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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

4.5

service

4.5

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4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (82)
Casual (56)
Good for a Date (53)
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Fit for Foodies (40)
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Cozy (29)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Worth the Drive (21)
Great for Brunch (21)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Romantic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
People Watching (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Business Meals (7)
Spicy (7)
Tapas (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
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·Dined 17 hours ago

The lasagna was very good

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

I have never been more disappointed with a manager in a restaurant ever. He was rude, didn’t listen and frankly, ruined our entire night. I wish I could say the food made up for it.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service! Very friendly waiter! Drinks were brought to us immediately. Food was very quick

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is always great each time I come; this time we were seated on the enclosed rooftop which I’d never been up to, so that added an extra special element

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

The lasagna wasn’t too bad. We gave it a 7/10. We also had the Wild Mushroom Chicken Marsala. I’d give it a 2/10. It was flavorless and the chicken was dry and over cooked. Very disappointing especially for the price.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience ! The server was friendly, and very active.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food! Excellent service. Great locally owned neighborhood restaurant! Worth driving from suburbs for. Would recommend for any occasion!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved it! Staff was very accommodating with our reservation. Our server himself was hilarious, prompt, and professional. I had the peach lavender sangria and the stuffed shells duo, both were awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The restaurant shouldn't seat anyone at the table where people congregate waiting for a table. Who wants someone's butt hanging over your plate as you eat? Literally. Way too loud to have a conversation too.
This might be a nice restaurant if you go during the off hours -- either really really early or really really late.
We had a bad experience and it's really disappointing because it was my Dad's 89th birthday celebration -- we only get one of those. We couldn't talk, we had people staring into our plates and talking over our conversation and virtually leaning on our table all night.
Bad!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Brought my fiance her for her birthday. She loved every minute here as well as her food we will definitely be back soon.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyed atmosphere. Service excellent. Enjoyed food except bread and dip. I remember the bread used to be excellent but the current recipe was too salty and I didn’t care for the dip. I’d prefer plain oil and vinegar.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 8, 2018

If you love mushrooms, you should get the saccheti. Top notch!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very disappointed with my entree. Had been looking forward to my fav "Shells & Sauce Veal Parm" for days. Presentation was not at all appealing. Looked like it had been sitting in a cafeteria pan for days. Cheese on top had zero appeal, not a sign of yummy hot stringy mozz. Food temp: somewhat warm. The brussel sprouts were delicious. My friend ordered the Haibut special. It was a lovely presentation and very tasty. Our server & service in general was excellent.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

One of our new favorite places to eat. The food was incredible and the service was great as well. Definitely recommend making a reservation first!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The happy hour at Shells and Sauce never fails to deliver! One of the best values in the city. Great food, impressive portion sizes and excellent atmosphere and service! Keep up the good work and we'll be coming back for years to come!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our appetizers ( burrata and crab cakes) were ok and disappointingly the highlight of the meal. Both of our entrees (shrimp diavolo and seafood arrabbiata) seemed like a bit of pasta in a bowl of tomato soup.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our waiter and food was amazing. I haven’t had service like this in a long time.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

LOVED it ....we will be back again and again....Service great ...food the best, and prices sensible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My 11 yo son said "This is my new favorite dinner place!"

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Friendly staff and food is always fabulous!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and service.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Meatballs to die for. Everything else so so. Lasagna was mostly meat and macaroni and for $19 was a rip off. Had reservations through open table and did not get seated for 45 minutes after reservations. Finally sat us upstairs and it was cold and drafty as hell. Been there and done that would not go back. It is a very rustic, tell the truth it is a dump inside and charge fine dining prices.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We live in LoDo so taking a short Uber to S&S makes it a bit of a "destination" for us. But the excellent food and VALUE brings us there often. The food is FLAVORFUL! The Bread has a crisp crust and soft warm inside with a dipping sauce that is on Steroids. The Sea Bass special , on a flavorful Shrimp Risotto was as fresh and flavorful as any in the City. The"Diavalo Shrimp" it is definitely spicy, but my wife orders it every time we are there. Portions were generous, the Wine (Cab Franc) was smooth and very reasonably priced (as is all their wine). The dining room can be a bit crowded, but the efficient and friendly Wait staff makes it a comfortable experience!

Tags: Authentic, Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

excellent neighborhood gem. highly recommend for date or just a night out

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food and very engaged server
Lots of food!
May wish to get one order for two
None of us at our table, after eating appetizers, was able to finish our meal which left us in no condition to consider dessert
Do not bring anyone who speaks quietly
The noise level is high

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Shells and Sauce gets top ratings from the Gabby Gourmet so much is expected. The food was good but the portions were gigantic. This is a turnoff for me as I'm not a fan of leftovers or food waste. The noise level also meant it was hard to have a conversation with the person across the table.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Our second time here and everything is awesome. Takes us awhile to get here but we’ll worth the trip. I got the veal Parm. The best!!!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Have been going here for many years and have never been disappointed. The food is exceptional! Fresh, seasonal and creative. Attentive staff and cool atmosphere (but not in a "hipster-nonsense way") and tucked into a very convenient charming neighborhood in Congress Park. Whether it's a special occasion dinner or small plates after a movie, they've got you covered.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Shells and Sauce is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. If it’s Friday or Saturday evening, request the rooftop dining area for quieter dining.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Good food with good friends! We all really enjoyed our dinners and our time at Shells and Sauce!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We arrived behind another couple. The host asked both our parties the name on our reservation. As he walked away to seat the first couple, he said we must be his 4-top, and gestured to the table.
Our server was very nice, and came to the table promptly. After the rest of our party arrived, we placed our orders. When the food arrived, one of the entrees was wrong. The correct order came as the rest of us were finishing our meals. The server was very apologetic, but didn't offer anything for the inconvenience, like a free drink, dessert, or even taking the order off the bill. Many other places would have done that.
The food isn't bad, but I will not go back. And, I will not recommend it to my friends.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The 12th avenue special was delish!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Always have a great experience at Shells and Sauce!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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 (Denver)·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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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