Shells and Sauce

4.7
2456 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 2456 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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janiceb
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was amazing very friendly and accommodating. would go again

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice people

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
17 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
35 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.

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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!

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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!

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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
52 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.

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vipUnicorn
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great and the restaurant was very accommodating to our need to be seated outside. Thank you for offering outdoor seating.

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Jack
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and can’t beat the price

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Shells and Sauce. Food was delicious and customer service was fantastic. Thank you!

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Lindam
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the caprice salad with extra grilled shrimp. It was delicious. I also had their signature martini which never fails to satisfy my thirst. I always enjoy eating here!!

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vipDenverDoctorMom
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We return to Shells and Sauce over and over for the consistently delicious food that is very fairly priced, well presented, and always fresh and good. The staff and management are lovely -- always service-minded and pleasant but not overbearing or fussy. Sitting outside on the patio is a wonderful, relaxing experience. This is a neighborhood gem and we are so happy to return to Shells and Sauce time after time !

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, sweet waitress, 10/10!

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Reviewer12
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little Italian restaurant in Denver. Service was great and food was delicious.

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Trisa
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open air even indoors with the side garage door open. Always great service and food!

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BillR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 of us had a great Italian dinner outside. Beautiful evening and wonderful food.

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mikeE
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and Cozy, Yummy and Cozy, Yummy and Cozy, Yummy and Cozy!

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vipMimi
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Friendly greeting and attentive service throughout by Logan and staff, food is always delicious and impressively large portions (read leftovers!!). A neighborhood gem that has done everything they can to make you feel comfortable and safe

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RodneyC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to Shells and Sauce since it opened. Always top shelf service and the food is outstanding all of the time. Never a bad meal. Great spot in a quiet location. A real jewel.

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Autumn
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We love shells and sauce and everything about it!

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TashaS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service, and we came at a time when it wasn't very loud. Such a great experience — we'll be back!

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly knowledgeable staff and always amazing food! Also very COVID safe - staff taking precautions and everyone socially distance. We really enjoyed eating outside!

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vipTatianaH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing . They were so patient with my kiddos . And the food was even better!! Second time that I’ve been here and it did not disappoint

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vipNancy
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a classy experience. We love you Keep going !

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vipMdp1
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great neighborhood place with consistent service great waiters and awesome food.

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 2456 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.