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Jovanina's Broken Italian, Denver, CO

Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.5
4.5
1197 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Jovanina’s offers a fresh, modern take on Italian cuisine sourcing the best local and regional ingredients by the season. Handmade pastas and our rustic, wood-fired ovens are the heart of our menu. We provide vibrant, vegetable-forward dishes, seafood, steaks, and chops, presented in a spirited, inviting setting. We pride ourselves on hospitality and consider ourselves amongst the best of Denver when it comes to taking care of our guests. Our bar is focused toward classic crafted cocktails, barrel-aged spirits, and seasonal liqueurs. We offer a local beer selection and an extensive wine list housed in our wine cellar Sotto Voce.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (720) 541-7721
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    With an expansive three-story space, Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s event spaces are designed to curate bespoke experiences for all parties, offering something unique and different for every guest.
  • Private party contact
    Charlie Madden: (707) 207-1354
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Cross street
    15th St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,197 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Romantic

1,197 Reviews
  1. jsmith

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were able to eat in Sotto Voce. The room was very cool. The truffle chicken was incredible. Our server was everything we could have asked for in terms of recommendations and all parts of the meal. Sommelier had a spot on choice for the chicken and elk. Will be back hopefully soon!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed an excellent meal before heading to the theater at the DCPA. The starter olives and burrata were very tasty. Two of us had the elk bolognese, one had the shrimp past and another had the persto. All were exceptional. Service was attentive and helpful. We all highly recommend Jovanina’s.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First date downstairs and it was the perfect setting!

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  4. TaeM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to for date nights. Greaty food, ambience (downstairs is great for a more intimate dinning experience), and service!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good. Unless you’re looking for a very romantic, dark, loud and crowded table area, eat upstairs. The waiter stood between us and the table next to us and his butt was literally ON our table. Gross! Not going back there.

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  6. dthatcher

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and cocktails! Great waitress Hannah!

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  7. Callie

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit to Jovanina's was spectacular. The service was warm and inviting, especially the manager Charlie who made sure to say hello and give expertise. When asking for suggestions on what to get to eat or to drink, it was welcomed and did not disappoint at all. The atmosphere is excellent for taking friends out and/or a date spot. This is one of the best dining experiences in Denver I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s the greatest experience that I ever had in a restaurant. Make sure to make your reservation for downstairs. It’s an amazing experience. Service to food it’s a 11. Thank you for the experience.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had a date night at JBI. The service was great. The good: Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly! We felt valued although service towards the end of the meal got noticeably slower. But, one of my personal standards is whether my water glass remained full without me asking, and they excelled on that! As Expected: The ambience was fun and enjoyable. We had a good time. The food was mixed; the focaccia appetizer was excellent. Flavorful! I had the scallops and my wife had the pesto pasta. Both were presented well and we thought they were good, but not outstanding; certainly less than prior reviews had expanded upon. Annoyance: Please please please do not add a mandatory service charge for the backend staff for a “living wage” The owner should figure out a way to pay a living wage to its staff, if that’s what they want. What this communicated is that out of my $170 meal (only 1 glass of wine between us), the owner was incapable of figuring out a way to pay staff appropriately, and declared that to his/her customers. Stop this practice!

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  10. AmandaB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really tasty elk Bolognese and scallops dish. The service was attentive, love the decor of the room.

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  11. PcWil

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the snap pea salad! Crunchy, spicy and tasty! Nice bartenders and love the ambience! Will return more often.

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  12. Laraine

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve heard great things about this restaurant, but I had never been. The delicious food and wonderful service exceeded my expectations! The Lobster Diavolo was divine. The sommelier recommended a terrific bottle of wine. It is worth every penny!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific experience! Sat in the lower level and experienced more of a romantic setting. My husband and I don't drink alcohol and brought in our own bottle of non-alcoholic wine to learn that they don't allow this service. BUT, as an alternative, it was incredible that they offered delicious non-alcoholic drinks! We had their scratch focaccia, fried tomato caprese, homemade pasta, and cannoli, and EVERYTHING was incredible! They have a fantastic modern twist to each traditional dish, and they nailed it! We will be back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not thrilled by a lot of the dishes I tried. Great ambience and service.

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  15. Srad

    New York City

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pasta and salads Focaccia was best I’ve ever had; didn’t know it could taste that good Pizza a bit overdone But overall wonderful

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  16. EricG

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I would not say the loud noise level was energetic by any means. There were so many people in the basement dining area talking over each other, my wife and I could not hold a conversation. An option of sitting upstairs, which was vacant, would have been nice. I was encouraged to try the Bolognese, which I did. There was a very light sauce on the very thick chewy pasta. The wine by the glass options were terrible. I have a better selection at home.

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  17. DebM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unusual old world wine cellar decor harkened to Europe. The wait staff was efficient and enthusiastic. We happily ate dishes not often offered- charred Caesar, burrata, tender lamb shank. While not hot enough, the food was very good. Sadly, the noise level and close proximity of tables created a cacophony of sound, making it very difficult to hear staff and my fellow guest. Based on those only one of us wants to return.

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  18. ScarlettK

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and ambience! Really enjoyed the sommelier and vibes!

