Locanda Del Borgo

4.5
1349 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Authentic Italian Restaurant in a trattoria setting.
We serve genuine traditional Italian recipes with our Chef's personal touch, in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Our Chef bases his creations on his 25 years experience in the restaurant business.
Our philosophy is to serve free range and naturally raised farm products whenever possible, and we try to support local farmers as much as we can.
Our menu is paired with an Italian based wine list with international accents, including wines from USA, Spain, Australia, Argentina and others.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Closed Monday
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 388-0282
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giancarlo Macchiarella
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Cross street
Holly
Additional
Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Denver
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place in our neighborhood. Very consistent good food. Have been going there for several years now and also enjoy sister restaurant Café Mercado- especially in the summer as their outdoor seating area is quite nice. And, when Locanda is closed on Mondays Cafe Mercado is open!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and dining experience. The grilled seafood salad is a meal in and of itself plus it is delicious. I would go back for that salad alone even though the pasta and other dishes were great.

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Denver
50 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

5 people. Mixed food reviews. Branzino good. Spaghetti/clams too much red pepper. Seafood salad good. Risotto bland.
Although we were at back table, we all smelled like smoke from the grill when we left.

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f
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner very much. I ordered Branzino and it was cooked to perfection! The sides of roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes were great and the portions were extremely large. Our party of 6 was able to enjoy a great evening without loud music and the need to yell to be heard. I will say that the restaurant was not busy at all and it seemed strange to be in an almost empty restaurant on a Saturday night. We also felt that we were keeping the restaurant from closing as we were the only table left at 9:30 in the evening. I know that this is a neighborhood restaurant but that's super early to start closing.

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DL
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've eaten at Locanda del Borgo many times. Though this time and the previous time, we were almost overwhelmed by the smoke in the restaurant. I asked them to open the door to the patio, which helped. However, my clothes smelled of smoke for hours. They need to fix their ventilating system and/or cook in a less smoky fashion. This is unacceptable and uncomfortable for the dining customers. Surely, the staff should understand this.
Otherwise, we had a tasty dinner.

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P
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The patio was very near a busy street and quite noisy so conversation was sometimes difficult. Will select a table inside next time.

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JM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a reliable excellent restaurant. It is a hidden gem for luncheon meetings.

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C
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lucked out as we caught the restaurant on a quieter day! With 3 of us and 2 with hearing issues, it was perfect. Our waiter was beyond excellent..very attentive, interesting, efficient and effective. It was a birthay and we had a wonderful time plus the food was excellent. This is one gem of a restaurant. A+

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RE
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Up to its usual standards. Everyone’s meal was first rate. There were eight of us and everyone found something just to there liking.

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LD
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is true neighborhood gem. Authentic Italian/Sicilian food, fresh ingredients, proper preparation and presentation. The bar is also excellent and friendly for craft cocktails and food service.

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TK
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I asked the waiter if I could get the Mussels and Clams in a white wine / garlic sauce in stead of the tomato sauce on the menu. The chief was very accommodating and made some of the best M&C I've ever tasted. Thanks to the kitchen and the wait staff for a very pleasant evening.

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MS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. The food is always terrific and service prompt and friendly. Would strongly recommend

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TG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was dated. Except for the ravioli special that we had, all the other food including the bread was very lack luster and felt as if it had been contemporary over ten years ago. Our server was in the weeds even though there were empty tables. It's a nice space though. I would recommend an update to the food across the board except maybe the specials if they are truly created as specials.

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G
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, but If you really want to have a conversation you need to go later. If you go before 730 you can be quite loud. The service is always lovely and the food has yet to disappoint.

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S
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

OK seemed like a cute little neighborhood spot I found on OpenTable and looked at the menu and it looked appealing. Upon arrival I noticed they had a full bar my dad loves a bloody Mary he said it was the worst bloody Mary he’s had to date! Our server was nice however not over enthusiastic about his job… We ordered the prosciutto with Burrata to begin, The prosciutto was cut a bit thick and was tough like dried out and the burrata was very watery...
My dad said the meatballs were tough but tasted OK (in the spaghetti and meatballs) the ‘fresh pasta’ was too chewy. I ordered the homemade tagliatelle with eggplant and mozzarella the sauce was good however the homemade noodles tasted so chewy I couldn’t eat them, it was as if they were under cooked and too thick. (more like a thin dumpling but longer.) My step mom had the halibut, again the sauce was tasty but the fish was clearly frozen for sometime. I wish I could give this place a better review it’s a cute neighborhood place

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food average. Pasta cold

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TA
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this gem of a restaurant. Highly recommend.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing that bothered me was I ordered a second bottle of a wonderful Italian wine vintage 2015 on wine list and the waiter brought me out a 2016 bottle but didn’t say anything until I noticed and then still charged me the same price

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DD
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This genuine neighborhood gem serves some of the loveliest Italian food around. The menu changes slightly but still has some favorites that stick around: It is hard NOT to order the gnocchi every time, but there are no bad items on the menu. Portions are generous and beautifully presented, so you will leave satisfied both artistically and gastronomically. This combination of wonderful, warm ambiance with reasonable prices for both the quality and quantify of food make this a repeat spot for either family or business or a nice romantic evening. A single seat at the bar to a group of 8 or more could be comfortable and pleasant. The founder is an absolute delight and the sister restaurant, Café Mercato in the Lowry neighborhood equally delicious. I hope Locanda del Borgo is around for a long, long time It is one of the bright spots in a challenging industry. Thank you for restoring the faith !

