Il Posto

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485 reviews
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An elevated Italian restaurant, where food and wine are in symbiosis, Il Posto is “the complicated simplicity of Italian food and wine." Our food and wine lists represent all of the Italian peninsula; in its history and tradition with clear sophistication, simplicity and creativity.
Your experience at Il Posto will be the ultimate journey for the time that you will spend with us.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was very bland, had been left out too long before serving. Vegetables cooked uneven, or poorly and lacked flavor. Owner also jacked prices to $150 a plate for valentines. We stayed because I was ready to be wowed by the food but that was awful.

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MD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kennedy is by far one my favorite servers anywhere in Denver. The entire staff at Il Posto is very kind, accommodating and wonderfully eclectic - I love that the owners promote the autonomy!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’m sadly disappointed with our experience at Il Posto. I’ve been several times in the past and this visit was massively off in every aspect. Not only were we initially seated at a table in which our legs didn’t fit under (and I’m 5’7”) the service didn’t have the crisp professional feel that I’ve experienced in the past and the food was terrible. We actually sent the food back and the replacement was what tasted like freezer burned dry pasta. This was a birthday party and the server forgot and only after we’re we’re finished eating and leaving that anyone made mention and nothing special offered. I’m disappointed for this restaurant as there is a ton of competition in the area and they really need to be performing at a much higher level.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Ordered the prix fixe menu and were super disappointed. Only thing we liked was the bread and olive oil. We called it quits halfway through the main dish. Slow service, bland food

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Unpretentious and helpful staff, and delicious food. A bit on the pricey end, but a great spot for a splurge date night.

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TF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I used to go to the uptown location, which was more intimate. I remember the food being more Italian inspired.

If I were to go back it would be for the wine and the risotto. Yum! The rest of the dishes (we did the tasting menu) were generally delicious but not special. The restaurant is really lovely, well designed, a nice space. Great sommelier.

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PH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Sitting at the chef's counter was a very cool experience. Too bad the food didn't measure up. Some of the items seem to be too complicated with flavor combinations that just don't work. The calamari concept is great but the garlic in the sauce over powered everything.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my fiance's birthday dinner (it's become tradition). The restaurant is beautiful, the food is beautiful, the night was beautiful. From start to finish the service is top notch. The candela is a must appetizer! Can't wait to come back and do the tasting menu.

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We did the tasting menu for four which was a great way to taste the various offerings. Found the pasta dishes to be so so, risotto very tasty. Deserts were the strong suit. Give it a try and see what your favorite dishes are.

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C
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner, love the inventive pasta. The Fig and Chocolate Bread Pudding was phenomenal.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The cocktails and apps were great. The entrees, across the board, were disappointing. Small, disappointing and not as well done as the apps. Service was good, but a few too many people asking the table if everything was good- our server would have been suffficent, rather than the server, the manager, the host, and the owner. Felt a little smothered....

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting at the Chef’s table was so much fun, the chefs like to talk to you. Food was, as always, authentic high quality Northern Italian.

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R
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another terrific evening at Il Posto. This time with close friends from out of town. There is so much to recommend, but sticking to what we actually shared it would certainly include the pasta appetizers, the calamari and then for entrees the chicken, duck and scallops. All just terrific and accompanied by first class service and a very lively ambiance. This is by no means our first such experience at Il Posto and so we can recommend it very highly.

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JS
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Did not love the appetizer, nor the main dish. Overall value was low.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Tasting menu was a win for sure

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre Denver Center dinner date night

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous evening at the restaurant.
The food was excellent . The presentation was beautiful . The staff was amazing.
We would recommend dining here to everyone.
The ambiance was lovely and the lighting from the extraordinary light fixtures was perfect.

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D
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect in every way!

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l
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect night at Il Posto. It was a quite Monday and quite cold out. Cozy atmosphere inside though with this amazing chandelier! not to be missed. The food was seasonal and well presented. We sat upstairs and had an awesome view!

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AK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food and the service left a less than desirable experience. The one good thing was our wine. We enjoyed a bottle for the table and was given a great selection by management. The food unfortunately came out cold. Our hurrays was perfect but the Diamatta & the Duck confit risotto was blah. I would go to enjoy drinks with friends but not for the food. For the price we paid, it lacked considerably in value and taste. Definitely was hard to enjoy with the temperature being off. Could be the kitchen staff was ending their night and we were one of the last reservations but it left us lacking for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Never again! The food was awful, if you decide to go after reading this review, DO NOT order the risotto with duck or the seafood spaghetti. The risotto tasted like porridge and the seafood spaghetti had to be the most bizarre concoction ever created. I can’t even understand how they call themselves an Italian restaurant.

