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Roma Cafe

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3401 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207-2020
+1 313-831-5940
11:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Detroit, Michigan
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Several opening notes: I have dined at Roma Café off and on for years. The restaurant has been around for more than a century serving old school Italian food; this is not gourmet dining nor is it creative cuisine. On past visits, I have ordered off the menu and been satisfied. This last visit I selected the buffet - big... More 

Thank goatguy46
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128 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Time atmosphere. Food was good and served fast. Was hot and ready to eat. Bread was excellent. Was not asked about a refill on my soda. All others at my table were given refill without asking. Excellent place to visit while eating.

Thank Vicki C
London, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the best location, not the best set up, not the best service, old and shady restaurant, uncomfortable chairs, dark restaurant......nothing on the set up and amosphere invites you to eat here......unless the food is great. Amazing food can compensate and balance all what I mentioned.....but food here is just average. Really nothing special. Big dishes, but not special in... More 

Thank Alvaro E
Milford, Michigan
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405 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Whenever we have an opportunity to introduce someone new to Detroit, the Roma Cafe is always on our list. It's the oldest restaurant in Detroit (1890), near the Eastern Market section of town. The servers all wear tuxedos and the food is classic Italian dishes done magnificently. The building is old and small (the restrooms are really small), but it... More 

Thank JVM-Milford-MI
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Let me begin by saying that we have been to the Roma Cafe several times over the course of several years and have never had a bad experience there. This visit was no exception! Let me begin with our waiter who has been at Roma Cafe a long time, Sam. Sam was very attentive, especially to the kids. He even... More 

Thank John H
Detroit, Michigan
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62 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Outside of the restaurant it was a little sparse but inside a nice quaint atmosphere was presented. The food was very good.

Thank youngl_s
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173 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The best part about eating here was there very helpful shuttle over to the Opera House. The gentleman was very nice and was waiting for us as we exited the theater. As for the restaurant, the place was completely crowded. The calamari appetizer was not completely cooked. I order gnocchi and it was ok, except the sauce was not very... More 

Thank TravelLover985
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Been going to Roma Café for 50+ years (I am 60 now). Best Italian food this side (either direction) of Italy! Monday night there is an Italian buffet to die for.... meats, cheeses, salads, pasta, entrees, deserts, and strolling violinist and accordionist. Waiter in tuxedos! Be sure to make a reservation for dinner as they can often be standing room... More 

Thank WilliamHarrison55555
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The wait is long even with a reservation. There is no lobby and people are crammed inside the door while waiting to be seated. Waiters are carrying food through the crowd of people to get from one room to the next. We ordered the garlic cheese bread for an appetizer and it was burnt. The minestrone soup was good, only... More 

Thank Wachauna P
Detroit, Michigan
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The staff was pleasant and seated us right away. That was the best part. The dinning room was packed and we were seated at a table that had bread crumbs all over it.The waiter covered the crumbs up with a menu. When I said to him that the table was dirty he said, "Oh it was just some bread crumbs".... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3401 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207-2020
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit
  • Phone Number: +1 313-831-5940

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7 months ago

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?