Shells and Sauce

4.7
2575 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 2575 people are saying
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vipJeanneR
Denver
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Out of town visitors who enjoy the local neighborhood food scene

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vipTreenaR
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday for my 18 yr old. Great FOOD!

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21denise
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
84 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.

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vipMichelleR
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the special it was amazing!

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vipDisappointed
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Requested and outdoor table and even though we were there on time, the hostess gave it to another group as we were standing there. Restaurant is loud so it was hard for my hearing-impaired father to hear. I really like the updated decor and the garage door is always fun.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cute place with good food. My only issue was that some of the food wasn’t hot. I’m not one to send back food and it was warm, so I ate it as it came and really enjoyed it. I would’ve absolutely loved it had it been hot.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal and great (as always) service. It’s the best neighborhood spot in Congress Park!

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vipDonJ
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent and our waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable which made our meal special.

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vipTommy
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dining experience! Seated upstairs this time and it was very quiet. Great food and great service, love this place!

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RandiS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We have gone to shells and sauce for years. I’ve always loved it. However the portions were so much smaller than they have been and the prices have not reflected the decrease in portions. One of the dishes we ordered, pasta Bolognese, was just awful. It was in a brown watery sauce with no taste. It had Hardly any meat.

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vipJAVIERHL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie Bartender was great

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LaurenF
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, excellent food, very reasonable prices

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Jaxx
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Perfect place for a date night!
If you are looking for a quick dinner this is not the place to come.
Service is hit or miss but the food is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. First time there, was a drive from home and we will be back.

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vipSFInnyc
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just moved to area and was looking for a solid, neighborhood restaurant that mostly locals know and love. Shells & Sauce exceeded all our expectations. My only fault with this place was their menu is good, you feel regret for the dish you DIDN’T order! I guess we’ll just have to go back. Our server, Maria, was beyond knowledgeable and helpful— so great!

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LMC2
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive from the moment we walked in and greeted. We were quickly accommodated when we needed to rush inside from the patio due to a sudden rain storm. The ambience was lovely and the food was amazing. Very much appreciated the great service from the hard-working staff at every station. Substitutions were easily accommodated. Been there a few times and I’ve never been disappointed. Looking forward to going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, good drinks and great people!!!

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RogerP
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Shells & Sauce for the first time last Tuesday - then returned on Saturday. Yes, it is that good. The food is amazing. Growing up in an Italian family (my Mom being the first to be born in the States), it brought memories of sitting at my Nani's table in New Jersey eating the most flavorful and satisfying meals with those closest to me. If you want an insight in to how I grew up, order the Genoa. There is a fun cocktail menu and the service is outstanding. I recommend Shells & Sauce to anyone who likes Italian cuisine. Oh yeah, the desserts...well, loosen your belt. It is like walking int o my Nani and Nono's house, the noise level can escalate when full however, just like a houseful of Italians. Thank you for the two wonderful experiences last week...I will be back for more.

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vipTommy
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A small vibrant restaurant with outstanding food, drinks and excellent service (Server Charlie). We will definitely be back…thanks for a great experience!

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klintena
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! Cute neighborhood restaurant with delicious food and cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are outstanding! One of our very favorite Denver restaurants.

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vipMeli
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is full of flavor - there is nothing timid here! Delicious!

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vipkoa63
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a fun neighborhood. Always fresh. The service is amazing also.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner on the patio. Food was good and the service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Maria, is a super star! She is so pleasant, friendly and great at her job. The specials are always delicious and never disappoint. Three of us shared the special salad consisting of mixed greens, grilled peaches, baratta cheese and toasted pine nuts with a balsamic vinaigrette….so summery and delicious. All food here is good and worth the value. You are always served a large portion of food. This has been a family favorite of ours for over 6 years. Such a great restaurant…don’t miss out!!!Also, their speciality drinks are very flavorful and fun!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, wine and service. I’ll definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing!

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vipKent
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, expansive menu, good value

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing and the service is as well

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robert
Denver
23 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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Jeff
Denver
32 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.

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 2575 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.