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Shells and Sauce

2600 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
(303) 377-2091
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Ranked #198 of 2,528 restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $20
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
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 12th and Elizabeth
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65 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Mediocre restaurant. Food was average. We had a group of 4 and only one person liked their meal--the marsala chicken. All of the entrees arrived lukewarm. Too many tables crammed into a small space. And way too noisy. The dirty dishes bus containers are placed under the cook line. Constant dropping of dishes and silverware made it miserable during our... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Shells and Sauce was delicious. Great cocktails (try the mule). For my meal, I ordered two appetizers, the crispy brussel sprouts and the sausage and peppers. Both were wonderful and I ended up taking some of the sausage and peppers home because it was too much food. Service was excellent, although we had a large party (8) and he told... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stopped in on the way back from Crested butte with friends . Made reservations while driving up from Colorado Springs. The server was extremely friendly, I had the wild mushroom veal Marsala that was prepared perfectly, the calzones ordered by my friends were outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I live in the neighborhood and Shells and Sauce is one of my favorite places for dinner! The food is good, the waitstaff is friendly and attentive and the bar is a good place to sit for a dinner and drink if you are solo. The owner's father is a sometime host and is always smiling and that's a great... More

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Denver, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We really enjoy the food at this location but the service was lacking. Our friends had to remind the waitress 2 times to bring their drinks and our server disappeared when it came time to pick up the tab. It also was very hot that day about 90 with no breeze and we were uncomfortably warm and no A/C was... More

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Denver, colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is really good mostly old school Italian with a few twists, as well. The service is friendly and comfortable. The ambiance is also very comfortable and neighborly. Repeats visits are in order!

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Just a quick review to rave about how great this place is! We caught the end of happy hour (which has really good deals on wine, beers and other drinks). We actually chose to order off the non-happy hour menu. Good choice of dishes for my vegetarian husband, and I ordered this amazing stuffed chicken....which I can't stop thinking about... More

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Denver, Colorado
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I've been to Shells and Sauce twice with a friend and have had great meals each time. The house-made bread is super fresh and comes with a spicy dipping sauce. My friend loves the sausage and peppers appetizer. I had the seafood cioppino last weekend and it was very good. The broth was very flavorful and it was packed with... More

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Lakewood, Colorado
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We went here for appetizers and drinks after a show. We were asked if we had a reservation. and because we didn't, they finally found a table for us upstairs by the bar. Ordered two drinks and four apps - Mac & Cheese in truffle oil, deep fried Brussel Sprouts, Crab Cakes, and Sausage & Peppers - each one absolutely... More

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Denver, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This little neighborhood restaurant is absolutely adorable. If I lived in this part of town, it would be my go-to place after work to grab a drink and a meal. Tons of atmosphere. It's cute, cozy, and local. What more could you want?? I've read this place can get busy and I believe it. The good is wonderful and service... More

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