Blue Parrot Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 640 Main St

    Louisville, CO 80027

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  • 303-666-0677

About Blue Parrot Restaurant

Hours
Sunday To Thursday From 08:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 08:00 AM To 10:00 PM
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I'm from New England where family owned Italian restaurants are found in almost every corner of Italian ghettos. I went to Blue Parrot with my family expecting truly authentic Italian food but was shocked at how horrible the food was. The

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I'm from New England where family owned Italian restaurants are found in almost every corner of Italian ghettos. I went to Blue Parrot with my family expecting truly authentic Italian food but was shocked at how horrible the food was. The

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You go to The Blue Parrot if you like pasta and sauce. Their homemade spaghetti noodles are superior. Their sauce - well, if you like Ragu, this is not the place. If you like hard/dry pasta boiled in water - this is not the place for

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★★★★★

You go to The Blue Parrot if you like pasta and sauce. Their homemade spaghetti noodles are superior. Their sauce - well, if you like Ragu, this is not the place. If you like hard/dry pasta boiled in water - this is not the place for

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I will make this short. (1 star is too much)

Extremely bad food, tasted like it was heated up in a microwave and looked like it too. Horrible decor unless you like bright, quiet, weird decor, it was not a cozy Italian place at all.

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★★★★★

I will make this short. (1 star is too much)

Extremely bad food, tasted like it was heated up in a microwave and looked like it too. Horrible decor unless you like bright, quiet, weird decor, it was not a cozy Italian place at all.

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I cant believe you people! you really expect that much? I am Joanie Riggens 12 year old grandaughter and I know this restaurant. we DO NOT serve canned sauce OR canned or frozen pasta. ive been through the kitchens bout a hundred times and

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★★★★★

I cant believe you people! you really expect that much? I am Joanie Riggens 12 year old grandaughter and I know this restaurant. we DO NOT serve canned sauce OR canned or frozen pasta. ive been through the kitchens bout a hundred times and

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I've lived in Colorado for almost 12 years now and have heard so many stories about the Blue Parrot so I thought I'd give it a try. Mistake. First off, the waitress was very nice, but the food was low grade microwaved swill. I ordered

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★★★★★

I've lived in Colorado for almost 12 years now and have heard so many stories about the Blue Parrot so I thought I'd give it a try. Mistake. First off, the waitress was very nice, but the food was low grade microwaved swill. I ordered

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Somewhere an Italian grandmother is turning over in her grave. How they can call that Italian - or food for that matter - is a mystery. Half way through my meal I was hoping Michael Corleone would come out of the bathroom with a .38 and

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★★★★★

Somewhere an Italian grandmother is turning over in her grave. How they can call that Italian - or food for that matter - is a mystery. Half way through my meal I was hoping Michael Corleone would come out of the bathroom with a .38 and

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I am always startled by the number of reviews that actually laud this place. I think people do it because the staff is friendly and it's locally owned, and for some, they've just been going there forever and have no clue. The truth is, the food is downright awful. Although I'm no big fan of canned pasta, just go to the supermarket and buy a family size can of SpagettiO's instead of going here. You'll have a better meal for way less money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am always startled by the number of reviews that actually laud this place. I think people do it because the staff is friendly and it's locally owned, and for some, they've just been going there forever and have no clue. The truth is, the food is downright awful. Although I'm no big fan of canned pasta, just go to the supermarket and buy a family size can of SpagettiO's instead of going here. You'll have a better meal for way less money.

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We went there because our out of town guest wanted something close and fast and heard from the motel this is a good place to go. I will kill who ever told them to go there. The food was the worst ever. I think we will forever laugh about this place. Our guests were very upset too. Please, do not go there. The salad was crappy, pasta had no texture with unflavorful sauce. Our guests complained it looked like worms. Their ice cream is really cheap too.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there because our out of town guest wanted something close and fast and heard from the motel this is a good place to go. I will kill who ever told them to go there. The food was the worst ever. I think we will forever laugh about this place. Our guests were very upset too. Please, do not go there. The salad was crappy, pasta had no texture with unflavorful sauce. Our guests complained it looked like worms. Their ice cream is really cheap too.

Pros: There is no wait

Cons: Horrible food

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We were laughing as we left - not that there was anything to enjoy, but only to shake of the horrible experience ranging from a dreary decor, bland food, and a dismal wait staff.

When we first moved to Louisville, we were told that you would be hard pressed to find anyone who has not eaten at the Blue Parrot, and pressed harder to find anyone who had eaten there twice. Now I get it.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were laughing as we left - not that there was anything to enjoy, but only to shake of the horrible experience ranging from a dreary decor, bland food, and a dismal wait staff.

When we first moved to Louisville, we were told that you would be hard pressed to find anyone who has not eaten at the Blue Parrot, and pressed harder to find anyone who had eaten there twice. Now I get it.

Pros: They had electricity

Cons: most everything else

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Stumbled across this restaurant while looking for a place to eat on Main Street in Louisville. The fried zucchini was promising but the tomato sauce was terrible (flavorless). The meal went down from there. The salad was sterile (romaine, no fixings, and bottled dressings - not homemade). The renowned spaghetti sauce was flavorless and in need of seasoning. The interior is dingy with watermarks on the ceiling tiles. I wanted to like it because its family owned and because the service was friendly, but the food was horrendous and I will never eat there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Stumbled across this restaurant while looking for a place to eat on Main Street in Louisville. The fried zucchini was promising but the tomato sauce was terrible (flavorless). The meal went down from there. The salad was sterile (romaine, no fixings, and bottled dressings - not homemade). The renowned spaghetti sauce was flavorless and in need of seasoning. The interior is dingy with watermarks on the ceiling tiles. I wanted to like it because its family owned and because the service was friendly, but the food was horrendous and I will never eat there again.

