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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (65)
Casual (38)
Comfort Food (33)
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Good for a Date (32)
Great for Brunch (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Authentic (25)
Happy Hour (24)
Fun (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Cozy (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Romantic (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
People Watching (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Tapas (5)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

The restaurant crams as many people in the space as they can. A guest in wheelchair blocked the bar and no one cared! They would not pass a fire inspection and made it difficult to get to your table. Absolutely no place to wait while your table is ready. Our clothes smelled of pasta/garlic.. Food is terrific, but not enough for me to endure the environment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was ok, but not great. Pretty much the same with service and ambience. Overall, underwhelmed and probably no real reason to stop back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve been coming here for years the food is excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Friendly relaxed atmosphere, tasty food without a lot of fuss.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food! Great service!! An easy walk to Botanic Gardens Blossom of Lights!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This has become my go-to brunch spot. The mimosa carafes are literally a whole bottle of champagne. I honestly haven't eaten here for dinner yet, but I'm sure it's just as fantastic! Do yourself a favor and try the funnel fries and the bananas foster waffles. :)

Tags: Live Sports, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The table next to us were very load, and for the most part kind of ruined the evening.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Just wish they didn’t run out of lasagna so soon, they always seem to run out early!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first visit after hearing about Shells & Sauce for years from friends. It did not disappoint. The food was good and the specials were exceptional. We sat at the end of the upstairs bar and every single person (employee or not) that walked by kicked/ran into our chairs all evening. This was very annoying - even though we tried to move our chairs to be more accommodating. We love restaurants that are family friendly, but there were family groups with children who apparently don't hear their own children acting out for long periods of time. Regardless of continuous glances in their direction, they allowed their children to scream, cry, etc. This really took away from enjoying the wonderful food we had ordered. And I guess this is really true, as here's what I'm writing about several days later - and not the food.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fantastic. The service was fantastic. The waiter and the manager was very welcoming and attentive. I really liked the atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were surprised at how large the potions were. My husband and I ate only half our meals, then brought them home for another meal. The food was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

First time dining here for dinner. We weren’t disappointed! So delicious with great service. It’s noisy here, but the staff is great! Make reservations if possible or you might not get a table. Great happy hour menu with decent drink prices. Such fresh and tasty food. We even ordered the amaretto cheesecake to go since we were so full but wanted to try their cheesecake. It was so good! Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Tapas, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I love Shells and Sauce! This was my second time eating there in a week. It's a fun neighborhood place and the food is delicious. Everyone in our group loved it. Good flavors and generous portions of food. The wait staff is friendly and professional.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The place was busy. Our server was excellent. My Caesar Salad was delicious. Portions are generous. We ordered funnel fries which are funnel cakes in the shape of fries. I found them to be tough and chewy. Overall, a pleasant meal.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The waiter was attentive and gave great suggestions. Our party of 4 each had something different and everything was excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The bolognese pasta was the best I've ever had, and I've had many!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We all loved this place with a couple of exceptions: The kid mac and cheese is for sophisticated kids....Kraft it is not! Also, though my husband thinks I ask too much of restaurants, I asked for the spicy seafood pasta to be made not spicy, but I could barely eat it as my mouth was on fire. I have made this request to other restaurants without issue, but it was a busy night and a special request...Will definitely go back again!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The food is always amazing and I love the cozy atmosphere. The staff always treats us like family and they really take their time to make sure everything is right.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Host was rude. Entrees were mediocre.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Best brunch in town, and the specials are always incredible. That Cuban panini was the best I’ve ever had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went here on a Saturday afternoon for a friend's birthday after visiting the Art Museum. The food was fantastic - especially the Eggs Carbonara and Eggplant Parmigiana and the Tiramisu. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, despite the fact that it was a busy time. I highly recommend this place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (Adelaide / SA)·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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