Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

4.4
3131 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar in Downtown Denver provides first class Italian cuisine! Facilitating all of your event needs, from private receptions, corporate events, anniversaries and birthdays. Our amazing wine list showcases 800 Italian wines and 300 worldwide wines.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3131 people are saying
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NicholasP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food. Slow and actually strange behavior from the server

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dental convention

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520shari
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fabulous service and very good food. Excellent wine. They would benefit from a few more 2 tops and spreading out their tables. At that price point, some quiet intimate dining would be nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing! From the good to the wine rec by the sommelier to the service from our waiter, it was all perfect. The friends we brought with us loved it!!! We accidentally made reservations and ate at your DTC location last month and were so disappointed. We will continue to come to the downtown location!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very lovely

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Greg
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the wait staff and the food was amazing. We also enjoyed the comprehensive wine list!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time celebrating a friends birthday. Food was delicious and wine selection incredible. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and crew

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Chelsey
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. We were seated quickly. Wait staff was extremely cordial and attentive. Food was delicious. Very affordable for a fancy restaurant. A bit too loud but overall a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday celebration at Venice was extraordinary thanks to our fantastic server Luis and manager James! Thank you for making my time so unforgettable, dishes so delicious, and providing an ambiance that was so ebullient!

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vipHilleryM
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner is always very good at Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar. We had two delightful bottles of wine with friends and enjoyed our meals immensely. The atmosphere was festive and the staff was very accommodating.

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RayN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Its one of our favorites. Great food and top notch service.

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Brody
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at Venice was great! I had their Spaghetti which features an amazing house made marinara sauce full of flavor and fresh ingredients. I always judge an Italian restaurant off of their marinara sauce and this was 5/5.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and consistently good service

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KevinK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Great food, great ambience, great service, great city.

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Cindy
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service started out great and then our wait person kept disappearing. It took forever to get a drink (admittedly, my third) and we got so tired of waiting we skipped dessert.

I think restaurants are really hurting with the scarcity of employees and maybe this is just another example of the covid situation.

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vipLala
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, food, drinks, service, ambiance! Venice has it all! They also have a GREAT happy hour menu with smaller dishes...so you can try even more of their great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience4

La mesera estaba de muy mal humor, nos aventaba los platos ,
El piso estaba sucio , vino el gerente a tratar de limpiar, pero igual salimos con las suelas pegajosas

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vipMusakil1
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being from Chicago, I was hard pressed to find a great place in Denver, until I came here. Wonderful food, variety, service and all at a great value compared to other "high end" restaurants. Venive consistently delivers with tasty, well-prepared dishes and friendly service to boot. I'll return time and time again.

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JulieS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience3

It continues to amaze me that nice restaurants that have good food that are upper and allow men with baseball caps into the restaurant. It totally destroys the ambience for people like me, whose mother would never allow a man to wear a hat in her house. I know we’re in Colorado, but come on let’s try to meet the standards of other countries when it comes to fine dining. If I didn’t have to look at three different men wearing baseball caps I could give this restaurant the highest rating. However since they will not allow people and if they don’t wear shirts or shoes, I’m not sure why they allow men and their security blanket baseball caps in to ruin the ambience for the other clientele people these guys need to go to McDonald’s

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service1ambience3

I’m not one to complain especially over food, but our server, Karson maybe Carson, was extremely rude. Not sure if she was just having a bad day or what. My boyfriend and I showed up on time to our reservation and were seated within 10 mins. Once sat a few people came to the table to drop off water and bread. These people were not our server. We were given an iPad list of there drink menu and shown a page listing their in house cocktails. Once our sever came to the table she asked if we were ready to place a drink order to which I politely asked if she had wine list as the only thing we were shown on the iPad was the cocktail menu. She so rudely stated “It’s right here if you go back on the IPad like I’ve already shown you once.” She hadn’t even visited our table yet…so how could she have shown us. She wasn’t very responsive when we asked for more oil for the bread we waited about 15 minutes for that. Other than that the experience was great.

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vipBajaazul
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Day celebration

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Giovanna
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Restaurant wasn’t busy but the staff was not on their A game. Glass was cracked so I had to send my drink back and it was never replaced. The waitress didn’t bring me any food because she thought “I’ll have the same thing meant we were sharing.
Thankfully I didn’t have my own plate because the food tasted like something you’d get at a wedding. Based off my experience and expectations I would not recommend or go back!

