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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

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (71)
Casual (42)
Comfort Food (35)
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Good for a Date (33)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Great for Brunch (30)
Authentic (28)
Happy Hour (28)
Special Occasion (27)
Fun (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Cozy (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (17)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Hot Spot (12)
People Watching (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (4)
Spicy (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (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

Despite making a reservation, we had to wait nearly 45 minutes. Other competitors italian restaurants in the metro area (which i won’t name) will offer a free wine glasses or appetizers while waiting. Nonetheless, the food was good and the portion were enormous. We’ll give them a second and try other options from
the menu.

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We wanted a quick dinner before viewing the Christmas lights at the Botanical Gardens, and found Shells & Sauce on Yelp. Great find! Our waiter was really good, the food was quick and delicious and the atmosphere was very cozy/comfortable. All in all a very nice place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Shells and Sauce is definitely a happening place in a neighborhood setting. The food is delicious, the service tops. The noise level makes it hard to hold a conversation across the table--is the only drawback.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

This was my first time eating at Shells and Sauce. There were 5 in my party. I initially chose this restaurant because it was close to where we needed to be afterwards. We were met by friendly staff who seated us right away to our reserved table. I highly recommend that you make reservations in advance. The place was packed at 5:00. They have one of the best happy hour menus I’ve seen. Ordering something off the HH menu is plenty for dinner. We ordered a couple of items on the HH menu for appetizers and shared some entrees off the dinner menu. Everything was fresh and delicious. Jamie was the best server. He was so friendly and helpful. We really liked the wine he recommended too. Shells and Sauce is a great neighborhood restaurant. I can’t wait to go back! I’ve already told friends about it.

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great! Thanks

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·Dined 7 days ago

Great atmosphere, service and food. I will be back and will recommend to others.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Love Love Love this place. It’s like walking into your moms kitchen every time I eat here. James our server was phenomenal. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious, melt in your mouth pasta. The staff is friendly and definitely recommend a reservation! Very reasonably priced for the amount of food you will receive. I cannot speak highly enough of this restaurant and am looking forward to my next trip to Denver so I can try something else!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My husband and I were a little underwhelmed by our dinner at Shells and Sauce. We had heard great things and were excited to try it out. Maybe it was a case of ordering the wrong things, but we were not overly impressed. We ordered the stuffed shells and got four total- two stuffed with an Italian five cheese mixture, which were very good, and two filled with butternut squash. The squash filled shells were very sweet, and had an odd flavor. Since they comprised half of his dish, my husband was a bit disappointed. It also seemed like disproportionately less food than some of the other plates we saw go out. The pork belly gnocchi was very good, albeit heavy (as one expects pork belly gnocchi might be) and the bread they brought to the table when we sat down was delicious. Some friends have suggested going back and trying other dishes, but I'm not sure it's worth the time or effort. Overall, we had an okay, if lackluster, experience at this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

crazy busy...had a reservation that we were on time for, still waited 30 minutes to be seated...people just streaming in, and no place to put them...seriously understaffed for a Saturday night. Once seated though, we had an awesome waiter that took really good care of us, and despite the frenzy, was in a very good mood. Food actually came out in a reasonable amount of time, and was delicious. I would love to go back on a quiet night in January!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always great food and a fun environment! You won't ever be disappointed in their food and drink selection.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious meal, and our server was SO nice and cheerful! Wonderful experience!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was very good! The venue is a little cold but nothing to shy away from. Service could have been a little better but the food made up for any mishaps.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

Other than a long wait to be seated despite having reservations the restaurant was excellent.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

As advertised, this is a great neighborhood eatery. Excellent food and service. A bit crowded and noisy for my taste, but we were seated upstairs and that was much better. Downstairs there is no entryway or waiting area and I was always stepping aside for the waiters to get past. On a cold evening, it would be unpleasant to sit near the door. Reservations are essential.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was delicious but it took us over an hour to get the food. I also would prefer not to sit upstairs near the windows in the winter as it is very cold.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Shells and Sauce nails it every time!! Great food, great service in a fun atmosphere. One of the best happy hours in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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