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Maggiano's Little Italy

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(77 Reviews)

500 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

(303) 260-7707

Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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General Info
Maggiano’s is conveniently located in the Denver Pavilions on downtown’s 16th Street Mall. Our location offers easy free shuttle access to hotels, the Denver Convention Center, the Denver Performing Arts Complex & more. Maggiano's 275-seat dining room is an ideal location for your special occasion lunch or dinner, client meeting or gathering of friends. The seasonal patio seating has the feel of dining on the bustling streets in one of the Little Italy neighborhoods across the country. Regular visitors include Colorado Governors – present & past, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, music stars such as Jon Bon Jovi, members of the Denver Broncos, & other sports & community celebrities.

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Extra Phones

Phone: (303) 260-7683

Fax: (303) 260-7683

Fax Number: (303) 260-7683

Payment method
debit, discover, all major credit cards, amex, master card, visa
Price Range
Denver Pavilions
Central Business District, Downtown Denver, Central Denver
Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Take Out, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Wi-Fi: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best restaurant on the Front Range

I love eating at Maggiano's. Although it is always crowded, the service is excellent and fast. The chopped salad is enough for several people - we usually share an entree because the portions are large. Been here for lunch and dinner - always good!



Provided by Citysearch - 

The food is good, but they recently raised their prices with an average increcase of $4.00 per lunch entree. Too pricy for the average person. I did notice that their dining room was more so empty.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What reservation???

I made reservations a couple of weeks in advance for New Year's Day at 6pm. Maggiano's called the morning of to confirm. I stated at that time our party of 5 was now a party of 2 due to illness. We had a larger table and I said if they needed it for a larger party, we'll take something smaller. It was left as is. We arrived 15 minutes early, checked in and sat right next to the host station. ""Several parties of 2"" walked in behind us, no reservations, were told it would be about a 15 minute wait. They were all seated ahead of us! 6:05, talked to the ""hostess"", she couldn't find our name on the guest list, and I said the ""host"" checked us in. They did seat us a few minutes later, but only to be told by the host that ""they probably called our name and we didn't hear it!"" Again, we sat ""right next to the host station!"" No apologies were given and they made it seem like it was our fault. The food was good, but it wasn't a pleasant dining experience after that!



Provided by Citysearch - 
I'm Lovin' it

This is an intimate place with great food that is so crowded that the service is always sub-par. I understand when you're turning people away because your always near capasity, you dont really need to care. But its kinda sad how badly such a classy place can be so poorly run. And it really is a classy restaraunt. That feels like a McDonalds. Its actually their model now and I get it: ""We're so busy. We're so cool."" I get it now.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Maggiano's is ALWAYS good!

I eat at Maggiano's whenever I can. I really love it here. The service is always tip-top! The wait staff really works hard for their customers =]
And the food is sooo good! You will never leave here hungry.
It is such a nice atmosphere inside. I love to take my family here to have a nice dinner!
Very professional.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bad Customer Service

I am getting married next fall. We are having a very small wedding and thought this would be a nice place to have the reception. Our first meeting with the event organizer she was late and disorganized. I still felt like this could be a nice place...everyone has bad days. She was going to email me pictures never did until I emailed her for them. Several months later we had picked a date so I emailed her that I wanted to put a deposit down to hold the date. Two days went by no email so I called. She said she would email the contract that day. That was four days ago. I guess I'm moving on. To many red flags for me to ignore.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice atmosphere; Average food

Decided to try this out while in Denver. Good location in the Denver Pavilion. The restaraunt is nice and has a more relaxing and subdued feel than a Buca Di Beppo. The food, however, was average. It just didn't have an overwhelming taste. I had the baked ziti and sausage. It was okay. My wife had the chicken pesto linguine and it was rather bland. I would say the food here was no better than an olive garden. All in all, if you aren't a food snob and are visiting Denver for a convention or something and want easy, this is your place. Otherwise, I would try something else. I would have given it 3.5 stars if that was an option.



