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About Gaetano's

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 Westword 2016. Also A great Italian style brunch with 6 different kinds of Bottomless Mimosas.

3760 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211-2926
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:45pm

Brunch: Sat-Sun 10:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: Dinner: Fri: 4:00pm-11:00pm
Dinner: Dinner: Sat 4:00pm-11:00pm
Dinner: Dinner: Sun 4:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
38th and Tejon

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 455-9852

Website:
http://www.gaetanositalian.com/

Entertainment:
We host several local entertainers; check our website, Facebook page or call for details.

Parking Details:
Private lot located on the south west corner of the 38th and Tejon intersection

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gaetano's Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Authentic (33)
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Special Occasion (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Casual (22)
Romantic (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Cozy (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Music (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Always enjoyed the food. We took 2 couples from out of state and raved about the food. I ordered the ribeye steak because the last time it was beyond excellent. The steak was very fatty . It didn't even look like the one I ordered the first time . At $40.00 I expected the same quality. I'm thankful our guests didn't order based on my raving how wonderful it was . I would have been embarrassed.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had dinner with a couple of friends on Friday night. It was the restaurant's 70th anniversary and lots of fun with people coming in costume to reflect the old neighborhood in north Denver. We had a wonderful waitress, great service. I think they may have been a little understaffed - our waitress was covering a lot of territory. The menu is fantastic and each of us really enjoyed our entree. I had the chicken piccata and it was absolutely delicious. We also got a very reasonably priced bottle of champagne - they have a very nice wine list. Overall, the restaurant is great but it's a bit noisy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I’m never disappointed when I dine at Gaetano. Reservations recommended for peak times and weekends. Parking can be an issue.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love this restaurant- definitely has an old school vibe. Red banquets and dirty martinis make for a great night out. My only complaint of any kind was we called to add to our reservation and they said they couldn't accommodate. When we showed up to our table it ended up being 6 people at a table for 8 with 2 empty spots. We would really have enjoyed being able to have our friends join us, especially as there was clearly space for them. Food is great, service is great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best Italian food in Denver! Our table was ready at the exact time we made the reservation for. Excellent service, quiet enough that we could carry on a conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Gaetano's is quite the drive for us so we dine there on special occasions. We took our Mom there for her 88th birthday. The food was delicious and our server was very accommodating. Enjoyed our visit a lot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved this place! Loved the atmosphere - service was stellar, food was great! 2 of us had bottomless mimosas and 2 had the bloody mary bar. The bloody mary bar had tons of goodies - I had the pork belly eggs benedict w/fruit & it was delicious. Everyone else enjoyed their food as well. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

love this place, the food is excellent. the atmosphere Is great.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great! We love coming here. Always good service and great food! Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always fun there. Service is always great. We get what we order and they are very accommodating.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

While the alfredo sauce and lobster ravioli (you only get 6 raviolis fyi) are to die for, the last 3 times I have visited, several weeks apart, have been far less than stellar. Service was unbelievably slow each time, whether it was lunch or a late dinner, and we did not receive any explanation or apology that they were short on staff. They just seem to run that slow. And no, they weren't busy. Plenty of open tables. To add insult to injury, the water glasses aren't clean: covered in fingerprints, crusted on residue from the dishwasher, and once lipstick still around the rim. Finally, on my last visit, I took a friend visiting Denver whom I hadn't seen in 11 years, expecting to show her some great Italian food. The lunch menu at 12:30pm was all brunch food, like eggs Benedict, with dinner entrees completely unavailable. I don't go to an Italian restaurant for American breakfast food after noon. I was extremely disappointed. And again service was incredibly slow, and my water glass was dirty. Luckily we had a decade of events to catch up on so I hope my friend didn't notice too much, but I certainly did. This was Gaetano's last chance, and we won't be back.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a lovely time celebrating my friend's Birthday. The food was wonderful and the service was very nice. The Waiter seemed to realize that we mostly wanted to talk so he didn't bother us unnecessarily.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wonderful service delicious food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great classic Italian eatery with a fantastic menu!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is a great place to go out whith my husband, we always enjoy our visit.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The service was slow, the waiter was inattentive and somewhat rude.

