Shells and Sauce

4.7
2554 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 2554 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKent
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, expansive menu, good value

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robert
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see things going so well - great meal, thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Self care Saturday night dinner for 1! I had a honey lavender Prosecco, well 3 because they were delicious! I started with Brussel sprouts which were great, but I should have gotten the caprese which I’ve had before and it’s amazing! I got the Piccata with veal for my main and it was to die for! If I could do this every week I would, but my wallet just isn’t as big of a fan as I am😆

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quirkey
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

local venue very nice ambience. Food very good. Waiter could have paid more attention to service provided.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The waiter was extremely slow. Great personality, joking and all. But slow. I think he thought like a lot of people do, that we weren’t gonna leave a tip. Even though his recommendation of the lasagna that really wasn’t that good and my own home made from scratch lasagna would run circles around this one, that I don’t believe had “real” ground beef and the slow service; I still gave him a 26% tip! The ravioli was exceptional. But I think the reviews of this place are over rated. I found it to be a 3-star rating at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely amazing food!

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vipJeff
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Shells and Sauce has always been a "go to" place for us. First visit post-pandemic and they're still doing a great job. Took a bit longer to get our food than ideal, and the meals came to the table at a temperature a little lower than one would hope, but overall back on track.

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vipHaoWei
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

They say you have an hour and 15 min. We waited an hour and 30 for food and then when it came it came wrong. Do not come here

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From adjusting my reservation to the amazing waiter (he had a phenomenal accent, just forgot his name!) to the pretty drinks and delicious ravioli… everything was amazing! Thank you, thank you. Will definitely be back.

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JonH
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although we had a great table by a window and the service started out great things changed when we got our main course. Two of us ordered the tortellini tri-tip beef special and one of us had the veal; all three were overcooked with the meat very dry. The fourth entree, chicken Marsala, was excellent. In all fairness none of us complained about our entrees to our waiter.

But then, after our main course, we ordered two deserts; but, before they came we were given our bills and then our waiter thanked us for coming in. When we asked about our deserts our waiter responded with an “oh yeah” and hurried off to get them. Although we enjoyed much of the evening these two things definitely put a damper on our opinion of the restaurant.

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vipMdp1
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I love this place but last night they rushed us through dinner and it wasn’t as enjoyable.

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MikeH
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Outside area is well shaded and served very well by the wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Delicious food. Great ambiance. Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great. Service was painfully slow. Our waiter said they had three new cooks. If it’s true, they need to train them quickly.

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vipKRISTINER
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely place. Highly recommend the stuffed shells with chicken. Service was friendly and on point.

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Patti
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was remarkable!

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viplouisd
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food at fair prices. The calamari was excellent fresh and not over cooked. The veal was very good. Wine list is not extensive but covers all of the bases.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was very slow. 20 minutes to get a beer after ordering. Overcooked calamari which was mixed with peppers and artichoke hearts. Salads not included with price of entree. Also, had a reservation and had to wait 15 minutes to get a table.

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vipHeidiG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience5

The service and feel of the restaurant is still great. What happened to the fresh bread and homemade recipes? This used to be our "Go-To" place for Italian, but the food is really bad now. The bread tasted like 3 day old bread from King Soopers--dry and not the signature freshly made bread that we expect. Also, the lasagna tasted like a Stouffer's meal that was filled with salt to add flavor.

I strongly suggest you get back to the old recipes and raise the prices a bit.

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vipMteaNest
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, unobtrusive wait staff and chef-prepared food that was flavorful. The menu had so many wonderful choices, we we must return to try more items. It’s a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and so well priced. Highly recommend!

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vipRDenver
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food as always - started with Burrata Salad and Crab Cakes - would order both again - just would ask for remoulade for Crab Cakes to come on the side. Daughter had the kid's spaghetti and meatball - huge portion for the money. Ended up taking home the Elizabeth pasta as so full afer apps! Great neighborhood Italian spot...

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Poor ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our all-time favorite places for happy hour and/or dinner. A fun treat for this time, and, as usual and hit all the high marks! Lucked out that our reservation got us right in, and definitely scored some great leftovers to take home. Try the bread pudding: wow!

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vipaggie90
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was phenomenal and the food incredible!! Will be back for sure!!

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Anne
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very good dining experience. Our waiter was very helpful. The meal was very good. We ate upstairs and the only downside was that it was very noisy. It may have been that the table next to us was very loud. It made it difficult to carry on a converation.

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EileenR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere were great. Try the stuffed shells!

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KayT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is every bit as phenomenal as the service. This restaurant remains a hidden gem!

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EnJay
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love this restaurant. We love that the service and the food is always/consistently great. I do have to mention that the new decor and interiors have really taken away from the ambiance. Understanding that COVID forced some hands, the color scheme and lighting are really unfortunate. Although admittedly a designer, the four other adults who joined us felt the same.

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DerrickD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love the new decor. Our meal was delicious and the staff was efficient and professional.

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vipkellyg
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mother’s Day brunch

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vipKristen
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood gem. Great service and wonderful wine list. We so enjoyed our dinner. The food is very rich and lots of garlic but made with care. We will absolutely return and enjoy another memorable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from start to finish

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious and consistent as always!

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Lindam
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

All I can say is this rest

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JeffW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamie was an outstanding server. He is very intuitive and made our dining experience great.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great, friendly service. Excellent food. We will return.

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vipLanceRealtor
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here during restaurant week. Amazing value for the $. Huge portions and any pick from the menu. It was delicious. Bravo to Shells and Sauce! Will definitely return and refer to friends.

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JessicaE
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food and the price are amazing! I would recommend opening up the roof top patio vs. having it enclosed. Overall, great service, food and value!

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MaryT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Seated upstairs with little social distancing and no ventilation. Food was okay but nothing spectacular. No salad or bread with an $18 entree of pasta.

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 2554 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.