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Cafe Cortina is a beautiful wedding event venue located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Founded on the site of a former apple orchard, this stunning outdoor venue has a history that spans almost five decades. Now, the property resembles an Italian countryside vineyard which offers a warm and relaxed ambiance for rustic wedding styles. The indoor dining rooms and outdoor patios will help create a perfectly elegant setting for wedding celebrations, engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or wedding receptions. The gorgeous features of Café Cortina will serve as a beautiful backdrop for your wedding event. You will have lots of opportunities to take gorgeous wedding photos that you can cherish for years to come. Whatever you decide you want for your wedding celebration, the amazing staff at Café Cortina will be able to accommodate you in luxurious style. Menus can be customized to meet dietary needs ( Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

Couples work with Café Cortina's head event coordinator for stress-free planning.

Facilities and Capacity

With the ability to accommodate between 24 to 150 guests, Café Cortina offers a timeless setting for intimate wedding celebrations. Wedding ceremonies will take place by the indoor or outdoor fireplaces. During warmer months, wedding ceremonies and receptions take place on the outdoor patios.

Services Offered

Café Cortina offers wedding event packages to accommodate a variety of wedding couples with different styles, tastes, and budgets. Services offered in their exclusive packages include accommodations, event planning services, event rentals, lighting and sound, and cake services. Other services offered include:

  • In-house catering
  • Chairs, tables, and linens
  • Event rentals


Executive Chef Ernesto Antopia and his team, along with the incredibly talented and genuine wait staff will cater your wedding event in gorgeous style. During summer months, the majority of the ingredients are sourced right at the venue's on-site garden, while carefully selected ingredients from local Michigan and midwestern farmers, California and Italy make up the off-season menu. The result is a number of carefully crafted entrees, appetizers, accompaniments, salads, and delicious drinks. Whether you are planning an event for 1,000 people or a small intimate gathering of close family and friends, the catering staff at Cafe Cortina provides a truly memorable experience.

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What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

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What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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4.6 out of 5 rating
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92% Recommended by couples

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Faith Holmes
Faith H. Sent on 07/13/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Truly Amazing!

We had our small afternoon wedding (45 people) at Cafe Cortina on July 8th & could not have been more impressed by the food, service, and atmosphere. Our guests raved about the attentiveness of the staff, the delicious food, and beautiful grounds at Cafe Cortina! The day of the wedding just before the ceremony began, it started to rain. Kelley was very accommodating and quickly changed the ceremony location from the outdoor patio to the covered tent. It turned out beautiful! During the ceremony the rain trickled on the tent and it created a very romantic atmosphere. The rain ended up clearing after the ceremony and our guests were able to walk around outside on the patios. Leading up to our wedding, I appreciated the responsiveness from Kelley to answer all of our questions. She met with us in person to go over the timeline, layout, and all details for the day of. We had our guests complete preorders for their meal selection, which I think helped with the flow of the reception. The duration of the reception was just the right amount of time to take photos, mingle with guests, and enjoy the day. What took us by surprise was the amazing service we all experienced during the entire reception. I had never seen anything like it! The food portions are very generous & Cafe Cortina even boxed up our leftovers and we enjoyed it later on that night. Highly recommend Cafe Cortina to anyone who is looking for an intimate ceremony and reception spot that offers quality food, service, and a beautiful scenery. Thank you Cafe Cortina for making our day so special!
Madeline D. Sent on 05/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Service & Outstanding Food

We had to change our wedding reception plans to be hosted at Cafe Cortina at the last minute due to the pandemic, and wow was it amazing. Kelley and the rest of the staff is a dream to work with. So professional, polite, and accommodating. Even when it started hailing, no one blinked an eye, just did what had to be done to keep everyone safe. Kelley literally took care of everything so we could have a stress-free day.

The food is also absolutely amazing. So fresh and expertly prepared. All of our guests raved that this was the best wedding meal they've ever had. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves, and felt very safe the entire time. There's also a great outdoor patio space available as well that would be great for large groups. We barely needed to bring-in any decorations because the space is so beautiful!

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Cassandra V. Sent on 11/19/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Best experience!

AMAZING service, food, & atmosphere! We are so happy we had our intimate wedding reception at Cafe Cortina!!
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Rina Tonon
Rina Tonon
Event Team

Rina Tonon over 25 years of expert hospitality and service to guests.

Her approach is assisting diverse couples to create a unique, yet stress-free celebration.

Expertise in various cultures.

Many clients are out of state and Rina will organize reputable vendors always keeping in mind couples reasonable budgets

Cafe Cortina is a non-traditional Banquet Hall Reception.

Many details and beautiful themes are a specialty of Cafe Cortina beautiful settings & background.

Kelley  Vandesande
Kelley Vandesande
Café Cortina Main Event Coordinator

Kelley Vandesande is well-experienced is creating the most unique Wedding and party celebrations.

Her relaxed approach to coordinate the most beautiful Reception are well documented by reading her reviews from past clients.

Kelley is extremely detailed and takes a truly personal intetrest in the couple's vision.

Clients immediately understand their most special day is in good hands.

Ernesto Luis  Antopia
Ernesto Luis Antopia
Executive Chef

Luis Ernesto Antopia,

10 year history as Head Executive Chef Cafe Cortina.

Well experienced in customizes menus.

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free are always accommodated.

Creates food for all cultures

All food made on premise Cafe Cortina kitchen

Chef has his own large kitchen garden for herbs and vegeatbles

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Cafe Cortina frequently asked questions

The space offered by Cafe Cortina for wedding events is known for:
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Garden
  • Inn/B&B
  • Restaurant
Cafe Cortina offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Cafe Cortina offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Cafe Cortina offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Wifi
Cafe Cortina offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Decor
Cafe Cortina is recommended by 92% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in quality of service, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.6 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.4 in average response time.

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