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Bella Colibri, Golden, CO

Bella Colibri

4.5
4.5
689 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We are open for dine-in or outside seating. Please make a reservation on-line.

Bella Colibri celebrates Colorado’s strong ties to Italy and founder Dean Valdez’s Italian family, who immigrated to Colorado from Calabria, Italy in the early 1900s.

The menu features fresh interpretations of Southern Italian dishes, including seafood, homemade pastas, Colorado lamb, steaks and more. All dishes are artfully presented.

The Chef’s Counter offers an up close view of the meticulous preparation and a chance to interact with the chefs as they prepare specialties and practice their craft.

Housed in one of the state’s most historic buildings, Bella Colibri’s elegant décor honors the building’s rich history, while also evoking the atmosphere of Southern Italy. Beautiful artwork depicts Colorado landscapes with a Tuscan feel.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (720) 289-4859
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    John Wilson
  • Neighborhood
    Golden
  • Cross street
    12th and Washington
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

What 689 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

689 Reviews
  1. BrantG

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing chef driven menu and reminiscent of several meals we’ve had in Italy. Charming and warm ambience and solid service. All of these hold true every time we go. So lucky to have this gem in Golden.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! We wish you had Monkey 47 gin or better liquor.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and ambience. It is fairly loud when booked up but I enjoy the energy

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  4. evec

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Some cocktails always give a suggestion on how the rest of the food will be. One of those is an Apperol Spritz. An Italian restaurant should have that cocktail down! Here, it tasted like soda water and a hint of Apperol hidden between all the ice cubes. I don’t know where the prosecco was but I couldn’t find it. As that, the food was also only so so. Small portion what made it all very expensive. We will not go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

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  6. VAL22

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, small and quaint restaurant. Reasonably priced we will come back again.

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  7. staceyp

    Springfield

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time - great food and great service!! Coming back!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been going to Bella Colibri since it opened a few years ago. It has always been very good, but now it's great. My wife's Beef Bolognese was one of the, if not the, best we've ever tasted...thick meaty sauce, al dente pasta and a generous serving; and my Pork Shank was as well...large, super tender, pale meat, with wonderful flavor, surrounded by wilted spinach and tasty, but rather soupy polenta. The relatively short, but superb, list of Italian red wines has impressive. The list of whites a bit less so, but still offering some tasty choices. Eric, our server, has been on the job a long time and has always taken excellent care of us...professional but friendly and efficient. Our guests also loved their dishes.

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  9. Barb

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this place! The ambience makes you feel like you've gone to Italy and are eating in one of their quaint, red brick buildings. Beautiful atomosphere, kind service, with absolutely fabulous drinks and food. We will definitely be back when in Golden!

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  10. MrsKnip

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Romantic little Italian Restaurant in Golden. Our dinners were delicious and well prepared. We had salad, entrees and wine. The noise level was high but the restaurant was fairly busy early in the evening, so be prepared if your hearing impaired. Atmosphere was great and the staff wonderful and very attentive. Our excellent server was Sam and I forgot the bartenders name working that evening but both were great! The two of them made our dinner experience wonderful. We have dined here before and our experience has always been great. mk

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent food but overpriced with extremely slow service.

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  12. Dodie

    Denver

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My dining companion's pasta dish was delicious; my seafood cannelloni seemed to be missing most of the seafood - the filling was a potato-ey mash. I'll stick with the primi menu next time.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Pasta dishes we had were outstanding. Eggplant sauce (pasta Norma) and beef bolognese. We had the olives as an appetizer because there really are no side salads on the menu. If there were salads (house, Caesar) this would have rated 5 stars in my book!

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  14. JennieH

    Denver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    While the food was really good, it was steeply overpriced and the service was not friendly at all. No need to go back with all the fun places in Golden.

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  15. StephenR

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food but very hard to get a normal meal with small salad, main course with normal portions and desert. We got a huge main course and roll. Needs a redesign, too much emphasis on wine not enough on giving you a balanced meal.

