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About il Bistro Italiano

My husband Ron and I opened il Bistro Italiano in 1998 with the idea of bringing traditional food from my area of Italy to Grand Junction. I come from a small village in Northern Italy and what we serve at the Bistro reflects my heritage, but it is also the results of years of experimentation in using local ingredients in an "Italian" way. Part of our menu is deeply traditional and part is more "innovative Italian cuisine". This philosophy in food is also reflected in our focused wine list which features an extensive selection of Italian and Colorado wines only. Our full service bar also presents several Italian liquors including a variety of grappas. We offer different seating options: a main dining room which seats about 50 people, a smaller dining room that seats about 25 and that is available for private functions, a few tables in the front of the restaurant with a good view of our open kitchen, and a covered and heated patio available from March through November.

400 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: Monday through Friday:11:00am to 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm to 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm to 8:00pm - Lunch -

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 243-8622

Website:
http://www.ilbistroitaliano.com/

Entertainment:
The last Sunday of the month, live Jazz music from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Parking Details:
There is parking along the West side of the restaurant on 4th Street and in the parking garage behind us, accessable from Rood Avenue.

Public Transit:
Grand Valley Transit has a bus stop a few yards from the entrance of the restaurant on Main Street

Executive Chef:
Brunella Gualerzi

Private Party Facilities:
The East Room seats up to 30 people for private dining events. For business presentations that require a screen, the maximum seating capacity is 18. The screen is available for a $25 rental fee, and an LCD projector for a $125 rental fee. The East Room also now has the capability for Teleconferencing and Webcast/Web Conferencing. Menus for private parties are customized and designed to fit your needs.

Private Party Contact:
Brunella Gualerzi or Lori Smith: (970) 243-8662

Additional:
Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

il Bistro Italiano Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (25)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (24)
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Local Ingredients (20)
Authentic (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Casual (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Seasonal (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Business Meals (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Awesome experience. Our server Fernando made our anniversary dinner special and topped it off with an amazing complementary Tiramisu. Prices were very reasonable and the small plates enabled us to have an appetizer and soup and dessert and be completely full! We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

restaurant is modern and bright. waiter was very attentive but it did take a long time to receive our meal- luckily it was a business group and we were happy to talk with one another. everyone loved their meal but I felt the menu was too limited- no pasta and meat sauce and no pasta and seafood. could not substitute pasta for potatoes without paying extra.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Ron, Brunella and the staff, along with an always delicious and interesting menu, as always make dining here a pleasure.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I had a very good pasta dish and the calamari was killer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Awesome waiter Dylan. Amazing food fresh and delious

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food and local wine. Waiter was fun and gave good recommendations for local wineries to visit

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Homemade pasta! What a treat to walk into Bistro Italiano and see their little homemade pasta nests and beautiful desserts. Sat outside on Saturday night...perfect weather and lovely service. Food was terrific. Daughter had the pasta pomodoro...not your mom's, but certainly mama's...delicious. I had the chicken piccata with mashed potatoes which was also yummy. The goat cheese patties for an appetizer are lovely and very hearty...with a green salad could almost be a main course. Chocolate cherry tart was super good as well. Can hardly wait to go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Best scampi ever, wonderful restaurant and impeccable service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As usual everything was great!
Love the half portions!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

If you like Italian food and are in or near Grand Junction - don't miss this resta - you won't be disapointed

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a family gathering of five and enjoyed a great meal, excellent wine. Everyone was impressed with the quality of the food and wine. Il Bistro is a great place for out-of-town guests or family!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was great .Nicholas, our waiter , was knowledgeable and great personality. He seemed to have all the tables outside... so he was a little busy. The water boy? Mason? Was great. Funny kid. We don't drink - he kept our glasses full! Food was good... not great. It seems an Italian Restaurant would have a few more pasta options AND... they don't have bruschetta on the menu!!! ( gasp! ) that being said - we'll be back and highly recommend Italiano ...
Dave

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 13, 2017

After 3 months away from GJ, we got together with Family for dinner. Hoping for a pleasant meal and gathering with our Daughter & 3 year old Grandson @ 6:30PM.
However, it was not very pleasureable, because service was too long in coming, especially for the 3 year old. And the food was not as in previous visits.
It finally did arrive, more than an hour later, at differing times for each @ the table. The salad had a foreign object in it that could have broken a tooth. The waitress was kind enough to deduct the salad. The main course was not warm and it was dry. Needless to say our Daughter and Grandson had to leave early, almost 8PM, an hour and a half later, because it was close to his bedtime.
My wife and I did receive a complimentary desert, which we decided to take home when we finally left the restaurant shortly before 9PM.
We have been long time patrons of this restaurant,but I am sorry to say that it has not lived up to its previous reputation.
Maybe by the time we return for another meal, the owners and management will have these short comings corrected. If they don't........CIAO BABY!

