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“Excellent For The Area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Roma

Cafe Roma
Ranked #19 of 188 Restaurants in Elgin
Cuisines: Italian, American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Illinois
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Excellent For The Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

When I find myself in Elgin and hungry this has been a great choice.

Unfortunately, it's primarily a lunch spot, open for dinner only on Thursdays and Fridays. It's in an office building in an office park on a winding road set back off Randall Road and the tollway interchange.

I've had several lunches and dinners there - tried the soups, salads, pastas, and wraps - and have never been disappointed. It appears to be family run - no Olive Garden - and for my money the best Italian in the Elgin area. It's a simple, small place with a little bar and bare wood tables so it can get noisy if it fills up (and it does) at lunch and dinner. But it shows why Italian food has become the de facto American cuisine: tasty food, generous portions, healthy options (add some grilled salmon or try the "verdura"), and reasonable prices in an informal atmosphere. When all that comes with good service, what's not to like?

Hint: before you go check out their website for the current soups and specials.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Huntley, IL
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135 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Just Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Went to see what all the talk was about. While the soup and salad were good the pasta dish lacked seasoning, and the CHICKEN that was to have been on the plate.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emil P
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Elgin
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211 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Just Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

I will start by saying that we went here with a large group which might have affected the quality of the service and food. It seemed like a busy place and the atmosphere was nice. However, the service was slow and nothing to write home about. The food was also just okay. Kind of disappointed, but maybe we'll give them another try sometime.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bethany S
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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

I visited this restaurant several times while on business in Elgin and was very pleased with the pizza, sandwiches and the service was quite good as well - Give it a try and you'll be back

Visited October 2012
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Thank tykris
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