Panzano
Panzano

Panzano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.panzano-denver.com/
  • Phone: 3032963525x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Elise Wiggins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Panzano boasts several large spaces for events and offers on and off-site catering for groups of 20 or more.
  • Special Events: We have space for your next event, private rooms for groups from 10 to 150 people. Please see our Private Dining Page for more information!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Champa St.
  • Public Transit: We are located just 3 blocks from the RTD Light Rail lines D, H and F
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Panzano offers $6 valet parking for up to 5 hours. It is located at the Hotel Monaco on Champa Street between 17th St. and 18th St.
A word from Panzano
“Chi mangia bene, vive bene" (Those that eat well, live well)



Award-winning Panzano and Chef Elise Wiggins offer the best in contemporary Northern Italian cuisine featuring local, organic, sustainable ingredients with uncompromising service and an award-winning wine list in a stylized urban setting inspired by the Italian streetscapes and terracotta tile roofs of Renaissance Florence.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
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Panzano reviews from OpenTable diners
304 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (190)fit for foodies (185)romantic (121)notable wine list (87)good for groups (74)great for brunch (62)great for lunch (60)neighborhood gem (55)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (40)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Exceptional Italian fare!
    kateylynnVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Quality through and through! The Restaurant week menu was very good. Included appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Several good choices at each level. Service was attentive and timely. Two of us had a Lamb dish, my husband had the Vea, and the other guest had Eggplant Parmesan. All were excellent!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy, but delicious
    SquidH8r
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Visited Panzano during restaurant week. Their set menu was diverse and extremely flavorful, but each dish left me wanting more (small portions). Their homemade bread is delicious. Wait staff could have been more attentive but service was great when they did get to the table.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LuvnfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wonderful Restaurant Week menu. Always a great experience. (Even if they did for get the greens and orange segments in my salad.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week 2014
    tourist23
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food and portions were excellent. We got attentive service from everyone except our own server who spaced out on our wine order and we had to wait a long time to get a glass of wine. She also forgot to get us bread and we had to ask another server to bring us bread. Then she forgot one of our orders and had to reconfirm. Other than that, the service from the rest of the staff was great.
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  • Panzano's is AWESOME
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    What a great restaurant. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is great, and the service is second to none. Hats off to the crew and ownership -- this is what dining out should be like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had lunch with two other women. The food was delicious and service was great but I was surprised when the bill came for $100! We each ordered the lunch special but didn't even have apps, dessert or alcohol!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Went there for my first time during restaraunt week this fall. The best service I've had thus far since moving to Denver. Food was excellent and they even traded my 1st salad out because I didn't like it. Open kitchens which are nice because than you can see your food being prepared. They also validate parking for valet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great Location, Noisy
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went in a group of 6 for Denver Restaurant Week. The food was outstanding and came out in a timely manner. Service was equally great. My only criticism is that it was extremely noisy and made it difficult to speak to each other as a large group. We will definitely be back to try the regular menu.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elise is amazing.
    Carolecooks
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Flavors bursting in every bite. Love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok Food With Exceptional Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First, the atmosphere and service are very good. I just didn't think the food was quite as good as compared to other restaurants in Denver. Further, some of it was a bit cold.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went during Denver Restaurant Week for the 4 course dinner - all 4 courses that we had were wonderful. The cheese sauce on the mushroom crepes is outstanding. The grilled ceasar salad is excellent. The shrimp and polenta were heaven. And my very favorite desert is the budino.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • What's good?
    Eileen
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband & I went on Sunday and we were not surprised by the service & food. Every thing we had including our choices was excellent. Can't wait to go again!
