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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

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for a Date (37)
Authentic (32)
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Special Occasion (31)
Worth the Drive (27)
Casual (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Fun (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Cozy (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Romantic (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Business Meals (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Live Music (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 21 hours ago

Always wanted to try this place and it didn’t disappoint!! Definitely going to be returning!!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Food with The Family in an eccentricly authentic piece of local history? Absolutely! Comforting cuisine, superb service, and a panorama of jokes straight from The Godfather over tiramisu and a great cappuccino? You got it! Worried about getting whacked? The door's bullet proof, friend. Leave the gun, take the cannoli, and bring a friend. Live a little.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was very nice. The food was so delicious. Just a little crowded. Felt like I was eating with the the person sitting right next to me

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was outstanding and I can't wait to go back. Wish it wasn't as loud as it was or crowded.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

We went on “Frank Sinatra” night and had a good time along with great food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Live Music, Authentic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service, we will be back agin soon. I had the lobster ravioli my wife had the lasagne both were delicious. Had the tiramisu for dessert that was perfect. Highly recommend this place to anyone!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

This place was recommended by a trusted friend. This place did not disappoint, as the food was great tasting at a decent price, not bad for a date. Good location with original taste that stuck to tradition. Most of all, the girlfriend loved it and that's what matters most at the end of the day.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Time and time again Gaetano's delivers! The service has always been great and the food reminds me of my east coast childhood. Best Italian in the state hands down!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Absolutely delicious Italian. We started with the complimentary water and bread. Then we got the fried raviolis with marinara sauce that were delicious. Then we got lasagna and chicken parmesan. The lasagna was the best lasagna I've ever had. We did not have room for dessert unfortunately but I would definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food at a good value, really cool atmosphere for a night out with friends or a significant other. We’re glad we made a reservation. Highly recommended!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Love this place one of my favorite resturants Love the atmosphere, the history
the wine list , and the food is great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The history behind Gaetano’s is almost as great as the food. Try the Pesto Pollo but asked for breaded chicken. Sooooo delicious. Birthday celebration? Enjoy your free Tiramasu. Wonderful ambiance, great wait staff and awesome drink menu too!!

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The entire experience was awesome. The hostess was a sweetheart and juggled my reservation when my Dad was quite late. Our server was terrific and friendly. The bartender was super cool and the food was delightful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, great service, great ambiance, great neighborhood spot.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, People Watching, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I have not been here in years, but really enjoyed my visit this time. I really like the ambiance, and my Chicken Parm was fantastic.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food took too much long to arrive, was mediocre and served barely warm. The server was very pleasant, but forgot the salad, served it with the meal after being reminded, said she would take it off the bill and then did not. There is more, but I choose not to elaborate.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Brunch .. too loud ... Can't believe Bloody Mary Bar got a Westword "best" rating. Been to way better. Food OK .. nothing special !

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Favorite Brunch Spot!!! Bloody Bar is Insane!!! Great Menu with Standard Brunch Fare & a Few Surprises!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good dining experience, Will most certainly return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had Lasagne and Chicken Caprese and both were excellent. They are so busy that the service can sometimes be a bit slow and you will definitely want to make reservations if you want to get a table on the weekends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent as always. The lasagna portion was big enough to feed a family, but I managed to eat most of it. One of our favorites. I recommend the elevated tables in the bar.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent staff and food!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Took the lovely lady there the other night based on her suggestion and as a first timer was blown away. I see now why she continues to return time and time again, as will I now!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great space with a good amount of parking across the street in surface lot. Dinner and drinks were amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything was good, except that there was a hair in the bread basket we ordered while we were waiting on our food. Our meal was delicious. Service was great. Ambience was fantastic too.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, great service. The Veal Parmesan was the best we have ever had. Our server, Mary was excellent! Even though it is a long drive for us, we will be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful Italian food and the service is great. Just a staple for good food.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This was the first time for a friend and me to visit Gaetano's. I will be back even though I live in Fort Collins.