Pros: Parking, Located in Historic Downtown, Nice Staff

Cons: Terrible Food (including the tomato sauce), Decor

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Worst Italian food I have ever had. If you have been to Italy you would understand. Served Chianti that had a taste like watered-down grape juice. Noodles were thick and sauce was like eating Ragu. No spice, no garlic....I like to give local restaurants business but do not waste you money. YUCK

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst Italian food I have ever had. If you have been to Italy you would understand. Served Chianti that had a taste like watered-down grape juice. Noodles were thick and sauce was like eating Ragu. No spice, no garlic....I like to give local restaurants business but do not waste you money. YUCK

Cons: horrible

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Great food been going there for 30 years.
I think the food was better before the place burned down.
The salad they need to add onion and tomato's.
You order a large you will take 1/2 of it home :).

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★★★★☆

Great food been going there for 30 years.
I think the food was better before the place burned down.
The salad they need to add onion and tomato's.
You order a large you will take 1/2 of it home :).

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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If you want to try this great food stick with the spagetti and sauce, try the link sausage to go with it. thats what this place is all about. If you are the yuppy type and expect the fancy frills, go for the take out and eat it at home. My wife son and myself stick to the spagetti and it always is great. The sauce was better before they bottled it for stores. This restaurant has come a long way from when u had to go to the kitchen door for your take out. For those who don't care for this great spagetti and sauce, move over for those who do cause this place is "old school" just wish I lived close so I could have it more than a couple of times a year.

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★★★★★

If you want to try this great food stick with the spagetti and sauce, try the link sausage to go with it. thats what this place is all about. If you are the yuppy type and expect the fancy frills, go for the take out and eat it at home. My wife son and myself stick to the spagetti and it always is great. The sauce was better before they bottled it for stores. This restaurant has come a long way from when u had to go to the kitchen door for your take out. For those who don't care for this great spagetti and sauce, move over for those who do cause this place is "old school" just wish I lived close so I could have it more than a couple of times a year.

Pros: Spagetti sausage Noodles

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good prices, bad food, and poor service. We would NEVER eat there again. We ate 1/4 of the food, had it boxed up, and I brought our food home and seasoned it until it tasted decent again. I had to add some sauce, garlic, and basil to make it edible. I don't get why anyone would recommend this restaurant- store bought tomato sauce and pasta would taste ten times better!

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★☆☆☆☆

good prices, bad food, and poor service. We would NEVER eat there again. We ate 1/4 of the food, had it boxed up, and I brought our food home and seasoned it until it tasted decent again. I had to add some sauce, garlic, and basil to make it edible. I don't get why anyone would recommend this restaurant- store bought tomato sauce and pasta would taste ten times better!

Pros: parking, cost

Cons: taste of food, service, ambience

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I lived in Boulder during the 70's and went there once. I took my wife there on a recent visit and she was not impressed at all. This place does have a strong local following but I can't understand why. The spaghetti sauce is okay, but not expecially great. the noodles are different than anything I have encountered anywhear else, about the shape of a # 2 pencil. You would swear the meatballs were made with sawdust and the salad is plain. The atmosphere is not the reason people come here. You either love the place or you don't. Not an authentic Italian style restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

I lived in Boulder during the 70's and went there once. I took my wife there on a recent visit and she was not impressed at all. This place does have a strong local following but I can't understand why. The spaghetti sauce is okay, but not expecially great. the noodles are different than anything I have encountered anywhear else, about the shape of a # 2 pencil. You would swear the meatballs were made with sawdust and the salad is plain. The atmosphere is not the reason people come here. You either love the place or you don't. Not an authentic Italian style restaurant.

Pros: Ample parking. Quick service

Cons: The food is not that good and menu is not elaborate

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It is unfortunate that such a well known family owned restaurant has one of the most horrible foods I have eaten. I had eggplant Parmesan which did not seem homemade. The breading was pretty bland, not much seasoning if any and they forgot the cheese on it. Even with the cheese sprinkled over it didn't help. The pasta noodles were nice and thick however could have been cooked in salted water to add that extra flavor throughout. The noodles reminded me of something from a can or cafeteria food as mentioned. I was hoping to be proved wrong. UPSIDE my hubby said the Philly sandwich was great!!

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★☆☆☆☆

It is unfortunate that such a well known family owned restaurant has one of the most horrible foods I have eaten. I had eggplant Parmesan which did not seem homemade. The breading was pretty bland, not much seasoning if any and they forgot the cheese on it. Even with the cheese sprinkled over it didn't help. The pasta noodles were nice and thick however could have been cooked in salted water to add that extra flavor throughout. The noodles reminded me of something from a can or cafeteria food as mentioned. I was hoping to be proved wrong. UPSIDE my hubby said the Philly sandwich was great!!

Pros: kid friendly good philly cheese steak

Cons: bland noodles, expensive

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The blue parrot is a quaint Italian restaurant. This place has been around forever. While growing up in Boulder we had several satisfactory meals. I suggest sticking with the homemade spaghetti. The atmosphere is family friendly and so is the staff.

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★★★☆☆

The blue parrot is a quaint Italian restaurant. This place has been around forever. While growing up in Boulder we had several satisfactory meals. I suggest sticking with the homemade spaghetti. The atmosphere is family friendly and so is the staff.

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OK, I realize everyone that loves this place grew up with it, as did I, but honestly... the noodles are thick and the sauce is not just "watered down tomato paste" it's famous throughout the state. Go to your local supermarket- you can find in a tiny corner of the sauce aisle, a bottle of Blue Parrot's homemade sauce. It's one of the only tiny family-owned restaurants that have their sauce at supermarkets statewide. There's proof that it's good. The noodles are thick and hearty and the meatballs are delicious! People are on here whining about not being able to get a decent salad... you don't go to Blue Parrot for the SALAD, my God! You go for the hearty delicious plate of spaghetti. If you want a stupid salad or some ambiance and fanciness then go to the Macaroni Grill, a mass-produced chain. If you want local tradition and a good, homecooked plate of traditional spaghetti, go to the Blue Parrot. Don't expect it to be fancy, it's a neighborhood family-owned restaurant in a small town. Which, in my book, makes it all the more better.