The place is a neighborhood bar. Very noisy, with good rather pricey menu.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Gaetano's has an old supper club feel. The dark and inviting atmosphere invites you to linger and enjoy an intimate dinner with great food and conversation. We had a 3-hour extravaganza with old friends and enjoyed every minute.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was our first time here, and we had an unfortunate first impression upon arriving. We showed up on time for a reservation, checked in with the hostess, and were told they were just waiting for the table to leave. We sat down and waited near the hostess stand for 25 minutes while watching other people come in and get sat. After 25 minutes we asked the hostess how much longer we would have to wait and they asked me if I had a reservation. We explained we already checked in and have been waiting for 25 minutes and they said they had a lot a lot of reservations. They looked at the seating chart and finally sat us at a table. They had clearly forgotten about us. From there the experience was fine. Their server was nice and helpful and the food tasted good. We had an appetizer, the Burrata cheese plate, then we had the chicken Parm and a chicken Caprese, and a couple of glasses of wine. We recommend the chic parm as it was good and huge.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

What a great place! The food was fantastic. Very reasonably priced for the quality and portions. Will definitely be going back!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Nice atmosphere
Calamari and lasagna were very good
We enjoy most of their food

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The carbonara was outstanding as usual. Service was fabulous!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our food, service, and drinks were great! The only issue I had was the noise level which gradually aggrandized to the point that Emilio and I had to shout to hear one another.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was great! Service was very good! Just a little loud. Love the music choice though!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Highly recommend it, the food and service was great. You want be disappointed..

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great traditional Italian. Chicken Parmesan, or Marsala. Good roasted cauliflower. Allows some substitution of veggie in lieu of pasta for small fee.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I've been to the "new" (not so new anymore) Gaetano's a fair amount over the years. The food is always comforting, maybe not your mother's Italian food but pretty good for a restaurant! I've never had a bad meal... It can get pretty loud at times, mostly due to larger groups. The wait staff is always really nice but it seems routine that you'll wait a bit longer for them to first come over, sometimes it takes a bit to get seated for your reservation. All in all, it's worth the wait, worth trying Italian your family didn't make, worth the atmosphere AND worth the drinks!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Party of three had reservations at 5:30. The restaurant was already packed with people. We were seated immediately. Be sure to make a reservation. My friends had never been before and loved it. Highly recommend! The wait staff is wonderful!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Gaetano's is our go-to in metro Denver for neighborhood Italian. Our fifth or sixth time there in two years and it never disappoints. We went for appetizers and cocktails before a how downtown and the food and the service were just as outstanding as when we go for a long birthday or anniversary dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Birthday food and service were great! Too noisy for me we had a hard time hearing each other.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great food but snails-pace service! The appetizer of poblano peppers was excellent and so was the glass of wine. I had a wonderful flank steak salad. My only compliant is that the wait staff doesn't seem to be very attentive. This is not the first time. I find that I get the attention I need when I sit at the bar instead. Otherwise, i love this place and that is why I keep coming back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our server was Ray and she was great. The gluten free noodles were not as good as previous times. It may have been the change in the carbonara from creamy to traditional? Everything else was off the hook!!! Save room for desert the lemon cream cake is a must.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We very much enjoyed our time here and will return!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food came out cold
Out of oysters
And dessert I took home was HALF the size served to others dining there that was over priced 2"x2" for $8
Dined there before n everything was excellent

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

The food was fantastic!! Our new favorite Italian restaurant. My boyfriend and I are foodies, we enjoyed every bite. The Brugatta was out of this world; I had chicken Marsala, the best I have ever had; my boyfriend had lasagna and it was amazing. We topped it off with the perfect portion of creme brulee cheesecake - rich, creamy, unlike anything we tried. The wait staff was very attentive and you can tell that everyone takes pride in the food that comes out of that kitchen. CANNOT WAIT to experience it all over again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

My husband and I went here on a date night because we had heard good things. I'll never go
back, I can get mediocre Italian food at a dozen places near by for less of a cost and WAY better servive. The hostess was unbelievably rude when we called and through her greeting as we arrived and she seated us. We got lucky and had the one decent server in the place. After observing the hostess some more and the surrounding servers, I won't risk another visit. $120.00 down the drain, what a waste...

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Really too loud, couldn't you add some fabric to soak up some of the loud talk?

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Service good. Spaghetti & meatballs & sausage ok, food a little cold. Sausage was very good, tasty. Bread somewhat hard/stale. Had the chicken picatta the first time I was there about a week ago and it was EXCELLENT!

Didn't care for the music - a lot of Beatles, too much Beatles and a little too loud.

Would prefer something more relaxing and with more of NYish Italian feeling, e.g. Frank Sinatra.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Open table reservation botched somewhere. Very unacommadating even after showing open tae confirmation. Waiter was awful. Food average.

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