About Cosmos Cucina
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
A contemporary oasis offering affordable gourmet cuisine, Cosmo's Cucina was established in November 1992 with the goal of bringing simply creative cooking to Kalamazoo. Located at the corner of Vine and Locust Streets, two blocks west of Chenery Auditorium, also known as "Old Central High School." Cosmo's is on the second floor of a 110 year old building that has been the home of many restaurants including The Vine Garden Cafe, Wall Street and Granola, The Marketplace, The Troubadour and H. Buffalo Esquire. The main floor was for many years, the neighborhood grocery and bakery, and the home of many different, sometimes eccentric retail endeavors. It is now the home of O'Duffy's Pub, a gathering place for friends, old and new.
Mediterranean, Italian, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There is a small lot adjacent to the building, in addition to on street parking.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Cosmos Cucina Ratings and Reviews
I hate to write a negative review on a favorite place but...Valentines Day and we waited a half hour for our dinner? And it was lukewarm? Come on...it wasn't even busy! Several tables empty and you your cook staff is too busy to get the food out on time? There was an elderly couple next to us that waited an hour for their food! They were not happy. Once our food arrived, it was delicious and the tenderloin was perfectly done...but I could barely call it warm. Sad. So do I gamble on driving over 30 minutes to get to this place again? I'm not sure.
We have eaten at Cosmos many times. This was a reservation we made for Valentine's Day dinner. We arrived and were seated, along with about eight other couples, downstairs in O-Duffy's Bar, not upstairs in Cosmos' dining room. This was not mentioned on Open Table when we made our reservation. Poor oversight. People from off the street were coming in and out and enjoying their time at the bar, and music was playing. The setting was not romantic, and the server we had, while very pleasant, was inattentive, touching the tables around us about three times as much as us. Our appetizers were served about 1 minute before our dinner, so dinner was not hot when we got to it. The food was fabulous, as always! Great restaurant, just not for a romantic dinner! We will choose a different restaurant next year for this dinner.
The food was great. The presentation was beautiful.
This restaurant has a long standing problem with service. The waitstaff does not seem to work together. There was 1 waitress from 5pm to 5:30 pm when 4 others arrived. Whether the first waitress was negligent in requesting assistance with the 5 tables already seated or the other waitresses were blind to the fact that she was covering this load alone makes no difference. These people should be working as a team!
This is my favorite special night out place to dine. The food is outstanding and I am never disappointed. I am a fairly good cook myself and I like to search out items at any restaurant and on any menu that I wouldn't prepare myself. I never tire of the menu as it gets updated and there are always specials and new items to try. I love the old standby's too and the Duck is my favorite. It makes my mouth water just thinking of it. The portions are just right. The food is beautifully prepared and presented. It is healthy and you feel good enjoying every bite.
First time we've dined at Cosmos for dinner. We have enjoyed Sunday breakfast there several times, and wanted to try "something different" for dinner. You did not disappoint!
Our waiter, although new to Cosmos, was very personable and conscientious about his work. We gave him tips about correctly using a wine bottle opener, which helped him to relax with his job.
The food was marvelous; my only comment was the chicken breast that I had was so thick, that in order to cook it well, it was fairly dry. But the sauce and pasta helped. The other meals eaten by others at our table seemed to go over well.
I loved the ginger waffle with pomegranate sauce! Very light, and lots of flavor.
Looking forward to our next visit, and maybe just stopping in for a brew at O'Duffy's!
Food was great the atmosphere was great but the service was lousy. The poor young man who took our order got it all confused and gave us someone else's bill and had to redo it and we were in a hurry to make it to a play. Sorry that I have to say this young man needs more training keep up your good reputation and your restaurant.
Overall good experience. Wanted a nice place for a special occasion. A little bit crowdie since there was a wedding celebration besides us. Service was OK considering the wedding catering. Appetizers were plentiful and with good taste. Dinner was OK but not spectacular. Dessert (we share a Mascarponi was awesome!
