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 flavors of Bottomless Mimosas.
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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is feels like an authentic Italian mobster restaurant. Somebody could get whacked in a booth at any moment! The food tastes authentic as well - delicious, big portions.

FS
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of fun and delicious. We cannot wait to go back

KF
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there. It was absolutely the best Italian food I have had since leaving the East Coast. One of my very good friends growing up, had a grandmother straight off the boat from Italy. I think Gaetano's stole her recipe.

The atmosphere was very cozy and friendly.

The staff were amazing.

We will be making it a habit, when we're in Denver, to eat at Gaetano's.

Having a cool history doesn't hurt either.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was at the Sunday brunch. Excellent service, food delicious; but disappointed no bread came with my entree. Eggplant Parmesan was very hard to cut; maybe due to the dull silverware. Could have used a serrated knife. Atmosphere was great.

BC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance, good food as well! We’ll be back!

WS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall great italian food and service was outstanding.

JT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food but not much on the quantity...only got 6 ravioli for a serve.

CW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here in years and now I'm wondering WHY?? It was wonderful. Went with out of town friends - party of 5. We all got something different and traded tastes. Everything was delicious. Great service. I live across town but I will make a point to return. Worth the drive!

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gaetano’s is one of the few casual restaurants that I can rely on for food quality and consistency every time. Because of my more common experience of thinking I’ve found a good restaurant, only to be ultimately disappointed when the food quality invariably tanks, my appreciation for Gaetano’s can’t be overstated. I can bring friends and family to Gaetano’s and not be anxious about and embarrassed by the choice. You would think in a city like Denver with so many restaurants, finding good food and service would be easy, but that is not at all the case. Thank you, Gaetano’s, for keeping it real!

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for date night or for family dinner.

GM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and our birthday celebration, when our very nice waiter brought us a free dessert.

BP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian with warm vibe, good food and value.

CF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a friends birthday!
Service was amazing and it was a very pleasant atmosphere! A true gem!

JO
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress, Amber, made the experience very enjoyable. She was knowledgeable about the food, history of the restaurant, and was very personable and enjoyable. Food was very good, came out extremely quick. It was our first time there but not our last!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was wonderful after a stressful dau

D
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It’s an OK place overall. Service was mediocre (we had to ask for forks and knives with our meals), and the food was standard Americanized Italian dishes. I.e. scoops of mozzarella melted over everything...which is about as un-Italian as it gets.

It’s a decent spot but I wouldn’t expect anything extraordinary here.

CS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The gnocchi was excellent, not gummy or chewy, but soft and almost fluffy. The pesto pizza was also very good. It was good noise level at 11-12to carry on a conversation easily

CF
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice staff and good food, my one dish was much spicier than I anticipated and they gladly exchanged it for a new dish.

VW
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We love coming here and came to celebrate our one year anniversary of our first date! The 2 person tables are a little crammed and the dishes are a bit overpriced. However, we had enough for leftovers. The Malbec was not very good and usually is so maybe an old bottle. Very busy and loud for a snowy Monday night! Our server was pretty good but we watched other servers box up meals and she had us do our own on a tiny table.

BG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very good but no salad or bread included with our meal. Portions could have been a little more ample

ML
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, probably our favorite Italian place in Denver. Our server, Nick, was excellent. Attentive at the right times but let us enjoy our meal. Had good suggestions for what to get as well. Ambiance was very nice, cool spot. It’s busy (for a reason) so don’t come expecting a quiet atmosphere. It gets loud as it gets busy but I could still hear across the table for conversation.
Nice wine list - the Montepulciano was delicious. We had the burrata for an appetizer and it did not disappoint- my lasagna was delicious and enough for two meals. The shrimp scampi was also done just right and the house made tiramisu was the perfect ending (also made in house). We will be back!

MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a super fun time with the Sinatra impersonator...

f
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go to see, Derek Evilsizor as Frank Sinatra. He was amazing and was great with my 90+ parents.

The surprise was how great the restaurant was. Service was prompt and the food was excellent - big portions (we should have split)...and everyone was very friendly and personable. A little on the loud side, but it was a Friday night.

L
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team (from hostess and server to bartender and buser) were AMAZING! They helped pull off a surprise visit from an out of town family member on a busy Friday night. They all were having just as much fun helping us as the surprise itself. The food was great and the atmosphere was authentic! Super impressed and will be back soon! Thank you to all the staff who helped that night!

GR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Food is good and it feels like going home.

S
Cancun
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a great local spot. Great service all
The way around and price right in line with what you’d expect. Easy accommodations on food requests. Fun bartenders, bar and selection.

AE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We're enjoying Gaetano's again today (twice in the same week).

SK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Would definitely come back!

B
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful historic restaurant. Always a great Italian treat and the service was outstanding.

MC
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best authentic Italian in Denver!

MD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best meals I've had in a long time!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic atmosphere, fabulous food, exceptional service, reasonably priced.

LR
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. However, if you want to hear your conversation, consider that it is very loud.

PS
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is always solid. This time the server was soooo slow. Took 10-15 mins to get greeted by him and that’s how it was the entire dinner.

DH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been dining at Gaetano's for many years - always has very good food. The wait staff helped us with the wine selection and did a great job, too.

GM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I had Pesto Chicken. I think they ran out of basil as the food had zero flavor. Other person had lasagna, which was average.
Slow, non attentive service. No water refills, no drink offer refills, no follow up from wait staff.
The table we were given, with a reservation, was the one by the door and was cold. We were given this table after another couple had requested to move.
Overall, an over rated place with tasteless food and below average service.

CS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was attentive and thorough, including a water carafe at the table. The food we chose was varied - salad, spaghetti, and appetizer - and excellent in all respects. We had time to sit and visit together, which was the best of all. The server very kindly documented our family reunion on multiple phones. Kudos to Gaetano's!

SS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal, service was outstanding and food delicious! Just started to get really crowded as we were finishing, so glad our party of 6 decided to dine early!❤

BQ
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Good food and fun place. Meals are priced well but wine is on the high side.

G
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our latest trip to Gaetano's was disappointing. The carbonara that is usually excellent was only mediocre. The pasta was clumped together and the flavor lacked something. We waited FOREVER for our wine order and we were told they were short on wine glasses. We had to ask for bread at an Italian restaurant. We have been to this restaurant before and loved it. Hopefully, this was an aberration and not a trend in the wrong direction. We will return and hope for better times.