The Saucy Noodle

4.6
567 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For over four decades the Saucy Noodle Restaurante has been a Denver landmark at the same location at 727 South University Boulevard. The little spot, known to locals throughout the Washington Park, Cherry Creek and Bonnie Brae districts was originally known as Jim Sano's when it was purchased by the Badis family in 1964. Sam Badis, a former Big Band Leader and Denver entrepreneur, held court with a gregarious smile and warm welcome and served up what is arguably the best pizza and pasta in town. Traveling the country in the '60's and 70's Sam would frequently buy unique antiques in small towns and haul them back to the Saucy Noodle to adorn the restaurant's, now famous, red velvet walls.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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BeccaM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We have been dining at the Saucy Noodle for over 25 years and we will not be returning ever again as we were terribly disappointed!

The food was so horrible, the ambiance was dismal and service was so slow… and it was not even crowded!

Also, with current culinary trends, there was no offering of any gluten free options for pasta!

The Saucy Noodle
Responded 2 days ago

I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit on Wednesday. My wife and I (owners) were on site all night. We would have been happy to correct any issues you had with your meal. I'm sorry, but we no longer offer gluten free pasta. We have staffing issues, and I cannot guarantee that the kitchen staff will have time to safely prepare GF pasta away from the regular pasta. We do have a separate oven for GF pizza, and we have a GF fryer with lots of safe GF options on our menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time in since new owners the Lasagna was big enough for 2!
We will definitely be putting the Saucy Noodle in our rotation of places to eat!

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vipNoname
Denver
504 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is what a neighborhood restaurant should be (though it's also worth traveling to from other neighborhoods). Nothing pretentious just great tasting Italian food served in good-sized portions and a longevity in business with the same family that proves it's worth an hour or two of your time. A greedy landlord wants to redevelop the property which, due to COVID, has been delayed. Saucy Noodle will move, thrive, probably to greater success, but until that happens, it explains why your first impression might not indicate the full story but your first bite will.

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner last night was excellent and Teresa did a great job.

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DougD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. True Italian

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LBJ2015
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. The homemade pasta was some of the best we have ever had. We will be back!

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vipJMann
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic home-style Italian restaurant that has been in business for over 40 years. Tried and true recipes. Check it out!

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Starblyx
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great, traditional Italian menu. Plenty of red sauce and cheese. don't go there if you want something light, but it does remind me of the food of my youth. And the pizza is good, too!

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CryL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Good food.

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining at the Saucy Noodle. Food and service excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Dinner with kids, sauce was dynamite!

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TerriO
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is always a great meal. Everything is always prepared fresh and tastes good!

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and is the serve. Great neighborhood gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional and the restaurant is thr perfect Italian food neighborhood spot. Good food served with care.

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vipJenniferL
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough about the food at Saucy Noodle! But, it does not compare to the kindness and authenticity of the owners. It's a long-time family owned business, and you will often find one of them behind the bar, in the kitchen cooking, seating tables or doing all three. Regardless of how busy they are, they will still make you feel welcome and make sure you enjoy your experience. I also love that they offer gluten free options in both appetizers and meals, and they offer some great Italian wines as well.
Our experience Saturday night was during one of their busiest nights since the pandemic started, they told us, and yet, it was still an amazing experience with outstanding food (Chicken Parmesan with polenta is my personal favorite, btw)! Make a reservation and be kind to those that are there making your experience one to remember.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Saucy Noodle is like eating at an Italian family home! Very authentic, great food and not pretentious. Service is properly saucy too, they talk to you and tell you what is going on! Caesar served us, he is on it. Had eggplant parm, it’s the best. Well chicken parm is the best too… and the lasagna … stop me now and just go here!

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vipRDenver
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood Italian spot. Cool red/black decor and happy service. Ordered two pizzas - good amount of toppings. Will be back to try pasta which looked delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time. Food was delicious! We had cheesy garlic bread, meatball, fried ravioli, lasagna. Their red sauce is a traditional gravy. Full of flavor, but no fuss, no muss. Super casual, old school italian. Will go again. Want to try their pizza next! Bon Journo!

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SamanthaE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute little Italian restaurant with classic menu choices and good service.

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ColoradoTravelers
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredibly good. Came here for a double date. The service was very good and everyone was very impressed. Definitely planning on coming back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theresa was great. Personable, anticipated our needs, very friendly & gracious. My family enjoyed everything that we ordered. I personally had the eggplant parmesan with linguine alfredo, I have to say that it was the best eggplant parm I’ve ever had. 10/10 & will be back.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t usually write reviews, but this place has the best Italian food I have ever had. The server was friendly and efficient. Our food was piping hot when served to us. The decor and music was perfect. Laid back but cool is how I would describe the ambience. Definitely the go-to Italian place for my family from now on. I had Stuffed Shells Florentine, I believe it was called. THE BEST!!!!

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Mike
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Baked lasagne was very good and service was excellent.

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DmitryR
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place! Server was awesome. Food was amazing! Can’t believe I had never been there before. What a Denver institution! I especially loved the Baked Ravioli with Meatball and the Mozzarella sticks.

Denver is lucky to have an independent , family owned place like this.

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. Nice to see it busy again.

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff really cares about every customer and their experience.

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TADT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. If you have a reservation, go early as parking can be a trick.

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DianeL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was very nice! Our waitress/hostess was extremely accommodating! We always enjoy eating at the saucy noodle

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and servers are friendly. Neighborhood gem.

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice small restaurant. Great service. Friendly staff.

MP
vipMyrlaP
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always good

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AndrewS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, kind staff, and amazing food. My kids love it, too!

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true neighborhood gem. The food and service are always excellent.

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vipBradP
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent! Great place to dine.

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vipeliza
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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AshleyK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at an all times favorite spot for Italian food in Denver. I’ve been going there for over ten years and hope that they will continue to stay in operation in a new location while the Bonnie area is changing.

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Steve
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Been hitting this spot for 10 years and glad they are back in the swing. Food was delicious...I'll be back soon!

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food! Service is never that great either they are over "it" or way to chatty! But the food and atmosphere make up for it

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Hannibal
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people, great place! Go there while you still can!

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JeffreyC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pizza, delicious salads, friendly service - a perfect family dining option.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Saucy Noodle using the Order Online button. The Saucy Noodle also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Saucy Noodle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 733-6977.

The Saucy Noodle is rated 4.6 stars by 567 OpenTable diners.

The Saucy Noodle does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/the-saucy-noodle-ristorante/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.