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    special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panzano's a Winner Every Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been hosting business lunches here for years and have always raved about the food. Dining in the evening with a friend was even more delightful. Excellent cocktails, choices on the Denver Restaurant Week menu satisfied both the adventurous as well as traditional diner and the food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. What made it more impressive was the skill of the entire restaurant staff to take on the daunting task of feeding a huge crowd from 5-10PM and make it look effortless. Each dining party was given the highest level of attention which created the sense we were the only special guests at Panzano's that evening. It is a night my date and I shall not soon forget. KUDOS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Star Fine Dining
    finedine4ever
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A fantastic combination of traditional Italian with superb flavor, originality and freshness. Great ambiance, great service and an outstanding atmosphere. Well deserved rating of number one Italian restaurant in Denver--and my vote for number 1 overall!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    MmmmlisaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We just dined at Panzano on the first night of Denver Restaurant Week. This is often a night where the service slips at restaurants, but not Panzano. All of the employees were on spot and we left feeling pampered, very well fed and happy. Everything was delicious, but if I had to pick a standout or three, I highly recommend the Brussels sprout appetizer, as well as the Gamberi alla Griglia (shrimp wrapped in pancetta) and the Scallopini di Vitello.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food!
    Mnygurl2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We tried this place for Denver Restaurant Week! The food was awesome, the atmosphere was cool and the staff was friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our reliable go to
    susanatthecastleVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is the place we all (our group of friends) pick to celebrate special occasions. Fortunately for us, there are a few throughout the year so we are guaranteed a good meal. The mushroom risotto was mouth watering and the new dessert, lemon basil panna cotta was a delightful explosion of flavor that wasn't too sweet and was the perfect light finish to my meal. We are stuck on the grilled Caesar salad & the brussel sprouts are always a starter.
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    romantic
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  • Still our Denver Favorite
    stevecVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food - they even have items beside the Brussels Sprouts! Who knew?
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • YUMMY!
    Suzdevryan
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Typically I am not a fan of restaurants in hotels, but this one was fabulous! The food was spectacular and the service was suberb! I must abide by a gluten free diet and they accommodated with ease...even bringing one of the regular appetizers on HOME MADE gluten free alternative. The GF bread and muffins the next morning were better than I have ever eaten. Wish I lived closer to Denver so I could go back to Panzano more regularly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Northern Italian
    Starboy90056
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very creative and innovative cuisine. It was a perfect spot to celebrate our son's 23rd birthday.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find!
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have made 3 trips to Denver recently but unfortunately didn't find Panzano until our second visit. But we made up for lost time by dining there at least 6 or 7 times! It is very Celiac-friendly with many gluten free options. The grilled Caesar salad is amazing! All the pasta dishes are excellent. The gluten-free pizza is scrumptious. And the gluten-free cannoli dessert is not to be missed! While all the servers are very good, Dimitri is our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great restaurant
    Foodie24
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We live in the union station area with thousands of great restaurants around us but wanted to walk up town a little to try something different and panzano delivered! Everything we had was delicious and the service was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great and fun family dinner with our teenagers as a send off to school for the fall. Food was awesome. Service was excellent and fun. Overall a great night!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    JackieAVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Every trip I take to Denver I stop at Panzano. This is the most incredible and consistently superior restaurant. I try something new each time and am always blown away by the flavor. Everyone I take there is impressed and immensely enjoys their meals. LOVE Panzano!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best steaks around
    BTC15VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Panzano's is a local jewel. Set at the base of Hotel Monaco on 17th Street in Downtown Denver, this Northern Italian restaurant delivers unique, bold flavors, and a dining experience that delivers every time. We typically frequent on Friday nights because their daily special is the porterhouse steak. This cut is right up there with the best steaks available. It is all about the flavor which is on point. The mashed potatoes are puree style and simple, and complement the flavor of the steak. Their pasta dishes are usually good, but small portions. One note - the Garganelli con Pollo was overpowering with smoky flavor. Other than that one note, the food at Panzano's has consistently lived up to our expectations for fine dining.
