Gaetano's

4.6
1202 reviews
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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 Westword 2016. Also A great Italian style brunch with 6 different kinds of Bottomless Mimosas.
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Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice menu well presented.

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UG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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Chicago
21 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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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
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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MA
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere has really changed over the years. Al,ost too noisy for me.

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

Go early as it gets crowded and noise level is loud..A must the risoto and brussel sprouts

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

Took my friend visiting from the UK and he loved it. He thought the meal and dessert was good, then came the Lemoncello and that just put the meal over the top. I would rate it a 5-star +++. I always have a gr8 experience at Gaetano’s, just wish I lived a little closer. But it is worth the drive. The only downside was we were seated near the door and it was a cold evening.

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

Such a classic restaurant! Rich ambiance, great food, Highly recommend over anything in the area.

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

Tried the Chicken Caprese for the first time and it was so good! Food and service is always on point and the Creme Brulee cheesecake was delicious. My only suggestion would be to turn the music down a little-I had to shot across the table just so my Mom could hear me and we were barley 3 feet away from each other. Other guests near us were commenting that is was obnoxiously loud also.

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Denver
32 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A place with lots of history and good food. Waiter was attentive and friendly.
Like that they have a free parking lot.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was super good!

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EV
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, grate tasting from the fry Calamari all the way to desserts. We will be back soon.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour prices on appetizers and cocktails all night on Monday. Meatball sliders and mussels are a steal and delicious. The rest of the food is just okay, so we usually just come for the amazing happy hour deal.

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

Cool vibe and great food. I look forward to going back.

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RT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We checked in with the hostess for our reservation. We were sat promptly. We weee not acknowledge. No one took our drink order or food order. We waited 25 minutes while several staff walked by us; seated in the center booth next to the bar. One server was sitting with a group at a booth eating and would get up on occasion to check on her tables near us. No one assist us so we left.
Too bad as we were looking forward to a nice Italian dinner. Maggionos took care of us and we enjoyed it very much.
Gaetano’s will not be given another option to have our business. Very disappointed and the restaurant was not busy.

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AM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter brunch. Food was amazing as always. Service was great.

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s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional Italian food in a wonderful classic atmosphere.

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AW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We've been here a few times. Love the food and wine. Service is wonderful. Location is decent, parking good. There is some traffic noise, oh well. Nice restroom.

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BC
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bloody Mary bar was great, the gnocchi was fantastic and the eggs carbonara was perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Good server. Some loud kids in the dining area made it a bit annoying, but overall a good experience.

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S
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old time family owned Italian restaurant that is becoming harder to find in this era of corporate restaurants

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