Cranelli's Italian Restaurant

4.7
882 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Meet Jimmy and Lasinda, they have three children - Connor, Niko and Brittany and they live in Highlands Ranch. Over the past 20 years Jimmy and Lasinda have built their family and their career around the restaurant industry. Lone Tree has been the melting pot of their career over the past 10 years, where Jimmy opened Bahama Breeze, Brio Tuscan Grille and was part of the management team at P.F. Chang's in Park Meadows. Lasinda served and managed at Outback Steakhouse in Highlands Ranch and is a true barista at heart, having been the GM at Nordstrom Ebar and Peaberry Coffee. Jimmy and Lasinda's combination of family values, customer service and love for food is what will keep Cranelli's thriving for years to come, they welcome you to stop in and check it out for yourself.

Specials

Late Night Happy Hour

Happy Hour Round 2!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 8, 2018

Ends: November 9, 2117

Availability: Fri-Sat 9:00PM-10:00PM

Daily Happy Hour

BOGO on house wines and wells for $6

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 8, 2018

Ends: November 9, 2117

Availability: Daily 3:30PM-6:30PM

What 882 People Are Saying
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DD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant in every respect!

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b
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love the food but man it’s really close seating and the noise level is very high!

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CS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very reliable for great food, friendly and accommodating service. Always busy!

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great meal here. Service excellent

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CM
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fun environment, great team! It’s a small spot, so be sure to make a reservation no matter what night of the week it is.

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D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We have been going to Cranelli's for a couple of years and every meal has been delicious. The staff is very friendly and love that it is a family owned business. Restaurant is small so be sure to make reservations!

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j
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and all the workers. They are all like family to us :)

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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time dining here....by far the best dining experience in a long time....owner and staff are amazing...great meal and evening.

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best gems in the area. Service was extraordinary, food was yummy with a good selection of Italian meals pizza and sandwiches. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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SB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this place never disappoints! Great food, great people and great service!

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GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great, the staff is excellent, and the food is outstanding. One of my favorite restaurants in the area.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this restaurant and it was FANTASTIC! I love Italian food and this was so worth it! Small, quaint establishment where the owners truly connect with their guests - will definitely visit again (and again!)

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great little family owned restaurant. The food is just awesome and the service very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit to this restaurant. All the employees are extremely nice. Everyone is attentive. Excellent food and service. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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b
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful and I’ll be back again and again

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Cindy took the experience over the top. Very good food, excellent service... a very pleasant evening!

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P
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is decent but parking is a nightmare( we had a reservation before 5). Our waitress was pleasant but seemed to forget my husbands wine until she caught a glimpse of us looking at her. She never mentioned specials of the evening. Waiters around us brought free garlic knots to tables but we paid for ours, what gives! Not going to be back anytime soon.

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G
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cranelli’s, food is good, staff is great. It’s a small very popular restaurant, so make a reservation.

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RL
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in the Lone Tree area for about 5+ years. We have been dining at Cranelli's for most of the time we have lived in this area. It is family owned Italian restaurant with excellent food and service. I have eaten here dozens of times and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. There is a vibrant yet cozy vibe here...it is a fantastic dining experiiece and I always find myself leaving Cranelli's satisfied and looking forward to my next meal here.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous service, attentive servers who made sure every detail was correct for the meal. Food is delicious, and served promptly. Even the half servings are very large. Love this place

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Owners daughter is awesome!!! Very attentive and makes you at home. Like your at home!!! LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! When the kitchen staff is smiling & singing and the owner is checking to make sure your experience is a good one, you know you are in a hood place.

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect spot to celebrate a birthday! Great service, food and ambiance.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Birthday, Family in town and New Year Celebration!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with delicious dishes, warm and friendly people, and a great atmosphere. They have weekly and daily specials that are outstanding, we had the seafood pasta special and loved it. Also their drink pours are generous. Highly recommend and favorited.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service and food

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

First, there is absolutely no place to park your car. We parked across the street, which the hostess later told us was "sketchy"... Once in the restaurant, it was packed with people, tables very close together in a small space. Could easily check out what everyone was eating to get a better idea of what you may want to order. And, you can be a part of multiple conversations, since you are in such close contact with your neighbors. Did I mention loud? Yes, that too. Nevertheless, the food was excellent and the servers are very sweet. Not especially talented, but very sweet. They always apologize when they forget your order. Could possibly use more servers, but not sure they could fit anymore in the room. Give yourself plenty of time for dinner. Relax and go with the flow...Ultimately, you will enjoy some great food!

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RV
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing!!!! Great service (our server was phenomenal. I can’t remember his name but he told us to come back before he leaves for San Diego) just super friendly. It was crazy busy but we never waited long and there was always service. My boyfriend and I went and literally ate every single piece of food on our plates. It was some of the best pasta I have ever had and the Caesar salad was freaking amazing!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We enjoyed the food, however, thought it odd they don't serve bread. You have to buy garlic knots if you want something bread-related - $4 for 5 knots. We were quite disappointed that we were seated on the patio for a family Christmas Eve dinner. I made reservations far in advance, but apparently they moved us out of the main dining area to accommodate a larger party. The atmosphere was terrible. The heat lamps made our arms and shoulders too hot, while our legs and feet were quite cold. The entrance was on the patio and every couple of minutes we got a blast of cold air as the squeaky, screechy door swung open. They had blankets on the back of each chair, which tells the story. Dinner in a narrow vinyl tent on a cold concrete floor, too hot and too cold at the same time, constantly screeching door. Not the kind of evening we were hoping for.

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LK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from scratch Italian. Nothing fancy, but very well done standards like baked ziti and lasagna.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and good food!

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Denver
51 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love coming here. One of the hidden gems in the area. Staff is always super friendly. Food is consistently good. Will definitely keep coming back.

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D
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Great food and service. Kids love it too. Recommend for lunch and dinner

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M
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better Italian restaurant in the Denver area. Everything was hot, fresh, and delicious to accompany the fun and friendly service. Parking is a challenge, though, so I recommend taking an Uber or Lyft if you can. Don’t miss the affogato or the cannolis for dessert, but good luck having room for it if you eat the entire generous portion of your entree!

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MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The owner and staff were very friendly -- they take seriously their motto of making people feel like family. The stuffed mushrooms, only on a specials menu, should be a staple -- awesome! We were a little disappointed in the lasagna. My dessert, Panna Cotta, was fine; but the New York-made cheesecake was not at all like we remember. The small place is always packed, so do make reservations. We will go again (after checking to see if the mushrooms are on) and then make some different choices for the main course and dessert. We'd also like to go to a Sunday Brunch there.

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JK
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very noisy. Small location. Avoid being seated on their entrance/patio. Menu has good pasta and pizza dishes and noodles take center stage. Their large/full plate is a lot of food. Their lack of parking is a major concern and the restaurant is very loud.

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EJ
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant! The people are real people and treat you like family! Would recommend for everyone. It can be a wee bit busy between 5-7:30, but well worth the wait.

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G
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love going to Cranelli's! The food is great, staff very friendly, and I love being able to get 1/2 orders when I don't want to take home leftovers. Bob always makes sure we are warmly greeted - we'll be back!

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w
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family restaurant. Food was fantastic, staff was attentive, value was great...

Make sure you go for a birthday or anniversary.

Definitely will be back again and again...

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome service, great food, very loud

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