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Shells and Sauce - 26 Reviews - 2600 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206, Denver, CO - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (303) 377-2091

Shells and Sauce

2600 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 377-2091
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Shells and Sauce - Denver, CO
Shells and Sauce - Denver, CO
Shells and Sauce - Denver, CO
Shells and Sauce - Denver, CO
Shells and Sauce - Denver, CO


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After taking a tour at the Botanical Gardens, my husband and family stopped by after reading a review on Shells and Sauce. Let me tell you that was some of the best food Italian ...


This was my second time at Shells and Sauce. The first time was delicious and I had a good server. This wasn't the case last weekend. The service was AWFUL. I ordered the carbonar...

Good thing we weren't in a hurry... 12/29/2012

This was the first stop of our night out with family and friends, ranging in age from 1 to 80 years old. It... more

Good thing we weren't in a hurry... 12/29/2012

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This was the first stop of our night out with family and friends, ranging in age from 1 to 80 years old. It was an early dinner and then on to the ... more

Exceeded Expectations 5/16/2011

Coming from a NY Italian family, I'm pretty judgmental of Italian fare. Shells and Sauce really delivers! Of the four dishes our table ordered, not one was disappointing. We'll definitely be back. more

Made me Sick!!! Hair in food and unclean vomit...vomit 3/14/2011

Shells and Sauce is to die for and I almost did. Food made me vomit and vomit. I should have known when the food came with hair in it and cold...that I was in for a bad dinning experience. Moreover, I ran into an old friend who told me they also got really sick after eating at Shells and Sauce. BEWARE!!! Avoid this place. Service was also a miss. more

Was in town last week and Yummmmmm 2/7/2011

After taking a tour at the Botanical Gardens, my husband and family stopped by after reading a review on Shells and Sauce. Let me tell you that was some of the best food Italian Food I've ever had. I had the stuffed shells and you might as well say my taste buds had a foodgasm! Great staff, and the clientele where all super friendly. I can't wait until I return to Denver, I know where I am eating~ Open a Shells and Sauce in Columbus Ohio, please. :) more

Pretty darn good... 10/18/2010

I made reservations for 6:30 on a Friday evening and when I arrived with my party we were seated upstairs right away. The servers were friendly and attentive and we received our appetizer as well as our entrees promptly. The only complaint that I have is that the place just smelled funky. At first I thought it was me but the people I was with also agreed. The best way to describe it is to say that it smelled like a dirty diaper. However, the smell would leave just a quickly as it came so it was hard to pinpoint where it was coming from. I inquired with the server but they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. I'll give this place another shot because the food is good and I hope the next time I'm there that it smells better. more

Great Place For Dinner! 10/1/2010

Great place for a good meal and some conversation! Especially on the rooftop deck in the summer where you are up in the ""trees"" looking out the windows up there. Nice place to take a date....... Reasonably priced and great service. Especially from that handsome Dino, fantastic waiter! more

Great food, great people 1/5/2010

I really enjoyed this place. The food was great, same with the service and the atmosphere. Pros: Excellent food Cons: place smells kind of funny more

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! 12/31/2009

This is the closest thing to an East Coast Italian restaurant in Denver. Reminds me of home - fabo! Pros: Great food - fun and attentive staff Cons: A little cramped more

My favorite new restaurant 12/2/2009

They have very interesting, unique dishes (pasta with spicy tomato sauce and blackened chicken, stuffed shells with butternut squash) and fabulous desserts. The red velvet cake is a must try. Another great feature is the bread with olive oil dip. The olive oil has balsamic, herbs and garlic and is good enough to drink. Prices are also extremely reasonable. I find myself going back again and again, and I have yet to take someone here who does not love it. Pros: Interesting dishes Cons: Dessert menu not fully available at brunch more

Great food and new rooftop patio is a must!!!!! 7/23/2009

I LOVE this place. The gnocci is amazing and I actually crave it quite regularly and have to go back often to induldge! The calamari is amazing as is the homemade bread. This has become my favorite restaurant and I'm so glad that they're open! Also they recently added a rooftop patio that is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Pros: Rooftop seating, great food and wine!!!!!!! parking in back Cons: sometimes gets too busy more


The food was AWESOME! I took my girlfriend there for the first time and we were wowed! great atmosphere! OOOOH..and the head cook served us personally. We will be going back soon. \r ALSO CHECK OUT THERE WEBSITE \r shellsandsauce (dot) net professional website! Pros: Great servers, staff, hosts. Everyone was very nice there. more