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  19. JordanN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have the most amazing time at Jovaninas. The service is amazing and I bring all my friends that visit the city here to experience it! I’ve never had a disappointing night. The food is amazing as well and the service is outstanding.

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  20. Shab

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and DJ our server was even better

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  21. Melanie

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve never been more excited to be in a food coma in my life. Food: out of this world. Service: top tier. Literally everything on their menu looks equally as delicious as the last item. We ordered the house made foccacia, the carrots, and split the elk bolognese and a specialty pizza they had off menu. I can’t even pick a favorite! We, of course, rounded off the meal with a limoncello shot in true Italian fashion. I can’t recommend this place enough and we are very happy to have leftovers today.

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  22. AlexK

    Denver

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The "Broken" portion of their name should be underscored. Unfortunately, both the food and service were horrendous. I will start with the service, because the multiple oversights by our waiter caused many of the problems. Our waiter simply could not remember anything we ordered and had to return to our table after every instance to verify. Just admit you can't remember anything and use a pen and paper. He forgot the wine we ordered and the appetizer. It took him over five minutes to realize he forgot because that's when he returned to the table to verify. Then another ten minutes for the sommelier to "find" the bottle and present it. The food, as a general statement was missing salt big time. The focaccia had too much fennel and it was overpowering (and we enjoy fennel), and the accompanying ricotta was flavorless. The mostardo tasted like crushed frozen berries and added nothing to the appetizer. We ordered the beet salad and half the beets were tender and the other half practically raw. Again, the feta ricotta needed salt. Our waiter then forgot one of our mains and it's obvious he just put in the ticket after the first one arrived. So the first main, the lamb shank risotto special, was cold when mine arrived. Our waiter offered to put the lamb under the heat lamp, which was hilarious and obviously not the correct way to remedy the issue. The pesto pasta finally arrived and, once again, needed salt, and the only discernable flavor was an overt "green" note--there were no other sauce flavors present. I had two bites and could not eat any more. If you could convert the smell of freshly mowed grass into a taste, this pasta was it. I requested a new meal, the elk Bolognese, which took another ~12 minutes and was the GUMMIEST pasta I've ever had. Hard in the middle and a gummy exterior that just stuck to your teeth. I will say, the sauce was pretty good. Disappointing all-around, though. The kitchen needs to taste while they're cooking. We obviously won't be back.

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  23. TheaterLover

    Denver

    174 reviews

    5.0

    174 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jovanina's is our favorite Italian restaurant. The service is always great, the servers and runners are always looking to take care of their customers from recommending dishes or wine, to just a few minutes of friendly conversation. The building itself has quite a history and that makes the ambiance fun.

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  24. JosephJ

    Denver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sat downstairs. Their two tops are right on top of each other downstairs. We were jammed between two other tables, even though there were multiple tables around there open. Hate that. The girls next to us were extremely loud. I was basically eating with them. The service lacked the attention required for the price level of the restaurant. Waitress forgot to order an entree (which happens) but then lied about it lol. The meal was fine. At the price point, I’m not coming back. Womp.

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  25. DaxC

    Denver

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, we had a fabulous dinner. Jovaninas is becoming our go-to Italian restaurant.

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  26. javym

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best Italian food I’ve had in Denver. The GM is amazing five stars for Charlie.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    On the lower floor, my wife & I were seated at the end of a large table right at the entrance to the staff area, so the ambience for our visit was much less than many others most likely experiencing dining at the same time. The food was portioned small and was expensive. Service was good. Food tasty.

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  28. EvanC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2 words. Bone marrow. I'm going to dream about the bone marrow with onion jam.

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  29. Ruthie

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great night. Root veg. Salad was delicious, our server was well versed in the menu !

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect before a night at the theater! Save room for the chocolate mousse

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This had always been one of my favorite restaurants in Denver, and still is. Food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is very unique and beautiful,  and the service is impeccable. I highly highly highly recommend this place.

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  32. steveS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there; great food, cool spot. Will return

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  33. CathyC

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love, love Jovanina’s! Great food, great service, love the ambience!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was beautiful! The appetizers were all amazing. The entrees were just okay- the short rib came out dry and kind of cold, my vegetarian friend had the pesto pasta which left not much to be desired. The server was nice but was extremely busy as oversat. By the time she came back to ask how the food was it wasn’t worth sending back. A little disappointed in the entrees for sure. Otherwise it is a beautiful location and the appetizers were great.

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  35. WillyB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious. Love the basement. Waitress was lovely. One of the wait staff smelled/need to bathe, and the manager should have recognized it and addressed it instead of allowing them to stink up the whole basement.

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  36. BurkeS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots. The mood in the downstairs dining room is super cool. Food is excellent, love the bone marrow appetizer. My wife had the pizza which is always good and I had the lamb chops. Excellent!

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  37. MitchY

    Denver

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent pasta! Very friendly staff and great bar service.

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  38. DakotaGirl

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The cost for the food didn’t equate to the value received.

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  39. louisj

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Would come back food was great as was the service.

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  40. BrianG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable pricing was a bit high in our opinion.

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1520 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    15th St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (720) 541-7721
  • Private party facilities
    With an expansive three-story space, Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s event spaces are designed to curate bespoke experiences for all parties, offering something unique and different for every guest.
  • Private party contact
    Charlie Madden: (707) 207-1354
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