Shells and Sauce

4.7
2609 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
General Manager, Oscar Venegas and Executive Chef Marcus Jimenez are 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2609 people are saying
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MeganS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall pretty good food. It's a little cramped inside and the "parking" in the back is extremely limited we had to park blocks away. I would still recommend, but make sure you plan extra time for parking and walking.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is better than the “high end” Italian restaurants in Denver. Service was exceptional and timely, food was fabulous. We especially liked the creamy piccata with salmon and the carrot cake was the best I’ve had.

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vipMimi
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You can never go wrong with the specials…and Saturday night was no exception. A delicious sea bass with shrimp risotto and a filet with ravioli stuffed with tomato and ricotta with a dreamy sauce. Delicious! Logan and the staff are just the right amount of attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George is the man. Food is bomb.

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vipsueav
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Near Botanic Gardens, yummy food

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Worththedrive
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maria was awesome as a server. The staff was courteous & attentive. Meals were delightful. My Paloma drink left a lot to be desired but I just know not to order that one again.

Marc & 2 grandsons, daughter & spouse.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Servers and food awesome

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quirkey
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food! Fun neighborhood place but loud. Servers are wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner experience. The food was very good. Ziti ravioli were spectacular. Carbonara was also very good. Service was impeccable. George is a great host and took wonderful care of my family. Cannot recommend Noodles and Sauce enough.

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NoVaNative
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing staff.

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vipDallasW
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We love this place!

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vipTamara
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful date night venue, delicious food and exceptional service.

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KristinC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad we had reservations! Happy hour had great sized portions and great prices! We got the salmon snd it was just the right amount and tasted delicious. We shared a delicious salad as well. Great services. Tables very close together but we have spent a lot of time in NYC and it's like that everywhere there. Noisy. Hard to hear our table mates but we still give it a five stars! Delicious food, great service!

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JamesJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

If you like meat and cheese and red sauce, this one's for you.

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caligirl
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and incredible service! What a wonderful neighborhood spot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We were seated at a super wobbly table, which was quickly corrected and we appreciated. My boyfriend was sitting in a booth that collapsed and we requested to move. They quickly moved us but proceeded to seat another couple in the faulty spot. The food was very basic and not worth the money. The meatballs were not fully cooked and the noodles were dry. We were looking forward to trying this spot, based on all the reviews. I rarely give a negative review, but this was a poor experience.

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vipMelissaB
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great wine and service as well! Always a great experience when dining here!

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Patti
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here a few times and the food never disappoints. By far the best Italian outside of Italy. We are always excited to return!

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Klawson2nd
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner out with friends at Shells & Sauce, but it was pretty crowded and quite noisy. We did have reservations and the food was good. But it was too hard to talk, so I'm not sure we would go again with another couple.

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Evan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and staff was very friendly! Wife and I had the brussel sprout app. Both of our entrees were awesome! Plenty of leftovers as well, we will be back.

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vipAlyssaM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maria is wonderful!

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vipGingerW
Denver
264 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit, and we were very pleased with the food and the service. We were seated upstairs. From our first impression, the upstairs appears to be quieter and less congested. Both of our entrees were very good and were different from the offerings at most Italian restaurants. Our waitress was very friendly, prompt and checked back often. The parking is a bit difficult, but we got the last spot in the lot behind the restaurant. As we were leaving, we were amazed at how many people were waiting to get in. It's obviously very popular for a good reason.

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vipTRRR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

AMAZING FOOD. The restaurant is sooo small and crowded though. Still highly recommend

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Carlorado
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and friendly service! Sat upstairs. They were packed so service was sometimes delayed (but understandably)

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vipAdrD
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is very good - I had the bolognese and my partner had the chicken special. We had dessert to go - the cannoli and it was very good. I loved their spicy Paloma. The ambience is just ok. The lighting needs to be worked on and so do the booths. Next time I would probably sit at the bar and avoid having to be bumped into by the persons in the booths who share the back with you (very annoying).

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klintena
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it!

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vipSandyK
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a 6 pm reservation and were seated promptly. All the staff was exceptionally friendly and the service was excellent! Food was also really good. Had no complaints on any front. Only concern was high noise level. But that is pretty universal these days. All in all a great dining experience!

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vipTommy
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Another great dinner and outstanding service! Thanks George for a perfect service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food here is really delicious, but the service wasn’t amazing.

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Nellie
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good, honest food, large portions. The place was very energetic but laid out out in such a way as to be extremely overcrowded. The noise level was unbearable - we had to actually stop talking to each other. We were seated in an area near large windows/doors and it was very chilly - in a 39 degree night. Can’t imagine a colder night. Overall, the noise level was so bad we would not consider returning.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, will definitely go again. Would highly recommend to my friends and family!

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, George, was awesome and so friendly!!!

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MaryO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining there this week. Ate at the bar both times. Friendly service, great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love date nights at Shells and Sauces! The food never disappoints and the service is always great!

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CongressParkNeighbor
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful neighborhood eatery! The food is consistently excellent and the staff are focused on ensuring we have a good overall experience. Highly recommended!

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vipJeanneR
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Food os not quite up to pre-pandemic quality yet, but I am sire they will get there. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Out of town visitors who enjoy the local neighborhood food scene

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vipTreenaR
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday for my 18 yr old. Great FOOD!

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21denise
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated almost immediately upon arriving with our reservation. Wait staff was amazing. The food was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to go back

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vipKelly
Denver
86 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this neighborhood gem. We have been here over & over again throughout the years. Consistently good food, great specials and the happy hour is awesome! The service is also consistently above par.

FAQs

Shells and Sauce offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 377-2091.

Shells and Sauce is rated 4.7 stars by 2609 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.