The Villa

3.7
40 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Nestled in the heart of scenic Palmer Lake, Colorado, the Villa building itself is rich with history and old-world charm. Constructed around 1900 by John Lundquist, a Swedish carpenter, in 1912 the building was sold to Bruce and Alice Willis, who opened the Sundance Café and Hotel on the premises. During its history, the building has also served as a post office and ice cream parlor. The Romitti family opened the Roman Villa Restaurant in 1956 and operated in this facility through 1978. Linda Van Scoten Snyder served as proprietor from 1980 to 2000 during which time the lovely and romantic north dining room was added.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Pizza Bar
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(719) 481-2222
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Anthony Ramos
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Inquire for all your Catering needs.
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 40 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.7based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
f
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the polenta cheese stick appetizer! Great service!

Report
Helpful
JB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but we were very surprised that there was no bloody Mary mix for a bloody Mary. Also when he asked for butters there wasn’t any. Then my husband asked for a Captain and Coke and they did not even have that and just brought out a different one. They would definitely need to change some of those things for us to want to come Back there on a regular basis.

Report
Helpful
GA
Denver
114 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I will start with the good thing. The food was very good. But service and the atmosphere needs a lot of help. My husband’s order was wrong, but it was quickly corrected. I asked for more Parmesan cheese, never got it . They decided that they would be moving tables around in the bar area where we were seated, in between lots of tables of people who were eating or trying to eat their dinner. It was very loud and annoying. We had a coupon that we gave the server when we ordered and she forgot to put it on the bill. Not sure that we will return.

Report
Helpful
v
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had sunday brunch: chicken and waffles. Fried chicken (a single boneless breast) was very good; waffles were dry. We've had other meals there that were very good, but wouldn't order the waffles or waffle sandwich.

Report
Helpful
AL
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food were great!! We had made a reservation and were seated in the bar for the first time. Wouldn't do that again. Large party sitting next to us and I could barely hear my husband across the table.

Report
Helpful
DT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary with another couple. Service was great, food was great. Enjoyable evening.

Report
Helpful
S
Denver
70 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Really enjoyed the Villa eggs benedict. The poached eggs were set on puff pastry stuffed with spinach and cheese, and the side potatoes were nice and spicy and crisp.

Report
Helpful
KP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Chicken Alfredo was delicious and the live entertainment was fun to listen to!

Report
Helpful
RB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food and nice people. The service was very slow but I assume this is because everything is made from scratch? The ladagna and bolonese were delicious and the dessert was fabulous!

Report
Helpful
CT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food with good service. Made a simple lunch with friends a very special event!

Report
Helpful
J
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I had been a regular at The Villa before it went through a sale, a name change, another sale and another name change back to The Villa. The food before was excellent and worth the price. Now, not so much...

Three of us ordered Veal Saltimbocca which we are familiar with and really love. The result was veal that was tough, very salty, and very dry. This dish should have a lemon-butter sauce but had none. For $19 it didn't even come with salad or side vegetable. Poor dish at a high price. The server never even asked us how the dishes tasted even when we pushed them aside without eating much.

One of us tried to order gluten-free but the only think they had available (on a Friday night) was hamburger buns so that person ordered the Villa Burger. Other than being over cooked, the burger tasted ok but probably not as good as even a Red Robin burger. Fries were great though.

Maybe this is a better burger and pizza joint than a "nice dinner place". Prices put it firmly in the "nice dinner place" though. I hope you have a better experience.

Report
Helpful
g
Denver
156 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My salad with blackened shrimp was superb, my wife said she liked the beef sandwich, but it was drowned in garlic, which she could have had less of. Killer service! Definitely will be back!

Report
Helpful
h
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I will probably try The Villa again. I looked at the menu online and saw an Italian restaurant with lots of GF options. On Sunday afternoon I found out (1) they don't serve the Italian menu except in evenings, and that's not Sunday; (2) they had a "barbeque" for Fathers Day; (3) the "barbeque" cost $20 for a marginal pulled pork or hotdog and some sides, and didn't even have any barbeque sauce. It was "all you can eat" for $20 but that wasn't a good deal.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

Well, overwhelmed for FD. Out of Coors Lite ? Too many uncontrolled children running about. All in all
I would say the dining experience was a five. You have work to do.

Report
Helpful
JW
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding!! I would eat here everyday if I could.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overpriced and food was average buffet fare.

Report
Helpful
OM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Table seating next to the bathroom not convenient that table needs to be moved away from bathroom door, to expensive for the quality of food, the parking lot has a great big pothole right in the way not good, few flying bugs on the table, one of the cook trying the food in front of us with his fingers, food prepper coughing in the prep area not sanitary, service and hosting was good and attentive.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious. Wish we had been told the bottomless drink was included for mother’s. Didn’t see that until after we left. We were told it was $15 extra per person. Disappointed that there was no dessert. But the food was very well prepared.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to the Mother's Day buffet and while I usually maintain low expectations for buffet fare, I was very impressed with the offerings. Staff were very friendly and helpful, the ambiance was enjoyable and the food was incredible. High praise to the chefs and staff at the Villa - and keep up the incredible food and we will definitely keep coming back!

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was excellant@

Report
Helpful
AH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is incredible! The service was fantastic- as it got busy it got a little worse, but not to the point of ridiculousness. Loved every part of dinner; it was a fantastic place to go for our prom dinner.

Report
Helpful
NG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is under new ownership. It's good for what it is, but it's not what it was. I was unaware of the change in ownership and stared at the menu for quite some time trying to find all the dishes I previously enjoyed. I finally asked our server if perhaps my favorites were specials those previous evenings and if there were any specials currently. That's when I learned of the new ownership and the new menu. Where I previously enjoyed fresh halibut with capers over pasta I now only had the options of pizza, sandwiches, and all the standard pasta dishes - made with all the ingredients I could find in my own pantry on any given day. Kind of a disappointment. However, once I wrapped my head around the new direction - it is good for what it is. Just don't expect anything special.

Report
Helpful
JP
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere , very friendly staff, outstanding service. Real Gem of a place , but don’t let the word get out. Don’t want it to be too crowded the next time we go.

Report
Helpful
j
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by the “new” Villa. Staff was attentive and very helpful. Lots of enticing menu options. We will be back.

Report
Helpful
BW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experienced is the reason to come back. Everything is great!

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

First time back since The Villa came back. Great service, but the old vibe is gone. Food was great, dessert not so much.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Looking forward to going back.

Report
Helpful
TO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was very busy on Valentines Day. We did not have to wait since we had a reservation, but the service was very slow. Perhaps they were short staffed. Our waiter took our appetizer and drink order about 15 minutes after being seated, but did not take our dinner order until we had finished our appetizer, which was late being served. Our dinners came to us less than warm which was not good for the flavor of the dishes. It seemed that the kitchen was overwhelmed on that night. Perhaps we will try it again, but not on a holiday.

Report
Helpful
SJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The owners were more than happy to help me in planning a little surprise for my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, and I can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond during a very busy night! The wild mushroom gnocchi with truffle cream sauce was delicious! Good vegan option!

Report
Helpful
LP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

One of the worst nights ever on Valentines Day
3.5 hours overall time spent.
Lost ticket, people walked by us constantly, never said a word.
Never again!

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Have lived in the area for over 25 years and gone to the Villa as it switched from one owner to another; was optimistic given reviews. Very disappointed though.

Realize it was a busy night; however, we had reservations and were seated in an odd pass through room where servers and folks going to the privy continually cut through even after we brought up the issue up to our server. (Not to mention our table was structurally unsound and tilted significantly if you moved your glass.). Our order took over an hour and at no time did the server come to refresh the bread or see if we needed more to drink (which we did given the wait and spectacular view of the privy.)

The food was good, but the ambiance and service so poor I will not be retuning. I will go back to Bella across the street.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food! Enjoyed the live harp music! Will be back!!!

Report
Helpful
JH
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service, we will be back!

Report
Helpful
AL
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New owner and staff are doing a great job!! Service was excellent, food was amazing and the owner chatted with us and told us about the new things coming in terms of the menu and entertainment. All sounds fabulous. We will definitely be back!!

Report
Helpful
AH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was good. However service was horrible. There was no background music and dining area was so loud you had to shout to be heard. Cocktails were not good so I’d stick to beer or wine. Shouldn’t have to wait 20 minutes for a simple drink
If they get their service issues and bar issues resolved it will be a very good local dining spot

Report
Helpful
S
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great to have The Villa back! The new owners have put a lot of time and effort into the building and it shows! Menu is fun, service is excellent. I understand the will be expanding their menu in coming weeks which will make it even better.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience and will definitely go back. Also booked our holiday party for December!

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful!
Walked out!
Reservations at 5:30 on a Saturday
Didn't have any gluten free options although they advertised them
Then went to regular menu to order something that was gluten free
Ordered the Osso Bucco. They were out!
Then ordered a glass of wine from the menu
They were out!
We got up and went to a restaurant across the street to eat
Villa is deceiving the public by telling people they are open. They may be open but they're not prepared to service the public

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food is a bit below average. Told hubby I could get more flavorful, cheaper meal at Fazoli's. VERY loud in bar area - no drapes, no wall hangings to absorb sound. Staff forgot our soup & salad, had to remind them, then entrées came outo right after. They have fine-tuning to do.

Report
Helpful
OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, have been coming to Villa over the years, thought we'd try it out right after opening under new ownership. The service was cordial yet not the server's knowledge of the menu was only fair. Their wine selection was missing much of the items on the menu. I understand that there will be some growing pains and will probably give it another try. Expect it to be better next time.

Good luck, we all want you to succeed.

Report
Helpful