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Gaia Bistro

60 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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Gaia Bistro is a breakfast, lunch and dinner hotspot on Old South Pearl Street in Denver. Reservations are only accepted for dinner. Cuisine is all-natural or organic with menu selections ranging from homey to refined American fare. Voted the best patio in Denver by Westword.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Organic
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Hours of operation

Breakfast/Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 777-5699
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
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Public transit
Light rail and bus stops are close by.
Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 60 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on all time ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on January 5, 2013

We went on a quiet, cold night, only 5 tables were occupied. Nice evening all around; service was attentive but not hovering. Chorizo mushroom caps were perfect and delicious - just the right spice. Appetizer quesadillas were entree sized portion and very tasty. We also had the spiced goat cheese salad. The waitress was very accommodating and poured a half glass of wine for me. Sorry they were out of the pumpkin ravioli as we heard it was wonderful too. We will be back!

5.0Dined on December 20, 2012

we have been here a few times for brunch and love it. We were looking for somewhere nice to eat for dinner last week, but wanted to stay close by so decided to try Gaia. It was DELICIOUS. Everyone in our group loved what they ordered: chorizo stuffed mushrooms, stuffed poblano pepper, sheppard's pie with lamb and butteernut squash, chicken pot pie with a sage biscuit, shrimp etoufee...I could go on and on!

4.0Dined on December 15, 2012

We had been told about Gaia's brunch and decided to try for dinner (told by server that dinner only served for past year). It was great. Food was good and fair prices so it resulted in good value. I would definitely recommend.

5.0Dined on December 8, 2012

This is an intimate place to share a wonderful meal with someone special. The aroma from the kitchen welcomes you as soon as you enter Gaia. Our late-night meal was enjoyed in the "front room" of this small converted home where we watched the snow fall lightly on this South Pearl Street neighborhood. The food was creative, delicious and satisfying - definitely try the Stuffed Salmon! We were enticed to linger with dessert and coffee afterwards as the wintery scene outside unfolded. Our server, Elena, was fantastic and very engaging. This our first visit to Gaia Bistro was quite memorable and definitely not our last.

4.0Dined on November 30, 2012

I love the size and feel of this restaurant in the evening. It's small & intimate, warm & friendly. Possible to get a really good meal AND hear yourself think/carry on a conversation.

5.0Dined on November 16, 2012

Our waiter was so helpful. He was able to describe what was in the entrees, he didn't hover was but attentive. The food was very good and the atmosphere cozy. I would eat here again.

5.0Dined on October 17, 2012

Delightful and delicious dinner in a charming location.

5.0Dined on September 28, 2012

This was my first time to visit Gaia Bistro. It was a night to celebrate the one year anniversary with the girlfriend. Gaia was ready to seat us as soon as we arrived. Our server was very friendly and attentive, not rushing anything, but letting us enjoy the evening. Hats off to the chef! What a great meal! To start, panko crusted egg plant with a healthy dose of goat cheese, then on to stuffed salmon with crab and scallops and some beef short ribs on tasty mashed potatoes. Everything was wonderful. I would definitely recommend.

5.0Dined on September 21, 2012

Gaia is a wonderful place for a nice night out. We were taken care of by a wonderful staff. The wine list was delightful and Jon, Gaia's owner was more than happy to explain each wine and help us choose the perfect match. I enjoyed the shrimp perfectly cooked in a slightly spicy creole sauce served over fragrant tender rice. My husband enjoyed the pablano stuffed with moist flavorful chicken topped with a wonderful chili sauce and black beans. I highly recommend Gaia for anyone looking for exceptional service, delicious food with out any pretentiousness.

2.0Dined on August 15, 2012

This restaurant is just ok... nothing special. There was only one person waiting tables and it looked like only one person in the kitchen. As a result, the service was slow. I think it was a surprise to them that there were 6 or so tables to deal with. It was a week night. The food was ok, once again nothing spectacular. It wasn't bad by any means but I just didn't love it.

5.0Dined on July 21, 2012

The food was fantastic! We were assaulted by mosquitos, but the staff already had citronella candles set up, and were understanding when we decided we needed to leave promptly. Great spot!

5.0Dined on June 22, 2012

One of my favorite restaurants whether it's for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! Always fresh and delicious!

2.0Dined on June 22, 2012

The food was good but nothing outstanding. The pumpkin ravioli didn't have a good flavor. We expected to be a little sweet, but instead it was kinda bland. My side salad was wilted. What also made this experience less than desirable was that we dined there when the temperature outside was about 100 degrees. We decided to sit inside because we thought it would be cooler but we were wrong. There is no A/C and no fans to help cool you down. It was a miserable evening.

3.0Dined on May 30, 2012

The decor sparse, the service a tad stiff, and though Gaia takes it self a little too seriously, the food wins the game.

4.0Dined on May 25, 2012

Awesome neighborhood, cool old house converted into a yummy fresh organic-food restaurant! My kids and I very much enjoyed it and would go back next time we're in Denver!

3.0Dined on May 23, 2012

Everything was lovely for a quaint eight year anniversary. It was raining so we had to skip the patio. We were greeted with a few lovely slices of sourdough and butter. Our bottle of wine was fantastic. Server was sweet and helpful but not hovering. Portobello chips were flavorful, but too much salt. Same with the salmon. The reason food got 2 stars was the overuse of salt and the shrimp in the étouffée was gummy and way overlooked. I'll try again for lunch but the dinner has some work to do.

4.0Dined on May 19, 2012

Perfect for a few girlfriends. Great veggie options

5.0Dined on May 12, 2012

Gaia Bistro is a great change of pace from the over decorated and hip places around town. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and the food was delightful, especially the appetizers. Definitely will go back.

5.0Dined on May 5, 2012

Gaia Bistro did not dissapoint. Great patio. The Farm to Table menu is amazing. This is a must if you are in the Wash. Park area...

4.0Dined on April 28, 2012

The brunch is very good to excellent and the dinner is just good. Slightly expensive for quality of dinner. Food could use a little more seasoning.