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About Shells and Sauce

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!

2600 E. 12th Ave
Denver, CO 80206
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
12th and Elizabeth

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 377-2091

Website:
http://shellsandsauce.net/

Parking Details:
Easy to find parking on the street, or park in our lot behind the restaurant.

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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Shells and Sauce Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (64)
Casual (34)
Good for a Date (30)
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Great for Brunch (29)
Comfort Food (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Happy Hour (25)
Authentic (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Fun (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Cozy (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Romantic (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (10)
People Watching (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tapas (4)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We were looking for a neighborhood restaurant near the hospital to have an Italian meal waiting for traffic to thin before we headed north. Wow! Did we find a winner! Salad and our two entrees were scrumptious and the coffee was just the way we like it-strong,fresh and flavorful. A friendly and attentive waiter made a first time experience wanting us to return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Disabled Access, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We go to Shells and Sauce monthly before a meeting and have always been extremely happy with amazing food, cocktails and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Met a friend at Shells and Sauce for Sunday Brunch and it was great as always - had the chicken and waffles. Moved out of the neighborhood about a year ago and had not been back since - but was glad to see the food and service was just as good as last time we were there. Will have to make a point to get back to this side of town more often and enjoy this and other restaurants in the area.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best brunch in Denver, knowledgeable waitstaff and great local spot with large portions definitely a good value, a place I always take out of town friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love the neighborhood institution!!

Our young one loves the Mac and cheese. We live the service and the awesome food!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This restaurant is amazing! The food is outstanding, every single dish including the bread and dipping sauce. The service is incredible, the staff seems to really care about each and every person. The specials, happy hour and pricing are really good. The only negative is that it is really loud so if you want to have a deep conversation probably not the best place. The energy is phenomenal!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Me and my husband love the brunch here!!! Such a cute place and perfect environment!! Awesome service every time!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Tasty food! One was a big portion the other was a little more savory and smaller for italian food. Still, they give you a delicious rosemary bread and garlic-y dip. Be prepared to smell like garlic! Overall very satisfied!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Baa-d experience. We were expecting the noisy chaotic atmosphere that is Shells and Sauce. We enjoyed our prosecco along with great burrata and caprese salads. We were anticipating the great lamb special. We were more than disappointed with very fatty cuts of lamb that were not that tender nor flavorful. The whole plate was over salted - a fried potato patty had large globs of cheese that overwhelmed the taste of this side dish. The prosciutto wrapped asparagus was good. The wine choices we had were great and the flourless chocolate cake was a nice way to finish up the meal. It's just very disappointing when the main star of the meal is not enjoyed. We do like their pasta dishes, so I'd recommend sticking with these!!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and as usual they did an outstanding job. Great dining experience-food,Service and overall experience. Thanks

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We think this was close to thirty visits to Shells and Sauce and is our go to spot when friends come to town, our family gets together, or someone says "your pick". The food never disappoints and the staff is warm and friendly. The best part is the generous portion sizes which means we are going to have leftovers!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Came at 2p, was right before the kitchen closed but they were accommodating and patient. We didn't feel rushed at all, and our server asked if we needed anything else as the kitchen was closing and that was very appreciated if we had any last minute items we wanted to put in. We missed the brunch crowd so it wasn't too packed or noisy. The Vesuvio was delicious as always and the mimosa carafe was just enough for 2 people. Thanks again!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was delicious. I had the linguine and clams... large helping of clams. Brussel sprouts were great too. All of us were happy with our entrees

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Came for a birthday party. Amazing food and wine. The birthday girl loved it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was wonderful and helpful with questions. We were seated upstairs (a little chilly when the air kicked on but not bad) and could look out over the neighborhood. The food was amazing!! The stuffed shells duo entree was rich and delicious. The wild mushroom sacchetti had excellent flavors. Fresh, warm bread was served quickly with a great creamy, balsamic dipping sauce.
We usually don’t do dessert but decided to splurge on the made in-house offerings and were not disappointed. The flourless chocolate cake was wonderfully moist with some Frangelico to take it up a notch and the cheesecake was to die for. We will definitely be back for ourselves and to bring friends!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Located near the Denver botanic gardens, noodles & sauce has great food and a fabulous, friendly, efficient staff. Highly recommend it for any occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Delicious food, friendly staff and great service.......Nice neighborhood restaurant....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was fabulous - great food - more than friendly service!!!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was delicious, the vibe was great, and everyone was friendly

