Shells and Sauce

4.6
2049 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

although it was a holiday and very crowded...the service was excellent, food served in a timely manner and prepared perfectly and was delicious...
the wait staff most polite and efficient...never with out refills or your needs unmet.

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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have only ever been here for brunch on Sundays and I love it. I have been multiple times and typically with a girlfriend or two to catch up. Its usually quite busy so we make reservations. The staff is always friendly and helpful and patient with us. The food is OUTSTANDING. Always fresh. They have great flavor combinations and something for everyone. Highly recommend.

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DI
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Shells and Sauce was once again wonderful. From the ambiance to the food and service. It was a bit busy when we arrived at 7:30, as such the service to get us going was a bit lacking. Once we had the attention of our server all was good. The Crab Cakes are great, we had as entree's the Chicken/Mushroom Marsala, which was outstanding, as well, the Stuffed Shell Combo, and the Chicken Creamy Picatta. Thanks again, Dan

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ok food. Way to loud.

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Super noisy, a fun neighborhood hangout, maybe brunch would be quieter

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NS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I have been to this restaurant many times in the past. However, I have not been in the past two years. The food is always up to high standards. I was disappointed in where we were placed to sit. We were in the back corner by the serving station. Once a table was next to us we could not get out to use the restroom without physically moving our table.

Wait staff was not very attentive either and the coffee was almost straight water. In addition, the menu is stale. It has not been revamped in the past six years at least.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to shells and sauce for dinner dozens of times, but this was my second time having brunch there. I like that it’s a lot of the same servers who work there for years at a time, and I like their menu and the quality of the food.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a casual date. Fun and engaging staff. Loved everything we ordered from the wine to the main course! One of my favorite places to eat in Denver!

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good drinks, good service, nice neighborhood restaurant atmosphere. A little noisy but partly because we had a birthday party at the next table. Will definitely use as one of our go to restaurants and would recommend to others.

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a cute little neighborhood spot. Service was on point waiter said he poured us “fatty glasses of wine 🤘) food was delicious. It was a little noisy- but c’est la vie- it was Saturday night and everyone was enjoying themselves. Loved 💕😍

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HD
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent as always. The drinks were good and priced fairly. The service with Cole and Charlie upstairs was exceptional. A great evening out.

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N
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was pretty slapdash. We never got our crab cakes. I ordered a pepperoni pizza, but a server brought me lasagna. No. Then they brought a sausage pizza, which I decided to keep and eat since we were running out of time before our event. That pizza was delicious. We probably won’t be back.

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JS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very fun-food excellent-staff very responsive-food excellent! Will go back!

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DE
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

loved it, the only complaint was the noise level. But, that is common today. Would be back with friends in tow. Food excellent and not overpriced.

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ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

the food was terrific....our waiter was absolutely great... and the cheesecake was to die for.

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TJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome dinner at Shells and Sauce... this time for our 26th wedding anniversary. My wife got the dinner Special and it wasn't prepared the way she was expecting. It was still good - she ate the entire entree - and then the waiter fully comp'd us for her dinner. My dinner was great as usual. We are big fans of Shells and Sauce. Great food and even better service. Simply outstanding - well done!

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ES
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the lasagna every time we come! Service is great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s birthday and we arrived at 8pm (1 hour before closing) because my friend didn’t get off work until 7:30pm. The waitress was so gracious and patient and let us know about last call. She handled the big noisy group with ease and we are so thankful for her! The food was delicious. I’d say it’s a bit pricey for what you get but overall a great experience.

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LW
Denver
61 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always great and the food is always excellent! Favorite neighborhood spot!

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H
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice meal. Having vegan and non gluten diets in our group made it a bit challenging but our waiter kindly worked with us. Unfortunately the gluten free order came out of the kitchen with the wrong pasta. While the dish was sent back and made again properly, the rest of the party had pretty much finished their meals by the time the correct dish came to the table.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cole was great.
10 out of 10 for customer service.

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SK
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you again for the most amazing food and staff. I'm sure we will be back again. The food is amazing and full of flavor. We appreciate being able to spend my boyfriend birthday at Shells and Sauce.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and super happy hour! And the wine was a nice portion for a very reasonable price! We will be back soon!!

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S
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I waited 30 minutes for a drink. Ordered one, they bring me some thing else, order another and then they “can’t find the basil”. So then I just said to bring me a mimosa and server could tell I was getting upset, so she tells me to CALM DOWN! Probably won’t ever be back there! So thanks girl with the black hair, you ruined our brunch and experience! Even though the food was so good.

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TH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shells and Sauce is one of our favorites, and this time was even better! Great local restaurant, great food, wonderful service. Can't say enough!

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended to everyone!! 10/10 Stars if I could! It started with a bottle of red wine with a gorgeous date and it led to great Bolognese, and fantastic conversation. The waiter was on point and killed it I forget his name but he did amazing! Great food and service and authentic environment!

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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great, they were out of the house bread for most of the night so that was a downfall.

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JZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

5 people, each ordered something different for Sunday brunch and each rated food as exce
excellent

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CS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent! The brunch menu has a wider variety of delicious sounding options. Be prepared for sitting close to strangers and the tables are right next to each other. Also, the noise level is pretty high and we had to talk very loud to hear one another.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Wish it was located in Chattanooga Tennessee

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MF
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's always good. Great waiter. Nice menu selection.

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AP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lasagna is the best I've ever had. I like to get extra sauce on the side. I've had a hard time finding a really good cheesecake in town but their's is delicious (oh that crust!). Be sure to make a reservation, this place is popular.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Quite disappointing from our last visit.
The Caesar was mediocre at best. Artificial garlic was used instead of fresh and no taste of lemon or any tangyiness to it.Rather tasteless all in all.
The ragu had plenty of meat, but not enough sauce!
Once again it tasted like “ jarred” garlic instead of fresh.
Tables are a bit too close to one another.
We live in the neighborhood, but probably won’t revisit anytime soon.
Disappointing, as I feel they have become so popular that the quality of food has diminished!
Pay attention please!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening ! Server fabulous👍

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MJ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and great service. Our first visit was a birthday celebration. It was a wonderful experience, and we will be back soon!

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HS
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and great service! My friends and I had a reservation for brunch and we have no complaints.

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KH
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We wanted to love this place but the food is really bad. We only got appitizers calamari, cheese ravioli, and crab cakes. The calamari was like rubber and had no flavor. Fried cheese ravioli was bland and tasted frozen. Crab cakes were too fishy tasting and served on a bed of lettuce and diced tomatoes, weird! The only good thing about this place was our waiter he knew we didn't like the meal and offered to comp the items.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I thought the food was only OK and considering the price I don't really feel like it was worth it. The service was also only OK. It was fairly busy, so I'll give them that, but it kind of sucks when the wait staff makes it feel like you're part of the problem instead of just being busy.

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JC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my 4th time to this establishment. For the most part the food is outstanding. On our last visit the Calamari was a bit tough but everything else was excellent. It does get a bit crowded but even though there always seems to be a line out the door, we are never rushed. Highly recommend this restaurant - just make sure you have a reservation.

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M
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our neighborhood go to. We love the staff and the specials arso interesting! They are so accommodating and we always ask for Logan. Our favorite server.

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