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Shells and Sauce
Shells and Sauce

Shells and Sauce Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.italianrestaurantdenver.com
  • Phone: (303) 377-2091
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marcus Jimenez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and Elizabeth
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Easy to find parking on the street, or park in our lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Shells and Sauce
Serving authentic Italian American food in the heart of Congress Park, Shells and Sauce brings Old Country taste to a cozy neighborhood restaurant. If you’re craving home-made lasagna, meat or fish, Shells and Sauce has a variety of savory appetizers and entrees to chose from. We also boast an extensive wine list to pair with anything you choose, and we offer delicious desserts to top off your evening. Whether you sit on our rooftop or in our main dining room to watch our open kitchen, Shells and Sauce is a great place to entertain friends or family in an inviting setting. Step into our kitchen and let us share our passion for food!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Shells and Sauce is ALWAYS fabulous, NEVER disappointing. Went for dinner Saturday and back for brunch on Sunday."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Absolutely love this place, try to get there once a week"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My second time coming to the establishment, I Absolutley adore Brady he is fantastic. They are lucky to have him. Food was awesome. ."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We've been coming here for years. I think they got a new chef because what we had just wasn't as flavorful as in the past. It was still high quality and well-prepared, however."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food is excellent, very unique and delicious menu options with a very nice drink list to complement them. I've gone to Shells and Sauce on several occasions, for a fun dinner with friends and a nice date with my spouse, and enjoyed it immensely every time. Just don't get too hooked on their specials, they might not have them on the menu again! The atmosphere is a little loud (but fun), so don't plan on having a quiet dinner. Make sure to get reservations because it is rarely not busy - regardless of how early or late or what day of the week."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I screwed up the reservation (said two people too few) and we were late and they still were happy to work with us. Food was solid and tasty and I will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We brought a couple new to Denver with their two toddlers. The staff handled our party of 6 and it's accompanying noisiness and messiness with perfect respectfulness, even helping to look for little toys on the floor that had fallen off the table. In general, I wouldn't recommend Shells to families, as it's small and gets robustly loud in spite of younger tykes. But, on the other hand, they seem very welcome. The food was tasty, especially the entree of brussels sprouts with pasta and gorgonzola cream sauce, and the pizza was excellent. All the food came out at once, which helped us to not miss a beat in conversation. Almost don't want to tell people how good this restaurant is, as it will get more difficult to get in."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was good. Waitress was pleasant and efficient. Seating was horrible."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We found this quaint restaurant nestled in a neighborhood. The locals know it well. It usually starts getting really busy around 5:30, so I would get there early. The food is amazing. It's a little loud downstairs, so try to be seated upstairs by the bar for a more intimate setting. Reservations are a good idea."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Kenneth was a great waiter we had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Good was good, drinks were strong but it was loud! This was a Tuesday night and I couldn't hear the person across from me."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. The service was good. Just one little problem: the food arrived way too late."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Love everything about this place. Their brunch menu is wonderful- chix and waffles is a must!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at this fun, friendly, neighborhood restaurant. Service is good, food a great value and a lively atmosphere. Don't think you'll be disappointed"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Don't normally make a reservation as we tend to come early or for happy hour. Outside or upstairs tend to be quieter, which we prefer. Love the eggs carbonara and Caesar salad. They no longer have the veggie benedict on the menu but always make it upon my wife's request. She said this was the best one ever with sautéed mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli rabe. Cannot beat the inexpensive bloody's and mimosas for brunch. This is our go-to for comfort food in a relaxed, if not sometimes hopping, atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our party of 8 was extremely pleased with our experience! We had made a reservation, were seated promptly and drink order/water were taken care of right away. Bread was great. Meals were excellent and served without delay. Our waiter even offered to split the bill by couple. Afterward we walked to the neighborhood icecream joint! Definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "A small great neighborhood place with friendly staff and clients."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Despite having to call and move back my reservations because we were running late, Shells and Sauce was very accommodating and seated us at a lovely table outside for brunch. It was the perfect day for outdoor dining...don't be fooled by the noodle-inspired name---they have a fantastically diverse menu for brunch!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It's always good take-out or dine-in. Be sure to make a reservation because it's busy."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Happy hour is my favorite time to eat yummy appetizers (good value) and a glass of wine. Service a plus."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed a wonderful brunch on Sunday. The food and service was wonderful; we had the funnel fries, the banana foster waffles, and the breakfast sandwich. They even had a tv inside so I could watch the world cup game."