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  • Great for gluten free
    Jmldenver
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are a GF family so Italian of any sort is often a challenge. Panzano caters very well to the GF patron. The food and were excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a delightful anniversary dinner - this is becoming our annual anniversary spot. The service was outstanding, food was wonderful, and we were treated royally all the way through dinner and dessert. The chef's tasting menu was a great idea - each dish was exquisite. We highly recommend Panzano for special occasions and for a delicious meal anytime.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great anniversary dinner
    Gibvater
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had been here before for happy hour in the bar and restaurant week, but this was the first time we ordered off the regular menu. Everything was great, but especially the kale salad and the scallops (best scallops we have ever had!). Service was excellent.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent meal in a nice setting
    retped
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had out of town guests. Wanted to give them a "downtown" experience. Rode Light Rail to Union Station, toured it, Mall Shuttle to Champa, ate here and took other Light Rail home. They were very impressed but mostly with the meal. We had great entrees and everyone liked everything so much we each shared. The Brussel Sprouts appetizer is to die for and 2 of us hate them usually. Flavors are exceptional and plates were presented very well. Wait staff was patient and honest in describing the menu. Great guidance. Prices are usual for downtown restaurants but value was far in excess over the big chain Italian restaurants, including the one downtown.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    Zimmur
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love our evenings at Panzano's. The food and service is always wonderful. I look forward to my next visit!
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    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dining
    tomtom9148
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Panzano's with my sister and her family from out of town. It just happens that they were staying at the Hotel Monaco upstairs, and we recalled that we had a great time last September for my birthday dinner. Great recommendations by our server, Brian, and we felt relaxed, never rushed, and all was well.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • A nice experience
    Marc
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We enjoyed the food quality, the friendly service and the general mood. My wife needs gluten free food and we appreciated the GF menu as well as the efforts of the (kind and helpful) server to fit this requirement. Panzano is a nice table. Expensive however... Marc & Beatrice
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy, poor service, good food
    NOMOVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had to move our table tfrom the front area because of the noise level to a booth in the back. It didn't make any difference. It was loud and noisy. The waiter and the bus boy were terrible. Not enough help. We had cocktails. Part of the drinks came out quick but one of the guests never received his drink. The food was fine. The wine was decanter but the waiter never poured the wine. Twice I poured the wine. I tried to motion the bus boy to pour the wine and he didn't understand. We will never return.
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  • PERFECT AS ALWAYS
    denvermelVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is our downtown Denver go-to restaurant and we are never disappointed. Recently we went to celebrate our 30th anniversary, which I noted on our reservation. We were greeted with a complimentary champagne. We ordered the fried brussel sprouts with green apple for appetizer—almost brought tears to our eyes it was so delicious. Hubster had salmon on a potato cake, I had the lamb ragout which came with big, wide, house made noodles. Yum! The waiter comped one of our desserts. The service was excellent, noise level nice and low, booth was cozy. We just love this place. We almost always go here for their special New Years Eve dinner when we go downtown to watch the fireworks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous Birthday Brunch!
    Pankster
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I decided to try Panzano's Brunch for my birthday and it was fabulous! The 4 of us shared entrees so we could get a little of everything and we were so pleased! Yum!
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    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • DenverDallasDiner
    DenverDallasDiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Panzano is consistently good year after year. Recently had brunch on a Sunday and found a typically innovative menu including eggs Benedict served over polenta cakes, rabbit hash with unbelievably fresh fried eggs, etc. Very well presented, extremely tasty and not over the top expensive (food for three without drinks was a bit less than $60. The service was prompt, friendly and effective and the ambience is classic old hotel dining room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful as usual
    MountainMaryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We live part time near Winter Park and when we come to Denver, Panzano has always been our go to restaurant. The food and service (especially Jose) were as we always remember.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • excellent food
    allergygirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have lots of food allergies! They were so accommodating. Our food was fabulous and service was great! I would recommend this place to everyone!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fab find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the friendly and accomplished staff effortlessly turn out wonderful meals. We had a knowledgeable and well-trained waitress and enjoyed top-notch food and wines. We can't wait to go back. This will be our "go-to" Denver restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Fine Authentic Italian Food!
    Vegasjoe57VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Amazing beet salad coupled with scallops over risotto made this a marvelous, light dinner topped with a fine brunello. Started with the lightly fried oysters drizzled with balsamic and another pesto based sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic