Roma Cafe

3401 Riopelle St Detroit, MI 48207 (313) 831-5940
Hours Mon - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Best Italian food Downtown since Lelli's on Woodward closed.

I've only had GREAT food and GOOD service here. MONDAY ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET is absolutely the FINEST Italian food you can find anywhere (better than NYC!) and reasonably priced, too.
February 18, 2008


I was really excited about eating there, especially after reading all of the great reviews, however I was very disappointed. We arrived on time only to discover that our reservation had been mistakenly been bumped up by a half hour, not a problem if the host had been sincere in his apologies instead of the shrug he gave us. We were crammed in at a table that was not completely set, they were tossing the bread plates and butter knives down the table, not what I expected at a restaurant with such a good reputation. The menu did offer your garden variety Italian choices and the bread and wine were good. The entrees were average and could be ordered at any local Italian restaurant. After my experience there I have no plans to ever go back or recommend it to any of my friends.
December 09, 2007

The best Italian restaurant in Detroit

I have been coming to this restaurant for 30 years, and I am in my 40's. I have NEVER had a bad meal there. The food is well prepared, plentiful, and served correctly. \r \r The Roma Cafe is always busy. There is a good reason for this- quality service, quality food, a decent price, and the owner is on-site, taking care of business. \r \r Many of the people who work at Roma have been there for ages- there is virtually no turnover, thus making this restaurant very consistent. \r \r I go there at least twice a month - usually more- for both business and with family. The interesting part is that when I take someone there who has never been there, they start to come back on their own, and bring their friends!\r \r Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 27, 2006

I'm back at my grandmothers house

You step back in time when you go to this place. A 130 year old house with an atmosphere like you are at home. The servers have been there forever and are knowlegable warm and friendly like you were family. And the food! We had the veal for 2 which came with salad, pasta, bread 5 vegs and 4 different veal dishes (parmesean, marsala, tosca and lemon). Tiramisu to die for and coffee rounded out a huge meal which we wound up taking half home. Go to this place and you will leave feeling satisfied on many levels!
February 16, 2006

Simply the BEST

Excellent food and service. An extensive menu with classic Italian favorites along with flavorful beef, seafood, and poultry selections. Salads are dressed with a very tasty Italian style vinaigrette that must be homemade. Cocktails contain a generous amount of liquor and the espresso with a twist of lemon is just delicious. Although the waiters are clad in tuxedos, day and night, patrons' attire is mixed; both casual and business attire. I only eat at two restaurants in the Detroit metro area. Roma Cafe is one of them!
December 31, 2005

The Best Italian Food In Detroit

I Go There 2 to 3 Times A Week, The Waiters Are First Class, The Service Is Great, The Food And The Portions Are Very Good And The Prices Are Very Reasonable. Also On Monday Nite The Buffet Is Worth Every Penny. Number # 1 In My Book.
July 27, 2005

Getting close to 20yrs.

Veal Tosca and a Roma salad and I'm a happy man. I'm getting near 20 yrs in Michigan and always a great meal at Roma's. It may be cramped and noisy at times and there have been some long waits, but the food and the service are always very good. Some of the waiters have been there since I can remember.I think one sign of a good restaurant is when the menu and staff are succesfull for a long time.
April 30, 2005

Was I there on an off day?

The Roma meal I had would not qualify it for Best Italian by a long shot. My veal dish was a commercially-prepared veal-like chunk. Reminded me of the ""fused"" chicken at Wendy's. I liked the atmosphere, but would not order an Italian dish were I to go back.
March 12, 2004

Big Portions

The Roma has a reputation, for giving good size portions of food. Friendly Waiters ,and a home like atmosphere, make it a good place, to meet old friends and new.
March 08, 2004

Absolutely a Hoot!

Love the place! The bar is an absolute blast, the whole staff a the Roma Cafe is wonderful along with the food and service. The character of the place is the best, best table to be seated is table 1 or 3 in the bar. Best waiter John.
January 28, 2004
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