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★★★★★

OK, I realize everyone that loves this place grew up with it, as did I, but honestly... the noodles are thick and the sauce is not just "watered down tomato paste" it's famous throughout the state. Go to your local supermarket- you can find in a tiny corner of the sauce aisle, a bottle of Blue Parrot's homemade sauce. It's one of the only tiny family-owned restaurants that have their sauce at supermarkets statewide. There's proof that it's good. The noodles are thick and hearty and the meatballs are delicious! People are on here whining about not being able to get a decent salad... you don't go to Blue Parrot for the SALAD, my God! You go for the hearty delicious plate of spaghetti. If you want a stupid salad or some ambiance and fanciness then go to the Macaroni Grill, a mass-produced chain. If you want local tradition and a good, homecooked plate of traditional spaghetti, go to the Blue Parrot. Don't expect it to be fancy, it's a neighborhood family-owned restaurant in a small town. Which, in my book, makes it all the more better.

Pros: the food, the food, the food, the food

Cons: if you take it for what it is, there arent any cons

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We have been going to the Colacci family of restaurants for over 30 years. The egg noodles, the pitchers of sauce, the spumoni! This is pure comfort food. Nothing fancy, nothing you aren't expecting. Just good solid homestyle Italian.

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★★★☆☆

We have been going to the Colacci family of restaurants for over 30 years. The egg noodles, the pitchers of sauce, the spumoni! This is pure comfort food. Nothing fancy, nothing you aren't expecting. Just good solid homestyle Italian.

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My husband grew up in Boulder and raved about this place, so on a recent trip back we went there. Living in nyc for twenty years, I was used to really great italian. This place was horrible !! The Spaghetti was disgusting . Hard , tastless , and cold. I've had better salads from a hospital cafateria. The service is horrible. Steer clear of this dump.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband grew up in Boulder and raved about this place, so on a recent trip back we went there. Living in nyc for twenty years, I was used to really great italian. This place was horrible !! The Spaghetti was disgusting . Hard , tastless , and cold. I've had better salads from a hospital cafateria. The service is horrible. Steer clear of this dump.

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I grew up in the Boulder area and one of our regular family rituals was to head to Louisville for Italian food. Colaccis, Blue Parrot, Luigi's, Pasquale's, all were good. Now it seems that the BP is all that's left, but it's still good. I don't live in Colorado anymore, but whenever I'm there, this is a must stop. All the negative reviewers I see here have their reasons for not liking it, but it's clear that they just don't get it. This is not authentic Italian cuisine from the old country - it doesn't pretend to be. It's not supposed to be a Boulder fern-bar experience either. It's authentic Italian-American cuisine with its roots in the kitchens of the Italian immigrant families who worked in the coal mines. Like other parts of the country with similar populations and cuisine, it's heavy on good meat and thick pasta. People had to work long and hard in those days, and this stuff kept them going. Soup or salad as a dinner? Bosh. If that's what you're looking for, there are places to find it, but this isn't one of them. If you're a real foodie (and not a food snob), you understand that a restaurant's history and context are part of the experience, and if you like the food, so much the better. You also understand the meaning of the term "cult food," which is what this place is for me and so many others, occasional grumpy wait staff, simple decor, retro salads, cheap beer, and all. Remember that in many cultures, a restaurant is the extension of a family's private home; not a truly public space. You don't complain about what your friends serve you in their homes do you? Long live the Blue Parrot!!

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★★★★★

I grew up in the Boulder area and one of our regular family rituals was to head to Louisville for Italian food. Colaccis, Blue Parrot, Luigi's, Pasquale's, all were good. Now it seems that the BP is all that's left, but it's still good. I don't live in Colorado anymore, but whenever I'm there, this is a must stop. All the negative reviewers I see here have their reasons for not liking it, but it's clear that they just don't get it. This is not authentic Italian cuisine from the old country - it doesn't pretend to be. It's not supposed to be a Boulder fern-bar experience either. It's authentic Italian-American cuisine with its roots in the kitchens of the Italian immigrant families who worked in the coal mines. Like other parts of the country with similar populations and cuisine, it's heavy on good meat and thick pasta. People had to work long and hard in those days, and this stuff kept them going. Soup or salad as a dinner? Bosh. If that's what you're looking for, there are places to find it, but this isn't one of them. If you're a real foodie (and not a food snob), you understand that a restaurant's history and context are part of the experience, and if you like the food, so much the better. You also understand the meaning of the term "cult food," which is what this place is for me and so many others, occasional grumpy wait staff, simple decor, retro salads, cheap beer, and all. Remember that in many cultures, a restaurant is the extension of a family's private home; not a truly public space. You don't complain about what your friends serve you in their homes do you? Long live the Blue Parrot!!

Pros: Good family restaurant with a great history

Cons: Limited menu, crowded Friday nights

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Last night my boyfriend and I decided to go out for Italian. We were intending on going to Pasquini's, but to our dismay, it was no longer there. So we tried what we thought might be the next best thing; the Blue Parrot. We nearly turned around once we entered the place due to the atmosphere. It felt like we were in a retirement home cafeteria. But we had been walking up and down the street for nearly half an hour so we settled on this place. We took forever to decide on what to eat, (not a very extensive menu) and finally got fried raviolis, the chicken parm, and lasagne. ALL TERRIBLE. HONESTLY, I've had better food in a nursing home!!! The pasta was flavorless, and the sauce no better. The bread they brought out to our table was like unsweet angel food cake in a bread form, if you can imagine that. Our waiter was adequate, but kept us waiting forever after he dropped off the check. When some strange woman returned with my credit card and receipt, she left me with a broken pen to sign the check. I shouldn't have even bothered looking for one that worked and left it blank. I felt robbed after paying for food that shouldn't even be donated to a homeless shelter. STAY AWAY from this place !!! The entire experience was SO BAD, I almost stabbed my boyfriend in the neck with the broken pen.

