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DiFranco's

4.3
4.3
20 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Despite its small stature, DiFranco’s in the Art District of Santa Fe offers a largely satisfying menu of Italian cuisine options. The interior of the restaurant is rather simple with small, sleek chairs and tables that offer you a place to relax while you await your scrumptious meal at Di Franco’s. Highly recommended menu options include the quinoa, fall panini, butternut squash ravioli and the meat and cheese platter. All the foods are made from a careful selection of delicious ingredients and spices. The flavors are reminiscent of Italian home cooking with an elevated twist. Visit DiFranco’s and satisfy your hunger with some amazing Italian cuisine options.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 8:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 253-1244

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Ryan DiFranco: (720) 253-1244

  • Neighborhood

    Central

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 20 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 1.5Value

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  1. FL

    FoodLove

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I love stopping in for the daily lunch special or picking up a couple of sandwiches to take home for dinner. I never cared for penne a la vodka until I had it here and it was amazing. I love the great quality and freshness of everything they serve.
  2. LH

    LindaH

    Denver

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2015

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Restaurant had a casual style and not the most comfortable looking chairs but turned out to be just fine. Small and noisey but obviously a neighborhood favorite with a loyal local clientele. Food was excellent and all 4 of us raved about the entire meal. Home made pastas were great. The nutella gelato was absolutely fabulous for dessert. They also have a fun wine list with some of the less expensive bottles of wine a very good value. We would all return for another meal.
  3. F

    Funybusnez

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I wish this place had more separate tables. They only have two tables that are private & then one long communal table on high stools. But if you can be the first one in there & grab a private table. They have $15.00 bottle of wine during happy hour. Good vibe.
  4. ND

    NicoleD

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was really good. The setup kind of threw us off, it was a weird mic of cafeteria vs. regular dining. The food more than made up for it. We will be back!
  5. WP

    WashParkFoodie303

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you are near downtown Denver, stop here for lunch or dinner. It is hands down the best Italian restaurant in the city. Chef Ryan is a whiz in the kitchen and you can tell it by his creations. The menu is seasonal, and changes but you will always find something to eat. It is a small space, but very inviting. Don't let the community table worry you. There is still plenty of space to sit down and enjoy your meal; plus you get to meet new people.
  6. JP

    JohnP

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2014

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Some of the very best Italian food I've had, but DiFranco's suffers in this location. One of the reasons I don't like community tables is that I'm most often compelled to hear in detail the conversations of all those around. It's like being in college all over again; you just want to finish eating and get back to the library. But it bears saying again: this is some seriously good food at modest prices. I'll be back for carry out.
  7. a

    amade

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I so wish more people knew about Difranco's. The Italian food really is spectacular - I've never had a dish there I didn't love. Their noodles are homemade and their desserts are superb. I wonder if the location (located in the Beauvallon building) has something to do with not as many people knowing about it. Definitely go check it out if you are looking for really delicious Italian food.
  8. GF

    GoldieFoodGeek

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wife and I tried DiFranco's, and we were happily surprised. The atmosphere is super casual (almost like an "urban-chic" lunch counter), but the service was attentive and the food was excellent! Clearly, much care was taken to source quality, traceable ingredients. We ordered off of the Denver Restaurant Week menu, but we'll be back to try some of the things we eye-balled on the regular menu.
  9. s

    sarajanelle

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I never walk into a restaurant expecting to be blown away by the food. I can honestly say my meal was top five best meals I've had in Denver. I had the ravioli with sweet corn and braised beef and it was truly phenomenal.
  10. S

    Samantha

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here for the first time for their Wednesday Date Night Special - which included a salad, entree, desert and bottle of wine for two. We made a reservation which helped because they were definitely busy! The menu is relatively small but the food was spectacular! Everything is made fresh there and you can definitely tell! I got the chicken parm sandwich and my BF got their beef and corn ravioli - both were delish. And the wine was good too! The staff was very friendly, overall I would highly recommend it. The place can get loud when busy because it is small but that is what makes it charming. So if you can't share a table with people and deal with a crowd, come on a different night.
  11. B

    Bobby

    Denver

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The polenta salad featured a sodden lump of cornmeal paste and I had to return pasta because it was half-cooked. Worst was the indifferent female serving at the counter. A place to avoid.
  12. r

    rlee0206

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place located in the heart of downtown Denver. Loved their decor and food! Loved how small and cozy the restaurant was.
  13. L

    Libbiford

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Atmosphere is casual but food was excellent when I three friends dined here during restaurant week. A glass of wine was included in the $30 3 course fixed-price menu, which I haven't seen at other places. Food was colorful and quite flavorful with reasonable portion sizes, server pleasant.
  14. NF

    NancyF

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2014

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service were good. Enjoyed the Wednesday Date Night offer of salad, entree (pasta or sandwich), dessert and bottle of wine for $40. Order at the counter and they bring the food to you. My reservation for 4 got me 1 end of the large common table with bar stool type seating. Upscale deli atmosphere; extremely noisy which made conversation difficult.
  15. v

    valentinedate

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We enjoyed the food, but were disappointed in the ambience and price. Our bill came to close to $50, and for that higher price, we were expecting to not order at a counter and would have preferred a private table. The space was also very noisy, which made communication with my husband difficult, especially since we were sitting at the large table, surrounded by other diners who were not part of our party. The salad and pasta dishes we ate were tasty, but the experience was lacking.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had heard about the Wednesday night date special and thought what better way to treat my significant other to a nice dinner. I was very pleased with the entire meal, from start to finish. We were greeted by a super friendly staff person who quickly took our order and answered all the questions we had about the menu. The meal was very pleasing as well; the food tasted fresh, the flavor was wonderful, and the wine was well enough for it being included in the date night special. Overall I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!.
  17. BT

    BaileyT

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2014

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    great, GREAT food - good diverse menu. Ambiance is very casual, and any party larger than 4 will be sitting at a communal table. Great for a spontaneous stop, but not the best when trying to celebrate something special or make dinner the occasion of the night. The counter service makes the meal go too quickly
  18. OT

    OTfun

    Denver

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful pastas, good for a group or alone.
  19. T

    Tori

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great find! Everything is homemade and so delicious. Menu is short and sweet, and what little they have is done right. Community dinning makes fun atmosphere, but was very loud with chatter and music. Would love to go back soon for great date night special.
  20. f

    froggie1013

    Denver

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I ate dinner here one night. My food was a little under seasoned, his was just right. What bothered me was waiting in line to order and then hoping there would be a seat available. I am not a fan of restaurants having the customers fight for seats. This could be a nice place to go with friends or on a date, but the set-up makes it feel more like a Panera.

FAQs

DiFranco's does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. DiFranco's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 253-1244.

DiFranco's is rated 4.3 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Central

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 8:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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