I was warmed greeted by the hostess, and while I was offered a table right away although my friend had not yet arrived and I was about 45 minutes early and asked to be seated at the bar.

The bartender was gracious and fun to chat with. I decided on a Bombay Blue Sapphire very dry martini with as many olives as they cared to provide (I received six). The only weak spot in the entire evening was that the drink seemed very weak. My friend had arrived and tasted my drink and felt it was very week for 90 proof gin. During my time at the bar, the hostess came to me and said our table was right behind me and can go there whenever I desired.

My friend and I went to our table and the rest of the evening was delicious! The offered bread was very good with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I had a shrimp and scallops special that the chef was willing to use gnocchi instead of the stated paste (very reasonable $2 up-charge). We both were extremely pleased with the entrees, in terms of taste, visual appeal, and portion size. The waitress made excellent suggestions for wine to go with our respective entrees.

The tiramisu was the perfect way to end the meal.

Again, the overall experience was very nice and I know we will both be back for future meals. I may be a little cautious on the martini, however.

Do not miss Gaetano's!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nick was a pleasant server. Food was awesome! Can't wait to go back

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything went perfectly from the moment we walked in the door, until we left.
Our server was so friendly and knowledgeable.
She was great when asking for personal suggestions, and customer favorites.
This was a first visit, and it is my new favorite restaurant. The food is incredible. The service is fantastic. I highly recommend Gaetano's!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This restaurant used be be our absolute favorite. Since the changes, we've tried it 3 more times, and always walk away a bit unimpressed.

The seating was prompt, and our table request was granted. But the service was really slow, and our server seemed really uninterested in being there. She made no attempt at acknowledging we were there for a birthday (why ask if you don't care?). She would disappear, it took forever for drinks, and after a half hour, empty glasses sat on the table. Finally the salads came. My salad was swimming in dressing, where my husband's had none. We had to mix them together. The salad croutons were stale. Then empty salad plates sat there until she brought the entrees, which took a really long time. I order $22 ravioli and got 5 small ravioli with a lame dollop of pesto on each one. The ravioli looked like it had been sitting out. They were dry and hard. She never came to check on us until she offered us dessert. No thanks. Our bill was nearly $100 for two before tip, and for a birthday celebration, made us wish we stayed home.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Was great to reconnect with a neighborhood restaurant that I have known for over 50 years! Still wonderful food and great people.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This place is wonderful! It was our first time visiting there and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. My wife and I were celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary and it couldn't have been better!! The food is fantastic, as well, and we will definitely return again sometime soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Gaetano's. The food is good, as is the service. We especially like the Tasty Treats appetizer (an Italian sausage and peppers wrapped in pizza (?) dough with marinara dipping sauce) and all of the pasta dishes. My husband always seems to order fettucine alfredo or lasagna; I always stick with the linguine and clams. The Italian lemon cream cake for dessert is yummy, too. And on holidays like New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day there always seems to be a little something extra, like a complimentary glass of prosecco or a red rose for the ladies. Overall, it's a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve...6th time and this was the best as far as food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent dining experience, but somehow has trouble informing Open Table about our dine there. This has been corrected.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Perfect as always. The best Italian food in Denver.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This place remains a favorite for many people I know. I noticed that the menu has changed recently. The carbonara was a cream sauce not yellow or containing egg yolk which was disappointing. The device was a little slow but pleasant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Normally we would give Gaetano’s a much higher rating. This time the service was very slow. 20 minutes to get drinks. 40 minutes to get salads. All four meals came out cold. It took forever to get a server to come back and when we got the meals returned two of the four were colder than when they went back the first time. pasta was dried and shriveled up. They should have recooked the meals. The manager was nice and offered dessert which we declined.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Truly the best Italian cuisine in Denver. Comfortable atmosphere. Went for a date night but cant wait to take the whole family back!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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