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★☆☆☆☆

Last night my boyfriend and I decided to go out for Italian. We were intending on going to Pasquini's, but to our dismay, it was no longer there. So we tried what we thought might be the next best thing; the Blue Parrot. We nearly turned around once we entered the place due to the atmosphere. It felt like we were in a retirement home cafeteria. But we had been walking up and down the street for nearly half an hour so we settled on this place. We took forever to decide on what to eat, (not a very extensive menu) and finally got fried raviolis, the chicken parm, and lasagne. ALL TERRIBLE. HONESTLY, I've had better food in a nursing home!!! The pasta was flavorless, and the sauce no better. The bread they brought out to our table was like unsweet angel food cake in a bread form, if you can imagine that. Our waiter was adequate, but kept us waiting forever after he dropped off the check. When some strange woman returned with my credit card and receipt, she left me with a broken pen to sign the check. I shouldn't have even bothered looking for one that worked and left it blank. I felt robbed after paying for food that shouldn't even be donated to a homeless shelter. STAY AWAY from this place !!! The entire experience was SO BAD, I almost stabbed my boyfriend in the neck with the broken pen.

Pros: not crowded

Cons: HORRIBLE food, EXPENSIVE menu, slow service, miserable wait staff, horrible atmosphere

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My boyfriend has been eating at the Blue Parrot since he was a toddler. He shared this wonderful resturant with me recently and BOY...what a find!!! The pasta is nice, thick, traditional Italian noodles, not that crappy, premade stuff you can get at any pseudo-Italian place. The red sauce is quite tasty; not too spicy, just really flavorful, and the meatballs are to die for! But my favorite dish on the menu is the chicken cacciatore. The seasonings are WONDERFUL, the meat falls off the bone and the portions are huge. Admittedly, the ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but the food is worth the lack of decor. I absolutely recommend this nice, family owned and family-friendly resturant!!!!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend has been eating at the Blue Parrot since he was a toddler. He shared this wonderful resturant with me recently and BOY...what a find!!! The pasta is nice, thick, traditional Italian noodles, not that crappy, premade stuff you can get at any pseudo-Italian place. The red sauce is quite tasty; not too spicy, just really flavorful, and the meatballs are to die for! But my favorite dish on the menu is the chicken cacciatore. The seasonings are WONDERFUL, the meat falls off the bone and the portions are huge. Admittedly, the ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but the food is worth the lack of decor. I absolutely recommend this nice, family owned and family-friendly resturant!!!!

Pros: Great, simple, filling Italian food. Wonderful "home" cooking!!!

Cons: less than spectacular ambiance, some wait staff could be friendlier

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I finally visited with Blue Parrot with my husband after hearing about it for many years. His family has been dining there since he was a child. It was a wonderful meal with great service. We had the sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. The sauce was great. I am surprised that there are any bad reviews at all. It is an authentic Italian resteraunt with a casual homey atmosphere. My husbands family is picky when it comes to Italian food and they love this place. It is old style Italian food. If that is what you like you should try it out.

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★★★★★

I finally visited with Blue Parrot with my husband after hearing about it for many years. His family has been dining there since he was a child. It was a wonderful meal with great service. We had the sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. The sauce was great. I am surprised that there are any bad reviews at all. It is an authentic Italian resteraunt with a casual homey atmosphere. My husbands family is picky when it comes to Italian food and they love this place. It is old style Italian food. If that is what you like you should try it out.

Pros: Food, Service

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I read the reviews here before I went to the Blue Parrot and thought my family and I would be going to a great Italian restaurant for my birthday dinner. Some reviews made it sound like the Blue Parrot was full of great pasta and a touch of the past. Instead I had the worst food I have ever had and now I have a horrible birthday memory of dinner. I should have followed my instincts when we drove by the place and saw the decor was something similar to your 90 year old grandmother's house. The chairs are what you see at a going out of business sale for a banquet hall with the handles on top of the chair. You walk into a bar that still reeks of cigarette smoke even though the place is non-smoking and then into the dining hall. If you want a drink all you have to do is ask the bartender though a window in the dining area as you breath in the dust from all the cords around the computer. This window is located just underneath the TV that competes with your conversation with your table mates. With a party of seven people and one baby, a meal that takes ts 2 1/2 hours is unacceptable, especially considering it took over and hour just to get our food. The waiter came to our table three times during our entire dinner. I had the lasagna which was completely solid on top for $10. My sister had a salad that, and I kid you not, consisted of iceburg lettuce, strips of Velveeta cheese, a slice of pickle, hard boiled egg and tomato slices one puts on a burger. This was also $10. The spaghetti noodles look like and are as thick as a worm you see after a rain and are nothing to write home about. Half our table did not eat their food yet the server didn't even notice and handed us the $110 check. Bottom line: If you are 60 and over and love this place for the memories it gave you 40 years ago, fine. Today, this restaurant is absolutely terrible and should be avoided at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

I read the reviews here before I went to the Blue Parrot and thought my family and I would be going to a great Italian restaurant for my birthday dinner. Some reviews made it sound like the Blue Parrot was full of great pasta and a touch of the past. Instead I had the worst food I have ever had and now I have a horrible birthday memory of dinner. I should have followed my instincts when we drove by the place and saw the decor was something similar to your 90 year old grandmother's house. The chairs are what you see at a going out of business sale for a banquet hall with the handles on top of the chair. You walk into a bar that still reeks of cigarette smoke even though the place is non-smoking and then into the dining hall. If you want a drink all you have to do is ask the bartender though a window in the dining area as you breath in the dust from all the cords around the computer. This window is located just underneath the TV that competes with your conversation with your table mates. With a party of seven people and one baby, a meal that takes ts 2 1/2 hours is unacceptable, especially considering it took over and hour just to get our food. The waiter came to our table three times during our entire dinner. I had the lasagna which was completely solid on top for $10. My sister had a salad that, and I kid you not, consisted of iceburg lettuce, strips of Velveeta cheese, a slice of pickle, hard boiled egg and tomato slices one puts on a burger. This was also $10. The spaghetti noodles look like and are as thick as a worm you see after a rain and are nothing to write home about. Half our table did not eat their food yet the server didn't even notice and handed us the $110 check. Bottom line: If you are 60 and over and love this place for the memories it gave you 40 years ago, fine. Today, this restaurant is absolutely terrible and should be avoided at all costs.

