Shells and Sauce

4.6
2098 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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M
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive server with spot-on suggestions. Had the Seared Shrimp with Lobster Ravioli Special & the Mushroom Sacchetti, pillowy, pasta bundles filled w mushrooms in a truffle broth. Both entrees a hit served with freshly baked bread, perfect for dipping into the entree sauces. Did not care for the balsamic dipping sauce for the bread.

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DL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, high quality, reliable Italian.

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J
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We went to Shells and Sauce based on their advert on Yelp that they had a rooftop deck. I even put a note in the reservation that that was what was bringing us in so we could be sure to be seated there. When we arrived I find there is not a roof top deck. There was at one time but it has been closed in . So we were seated outside on the sidewalk 5' from the bus stop. Not acceptable.

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KB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy hour specials enjoyed on the patio. Service and food are always great!

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J
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food at Shells & Sauce is certainly very good. We love the fact that they have a broad variety of gluten free options. Unfortunately this time, that was the cause of our less than perfect evening. A portion of our order appeared to have been forgotten, and when our server quickly departed to “check on it” (put the order in), we believe it was entered as the gluten version. When the order arrived, my husband even commented about the sauce and what it was thickened with. We were assured it was gluten free. However, just like celiac clockwork, the bloating, cramps and discomfort arrived later that night.
Oddly enough, when we opened the container of leftovers the next day, there was very little sauce present, even though the bowl the night before had quite a bit remaining.
I know nothing that happened was intentional, but unfortunately it made the experience very unpleasant.

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AM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was great. Everyone that worked there was very nice and friendly.

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FG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal, as usual. Jaime waited on us and was very attentive and helpful!

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AS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine! I will definitely be back. 😊

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h
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Very noisy.
Wait staff went by our table numerous times throughout the dinner without stopping to inquire about anything. It took nearly 20 minutes to receive the check after asking for it. Meanwhile, she was helping other customers. We had not asked for anything special during our meal except for GF options, which our friend did not believe they were GF, as she was sick after eating there.

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

Chicken Parm and Lobster ravioli, shrimp & King Crab legs special was super. Took some home to have space for the fabulous Tiramisu😋

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F
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood and have been coming to Shells and Sauce since you opened! Our dinner, as always, was delicious!!! My husband's birthday is this weekend and Jamie brought the lemoncello cheese cake to our table with a candle for our dessert!!! Jamie is the best!!! We'll be back!

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TA
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great little restaurant. Perfect for after visiting the Botanical Gardens because it's very close.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food!

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LA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and I love when restaurants serve hot bread. We loved the energy and positive ambiance. Server was very attentive yet discreet.

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OT
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First of all, the food was outstanding and the service was very good! Our only problem with the evening was where we were seated. The place was packed and the 4 of us were crammed in a really tight area. So tight that some of us had to get up in order to allow people at the next table to get out of there seats. We were seated downstairs and room was so loud it was hard to hear each other talk. I think seating upstairs offers a better experience. Even when crowded, the noise is not overwhelming. We’ll be back - the food was that good!

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G
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shells and Sauce is my favorite restaurant. The food is delicious (and reasonably priced), and the service is great. I feel very lucky to be within walking distance.

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W
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love S&S ... Best Italian in the city.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant to return to over and over and every time, you feel it is home. Love it! Never disappointed.

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PP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the ambiance and the waiter was pleasant. I thought the website stated 25.00 for 2 was an average for 2 people. Turned out that was not the case. My food was good but not served hot enough. My date felt his food was served at room temperature as well and should have been much warmer.

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D
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, we had a table waiting for us even though we were early. Our server was awesome. The food was delicious and everyone was happy.

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OT
El Paso
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious... everything

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r
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, if a little pricey. Great happy hour, throughout the place, which is nice. Brick walls really amplify the noise.

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DH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love the place.
The only negative is a sound system that could be played at a reduced decibel level.

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F
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood and have been coming to Shells and Sauce for years...ever since they opened! We have never really had a bad experience!

The other night, I ordered the pizza. It was mostly BLACK on the bottom...so I didn't really eat much.

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LS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lasagna EVER! The service was great and all four of us enjoyed what we ordered.

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WB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated promptly, excellent service, friendly staff, tasty food and more than generous portions, excellent value.

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MO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent (and cheap!) mimosas, and bloody Mary's so thick it's like an alcoholic gazpacho (in a good way). Food is excellent. Huge portions so be prepared to carry a box home.

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CF
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shells and Sauce is one of my favorite places for happy hour. The food is always very good. The servers are friendly and attentive.

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HH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was really noisy!! But the food was good and the service was great!

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant several times and have been pleased. Unfortunately this last visit, Mother’s Day, was not a 5 star rating. They forgot my moms order and they gave us check before she was even offered any coffee. We had a 12:30 reservation and so I felt like towards the end they were rushing to have us out by 2.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

The food is sensational and definitely worth the visit. The salads are extremely tasty and big enough to split among 3-4 people. For entrees, the salmon was on the smaller side and the chicken Marsala was ok, but the pastas were delicious. Also, the desserts are a cant miss.

Where the night took a turn for the worst is that it took us 2.5 hours to complete dinner even with a reservation. Our waiter was extremely inattentive (even had to ask for water and menus) and that definitely took away from the deliciousness of the food.

Also, the restaurant can get very loud so if you’re adverse to that know this might not be for you.

Because the food was so good and I’m hoping that the service blunders were just an isolated incident, I still give this a 4/5 stars.

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LA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great! What was best was food was hot! Bread, pasta, bread pudding 🥰

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday with my family from Denver and the whole experience was wonderful. Jim

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JL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It reminds of a restaurant you would find tucked away in New York or Boston. I love the fact that it doesn’t feel “corporate” like so many Denver eateries are these days.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and ambiance. Really enjoyed it! The service is great and Inhope to be back soon.

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OT
Denver
61 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, we decided to go on “prom night”. None of the kids were a problem, it was just a bit hectic with so many of them. We did wait a bit longer than normal for a bit of bread but, we got our cocktails in no time so it was an easy wait. My husband ordered the Carbonara with chicken and I ordered the Piccata with chicken. Both dishes were wonderful as was the wine we ordered with dinner. We split an order of cannoli for dessert and they were delicious. Our waiter was terrific! I couldn’t help notice how patient and friendly he was with a huge table of high school kids. I’m so sorry I don’t remember his name!! This is a great neighborhood place and we look forward to going there again!!

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A
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Too noisy main level, just right second floor
My shrimp Spinoza dish was too spicy for me but I had Bednar warned!
Great service and prompt when we needed to make a show

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place continues to perform on a top notch level. Took a huge group of twelve and every single one said they will be returning.

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's always a pleasure to go to Shells and Sauce. Never disappoints.

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IL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place I rave about to friends. I’ve tried many things off the menu and there hasn’t been a thing that wasn’t well presented, described as served, and delicious. My latest “You MUST try it!” dish is the stuffed shells.

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