The food at Cosmo's is always on point! I got the duck and my husband had the lamb... both were perfection. If only the service could be as good as the food. It took our waitress 20-25 minutes to bring us our drinks and was not super attentive throughout our meal. She also got one of our orders totally wrong. The food is good enough to make up for it though.
Traveling west from Massachusetts, we found we'd be in Kalamazoo around supper time. We knew we didn't want to stop at a chain so we checked Open Table and found Cosmo's. It was a bit off the highway but it looked interesting so we pressed on. We are glad we did! It is tucked away in a residential neighborhood and would never have found it but for OT. Our waitress, Mila, was delightful and attentive and the chef is talented and inventive. While we had only small plates, the food was amazing. We had the goat cheese frittata, the roasted beet hummus, and bruschetta paired with Four Graces Pinot Noire. We also ordered the black bottom pie to go so we could enjoy it in our motel room later that night.
Folks in Kalamazoo are fortunate, in deed, to have Cosmo's in their town. We plan to time our return trip to stop in and sample other items on the menu.
It was great. Can't believe we've never been before. Didn't even know about it. Great restaurant with bar below. Exactly what you can find in larger cities like Denver and even Grand Rapids that is so popular with the " millennium " generation and everyone else.
I've already recommended it to several people.
Had dinner at Cosmos before going to the Gilmore Festival Finale because we could park in one spot for both. The couples that we were with had never been there or heard of it. I've been going here for an awfully long time, maybe 20 years. My food was outstanding. I had the scallops which were in a Thai broth with vegetables. Mmmmm, mmmmm, good to the last drop. I would have been happy with just the broth. There was just so much flavor there. I have no idea how they achieved it. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food tremendously. I didn't see that anyone left a bit behind. Thank you, staff at Cosmos, you made me look like the gourmand that I strive to be.
We've eaten at Cosmos many times over the years. It is small, with a small kitchen so we knew it might take a while. But, though it was a Saturday night, wine and food arrived within a very short time. The server, Amber , was delightful, and very helpful with wine pairing, as well as gluten free choices. It was a most pleasant and satisfying experience.
I had a perfectly fine but not outstanding brunch here. The service was leisurely. Excruciatingly so. The explanation for our 45-minute wait to get food was that the kitchen staff of two had trouble handling the influx of orders when it got busy. Um, yeah. Saturday morning brunch is a busy time. Plan for that! The place is super cute.
If you go there to have dinner on a busy weekend be prepared to wait. Waited 10 minutes to even have a waitress approach our table even though we had reservations. Then took forever to get food. Then my companion got their food and had it eaten before I even got mine. Very small kitchen with only 3 chefs serves both Cosmo's and the the bar below. So if they are busy they quickly get in the weeds and your wait time suffers for food. We were trying to make a concert so I had to shovel my food down which took away from the enjoyment.
My companion and I visited Cosmo's on February 12th. I had looked at the menu posted online prior to going and was looking forward to sampling some of the items shown. However, when we arrived, the menu was different and didn't hold as many of the things I was interested in trying. I recognize that menus do change, especially at a quality, non-chain restaurant. But, I felt a little misled because the items I saw weren't available. My suggestion - make the available information match the current reality. Also, the place was very loud, much louder than I was comfortable with. I think this is due to the large number of hard surfaces.
Service was rather slow. However, it may not have been the fault of our server. I had my eye on the pass from the kitchen and it appeared that nothing at all (not just ours) came out for well over 25 minutes. The food, when it arrived was well prepared and tasty.
My last comment is with regard to an individual who appears to be affiliated with Cosmo's who stood next to our table, chatting with the next table over from us for an extended period. It is nice to visit with friends, but not at the expense of another customer who has to suffer with someone's backside hovering next to them while they dine.
Maybe I'm the wrong demographic for Cosmo's. But the long and short of it is - menu not as presented on the internet; very loud venue; slow service (perhaps due to a kitchen problem); good quality and good tasting food; a close encounter of the rear-end-kind that was unappreciated. Good food, but I won't be back.
One of our favorite places to go left us wondering why the change? We had reservations but still waited over an hour for our meal. We got up to leave just as it finally arrived. Two of the four dinners were disappointing and missing ingredients or very small portion. We hope it was just the night and will be back.
