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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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4.6

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

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for a Date (31)
Authentic (26)
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Special Occasion (23)
Worth the Drive (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (19)
Casual (18)
Fun (17)
Romantic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 7, 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 7, 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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·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 4, 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 January 1, 2018

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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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 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 22, 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 19, 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 18, 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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·Dined on December 17, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was ok, service not. We had a resv vis Open Table and arrived 5 min early. 4 different people at the host stand told us someone would be with us... when we were finally sat it was 15 minutes until a server stopped despite the same 3 people walked by to visit tables on both sides of us.

Needless to say, cool looking place but totally uninspired service.

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food3
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A delightful lunch. Everything was great. I appreciate the parking across the street - decent parking is often not an option in Denver.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This is one of the last remaining old Italian restaurants in Denver.
The food was so good. We enjoyed every bite.
Very slow service on quiet Monday with few other diners was the only draw back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Gaetano''s is always busy, but the evening felt 'hurried'. Our order took a little longer than I would have thought. Our server asked if we could please finish up, as they had another reservation coming. Not my fault their kitchen was running behind. It wasn't the relaxing Sunday evening dining experience I'd hoped for. Probably won't go back anytime soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was excellent and reasonable. Don’t be in a hurry when you go there. Service is usually slow but worth the wait.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Best lasagna I’ve EVER had!!!! Truly wonderful wait staff.

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fantastic service (thanks Mary) and delicious food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was very good, service could have been better, we waited longer than we should have for water refills, wine order and food from kitchen. Very noise, difficulty in hearing our table conversation

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Arrived for our 5:30p reservation, service was slow, but we were in no rush. Ordered cocktails, appetizers, main course with wine, desserts with after dinner drinks, table of 5. As our desserts arrived the hostess approached our table (now 7:30p) and stated “we have a party of 5 that wants this booth and they’re here now waiting. We have a table turn of about 2 hours, so we need you to hurry and finish.” I looked around the restaurant in disbelief at the empty tabletops that could easily accommodate a party of 5 and ask if we could at least finish our desserts. She replied yes, but that we needed to hurry.

10 minutes passed and she returned to tell us she “really needed the booth” at which point I said, “do you know what would expedite the process? Receiving the check!”

Our waitress showed up suddenly and aplogized profusely, appogizing for the new hostess, blah, blah. We gulped our ports, paid our $400 tab and will NEVER return.

BTW, the veal was over cooked, but that was minor compared to the shove out the front door we received.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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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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 (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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