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gan911 Jan 21, 2012 12:55 PM

Anyone been? there's a groupon for 35 for 70. Stuff seems really overpriced. Is it actually decent food? menu looks overwhelmingly generic steak-house minus the chateaubriand, tagliatelle (probably not freshly made), and maybe the liver. In addition they do offer escargot and gnocchi (though in an alfredo sauce?)

Anyone think its even worth the 35 and the drive up to auburn hills?

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  1. rainsux RE: gan911 Jan 21, 2012 01:59 PM

    We like it. Reliable food and service in fine dining setting. I prefer how No. VI seasons their beef, but that is not a dig at Lelli's. I do like their Minestrone. They do a good job with both perch and scallops. Never had their gnocchi ... a friend likes it ... But he has a goat's palate.

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      Jim M RE: rainsux Jan 21, 2012 02:11 PM

      <<a goat's palate.>> <laugh>

      I've never been to Lelli's, but it used to be in New Center in Detroit and was one of the durable old-time steak houses. I bet it's worth a try.

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      berkleybabe RE: gan911 Jan 22, 2012 04:38 PM

      Saw that, too. We had a memorable dinner at the Auburn HIlls place for my mother a bunch of years ago. The occasion was more memorable than the food. The minestrone rocked. I was considering the groupon as well and checked out the menu-- prices were pretty stunning. I figured it'd be another at least $40-50 for two to dine with the groupon. I'd rather spend the money at Giovanni's.

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        coney with everything RE: berkleybabe Jan 23, 2012 05:50 AM

        Add me to the "looked at the prices, decided not to bother" camp.

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          gan911 RE: berkleybabe Jan 23, 2012 05:29 PM

          I jumped :(
          Hope I'm not disappointed. You can split the chateaubriand and some other stuff and come out ok...it's not lie I want to overeat. The decent dining choices with innovative menus I want to eat at in the area is pretty abysmal.

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            berkleybabe RE: gan911 Jan 24, 2012 04:14 PM

            Hope you report back... thanks!

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              Rosedale RE: gan911 Jan 25, 2012 06:35 AM

              I doubt you'll be disappointed. Definitely get the chateau. My husband actually high five'd the waiter the first time we had it. Dessert is disappointing. They only have spumoni, but you'll be too full anyway.

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            Markcron RE: gan911 Jan 24, 2012 07:46 AM

            I jumped as well, got 3 of the GroupOn's.
            It helps that Lelli's is a 1/4 mile from my office, and my gf loves it.
            It also helps that we just used an earlier purchased Groupon at lelli's a couple weeks ago, and had a great filet.veal chop, and shrimp appetizer.

            1. firestalker RE: gan911 Jan 24, 2012 09:54 AM

              Yes I have been and although it is expensive the food and service were top shelf. It is old school Waiters in suits with white linens and knowledgeable service. Also you need to consider that their meat is Prime and not a la carte you actually get soup, salad, antipasto sides of veg and potatoes and I believe you even get dessert as well.
              We ordered the Chateaubriand for two and left absolutely stuffed and still talk about how excellent probably the best piece of meat we have ever ordered.

              And in the end even without a coupon and a bottle of wine it was at the same price point as Roast, Saltwater and the Chop House when you consider having to pay for sides.

              Hope this helps,


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                rainsux RE: firestalker Jan 24, 2012 11:12 AM

                Lelli's also has a 'lite' menu ... essentially just the entrees without all their (usual) sides.

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                  berkleybabe RE: firestalker Jan 24, 2012 04:15 PM

                  Thanks, I'll rethink the next Groupon.

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                    xman887 RE: firestalker Jan 24, 2012 06:52 PM

                    lelli's is a good place. expensive, but it is very good quality and very good service. groupon makes it a bit more affordable. i miss the original place in the new center area.

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                      boagman RE: xman887 Jan 24, 2012 10:18 PM

                      I just stopped by and tried their minestrone and bread a couple months back, and did it ever impress the heck out of me. My next trip will probably be a carryout of the soup in a quart container. Pricey ($11?), but it sure seems worth it to me.

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