Provided by Citysearch - 
terrible food

I did not like the food or the service at Maggiano's. The portions were small compared to most Italian restaurants. I was not impressed with the service. I am a local resident and love to experience new restaurants. This is not one I would recommend.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wedding reception

My new husband and I had our wedding reception here and it was wonderful. maggianos has seperate banquet rooms and we had the Calabria room with it's own antique bar and beautiful crystal chandeliers. Guests raved about the food and the service was outstanding. We had one guest notify ahead about a gluten allergy and they were easily accomidated. The chef came out to talk to her personally about menu options he could present her with. In addition, last minute we found out we had a guest who was Vegan. Once again, the chef came out to discuss options with him and easily accomidated him. They added candlles and decorations to supplement where we we lacking with no additional charge. They accomidated my request to bring in an outside vendor for wedding cupcakes, and set up and broke down everything without a single extra charge. Because guests were having so much fun mingling during the cocktail hour, they extended it until I told them to proceed with serving dinner, no problem at all! The food was served piping hot, never ran out and even the bar never ran dry despite a large number of heavy drinking young guests. Planning was a breeze as they were always quick to return phone calls and emails, generally within hours. The reception was really the easiest most stress free part of the whole wedding. Can't beat them in terms of pricing either. No site fee, just a food and beverage minimum that was easily met bu the number of guests alone. Just under $61 per person covered an appatizer/ cocktail hour, two kinds of salads, bread, a pasta course with two kinds of pasta, 2 entrees, two side dishes, coffee, tea, sodas, 4 hour premium open bar and all of this was all you can eat and drink. They even let us substitute our favorite liquors/ beers without extra charge for what was on their usual premium bar list. Maggianos delivered far above and beyond what I expected and I would not hesitate to send anyone there for a wonderful extremely memorable wedding reception that won't break the bank.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Little Italy

I've had a few experiences at the downtown Maggiano's and none of them have been bad. I understand its a step above a casual dining chili's and below a Barolo if you will. My favorite dish is the Riggitoni dish they have wish an alfredo sauce, mushrooms, and chicken. Its just so fulfilling that every time I need a box. They have a low to medium priced wine list but my favorite is the Banfi Brunello at around 100 dollars. Do understand that this restaurant is fast paced and in the end you do feel like just another table rather than the only table. However the fast paced feel also reminds you of Little Italy in the 1950's in NY, busy busy busy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Every visit is wonderful, allthough I dont go THAT often

We usually only dine here (downtown location) 2-3 time's a year, due to price, parking and wait time's. If you have a reservation it helps, but you will still have to wait at least 15+ minutes to be seated, I've had friends wait over 2 hours. The lighting is a bit dark during dinner, the walls are covered with""famous"" people and old italian pictures, generally it's a nice atmosphere, however it get's very busy and loud during rush's, not a great place to go for an intimate dinner, unless you settle for an early dinner, table's are tight, not much seating on the dinner floor or bar during rush's. The staff is very nice (once we've gotten the rude waiter, actually the whole staff who ignored our request's and was troubled by us being there, and was appaled we did'nt provide him with a $50 tip, this was the south location, beautiful building, we've never gone back) Most everything we've tried has been very good, and large portions, we always have more then half to bring home, the Potroast was dissapointing, but no complaints on anything else we've had thus far. Pricing is, on the high end, but when you look at the portion size, it's resonable. Drink's from the bar are average, I dont see the obsession with dipping bread in oil but to each thier own. Tables are tight for the multiple plates you have, specially if dining with friends/family. Parking is horrible, if you can find a meter, otherwise there is a garage below, but they do not validate parking, I think only the Movie theater does, up to 3 or 4 hours.
Overall I like it, I look forward to going to the downtown location, and have only once been unsatisfied in the 5+ years we've gone



Provided by Citysearch - 
The food is always great, but the wait is forever, even WITH a reservationA

The food is the best - service fantastic and friendly. You ALWAYS have to wait though, even with a reservaton....from 15 minutes with a reservation, to over an hour without one!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very disappointing

After making a reservation for a Saturday night, we still had to wait over 15mins after our reservation time for a table. We realized as we were finishing our meal that everyone around us was eating bread and olive oil which we were never given. A waitress, hostess, multiple servers never noticed that we did not have bread? The prices were too high for the portion and quality of food. My eggplant parmesan was overpriced for eggplant that was not breaded and fried as the menu description read but mush with a lot of bland red sauce. There was no side of pasta as most good Italian restaurants offer. The braised beef cannelloni was filling but also very bland and not worth the $18. Maggiano's a very overrated and is not even close to authentic Italian food; it's just another chain restaurant that lucked out with a great location.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cheesecake Factory's quality is more consistent.

