Gaetano's

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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Please join us for our awarded "Best Bloody Mary Bar" by Westword 4 years running. Also a great Italian style brunch with 6 different kinds of Bottomless Mimosas.
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Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaetano's is always the best place to go with family and friends... Great Food and excellent service!

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LT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very mediocre food and service. Not much atmosphere. Overpriced for the fare.

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing, authentic Italian food! Great service and ambiance.

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JK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good classic Italian dishes! Our server was great and the place had a great vibe.

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T
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loves Katie!! She was great!! Loved the food and most of all the ambiance of the restaurant!!! The history was cool too. So glad we stumbled upon this lovely place.

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CH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food exceeded expectations and although it was crowded our table was ready at the exact time selected through Open Table.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was ingaging and friendly. The food was fabulous and the history of the restaurant was an added attraction.

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F
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had an excellent meal and table. The server didn't bring bread until we asked for it, then he did bring bread, but didn't bring any oil until we asked again. He also did not ever re-fill water. SO SUPER food and atmosphere, but service slightly lacking- over busy lunch hour

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S
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the oldest restaurants in Denver. Italian food. David was a great waiter. And, they have a great happy hour!

Susan Vick

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

That place was hoppin'! Our food was delicious, the service was a little slow because they were so busy but with girlfriends enjoying one another's company we didn't mind it.

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KS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but they don’t have any air conditioning. It was over 80 degrees in there!

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FM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The bread part of the appetizer was raw; Caesar salad took *very* long time to arrive and the dressing was not well stirred in (in clumps); one entree was not what was ordered but ate it anyway because I just wanted to get the hell out of there ASAP.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best Italian food we’ve had in Denver, and awesome drinks too. We’ll definitely be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch at Gaetano's. Good food, friendly service, parking available. We weren't rushed to clear the table for other customers. The history of the place is very interesting.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian. Period.

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h
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice menu well presented.

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UG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Erin was our waitress and she was the best!! Brought 3 people for the first time and they loved every minute. Thank you for always exceeding our expectations

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KT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always delicious and moderately priced. Great atmosphere for couples and small groups. Would not recommend for children.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast and friendly service in a truly old-school atmosphere. Food was outstanding and we’ll definitely be making this a regular dining stop.

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AB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfy neighborhood restaurant with classic old-school Italian cooking. Good wine list, affordable.

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G
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Orders for 2 people were combined onto one plate. Food only so so. Extremely loud.

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G
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

There was one table which was a large party when we arrived. We were seated and then waited probably 15 minutes before anyone brought us water, menus, etc. They told us the kitchen was backed up, and that we would probably have a wait for our food. We tried the bloody-mary bar, but several items were out. The servers were trying hard to catch up, and were polite and tried to be attentive; it just wasn't all the rage we have heard about Gaetano's, but we have heard such good things, we would like to try them again~

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SC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a decent wait time past our reservation, but hostess kept checking on us and updating us. Amazing food and great atmosphere! Highly recommend!

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

If you are looking for authentic Italian food, this is the place to be. My wife and I were very impressed with the food. We have had Italian all over the United States and this place ranks in our top 3. Our Server was very friendly but we believe he did not allocate his time efficiently with all of his tables. He was very courteous very friendly and made wonderful recommendations. If you are looking for a romantic dinner and do not feel like dressing to the nines, this is the place to go.

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EG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening celebrating my Birthday!! Everyone at the restaurant was so nice and accommodating!! Can't wait to go back!

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EM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What makes this place great is Derek Evilsizor; what an awesome entertainer. If you lose him you lose your edge as an excellent restaurant.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious as always. Never disappoints!

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j
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Smaller portions than I was expecting but otherwise excellent!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The two times we have eaten here the temperature in building is way too warm! Need more air flow or air conditioning. We were miserable trying to eat.

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NR
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had reservations for 7:15, but weren’t sat until 7:45. The service was pretty slow. Food was pretty good though.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was very knowledgeable and helpful when picking items. We went for Mother’s Day and my mom had the best lasagna she’s ever had!

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, quick service. Definitely will be going back again and again!!

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C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent waitress named Erin, I believe. Our appetizer and main courses were very good, but the beet salad was not okay...beets okay, but very wilted lettuce...yuck! They need to fix their hosting set up...one long line for everyone...reservations or not. The young male host was very nice, but overwhelmed. Open Table contacted us, saying we hadn’t honored our reservation.

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NG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Italian food there is totally worth it will more than definitely be going back

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SA
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food. Restaurant has a lot of mob history

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to take my godson to an authentic Italian restaurant while he was in Denver. I read the reviews for Gaetano's and hoped for the best. As soon as we arrived, I knew I picked the right place. It was busy for a Monday evening ( must be good ). The atmosphere was definitely Italian. We had reservations and were immediately seated. The hostess apologized for not being able to seat us at a booth - I was impressed that they actually read the comments/requests when I made the reservation on OpenTable. Once seated, we were immediately taken care of by our waitress. We were pleased to find out that Monday was all day happy hour - so we took advantage of the drink and appetizer specials. The main menu was extensive, but I took the advice of our waitress and ordered the home made Gnocchi. My godson was excited to try the peppers and sausage over cavatelli and we both had side ceasar salads. There was very little wait before the salads and the entrees were served. The servings were generous - and WOW on delicious. We finished off the evening with cappuccino and a large serving of terramissu. I took some of my Gnocchi home which my wife had for lunch the next day. Guess where we are going for dinner the next time out. I've been looking for that "go to" place in the Denver area since we moved here three years ago - With a quick drive from Broomfield, the ease of parking and the great food and service, I believe i have finally found it.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Tonight the food and service weren't nearly as good as usual. Hopefully this was an "off" night and next time will be back to the excellent food and service that we are used to at Gaetano's.

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DO
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service! We also really enjoyed hearing about the history of the restaurant.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Spent comfortable and fun two hours dining, drinking, talking and laughing. Great place for special occasions. Too pricy to be a regular customer.

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JG
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!! We will definitely be coming back.

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