Benzina

4.6
141 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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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
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vipDPF816
Denver
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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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!

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BethR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, friendly staff. Will definitely return soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the bar and had excellent service. The pizza was delish! Now I have to return to try other things that I’ve heard are spectacular. We had a wonderful time!

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vipsmedding
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Love the renovation of the former space and enjoyed the bar table watching the chef and staff prepare our meal. Chocolate torte was wonderful as was the Brussels sprouts salad.

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ToddL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I agree with the 3 star types who have reviewed this restaurant. The food is good, but the menu is very limited (an Italian restaurant with 2 pasta dishes, 5 pizzas and 2 meat course options) and very overpriced with small portions. $32 pasta? No value in this restaurant. 3 people ate for $150 including a pasta, a pizza, a salad, 2 appetizers, 1 glass of wine and a beer. We wanted to sample the menu. Went home hungry. Not much left on the menu to sample. Plenty of staff and good service. But we will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, best service ever and gorgeous interiors. New favorite restaurant in Denver, hands down!

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New2Den
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, great service and very tasty overpriced food with small servings. My entree provided 5 tiny tortellini that seemed more like an appetizer than a $26 entree. There are many delicious upscale Italian restaurants in town in which you don't need to go home to have a sandwich after dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great laughs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place! Food is amazing - staff was so helpful and friendly - can’t wait to come back!

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KristinF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner! Clam pizza rivals Sally's... so good!! The shaved Brussel sprout salad was delish and the panna cotta for dessert divine. Excellent service and festive, fun atmosphere. We will definitely make this a new regular spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience! You can watch all the chefs hard and work and the quality of food is amazing.

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SROCK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our second time here. Service is absolutely awesome....servers are thoughtful and very attentive without being intrusive. Food is great also. However, the menu is very limited (by design, I guess), consisting largely of Benzina's excellent individual pizzas. After two visits we have the feeling that we have pretty much exhausted the main choices.

Our biggest criticism at this point is the noise level...it is VERY high and it was difficult to carry on a conversation at most places within the restaurant. Some sort of noise abatement might be considered. Also, we were seated with the large gas station windows on two sides, which was rather cold for late September. It will be interesting to see if the restaurant is capable of handling the cold temperatures of a Denver winter.

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vipKateM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bit of contradiction, Casual atmosphere with fine dining food and prices. But very enjoyable night and we will go back.

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MarisaM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Benzina last night. Wonderful food and wine. Clam pizza, squid and arancini were amazing. Spot on service and a beautiful night to enjoy the spacious patio. Will be back soon.

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TimG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benzina is a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. Great vibe, amazing food, and a fun drink menu. Will definitely be coming back here more often.

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NickiS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very limited menu. Inside was very loud! Food marginal!

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ElaineH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was wonderful! A new favorite!,

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vipjeffp
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, friendly staff and management. Great neighborhood restaurant for Park Hill!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this spot. Even without power, our daughter’s birthday dinner was just fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience3

It’s good but prices are ridiculously high for what it is. $55 chicken and $65 steak? This isn’t fine dining.

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John
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great new restaurant. well worth the visit. pizza was fantastic

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PK24
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Benzina based on the recommendation of a friend who is also in the restaurant business. This friend had said it’s the best Italian restaurant in Denver, which is a tall order in this town. He was right! Benzina was truly outstanding on every level. They treated us very specially all evening starting with celebratory Prosecco upon our arrival. They guided us through menu choices — both drinks and food. We got to spend time with several members of the team: front of the house and the chef. We felt truly special and left with an incredible variety of flavors and plenty of new memories. We will be back and not just for special occasions. The price points are very approachable with something for everyone. Thank you so much to the entire family of staff there!

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vipKurt
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Great Neapolitan pizza, very cool place with great vibe. Wine 15$/glass and up, everything a bit expensive for what you get in my opinion. We may or may not come back.

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vipEmilyanne3
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a terrific staff. Brad, the owner, is a wonderful host.

Benzina
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you so much for the terrific feedback. Hope to have you in as our guest again soon! -- Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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PaulD
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great very chic enjoyed the company staff was good. Food was great but wasn’t enough for what they charge way too much money and not worth it.

Benzina
Responded on September 15, 2021

Hi Paul, I'm sorry to hear that but I'm glad to hear that the flavors and our team were on point. We do our best to ensure that our portion sizes match the our menu prices. Your feedback is really appreciated. -- Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and super friendly!! We sat outside the tables are pretty far apart so good for Covid and parents who have small children. The inside does have a bar. The music might be kinda loud inside but music selection is very good. The apps were good and the pizza!! We will be back.

Benzina
Responded on September 15, 2021

So glad you enjoyed! Can't wait to have you and the family back in again. - Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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vipcherikay
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first time. Food and service were very very good but it was pricey

Benzina
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thanks for the feedback! We always try to make sure that our food costs and menu prices are proportionate to what we're charging, so this kind of feedback is very appreciated. -- Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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Linds303
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit. The food & service both times were amazing!

Benzina
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thanks so much for the review! I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed, and hope to see you again soon. -- Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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TraS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very tasty; portions were small for the price. The restaurant is a great reuse of the space-well done.

Benzina
Responded on September 9, 2021

Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We do our best to make sure our food costs are proportionate to the size of the dishes we serve, so your feed back is incredibly invaluable. Please reach out to me at Justin@BenzinaDenver.c om if you'd like to inquire further. We'd love to hear from you. -- Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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vipshaddy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding! This place is a gem. High energy and fantastic vibe! Will return soon.

Benzina
Responded on September 9, 2021

Hi Shaddy, Thanks so much for the great review! Can't wait to see you again soon. -- Justin Dano General Manager at Benzina

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FAQs

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

Benzina is rated 4.6 stars by 141 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.