Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

4.5
2997 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
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vipColleenE
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous experience - wonderful food, and wine, great cocktails. Server was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The manager took excellent care of us on.our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner Alessandro and the professional server Juan Carlo provided the greatest of service, food, inclusiveness and helped create a more memorable moment for all of us enjoying this beautiful evening. We shall return in the future!

Dr. Persaud

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KevinB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have been to Venice many times, and it has been exceptional. Last night’s food and service was horrific. We literally had multiple plates of food for other tables offered to ours. The drink orders took for ever and were wrong when they came out. The food was as lackluster as it possibly could have been. Perhaps Tuesday night is training night for the wait staff and cooks. I hope they get their act together.

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AndrewE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food , wine , service... We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from our servers. The Sommelier made a very good recommendation for our bottle of Italian wine in our price range. I would highly recommend the Venice downtown Denver!!

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StevenM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great server, good food, host found us a space indoors which we were very grateful for. Outdoor dining space not ideal, can't recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great setting. Had an awesome time.

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AHall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Atmosphere was very inviting and energetic. They have a huge wine selection which was a bit overwhelming but was helped making the right choice to compliment our meal. Overall I would recommend anyone to go here that is looking for a romantic date.

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vipbillh
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was very slow. They had booked 2 very large parties of 12 & 16 people. They did not get our food order correct. The manager said he would take it off the bill and when the bill came the charge was still there. I would not go back again, especially on a weekend

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dinner as always! James the Somm is the best, always trust his recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The good: cute place, everything tasted good (calamari, chicken Marsala, linguine & clams, tiramisu) and was cooked well, expansive wine selection, good service.

I can definitely see us coming back with a group of people.

All in all I’d say this was a good experience. The only critique I’d have was that the food could have been a little warmer. It came quickly and this could have been from the air blowing down on the table.

JP
vipJamieP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venice was amazing and even while many restaurants are short staffed and service has suffered this place still was spot on!

MY
MitchY
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time at this restaurant. Good food and service. Was loud in the bar area.

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Cedar134
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I had high hopes for Venice. The food was very good, I had even planned to have dessert and port, but after waiting so long for the rest of the meal I simply lost patience.
Although I arrived 20 minutes early for my reservation, I was seated quickly, so far so good. However, after that timing took a serious downturn. Once seated I waited 15 minutes for a glass of wine, 30 minutes for a salad and over an hour for the entree.
Given the shortage of service employees, I would normally have given the restaruant a pass on this, but both the kitchen and the server were cleary able to properly service the tables around me.
Overall an unfortunate experience, I may be able to see past it to try again in the future.

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FrancisU
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Venice Ristorante was exceptional. We were traveling to Denver from Philadelpia which is a paradise of Italian cooking. This restaurant exceeded are expectations. The service was remarkable despite how busy it was. Luis our waiter assisted us in choosing a great Barola wine and our entrees. He recommended veal which was very well prepared and provided a small side of fettuccine Alfredo. The entire meal was delicious. The entire staff was efficient, polite and friendly

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Gracie15
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had a pleasant experience. Taylor was great. Steak great. Pasta was okay. Wine great

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KimO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing. Our first drink took about 20 min to come. My husband ordered a glass of wine to have with his app and that did not come till dinner which was 25 min late. Service was very slow and they did not seem to be understaffed. There were a lot of waiters and waitresses around. Ambiance was nice but it was very crowded and very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta with raised wild boar is one of the best Italian dishes I've ever had.

NJ
NurseJ72
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The staff was so helpful in helping us pick out wine for our meal. It was such a cool restaurant with great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance, service, and location are great, but we didn’t enjoy our food. Maybe some of the other dishes are good, but would recommend avoiding the tortellini and charcuterie board.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had an amazing experience. The food was delicious, one of the best filet mignon in Denver. The clams and linguine was spectacular. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. Absolutely fantastic wine. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting Denver. Venice ristorante was one of the highlights from our trip. Everything from the service and food recommendations by Luis to the hospitality and wine recommendations by James the som.
HIGHLY recommend
A++

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vipHoustonDiner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Had reservation for my husbands birthday dinner. Drinks at bar prior where bartender was working alone, but still gave us good service. Did not live our tiny table in back of restaurant since larger tables were available with minimum customers. Our waiter was amazing -attentive & friendly. Surprised us with a complimentary dessert for birthday which was a special touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food and cocktails were great. The wine selection is exceptional. The restaurant itself is very nice. Service wasn’t top notch but maybe we caught them on an off night. I will try them again for sure.

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Jchmd1
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service. great food.!

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TAMMIEB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed our evening, the food was just ok. We ordered 2 bottles of wine and they didn't have them, so our server helped us with the wine. The service was amazing, we'll go back because of that.

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Jack
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Service a bit slow but not bad. Jack

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JimJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Venice was an excellent restaurant across from Union Station in a great older building. Nice ambiance. great food, good service. Prices reasonable.

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vipalexandruM
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful experience! No staff was wearing masks and despite having a reservation, we waited 20 minutes to be seated! I think they changed owners because everything was terrible: waited for ever to be waited on, then the food came out an hour later. I ordered lamb ossobucco which was very hard because they didn’t cook it long enough, and the wine arrived 25 minutes after the food got cold!
The service was terrible because they hire anyone that looks like a prisoner , the music was loud and hard metal instead of ambiance Italian or something easy on the ears for an Italian restaurant! Our waiter looked like he just got paroled ! Left there very disappointed and never going back! To add insult to injury, I had the worse stomach aches all night from the food! I don’t mind paying expensive prices for food, but the price should be a reflection of the value, quality and taste of the food, not just for the name of the food or the restaurant! Waste of money but my dog loved the left overs ! In conclusion do not order the Ossobucco ! FYI , a glass of 6oz of wine cost more than a bottle and it was pretty bad as well, very vinegary !

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LisaW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance and a great location!

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Judy
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HIGHLY recommend this authentic, mouth-watering Italian restaurant with an unbeatable wine list!

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vipMeglind
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good and service were very good. We sat in bar and music was loud. May have preferred dining room.

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vipMaddiAl
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is fantastic unlike its service. We have waited 20 minutes to get the server to show up, drinks another 15 minutes, half way through our dinner our second drink showed up.
It’s just that post pandamic bacame great excuse for lack of service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

family get together. the service was poor for the price of the cuisine. my ravioli came out cooled and the fritte special appetizer (shrimp calamari, scallops) was not as advertised…comparable to bar food. however, my table did enjoy the veal meatballs. the spimoni gelato was more like ice cream and the cannolis with a maraschino cherry were a let down.

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vipInTheKnow
Los Angeles
109 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine here each time we are in town and we always have a wonderful experience. This time around they were a little off. The server was not sincere and attentive in his approach as if he did not care. Also, I ordered the Branzino but was very disappointed in the dish. It was simply a Sea Bass smothered with heavy sauce and vegetables. I have to say though that the new Sommelier James is the real deal. I will come back for sure but I will stick with the basics and hopefully get a more attentive server.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and our service was even better! We had a group of 12 and they were more than accomodating. Would definitely return.

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PeterZ
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Waiter Lewis was fantastic

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vipMAColo
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is always great! The tables were a little close together so the noise level was very high which made is hard for casual conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise to find this gem across the street from union station. I had a few hours before I had to leave for the airport on the train so I decided to go to Venice Ristorante for happy hour. What a delight! I love the smaller portion size so I can try many of their menu items. Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious. I honestly can’t wait to come back to Denver just eat here again. Lovely service An atmosphere as well.

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 4.5 stars by 2997 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.