The server was lovely, but my martini, ordered by both the server and me to be dry, was not. The vegetarian lasagna was terrific, but the center was ice cold. The server was so sweet, I didn't have the nerve to send it back.
I liked the atmosphere a lot though.
Showed up for 7pm reservation, checked in at host stand upstairs, asked if it was ok to have drink at bar first. Proceeded back downstairs. While enjoying drinks with date, received numerous annoyed phone calls AND messages from staff, advising me I was late for reservation. Was not busy at all, so confused by urgency. When finally seated waited over 5 min for somone to greet us. Advised waitress that my date had food restrictive allergy....she could barely hide annoyance. Made us feel very uncomfortable. Unprofessional staff. If i am paying $32 for an entree, I would expect much more.
Love going to Cosmo's, only complaint is how long it takes to get drinks. With the bar all the way downstairs, the servers are slow to deliver drinks. Our whole table waited about 20 minutes for a round...should have went downstairs to get them ourselves. For the quality and price of the food, as well as the great atmosphere, wish they could get their drink/bar situation to match.
The seats are all wood and very uncomfortable with no cushions. The service was slow even though the restaurant was not full. And when we finally got our food it just was not very good. The restaurant is also very loud. The only redeeming quality is the outside deck
Our party of 7 waited an hour for our food. This was Tuesday evening at 6:30. We ordered by 7:10 PM. No bread was offered as it is an extra cost. There was another table of 5 or so that arrived about the same time. They waited even longer for their meal. Total diners in the place during our stay was no more than 16, including ourselves. I would loath to be there on a busy night.
Went to Cosmo's on a busy Satuday night. The place was crowded. Noise level was through the roof. Food took a long time coming out of the kitchen. Was told by the waitstaff that the kitchen staff was down to 2. There are usually 3-4 workers.
The food was excellent. Quality was high. Will return.
We have been to Cosmo's a few times and have always enjoyed it. This last visit was a bit of a disappointment.
First, the music was too loud for the small space.
The filet I ordered medium-rare came out nearly well-done (the kitchen did correct it).
My wife's dish (Spanish stew of some sort) was flavorful, but was just warm when served and quickly became cold.
Finally, our server strongly recommended the blood orange panna cotta, but when we found it to be grainy and not smooth, she quickly said that when she tried it earlier she didn't like it either - What?? why did you recommend it?
When the check came I had to ask for the dessert to be removed and they did it without protest.
This visit is not in keeping with our past experience, but it was disappointing.
My girlfriend and I went to Cosmo's, a restaurant frequented by my parents and family but one that I had personally never attended. I'm a regular at the annual Bravo! chef's dinner though and due to affiliation knew Cosmo's had something special to offer so I made a reservation and at 7 pm I arrived with my girlfriend. The atmosphere was quaint and lovely. The menu looked promising and all was going well. The roasted garlic and fresh bread was a simple yet delightful appetizer that had me very excited for my main course, a pasta dish with peas, mushrooms, and prosciutto. My girlfriend ordered the "puchero", a simple Mexican stew that also looked quite lovely based on the menu description. My food came out, as well as the side of goat cheese mashed potatoes. I was excited to eat but practiced proper etiquette and proceeded to wait until my girlfriend's dish came out. Little did I know this wait would be in excess of ten minutes. Our server did not inform us that this would be happening, and acted as if nothing was wrong when she finally brought it out. We understand the tribulations of working in food service, as my girlfriend has many years of serving experience. We were stunned however at the lack of explanation or basic human empathy. I sent the potatoes back because they had gone cold by the time both of our dishes were served. The server scoffed at this and gave the impression we were in the wrong for doing so. After that, we ate the food and enjoyed it immensely. But when it came time to pay, the credit card machine was down (things happen, we understand). Instead of asking for an alternative form of payment, the server had written down all of my credit card information, producing a homemade receipt that asked for my zip code. I was extremely offended that she would just take my information like that without asking. She reluctantly got the manager who was as shocked as we were at the behavior. All in all a delicious meal marred by our server
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