Pros: There is parking in back

Cons: Food is terrible, service was horrible, meals are way over priced, no ambience AT ALL

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Notice that all the "good" reviews are written by people who grew up with the place, or remember going there with their parents, and have all these happy little memories about it. This is NOT a restaurant that you just happen to find one night online, try it, love it, and keep coming back. If you're old enough to vote when you try this place for the first time, you won't be back.

Having just moved here, my husband and I decided to try it one night. I ordered ravioli and my husband ordered spaghetti. We were given cold hard rolls to gnaw as we waited in the dining room, which is terribly lighted (florescent) and actually uncomfortable to be in. The salad had cheap bottled Italian dressing on it. My ravioli were exceptionally bland and doughy, and were served swimming in a bland, barely-seasoned tomato sauce. My husband said after eating his food that he would have been just as happy with spaghetti-os, as it seemed they had just watered down some tomato paste for the sauce and poured it on his way-overcooked pasta.

A total disappointment. There is nothing good I have to say about this place. Even the server was aloof and inattentive. I'm still surprised that people actually pay to go here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Notice that all the "good" reviews are written by people who grew up with the place, or remember going there with their parents, and have all these happy little memories about it. This is NOT a restaurant that you just happen to find one night online, try it, love it, and keep coming back. If you're old enough to vote when you try this place for the first time, you won't be back.

Having just moved here, my husband and I decided to try it one night. I ordered ravioli and my husband ordered spaghetti. We were given cold hard rolls to gnaw as we waited in the dining room, which is terribly lighted (florescent) and actually uncomfortable to be in. The salad had cheap bottled Italian dressing on it. My ravioli were exceptionally bland and doughy, and were served swimming in a bland, barely-seasoned tomato sauce. My husband said after eating his food that he would have been just as happy with spaghetti-os, as it seemed they had just watered down some tomato paste for the sauce and poured it on his way-overcooked pasta.

A total disappointment. There is nothing good I have to say about this place. Even the server was aloof and inattentive. I'm still surprised that people actually pay to go here.

Pros: I'll let you know when I think of one.

Cons: Ambience, food, service.

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I love this restaurant. Did this family previously own the Louisville restaurant Three Coins in the Fountain?

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★★★★★

I love this restaurant. Did this family previously own the Louisville restaurant Three Coins in the Fountain?

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Heard about it for years. Tried it and found NOT ONE HEALTHY thing on the menu. When asked if they had minestrone, I was told "no and don't go for the soup, it is Campbell's" NO salad meals at dinner (Good Grief, even MacD's have those) My husband thought the spaghetti was too thickand the sauce was adequate.

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★☆☆☆☆

Heard about it for years. Tried it and found NOT ONE HEALTHY thing on the menu. When asked if they had minestrone, I was told "no and don't go for the soup, it is Campbell's" NO salad meals at dinner (Good Grief, even MacD's have those) My husband thought the spaghetti was too thickand the sauce was adequate.

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The Blue Parrot war the worst restaurant we visited in Louisville since we moved here a year ago. We were four people and everybody's food was terrible. The kids plainly refused to eat theirs - and we could not blame them. Our waiter was pretty incompetent and extraordinarily slow, although the restaurant was 9/10ths empty. We vowed to never go there again!

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★☆☆☆☆

The Blue Parrot war the worst restaurant we visited in Louisville since we moved here a year ago. We were four people and everybody's food was terrible. The kids plainly refused to eat theirs - and we could not blame them. Our waiter was pretty incompetent and extraordinarily slow, although the restaurant was 9/10ths empty. We vowed to never go there again!

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Fodd, service, ambience

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I can't believe these snobs that don?t like the place. My parents took me to the Blue Parrot 50 years ago and other than a few years while in the Navy, I have driven up to 50 miles each way, at least once a month since. (I missed a few other months because the original building burned down and had to be rebuilt.) It isn't fancy, just predictably good and it is consistently the same each visit. I always order the large spaghetti, knowing that I will take home enough for another two meals from the one $9 dish. I enjoy cooking and love Italian food, so I spent years trying to come up with the ?prefect? spaghetti sauce. I stopped trying to make a sauce when the Blue Parrot starting selling their sauce in grocery stores. I spend time in Florida now each winter and I have the sauce shipped here because there is nothing like it available anywhere. Use their take-out service if nothing else. Great meatballs, sausage, bread and the home made noodles. (Years ago, as a newly married guy with little money, I joined the locals by taking my sauce pan to the back door for take out spaghetti, long before take out was popular.) Do yourself a favor ? for wonderful homemade noodles and a sauce that isn?t sweet, this is the very best.
(My kind of place - Even much of the wait staff has been there for over 20 years.)

