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Shells and Sauce, Denver, CO

Shells and Sauce

4.7
4.7
2940 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
General Manager, Oscar Venegas and Executive Chef Marcus Jimenez are 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 377-2091
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Marcus Jimenez
  • Catering
    We cater all events. You are welcome to pick up the food or have it delivered from our Catering Menu. We have catered all occasions; from small birthday parties to President Obamas Tour and Media when running for his second term.
  • Private party facilities
    We do private events events from 10-130 guests. We have two floors. Our first floor seats 70 our second floor seats 60. There is a bar on each floor. The second floor is perfect for everything from Wedding Dinners to Corporate Parties. The second floor can be used Privately or Semi Private with Food and Beverage Minimums.
  • Neighborhood
    Cherry Creek
  • Cross street
    12th and Elizabeth.
  • Parking details
    Easy to find parking on the street, or park in our lot behind the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Bus #10 & 12
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,940 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Best Value

  • Denver

    Neighborhood gem

  • Denver

    Italian

2,938 Reviews
  1. Foodie1

    Naples

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Portions were very big, a nice wine list, a cute neighborhood, Italian restaurant. OK Italian food….

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  2. jeffs

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!!!! Great place. Loved all our dishes. Coming back soon

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Plus, a fun place for a night out.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison was great! The Shrimp Diavolo and Ravioli were 5/5.

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  5. NickName

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Caveat: We went on Valentine's Day, so maybe not the ideal time to try a new place and see them at their best. Had a reservation, however still had to wait. After a short wait, we were seated. From there, it took some time to be acknowledged by the server (though tables after us were addressed first). They were out of the homemade lasagna. The chicken parm I got in its place was overcooked, with pasta that seemed to have been premade hours before and tomato sauce that seemed out of a can. Not impressed. Now the crab bisque soup and bread were delicious. Had the tiramusu and it was good. Prices were reasonable and wine selection was adequate. Full bar, but a very small cocktail menu. Perhaps not living up to all the hype was due to holiday overload. All in all, would give it another try on a day when they weren't slammed with people and meals could be prepared with more attention.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat upstairs, which was more quiet than downstairs. However, there were two workers constantly carrying/moving big items past our table, up and down the stairs that took away from the overall dinner experience. Staff member that brought out bread and balsamic/olive oil didn’t care to greet us and describe the appetizer. Primary server was good though.

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  7. AlexisB

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food. I love this restaurant, every time I go, it's spectacular. Valentine's is evidently a wild night, though. It is a small locale, but clean and tastefully decorated. Valentine's was especially busy and loud, which was unfortunate. Would recommend.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We love coming to this restaurant. The food is always good. They unfortunately ran out of some items last night and were running around super back and forth. We waited a while to get our order in and then it took a while to get our check but no complaints about the food. It was delicious.

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  9. Sarah

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out for valentine's day. The food was amazing. The complimentary bread with balsamic sauce was wonderful and replenished without request. Some of the best cheese curds I have ever had for an appetizer. The chicken parmesan was some of the best I have had in Denver. A great date night spot. We will be back!

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  10. BigTen

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food, price and waitress, Lydia was exceptional. But the place was very noisy, the seating was very close together and the ambiance was poor.

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  11. Barb

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Great neighborhood restaurant

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  12. slpr

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful celebratory evening! Great food! Finn took great care of us too!!

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  13. Murrayco

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little neighborhood joint with good traditional Italian food.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will start off by saying our server was PHENOMENAL! The service here was absolutely amazing. The food on the other hand was overall just very bland. The carbonara came with penne noodles and asparagus which I found weird and the sauce was very bland. We also ordered the bolognese with meatballs which also came with penne noodles. The pasta was extremely over cooked and everything needed seasoning.

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  15. MarcA

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food just wasn’t that good (apologies to the chef).

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  16. MJCH

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were outstanding. We had upstairs seating and it was quieter up there. Good portions, not too big. It was a lovely experience and we will be back.

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  17. GaryH

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. Very enjoyable atmosphere

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shells and Sauce never fail my taste buds whether I get the steak or pork chop special or one of the delectable pasta dishes on the menu. The service is always fantastic and is the reason I've been going regularly for the better part of 15 years.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Excellent food and our server was amazing.

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  20. CindyL

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, great service. We were upstairs which is quieter just a little chilly.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a fantastic dinner. The food was delectable, and our server, Jaymys, was attentive, helpful, and had a great attitude that added to our fun evening out. Make a reservation and enjoy!

