Gaetano's
Gaetano's

Gaetano's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gaetanositalian.com/
  • Phone: 3034559852
  • 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: 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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Gaetano's reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)special occasion (28)fit for foodies (25)romantic (24)good for groups (22)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration
    Yummmm
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Even though the restaurant was busy the were very good about honoring our reservation. I had the eggplant parmesan, which was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and welcoming!
    FrauBrooker
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service and food was top notch. The ambiance was classic, the staff was friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighborhood Italian Food
    outnabout
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Gaetano's. Our server Josh was pleasant and helpful. The food was very good. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pretty good food, but the neighborhood is awful. Had my dirtbike stolen in broad daylight from thier parking lot.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MarilynVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was outstanding but the street noise & the laughing too loud waitresses at the bar were real negatives. Winter time when patio doors would be closed might be a better experience. Prices very reasonable. It's a real boon to have a good parking lot right across the street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • LOVE Gaetano's
    JennAndDave
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I come here frequently, and always leave having had a great time. The brunch menu is great, with a lot of options you don't see on other menus. The service is beyond friendly; we enjoy hearing the stories behind the history of the restaurant. We are always well taken care of when we come in, no matter how busy it is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was bland
    Vegetarianfoodie13
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had the spaghetti with olive oil and it was bland. Noodles and oil but not much flavor. Could've used some veggies or something to make it pop! I am a vegetarian and this was the only option that I could have besides the ravioli though that had cheese. I wasn't impressed with the food or selection available.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    FoodFan7
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is excellent and there is a lot of variety on the menu. The Italian food is authentic and the wait staff is friendly and efficient. I have recommended Gaetanos to others and they have had equally satisfying experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner delish!
    girlnextdoor
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Friendly little neighborhood restaurant. Service was just outstanding. Food was yummy delish! Atmosphere was just delightful until owner showed up and turned up music way too loud. It seems he thinks he works at a nightclub....not a cozy little corner Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd time
    Italianluvs2dine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    and still loving this gem of a restaurant. This menu features genuine Italian dishes that even my genuine Italian husband and his foodie friends can appreciate. The homemade meat balls (ordered by special requests) are as good as any I have ever tasted. Great wine list and the desserts are good too. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Joel456
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I am from New Jersey and this tasted just as good as home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian!
    Jgschlich
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    All of the four dishes were great, but the standout was the house sausage and mushroom gnocchi. Also, the lemon rissoto appetizer was delicious. Service was great and we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    Gibvater
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I hadn't been here since they remodeled a few years back. That atmosphere is nice and retro. I went with a large group including kids and we had great service. Everyone loved their food. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food...needs some shade
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Always a fan of Gaetano's and would definitely go back. However, they do need to fix their window shades. Evening dinners have the setting sun blazing through their western windows and the gaps in the sun shades basically have some customers staring blindingly into the sun for a good hour during dinner (while seated inside). Quick fix! Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good old fashioned Italian
    MikeCVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a good old fashioned Italian restaurant that was recently renovated. The food was very good, and they had a Frank Sinatra impersonator on Friday who was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I took my 4 kids and wife to dinner and had a great meal. Food portions are great and the food is even better. I love everything about this place. A real fun place to take family and friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood patron
    dinersdreamVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Absolutely fantastic! Service was the best, menu was the best, food was the best, price point was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wait for the specials
    bcitalianfoodlovers
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    While Gaetano's has a fine regular menu, the specials are always worth waiting for. Each of the three of us had a different one, and all of us were quite pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid Gaetano's!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Made reservations for a Sunday evening family dinner 3 days in advance at 6:15 pm. Arrived and were seated right on time, that was the only high point of the evening. It took us 20 minutes to get served with water and bread. Waited another 10 minutes for them to take our drink order. After another 10 minutes the waitress took our dinner order and made the excuse that the bartender was just busy. The family of 6 seated next to us had been there since 6:00 pm and had only received water, bread, and a cocktails in an HOUR! After 50 minutes and numerous excuses by our waitress, we got up and walked out!!! The restaurant was not full when we arrived but was when we left. Almost NO FOOD was coming out of the kitchen! We will NEVER return!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great brunch!
    tih00
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had been for dinner before ad enjoyed it, so when I saw they recently opened for Sunday brunch, decided to check it out. The service was great, the food was great and the prices were very reasonable. Will definitely be back and trying s something else on the menu as it was hard to make a decision.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset Heat & Traffic a Problem
    OLDNOONE
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were seated at a west side table. The sun was relentless, and despite lowering some shades, the gaps in these ill-fitting covers allowed glare from the sun to blind us, and the open western side of the restaurant let in all the heat and traffic noise. We tried to get our waitress's attention to reseat us, but finally just moved ourselves to a booth out of the sun. There was some complaint from the server and her supervisor that this booth was reserved, but finally we were allowed to stay. We ate our dinner and sat to visit for awhile afterward. The "reserved party" never appeared. Our daughter has MS, and cannot tolerate excessive heat. Our food was very good. Service sketchy. $7.00 drafts seems high!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • been going there for many years
    jodieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    wonderful recipes - the remodeling made a huge difference - lots of traffic noise on the patio - very loud music but they turned it down - the lasagna is wonderful
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once we got seated...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food and overall experience was good. We had made a reservation for 7:15 and was not seated till 7:30 so that was alittle annoying. But once we were seated our experience was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely way to finish a vacation.
