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About The Saucy Noodle

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.

727 South University
Denver, CO 80209
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
University & Exposition

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 733-6977

Website:
http://www.saucynoodle.com/

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

The Saucy Noodle Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (886)
Kid-friendly (512)
Good for Groups (353)
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Fit for Foodies (236)
Special Occasion (195)
Romantic (168)
Great for Lunch (119)
Notable Wine List (109)
Hot Spot (56)
Comfort Food (31)
Casual (27)
Late-night Find (26)
Authentic (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for a Date (18)
Cozy (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Outstanding Value (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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

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food3
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vip
 (Denver)·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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vip
 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual
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food5
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 (Denver)·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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 (Denver)·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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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 25, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 30, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 19, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 3, 2017

this place is not the amazing italian its cracked up to be. you get large portions smothered in cheese, but the sauce has a lot to be desired. feels overly americanized.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 24, 2017

This was our first time here, definitely a place to return to.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 17, 2017

A bit overpriced for very basic noodles and red sauce. Not bad, just nothing special or out of the ordinary.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Heard the lasagna was a favorite - I hated it. My wife's spaghetti was good and our server was great considering how busy he was able to keep up wand th drink refills and checking on us. I will try something else other than the lasagna next time.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great value for the money. We actually ended up ordering way too much food. Probably could have split a single entree in addition to an appetizer.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Our server was truly wonderful. The chicken parmegan was a bit too salty and tough. That is my only complaint. Thanks, Ben

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Helpful waitress re; my gluten-free diet. Table was in the narrow corridor near the restrooms. Somewhat claustrophobic!

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2017

I've been dining here for years! But, I've decided the best thing to do is stick with the dinner salad (which is delish) with a pizza.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful dinner.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Comfortable American Italian food. Family friendly.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We frequent this spot because it is kid friendly and food is decent for price. We made reservations for 6:15pm through open table a week in advance for 6 . Table was not ready until 6:30. Water/waitress first greeted us at 6:45. No customary bread delivered. Drink orders were taken. Drinks did not arrive until 7. Orders not taken. No bread delivered. Orders taken 7:15, complimentary bread asked for. Menu had changed, so two entrees had to be re-ordered. No bread delivered. 7:25 told that one of the re-ordered entrees was no longer available, second substitute order placed. No bread delivered, asked for water refills, no offers to refill alcoholic beverages. 7:30, dinner salads delivered. Bread not delivered, waters not filled. 7:45 dinners delivered. Salad plates and empty alcohol glasses never taken away. Prices in menu have increased and customer service has decreased. No value in pricing now.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 4, 2017

The food is always on point and consistent.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Outstanding food, fun environment, good service (our waitress was a bit distracted, but very kind).

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Been coming for literally decades and while I might have changed a bit over those years, always happy to say that The Saucy Noodle has not. That's not to say the menu hasn't slightly evolved or that it's dated. No, it's just a great comfortable place with tremendous value-for-money portions on great-tasting, often homemade, food. Service this time, a first (never saw this server before) was somewhat absent. Sat for ages at the end needing some extra sauce for a "doggie" bag before finally getting up and asking someone else. Otherwise, great as always.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2016

As always dinner, service and ambience was perfect for a week day or weekend dinner.
This neighborhood restaurant has the feel of grandmas kitchen. I'd eat there every night, if I could! Thanks friends at Saucy Noodle

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Wow Wow! I could eat their spicy marinara sauce in spoonfuls. Yummmers.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2016

The Saucy Noodle is an old school Italian restaurant. The polenta was excellent, the eggplant parmigiana was good, the shells were just okay. The spaghetti was terrific. You just have to know what to get. I love the place.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Delicious food. We always love the house salad with Gorgonzola dressing. The baked rigatoni and sausage and peppers are what we ordered. They were both was delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We had a great dinner! It was very delicious! Service was good and made our night enjoyable!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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