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Shells and Sauce

4.5
1542 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (78)
  • Casual (52)
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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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(303) 377-2091
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Cross street: 12th and Elizabeth
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What 1542 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denvercasual (Denver)
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

The specials are always creative and so good! The regular menu is consistently very good.
The staff is so personable and professional at the same time.
After many years, I still recommend Shells and Sauce.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

Always have a great experience at Shells and Sauce!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Still one of the beat brunch menus in town! Great value for money.

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vipNikki (Denver)
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

I am giving Shells and Sauce a 3 Star because I enjoyed my meal but they messed up my husband’s. My husband’s order was wrong and they took so long to remake it that everyone else was done. The waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu since he was pretty new and we had been there many times before. I enjoyed my meal and so did the people we were with though. I’ve always enjoyed it here.

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Fernandomacias (Denver)
1.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

I was a little upset Saturday evening I had booked reservations for 8 PM. I got there early did not get seated until later than 8 PM. As I said down I order my mail and it wasn’t until 9:30 PM that I have not received my dinner. I was a little upset and had to walk out. I understand this place gets very busy but an hour and a half or your food is a little overboard

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vipMikeC (Denver)
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

I have eaten here a couple of times now. It's in what used to be a middle class neighborhood but is now more upscale. The actual restaurant is in an old garage.

We arrived for your 7:15 p.m. reservation but had to wait 10 minutes to be seated. They put way too many tables in this restaurant, so there was very little room to wait, and the bar was full. Waiters kept telling us we were in the way but there was not place else to stand.

I had the baked rigatoni, which was very good, but don't eat here if you're claustrophobic

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall the food was good. However, we arrived at 708 for a 715pm reservation and did not get seated until 7:47om. Really don’t know what the point is in making a reservation if you still have to wait over 30 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Ladies brunch with a large group. The food was great with intersting specials. Really hit the spot. A solid brunch. Service was just right- not absent and not overly attentive. The restaurant was busy and lively but not too loud. Will be back! The only weird thing was the mimosas. The orange juice was kind of flat and bitter, but we drank em anyway. Thanks for an easy and tasty, no fuss brunch experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Great neighborhood feel. Great food. Service was excellent

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MichaelN (Denver)
5.0
Dined on January 4, 2018

We showed up with an already altered reservation that originally was for 6, I changed to 5 only to have it change back to 6 upon arriving and the manager handled it with amazing professionalism. This is by far my favorite Italian restaurant and in my opinion the best Italian in Colorado! Thank you staff for being nothing short than amazing.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
12th and Elizabeth
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(303) 377-2091
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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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Executive chef
Marcus Jimenez
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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