On the upside, the cocktails were good and the tiramisu and doughnuts were delicious. Also, after expressing our disappointment with our meals, the GM gave us a 25% discount. Nice gesture, for sure. Would like to give it a second chance, but doubt that will ever happen with the highly competitive Denver restaurant scene.

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N
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided on the chefs tasting tonight - the food was amazing as always. Also, something I didn’t know, up to 4 people for a tasting they do different options for each course per person, so you’re able to taste even more wonderful food!
Standouts were the perfectly cooked octopus and the mushroom soup, as well as the duck that is always on point.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot. Greeted by the owner upon walking in, which was especially nice since we were entertaining a business account for the evening. Unique dishes, all delicious, from appetizers to pasta plates to mains. Everyone loved their meal. Extensive wine list that has way more offerings in the $100+ than not, so be ready for that (there are enough in the $40-$80 range and by the glass if needed). I would definitely come back.

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a
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and environment. We came with a couple dear friends to catch up and it was a wonderful evening together. The food was outstanding.

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NW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This was our second visit and it was very disappointing again!

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k
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were there last Saturday night. Service was so slow, although our server was lovely. Food was OK, but not outstanding for the cost.

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SP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am not thrilled when restaurants do not have their own restrooms, not much can be done about it at this point. The restroom was in need of attention, the counters were a mess, the paper towel dispensers were empty, the stalls needed some cleaning. And it was too quiet, they need to play music in the restroom and or a ventilation fan. I kinda miss Il Posto when it was on 17th, it is a totally different restaurant now. Maybe I shouldn't compare. The space and decor are kinda cool, the food was good.

I forgot to add that the service was very good!

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

This instantly became one of our favorite places in Denver. Good food & good restaurants are some of our favorite things and this was an outstanding experience from start to finish. We sat at the chefs counter and loved being right in the action. Being able to see everything they were preparing was a lot of fun and helped us narrow down on what we wanted to eat. We opted not to do the tasting menu but definitely will next time. After we ordered, the sommelier came over and we let her have free reign in picking pairings for each of our courses. She was incredibly friendly and picked out excellent things I never would have thought to try. The lamb special was hands down the best lamb I’ve ever had. The service was top notch. All in all, it was a perfect night and we’ll definitely be back.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an incredible experience. Our server was tentative and very helpful. We sat at the counter, and the kitchen staff was incredibly friendly. Food was amazing. Can’t wait to come back!

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N
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal at Il Posto is an awesome new experience. I always sit at the kitchen counter to take in the passion that the chefs put into their food.
With a constantly changing menu, they are always excited to share new recipes and ingredients and are just a ton of fun to watch!
Tonight I had the parsley spaghetti with anchovies, olives and shrimp, it was amazing! Wonderful balance to the dish so everything shined without competing.
My only complaint here is that I want to come so often to try everything before it leaves the menu!
The service is also always amazing, don’t want to overlook that even though I sit at the counter. Thank you for another amazing meal!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Ordered the duck confit risotto and it was not good. There was very, very little duck and the risotto was incredibly dry. Never had dry risotto, and never had duck risotto that hardly had any duck. Look - if you’re going to charge what you charge for a small plate of rissotto then let’s put some duck in the risotto and let’s make sure that the risotto is not chalky. Not too much to ask, right?

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R
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fairly disappointed with the quality of the food, especially for the price. Service was decent. I was really looking forward to an outstanding dining experience, but this visit proved far from it.

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VB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Quality of ingredients top notch. Best burrita I have had. Top quality service.
Unfortunate to have kind of a loud table next to us. Will definitely be back because I thought got the quality there is great value in price.

