Gaia Bistro
Gaia Bistro

Gaia Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gaiabistro.com/
  • Phone: 3037775699
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast/Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florida
  • Public Transit: Light rail and bus stops are close by.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gaia Bistro
Gaia Bistro is a breakfast, lunch and dinner hotspot on Old South Pearl Street in Denver. Reservations are only accepted for dinner. Cuisine is all-natural or organic with menu selections ranging from homey to refined American fare. Voted the best patio in Denver by Westword.
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Gaia Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (6)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was my first time here, and I really enjoyed myself, especially because there was hardly anyone there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cudos to chef - get a decorator.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    What Gaia lacks in ambiance, comfort and décor it makes up for in the inventive, eclectic menu and thoughtfully, well prepared food. We were in the back area of the house and it was very cramped and noisy from the kitchen and espresso machine. The wine list was also lacking...they could use a few more choices. I had the pork belly appetizer as my entrée and it was scrumptious and plentiful. Done to perfection. One friend had the lamb chops that came with gnocchi in a light, heavenly sauce. Two others each ordered the crab cake appetizer which was enough to serve 3-4. The accompanying horseradish sauce was quite overpowering and uninteresting. All in all - great food, bad atmosphere! Cudos to the chef, but get a decorator.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Homey, but elegant & innovative
    desertgspgal
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My daughter and I always go to this place when I visit her in Denver. We love it! This visit did not disappoint. Service was personable and knowledgeable. The chef came out to greet us and make sure we loved our food. We did! My daughter had the tuna and I had the wild mushroom housemade pasta. We shared. Both were excellent! They had a great value on a South African red wine--$23 and it was fantastic! As good as anything I have tasted at twice the price. I love the homey feel of this place--it is actually in an old home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    YummyBites
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The chief made our expereince unbelievable. He not only made wonderful dishes, but he came out to our table to discuss with us what he had created. The duck was my favorite! We have been told about a new menu item that involves pasta and pumpkin that I cannot wait to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovetrout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent food and customer service. Very quiet neighborhood setting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    ARSMAZ
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a great dinner and enjoyed the calm quiet atmosphere on the patio. Friendly and welcoming place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Gaia Bistro reviews archive.
  • Food is amazing
    Wildavid
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It's a converted house on Pearl Street, I had the chicken breast and my wife had the lamb and both rivaled any of the known hot spots as well as the prices are very reasonable. Wine list is short but well chosen which I prefer anyway. As a former sever from a white table cloth standard, this is a meal that I will have again. This is a restaurant that is worth going to, do your self a favor and enjoy what Gaia has to offer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always ...
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This little gem in the S. Pearl corridor never disappoints. We lucked out on a busy Friday evening and snagged a reservation with a table outside. The service in this place is consistently great We shared a delicious spinach salad and I had the trout and my love enjoyed the stuffed poblano. Both were perfectly prepared and memorable entrees. There is something about the atmosphere at this unassuming spot that keeps bringing us back. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming even in the rain
    Verygoodbut
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We tried this restaurant for the first time during last week's rainstorm and was pleasantly surprised. The place is small and the service attentive. Lovely salmon. Only nitpick is the wine list is small.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Delicious simple fresh food well prepared. You could taste every nuance the chef was going for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gaia is "Mother Earth"
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Gaia is the Greek goddess, which personifies the Earth itself. This restaurant personifies it's name. Organic and gluten free items are available on their varied menu. My two friends had the crab cakes with red pepper coulis that they claimed were spectacular. I had the ancho and walnut crusted warm goat cheese salad with apples tossed in balsamic honey vinaigrette & herb croutons that was fresh, satisfying, and beautifully presented. They offer fresh-baked bread as soon as you are seated which was airy with a crunchy crust. This is "small portion cuisine", so don't expect the food to be falling off the plate, but you won't have that "stuffed" feeling when you leave, either - or a doggie bag! Excellent wine list. Good romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday Night Getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    From farm-to-table to low key environment, Gaia was a nice Friday night "getaway" from the traffic and fast pace of city life. The dinner menu offered nice variety with some unique things we hadn't tried before. Service was friendly. We like the intimate setting. A good find. We'd definitely like to try the breakfasts & lunches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Excellent Experience
    GoodFoodFanVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food awesome, service excellent. Exceeded expectations in every way. Ask to sit outside. Look forward to returning and recommending Gaia to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can you keep a secret?
    PMinDenverVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Sometimes you hesitate to share a special restaurant once you find it, especially when it is small and quaint. Trip Advisor highlights this as a great brunch and lunch restaurant, but it has been preparing terrific French-inspired dinners as well. Despite not being numerous, the menu gives an amazingly diverse array of choices. Also, prices and service are great. The spinach salad with figs, almonds, etc. plus added seared duck breast ($17) was very delightful and satisfying. Other family members raved over the chicken penne pasta with roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and parmesan ($15) and seared sirloin, mashed potatoes and candy carrots ($19). Next time I want to try the lamb chop or stuffed poblano (OK, not all French-inspired). :-)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love the feel of this place.
    Outandabout
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I love the feel of this place. It takes me back to my college days. But the food is a little overpriced and over salted. I came for dinner and I think the place us much better at breakfast and lunch. I will be back to try again but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    SamLUVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great food and service in an adorable house with only a few tables makes this place truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful surprise
    ned1
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Don't let the unassuming decor mislead you. The food is outstanding. Prepared with expertise, but not over fussy. Wine list is small but well chosen and very reasonable. A really nice experience. There was a large group that was a bit noisy, but easily forgiven, since the place is small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very quiet on a weeknight,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Very quiet on a weeknight, as such I think they keep their staff level low. Wasn't too much of an issue, but glasses did stay empty longer than necessary. Food is amazing though and prices reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Delicious!
    Lucy
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    My friend and I had a great experience at Gaia Bistro! I had never tried mussels and I am glad that I had my first taste here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food & Ambience
    Mell
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    This place has a country cottage feel to it, even though it's in the middle of the city. You almost feel like you are in Europe at a bed and breakfast. But, the best part of this place was the food. It was a gourmet meal from start to finish. We started with the cheese plate-- a must have! We shared the strawberry spinach salad, which was nothing short of artistic both in presentation and taste. For dinner, I had the shrimp wrapped in bacon with polenta cakes-- absolutely delicious. My boyfriend had the salmon and it was amazing. At a place like this, you just can't skip dessert. We had the strawberry and almond bread pudding with creme anglais. It was the best dessert Iv'e ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dining experience
    TovmeodVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Enjoyable dining experience in a quaint outdoor setting. Food was good and the service was outstanding. We had a waitress who was effervescent and willing to help. We would have liked to have seen more menu options, even though the presentations were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and fabulous is Gaia
    BSpinner
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants for lunch, has instantly become a favorite for dinner. There were several decisions for dinner but we decided on the pork loin and bacon wrapped shrimp. Delicious! And though we saw plates of our other choices go out to other tables, we were more than happy with our meals - we kept stealing food from each other's plate. We'll be going back to try more from their menu. The service, as always, is attentive and friendly, but never intrusive. The price point is right for our meal, with an app, two entres and two glass of wine each - $100 including tip. Highly, highly recommend. Their lunch is equally rewarding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We had an excellent experience! The cheese & jalapeño jam app was very good. The bacon-wrapped shrimp on polenta was worthy of every bite. The greatest part of the night was the service. Our server was as good as it gets ... couldn't be nicer and more prompt. She was wonderful. We highly recommend Gaia Bistro and can't wait to experience the patio in the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perhaps the patio is a draw
    AlexaVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Perhaps the patio is a draw in warm weather but the food was mediocre and unimaginative with the exception of a couple of the appetizers. Our waitress was superbly attentive and competent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    AtownmeetsCentennial
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    cozy atmosphere. great patio dining in good weather. not for groups. could have a better wine list if not going to have full bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We couldn't find it! Our GPS
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We couldn't find it! Our GPS routed us to what I think was an entirely different part of the city!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Liked it alright. Only wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Liked it alright. Only wine available. No other drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My daughter and I went for
    desertgspgal