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★★★☆☆

I can't believe these snobs that don?t like the place. My parents took me to the Blue Parrot 50 years ago and other than a few years while in the Navy, I have driven up to 50 miles each way, at least once a month since. (I missed a few other months because the original building burned down and had to be rebuilt.) It isn't fancy, just predictably good and it is consistently the same each visit. I always order the large spaghetti, knowing that I will take home enough for another two meals from the one $9 dish. I enjoy cooking and love Italian food, so I spent years trying to come up with the ?prefect? spaghetti sauce. I stopped trying to make a sauce when the Blue Parrot starting selling their sauce in grocery stores. I spend time in Florida now each winter and I have the sauce shipped here because there is nothing like it available anywhere. Use their take-out service if nothing else. Great meatballs, sausage, bread and the home made noodles. (Years ago, as a newly married guy with little money, I joined the locals by taking my sauce pan to the back door for take out spaghetti, long before take out was popular.) Do yourself a favor ? for wonderful homemade noodles and a sauce that isn?t sweet, this is the very best.
(My kind of place - Even much of the wait staff has been there for over 20 years.)

Pros: great noodles and sauce

Cons: a zillion calories because you can't stop eating the hugh portions

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I don't know how this restraunt is still in Business. I drove from boulder and had never been to Historic Louisville. The only thing this restraunt has going for it is the location. Inside it is like a Sizzler with a bunch of weird old people. The food is so disgusting that I wanted to leave. The service was good, but I rather starve than eat that food ever again. For all you people putting in good reviews, where have you eaten prior to this, Jail? I think I rather eat Jail food. This place has been in service for almost 100 years, that is 90 years too long. Stay away

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★★★☆☆

I don't know how this restraunt is still in Business. I drove from boulder and had never been to Historic Louisville. The only thing this restraunt has going for it is the location. Inside it is like a Sizzler with a bunch of weird old people. The food is so disgusting that I wanted to leave. The service was good, but I rather starve than eat that food ever again. For all you people putting in good reviews, where have you eaten prior to this, Jail? I think I rather eat Jail food. This place has been in service for almost 100 years, that is 90 years too long. Stay away

Pros: Big Portions, Good Pepsi, Good Bread

Cons: Bad Food, Bad environment

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I can't believe what I am reading. I have been going to the Blue Parrot since I was a little girl. We'd go for all kinds of special occasions. It is a family owned business, not a franchise, so if you want all the fancy stuff go there, but if you want true blue, good Italian food then go to the Blue Parrot. Because that is what you're going to get. Those noodles are not from a box, their homemade, the sauce is not from a jar. Everytime we have gone there, and it has been many times, we have had friendly, efficient, top notch service. Order their spaghetti, with a side of sausage and enjoy.

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★★★★★

I can't believe what I am reading. I have been going to the Blue Parrot since I was a little girl. We'd go for all kinds of special occasions. It is a family owned business, not a franchise, so if you want all the fancy stuff go there, but if you want true blue, good Italian food then go to the Blue Parrot. Because that is what you're going to get. Those noodles are not from a box, their homemade, the sauce is not from a jar. Everytime we have gone there, and it has been many times, we have had friendly, efficient, top notch service. Order their spaghetti, with a side of sausage and enjoy.

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I was really upset to see other reviewers comparing the Blue Parrot to those cookie cutter chain restaurants. I have been going there for 30 plus years. The food has been exactly the same wonderful food. It has been consistant every time I go. The noodles are not from a box and are actually homemade. The sauce has it's own unique flavor and is bottled and sold in stores all over the Denver Metro area. If the sauce was as terrible as some people claim, it wouldn't have been around so long. The atmosphere has never been comparable with the Greenbrair or other fancey dining establishments. I think it is unfair to rate a restraunt based on the fact that they don't pour your water for you. There are signs on the table saying they don't want to waste water that is not going to be consumed and it will only be given if requested. I love the Blue Parrot and always will. I love the noodles and the sauce both. The sausage and meatballs are also homeade and delicious as well. Just don't go to a local landmark restraunt and expect a chain resteraunt experience. I have family in Alaska and the only thing they want me to send them is frozen spaghetti from the Blue Parrot!

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★★★☆☆

I was really upset to see other reviewers comparing the Blue Parrot to those cookie cutter chain restaurants. I have been going there for 30 plus years. The food has been exactly the same wonderful food. It has been consistant every time I go. The noodles are not from a box and are actually homemade. The sauce has it's own unique flavor and is bottled and sold in stores all over the Denver Metro area. If the sauce was as terrible as some people claim, it wouldn't have been around so long. The atmosphere has never been comparable with the Greenbrair or other fancey dining establishments. I think it is unfair to rate a restraunt based on the fact that they don't pour your water for you. There are signs on the table saying they don't want to waste water that is not going to be consumed and it will only be given if requested. I love the Blue Parrot and always will. I love the noodles and the sauce both. The sausage and meatballs are also homeade and delicious as well. Just don't go to a local landmark restraunt and expect a chain resteraunt experience. I have family in Alaska and the only thing they want me to send them is frozen spaghetti from the Blue Parrot!

Pros: Excellent homade spaghetti

Cons: It is hard to get to.

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I am a native to Colorado and have heard of the Blue Parrot for many years. I finally drove up there with my wife, three boys and mother all of us from Denver.

This place is terrible!

I should have read the reviews ahead of time, but had no clue they existed on the Internet.

The staff was incredulous in having to stop reading the Sunday paper to seat us.

The bread arrived without any bread plates.

Glasses were handed out along with two crafts of water. So I could fill my own.

What a joke.

Excuse me, but could you actually try and earn your tip instead of feeling that you are entitled to it.

I had the Sausage Sandwich with a side of onion rings (I have purchased these same onion rings from the frozen food section in the grocery store). The meat had a funny taste and left me feeling gassy all night long. The bread it comes on was not toasted and it comes WITHOUT sauce. (As later I would learn the sauce tasted like it came right from the bottom of the pan and was burned).

The other two adults ordered Pasta. They should have told us that one plate could feed 4 people. Should have known at the price $8.95 for pasta.

The meatballs were extra, and an order of three was another $8.00 beating.

