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“Great eating experience”
Review of Gratzi

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Ranked #16 of 593 Restaurants in Ann Arbor
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Gratzi, an elegant Italian restaurant with distinct style, was founded in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. in December 1987. Formerly the Orpheum Theater, which screened the most popular movies of the day in the 1930s, Gratzi maintains the flair of the dramatic history still preserved today in the restaurant's elegant décor and ambience. Seated above Gratzi's bar is a grand sculpture of Orpheus himself, the great poet and musician, overlooking dining room guests, while a beautifully painted Renaissance-style mural depicting an ancient bacchanal reinforces the indulgent and purely pleasurable atmosphere. Indulge in the purely pleasurable atmosphere and savor unique flavors of regional Italian cuisine and wine.
Michigan
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great eating experience”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had a party of 11 for a birthday celebration. Service was fantastic, considering the size of our party and the busy atmosphere of the restaurant We had some issues with the bread refills, but all in all, everyone was pleased with their dinners.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Jackson, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great dining experience”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Looking for an out-of-town dining experience, we chose Gratzi's in Ann Arbor based on some reviews we had read, having never known anyone who had eaten there. What a great bit of luck! Since it was such a nice evening, we decided to eat outside on the street. From numerous other experiences in the past, we have come to know that outside service at even the best restaurants can be a bit "slow". Much to our surprise, the service was excellent! This simply added to the great food we enjoyed during our meal. We will definitely make a return visit in the near future.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank David_2Teach
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Atlanta, Georgia
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good service, food was average, mgmt excellent”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

On Friday evening in Ann Arbor we are always happy to get a table at Gratzi. We had quite a wait, but mgmt was very pleasant. The server was very pleasant, but forgot bread. My friend had the shrimp gnocchi which he loved. I had the penne with chicken and spinach; it had grizzle and soggy chicken skin in it. not very appetizing.

The restaurant is showing its age. The ceilings were dirty by the air vents, and the temperature in the restaurant was inconsistent.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank GoBlueInGA
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Austin, Texas
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73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Service spoiled our visit.”
Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

It was a grand day, touring the University of Michigan campus with my spectacular grandson. Could it get any better? We thought Italian food was a great choice for his last evening here and decided that inviting my sister and my niece would really make it a party! Gratzi's is my sister's favorite restaurant downtown- we dined al fresco in the cooperative Michigan weather. A good time was had by all. The drinks were good despite the bartender essentially working alone. He was apologetic for the more than normal wait time for our drinks. Our table was obtained in a very reasonable time. The appetizers we ordered were good, the mussels outshining the fried calamari, our entrees were all good, one of us had veal, one pork, one fish and one vegetarian option a pizza was ok. The cannoli was prepared vertically and was very good and the sorbet was fresh and tasty as well. So why only 3 stars- it was the service. Water and tea were empty more than full, the courses were not timed properly and we were never offered dessert, we had to ask for a menu and coffee. My niece is a very talented hostess during her summers in her freshman and sophomore college summer breaks at another downtown venue and she was mortified at our service. This was obviously not the norm as my sister would not have recommended it. I will try it again- they may just have had an off night.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank shmtw2
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Nowhere
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Still wonderful!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We ended up in Ann Arbor out of the blue and the first place we all thought of was Gratzi. Yet again, the menu is wonderful, service is flawless and the food is sublime. My youngest is a very picky eater and yet he wolfed down the calamari. The rest of us enjoyed soup, bread, salad, pasta and dessert. Still on my top three list in Michigan!! Well done Gratzi!!!!!!

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank JDsAtNoWhere
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