Benzina

4.7
170 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Local neighborhood Italian restaurant serving seasonal salads, family-style appetizers, Neapolitan-inspired pizza, handmade pastas, entrees prepared on a Mibrasa Charcoal Oven, and classic desserts, alongside complementing cocktails, local breweries and approachable domestic and international wines. The restaurant is set in a converted gas station with bocce courts and urban planters alongside an outdoor dining patio.
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lanceh
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent even though menu selection is not large. Kitchen is right in the restaurant. Good repurposed building. Parking is limited. We will be back.

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vipBill
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & staff that want you to enjoy your experience. Also great to have Brad, the owner on location getting to know the customers. Look forward to our next meal there.

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TN100
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome. The pizza dough is light and airy with great ingredients. We are 45 minutes away from Benzina and will definitely make the trip again!!

The staff was friendly, provided great suggestions, and added to an enjoyable meal.

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Renee
Denver
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I would definitely recommend Benzina! Awesome, fun atmosphere! The food was amazing - especially the black truffle appetizer. Looking forward to the spring when the patio will be open.

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AbbyH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate my promotion.

Starting from drinks and going to dessert, everything at Benzina has been well thought out. The food was phenomenal and our server, Melanie, was outstanding.

I’m already thinking about going back.

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Golly
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Terrific quality food. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed his enthusiastic demeanor.

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ezez
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! Food is amazing, service is amazing, ambiance is amazing! How can you go wrong? Our new go to for the weekend, if we’re up for just a drink at the bar or a full dinner. I would go here for the pizza crust alone!

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vipVicS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Excellent go to restaurant!

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Denver
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service but out of several menu items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The menu was fairly limited and they were out of one of the two pastas on their menu before 7:00 on a Friday evening.

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vipMike
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. This was our 4th visit and we have never had anything that was not delicious.

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CharlesS
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriced and pretentious for the ambiance. Should be a diner, not an attempt at fine dining. Food was mediocre at best, nouvelle attempts that fail to hit the mark.
Renovated gas station, hence, “Benzina”. $20 for 10” pizza that should be $12. Arancini served with honey with black pepper added, yuk. Nicely fried, but small portion of calamari served with what was called Calabrian Chile sauce. It was sweet! Thai? Vietnamese? Not good.

Noise level off the chart…all newer restaurants have no sound absorption whatsoever. Metal and plastic decor, what else is new?
We were 3 generations, and all agreed, it was a ONCE in a lifetime experience.

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vipVicS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choices of food, from pizza to pasta, chicken and steak. Great vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Benzina! Never been disappointed with the food or service.

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ezez
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Delicious food, and great staff. Highly recommend

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vipDenverBob
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food, but a heavy reliance on smaller pizzas, which are very good, but are still pizza. The location is fun, especially in weather that allows outdoor dining. Try the cauliflower for a real treat. Very nice people, but the service was inconsistent and a bit too familiar at times--the server kept adjusting his mask at our table and then using the same hand to attend to our table--he stopped when told to do so. This is a great addition to the neighborhood, and I look forward to an expanded menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and staff were wonderful.

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Meredith
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the chef's counter and it couldn't have been better. Friendly, accommodating staff and great food. I'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff and ambiance. Little pricey but well worth it. Meatball pizza was amazing!

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vipKelly
Denver
85 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try it out!
Met a friend for dinner and we had a great time eating, drinking and catching up. We were able to hear one another. The decor and design of the place is awesome. The wait staff was super and the food was really good. We shared squid, Arancini and margarita pizza. It is a little pricey for pizza but I found it worth it based on the wait staff and quality of the food,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Our server was so friendly and accommodating! Super fun scene for dinner out on a Saturday night.

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sashainseattle
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Menu may be limited for some but I assume that leads to every dish coming out of the kitchen being excellent.

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vipRDenver
Denver
56 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and attentive and friendly staff. The pizza was very good but a little pricey overall - would like more of a variety for salads and appetizers to choose for everyday dinning. Live in area and will be back..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food with special flavors served by enthusiastic staff.

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vipDen80207
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Didn’t care for wine selection. Mixed drinks were good. They forgot our appetizer and rushed our dinner as they had a large party coming in. Pizza crust was good but the pizza is higher priced than others in area. Not impressed.

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GJWLM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were excited to try Benzina! The overall vibe of the restaurant is awesome, it was crowded but did not seem overwhelming, very cool ambience and decor. The brussels sprouts salad and arancini were incredible! The pizza and steak we’re good but not great, the truffle pasta was outstanding! The cocktails were good and the service was good. We’d go back for the vibe and pasta for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff- great food!

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vipDPF816
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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JakeJ
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time visiting and it just gets better. Used to live in the neighborhood and know the history, actually had some work on my car done there.
We love sitting in the different places each time. Lots to see and take in.

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KelleyS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very over priced. Horrible service. Loud right on Colfax.

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RoseC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was great, service was terrific, music was amazing. it's a nice place to spend time wih friends

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great first experience at Benzia. From the details of the food, to the upscale-diner feel of the restaurant, and outstanding service and hospitality from all whom were working last night. You might pay more to have dinner here, but everything we had was cooked perfectly and was bursting with flavor. Our favorites: the Arancini’s with peppered honey, fried squid, and the Triangola pasta with celery root. They carry a small but very good selection of wine including locally made wine from Attimo in Denver. They have a great outdoor space that they are working on winterizing. Bring your next group gathering or family outing to this delicious restaurant and admire the 70’s Italian diner vibe and the seasonal flavors of a taste of Italy here in Denver.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, thank you.

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vipCarocolo
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun, lively atmosphere in a cleverly converted gas station. While the menu is limited, each item we ordered was carefully prepared (we watched!) and truly delicious. The spatchcocked chicken and Caesar salad with smoked trout were very satisfying and not to be missed.

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Gino
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Should’ve asked for a printed receipt as I normally do for due diligence purposes but was a little intimidated due to the high level ambience of the place. My fault really. But truly amazing food and service.

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NatL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, perfectly coursed and presented by great staff. Will be back for sure!

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vipElizabethW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and ambiance! The creator cares about the experience and it shows! The drinks were delightful and unique. Definitely a must go!

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AaronW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I reserved a table for 2 but instead had to sit at the counter. It was a bit loud as well, but I can imagine that on warmer days the outside seating would take care of that. But that was the worst of it... the food was amazing, like really good and the staff were polite and attentive. I thought the prices were a bit steep until I tasted the food, totally worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I’ve had since I was a ragazinno in Emilia-Romagne. The Chef with two haircuts is hunky and the rest of the help is distractingly attractive and smells almost as good as the food. The Oxtail Pappardelle will compel you to swear with pleasure in a language youve never spoken and the Saba Panna Cotta will tempt you to fire your masseuse and your therapist. Ciao!

FAQs

Benzina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 399-2352.

Benzina is rated 4.7 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.