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "One of our dinners came out cold. Neither had much taste. Thank goodness for the salads and wine."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food is always fantastic...which is why the place is always so busy. Go for brunch when you're not in a rush, expect service to be a little slow because the place is packed (definitely recommend a reservation), and be prepared to thoroughly enjoy your meal!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Shells and Sauce is always great for weekend brunch! I like dining upstairs where there's a bit more room between the tables. The elk sausage is particularly yummy!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food is excellent-homemade pasta and bread. I got the shrimp diavalo and it was delicious. The veal pram wasn't great-kind of overcooked. And our server was terrible, said it was her first day there, but I'm sure it was her first time ever waiting tables. Assume that is not typical service for this cute neighborhood bistro and will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food, service and ambience. A true favorite and neighborhood gem"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Best place in a very long time. The service was on point and the food was better. I went for brunch and had the best chicken and waffles in the city."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second time at Shells and Sauce. I had the Cioppino and it was outstanding. Our waiter was attentive and clearly enjoyed his job. I also liked the open garage door and the comfortable relaxed atmosphere. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Love shells and sauce. Great for families, great happy hour, great patio, great food. All around excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've frequented the restaurant since discovering it a couple of years back. Small place with great food and a friendly staff. I took my mom again while she was in town visiting...this time for brunch. Great variety of options and a good price."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was great, everyone had a smile. People were enjoying themselves and being casual. Reminded me of a neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn. Calamari is wonderful, the bread is baked oven fresh and service was quick. The food was typical american italian, alit if heavy entrees. The fig and pear flat bread was great, reminded me of Dada in Delray Florida. Definitely on my list of places to go back to. Great for bringing out if town friends. Young crowd, great energy."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have tried calamari in multiple locations in Denver and hands down Shells and Sauce is a winner. The service is always fabulous and the Happy Hour deals are a steal."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We often go to Shells and Sauce for their great, inexpensive happy hour. This is not a run of the mill junk food happy hour, it includes stuffed portabella mushrooms, grilled chiciken and beef skewers, gormet pizza, and arugula salad - all for around or under $5. This last time, we were celebrating my daughter's birthday. We ordered may appetizers and tried some entre's as well. The entre's were all so tasty. This has been one of our regular go to places and will continue to be!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This neighborhood restaurant was recommended to me by my savvy daughter. We were meeting friends and needed a place to eat before heading to Botanic Gardens for the Chihuly exhibition. We arrived for early seating and were quite comfortable. Service was quick and friendly. As the evening crowd arrived, the ambience changed quickly. The restaurant had an energetic vibe, and it was fun to see all the families enjoying an evening out. Great selection of salads and main courses on the menu. The hot crusty bread was a hit at our table. All of us enjoyed our meals. Lobster ravioli, YUM! The only down side was the closeness of the seating. We needed to nudge our table forward so we weren't bothering customers who were seated behind us."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Been here many times and tried a pizza this time and it was very good. Still waiting for Eckmek to return to the menu !!!! Love this place and the wait staff, Very friendly. One improvement, seems lately (like the last two times we were there), we had to ask for the bread and dipping sauce, whereas normally, they bring it after they take the drink order. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The bartender is fantastic. We love their meatballs. The marsala sauce was way to sweet for my taste. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Spring is here and the front patio is open. Went the other night and had the best waiter--very attentive and friendly. Got the last patio seat and had some good wine and food. A perfect spring night."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was not a good experience. The main room is not just noisy and crowded - it's cacophonous and unpleasant, and difficult to have a conversation. I told the waitress I was looking for a lighter pasta and she steered me to the penne and brussells sprouts, which was one of the heaviest and most unappetizing dishes I've been served in years. They fry the sprouts for some reason, making an already-heavy dish that much worse. Ate about five bites and left the rest, but the waitress didn't seem to care."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Had a reservation at 7:15. Was sat quickly and ordered our food not soon after. Our meals came out to our table a full HOUR after we sat down! Bread was not given till at least 15-20 mins after being seated. We requested more bread because of our long wait and there was none available for the rest of our time there. Food was good even though one order was incorrect. Decided just to eat it instead of waiting even longer. Our server tired his best and we could see it was out of his hands. Normally have good experienced here but this time they must have had a bad night. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I don't have one complaint. Our web reso with opentable didn't process but they took care of it & seated us promptly anyway. Our server was awesome, funny, informative, & accommodating. Food was great! We will be back for sure! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014