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il Bistro Italiano

734 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies


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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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 -
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Phone number
(970) 243-8622
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brunella Gualerzi
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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.
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Private party contact
Brunella Gualerzi or Lori Smith: (970) 243-8662
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Cross street
4th Street
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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.
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Public transit
Grand Valley Transit has a bus stop a few yards from the entrance of the restaurant on Main Street
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The last Sunday of the month, live Jazz music from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DurangoTim (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 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!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome waiter Dylan. Amazing food fresh and delious

Dutch (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

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

vipNiceFrenchBistro (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Best scampi ever, wonderful restaurant and impeccable service.

gjfeltes (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

As usual everything was great!
Love the half portions!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

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