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food3
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service2
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 7, 2017

First and most importantly the food is so consistently the best in GJ. What's good food with crappy service? You won't find out here! The service is also consistent and professional and also friendly. It's always a joy to dine at il Bistro--I always choose it for special occasions, but it's the perfect place to turn any random Wednesday into a special occasion!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food and service. We celebrated my son's 22nd birthday and everything was amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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food5
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value4

 
 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My wife and I went to Il Italiano Bistro for our wedding anniversary. I was really nice. We had to ask for ice in our water. The street noise was too much. We were seated outside, not given a choice. The food was OK. No pot roast like we had the last time, bummer. The service was excellent. Grand Junction resident.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food4
ambience2
service3
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We were celibrating three birthdays, all the birthday people chose the resturant, which is one of my favorite places as well.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Love the outdoor seating option, even with some obnoxious drivers! The seating in the front of the restaurant in the winter is the best especially on a snowy night. The staff treats you as if you are family even if they've never seen you before. The food is always fresh, unique and plentiful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everyone commented on how delicious their meal was. Always great service & great food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The hostess made a special effort to seat us at a table she knew we liked - really appreciated the extra effort and attention-to-detail! Food and wine were excellent, as always, and Francisco paced the service perfectly!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great food as always, the Saltimbocca was terrific and the spices peach salad was tasty surprise.

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food4
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Waitor was slow...we were pre-warned...& was very laid back. Took forever to get drinks, food , etc & thought it was no big deal whether you knew the specials or not!
Food was very good but next time I'll have them go easy on the salt!!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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service2
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Always excellent entrees and service. We go there for special occasions.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 30, 2017

It was good. Two small lasagnes and the Calabria pizza. Joe was looking for the costellette. We thought maybe it would return for the cold weather.
I will say there are no white wines I look forward to having at Il B. They're fine/okay but really not very tasty.
Thank you for providing a great dining experience.

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Although the results deviate from classic Italian food, we were satisfied with the results. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was solid.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 29, 2017

At first glance, it looks like a typical old-school Italian restaurant, but we were surprised at the creativity of the dishes (especially the starters) and ended up just eating a few of the starters for our meal. Most starters featured local greens and veggies, etc. Wine list is good, but all Italian, so set your expectations. Tiramisu is awesome! We had great service, too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We went to the Il Bistro as a large party. We definitely weren't quiet because we were a large party and we're having fun...but they weren't nice about it at all. I have always loved this restaurant.....but the service this time was not good.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have been dining with Ron for more than forty years which includes the Il Bistro from the beginning. Our dining experience was - once again spot on in every category, food quality, service , ambiance - even the damn ice - absolutely perfect with Baileys, melts and holds the flavor till the end. For real food, prepared to perfection, and all that goes with it - there is no better place to eat. Thank you for providing the opportunity - a fine dining experience.

Loran & Linda

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Every once in a while you have a perfect meal! That was our experience and il Bistro!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We had a great time. Three of us a fairly regular diners there, two were from out of town and really enjoyed it

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent food and service, a lovely ambiance outside in their outdoor seating. Specialize in using local foods, and their cuisine is perfection. Rave reviews from my dinner partners who were from urban areas out of town. Love Main Street in Grand Junction overall.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Organic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

everything was good except the wait for food. we were there for 2 hrs and it took us about 35 min to eat. love your food and waitress was super friendly. I will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

This a restaurant that I have wanted to for many years but for one reason or another it was too busy for us to get in. The menu is differerent than the Italian venues we frequent in the east, NY and NJ. Their menu is fresh, creative, braving new ideas and ingredients but not departing so far to be urecognizable from its origins. Second to the menu, the wine list is remarkable and unexpected. The choices include many locally grown and vinted selections, several from european, French, Italian, German, Spain, then South American, North American, Californian, Oregon, New York State. Just amazing. This is one you will not forget and will want to return to again and again.

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was fresh and tasty. They were a bit busy, but the server kept us updated on the progress of our meal. Everyone enjoyed different dishes. The wine list is extensive and they are very sensitive and knowledgeable about gluten free needs.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Good Italian in heart of downtown Grand Junction. Food was a bit bland, but good, and the service was excellent and timely. Great people watching spot near windows looking out onto plaza and Main Street during Farmers' Market Thursday night. The gazpacho was reported to be excellent, but the peach piazza, mushroom and chicken sausage pasta, while tasty, needed more seasoning and spice to liven it up. Good homemade pasta noodles, however.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food, Great service. It is a very relaxing experience altogether.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

great food, reasonably priced, good atmosphere, good service. My son recommended it to me to bring my out-of-town to for a good meal. He was right.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Our favorite downtown Grand Junction place, but service from kitchen was horrible this time.
Over an hour from order to main courses. No reason, was not busy when we arrived. Good wait staff, but need to improve good timing!! No excuse, we may hesitate to return unless kitchen problem is corrected. My entree was overcooked and served cold, probably from sitting in kitchen for a hour!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

The service and the food was great! We wanted outside seating, and they accommodated our request. This particular night there were quite a few flies we tried to shew away. Not the restaurant's fault, but a small annoyance just the same. Will we return to this restaurant, indeed! But I think we'll sit inside until the weather cools and the insects are less active.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great service and delicious food. Liked the outdoor seating that reminded us of European dining. Will dine here again!

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