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TammyB
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The calamari appetizer was excellent. The Scaloppine Piccata was terribly salty and the Veal Chop was over cooked and fatty. Neither of our entrees were hot when they came out. We were going to order dessert but decided not to given our experience with the entrees. The bartender was very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The main gentleman server was amazing. He was very attentive, personal, very educational and very polite. This place is truly one of my favorites.

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DamnILoveBrunch
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our food was pretty tasty. It wasn't amazing, but the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was great. Overall it was a pretty good experience.

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vipTammyW
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, super busy so multiple people helping out the waiter. Great wine selection.

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EddieR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a nice dinner for my wife's birthday and loved everything about the place. Great food :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful our anniversary celebration….we enjoyed very much !!!! :•)

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Danielle
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great and the manager helped us pick a great wine. It did take a while to get service started though. Other than that everything was great!

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ChiyoC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Went here for a birthday/date night. Wanted to try an upscale restaurant that we have never been to. Was disappointed. First of all, we went early in the evening (the restaurant was practically empty), asked for a romantic/nice table for our special occasion. Not sure if there are such tables in the restaurant, but we did not get it.
For the price of the food, I was expecting to be wow'ed. I feel the food was average. The service was good though. Glad we tried this place but do not feel the need to go back, nor would I recommend it.

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Zeaters
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely memorable experience for a special family celebration! The quality and selection of wines completely deserve their Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence recognition. As a reference point for the wine lover, the "by the glass" 2018 Sinegal Napa Valley Cab led to two bottles at a price no other restaurant would match. Luis was the server you want for the occasion--warm, attentive and engaging at just the right moments. Thank you for the complimentary round of Prosecco, Luis! The Prosecco complemented the Calamaretti e Zucchine Fritte, that a family who knows Calamari judged 5-stars, as well as the outstanding Carpaccio & Polenta. Next the main courses closed just how you'd want. Cappalletti di Zucca ("Pumpkin Ravioli") is always a family foodie favorite and Venice Ristorante's rendition hit every note. Round that out with the Mahi Mahi Picata and Pappardelle con Cinghiale ("Wild Boar Pasta") entrees, and our foursome spilled out into Denver's delightful 16th Street Mall as content as content could be. Give it a try on your own special occasion ... you won't be disappointed with quiet spacious dining that offers explosive food!

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Zareil
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was great. Would definitely go there again.

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KRM4
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We did not like that they would not do separate checks, or let us divide the bill. It had to be split equally between 8 people. My chicken dish was very average.

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vipAnon
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner, fabulous and festive

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! The salmon and the filet melted in your mouth. We went on Christmas day so it was very nice and festive. I have celiacs and they were very knowledgeable and respectful of my needs. I just wished I would have known the menu was a limited menu that day since many things could not be adjusted for me (like mash potatoes, etc). But I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Because it was Christmas. Options were limited. Food was very salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Christmas Day menu was outstanding. We shared the calamari appetizer and that was amazing, especially the spicy marinara sauce. Most of the family had pasta and our eldest had the veal special. Each dish was outstanding. The kids even said that the bread was baked fresh and had a great texture. Would definitely come back when we’re in Denver.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. What was once our favorite restaurant in town, now is a place that we won’t be coming back to very soon. My husband and I have been there yesterday for Christmas’ Eve dinner. Service was poor: no appetizers were served (bread and dipping); would take many minutes for the waiter to show up; I ordered a wine and the waiter didn’t even bother bringing it to the table to show to me, instead, just took a little glass with it and served. The food was not looking good either. Lacking “decoration”, extremely small (my husband took less than five minutes to finish his entree) and a bit cold. The waiter never came with the cheese to pour on our pastas. It was a terrible experience for the price we paid. Disappointed to say the least. Do not bother visiting them on busy days like this. First, they cut the menu in half and increase the prices (and the waiter was very rude when we asked him about it). Second, you will get a small, ugly, cold portion.

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Mtnmanhard
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This is a very noisy place. Even at a four top table, those on opposite sides cannot hear each other. They could really use some sound deadening to reduce the noise level. The food is good, and an excellent value for the money, although one person got a somewhat tough veal chop. This dining experience was on Christmas eve with a reduced menu, so the choices were somewhat limited and they were also definitely short staff. Kitchen was slow as well. They have a huge wine list, but prices are a bit high compared to other restaurants that have the same wines. The location across from Union Station is central, but parking is expensive, $17 even with validation.

FAQs

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 534-2222.

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 3131 OpenTable diners.

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.