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Shells and Sauce, Denver, CO

Shells and Sauce

4.7
4.7
2978 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 11 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.
  • Area
    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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,978 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver

    Best Value

2,978 Reviews
  1. xpRobin

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, nice-ish space. A bit crowded but packed with diners during Saturday evening dinner hours.

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  2. JoshP

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was excellent. He knew when to check in and when to leave us be, and had great recommendations. The food was all great, everyone at the table had something different and everyone was very satisfied.

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  3. JulianneA

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time, highly recommended by our son who lives near the restaurant, and it was fabulous! Excellent food, service, menu, and more. We will be back! My only suggestion is it was cool in the restaurant as they had the large garage door open - will bring a warmer sweater/ jacket next time!

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  4. KristenV

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely local spot for excellent food and friendly service.

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  5. Patsy

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value. Fun ambiance. Loved our waiter, Finn. We will be back.

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  6. KayleeM

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a good early dinner. The restaurant was busy which mDe the noise levels unfortunately loud but the food and the service were very good.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Red sauce was great! Alfredo was watery and not creamy and left a lot to be desired. Nice friendly atmosphere with attentive staff.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The patio and the food were both perfect. Maria took care us with her constant smile

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  9. Jazz

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It's very noisy so hard to have a conversation. Food is terrific

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from Texas - my son just happened on a review of Shells & Sauce and we are so glad he did! Food was incredible & great wine selection and the wine by the bottle prices were quite good.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We loved Shells & Sauce when we first moved to Denver in 2018—it was our favorite Italian and its quaint neighborhood location was so cozy and welcoming. Since then, I believe they changed ownership or management because the quality has definitely declined a bit. We revisited S&S last night after a few years and it was decent. Our waiter took a while to come to our table, claiming when he did that he didn’t realize we were in his section. My favorite dish has always been the Wild Mushroom Sachetti, and it is alright now but it used to be INCREDIBLE. It seems they’ve lessened the amount of truffle in the broth, so it’s a bit bland now. The mushrooms are pretty chunky and overwhelming, and the addition of broccoli takes away from the simple pleasure and richness of the pasta. I also noticed there seems to be less filling in the pasta, which was disappointing. The complimentary bread used to come out very warm, and last night it was room temperature. The owner’s wife used to make homemade specialty cheesecake flavors and now it’s just one standard flavor on the menu. These of course are just details but I want to bring them to the attention of management because these were details that didn’t go unnoticed! We were regulars years ago and brought everyone we knew to S&S. Now I’m not sure when we’ll return again. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a cute neighborhood spot with a good happy hour and tasty Italian, but it’s not as special as it once was.

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  12. WendyS

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great selection of good food, fast service, and fair prices

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with fun vibe. Entire staff was fabulous!! We love the location. We all commented that it was one of the best overall dining experiences we’ve had.

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  14. jjbarrows

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Generally the service at shells and sauce is excellent, but not this night, and we didn’t have our regular server. What was unusual is the server kind of threw the leftover boxes at us so that we boxed our own dinner and when I asked to take my margarita with me the server put what was left in a child’s sippy cup and told me that was all that they had. Not a good experience

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  15. Foodies

    Denver

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good and the food was decent. I say decent because the crab cakes that we ordered were salty. We asked about them and she said they were made from a premade mix. I would come back but I won't order the crab cakes. I wanted to order the tiramisu but given the quality of the crab cakes, I changed my mind. I would recommend to friend and tell them not to get the crab cakes.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is always good and consistent. Tight seating but it’s comfortable atmosphere.

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  17. miket

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service. Likes the variety on the menu. Good value for the money.

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  18. JaMwA

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic all around! We had a table of 6 with the best friendly service, delish food and atmosphere! The wild mushroom sachetti is a repeat dish for sure.

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  19. eliza

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! Good service!

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  20. ClaireF

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both phenomenal! Will definitely be back.

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  21. robert

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food—terrific service—thanks!! we had standard menu fair as well as specials, and both were delightful.

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  22. LizM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent meal and experience! Look forward to going again seeing familiar faces.

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  23. DCS1

    Denver

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We hadn't been here in a long time and it was great to come back again. Nice to sit upstairs, though it's fairly loud up there when the windows are closed. Menu is still very nice, if a bit smaller than what I remember, but plenty of good options for everyone. Enjoyed our food as usual.

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  24. LanceRealtor

    Denver

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with friends. The peartini was yummy! I think reasonable prices and comfortable ambiance.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot! Great gluten free options as well!

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  26. AdrD

    Denver

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Classic meal with family. Crab cakes were good. Bruschetta was awesome. Shells and sauce made with butternut squash were fab! Good mocktail choices!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love shells and sauce, it’s our local place. Jose at the bar always makes you feel welcome and is exceptional in his service. The food is tasty and consistent, which we appreciate.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time trying this place for Denver Restaurant week. Small initiate restaurant and the service was A+++!! I wish I remembered who our server was but she was upbeat, sweet, and went above and beyond. Food was very authentic. Ordered the Bolognese. The bread with the red wine vinegar was delicious. The cannoli dessert was to die for. Will definitely be back!

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  29. scott5864

    Denver

    75 reviews

    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I will go back when restaurant week is not going on ,it was excellent

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Pretty slow service. Mediocre chicken parm - sauce tasted like bad jar sauce

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible experience at shells and sauce. Would not recommend

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  32. ChristineK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Denver Restaurant Week was a great value! I've been to this restaurant several times and it never disappoints.

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  33. Katie

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We ate here for Restaurant Week, and they were quite busy. We enjoyed the food, but it took an incredibly long time. We were probably there for 30 minutes before we could even put our food order in with our server, and after an hour and a half we still hadn't even ordered dessert so we ended up having to take it home. The food is always great, but we were disappointed in the overall experience this visit.

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  34. SteakRamenXiaoLongBao

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant had the best creme brulee I have ever had. It was the right amount of crisp without the burnt taste. The neighborhood had such a nice vibe to it as well as the people serving you. I would eat here again even without Denver Restaurant week. 10/10.

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  35. BruceA

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time at this restaurant. We were seated before our reservation time (worked well for us), the service was outstanding, the food was excellent and good sized portions, and the wine list was very reasonably priced. We have already booked a reservation for next weekend. Highly recommended.

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  36. DEIRDREOL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shells & Sauce is a neighborhood gem, delicious & great service!

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  37. JasonV

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The stuffed shells and lasagna were amazing. Service was great and super quick for a Saturday

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  38. courtneys

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing as always… A great wine selection… Everyone left, full and happy!

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  39. bethl

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place and its happy hour “small plates” menu. Thanks for the consistently high quality experience!

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  40. Kdines

    Denver

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this consistently good neighborhood spot! Thank you.

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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 2978 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 11 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.
  • Area
    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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, 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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