Bar Dough

4.7
954 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Bar Dough is an Italian kitchen that offers an elevated take on traditional cuisine in a cozy neighborhood setting. Chef Carrie Baird’s menu of inventive small plates, traditionally prepared meats and fish, handmade pastas, and wood fired pizza pairs perfectly alongside our classically inspired cocktail menu, all-Italian wine list, house-made limoncello spritzes, and extensive beer selection. ***Please note we reserve both low and high top seating, and are happy to accommodate seating requests whenever possible***

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

One of Denver's most-hyped openings of 2016 actually lives up to the hype. Pizza and pasta for days.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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MB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buttermilk Fried Chicken for brunch? TAKE. MY. MONEY.

TJ
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing food and service. You can’t ask for much more. We sat outside for happy hour drinks and loved indoors for dinner. Crab pasta dish is still on my mind two days later. It was insanely good! Highly recommend Bar Dough.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, our server was truly great. Great Italian menu, lots of great dishes. Incredible wine selection. A truly great meal all the way around.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t ever had a bad experience at this joint. Flavors and service are always perfect!

CH
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good. Noisy at times. Very popular. Fun place.

CO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Pasta and pizza both creative and delicious. The bucatini was great and the garlic bread is heavenly. Cocktails were also outstanding, but expensive. Yet, I will not go back. The noise level was so high I left with a headache from 90 minutes of shouting with my dinner companion. When we raised the noise issue, we were told that they hear this complaint a lot and we should request an outside table next time. Since they don't have a covered patio, that is not a good response to what they admit is a common complaint.

MK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pizza was amazing! Fancy toast was my favorite part of the meal !!

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We showed up early for our reservation and the gracious staff was able to seat us quickly-and at one of their patio tables. Our sever was friendly and super knowledgeable about the menu items. The garlic bread was delicious, as was the tagliolini squid ink pasta. The meatballs were also very good. The restaurant takes pride in its food and service.

LW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food a little exotic and menu hard to read

D
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10 out of 10 would recommend. Everything about this experience was flawless from start to finish. Our server was attentive but not overly so, she provided recommendations when we asked but was not pushy about anything. The bottomless mimosas were absolutely worth the cost and the food could not have been better. Their breakfast pasta was phenomenal and the fried chicken was done to perfection. Cannot wait to go back!

H
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant itself is pretty tiny and can get loud, but just know to expect that. The pasta is very good. One of my companions said that his saltimbocca was one of the best meals he's had in a while. Highly recommend if you enjoy Italian food.

M
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal Food! Awesome Service! From the castelvetrano olives to the tagliarini it was absolutely outstanding! Do not leave this restaurant without ordering the Zeppoles!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

The tables are very small and close together. The noise inside the restaurant is too loud to carry on dinner conversation without yelling. The food however was delicious.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was simply amazing. The food was very tasty and presented beautifully. Just a side note...when I made the reservation I put in the message that it was my daughter’s birthday to surprise her and they didn’t acknowledge it, so I don’t think they read the comments when you make a reservation. So if you have a special occasion to be acknowledged it’s probably better to call them.

C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. The service was good, but got a bit slow as the restaurant filled up. But the main thing was it was a warm night, but inside the building it was freezing cold! It's nice to keep the space cool on a warm day, but it's not relaxing to be very cold as you eat. We skipped dessert just to get outside and warm up.

w
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Energetic is not an adequate phrase. Incredibly loud. Group next to us was extremely loud, rude and inappropriate. Too much alcohol.

n
Amarillo
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were hoping for an interesting and unique experience but instead most dishes were over seasoned. Too much salt with the scallops and too much buttermilk and pepper on the little gem salad (leaving bland, peppered leaf lettuce). The fettuccine was straight out of the box. The fancy toast was sublime. Why not just make this a Chef Carrie toast place?

CS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we were greeted by an incredible unhelpful hostess who refused to reseat us, despite the ample extra tables late on a Sunday evening. She was rude and disrespectful for such a small request and started the evening on a low note. It was embarrassing to bring my out-of-town friend to one of my (previously) favorite restaurants and experience such disappointing service. In NO hurry to return.

c
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was outstanding. The noise level was awful. Couldn't hear our waiter or my fellow diners, had to ask our waiter to repeat himself multiple times. The barstools at the high tops don't have backs which gets uncomfortable. I will recommended Bar Dough to friends.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff at Bar Dough is incredible. They made our anniversary unique and special. I would highly recommend this place, everyone can find something to eat, drink, and love. Thank you!

DD
Denver
92 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Great creative flavorful cocktails. Again, could get past the zeppole house made doughnuts with fresh raspberry jam. Then the breakfast pizza with their delicious fennel sausage. A great brunch spot with great friendly service. Cheers!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ridiculously good food paired with great service. Enjoyed a few drinks and appetizers on their happy hour menu before having dinner saved us money too. Their happy hour has a few bits (like rice risotto balls) that are not on their dinner menu that are fabulous. The noise level was deafening and the tables are too close together (like I could have eaten off my neighbors plate and it was difficult to get up to go to the restroom) but other than that is was amazing and a “must” to return to...