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  22. BobInDenver

    Denver

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been a couple of years since we visited this neighborhood Italian restaurant in Congress Park. They've replaced the free-standing tables and metal chairs with upholstered booths, increasing the comfort and at the same time greatly reducing the "liveliness" of the room. Noise levels were moderate; we had stopped going because the room was way too noisy. The food was wonderful. My companion, who is lactose-challenged, had very few menu choices available, but he didn't investigate how the kitchen might be able to adjust for that. Many dishes are covered not only with cheese, but also with creamy sauces. Everything was quite good. Portion sizes are appropriate -- everyone ate everything, with no boxes going home afterward. Another pleasant surprise was to find the prices have remained reasonable, in the $20-30 range for most dishes, with $10 wines to accompany. There's also a full bar for those who wish to indulge in cocktails. The restaurant is in a little neighborhood business strip, with Spinelli's market just down the block. Parking can get a little tight, but there is a small parking lot behind the restaurant and street parking. Watch for the permit signs on the side streets!

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  23. SundayBrunchers

    Denver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the staff here! Always friendly and welcoming. We ordered lasagna which is always a big portion and enjoyable; only wish it was cheesier. More mozzarella please. It is very beefy.

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  24. LaurenK

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighborhood gem. Delicious food. Reasonably priced. Excellent service. Great spot!

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  25. egpowers

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our third visit. The last two were great, this time left much to be desired. We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation, we were seated at an afterthought of a table in a corner, very tight space, zero room to move, my chair was basically wedged in the spot. My back was against a half a very cold window frame, within a few minutes I was alternating between chilly and a very cold draft across my back and neck, when I commented to my wife about it, the woman at the table next to us heard me and agreed. We spent the entire time bundled in our coat. We asked to be moved, there were no other tables. Secondly, we are two years post covid, I shouldn’t have to still scan a QR code to see a menu, or wait 10 minutes for a waitress to ask if we’d seen the menu, then go quest to find regular menus. While the food as usual was great, the portions large. We brought leftovers home, however one container was placed on its side in the bag, and leaked. Maybe because we were hidden, not sure, but service was quite slow. Seemed like we’d have to wait for our waitress to help the table next to us, then she’d serve us.

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  26. MollyP

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My family of four enjoyed great food and great service!

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  27. MatthewF

    Denver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual it was amazing. The food is so good, the service is amazing and tbe price is more than fair. If you love gnocchi try the sweet potato gnocchi!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An all around solid night out. Ill be back. Shells & Sauce is a staple.

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  29. MichaelM

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Shells & Sauce is always a good time, and server Maria is a delight!

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  30. LeeR

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic little restaurant. Great food! What nice place yo take the family for a special night out.

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  31. Susan

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our wait was 1/2 hour for our reservation. Squished standing against the bar. My drink was totally made incorrectly and my veal was poorly cut, tough and chewy. Need I say more? Yuck. Never again.

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  32. Lilley

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent! Our waitress was charming!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m afraid to write this review because this is a true neighborhood gem but if I say that then everyone will come here. This is a terrific restaurant - unassuming from the outside but with a whole lot going on inside. Food is excellent, with great go-to dishes we all love like veal Marsala but also daily specials that are really creative and wonderful. The staff is very friendly and most of them have been there for years and it’s probably one of the best brunches around. Ok - so the secret is out.

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  34. MarshaL

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great find, with parking in the back and conveniently located near the Botanical Gardens. We were a group of 4 who each ordered something different, and we all said our choices were excellent and we'd like to go back again. We were there at 5:00, which was not a good time because of happy hour noise making conversation very difficult. After we were finished eating, we found out that there is an upstairs area. We'll try that space next time as perhaps it's quieter up there.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great experience as tourists. Great food, nice wine and excellent service. I had the shrimp diavolo, which filled me up and was delicious. Would definitely visit again.

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  36. LauraL

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is excellent, service is outstanding, but tables are crowded and it is loud because of that.

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  37. DeniseP

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and delicious food.,highly recommend!!!

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  38. ShelliJ

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 4 of us had a great dinner including appetizers and salad and wonderful drinks. The atmosphere is always lively and fun. Our waiter was great! Always enjoy going to S&S. My favorite dish is the Wild Mushroom Sachetti with shrimp.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my lover here for his birthday. Food was divine. Service was impeccable. Love this for them. We’ll be back.

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  40. TamilaG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good experience for our birthday dinner, Thanks!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shells and Sauce using the Order Online button. Shells and Sauce also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Shells and Sauce also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 377-2091.

Shells and Sauce is rated 4.7 stars by 2940 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Shells and Sauce

2600 E. 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th and Elizabeth.
  • Neighborhood
    Cherry Creek
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Easy to find parking on the street, or park in our lot behind the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Bus #10 & 12
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcus Jimenez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (303) 377-2091
  • Catering
    We cater all events. You are welcome to pick up the food or have it delivered from our Catering Menu. We have catered all occasions; from small birthday parties to President Obamas Tour and Media when running for his second term.
  • Private party facilities
    We do private events events from 10-130 guests. We have two floors. Our first floor seats 70 our second floor seats 60. There is a bar on each floor. The second floor is perfect for everything from Wedding Dinners to Corporate Parties. The second floor can be used Privately or Semi Private with Food and Beverage Minimums.
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