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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Authentic (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
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Special Occasion (30)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Cozy (22)
Casual (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Romantic (21)
Fun (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Music (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined a day ago

Fantastic service (thanks Mary) and delicious food.

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·Dined 2 days ago

I had messed up our reservation for a party of 6 by originally making the reservation for a party of 4. The friendly hostess squeezed us in and on a Friday night no less. Thank you!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great chicken fried steak, totally worth it! Bloody Mary bar was also wonderful!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was great but the hostess was a nightmare, the one with the blond unkempt hair was very rude. She is not a person to greet paying customers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Host Joana was very rude. Made reservation that wasn’t honored, was told OpenTable had been shut down, so was made to wait an additional 30 minutes past reservation time and then given poor patio table- that had been open our entire wait- and refused booth upon request because hostess seemed to take issue with OpenTable reservation even after having been shown confirmation. Server and the rest of staff were lovely but terrible service from host almost ruined experience.

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food4
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service3
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love the place, I think the kitchen was a little backed up this night but no biggy.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was so amazing! Get the lemon cake! The portions were decent-size my friend got the lasagna, I had the pesto penne and my other friend had a shrimp scampi all of it was delicious!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

From the moment we walked in, to our server, everyone was very attentive. This was our first time dining at Gaetano’s, and the entire experience was outstanding. The food was reasonably priced, and the menu was very eclectic. Also, we were made aware that there is a Frank Sinatra impersonator at the restaurant twice a month who interacts with the diners! Are looking forward to going back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Gaetano’s was recommended by a friend. The food was amazing and the staff friendly. We will defiantly return!! Have the gnocchi!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The service was very attentive. The food was mediocre. The eggplant parmesan was under cooked, the pasta was over cooked. Overall, not a good value.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food, 50’s ambience and very good service! Will definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our third visit and it was as outstanding as the first two. The food is incredible and the wait staff was excellent. Busy place, as usual! If anyone asks me for a recommendation for Italian food, this is my TOP pick! Thank you, Gaetano's, for a fantastic dining experience!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I love this restaurant! I never get tired of coming here. Love the food and the atmosphere .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing Bloody Mary bar

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Aside from the hostess who gave us attitude for being late, and yet our table still being open, it was a good experience. Our waiter could have been more informed on the wine, but he was a sweet young guy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderfully fun 50s themed decor with large portion Italian dishes ("primi" will not be smaller portioned than "secondi"). The "Sausage & Peppers" was glorious! The cocktails are fun, too (we tried the "Clyde" and "Bugsy" drinks).

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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food3
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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