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This resturaunt was amazing. I was in town visiting family and they had been to Gaetano's before. From the outside I didn't quite know what to expect but once I stepped inside I knew it was going to be wonderful. We had the reservation and we were seated right away. The alcoholic beverages we ordered were delicious and made just fight. The food was amazing! Easily the best place we ate at during our vacation. I highly recommend Gaetano's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very hood Italian cuisine
    Italianluvs2dine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband is Italian and very few restaurants meet his standards. This one did. Their meatballs were just like our family recipe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner review
    LisaGdine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food and wine selection outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Gaby
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the entertainment.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Italian Food
    apchavey
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a craving for Italian food and took a chance on Gaetano's and we were pleasantly surprised by great food and drink. The service was prompt and very helpful. Maxwell, our waiter, was quick to answer any questions and explained the menu to us. I had the special which was scallops and shrimp in a brandy cream sauce, it was wonderful! My wife had the scallop dinner with risotto and asparagus, it too was fantastic. I highly recommend Gaetanos fit old school Italian food. Hearty and filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After the show
    Schultz132VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Took some friends to Gaetano's after a show downtown. It was 10 p.m. and we wanted dinner. They were so accommodating and they food was great. I had the Branzino - it was delicious. Also, they have a nice variety of Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost it's charm
    artlover1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I am a Denver native and had hoped that Gaetano's had returned to the way it used to be back in the 70's. Good authentic italian food…… not so. I had the lasagna which was ok but not exceptional and my husband had the peppers and sausage, which was just ok too. There are no smells of garlic cooking in the kitchen, like the old days. Maybe all of the food is just frozen and prepared in a microwave oven? Our waitress was horrible too. When we asked her things about the menu and the happy hour drinks she didn't know anything. It was as if she just started that night. Wasn't helpful at all. Also, very over priced for what you get. In the good old days of Gaetano's you would get a soup and salad with every meal, nothing comes with the meal now.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food!
    Melly68
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great place, but we went when the sun was setting so it was really hot. My husband actually got sunburn on his neck. So go after the sun sets and it's cooler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Foodlover
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We have been here a few times. This was a special occasion and I SPECIFICALLY requested a table not near the kitchen and they put us at the table closest to the kitchen doors, so that was disappointing. There were numerous open tables and it was a 7 pm reservation on a weeknight so I don't understand this at all. Otherwise the food was fantastic wine was excellent and the service was also top-notch. The tour was also a special treat :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Than Ever Expected
    Jody
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I've known about Gaetano's for years but had never been. I had an unfounded idea that because it was such an old, classic Denver restaurant, that the food would be outdated as well. I was completely wrong! The updated ambiance is classy and comfortable for dates or for families, the service was top-notch, and the food was fresh- not heavy as I expected. We had the scallops, the gnocchi and the mushroom ravioli. The risotto on the scallops dish was our favorite. As a South American wine enthusiast, I struggled finding an Italian wine I enjoyed....but our waiter Maxwell determinedly brought me tastings until I found one I liked. This is our new neighborhood favorite!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect meal
    Claude
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Wow. When this restaurant gets it "right"; they really get it right...impeccable service without being intrusive or cloying, expertly prepared apps, salads, entrees and deserts...all with a friendly "neighborhood" ambience. I couln't give a higher recommendation. (Parents and grandparents - great for kids too)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamuraiJones
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We've been to Gaetano's before and will probably go again but not for some time. When dining there Friday, the restaurant became very busy right around the time we ordered our food. My friend ordered soup, which never came and was not removed from the bill. When they brought my wife's entree it was not what she ordered. The person who brought it (who was not our server) did not apologize. Our server then came to the table and did apologize and let us know her meal would be rushed out. She only took a couple bites of her food at the restaurant and took the rest home. When we opened it up the next night we realized the chicken was under-cooked. Beyond that, our server was very friendly and attentive!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    Klromanowski
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Came here for my parents 32nd anniversary. Dinner was good, I had the bolengese and my manfriend had the ravioli (and there were only 6 small ones so he helped himself to some of mine because he was still hungry). The wine list could use some beefing up as well as the servers knowledge. I asked about the Sauvignon blanc and all he could tell me was that it was Italian and the same grape as all other sauv blancs...duh buddy I can read the menu; I was asking for what it tasted like. Went with the chianti instead which was pretty good. They sat us in the way back of the restaurant near the kitchen so all we heard was the clanging of dishes etc...not very special for an anniversary. And some complimentary dessert would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 236 reviews are from the Gaetano's reviews archive.
  • Good thing I was in a good mood.
    Reens
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was DELICIOUS! the service was.....meh. Our waited took literally 30 minutes to take our order. Luckily I was in a good mood and the host, or whatever he was brought us our beers and bread. So I had something to munch on. Once the waiter finally came, he forgot to bring my side orders. His saving grace was that he recommended the lobster ravioli which was to die for! AMAZING! He seemed stressed so I didn't give him a hard time. The noise level was fair and the atmosphere was romantic and fun. The music was random, techno. It was a good eating experience, however they do need to hire more staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We did not like the table for two we had reserved, so ended up at the bar, and it was a delight. It seemed to be prom night as well as family night out, so the atmosphere was perfect and we so enjoyed ourselves and the food - first rate and the young bartenders - excellent - a great evening all around, I'm going to give it excellent word-of-mouth and will be back a LOT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looking for Neighborhood Eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Just not ready for Mother's Day brunch. Our orders were not complete when delivered, and we had to actually show the menu to the waiter to have him bring the rest of our order. Also, my penne sandwich was supposed to have roasted red peppers, but had fresh green bell peppers. Perhaps we will try it or lunch or dinner, but not brunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty Good
    MConcaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We happened to be on this side of town and decided to give this well-known place a try for the first time. The seafood pasta was a bit too spicy for us but still good. The gnocchi was extremely good. The noise, both from patrons and the outside traffic, was a little over the top, making conversation difficult. Still, good food and atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.