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The Saucy Noodle

4.1
452 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:0pm; Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 733-6977
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University & Exposition
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Parking details
Street parking available. We also provide customer parking in the lot directly north of us, between the Campus Lounge and the Little Flower Market.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Silverware and dishes were still dirty. Hot appetizer special was served cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2017

Great service and traditional Italian look/feel restaurant. The salad and appetizers were great! The meals varied from overcooked to frozen so hard to recommend. Lots of potential but the mains need to be good!

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vipJoanne (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

The food here is always good ... hearty, well-prepared and generous portions. In fact, a lot of times my husband and I each order a salad and then share an entrée. When we both order an entrée we know that we'll each have enough for a nice lunch the following day. We both love the gorgonzola salad dressing and the lasagna, although the sausage and peppers is excellent, as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

The restaurant was very out of date and not very clean or inviting . Staff was cleaning while there were still people dining. Chairs were put on tables before closing. Staff also eating and drinking alcohol at bar rather than waiting on Customers. Food tasted old as if were from previous day. Bread tasted stale and meatball was cold when served. Not a good first impression at all. Service was not very attentive.

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Cole (Denver)
2.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was expensive for what you got. I will not be back. The restaurant inside is cute, but the food and service is not worth if.

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cotoothfairy (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

We went here on a week night around 8 pm. They were just busy enough to make things feel energetic. The menu had many choices. Salads were good, wine was very decent and our meals were excellent. The red sauce is excellent.
Will be back to try more options on the menu.

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RGJo (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Tables are set up close to each other so don't expect a lot of privacy. Solid and reliable place. Good food and service.

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CDID (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

Good food, slow service, didn't get a few items we requested but still overall a good experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Hadn't been here in years....and it is the same great place I remember. Food , staff, and ambience was fantastic. I even saw a friend that I haven't see in 30 years. I brought my kids to see and experience good Italian, in our old neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2017

Great service and very tasty Italian food. The lasagna portion was both very large and extremely satisfying.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Being quite the chef herself my wife is not often impressed with qualty and authenticity of Italian Restaurants. This evening was an exception! Everything was delicious and we enjoyed the antipasta well into the next day. Can't wait to go back!

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vipHeatherS (Denver)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Ask for extra sauce, the noodles aren't all that saucey

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vipSembilan (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

Toasted cheese raviolis with spicy marinara were excellent.

Portions are large, best to take family style share approach.

Chicken parm was excellent, gives our North End in Boston a run for its money.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Fantastic independent reassurance with great classic Italian food and wonderful
People running the show. I highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2017

Went to the Saucy Noodle with my husband for an impromptu date. Was delicious! Portion sizes were great and they had more than just your typical Italian Fare. Pretty good variety. Parking is a nightmare though, there does not appear to be any public parking for the resto itself, except for a few spots out front that fill quickly. We had to park about a block away on a residential street and walk over. But still totally worth it!

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vipLeah (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

We loved our first visit to this classic Denver restaurant. Our food was delicious (we especially loved the homemade pasta)! We will certainly be back.

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vipGirlbartending (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 19, 2017

Always nice for an easy casual Italian night out. Friendly folks.

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CandC (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

We decided to dine at one of our favorite Denver Italian eats before a Saturday night concert performance in the area. We were promptly seated upon arrival. We waited a bit longer than usual for our waiter to acknowledge us, there apparently was a "kitchen issue" with another order. But once we put in our drink and dinner order, the rest of the evening was terrific. Our waiter was very attentive but not hovering. I had the Spinach Salad with Smoked Salmon and my wife had the Polenta with Meatball and Marinara. Both were fantastic. Portions were large enough for a doggie bag to take home for another meal. We will return again soon, I promise.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

Just happened to find this local gem after a Friday night game at DU. The atmosphere was fun and felt like I was in a little village restaurant in Italy. The pizza was delicious as was the side salad I ordered. The homemade dressing for the salad was very good. My girls ordered Ravioli and said it was very good. We will go be and enjoyed this neighborhood family place.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

Good food. Friendly mom-and-pop type place . They do take reservations.

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