Cranelli's Italian Restaurant

4.6
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1044 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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We are no longer using Opentable. We now use Yelp for Reservations: https://www.yelp.com/reservations/cranellis-italian-restaurant-lone-tree?from_reserve_now=1 or call us at (303) 799-3661.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 799-3661
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jimmy
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Catering
Cranelli's offers personal catering either on-site at our clubhouse, renting out our restaurant or off-site at the location of your choice. We pride ourselves in over-the-top service, you will want for nothing and we let you relax and enjoy your event. Lasinda and/or her daughter Brittany are always on-site to personalize your event.
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Cross street
Across the street from University of Phoenix
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Parking details
You may park in any space that is marked for "Retail Guests"; in the front row by businesses, you cannot park in other business spaces unless they are closed. NEVER park in Blue Mist spot as they will tow anytime! Before 6pm, you may park beyond the Apartment's gate!
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Public transit
Lone Tree offers a free ride from any Lone Tree area. RTD Lite Rail is 2 blocks South of us off of Park Meadows Drive, directly across from Kaiser Permanente.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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JK
Denver
4 reviews
Reviewed on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Amazing food and staff! This spot will be a regular for us. The red sauce is very fresh.

JH
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The host staff seemed a bit confused initially, but once everything was figured out with the owner it seemed to all work out. The food was great and service otherwise was very good. Was a bit of a tight space.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great staff

JW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations and were seated right away. Tyler was our server and he was very helpful with menu choices and explanations. The wine, appetizers, entrees, and desserts were all amazing. Tyler was attentive and so was the young man that was busing the table. Another woman, who may have been the owner, stopped by our table to chat briefly and she seemed to have a lot of regulars. Just about every patron she waked to the door she gave a kiss and a hug to. Great food and a fun family atmosphere.

AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We recently celebrated my husband's and my birthday here with friends. Easy to make an online reservation, food was amazing, service was a bit slow as they are always busy. No problem- gave us more time to visit with our friends! Excellent experience all around.

KS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food at a good price. Outstanding , friendly service

TM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cranelli’s is small but the food is excellent along with the service. Love their half meal portions and the garlic knots are heavenly!

g
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for us and it was lovely. Amazing food and service. Hope to visit again sometime soon.

DA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in this area. Food is always great. Staff is very friendly.

SL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day brunch was awesome. Friendly staff, the French toast was incredible.

JW
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always always always LOVE this place!!! Food is amazing.. fun family atmosphere!

DB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant in the Denver metro! I often take friends and family from out of town to this restaurant. The service and the food are completely awesome! However, they need a much bigger space as it is quite crowded. Parking is also a common issue at this restaurant.

l
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This family-run restaurant is amazing! Everyone is friendly and the food is phenomenal. I've had just about everything on the menu and it's all been superb. If you're in the area, this is a "must eat at" place! Be sure to get reservations, they fill up quickly.

JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was so delicious! I'll be back!

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

Happened upon this gem one afternoon and went in for lunch. They defiantly wow’ed us, family owned family feel. Lasagna is to die for, so good. Pizza is outstanding, that tomato sauce they use tastes like fresh out a the garden. We have been 4 mos
Re times and spent our 12th Anniversary.
Only thing is it’s small and pretty cramped inside, I think they need a bigger place soon.

F
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, it's a small restaurant and was very crowded and noisy on a Saturday night. Will go again but maybe try a weeknight.

K
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waiter was incredibly personable & kind, and started our evening on a positive note from the very beginning! The entire meal was wonderful as well, but we would go back just for the Garlic Knots themselves :) Our thanks to everyone who reviewed this restaurant beforehand, for it prompted us to try it! This is a delightful Italian restaurant!

s
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a family run restaurant with great food and service. Make a reservation, especially if you are going during the dinner hour. Be very careful when parking, as one of the buildings tenants is fairly tenacious regarding their parking spots, even when they are not open.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Staff seemed spread too thin. Service was subpar. Meal was just ok. $14 for a very small personal pizza that was just mediocre is way too expensive. Was not “thin” as advertised and flavor was bland. We have been to this restaurant several times over the years but are now going to take a break.

AL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Set a reservation a week in advance. Couldn't be seated for an hour after the reservation. Waitress avoided us. Owner came over to apologise for the seating delay; had to fetch the waitress to place our food order. Food took about an hour. Didn't get food until after the restaurant technically closed. They heavily discounted the bill.

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Responded on May 4, 2019

I had a feeling I'd be seeing a review from you...I believe you were the dad of the 7 top. I know getting you and sat was absolutely ridiculous which is why I made sure to come over and talk to you all as well as make sure that we heavily discounted your bill; I just wish that were enough w/o you feeling like you had to tell the world about it. I truly felt bad that you were our last reservation for that night and it still took as long as it did to get your food out.

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. They make you feel like you are part of the family. A true gem!

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

Everything was awesome as usual! Everyone took care of me and made me feel like family, along with the great food

S
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Cranelli’s and the food was wonderful. Thought the prices were very reasonable and loved how they had full & half versions.

