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Shells and Sauce

4.6
1646 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 3:00 PM-9:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 377-2091
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marcus Jimenez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th and Elizabeth
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Parking details
Easy to find parking on the street, or park in our lot behind the restaurant.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1646 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Shells and Sauce is a really fantastic restaurant. Food is amazing, service is always great, and it has a busy and fun, not overly loud or taxing, atmosphere. We go there for our anniversary every year and leave very happy every time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food and great service! We plan to make a monthly event out of dining here.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Server wasn’t as tentative as I would of liked. Drinks didn’t get filled and we were not asked if we wanted alcohol beverages after we finished the first ones.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite restaurant for any occasion! We have never left disappointed!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

I have Celiacs , and thought they had GF options. I ordered GF pasta and felt sick after eating dinner. I don't think I will be going back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Awesome time, great food and outstanding service. Looking forward to our next visit

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Shells and Sauce continues to be a reliable, wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Food, wine, and staff are terrific!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was OK, crowd was loud, restaurant was busy and ended our time early because of the noise and you felt rushed.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It took us quite a while to get our food but the food was worth the wait.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing food and service! They took great care of us.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We waited for about 25 minutes for our reservation and then were seated upstairs where they left the service door open so it was freezing. The food took quite awhile to come and when it did it was cold. We couldn’t even eat it. Unusual as we have had great experiences in the past.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

All four of us absolutely loved it! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Brunch was wonderful! Everything was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was amazing
Great staff and food that is on point

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Usually really good. May have been on off night. They were pretty busy and it was really noisy near the kitchen window. One dish was perfect the other (halibut) dish was cold in the center and when it came back the expo/server did not bring back a fork. I will return; however; it may not have dropped a couple of slots on my top go-to spots for now.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Order the baked rigatoni! Time-after-time, it's consistently the best dish we order. Very friendly staff and service. This is one of our favorite restaurants. It's lots of people's favorite neighborhood restaurants - I highly recommend a reservation. Sit outside if the weather is nice!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Excellent food, cocktail and service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We always love Shells and Sauce but this time was especially amazing because it was Easter and our waiter Logan was amazing! He knew what we needed before we even had to ask. thank you Logan!

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Shells and Sauce use to be one of my favorite neighborhood casual restaurants in Denver. Unfortunately, I've had a few too many so/so service experiences, all culminating in a really bad overall experience this past weekend, making it so that I think long and hard before returning. Let me start by saying, the food is consistently good. However, I rated it low this time because I didn't get a chance to enjoy it. I brought my family from out of town in for Easter brunch this weekend in hopes of a lively and delicious meal. Our appetizer came out relatively promptly but after about 50 minutes, our main dishes were nowhere to be seen. Around the 30 minute mark, our server also stopped checking in on the table and was nowhere to be found. At about 55 minutes, our food started to arrive but after one bite, we realized that each dish was cold. Not even luke warm, but cold. Cold eggs. Cold potatoes. Cold chicken fried steak (ick). I never did see our server again. There were other tables that had been seated after us, eaten, and paid before we got our meal. Although the manager did apologize, it was only after he tried to defend the long wait time. We sent the food back and left. Although mistakes happen, it's the way you handle them that makes all the difference. I was disappointed that our server abandoned us when she should have communicated the wait time and done what she could do bridge the gap (I would have loved a water and coffee refill). It was inexcusable that the manager didn't do more to try to remedy the situation in the moment (or even come over during the wait to communicate the backup). I will say that the manager did end up texting me later in the day to apologize and invite me back in (what he should have done in the moment), but due to several other sub-par service experiences there in the past, I think I'd prefer to go somewhere else.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was very good, as was the service. My mushroom pasta was delicious. Downstairs was very noisy, but we were able to escape it by eating upstairs. An enjoyable dinner!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The waitress we had was just awful. Also why would you wait until halfway through the meal to mention something ordered for the table wasn’t gluten free. We told her about the allergy and ordered all other GF items. We typically love this place since there is a GF option and it’s pretty good. This was the first time we were disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food is always flavorful and ingredients fresh. Had amazing salad with mushrooms. Portions are large which is unusual these days. Took home leftovers and enjoyed another wonderful meal the next day.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. Can’t wait to return.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was decent. I had a piece of plastic in my lasagna that the server showed no concern about, nor offered any condolences. Friends of mine had spoken quite highly of Shells and Sauce, but I didn’t have the same experience.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Happy hour food was a great value, excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always heard it was great and wasn’t disappointed!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food and service!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Service was pleasant. Not crowded. Food is solid- really hit the spot. Loved the shrimp and grits and the cajun stack special (except it was heavy on the andouille sausage, which reminded me more of a hot link. could be a great veg option or could sub out the meat next time).

The only thing lacking were the funnel fries. The thicker ones seemed fluffier. The thinner ones were chewy like the batter was over-worked. I'd actually recommend they serve them with a cinnamon honey butter and actual hot fudge instead of cold (and cheap) chocolate and strawberry syrup.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Terrific brunch menu and delicious, piping hot food. We will return.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My husband and I had the mussels which we're fantastic. I had one of the daily specials, the pork steak with mushroom ravioli and asparagus. The only issue I had was the thickness of the steak. It was huge and hard to chew. But the ravioli and the stuffed shells my husband had were amazing.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food very good ,service good. The noise level not tolerable, could not carry on any conversation. We were there after Happy hour but did not make any difference and music going also somewhere in the din. It was never this terrible in the past. We will not be back,nor reccomend it.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food & service! Happy hour prices are awesome. Crispy Brussels Sprouts are delicious and the aioli is super tasty! Hubby & I split the lasagna (came out on two plates) and it’s very tasty. My daughter got the hh clams, mussels & shrimp linguini - for $7, this was amazing! A little spicy and a lot of food! Margherita Pizza is very tasty. Great neighborhood spot!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I made a reservation for brunch as it was my husband’s birthday and a get together with friends. I specifically asked for an upstairs table by the window. It is unbearably LOUD downstairs!!! And my husband has a hearing problem. No one notified me that an upstairs table would not be available and in fact there were several empty ones. Our friends arrived prior to us and per our friends the hostess was rude. We were given the loudest seats in the restaurant. Thanks to our wonderful waitress she moved us to a table that was indeed quieter and she took very good care of us. We have been coming to this restaurant for years. What a disappointment!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fabulous as always. Great service, and fantabulous food!!! Never had a bad meal here, and we go at least once per month. :)

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A fun neighborhood gem that is always busy Loved by many. Great food. Always a "go to"for us.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very loud and frequently having a reservation doesn’t mean anything, but food is always good.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food and service was phenomenal. We got the Chicken Carbonara which came out hot and fresh. Our waiter was attentive and made great recommendations. If you want authentic Italian food, this is definitely the place to be.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed our first date night in Denver; we were not disappointed! We both enjoyed the quality of the service and efficiency. The food price-to-portion ratio was definitely good, and there was nothing that distracted or ruined the night. It was a great time and I undoubtedly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Amazing food and drinks! The wait time is usually pretty long so we made a reservation the night before. When we arrived we were told they were running behind and it would be about 10 minutes. We waited 45 minutes past the time of our reservation. The host was super nice and put in our appetizer order while we waited at no charge. Unfortunately that doesn’t make up for plans we ended up missing, on our friends last night in the city. I’ve been a server for years, so I understand falling behind but reservations should ALWAYS come first and “the table isn’t getting up” is only an acceptable response for so long.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The Vesuvio Skillet is my go to for brunch. Can't say enough good things about this spot.

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