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  16. johnj

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We had dined here previously with good results, in no small part because of the warm atmosphere in the main dining room, and therefore had high expectations. Booked for Valentines Day well in advance. We were seated in a non-descript room (not the main dining room) with nothing on the walls but paint - a cold, almost institutional atmosphere at best....even some rented artwork would have made a difference. Ice maker room was around the corner from us and the door was open so there were times when our conversation was drowned out by the noise of filling ice containers. Service was good and food was great, but it was all greatly diminished by the setting - If this was all that was available at the time of booking, I should have been made aware...if we were relegated to this room for some other reason, I would like to know what that was

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  17. KurtC

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and service. Great atmosphere on a snowy night. One of the best meals I have had in a long time

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  18. 2Diners2

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative menu, delicious á la carte selection of appetizers, salads, Primi (pasta), and Secondi courses and a simple selection of wines on the menu plus another extensive wine list. Our group especially enjoyed the beef short rib Gnocchi, the salted cod Cannelloni, and the Cacciucco (Tuscan seafood stew). The Tiramisu was large enough to share, and the Lava Cake was fabulous, well worth the 15 minute wait. Service was very attentive, can’t wait to go back and try some more dishes!

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  19. Marty

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was disappointing, unusual spices. Unusual combinations. None really appealed to my palate.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, Ambiance and service were all great. Our waiter knew when to approach our table and when to not to intervene with our conversations. Hats off to Eric. You are a pro.

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  21. Heidi

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food did not have thermal Italian flavor… it was just not good. The cocktail Hugo did not come with mint and the tiramisu was more like an american version.

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  22. MonicaP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and a perfect date night! Lamb appetizer was amazing and halibut and beef short rib for entrees.

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  23. Calvin

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good experience. The food was great, can vouch for the spaghetti and lasagna both being worth it. A little noisy at times and a very small area but overall a great dinner and would come back

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  24. EricA

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food, incredible service. Our waiter Eric gave us great recommendations and was on point with service

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  25. MicheleW

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, as always! I went with the waiter’s recommendations of short rib gnocchi and lemon olive oil cake for dessert. Fabulous flavors and attentive service.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply outstanding - my wife and I are still raving about the meal.

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  27. Toast

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great, Eric's service is the best! A dependable favorite!

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  28. BeckyW

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our 1st time dining, and it was fabulous! Eric was our waiter, and he was the best. Quick witted and very helpful in navigating the menu. Wonderful selection of entrées and beverages. Anything to suit an appetite. If you are in the mood for authentic Italian fare, this is the place! I highly recommend! It really showcases "specialty" dishes that are put together with an attention to detail and a layering of flavors. Will definitely return again!

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  29. Gracie15

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is very good. I had the spaghetti & meatballs, which were awesome. Good selection of appetizers and wines by the glass. This is the best Italian restaurant in Golden Colorado. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly.

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  30. AndrewF

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Bella Colibri, and we had a wonderful dining experience. The appetizers, food, and wine were all delicious, and we had excellent service. The prices are somewhat high, but the quality of the meal is worth it for a special occasion.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great, apps good and dinner was okay . Expensive and the steak was awful but pasta and pork shank were good .

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  32. Kari

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic. Eric was attentive and pleasant.

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  33. Arch

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Service was excellent. I would highly recommend Bella Colibri.

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  34. KurtC

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ALWAYS a great place to eat good authentic Italian food. Service and ambiance are great - a nice little gem in downtown Golden!

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  35. Celebrate

    Denver

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our 3rd time visiting Bella Colibri - we enjoyed the food and menu selections. The restaurant is small so we were seated in a new area off to the right of the entrance - it tended to be noisy once other tables were seated. Overall a good experience.

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  36. ChristinaE

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were top notch. Great atmosphere

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the lasagna and it had absolutely no flavor to it whatsoever. It was overly priced extremely bland. Very disappointed that I actually didn’t take my leftovers home. I am not sure I would be a repeat customer  based on the cost of my meal. I wish I had ordered something different. Big waste of money

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  38. LisaC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food, and our waiter Eric is awesome 

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  39. GoldenBoy

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quaint Italian restaurant in downtown Golden. Food is excellent, and service is professional and friendly. It is a small, but elegant dining room located in the heart of Golden. A true neighborhood gem.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing dinner at Bella Colibri. The drinks were made to perfection. The food arrived quickly and was fantastic. It is an intimate setting so great for date nights. It is pretty pricey for Italian but the overall dining experience beats any Italian restaurant that we've been to recently. My only suggestion would be to decorate the place for the holidays!

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FAQs

Bella Colibri offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 289-4859.

Bella Colibri is rated 4.5 stars by 689 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bella Colibri

812 12th St, Golden, CO 80401-1112

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th and Washington
  • Neighborhood
    Golden
  • Hours of operation
    Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Wilson
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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