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c
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent, first rate service (which is often hard to find) and fantastic food, loved it

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was my first time in Denver. I was eating my way through the city and my last night in town was Christmas Eve. Being a chef, and growing up Italian, the feast of the seven fishes was something I was looking forward to ending my trip. We saw this restaurant was featured in an article for this occasion so we thought it must be good! A little weary of the price, but would give it a shot considering the holiday. Being in the industry, of course I look at the details, but typically do not make a big deal out of things.
The snow man drink I received from the mixologist was one of the best holiday drinks I've ever had. You could tell he was passionate about his craft. Unfortunately for the price they were charging the meal didn't meet expectations. Each course was a let down. The octopus could have been marinated with less char and the broccoli rabe should be cooked twice to reduce bitterness. The crudo was not cut thin enough, and the plate presentation lacked. The squid ink pasta was very bland. Putting black caviar on black pasta doesn't make much sense. Red tobiko or salmon roe would have made it more colorful and appealing. The risotto was bland and needed richness and cheese. The beans with the fish filet entree were salty and could have used some fresh herbs. There could have been fresh herbs in all of the dishes honestly to add some freshness! The flourless chocolate cake lacked salt. The chef should taste everything that leaves the kitchen. All things considering the restaurant was beautiful, the Bartender was very talented and our server Danielle was wonderful and accommodating.

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LH
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We eat at II Posto on Christmas Eve. It was very expensive, which we expected and while the food was amazing the service was really bad. I would recommend going again on a regular night but not during the holidays.

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DB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Can not recommend it based upon our experience. Service was erratic and it took almost four hrs for a meal that should have taken two hrs. Some of the dishes clearly had been sitting under the warming lamp for a long period of time. The only thing that came quickly was the bill. There was no explanation or apology for the poor service.

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

December 24 traditional Italian 7 fishes...a colossal disappointment. First plate was 3 small sections of octopus, a piece of cauliflower the size of a quarter in a black sauce. The next 4 courses were equally skimpy. They were also close to inedible due to a pervasive smell and rancid oil taste. The risotto was a slimy mess with bits of lobster. The dishes had tiny sections of grapefruit adding a sour citrus flavor.
Two dishes we refused to eat after one taste. Five pitiful plates were not a 7 Fishes Dinner. The sea bass was undercooked, the lone clam shell not opened even after cooking, the chunk of pancetta was greasy and oversalted the beans. We declined the dessert as could not wait to get out of there.
Nothing on the bare walls to engage us as we waited easily 20 minutes between plates. No bread, not even a glass of wine as part of the $100 per person. Not a table decor of lights or flowers, nothing but bare and skimpy. The staff was good altho running with plates continuously. The open kitchen was crashing plates and pans. Many of the cooks did not have hair covers and they were working in a fury with hair flying around their faces. No ambiance, no grace, no beauty at all. One manager was sympathetic and all but acknowledged the poor planning for this event of a Christmas Eve dinner. We will never give them a second chance as the city is bursting with options with proven track records and reputation for quality, quantity and reality.

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited Il Posto on December 24th for their Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner. The meal consisted of the following:
-bread served with olive oil for dipping
-grilled octopus with piquillo pepper, cardoon, ceci and proscuitto
-sea scallop with winter citrus, apple, and fennel pollen
-squid ink spaghetti with cream, caviar, and sardine
-risotto with lobster and buttered vegetables
-branzino with clams, beans, kale, and pancetta
-flourless chocolate cake with mousse and a splash of jam

The grilled octopus and sea scallop were both fantastic. The squid ink spaghetti was interesting, but I don't love sardines, so the fish flavor coupled with the cream and garlic was a little odd for me. My husband, however, loved it, and said the flavor combination was what he was raised with (his family is from northern Italy). The branzino was super tasty - tender and cooked perfectly - for which I was quite thankful as that was one of the main draws of the menu. And while I fully expected to skip dessert, I ended up eating it; put together it was quite tasty, and a good end to the meal.
For $100 a person, my husband and I were shocked at how much food we were given, as it was far more than we expected.
Our only struggle was there was a lot of oil added to the dishes, and I don't love that much fat added to my food.
In terms of ambiance, I *loved* that we weren't inundated with forced Christmas cheer. There weren't crazy holiday decorations out everywhere, and we weren't forced to listen to Christmas music, which made for an excellent meal.
We also opted to sit at the chef's counter, which meant we watched everything being made. Patsy (?), who worked the risotto and spaghetti dishes, was *on point* - that guy had so much thrown at him, but managed to keep his cool the entire time, and was able to plate everything equally no matter what. It was awesome. And Simon, our waiter, was super attentive to our every need. We look forward to going back for dinner.

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