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C
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We have been to Locando many, many times since it opened. We tell people about it often.
However, this last visit was very disapppointing. The pasta dishes were very ordinary. The pork chop entree was a shadow of its former self. The gelato deserts also not special. The nougat one was bad. I hope this turns around because when it's busy there is a great vibe. We wondered why there were so many empty tables on a Friday night but now we know its because the quality is not there.

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WR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate outdoors on the shaded patio area. It was a very hot day, but the overhead fans kept us comfortable. Service was properly attentive. Gluten-free pasta was available and it was good. We are regulars as the food here is always excellent (we do have some Sicilian in our DNA).

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Totally solid all around. We had a large table, both the service and food were great.

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p
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is consistently excellent as there were many good choices for my 2 vegetarian friends! Bread not quite as good as it used to be but pasta and salads excellent! 2 house wines were good

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DA
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Warm Denver evening led us to seating outside, which was a great choice despite some moderate traffic noise. Our waiter was quick to arrive as we sat down and also when our dinner partners came a few minutes later. He was extremely patient as we had drinks, two appetizers, Bruschetta and Brussel Sprouts, plus lots of deliberation over the reasonably wide menu. To say we also took lots of time with catch up conversation before finally ordering didn’t seem to distract him at all...he was great...no pressure at all. The entrees arrived in timely fashion. Three had the daily special...a very wonderful Lasagna that pleased them all. My pasta dish with salmon was good, but the salmon wasn’t too apparent...would not order again. All portions were quite generous. The dessert menu is limited, but we opted out anyway. We will return...a fun evening in the neighborhood.

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J
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious and delightful experience. Tucked in a neighborhood, this really is a gem. There were nine of us. The menu has a variety. The quality of the food was nice. Halibut piccata was the special. Delicious. The waiter was efficient, but not invasive. A lovely evening.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good as usual

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Z
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

First time I was disappointed here. Pork chop, which used to be fantastic, was thin, overdone and came with a very tasteless brown sauce all over it. Huge mound of mashed potatoes to cover up minuscule vegetable serving. All of this made me suspicious that they are seriously cutting corners. Not sure about returning.

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AW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Terrible service, but on multiple levels. Wait staff seems understaffed, looks like kitchen runs slow and even management dropped the ball. (We waited 20 mins for the manager to apply a gift card to our check, our waiter was clearly shocked and embarrassed it took so long). No good communication that everything would take so long.

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Good on all accounts!

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LS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, but service was terrible. It wasn't our waiter's fault. The restaurant was very under-staffed. It took ten minutes to get seated, another fifteen or so minutes to get our orders placed and, all told, 65 minutes from the time of our reservation to get our food.

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AL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I decided to give this place another try after a dissapointing experience about 3 months ago, one in which they comped the whole meal because things were so slow. Things got off to a bad start right after arriving on this recent visit. A table of four ladies were just leaving and said they waited forever for their food. The owner came up to them as they were leaving and wasn't polite at all and raised his voice to them saying there was nothing he could do because the restaurant was so busy. Really unprofessional and tacky to talk to a customer that way especially in front of other tables. The table behind us also complained about the lack of service and wait. So, as expected, my group of 4 also had a long wait. Wine came after 30 minutes of sitting down. Food was mediocre and took forever! The staff needs some training and the owner needs to learn about customer service. I will not be going back.

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F
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Very disappointing. The meals my wife and ordered were quite sub par for a restaurant touted as high caliber. And to add insult to injury the sausage with caramelized onions pizza we ordered to take home, which cost $16 was absolutely dreadful. It had a smidgen of each ingredient and was essentially tasteless.

We had great hopes as we love quality Italian food. They did not deliver at all.

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CS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Locanda is a fantastic Italian find--great wine list, great menu of traditional italian--utterly delicious.

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BA
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a neighborhood gem. It is casual but consistently good.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing I love going there and I like how we got the best spot. My favorite part was the felling it was a felling we’re the atmosphere was perfect,

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FD
Denver
490 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We love this restaurant. The food is always good. The service is decent.

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F
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve gone happily to Locanda for years but the food Sunday night was very poor quality. I took two couples as a special treat but was embarrassed.

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PA
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

New menu which looks like Denny's. We really enjoyed our appitizer but main courses were ok.

Looks the same but not what it was. New owner?

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D
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We visit Locanda about twice a month. This time, the service was a bit slow. The waitress didn't come to get our drink order for quite awhile after we were seated. My sausage and peppers were not that great. The sausage didn't have much spice to it, and there were almost no peppers included - just a couple of red ones and a sea of onions in a thin sauce that didn't have much flavor. I ordered a side of marinara sauce and that helped make it better, but the sausage still wasn't all that good. I only ate half of the order, even though that was my "dinner" rather than appetizer. In some restaurants, the waitperson would notice that and offer to get you something else, or comp the food you didn't enjoy. She did not seem to notice. All the other food I've had here has been good, though, so maybe this was just a one-off. We will definitely come back again.

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FF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been here twice and it is a secret find! Kind of a unique location. I can't wait to return, the food was amazing! The food is authentic, flavorful and tasty. I am so glad I happened on this neighborhood restaurant.

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