seated immediately. I did think the food was a bit slow coming out but we were having nice conversation, so didn't really matter. One person had the steak which he loved. Clam pasta was another good dish.

CG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wait staff. Would recommend to anyone.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go once a week. We LOVE the food and the staff!

EG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew, our waitstaff was outstanding! Our first time here but definitely not our last. Came with friends and ordered 10 small plates, which included two appetizers, for the four of us. No one went away hungry! Looking forward to going back and trying other things.

c
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal, the ambiance was superb. Loved the small plates that could be shared.

MK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met up at Cello's with family for a birthday celebration and to return the grandkids to their mom and dad. We were late ti arrive for our reservation time, but the table was graciously held for us. The food was amazing and the restaurant staff very attentive and especially kind. The noise level is a bit high on a crowded Friday night, but it won't deter us from stopping in again real soon.

k
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

SR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The selection and variety of interesting dishes was great. Quality of both the food and the service was wonderful. Anxious to go back soon.

J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

After five visits, I am finding the menu doesn’t have much variety. The tiaramisu was excellent, but the fried pasta dessert dish- that I had at my last visit was the worst thing I have had there.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I feel like our seating was poor. We were not asked for our seating preference by the hostess. Being close to the wait station was noisy and uncomfortable. The table was small and cumbersome. We really enjoyed the food but were not relaxed having to listen to conversations around us. I suggest eliminating that small table.

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

Great food great service. Specials are always changing.

j
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit there the experience is wonderful and the food is to die for.

Y
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food. I think they were understaffed. Our table wasn’t ready at the reserved time but there were empty tables. Took longer than usual to get our meal, but was worth the wait. The manager gave us a free dessert to comp us for the wait. My out of town guests said they would come again so overall I rate this restaurant high.

S
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you crave homemade pasta dishes, then Cello is for you. We had baked ziti, wild mushroom gnocchi, eggplant parmesan and my personal favorite lemon spaghetti. Our meal was marvelous, you have to check this place out if you are in Howell. Crave worthy

PB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and Lemoncello is fantastic!!

Music in front of restaurant is loud. Glad we were seated in back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing dining experience! The food! The service! The music! Everytime I leave I start counting down the days till I come back

DM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the exact table we wanted. We love the smaller portion sizes so we could order several different things. Couldn’t believe how much food we got for the price - great value for such amazing food!

NH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We came with friends and all six of us were all very pleased with our appetizer selection, our main courses & our desserts. Great evening

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

Food was amazing! Portions/prices were suitable. Ordered small plates and they were more than enough. Only complaints would be the Brussels sprouts were mostly leaves and service was not that of their prevention Google reviews.

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

Always excellent drinks and food. The service and timing was really off on this visit. Main dishes took FOREVER to come from kitchen. My salad arrived just as all the other food did which is the opposite of what I requested.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Boring ant not very flavorful pasta and sauce or the ravioli. The pasta and clam sauce was good as was the dessert.

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

Always an amazing experience. Food was delish. Wine selection is fantastic.

LK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I wasn’t impressed with our waitress. I had an empty drink for most of my meal (which had a spicier sauce.) and she took a ridiculously long time to come back and get our order but sat and talked to multiple other staff members right in line of view (where I tried to catch her eye) for upwards of 10 minutes but I witnessed lots of other very attentive waitstaff so I’m sure this is a one off. The food as usual was EXCELLENT. I had sat at the bar for previous meals with friends (always great bartenders and drinks) and the ambiance of the restaurant area is very nice. Good lighting and with a great music choice not too loud for casual conversation. Definitely will return for the food and drink quality and hope for a better experience with the same waitress or a different one.

SD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was the best in Livingston county. The service was great and they were even short staffed. The manager was out on the floor explaining the menu, very friendly. It was a great experience, highly recommend this restaurant.

j
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Howell, the food is outstanding and the service is wonderful. I visit there two to three times a month.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dare night out led us to this lovely Italian restaurant. The food, service, and experience were amazing. The arancini is the best appetizer and we would recommend the wild mushroom gnocchi as it was the best gnocchi we have ever had (and I don’t even like mushrooms). Lots of craft cocktails and wines to choose from. We didn’t try the house made limoncello this time but we will be back to try it soon.

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

The food was great. We enjoyed a salmon special with blueberry sauce and scallops and risotto and then lemoncello spaghetti with shrimp. For dessert we enjoyed the lemoncello creme brulee. It's one of our favorite places in Howell to eat.

LK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent, service was great only drawback was it was very warm in there

KS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a special night with the three wonderful men in my life! Husband and two sons what could be better! Food was amazing and the service was Spot on. We had a reservation and was seated immediately! Love the food here and never disappointed. Always have leftovers for the next day. Highly recommend to everyone best food in town and best service.

AR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here for the first time and were very satisfied with the food and service, our server and manager apologized for the wait time on our food but we were enjoying a nice quiet dinner kid free and it seemed like every course was timed perfect and they gave us a free dessert. We loved Cello and will definitely be back!

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