I usually order the garlic shrimp on shells. Earlier this year, they changed the dish to garlic shrimp on linguine, and substituted the fresh tomato base to canned tomatoes. In February, I ordered my regular, not realizing the switch, and had to take the carry-out order back the next day because the shrimp was barely pink and the linguine was overcooked to the point of being pasty. I was assured by the executive chef that I wouldn't have to pay for my meal. It is now October. My $20 was never credited back to my card, despite a follow-up call to the executive chef and a call to the parent company. Even though I was perfectly nice about the whole situation, I now feel the chef never intended to refund me, otherwise he'd have done it on the spot instead of jotting down my card number. Now I don't even care about the refund; I'd rather share my experience with consumers who care about the honesty and integrity of companies that care about customer satisfaction.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic Italian!

I went to this restaurant based on a recommendation of a guy who actually regularly goes to this place (rather than just relying upon random user ratings). We went on a Sunday at lunchtime and the place was pretty much desserted, so natuarlly the service was great (but the staff seemed professional enough that they'd be good even if it was busy). The food was absolutely fantastic, and the portions were, in fact, huge. I had the Eggplant Parmesan and my husband had the Manicotti, and both were delicious. We sat out on the patio, and it was a great spot to ""people watch."" Overall a great experience! We'll go back anytime we're in Denver.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I worked at Maggiano's for a few years and now dine there regularly. This is the place to be but be prepared to wait on a busy night, if you're looking for a quieter time try Saturday afternoons, the place is usually dead, especially in the summer. The staff is incredible and though it is loud and crowded you will leave happy. If you don't the staff will do everything in the power to keep you coming back. Tip well, the servers have to tip out the support staff a percentage of their tips, that is bussers, food runners, liquor runners, bar tenders and the coffee person.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average Italian

I was hesitant to take my family for a special night out at Maggiano's because the reviews were so mixed. Since the place was always so crowded, I figured the reviews with the high ratings were likely to be more accurate than the low ratings. I was wrong. Although the food was good, it was really just average. Service was ok, no issues there. The prices were average. The dining area was crowded with very little space between tables. Fortunately, we were seated in a corner booth so we had more space than most of the diners. The restaurant experience was's just not a place to go for a special occasion or for an extraordinary dining experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Recommend going with a large group and getting family style

I've been to Maggianos in different cities. They're similar but each has a bit of location Identification. Here in Denver it is right off the mall and close to big hotels and near entertainment. Good location. And in warmer weather they have a place to sit out doors.
I like the family style service where you get numerous choices in different categories. No need for extra stuff like appetizers, but if you do then be prepared to take home the leftovers and eat for days afterwards. It's a value even at $25/person

bluesong rd


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good for crowds, since you can't avoid them here

What draws us here are the great bar offerings, and heaping platefuls of food. We don't even bother with an appetizer. The one thing I've noticed, though, is that pretty much all their food tastes sweeter than any other Italian I've had (especially their house salad, oddly enough). I don't really need the extra sugar. But it's still good quality, good prices, and a great atmosphere. Entrees $14-20.

Be warned: it's packed to the gills in December, and expect to wait even with reservations.



Provided by Citysearch - 
More for the money

What a place. Gigantic portions for reasonable prices. The food is always delicious. Their desserts are to die for, especially the Chocolate Zuccoto Cake. Make a reservation, this place is always packed. The staff are kind and always available when you need them. With all the restaurants in the area, this one is our ultimate favorite. My family goes here when we have birthdays and when family or friends come in from out of town.