The little ones ordered Pizza that was like 3" in size, and pasta. Even my 6-year-old son commented how small the pizza was.

All in all I dumped $50.00 on a meal that should have been served at a hospital cafeteria for $20.00 at most, and the services is horrific.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a native to Colorado and have heard of the Blue Parrot for many years. I finally drove up there with my wife, three boys and mother all of us from Denver.

This place is terrible!

I should have read the reviews ahead of time, but had no clue they existed on the Internet.

The staff was incredulous in having to stop reading the Sunday paper to seat us.

The bread arrived without any bread plates.

Glasses were handed out along with two crafts of water. So I could fill my own.

What a joke.

Excuse me, but could you actually try and earn your tip instead of feeling that you are entitled to it.

I had the Sausage Sandwich with a side of onion rings (I have purchased these same onion rings from the frozen food section in the grocery store). The meat had a funny taste and left me feeling gassy all night long. The bread it comes on was not toasted and it comes WITHOUT sauce. (As later I would learn the sauce tasted like it came right from the bottom of the pan and was burned).

The other two adults ordered Pasta. They should have told us that one plate could feed 4 people. Should have known at the price $8.95 for pasta.

The meatballs were extra, and an order of three was another $8.00 beating.

The little ones ordered Pizza that was like 3" in size, and pasta. Even my 6-year-old son commented how small the pizza was.

All in all I dumped $50.00 on a meal that should have been served at a hospital cafeteria for $20.00 at most, and the services is horrific.

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible place to take the family for Sunday Dinner

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With our towns Italian heritage, this restaurant has been a trademark for the Italians who live here. The blue parrot restaurant is not only a place to enjoy GREAT italian, homeade spaghetti, but it is always full of history and heritage. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves homeade, TRUE Italian food. The thick noddles melt in your mouth, and the sauce is very famous, but I recommend it on the side. It is sold in supermarkets everywhere- So, those who dislike it, defiantely do not enjoy true Italian, I suspect. It also has a great, atmosphere. Its a tipical old-town resturaunt. It certainly isnt new, but it has a very desireable character about it. I recommend it fully- there is a reason why the sauce sells in supermarkets world wide, and the people drive from out of state to eat there.

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★★★★★

With our towns Italian heritage, this restaurant has been a trademark for the Italians who live here. The blue parrot restaurant is not only a place to enjoy GREAT italian, homeade spaghetti, but it is always full of history and heritage. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves homeade, TRUE Italian food. The thick noddles melt in your mouth, and the sauce is very famous, but I recommend it on the side. It is sold in supermarkets everywhere- So, those who dislike it, defiantely do not enjoy true Italian, I suspect. It also has a great, atmosphere. Its a tipical old-town resturaunt. It certainly isnt new, but it has a very desireable character about it. I recommend it fully- there is a reason why the sauce sells in supermarkets world wide, and the people drive from out of state to eat there.

Pros: Authentic Italian, great service & Food, Old Italian Charm

Cons: Older restaurant

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Had crooked pictures on the walls and chairs looked like they belonged in a senior centr. The waitress was very unfriendly,she barely made eye contact and had that "what do you want" attitude. The dinner salad looked like it was just iceberg thrown in a bowl. The bread was very rubbery. My boyfriend and I got spaghetti, I got a few ravioli's too. How hard is it to mess up spaghetti! The noodles were thick and mushy, and very pasty tasting. The sauce was VERY sour, tasted like it was scrapped from the bottom of the pan! The ravioli's tasted dry and had to be pkgd, plus had no sauce on them. YUK! My boyfriend is not a picky eater at all, and he wouldnt even eat his.We could have gone to wendy's and got a better meal! We will never eat there again! Dont waste your money or tastebuds!

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★☆☆☆☆

Had crooked pictures on the walls and chairs looked like they belonged in a senior centr. The waitress was very unfriendly,she barely made eye contact and had that "what do you want" attitude. The dinner salad looked like it was just iceberg thrown in a bowl. The bread was very rubbery. My boyfriend and I got spaghetti, I got a few ravioli's too. How hard is it to mess up spaghetti! The noodles were thick and mushy, and very pasty tasting. The sauce was VERY sour, tasted like it was scrapped from the bottom of the pan! The ravioli's tasted dry and had to be pkgd, plus had no sauce on them. YUK! My boyfriend is not a picky eater at all, and he wouldnt even eat his.We could have gone to wendy's and got a better meal! We will never eat there again! Dont waste your money or tastebuds!

Pros: not crowded, seat promptly

Cons: unfriendly service, yucky food

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How this place got its reputation is beyond me. The food is average at best and dismal at worst. The average age tends to be about 102. The spaghetti looks like fire hoses covered in red sauce. Better food can be found a block away at Pasquini's.

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★★☆☆☆

How this place got its reputation is beyond me. The food is average at best and dismal at worst. The average age tends to be about 102. The spaghetti looks like fire hoses covered in red sauce. Better food can be found a block away at Pasquini's.

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This restaurant is the best Italian Restaurant I have found. Their noodles are the freshest, best ever. The sauces are world class as well. My kids, who are very picky, clean their plates every time. The place is clean and service is always friendly. The prices are reasonable too.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is the best Italian Restaurant I have found. Their noodles are the freshest, best ever. The sauces are world class as well. My kids, who are very picky, clean their plates every time. The place is clean and service is always friendly. The prices are reasonable too.

