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Bella Colibri, Golden, CO

Bella Colibri

4.5
4.5
471 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 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–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

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What 471 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • Denver Suburbs

    Italian

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  1. BR

    BrianR

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding and service was amazing.... We will definitely be going back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  3. D

    Debra

    Fayetteville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, service and ambiance! Highly recommended. All pasta made fresh daily!
  4. j

    joeld

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner at Bello Colibri as usual! Chef John was awesome as ever and Maya on the counter was a pleasure. The service was outstanding as well. Our favorite place. Chef John, thank you for the "unique" Birthday Cake...
  5. BB

    BrendanB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Service and food were reasonable, though prices exceeded the quality. We were seated outside. COVID era accomodations with lovely air conditioner condenser ambience, and frankly too many tables packed into a small gazebo. Probably won't return.
  6. GG

    GlacierGirl

    Anchorage

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding meals! Three lifelong friends gathered here for birthday celebrations, we would ALL go back in a heartbeat! Highly recommend! The food was outstanding, the appetizers sublime! Highly recommend if you want quality food prepared with love and skill.
  7. S

    Stevie

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Covered patio area more of a construction zone/ work in progress disaster with tarps flopping around in light breeze knocking furniture over. Should have brought my hard hat. Horrible ambiance- really cheesy given upscale feel restaurant is trying for and semi pricey menu. Food quality and service good. Too bad we were eating in a shoddy ‘covered patio’ that wouldn’t even be suitable in an RV park.
  8. f

    foodie

    Denver

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    There were out of several items on the menu. Bread was delicious as were our meals.
  9. L

    Luke

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely enjoyed our food and overall experience. We sat outside. It was a rainy day and we were worried I reservation might be cancelled due to weather, but their outdoor seating was fully covered and had heaters. The meal was fantastic! And our waiter, Amy, was a pleasure. Since the outdoor area is a little removed from the rest of the restaurant there is a little bit of a walk to use the restroom and at one point someone in the area was smoking weed, as we got a whiff of the smell. Otherwise, delightful!
  10. D

    Dissapointment

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a excellent meal with excellent service. It was a bit conversationally challenging. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the service. Reasonably priced for the quality of the food presentation and preparation. The best Italian restaurant in Golden CO.
  11. b

    beno

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Nice place, nice people, obviously the people in the kitchen know what they are doing
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and the food was amazing!
  13. MH

    MHay

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was great. Love that the menu changes and food is pretty seasonal. Great little Italian place in Golden with a cool ambiance. Our server was a low point, unfortunately, he didn’t know anything about the wine selection and differences between bottles. He also had to check with the kitchen on several different items on the menu (ingredient in salad dressing, what the nights vegetable was). Other servers there were great (and have been historically), so this was somewhat isolated, but a bummer.
  14. RH

    RobynH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Italians would eat here. Nothing else to be said, but need 50 characters.
  15. JZ

    JuliaZ

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Requested outdoor seating when making reservation but did not expect to be seated in an area completely wrapped in black tarp. It was very warm and windy inside. Our waitress was lovely and did all she could to make us feel comfortable. Although we enjoy the restaurant - would never sit outside again and would advise others not to do so either.
  16. B

    Bmacsteen

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I have been to Bella Colibri several times and every time has been amazing until this last time. We ordered appetizers and they came out in phases - but in a way that did not make sense. The burrate came out without the bread ... we had to ask for the bread. we were a party of four and everythig came out in servings of three. I usually order a side of meatballs, which have always been three meatballs, this time there were only two. It just seemed like corners were being cut. one of the diners at our table ordered the special - rack of lamb - and only one "rib" was served. I am all about second chances and will go there again hoping this was just an off night.
  17. LS

    LockhartS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at Bella Colibri have been consistently outstanding.
  18. KC

    KurtC

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great date - food is terrific, staff is very friendly and service is prompt. Their crème brûlée is to die for!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time visiting this restaurant
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Their outside area is black tarp around a seating area in an alley. Don't recommend it. The inside area was nice.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric & Kelsey were excellent! Grazie
  22. GK

