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“Second visit! Very enjoyable!”

Comensoli's Italian Bistro & Bar
Ranked #40 of 340 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $21
Cuisines: Italian, American, European
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Grand Haven, Michigan
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Second visit! Very enjoyable!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

While staying at the lovely Hall House Bed and Breakfast, Cathy, the Innkeeper suggested we try Comensoli's as it was right up the street and we had a lovely meal. We enjoyed the atmosphere which was enhanced by a guitarist who serenaded our table - really special! There wasn't a question in our minds when we returned to the Hall House where we would have dinner and again enjoyed live piano and a very tasty meal!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank petersgal
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Michigan
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123 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Bad Service Ruined Gathering”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We were embarrased to be from Kalamazoo during a recent experience at Comensoli's with a wedding group! Upon a local recommendation, the groom's family had planned on treating everyone to a private, pre-wedding dinner to meet each other and relax after a long and difficult trip from NY. The service was so bad, we were embarrased to have the restaurant represent the usual high quality offerings in downtown Kalamazoo. The server was insensitive about our needs, and often rude. When spoken to privately by one of our dinner hosts, she was defensive and brought that attitude back to our table, making excuses. Wrong items were brought and more inappropriate excuses were given. Our table was set up in a back room, through the bathroom hallway with plastic chairs and when brought to the table, most lights were off and we had to find the switches ourselves. Many more minor issues added up to make it an uncomfortable experience for everyone, even though we tried to make light of the atmosphere and focus on one another. So disappointing. Felt so badly for our out of town guests - especially when the bill arrived. Food was good, but no one was able to order what they really wanted, so I ate my choice without sauces. :(

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank TakenByTravel777
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kalamazoo
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Horrible service decent food”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

I have to rate this restaurant average mostly because of the service. This is the third time we ate a Comensoli's and experienced horrible service. The last two visits, we had the same male waiter and each time he was rude, not attentive, and made it seem like we were an inconvenience to him. He never came back to fill our water, kept forgetting our cocktail orders, never asked how our meals were, never asked if we wanted dessert, never smiled, he mumbled and never looked at you when he spoke. If you don't like working with the public then why are you a waiter? Maybe it is partly the manager's fault. I noticed that the waiters also had to make the drinks on their own (no bartender on staff). My pasta was average, the sausage patty (who makes sausage "patties" with pasta) was dry and burnt. I actually got sick that night. I don't think we will be eating at comensoli's again. After spending $147 for a birthday dinner celebration for my husband and receiving such poor service, I will look elsewhere next time.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank didiboo
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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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17 reviews
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“inconsistent service, tasty food”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

Nice room, odd location, impossible parking lot. GREAT meatballs, odd service (inconsistent)

Visited March 2012
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Thank Katie H
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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193 reviews
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“Good music - Fun events”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Another return to Comensoli's. Last night we enjoyed another great meal of my husband's fave of Lasagna Rolls, a nice meatless dish and I had Linguini with the Marinara Primavera and a few great meatballs. They have changed up the Feta Bruschetta to cup size mound of the tasty topping and several crostini....all good!
They have music, it seems, every night, and that night we had a very nice background of pleasant piano music. Not too loud, just nice.
Comensoli's has started to have bottomless wine tastings every 1st & 3rd Tuesday with appetizers. We have not done that yet, but it sure sounds great!

  • Visited February 2012
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2 Thank decoratingplus
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