Shells and Sauce

4.7
2476 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 2476 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.5
ambience
4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience1

The music was so loud and the lighting do bright, we could get out fast enough

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JML71
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always! Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! I would definitely come back!

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Stan
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service has been consistently great here. Keep an eye on the specials as well, they have something new and delicious each time I've come back.

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Cheryl
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Small, quick casual. Food quality was poor. Nothing tasted homemade as advertised, my husband's chicken needed a steak knife to cut through. Our Caprese salad was just tomato, cheese and greens; no oil or balsamic. We were very disappointed.

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vipJennifet
Denver
103 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stuck to the regular menu and was not disappointed. Can't wait for the patio to open back up.

JG
JessicaG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant with fantastic food and service every time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The delicious food and exceptional service made our sister date night so enjoyable! Also great gluten free options. Definitely will be back for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good. Great service. Will definitely go back.

KL
KevinL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood restaurant is such a gem and always delivers. The restaurant was renovated during the earlier closures and just adds to the wonderful experience. The food is always delicious and well prepared. I have not been back to the restaurant for months but the waitstaff still recognized me. It’s such a wonderful place to dine.

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Megurule1234
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork tenderloin with squash ravioli was off the hook. This place is always great.

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vipJennifet
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Yeah it is great to finally eat inside at a restaurant again. Had the special that night which was steak and it was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our favorite spot in the neighborhood! All of the servers are amazing and the food is always delicious! Glad that they’re opened again and following all the correct protocols to make us feel comfortable with dining out :)

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Kris
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Cute neighborhood place. Server was great. Not too fancy inside, but cozy. I had the Elizabeth with shrimp and it was great and the shrimp was a very nice size. My boyfriend had the chicken park and said it was pretty bland. Truffle Mac and cheese sticks in the beginning was great. I’d go back

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vipLucky
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The shells duo was delicious!! So was the veal parmigiana. They’ve remodeled a bit and changed the seating due to covid. We were S&S neighbors for many years and it was nice to come back to support an old favorite!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They all knew it was my birthday before I even got in there! And all employees acknowledged it :)

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Jeanne
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great servers and lots of laughs! Good pours..ravioli was amazing..

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janiceb
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was amazing very friendly and accommodating. would go again

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice people

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great service and food.

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nataliet
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this little gem and they they had a decent variety on the kids menu! The balsamic dipping sauce is unbelievable!

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vipmiranda
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Loved the food!

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NancyW
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to eat here. Appreciate the "booths" that have been brought in to better isolate diners but still feel like you are part of the crowd. Very attentive and polite servers.

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michelleb
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing, but our waiter took our order and we literally didn't see him for the rest of the night. Worst service I have ever had.

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viprandyd
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time at Shells and Sauce, nice atmosphere, and good service. I would recommend this place to a friend.

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fyreboy
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this neighborhood restaurant and are so glad that they are open for business!

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DCAB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Shells and Sauce is always amazing and the staff is super. We have been going here for years and it never disappoints. Even during this strange Covid time when you could only get takeout the food was still very good, and now that we can dine in again they are keeping safety top of mind.

KB
KevinB
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shells & Sauce is a favorite for special occasions. The food is always delicious with impeccable service.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Made my daughters birthday so special :) Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super good Italian!! And amazing gluten free noodles!

MW
MarcyW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! What a great neighborhood place to frequent. I wish I lived in Congress Park. I would plan on becoming a "regular." Great job!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Excellent service. The entrees (shrimp special with peas) and veal piccata lacked flavor. Both sauces were thin and flavorless. The service did help make up for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and so is the staff! Always a great experience when we go!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at Shells and Sauce. Food and service were great, the portions are huge! We were a family of 7 that were together to remember our Mom/ Grandmother after a memorial service. We sat outside and were very happy with the experience and evening.

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DebraM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great and very attentive service. The food was very good?

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capfan31
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little spot in Denver. We loved our meal with excellent food options and wonderful deserts! Looking forward to visiting again!

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While my girlfriend was running a "bit" late I used the time to call Shells and Sauce.
When we arrived it was almost as if they knew exactly who we were. As a chef myself,
I sometimes forget about this "gem" as it is in a small neighborhood group of stores.
Great variety on their menu, quick prompt service. ALL the portions are plentiful and they graciously pack your "doggie" box almost as good as a UPS store. While they were
busy and it is a small restaurant, we did not feel pressure to leave the minute we paid our
check. My girlfriend commented as we walked to the car, " we should make that a regular." We agreed on that,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and the staff was beyond amazing!

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vipLove2eat
Denver
56 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, however the service for customers dining with the restaurant seem to come 2nd to the pick-up orders being called in. It took longer than usual for food to arrive to the table as we watched the staff rush to put to go orders in plastic bags. There were more to go boxes at the kitchen counter waiting to get packed than actual plates going out to the tables.

FAQs

Shells and Sauce does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Shells and Sauce also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 377-2091.

Shells and Sauce is rated 4.7 stars by 2476 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.