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Shells and Sauce

#156 of 2,395 Restaurants in Denver
#172 of 2,661 Places to Eat in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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2600 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (12th and Elizabeth)
(303) 377-2091
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Neighborhood Spot

Visited on a Saturday evening with reservations. It filled up quickly and was very busy. The service did not suffer, very efficient with good pacing. Brussels Sprouts were excellent as was the Cioppino and the Jerk Mahi special. The menu has a nice variety, something for everyone and the specials... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
HPSGene
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Denver, Colorado
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Saturday evening with reservations. It filled up quickly and was very busy. The service did not suffer, very efficient with good pacing. Brussels Sprouts were excellent as was the Cioppino and the Jerk Mahi special. The menu has a nice variety, something for everyone and the specials added a little more as well. Has an energetic feel... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We went on a whim and were very impressed. The menu was most interesting and the selection was impressive. Our meals were exceptional, very tasty and delightfully served. This has become a regular dining spot for us.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice menu, fun staff, great neighborhood location, great food. Need to split a plate? No problem. Waiter more than happy to oblige.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A.maz.ing. Everything we ordered was superb! Hubs got a perfect steak special. I had lasagna - one of the best I've ever had - everyone sampled and agreed. Kiddo had ravioli. The service was excellent,never had an empty glass. We went early (5ish) in a week night, and it got packed fast. I encourage reservations! (seriously, make reservations and go.)... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Went here because we had a groupon and it turned our to be a great buy as the food was delicious and plentiful . Small nice patio in front and nice sized dining area inside. Also has an upstairs which is where we sat a little warm but bearable. We started with the fried mozzarella which were the biggest cheese... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This restuarant was okay. Our waiter was really nice. He was child friendly. He made sure we were good just as a waiter should do. However, the food wasn't the same. The kids spaghetti was not child friendly. The sauce was too sour, and the meatball was very bad. Also, the viccata had a greasy sauce. The oil and cream... More 

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Denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We had driven past the restaurant for many years but never stopped in. We found our chance last night as we didn't want to venture into busy Cherry Creek so this quiet location was easy to get to and park. Food was perfect for adults looking for fine Italian while the kids had plenty of pasta and pizza to choose... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I thought i made the best lasagna, but their's was excellent. Lots of beef and sausage baked just right with just a bit of crust on top. And the full sized portion was enough for lunch the next day even for good eaters. The server was very attentive and knowledgeable on a fine wine list. A great little neighborhood find.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Dear readers, We always visit our children and grandchild now in Denver and one of the first restaurants we always go to for dinner is Shells and Sauce. The food, service and atmosphere make for a wonderful cozy neighborhood favorite and for those of you who don't live nearby...it is worth the trip!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is more of a locals place it seemed. But was able to make a reservation on opentables.com Was really busy when we got there but they had a table waiting for us. The food was very fresh and delicious. The portions were also very large as well and the price was not bad either. The only complaint I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2600 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
    (12th and Elizabeth)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: (303) 377-2091

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?