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Gaetano's
Gaetano's

Gaetano's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gaetanositalian.com
  • Email: gaetanositalian@gmail.com
  • Phone: (303) 455-9852
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We host several local entertainers; check our website, Facebook page or call for details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our live music series starts out the New Year with live music on Thursday, Jan. 10th AND Thursday, Jan. 24th.

    Thursday, Jan. 10th welcomes back Lee with his blues and rock tunes. Performance begins at 9:00pm

    Thursday, Jan. 24th features Michael, a contemporary jazz artist with a special guest performer! Michael will start at 8:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 38th and Tejon
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot located on the south west corner of the 38th and Tejon intersection
A word from Gaetano's
Housed in the historic North Denver Highlands Gaetano"s was originally opened in the 1930's by the Smaldone family. Today it is an homage to the classic cocktail era with leisurely lunches, rustic and fresh Italian food and a late night neighborhood gathering.
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Diner Reviews
  • "If you're looking for a quiet meal, this isn't the best choice. The noise level is loud and makes conversation a real challenge, even at the early seating (pre-7p). Otherwise, everything else was pretty good. I was hoping for a little more on the food front but I've come to realize that my expectations are probably too high, especially when it comes to Italian food in Denver. Wine selection was decent with a number of good Italian wines to choose from. And the beers-on-tap also offered a good variety to choose from. All in all, a good restaurant if you're looking for a loud, energetic scene. Otherwise, you might want to continue your quest for great Italian restaurants elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great restaurant to have in the neighborhood! The food and drinks were great (I loved the eggplant parmigiana!) staff was very pleasant and helpful. The noise level was a little loud, we had lean in to hear each other across the table at times. But in general, just a great place to go for a meal with friends or family!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What a great find this place was for me. Been there forever but I was not aware of it. Stopped in and fell in love with it. Amazing food, fantastic atmosphere and Miles the bartender all made the dining experience second to none."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "And nothing like the old days. Food was very mediocre. Lumpy risotto , stale , tasteless bread, clueless waitress . We have given this red sauce joint one too many tries . Wheres`s the real Italian food ?"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I visited for the first time on a Saturday night for our date night. Larry and the staff were so incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the local history. We loved the food (try the mussels), the ambiance, and everything about the place. I've already invited all of my big Italian family to meet us there in the future. So we'll be seeing you and I cannot wait!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We stopped here for the first time prior to going to a play. The food is great, but really nice we're the cocktails. A good, new and fresh variety. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great experience. Staff very friendly and personable from the moment we walked in the door up until we left. Will be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Met a date at Gaetano's and the ambience is great. It's old school Denver meets Highlands. The service was great, they brought us several wine samples before we settled on a bottle. Food was good and my date was a vegetarian and she found several options. Overall, fun experience. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Remodeled "old world" charm. Food prepared and presented to please. Wine list is good, especially if you like Italian wines. Service was excellent, attentive but not not bothersome. Hostess, bartenders and food servers were friendly, and helpful! The minestrone is some of the best in Denver."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We found the food a little bland and not that great I would not recommend this place"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We love taking guests to Gaetano's. They do "old school" Italian food like no other restaurant in Denver. Service is attentive, drinks are classic."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Approaching the restaurant I thought why am I dining here. Neighborhood leaves something to be desired. But I loved the indoor atmosphere of this place. Felt like we were back in old time Denver.The service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive without being in our faces. The Italian food was delicious. Minestrone soup excellent. But don't leave without trying the desserts. The tiramisu was to die for. Raspberry chocolate cake was moist and delicious. All 6 of us felt we would definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Traditional Italian food in a traditional setting...I like that!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We arrived at Gaetanos to find that Open Table had not reserved us a table despite having sent us a conformation E Mail. The management tried to accommodate us but were full. They ended up putting us in the covered patio space in a snowstorm. There were heaters but there was also a very cold draft coming up from the floor. Fortunately the Cocktails from the bar were inventive and first rate, and the food was delicious. The service was wonderful as the staff made sure to do the best they could to make sure we had a good experience. They even sent the entertainment out to our table so we would feel included. We would recommend this restaurant and will come again!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Gaetano's since before it was remodeled. The food now is vastly improved. The setting is old time fun. The service wasn't very attentive though."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "It may not have the notoriety it used too, but the food is good, the Frank Sinatra singer on Friday nights is great, and the overall experience is fun."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "After reading some of the great reviews, I was disappointed in this place. We arrived and the place was not busy, yet we waited for several minutes while the host spoke with someone on the phone. Once seated we waited a good five minutes before being acknowledged by anyone. I ordered the Clams Aglio e Olio with gluten free pasta and my date the chicken parm. When the food arrived, the waiter spilled clam sauce all over my date's leg. He apologized and offered soda water to help clean it up. Overall the food, the service, and the ambiance were average. With all the Italian places out there, I'd be hard pressed to ever visit this place again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a 6:15pm reservation and got there a little early and got seated right away. It had been a few years since I had been there before and the remodel was refreshing but still kept that old world charm that makes Gaetano's great. We were a party of 4 and were greeted right away by our server. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. Ron, the new manager, stopped by our table and gave my daughter and her boyfriend a little history lesson about Gaetano's and its mobster past. We had a great meal and I would highly recommend Gaetano's for anyone who is looking for an authentic Italian experience away from the chains that are in downtown."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "If you are looking for a wonderful place to eat in Denver this gem set in in the Highlands is a sure fire bet. There is a small menu but everything on it I have had is wonderful. The service is amazing and you get the feeling everyone who works there really cares. Prices are very fair and not too expensive. Portions are large and well presented. They also have a great bar and very fun and unique choices. There is also a nice little parking lot next door which is a bonus in the area. It is also nice that it isn't in LoDo or Downtown so you don't have to pay 10 dollars to park and have to deal with the down town drama. Another note. Make a reservation its very busy."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Love this eclectic restaurant with a cool history of Pueblo Mafia ties long ago! (Who knew ?) It's been recently renovated, & has a nostalgic, cool vibe & atmosphere! The bar looked really inviting as well! The food was so fresh & perfectly cooked! I had salmon (perfect!) with broccoli rabe. Others raved about the pasta (traditional & phenomenal all at once!!) The new owner, Ron, is a super-friendly New Yorker (loved the accent) who helped us out with our meal choices (all excellent) and says they are going to improve the menu even further. He will have a built-in pizza oven very soon! I can't wait!!! I also hear there is a great Frank Sinatra impersonator on Tuesday nights! I'm coming back for that!!!! You MUST eat here!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The closest thing to good East coast Italian in Denver. Excellent service, food and casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everyone was was so nice. Our waiter? TOP NOTCH. Super courteous, and attentive."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience we had at Gaetonos. I have lived in Denver my entire life, and never visited this restaurant. What a loss for me. Justin was our waitor. What an amazing young man he was. He provided the best service I have ever experienced. He was very courteous, friendly, and attentive to all our requests. I definitely will be returning and will recommend to my family and friends."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Excellent service and very good food. We had a wonderful time. Don't miss the Smaldone mug shots in the restroom. Great Denver history."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food and ambiance. The restaurant has been around for over 40 years and was just remodeled. Very good experience. The waiter shared the history of the place."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love the busy vibe and attentive service. The food is good authentic Italian Food."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "From the moment we entered to the moment we left we were treated right and the food was phenomenal. Meatballs are the best!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Three different luncheon selections by the three of us. All parties raved about the quality of our meals (quantities were great also, but we didn't leave much on the plate)."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "A friend and I enjoyed out lunch at Gaetano's. We received good service and the food was very good. A few years ago, four of us had tried to go there, but they had no gluten free dinners; so I was very happy that they now have gluten free food, and it is quite good plus they have a large selection."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Amazing quality in atmosphere, ambiance, taste, and friendliness. The ease of setting up a reservation online to the fantastic quality of feeling like I walked into a place I've been dozens of times before; Gaetano's was simply superb."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We did a late reservation on Valentine's Day and it really was a perfect spot. Just outside of the really up and coming part of the Highlands, its a great little find. Sort of mafiso style Italian, all of their food is to die for and the ambiance was great. Loud and energetic, but still romantic. Service was awesome, overall great experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place is just awesome, the food was outstanding and the wine is great.we had Great time we will be returning. I recommend this restaurant to all who love Italian food. Great job!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food. Nice staff as always. Quite even when it got busy it just felt intimate. Gave a complimentary rose and flute of campaigne."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We live in Wyoming, but will make the 150-mile journey to Gaetano's for our special occasions. Their minestrone is the BEST we've ever had and we order it every time we go to Gaetano's. Their old-school Italian recipes cannot be beat. We are originally from the East coast and have dined on some amazing Italian food, and Gaetano's can easily compete with those other restaurants. The spumoni at Gaetano's is REAL spumoni - served with maraschino cherry chunks and biscotti. The cannoli is perfect with silky smooth cream and candied orange. You absolutely cannot go wrong ordering anything from Gaetano's menu."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My wife and I found this place on accident on day. It was about some time last year, and ever since we've been coming back. The prices are reasonable and the food is amazing. Eveytime we try something new and are never disappointed. Keep up the good work. This our favorite Italian resturant by far."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, service was wonderful, waiters and managers told stories about the history and showed us around, kids loved the stories and were excited. It was quite impressive and the food was great!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always love the food here. Great italian finds and home made desserts! Must try one of their specialty cocktails!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "My husband and I had a great time at Gaetano's the other night. The place was hopping at 9:30, the server was attentive (but not TOO attentive), they served great coctails, and the price was reasonable. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The noise level was too loud. You couldn't have a conversation without yelling. The seating was tight. I couldn't eat comfortably. My clams aglio olio were blan. Everyone else at the table liked there meal. My martini was $14.00 and much smaller than what I get at other restaurants. i ordered it with a twist which they forgot. My husband got ink all over himself when he signed the check. I prefer the old Gaetano's. JCMH"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Wednesday night is "date night"! Buy a bottle wine and get an olive, bread and cheese plate free. PLUS! Frank Sinatra live!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014