    GregK

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was outstanding. However, it took 15 minutes for wait staff to arrive at the table, then appetizer appeared late, and main course appeared early (at exactly the same time), so felt oddly slow and then rushed at the same time. Beyond poor timing, likely from overworked and stressed staff, food was delicious. They were out of my chosen dish at 7:30, but second choice was fine
  23. MN

    MiguelN

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Wife and I weren't quite sure what to expect. We were delightfully surprised at the food quality, taste, service! We were commenting during dinner about what an unexpected pleasure it was to enjoy such quality. Thank you for a great dining experience!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, great service!
  25. s

    spingirl

    Sacramento

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time - this boutique restaurant delivered a memorable experience. The quality and food presentation - excellent. Osso buca was delicious
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mickey is a great server, personable and knowledgeable!
  27. DP

    DonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent and authentic Italian restaurant. Probably concentrates, as best I know, on more northern and central Italian receipes
  28. HC

    H8Cookin

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father Day dinner including our adult son. Fantastic meal and attentive service. Always a pleasure to dine here.
  29. B

    Bmacsteen

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious meal!
  30. DH

    DuaneH

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They are always awesome. We had a last minute addition and it was no problems at all. Amy is amazing and such a pleasure to deal with. This is one of our go to places, and now that our family has been there, they agree as well. A++++
  31. EV

    EllenV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love Bella Colibri, but last night the AC was broken so there were big, noisy fans. Our server was attentive but there was a lot of upsell. My drink was weak and the kitchen forgot to put the gelato on our dessert. Disappointing but we will be back because the food is excellent!
  32. KS

    KristaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The air conditioning was broken, so it was very hot - no apology or concessions were made. Waited 15 minutes for hostess to even acknowledge us. Service wasn't great. Food was OK, but very small portions.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food
  34. NG

    NicoleG

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bella Colibri is a terrific restaurant. My wild mushroom dish was amazing. Our kale salad was fantastic. The eggplant alla norma was outstanding. The desserts incredible. Its my absolute favorite in Golden. My whole family highly recommends.
  35. MP

    MelanieP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Food was amazing. Very happy to find this gem.
  36. KK

    KorinaK

    Denver

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food and the service were great. We were disappointed as we booked this reservation for our anniversary and requested an outdoor table, were told the outdoor area was closed and offered a table in the doorway of the restaurant. When we asked for a different table we were sat in a room off of the kitchen that was really loud. We finally moved to the bar, not the romantic setting we had in mind for our celebration. However, the bartender was friendly and the food was really really good. Would go back but disappointed with this overall experience.
  37. KS

    KatieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bella Colibri was such a treat, and it is a much needed addition to the Golden food scene! My boyfriend took me for my birthday and it was just perfect. Our server was excellent, the whole vibe of the place put us right in Italy, and the wine list was very good. We loved every bite of food as well - spinach salad, mushroom pasta, sweet potato gnocchi, and tiramisu. The whole night felt really special! Be prepared to pay $20+ per entree, but trust me it is WELL worth it for a special occasion. Can't wait to go back!
  38. DD

    DiningDoug

    Denver

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    We sat at the outside tables for our first visit to Bella. The restaurant seemed beautiful inside, as we were escorted through the back to the patio. The patio was stark and loud with the noise from the neighboring building’s A/C system. Wasn’t too impressed with the cocktails, as fernet was used a lot and it tends to overpower the flavors. The burrata appetizer was incredible. With full size heirloom tomatoes, figs, sliced persimmons on ciabatta it was simple, yet delicious. We had the new mushroom pasta and the bucatini, two of our server’s favorites. The mushroom pasta was delicious with lots of wild mushrooms. The bucatini was good, but not what I was expecting. Serves with spicy Italian sausage and prosciutto, the flavors were great. The sausage and prosciutto were cut up in small chunks, which is what made the dish a little different. We had the olive oil cake for dessert and it was very good. Finally, kudo’s to Amy our server, who made the stark and somewhat loud surroundings near the alley very enjoyable. Hopefully, for our next visit they will have some music on the patio to drown out the hum of the A/C unit next door.
  39. KC

    KurtC

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service - our go-to place for date night Italian food!
  40. JT

    JohnT

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere, wonderful meal creativity and presentation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 471 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 19 times today
Google Map for Bella Colibri

812 12th St, Golden, CO 80401-1112

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th and Washington

  • Neighborhood

    Golden

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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