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Shells and Sauce

4.7
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2434 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2434 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and the staff was beyond amazing!

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vipLove2eat
Denver
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
14 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
1 review
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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vipMdp1
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RWdd
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate early and reserved a patio spot, but I noticed lots of windows open inside and plenty of spacing out tables. They have added more outside tables also, if you're looking for outside dining. Been here many, many times, food is always great.

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SamanthaB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and staff. Really went out of their way to make sure food and experience was top notch! Will definitely be going back!

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Grgnvs
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff was very friendly. The happy hour deals are also very good.

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DougK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great casual restaurant. Walked over after a day at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and was a perfect way to end the day. Wait staff was punctual, friendly and helpful. Entree selection was excellent and had a difficult time deciding on a meal. All looked so tempting! Both of our meals were OUTSTANDING! Don't let the casual neighborhood atmosphere fool you....they deliver top notch cuisine!

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Adrienne
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is nice, but you are right on the busy street. Inside it gets loud, but I would say energetic is a better description.

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AlexA
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!

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MatthewF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so beyond amazing. The gm and waitstaff make you feel like family, the food is such an amazing value and the quality of the food is .......top notch! Please help wonderful local owned gems like this through these tough times. I promise you ll be fed well !

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vipHotdish
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrate our anniversary here. Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! Great food!! Great drinks!! Great staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here... loved it! Great food and friendly wait staff.

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SummerM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Cute atmosphere and great prices.

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vipRyan
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Everything we ordered was delicious. Noise was a little high just because we were outside, but it wasn't too bad.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Fun smaller restaurant. The food and wine are very good value. Good glass of wine for $9.00 and entree mid $20. The calamari was way over cooked which means tastes like rubber. The entrees were just ok. Probably need a new chef.

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vipAndrewB
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The sauce was a bit too spicy for us to enjoy our meal. I was surprised they made their tomato sauce with so much red pepper.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful food!

KJ
KatieJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great service and great food. Would definitely recommend.

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NikkiH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. I'd love to go again!

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Mugasmom
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, not a chain, sat outside. Have a wonderful evening

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vipCari
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fun place, good social distancing. Out of my favorite dinner, stroganoff, but my second choice was okay. Great friendly service !

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service
Great food
Patio social distancing as good as was possible

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VictoriaS
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consider the specials, they've never led us astray. The menu has some great staples too.

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AvereeH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed trying a new restaurant with amazing 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 2434 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.