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    My daughter and I went for what we expected to be a nice supper because she had had an outstanding brunch here with friends. It was fantastic! We felt like honored guests in someone's lovely home. Atmosphere is homey and comfortable on old south Pearl pumpkin soup was amazing. Stuffed salmon unusual and so tasty. Turkey pot pie was fantastic on a chilly winter evening. Wine list was not extensive, but good and extremely reasonable. Our server Kevin was a delight we just loved this place and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delicious. The dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Always delicious. The dinner menu is surprisingly affordable. Crepes are the best in town. In house smoked ham and salmon are definitely a must try! Never have been disappointed by any meal..breakfast, brunch or dinner. The Chorizo mushroom caps are one of my favorite appetizers...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    We went on a quiet, cold night, only 5 tables were occupied. Nice evening all around; service was attentive but not hovering. Chorizo mushroom caps were perfect and delicious - just the right spice. Appetizer quesadillas were entree sized portion and very tasty. We also had the spiced goat cheese salad. The waitress was very accommodating and poured a half glass of wine for me. Sorry they were out of the pumpkin ravioli as we heard it was wonderful too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we have been here a few times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    we have been here a few times for brunch and love it. We were looking for somewhere nice to eat for dinner last week, but wanted to stay close by so decided to try Gaia. It was DELICIOUS. Everyone in our group loved what they ordered: chorizo stuffed mushrooms, stuffed poblano pepper, sheppard's pie with lamb and butteernut squash, chicken pot pie with a sage biscuit, shrimp etoufee...I could go on and on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had been told about Gaia's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    We had been told about Gaia's brunch and decided to try for dinner (told by server that dinner only served for past year). It was great. Food was good and fair prices so it resulted in good value. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is an intimate place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    This is an intimate place to share a wonderful meal with someone special. The aroma from the kitchen welcomes you as soon as you enter Gaia. Our late-night meal was enjoyed in the "front room" of this small converted home where we watched the snow fall lightly on this South Pearl Street neighborhood. The food was creative, delicious and satisfying - definitely try the Stuffed Salmon! We were enticed to linger with dessert and coffee afterwards as the wintery scene outside unfolded. Our server, Elena, was fantastic and very engaging. This our first visit to Gaia Bistro was quite memorable and definitely not our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love the size and feel of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    I love the size and feel of this restaurant in the evening. It's small & intimate, warm & friendly. Possible to get a really good meal AND hear yourself think/carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was so helpful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Our waiter was so helpful. He was able to describe what was in the entrees, he didn't hover was but attentive. The food was very good and the atmosphere cozy. I would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful and delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Delightful and delicious dinner in a charming location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gaia Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    This was my first time to visit Gaia Bistro. It was a night to celebrate the one year anniversary with the girlfriend. Gaia was ready to seat us as soon as we arrived. Our server was very friendly and attentive, not rushing anything, but letting us enjoy the evening. Hats off to the chef! What a great meal! To start, panko crusted egg plant with a healthy dose of goat cheese, then on to stuffed salmon with crab and scallops and some beef short ribs on tasty mashed potatoes. Everything was wonderful. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I want to go back again and again..
    Burnemup
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Gaia is a wonderful place for a nice night out. We were taken care of by a wonderful staff. The wine list was delightful and Jon, Gaia's owner was more than happy to explain each wine and help us choose the perfect match. I enjoyed the shrimp perfectly cooked in a slightly spicy creole sauce served over fragrant tender rice. My husband enjoyed the pablano stuffed with moist flavorful chicken topped with a wonderful chili sauce and black beans. I highly recommend Gaia for anyone looking for exceptional service, delicious food with out any pretentiousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is just ok...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    This restaurant is just ok... nothing special. There was only one person waiting tables and it looked like only one person in the kitchen. As a result, the service was slow. I think it was a surprise to them that there were 6 or so tables to deal with. It was a week night. The food was ok, once again nothing spectacular. It wasn't bad by any means but I just didn't love it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was fantastic! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    The food was fantastic! We were assaulted by mosquitos, but the staff already had citronella candles set up, and were understanding when we decided we needed to leave promptly. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet