The Villa

4.0
32 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Worth the Drive
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizza Bar
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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
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Phone number
(719) 481-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Ramos
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Catering
Inquire for all your Catering needs.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 32 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
value
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Overpriced and food was average buffet fare.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and the service was excellant@

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great place! Looking forward to going back.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and excellent service, we will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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!!

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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