Marcella's - LoHi

4.6
254 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Marcella’s, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino. Begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives. Next, try several of our signature hot and cold small plates. Then, choose from a selection of pizzas and pastas, or one of our signature entrees.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(720) 484-5484
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Phillip Liesenfeld
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th
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Parking details
*Complimentary valet parking is available beginning at 5:00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday*.

*Complimentary Valet only valid with Marcella’s parking validation. Without validation valet is available for $7.

Additional, there is a parking garage immediately adjacent to the building.
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Public transit
There are 6 different transit stops within a 4-8 minute walk of the restaurant. Due to changing schedules, consulting the transit authority website is suggested for specific route numbers.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our Denver location is available during the day to host private parties and events for up to 100 guests. Guests may order directly from the menu or work with our chefs to create a customized menu to fit your special event.

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254 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
71%
Very Good
19%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

We came to Marcella’s to celebrate my 38th birthday and it was great. The food is very good including the big meatball. Service was a little slow but overall a great place to celebrate my birthday. I plan on coming back for the fantastic happy hour.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great customer service, excellent food! I got the goat cheese Ravioli. The goat cheese was a little too intense for my taste, but I would still highly recommend this place!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Marcella's was an excellent venue for our celebrating birthdays. Everyone in our party of eight was impressed with the excellence of the food, service, and overall ambiance. Needless to say, we plan on coming back. If you haven't tried Marcella's, do yourself a favor and plan your next outing there.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Absolutely delicious and such a lovely atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Marcella's continues to improve. Thanks Hannah for making our evening, yet again, something special. The food was superb. A minor glitch fixed instantly. The table side wine bucket kept cold and flowing. And the view....wow!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I celebrated my birthday with 11 of my best guys.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Outstanding veal meatball and great margarita pizza. Service is always spot on.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Decent Italian food. The authentic atmosphere got my hopes up for an authentic dish (I’m 100% Italian). Comparable to Maggianos.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We celebrated a friend’s birthday at Marcella’s. It was our first time there and we were all favorably impressed. The food was authentic Italian, with excellent pasta dishes and a sweet Italian sausage side that was outstanding. The wine choices were good and reasonably priced.

Overall, this is a great place to enjoy good food in the HiLo area.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great place!

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The location of Marcella's is fantastic with a great view of Denver from LoHi. Food was excellent as well. The one thing that could be changed was the service from our waiter as it was not good.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We have made Marcella’s a go to when it comes to
Special occasion dinners! We celebrated Father’s Day this time! The food was wonderful, as always, although the service was a bit slower than our usual incredible service..hoping that was just a fluke! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Birthday dinner celebration! Outstanding food and drinks, great service and atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

As always, it was delicious and fun

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This was my first time dining at Marcella’s and I’d definitely return.

Food was good, service and cocktails were great!

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food lacked broad flavor profile. I got pork osso and I could’ve made vegetables taste better in a crock pot.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great atmosphere and service. Food is not tasty and bland. Sauce reminds me of spaghettios, sweet and boring and ready for 2-6 year old children. House Salad looks good on plate but very bland and lacking any dressing.

I see why this restaurant may be very popular with hip healthy people that enjoy creative bland food and prefer to put calories towards booze. Not what I was seeking.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our dinner at Marcella's was just perfect. From the moment we walked in, until we left, we couldn't have had a better experience. Macy, our wait staff member, was adorable, well versed in the menu, kind and a total blast. Jordan, who so wonderfully greeted us, couldn't have been more welcoming.

We will definitely return to Marcella's! Great location, food and staff.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The fettuccine and meatball is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Best happy hour ever! Best service ever! Best food ever!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything was great. Our server didn’t even hesitate when we asked to do split checks for 11.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The entire meal was delicious and our server, Diana, was attentive and courteous. The manager, Dain Cook, went above and beyond to make us feel like his special guests. We will definitely return as well as highly recommend Marcellas to all our friends. Kathie Bahl