Best Italian in Denver 5/8/2009

Ambiance is extraordinary, great food, friendly staff. A wonderful experience every single time. Highly recommend this place. Pros: Food is to die for!!! Cons: Come early gets very busy some nights more

service errors becomes customers problem 6/17/2008

My girlfriend and I with another dining couple went to Shells and Sauce on a wednesday night. It was slow and service was mediocre at best. The food was not really good for Italian and I thought Italian food was easy to make. Well these guys do Italian food really bad. I mean REALLY BAD. My girlfriend works at Strings as a server and she knows pasta and wine. The server recommended a big cabarnet sauv for our first course that was $30+. It didn't go well with our apps. We placed our order for dinner and my steak came out over cooked. I asked to have it re-made which he did no problem. When it returned it was over cooked again. I brought it to his attention again and said that didn't want anything else. When he brought the check the steak was still on the bill. I asked why should I pay for a meal that not only did I not eat but they couldn't cook it right. The so-called owner came to the table and appologized for the error. I gave the server my credit card and they ran my credit card for the amount before the steak was taken off the bill. I did not relize this until later when I got home. The next day I called the restaurant and asked for the owner who had talked to me the day before. Whoever had talked to me wednesday night was not an owner and according to the girl on the phone, he doesn't even work there. WHO THE HELL IS RUNNING THIS PLACE!!! When I finally did talk to somebody important about my credit card, he was rude and just un-proffesional.\r \r What ever you do, if you decide to go to Shells and Sauce, don't order a steak, wine or pay with a credit card. Pros: Not a damn thing! Cons: Service, Food, and Management (owners) more

icpgourmet 6/15/2008

i have heard of this italian restaurant in the neighborhoood.i got excited cause we luv italian food and we live in congress park.anyways we went on a thursday see whats the hype all about.we tried the capresse \r salad with fresh tomatoes and basil with fresh mozzarella for an appetizer then for dinner i had the vealchop piccata came with saute spinach yum melted in your mouth.our waiter\r was very friendly and knew the menu anyways my gf had the stuff shells she luved it .both had a few glasses of wine.the only thing this cozy little spot always packed a little noisy but we didnt care.we had a great time then j.c our waiter reccomended the homemade creamy tirimisu best dessert we had .\r cant wait to try there other dishes bravisimmo Pros: great food Cons: a little noisy more

Terrific neighborhood restaurant 5/31/2008

I've eaten at Shells and Sauce several times and it have never disappointed. Too often I feel like people only write reviews when something negative happens or when they aren't satisfied. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good Italian food by a locally owned restaurant to give it a least a try. Each time is as wonderful as the first. I highly recomened the lasagna. \r Pros: Patio, great neighborhhod, parking in back, great food Cons: sometimes run out of lasagna more

Below Expectations 5/27/2008

This was my second time at Shells and Sauce. The first time was delicious and I had a good server. This wasn't the case last weekend. The service was AWFUL. I ordered the carbonara brunch dish and asked to substitute the bacon for portabello mushrooms. I was given ordinary button mushrooms and charged an additional dollar. My asparagus was nearly raw. Not worth it. more

Great Food, HORRIBLE Service 5/11/2008

We stumbled upon this place about eight months ago. It's been one of our favorite places in Denver - great location, quaint atmosphere, etc. But lately, the service has just gone to hell. Last night probably drove us away forever - they let someone else have our reservation even though we were on time. The older man at the front was just obstinate and rude about it, as though it was our fault. We've had issues with him before, but the food was always worth his somewhat surly ""greeting."" But, unfortunately, last night was the last straw. I hope to read future reviews saying the service has improved. Until then, we'll go back to Portege. more

Great for brunch on the weekends! 5/5/2008

This is my new favorite spot for brunch on the weekends, can't wait to sit on the patio as the weather gets warmer. Love the food, great people, kudos to our waiter Brady he's the best! Pros: Great brunch menu more
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This restaurant is serving authentic Italian American food in the heart of Congress Park.

Owner Message

  • Shells and Sauce is a Denver restaurant, serving authentic Italian American food. Whether it's the kids, brunch or dinner menu, patrons are sure to find a favorite on the menu.

    If you're craving homemade lasagna, meat or fish, then Shells and Sauce has a variety of savory appetizers and entrees to chose from. Other appetizers include calamari Fritti, Brie Brushchetta and Italian Sliders. Merlot, reds and whites fill the wine list. Be sure to leave room for a delicious dessert selection.

    Whether you sit on our new rooftop patio or inside to watch our open kitchen, Shells and Sauce is a great place to entertain friends or family in an inviting setting.

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sat, Sunday Brunch 10am- 3pm Tue-Thu 3pm-10pm Fri 3pm-11pm Sat 10am-11pm Sun 10am-9pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Congress Park, Southeast Denver