RS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy this restaurant so much, love the food and the happy hour.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

This restaurant enjoys YOU so much! Thank you for the review Ronald! Mattie :)

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J
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you Jules! Hopefully we'll see you again soon! Mattie :)

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OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time coming and it was great! We will definitely be back :)

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

YAY! We cant wait to see you! Mattie :)

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j
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Restaurant has good food but was overwhelmed on this Saturday evening. We waited about 2 hours for food after being seated. Restaurant appeared unprepared to deal with a busy evening. Then about 70 prom kids came in and focus seemed to shift from seated customers to these kids, apparently because one of them was related to the owner. Even before then, the kitchen could not handle moderate business. Could be that kitchen is just too small. Heater in outside seating area went out and servers went around to some customers and asked to take their seats/blankets to give to other customers; very inappropriate. Should have just fixed heater or bought other blankets.

We hope they work these problems out because the food is good. I would suggest you interview the restaurant before booking any important reservation there.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on April 29, 2019

Wow! What things to say! I want to first start by saying that we NEVER focus our attention on any one particular guest or group, we focus on ALL our guests; your perception that we ignored you and your family and all others around them, was not our intention nor what I feel we did, the 30 prom kids that showed up were not given preferential treatment and yes my niece was one of them but if truth be told, I didn't even get to talk to her because it was so busy. I'm sending several messages...

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, felt authentic

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

What a great comment, thank you so much! Mattie :)

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NR
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noah was an incredible server! We love Cranellis and come here often. We brought friends tonight and they fell in love with this great place as well. Keep up the great work guys 🥂

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on April 29, 2019

Hello Nancy, Thanks for the great kind works about Noah, I will make sure he gets his kudos! Thanks for your sweet comments, we will continue to work hard to make sure that food and service remains Job #1! See you all again soon, Lasinda

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CS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great job accommodating alergy needs without hesitation with very good food and a great value.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

I always love hearing that! We try so hard to accommodate everybody and their allergy needs, thank you so much for the review! Mattie :)

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MM
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The service and food was great, but seating was crowded and very noisy. We will still enjoyed our visit and will return, we prefer a more intimate and quite setting.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Hey Mike! I hope you come back in the summer and sit out on our patio! The ambiance out there is amazing on a warm day and not as loud! Hope to see you again! Thanks for the review! Mattie :)

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IW
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a restaurant in Lone Tree for a dinner and Cranelli's was recommended to us by a coworker. It was easy to view the menu online and make a reservation. I called to modify the reservation and add a person and they were so helpful on the phone and accommodated by request. When we arrived we were seated outside under a heater and each chair had a nice little blanket on it in case we got cold. Our server Thomas was so nice and knew every detail on the menu. He made recommendations and answered all of our questions and every recommendation he made ended up being incredible. Our food came quickly and everything tasted amazing. At one point the manager (the daughter of the owners) came by to talk to us and tell us the story of the restaurant and we had a great time talking with her. She gave us catering menus and treated us like regular customers. We even got our dessert for free! Many of the other diners were regulars and the staff treated them as if they were family and the whole atmosphere felt great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes good food and a good time. We will definitely be back soon!

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Well thank you to your lovely coworker for sending you our way! I'm so glad you had a good time and Thomas is such a great server, i'm sure he'll appreciate your kind words! Thanks for the amazing review. See you soon! Mattie :)

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service as always! I love introducing new families to Cranelli’s...they never disappoint!

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thanks so much! We love newbies so keep bringin' them in! Hopefully we'll see you soon! Mattie :)

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BN
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time, fantastic, everything was great, will be back.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thanks Brock! Hopefully well see you enough to try everything on the menu! Mattie :)

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JT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each time we go to Cranelli's we grow to love it more. This place truly appreciates their patrons and treats you like family. We met Lucinda on this visit. Now we know why all of the staff are so friendly and welcoming. It is because of her leadership. Her energy and positive attitude in infectious! We also enjoyed sitting at the bar with Mel on this visit. Next time we are in the area, we'll be back.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

I just showed Mel this message & she said she wants to see you again! So hopefully we will see you soon! Thanks for the great review Julie! Mattie :)

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H
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous service. We ate on the patio - a little chilly but the provide blankets!!

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for the great review! I love being out on the patio with blankets ) Mattie :)

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KD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, awesome food especially the spicy pasta dish, garlic knots, and the tortuga bomba for dessert is amazing! We had a large party and everyone was very happy with their food! Everyone that works at Cranellis is friendly and the owners are the best in the business!

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Kat you're so awesome! Thanks for such a great review! The the spicy dishes here are my favorite too! Hope to see you soon! Mattie :)

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D
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our daughter and son in law needed a break from a hectic week and Cranelli's was a perfect opportunity for an enjoyable 90 minutes of dining and relaxing. There are only a few very good, and a few more okay, but nothing special Italian restaurants in the Lone Tree - Parker area. After our first visit to Cranelli's, we will rank it among the best. We will be back.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Among the best? Really?! :) That is so humbling Donald... thank you so much for your great review! See you soon! Mattie!

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DB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Six of us went for dinner based on Open Table reviews. Now we too know why people are raving about the food. The “knots” both the appetizer variety and the dessert ones were exceptional. We all had different dishes and everyone loved their meal from simple oglio to the spicy Diablo. Prices were reasonable and the “family feel” of the restaurant was refreshing. We look forward to returning.

Cranelli's Italian Restaurant
Responded on May 1, 2019

Ah the sweet knots! An amazing end to a great meal that I'm so glad you enjoyed! See you again soon? Hope so! Mattie :)

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love it. Food is super wonderful. Waiters/waitresses are friendly and well versed in the menu. The only thing I would say is that the food was slow in coming. We were there at around 11 am , right after you opened, which I think accounts for that. The first time I was there it was just fine.

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