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My husband, best friend and I decided to try the Blue Parrot, due to its longevity. All of us have tried many Italian restaurants and think ourselves pretty knowledgeable when it comes to authentic, good Italian food (one of us lived in Italy with relatives). We thought the environment was like a nursing home, and the food was literally tossed down on the table as slop by a hasty, rude waitress! They even throw down a plastic mug of their Ragu-esque sauce to complement the poor presentation---the lasagna is a perfect rectangular brick. The chicken parm. had not even been in the oven---it seemed to be straight from the freezer section and right out of the microwave! The sausage (full of gristle) and meatballs (think Chef Boy-R-D) were horrible---never go there if you want anything you can eat and keep down for more than 15 minutes!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband, best friend and I decided to try the Blue Parrot, due to its longevity. All of us have tried many Italian restaurants and think ourselves pretty knowledgeable when it comes to authentic, good Italian food (one of us lived in Italy with relatives). We thought the environment was like a nursing home, and the food was literally tossed down on the table as slop by a hasty, rude waitress! They even throw down a plastic mug of their Ragu-esque sauce to complement the poor presentation---the lasagna is a perfect rectangular brick. The chicken parm. had not even been in the oven---it seemed to be straight from the freezer section and right out of the microwave! The sausage (full of gristle) and meatballs (think Chef Boy-R-D) were horrible---never go there if you want anything you can eat and keep down for more than 15 minutes!

Pros: good Ital. Cream Soda, senior citizen menub

Cons: bad food, horrible environment, poor service

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My family and I have been driving 40+ miles to the Blue Parrot from Denver for years. It is a unique restaurant. The homemade pasta is heavier than most because it is homemade. We think it is delicious, as is the sauce and the sausage. The salad is nothing special, but okay. We recently went there again after a long hiatus and were gratified to find that our long time impression of the restaurant was confirmed: the food was good and we had EXCELLENT service. Our waitress was very friendly (there were 13 in our party) and she was most accomodating to our special requests. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We stayed for nearly 2 hours because it is a place where you can enjoy yourself without bothering others or feeling hurried. The background music was nice and not loud. We will return.

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★★★★☆

My family and I have been driving 40+ miles to the Blue Parrot from Denver for years. It is a unique restaurant. The homemade pasta is heavier than most because it is homemade. We think it is delicious, as is the sauce and the sausage. The salad is nothing special, but okay. We recently went there again after a long hiatus and were gratified to find that our long time impression of the restaurant was confirmed: the food was good and we had EXCELLENT service. Our waitress was very friendly (there were 13 in our party) and she was most accomodating to our special requests. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We stayed for nearly 2 hours because it is a place where you can enjoy yourself without bothering others or feeling hurried. The background music was nice and not loud. We will return.

Pros: Family friendly, Inexpensive, Easy parking

Cons: Far to drive, Wines so-so, Salad so-so

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Has all the right things about a near-century old red sauce Italian place, but some traditions should be axed. The red sauce is the basis on which this restaurant is built, and it's a fine "red gravy", rich with spice, pork and oil. The problem is the pasta, made on site. The spaghetti is more like spaetzle, a thick dumpling-like doughy extrusion that is stiff as a board and just awful. The lasagna is no better. The sausage is fantastic, a huge serving for just $2, and the meatballs are ok. Buca di Beppo spends millions to emulate places like this, but it just seems tired. The service staff is tired, inefficient, and irritable; these places thrive on friendliness but you won't find it here. My suggestion: buy some of their great sauce and sausage, cook up your own pasta, and make a great meal at home!

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★★★☆☆

Has all the right things about a near-century old red sauce Italian place, but some traditions should be axed. The red sauce is the basis on which this restaurant is built, and it's a fine "red gravy", rich with spice, pork and oil. The problem is the pasta, made on site. The spaghetti is more like spaetzle, a thick dumpling-like doughy extrusion that is stiff as a board and just awful. The lasagna is no better. The sausage is fantastic, a huge serving for just $2, and the meatballs are ok. Buca di Beppo spends millions to emulate places like this, but it just seems tired. The service staff is tired, inefficient, and irritable; these places thrive on friendliness but you won't find it here. My suggestion: buy some of their great sauce and sausage, cook up your own pasta, and make a great meal at home!

Pros: red sauce, sausage, downtown Louisville

Cons: bad pasta, terrible service, bad bread

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We have lived in the area for over 20 years, but have never eaten at the legendary Blue Parrot. Not sure why not, but we just have not made it there. Some friends (former locals) from out of town, suggested the Blue Parrot. So we went with some anticipation. What a disappointment, perhaps the worst Italian dinner we have ever had. The noodles were indeed home made, but tasted like heavy dough. The sauce was about as appealing as jarred sauce from the grocery store. The bread that was served with dinner had the flavor/texture of wonder bread. The salad consisted of iceberg lettuce plus one pickled pepper. Our waitperson did not help much, was very sour but fairly efficient. Perhaps she has been serving the same slop for too many years. Concluding- the food was simply terrible. I know that I will never be going there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have lived in the area for over 20 years, but have never eaten at the legendary Blue Parrot. Not sure why not, but we just have not made it there. Some friends (former locals) from out of town, suggested the Blue Parrot. So we went with some anticipation. What a disappointment, perhaps the worst Italian dinner we have ever had. The noodles were indeed home made, but tasted like heavy dough. The sauce was about as appealing as jarred sauce from the grocery store. The bread that was served with dinner had the flavor/texture of wonder bread. The salad consisted of iceberg lettuce plus one pickled pepper. Our waitperson did not help much, was very sour but fairly efficient. Perhaps she has been serving the same slop for too many years. Concluding- the food was simply terrible. I know that I will never be going there again.

Pros: good parking

Cons: food, overpriced

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My family has been going to the Blue Parrot for the last 50 or 60 years. This restaurant is the best. The sauce is wonderful. Anyone who has ever had homemade pasta and sauce will recognize the quality of Blue Parrot's food.

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★★★★★

My family has been going to the Blue Parrot for the last 50 or 60 years. This restaurant is the best. The sauce is wonderful. Anyone who has ever had homemade pasta and sauce will recognize the quality of Blue Parrot's food.

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This cozy Main Street eatery was founded in 1919 by members of the Colacci family. Today the Colaccis still own and operate the restaurant using guarded family recipes. Even the décor speaks to the long-lasting…

 

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