3401 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Italian, European, Continental, Wine Bars
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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When I'm asked to name my favorite restaurent my immediate response is "The Roma
Cafe in Detroit MI". And I admit to being in a rut because I always order Veal Piccata and a Roma Salad with anchovies. That main dish, accompanied by a glass (or two) of fine Chianti and crisp warm bread dipped in virgin olive oil makes my day.
I knew about this place my whole life and always wanted to go, but as a kid my parents said it was too expensive (evidently we were actually really poor and I didn't know it). As an adult going downtown I am usually with others that want to go to Bert's, Thomas Magee's or Vivio's. Today I finally put my foot down and insisted my husband and I go (after a little side trip to Bert's) OMG! I am utterly in LOVE with this place!!! The soup and salad dressing are home made (you don't get a choice of dressing, it is the house dressing). Thee minestrone soup was like no other I have ever had. It had firm cabbage pieces in it and a creamy texture to the broth instead of clear. I could have made a meal of that alone! I had the Homemade Paglia & Fieno with Green & white shoe string noodles with prosciutto & peas. SOOOO hearty and delicious! My husband had the Seafood Pasta with shrimp and clams. I tasted his and I really can't determine which was better. I make a lot of pasta dishes and sauces myself and usually don't like the restaurant version. I have to say, I think this was better than my own. AND THE SERVICE!!!! Like a 5 star restaurant! Sam was THE BEST SERVER EVER!
THE FOOD AT ROMA CAFE IS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING. THE WAIT STAFF IS A MIXED BAG. SOME OF THE WAITERS ARE ABSOLUTELY STELLAR, WHICH MAKES FOR A FANTASTIC DINING EXPERIENCE, BUT MOST OF THE OTHERS ACT LIKE THEY ARE DOING YOU A FAVOR BY WAITING ON YOU. A COUPLE OF THEM ARE VERY CONDESCENDING, ESPECIALLY TO WOMEN, AND THEIR DEMEANOR IS ALOOF AND SNOOTY. MENTIONING THIS TO THE MANAGEMENT IS A WASTE OF TIME. THEY ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION. IT DEFINITELY DISCOURAGES ME FROM GOING THERE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE A MEAL, SO I NOW GET CARRY-OUT MOST OF THE TIME. HOPEFULLY, THEY READ SOME OF THESE CRITIQUES.
The food is outstanding, just good old fashion Italian cooking. The drinks are a dollar more but its a Great Drink. If they have the Oso Bucco on the menu , It Is A MUST TRY, YOU WONT REGRET IT. A small place but they turn them over so you will always be able to get in. Otherwise, I will definatly go there again, I here the Perch is awsome.
01/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Roma Cafe a few times and have been disappointed each occasion. I've read the other reviews and have to agree that I think the experience is directly related to who you know and how well the staff knows you. Frequent visitors seem to get a great deal of attention, while everyone else suffers through a rough dinner with tight seating. The food is simple but did not impress me as having the homemade, fresh ingredients as promised. This place is old, stodgy and severely overrated. I'd go to Assaigi in Ferndale any day of the week but I'll never go back to this place.
11/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I know a lot of people who frequent this establishment who rate it as one of the best italian
restaurants that they go to. I have to say that these people do have good taste but I have
to say my experience there seriously fell short. My girlfriend and I got seated in a cramped
corner next to a big party of people who occupied the attention of our tuxedo clad waiter the
THE GOOD: Old world atmosphere. The bartender was amiable and made a good bloody mary. There were a lot of people there who looked like regulars and they looked like they were getting special treatment.
THE BAD: Seeking to impress my girlfriend at a highly rated Italian restaurant I ending up getting mad instead because the waiter ignored us all night and when our meals arrived (mine being Linguine w/ Clam sauce) the waiter dropped my dish down like he was giving me my prison meal. It was the most unimpressive Linguini I have ever had. It was like someone dumped some butter and a can of clams on it. Someone later told me that maybe that's because what I ordered is more of a northern Italian dish and not sicilian, so I guess I should have ordered something with a red sauce. What I found there is It depends on who you are pretty much. Expect to get treated as special if you ARE special (to them) That's why the reviews are so off balance.