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food was very good. I would recommend the meatball. It is huge and excellent. The service was outstanding. Laurel was our server and she was very knowledgeable and provided great service. The manager was very friendly and it was easy to see he was very engaged in the business. On top of the good food and service was the view of the city. You don’t get this at the downtown restaurants. It was a easy walk from the Lodo area.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Denver and we come from the far North. Food, servers, ambience, are all top drawer. Happy Hour, spectacular. HALF the menu is half price. Love this place!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Restaurant staff is always so accommodating. They had a great table along the front wall - only downside was that all the windows were open - so we felt like we were sitting with the table outside on the patio that we backed to. Couldn't close the window because of the lack of clear eve.
Server was amazing. She kept the bread coming all night long. Caesar salad was small - but very good. Bruschetta was lacking. Interesting experiment and pretty to look at - but it was too thick, lacking tomatoes and only saved by the addition of balsamic.
Chef was very accommodating and sent out a meatball "to taste" for the preteen. Entire table agreed it was yummy!
The pan seared salmon was overlooked to the point that the ends were dried out and not edible. Capellini Pommodoro and Linguini with clams were both outstanding.
The wine is is sufficient. Only a handful of beers on tap and a few in bottles and cans. First two choices were out of stock; Left Hand Mill Stout was a good choice. Desserts were fresh and delicious. Profiteroles and cannoli were crisp and well-filled and tasty.

Overall a delightful evening. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I would put Marcella's in the good not great category. This is a busy, energetic restaurant located in LoHi with a nice view of downtown Denver. The room is comfortable with a very large bar area. The food is slightly above average which was a bit disappointing considering the reviews on Open Table. Four of us had appetizers. The calamari was ok but the dish was mostly made up of fried zucchini. The arancini (fried orange flavored risotto balls) was heavy and somewhat tasteless. The sausage and peppers dish was good as was the caponata. The piccata chicken entre was good and the dish was big enough for two to share. However, the spaghetti and meatball was just adequate. The pasta was good but the giant meatball was short on meat and long on filler. The sauce was heavy and there was too much of it. Wines are medium in price but they are served in small drinking glasses which may be a quaint touch but it doesn't allow for a pleasant drinking experience. Our desserts were Tiramisu (which was good) and cannoli (which had more of a marscapone filling than a traditional ricotta filling). Service was adequate. We probably won't return.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had a very large party and were late due to a late graduation ceremony. The manager was more than helpful and held our table. We did not feel like we were and inconvinience even though we changed reservation, changed numbers and came late. What a great spot with nice views

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

What do you look for in a restaurant; namely, good food, good service, and reasonable prices. So, head to Marcellas. You will find all three and then some. Our food was delicious and our waiter, Grant, was attentive and very personable. Treat yourself to a wonderful night out. Marcellas can't be beat.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

John Mark was an amazing server. He answered every question we had and made great (not pushy) recommendations.

They were out of some things we wanted to try so the food was just ok, but the atmosphere was good and again our server made the night enjoyable.

Will the back and try different things.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Good food, exceptional service. Excellent value. Looking forward to returning to try other items. We had the spaghetti and meat ball which was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Loved this place!! Amazing food and service. Went here with a big group for a birthday dinner and it was a great experience

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great food, Happy Hour a great value. The Salmon was perfect, beet salad over the top. Nice views of city skyline with lots of windows. Will make this a regular place to dine out.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

There were 8 of us for Mother’s Day dinner. The food and service were excellent! Love this place!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Such a great restaurant

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I set a reservation for mothers Day and when I got their they said they couldn't find my name, then they found it and said it was for 2 people. I modified my reservation to 3 after I saw it was for 2. On line. Long story short I was put in the bar area, none of us our alcohol drinkers. We weren't asked if we wanted to sit anywhere else. Kinda blew my Mother's Day surprise. I guess that's a restaurant problem with your staff. Food and service were good though.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

4th visit, worth revisiting, friendly service, good value...menu could have a few more options for "clean" eaters, pescatarian, veg

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was delicious. There was a bit of delay/confusion in receiving entrees but the staff more than made up for it. Will definitely dine at Marcella's again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

went here for mothers day brunch. they don't usually do brunch, but are apparently going to start this summer. it was excellent! and during brunch, they still offer the whole rest of their menu for lunch/dinner. it was great food! great ambiance, great view of downtown. and we didn't sit outside because it was too cold, but they patio outside is so charming. we definitely will be back. I'm still dreaming about their tomato basil soup.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was tasty but the menu wasn't particularly exciting.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was fantastic, the service did not meet our expectations her server it appeared had too many tables. I do not feel they had enough staff on to handle the amount of people that had come in for dinner. And that just hurt service

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