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Jovanina's Broken Italian, Denver, CO

Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.5
4.5
1159 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 17 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 1,159 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Romantic

1,160 Reviews
  1. WillyB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    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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  2. MitchY

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined today

    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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  3. louisj

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  4. BrianG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  5. WinoWithWieners

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was exceptional! We enjoyed grilled octopus, calamari, cheese board, lobster, elk, short ribs, steak, and Budino for dessert. Chloe, our server, was attentive and kind. If we could eat here every day, we would!

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  6. Jules

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pricey for the food received. Service and ambience really good. Had to pay $30 per person upfront to make a reservation. $180 charged to my card last month so when the bill arrived, I expected it to be taken off. It wasn't. Had to remind server. Not good business. Would not recommend.

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  7. ZachG

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and a crazy wine selection. Everything was amazing. Elk bolognese, pesto pasta and the octopus were awesome.

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  8. JessicaL

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun restaurant but definitely way over priced for the quality. The drinks were good but we didn’t realize they charge 3$ extra for a martini which on top of a 20$ medium level spirit it was shocking. Would not go back anytime soon.

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  9. KelleyM

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was great, food was really good as well The calamari was just not our favorite. Loved getting to try local options to do with the season. Definitely would go back!

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  10. MattW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good, I enjoyed it. Would recommend. Why do I have to type so much

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  11. David

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality food, great service & ambience. Def should try. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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  12. AriannaV

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service! Tiffany was amazing and attentive to all our questions.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was just okay, the burrata would have been better with warm bread. The zucchini was too fried, bordering on burnt. Lamb was a bit burnt on the edges, not so much a sear to get the flavors to stick. Panna Cotta was amazing, salad was great. Service was impeccable, food didn't feel equivalent.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some delicious and unique food.Loved the ambiance downstairs

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  15. GabbyH

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was super excited about this for Valentine’s Day and I made a reservation far in advance and I never got an update knowing it would be a tasting menu. This menu was good but not what we were looking forward to getting at the restaurant. The service was amazing and so was the tempo of courses. Just wish they would’ve emailed reservation to know of the menu change. This menu maybe wasn’t the best bang for your buck was fun!

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  16. DenverDinerDude

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The meal and service were great. The ambience of the first floor is modern, warm and welcoming. We were disappointed that we didn’t get seated downstairs where I understand it is a different “vibe.” I was told after that I needed to request eat it in the notes of the reservation. Also, we were surprised by the set menu for Valentine’s Day. I originally went to the website after seeing a 5280 article and clicked reservations button. Nothing said it was a set menu which ended up costing me $375 for two people and 5 total drinks. We ended up with too much food for two people and spending more than I had planned. Also, lastly, get rid of the 3% charge for the kitchen staff. Just raise your prices by 3%! The meal should have been $102, not the advertised $99. Smh.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very understanding staff, appreciated their willingness to accommodate us coming in late due to emergencies. Unfortunately the food was okay. The shrimp and steak came out luke warm, borderline cold. Pasta was great! Price point for quality of food could have been better. Granted it was a set menu for Valentine’s Day, but don’t feel like it was worth the $100 per person, plus kitchen service fee (no, not gratuity included, but us the customer, being charged extra to pay for their kitchen staff) 6/10 wouldn’t try again

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I’m not sure what you have to do in order to get a table downstairs but we were definitely seated at the worst seat in the house upstairs. This isn’t a huge deal - I get they have to rotate tables for servers. My real issue was that every staff member (aside from our server and the sommelier) was in a horrible mood. Slamming plates down bumping into us as our seats, sulking through the restaurant - it was kinda sad. Also the food was like 4/10, pasta was chewy and cold, the steak was rare and gummy and hard to eat - and was also cold. It was definitely not worth how excited I was to go. :( I was super sad.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Me dieron la factura incorrecta, de resto excelente

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  20. JakeE

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Just ok. Not worth the price. Our server was terrible.

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  21. NicoleB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was great, the food amazing, price fair, and the ambience/decor was great! The only part of our evening that wasn’t great is we were placed right by the back kitchen door downstairs. It’s was noisy from the kitchen and waiters kept bumping into my chair throughout the meal. Also, a waiter dropped used silverware on my back and didn’t even notice. But besides that it’s was amazing and we will return but will ask not to sit in the back:) 

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  22. Jessie

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible and vibe immaculate. Our server was very attentive and I can’t wait to come back!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place. The downstairs dining area is so romantic with candle light. The elk bolognese is my favorite. Go to place for celebrations and date night.

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  24. RiskHappy84

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy going here and will definitely be back. We had a really nice evening. Thank you!

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  25. ShelbyM

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Tried to plan a nice dinner for me and my boyfriend. Had reservations and we were placed side by side at a 12 top table downstairs. We were sat across from 2 people sitting at the other end of the table and our chairs were directly in front of the staff doors. It was so awkward. I'm not sure why you would ever put someone at that table. We asked to just be sat at the bar upstairs. They did not offer to get us another table even though we had a reservation. The bar chairs were too tall for the bar and you could barely fit your legs under it. Waited an eternity to be acknowledged to just get a drink order. No thanks.

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  26. KAM1983

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is wonderful, everything we ate was delicious. The service last night was not attentive and lacked the charm and finesse to match the food. I went at the same time last year to celebrate my birthday and it was outstanding in every aspect, so I was disappointed this year. That being said I'll be back for the food and hope for better service next time.

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  27. SW1109

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Perhaps it was the gluten free pasta that threw it off, but this was, unfortunately, terrible. The drinks and appetizer didn’t improve the experience enough to make me want to repeat.

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  28. Megb

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, ambience. Expensive but worth a treat.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were headed to the theater and they respected and honored our timeline. Even with a table in the middle of the room, we were able to converse comfortably and the staff moved around us easily. The service was smooth and the food and recommendations were spot on. I love the fact that the fare is not predictable! A lovely beginning to our night.

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  30. craigc

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit and we were amazed. We all ordered cocktails and they were some of the best we have had. An impressive beginning! All 3 of our entrees were superb as well as the appetizer. Every staff encounter, particularly our server, was friendly and professional. The decor is eclectic and classy.

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  31. Eric

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, atmosphere, and the food is definitely the star. Attentive servers who aren't pushy and very knowledgeable. Best Italian I've had in Denver so far.

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  32. NathanielC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    sauce was wonderful and service excellent. I loved the environment and the wine. Best Italian spot in town.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten here quite a few times and everything was great! Our food was so spicy last night we couldn’t enjoy any of our food! Not to mention it wasn’t listed that way on the menu. Everything lacked flavor last night. For the price you pay we expected better!

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  34. RyanP

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! I’ll definitely be back.

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  35. EvanB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I’ve had in ages. Do not skip the pizza or dessert!!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is usually amazing but last night it was pretty disappointing. The elk bolognese was bland, the fire roasted oysters were also bland and it was the first time I’ve ever had dry olive oil cake with icy gelato. It was not worth the bill.

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  37. Laurs

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was very good but VERY overpriced. We were seated downstairs and the ambience was just ok.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, great wine list, even had our own wine guy to guide us through the list. Food was amazing

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was terrible - and expensive too - do not recommend

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was too salty and garlicky to eat. I really wanted to love this place. Service was great though

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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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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