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The staff was friendly, service was good, and the food was delicious. It is however very crowded and noisy, so if looking for something more intimate, you may want to look elsewhere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

This place was amazing! Renee was our server and he was awesome. The food was first class. The drinks were fantastic too. I do wish they had a better selection of Amaro, but I'm just nitpicking. We will be back many more times.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It's a neighborhood favorite that never disappoints. Solid Italian with creative specials make for a winning combo!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fantastic happy hour menu. Friendly staff. A true asset to the neighborhood!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Make sure you have a reservation! Great Italian food that's family friendly. The place is always busy. In nice weather, the patio is open... Sit there for a Denver experience. Indoors is really loud and crowded. Food is always a hit. This has become our go-to place to eat.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I hate recommending this restaurant, because every time I do, it sets off a new wave of popularity and reservations become harder to get. It is the quintessential neighborhood red sauce go-to, with some twists to keep thinks interesting. When it is just the two of us, we usually opt for the bar where it is not uncommon to run into a neighbor or two. I will not tell you who our server was because he is busy enough and we almost couldn't get him this time. Suffice it to say that everyone is professional and friendly, the food is always tasty and you are sure to be satisfied!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fries chicken and waffles are amazing!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Maybe it was a bad night for shells and sauce but the food was just ok to blah! I ordered eggplant parm and it just was not good. Way too bready! The spaghetti they served with it was cold .
Pizza was just so average that my 8 year old didn't finish it and didn't want to take it home!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My grandchildren loved their spaghetti and meatballs. My daughter and I enjoyed the butternut stuffed shells. Next time we want to see about getting all butternut shells.

They were very accommodating to the grandkids by offering to bring their meals first.

Definitely will return when we are in the area.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Delicious food and the service was excellent! I will be back!

Tags: Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We found shells and sauce on yelp after a long day at the museum with the kids. Maria warmly greeted us and seated us promptly. She met the needs of my kiddos right away. We ordered pretty much the entire happy hour menu and small bites options as well as cocktails ( we were at the museum all day after all 🙂!). The food was fantastic as was our server Maria. We would definitely go back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Dined with friends for Sunday brunch. The shrimp grits was fantastic, would recommend to try once if you have not yet. Reservation are a must; we had reservations for 10:15a and within 30 minutes the restaurant was filled up. The restaurant is medium size so our table for 5 was a bit cramped amount the other tables. Also, it does get very loud inside once filled with people but that did not stop us from enjoying our food. Since my friends live around the corner (and it's their neighborhood place to hang out), I'm sure I will be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, reasonably priced. If there was a negative it would just be the size of the restaurant, you're packed in like sardines and sit right on top of people you've never met. Hard to have a convo, not ideal for date night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very nice dinner with family. Online reservation for a Saturday night was perfect-walked right in & seated immediately. Waiter was very attentive. Offered suggestions for wine & dinner which we were very pleased with. Large portions of all the entrees. We had the rigatoni, ravioli & spaghetti with meatballs & sausage. All we very well prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Parents were in town and my mom loves this place. We eat here whenever they come to town and then at least 2 to 3 times a year in addition. The food is always incredible the service is always great. This place is a hidden gem. Make a reservation though cause they are always busy. Never been for brunch but i am sure its delish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a reservation and there was absolutely no waiting for our table even though the place as extremely busy. The service was excellent and our friends we took to dinner had never been there and loved it! The food was incredible and we loved our server who took great care of us.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Maria, our server, was so attentive and informative about the menu. The special pork tenderloin was EXCELLENT and the buratta salad was simple and delicious. The linguini and clams was a bit salty but had great flavor. I recommend this for a lovely weeknight meal in the neighborhood. I’ll be back for sure.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My son lives in Denver but he had not heard of this place. Found it online and we’re very pleased to have a excellent meal

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Didnt have a table ready. When i already made reservations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, incredible wait staff and awesome deals. The portions are huge!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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