DC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really terrific food. Salads were a highlight; pizza was wonderful. Attentive service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was actually pretty good but my wife ordered one of the chef’s favorites, which was recommended by the server, but it was not tasty at all. Also our portion sizes were fairly small so when I’m paying almost $20/plate I’d expect a little more or else each bite should be absolutely amazing. Lastly, it was a lively night, making it really loud, but the music was still playing even though there were two huge parties nearby; and I was a little distracted and confused by the random 80s films being played in black and white by the bar. Overall, pretty good food but definitely stick with the popular menu items, and try to sit outside. Also be prepared to order multiple courses or you might be hungry.

T
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the service, our server was great. The cocktails before the meal were great and we all loved our food selections. I would definitely go back. The only concern is the loud noise, of the weather is good I’d recommend the patio if you have anyone with low hearing.

MP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, lovely spot for a date night. Thanks!

A
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been a diehard fan of Bravo’s Top
Chef since its first season. It’s pretty much the only thing I watch on TV these days. Which is why I get REALLY excited when I have an opportunity to eat at a Top Chef contestant’s restaurant. Good friends visiting Denver gave us the opportunity to visit Chef Carrie Baird’s Bar Dough.

Food: The Spring salad was a hit. It was a light blend of English peas, ricotta salata, asparagus, avocado (which I didn’t taste), pickled red onion, tricolore vinaigrette, and poached egg. Good size, red onions were perfect. Could have used more ricotta (but couldn’t everything use more cheese?).
Chef Baird is known for her “fancy toast” - deceptively complex toasts that beat out many a competitors dish during her season. So I HAD to have the McFancy Toast, basically a croque monsiuer meets French toast (French toast, prosciutto cotto, formaggio americano, sunnyside egg, syrup).
I accompanied my meal with a Bel Fumo (partida reposado, sombra mezcal, amaro sfumato - I left out the lemon & strawberry shrub due to food intolerances).
One suggestion: A member of our party had Celiac so offering a gluten free option for one of the signature Toasts would have been a nice touch.

Aperol spritzes were flying out the door on this warm Sunday afternoon. I can’t wait to come back and try a spritz and cacio & Pepe, which I adore! And maybe those zeppole doughnuts...

Service: Laid back friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating of food allergies, and shook our hand when we left.

Ambiance: simple, a bit on the crowded and noisy side, but like a modern Italian cafe. Two thumbs up for creative bathroom signs.

I had the opportunity to meet Chef Baird - I thought I’d just take a picture of her working... but she gladly indulged me with a selfie and asked how our brunch was while I blushed furiously and stammered out how much of a fan I was. She’s just as nice in real life as she was depicted on the show. Thank you for making a foodie’s month, Chef Baird!

A
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thought that the food was good but not excellent

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very very good. Also, great service from knowledgeable and appropriately attentive waiter.

PM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Other than the noise level, everything was perfect! Thank you, Chris for taking such good care of us!

h
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing sauce on the margherita, and the spicy clam pizza and artichokes were phenomenal, too

GD
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went for brunch. Sat outside which was really nice. The service was really slow.

y
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and both dishes we had were delicious. Cacio y pepe and Sunday pizza. The pizza was ridiculously delicious. And the homemade Chili oil a bonus!

Will come back to try dinner menu!

2
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. Terrific staff. First time here. Loved it

OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth it... its a must stop all around. McFancy toast, cacio de pepe(sp?), pimento dip, zeppoli all outstanding

J
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bar Dough is great but it seemed like it might have been better. Perhaps my expectations were too high. The food was great, service was great, it was a little noisy and the menu was rather small/limited. For Italian, I was thrown off by fettuccini. It was good but that's very American Italian. Super bummed there was no gnocchi on the menu. I will go back and at least try the pizza. Might be a little overpriced for what you get.

SG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing! Definitely try the fancy toast!

JP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bar Dough for my husbands birthday with friends while visiting from Florida. The food was outstanding and we truly enjoyed every dish we had. The artichokes, fancy toast, olives, squid ink pasta, tortellini and bucatini. The star was the tortellini, and even as a vegetarian dish it was absolutely amazing. Attentive service and the courses were timed perfectly so we weren't rushed. Really fun and vibrant atmosphere. Definitely recommend!

CD
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent . Staff was friendly and helpful.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son has been raving about this restaurant since he moved into the neighborhood. During our recent visit we chose Bas Dough to celebrate our anniversary with a group of 5 family members. We were not disappointed! We look forward to returning to your restaurant during our next visit.

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