Cafe Cortina

Farmington , MI


Farmington, MI US 48336 (map)




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"Our expectations were surely exceeded! The service, the food, and the wine were all amazing! We had several of our guests tell us that it was the best meal they had ever been served,... Read more
"Our expectations were surely exceeded! The service, the food, and the wine were all amazing! We had several of our guests tell us that it was the best meal they had ever been served, let alone served at a wedding.

Your servers were extremely attentive and polite, we would like to extend another round of thanks to them if you could. Tammy of course was fantastic. She was on top of the smallest details and no request was too big.

The way our favors, pictures, and signs were laid out was very thoughtful and beautiful. The sauces looked great lined up on the dividing wall between courtyards. The weather of course was amazing, and thank goodness because being able to take advantage of your landscaping and lighting outside was fantastic!"
"Unique, Casual, Elegant"

Cafe Cortina truly has it all...from an upscale-casual grazing appetizer party on the patio to a formal sit down dinner, every guest will experience exquisite food, warmth and hospitality. Ristorante Café Cortina, a destination restaurant, offers brides the “boutique wedding package” of their dreams. Each event is detailed to the specifications of the bride.

Ambiance... Enjoy our Garden Room with French doors that open to a courtyard that leads to a large patio with couches and a fireplace, where guests can mingle for dessert, coffee, or cocktails. A sound system allows outside evening dancing in a romantic setting.

A Taste of the Menu... The restaurant nurtures a seasonal on-premise garden where the freshest herbs and vegetables are used in their cooking of modern day recipes, as well as the classics. All appetizers, pastas, breads and pastries are handmade. Meat and fresh fish arrive daily. Consistency is the key and philosophy of this artisan restaurant. Warmth and hospitality is felt as you enter the doors to rooms of crisp white linen covered tables with Bormioli stemware. Entrées arrive on china that was commissioned from the owners’ hometown in the Veneto region of Italy.

Ceremony... Depending on the size of your wedding, the sharing of vows can be held in the private courtyard covered with grapevines or our indoor fireplace. The restaurant’s interior sets the mood for a romantic ambience. Professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff members accommodate guest’s every need.

Our History... The restaurant celebrates 32 years of excellent food and impeccable service in a casually elegant setting. Ristorante Café Cortina has earned a reputation for food and hospitality. The second-generation owners, well versed in food, wine and travel, continue to offer their guests an enjoyable experience, whether it is a casual dinner for 2 or the ultimate wedding for 175. The restaurant has garnered many awards over the years, including the AAA Four Diamond award, the Wine Spectator Award and Michigan’s 2003 Restaurant of the Year. Ristorante Café Cortina has also been featured on the Food Network’s “Best Of”.

Price... Luncheon Receptions starting at 45.00. Evening Receptions starting at 65.00 Bridal Showers starting at 29.95 Rehearsal Dinners starting 42.00 plus wine,beer and liquor...plus tax and gratuities.

We have wedding planners on staff, not only to help clients plan menus and arrangements, but also recommend sources for photographers, musicians, florists, etc. Please contact Rina at (810) 241-1036. Read less
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The people raved about the food for weeks after my wedding. The service was absolutely impeccable, down to every last detail. It reminded me of an Italian fairytale. It was so great that the people that wanted to enjoy the cigar bar we did, could. Those that wanted to dance, could be dancing fools. Those that wanted to relax and enjoy the group and ambiance could lounge. The fireplace adds such a romantic touch. The venue itself is just gorgeous.

The ONLY thing I was disappointed with was that it was NOT brought to my attention that the bar was consumption, which was hit during dinner. However, the two lead women I worked with were very good business people about this and made a very fair compromise with me and resolved the issue very efficiently with me. I was very pleased with the level of service I personally received as the bride. I felt like a princess every moment I was there.
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My husband and I and our families are beyond grateful for the generosity of Rina and the rest of the staff at Cafe Cortina. Everything was breathtakingly beautiful. The food was beyond delicious. The service exceeded our expectations. Our guests were completely blown away, and many said that this was the best wedding food and service they've ever experienced--and the best food and service, period. One of my aunts commented that she's never been to a wedding where the waitstaff actually placed the napkin on her lap and kept water glass full. A friend said that she felt like she was a special guest at the restaurant, as opposed to most weddings where you don't really receive personal attention from the staff. People raved about every single course, and my mom is still getting phone calls from family and friends who say that they'll be coming back to the restaurant to dine.

Throughout this whole process, Rina was patient with my fiance and I; not only were we planning the wedding from out of state, but we kept going back and forth about the kind of wedding we wanted to have (more guests or less? dancing or not? lunch or dinner?). She gave us many option to accommodate our wishes and needs. I highly recommend Rina and Cafe Cortina for out of state brides (and in state, too, obviously, but she's very flexible and effective at working with brides who can't come to the restaurant in person very often). We didn't happen to use these vendors because we already had found our own, but Rina can even suggest vendors for you, from flowers to cakes, to officiants.

It's a really unique wedding venue, too; the garden patio is lovely, the dining rooms are both beautiful and don't really require much additional decoration (no need to spend money on chair covers or elaborate centerpieces). And most importantly (at least in our opinion) your wedding food will not be "wedding food"--it's high quality, made to order, delicious food that you and your guests will love.
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