Cello Italian Restaurant - Howell

4.8
511 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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J
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. Specials are always changing.

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j
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Y
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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S
Detroit
15 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

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PB
Detroit
1 review
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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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JD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a great meal in a nice, bustling atmosphere on a busy Friday night. The food was well prepared and unique in design. It combines for a great and pleasant evening on a weekend, which has become a busy time in downtown Howell. We thoroughly enjoy our visits there and will be back. Put this place on your "go to" list.

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

My favorite restaurant in town, my kids and I absolutely it! The food, drinks, customer service, and setting is all wonderful.

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DJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in the area. If you’re a limoncello fan, this is some of the best we’ve had outside of Europe. Highly recommend!

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C
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great and so was the service.

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j
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend Cellos to everyone I know, great restaurant.

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BS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic Italian food.

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h
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cello once again didn’t disappoint. Service and food were great. One of our diners said the eggplant Parmesan was the best she’s ever had.

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c
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and the waiter was fantastic!! Highly impressed

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MM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cello! Christen was a great server. Management is top notch! Food always delicious! Our boys love the meatballs and spaghetti--and breadsticks!

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EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves Cello!! My Italian father said it was the best Italian food since his aunts who were born in Italy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place to go for a nice dinner. Owner and staff are amazingly cheerful and accommodating.

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SO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! As always :)
I love that you can order many small plates to share. I never know what I have a taste for. I do have to say the brussel sprouts are my favorite then, lemon chicken with the carbonara....service is always top notch!

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

Fabulous as usual!

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One disappointing thing was I said in my reservation that this was a birthday celebration nothing was done about this

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JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic dinner...worth the drive from East Lansing. And...we love the homey ambiance. We had a lovely waitress.

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

We are never disappointed with our meals, authentic italian food

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NJ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic. Everything was fresh, flavorful and cooked perfectly. Service was great. This is a great place!

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F
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really cute place with excellent food! Photos of celebrities eating pasta was entertaining. They offer small and large serving sizes for each dish which allows you to sample more and share. Very enjoyable.

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