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“Pretty good for a chain restaurant”

Maggiano's Little Italy
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Ranked #21 of 3,104 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$60
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Transit: Accessible to Light Rail and RTD
Description: 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.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Denver is one of the company's locations in twenty-two states. It was packed the Saturday night we visited. We hadn't made reservations but decided to wait about 40 minutes for a table because all of the other restaurants downtown were equally busy.

The bar is small for the size of the crowds. Considering how busy they were the wait to get a drink wasn't bad. The pour on the two glasses of wine we ordered was typical of good inventory control management at a successful restaurant chain. Good selection of wines and beer and the prices were reasonable. We were finally able to get seats at the bar after about 20 minutes. I'm not sure about weekdays, but I'd definitely recommend making reservations on the weekend.

Lots of small (8 to 10) groups were there celebrating special occasions. As a result, the dining room was louder than we would prefer and there is not much room between tables. Our waiter was attentive and professional but clearly trained to turn tables. Despite his best effort to get us to order everything but dessert immediately after he told us the specials, we took our time.

The food, portion sizes and prices were good - but not outstanding. Maggiano's is like an upscale Olive Garden or Carraba's. The decor is more elaborate and the wait staff is better trained and dressed, but the food was typical of a formula restaurant - good, but not memorable.

My only criticism was the hostess staff. They were unusually young, overwhelmed and appeared to need more experienced supervision. After waiting for 40 minutes, and apparently "losing" our name twice, they initially tried to sit us at a small table for two by the door when several other tables away from the heavy traffic were available and set. We were told those were reserved but we politely insisted and were seated at a different table along the wall away from the hostess stand.

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Thank JMCurley
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

If you like Italian leftovers, this is a great choice. MAKE RESERVATIONS. Very popular, busy during holidays. they do save tables for walk ins, though. we waited only 5-10 minutes on a super busy Sat. night. We ordered the eggplant (with 1/2 cheese topping) and the Lasagne. We could eat only 1/2--the $40. meal for two with two salads, huge dessert, and two meals to take home--hard to beat for eating out in Denver. Clearly popular, loud from the crowd, but they must be doing something right. Traditional Italian-pretty down to earth.

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Thank HARLAND R
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Good restaurant, great location and friendly staff. Bit strange that the offer dished with chicken sausage, been to Italy many times and have never seen this offered, ask them to replace it with Italian Sausage.

Thank Les D
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Bruschetta was the best. The rest of the food was good. Service was friendly and fast. Dined in private room. I liked the old hardwood look. The place is huge but broken up into various size dining areas. I would eat here again for sure.

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Thank codespewer
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Came for a "romantic" lunch, and everything was perfect. The environment is good, light is adequate and is quiet. The food is delicious and there was a promotion, they gave us another plate to take home (obviously delicious too). Highly recommended to make a stop in your downtown Denver tour!

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Thank AlexBeta
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