Bar Dough

4.7
672 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 Max Mackissock’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***
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Sunday Brunch: 10am - 2pm
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Phone number
(720) 668-8506
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Max MacKissock
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Catering
We at Bar Dough are capable of providing a variety of catering options for your event or gathering. In addition to our in-house menu items, we are happy to create a customized menu to appeal to all of your guests’ tastes and preferences.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vallejo
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
What 672 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends and I really enjoyed the wild boar, Bucatini, and meatballs - and all paired with a wine grape I had never heard of which was a fabulous recommendation by our waitress.

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J
Milwaukee
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm from New York and New Yorker's can be pretty snobby about their pizza - but this is one of the best pizza's ever - from the preparation, presentation and most of all the taste - the flavors - truly awesome.

Nice (but a bit pricey) arugula salad too.

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Bar Dough was excellent. The garlic bread was exceptional! Will definitely be back to try more items.

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HD
Omaha
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. We had the roasted carrots, squid ink pasta, another pasta dish that started with a C- and was spicy and excellent! Pasta dishes are so flavorful- the squid ink is an absolute must!!!

We then had the commendatore and signore Bianco pizza- both were delicious!!

Highly recommend this restaurant. The menu does make changes every season!

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EW
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I knew what to expect price-wise. What I didn't expect was to only get average food for that price.

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e
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I alsways love Bar Dough and more specifically, their brunch options. It's my first recommendation to anyone coming in from out of town that wants a great brunch option! Wonderful food and drinks at great prices.

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m
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, fun and super noisy inside. It was fine for the two of us, but would have been tough with more people, especially as there was a super loud party at one of the high top tables. I realize it's the luck of the draw, but be prepared for lots of loudness.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked for something special when I made the reservation and that wasn’t done so a little disappointing . Now we recurved a no show alert from open table, so that’s a little frustrating. Food was incredible, waitress was probably the best we’ve ever had. Great explaining the food and drink, when she found out late that it was our anniversary got us a couple of after dinner drinks, and gave a nice recommendation for a quick place to get a drink after. Great restaurant just a couple of misses on communication with open table it seems like.

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GP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and a great environment. We were well taken care of and enjoyed ourselves.

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RK
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Bar Dough because our 20 something son and girlfriend have wanted to try it, but wanted the parents to pay. The food was very good, wine list extensive, good beer selection and the cocktails creative. We chose the meatballs for the appetizer to share. Excellent choice, best part of our meal! The two salads we shared between the 4 of us were also wonderful. Kale/beet salad and carrot salad with faro recommend. The entrees were delicious, not the best meal I've had though. I just had a difficult time digesting $28-$35 for pasta. I had the farfalle with goat and yes the pasta was handmade, but yikes the price! Everyone was happy with their selections, the waiter was attentive and friendly. I paid the bill but felt there are so many restaurants in Denver who overprice their food now because they can.

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l
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here probably over 10 times in 6 months. That's a lot.... we live close but there's so many restaurants, they need to be great to go again. And this place is amaaaaaazing. We've taken numerous friends here, and it's been consistently incredible every time we've been. Truly can't get enough of the pasta and the pizza. Well done. Delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was great!

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M
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for the first time this weekend. The waiter didn't say much at first, wish they would have gone over the menu or given us some recommendations. When it came to dessert we asked and their recommendation was great. The signature drinks were so-so. The food was great (pizza and pasta)!! Wish the music was quieter, you have this nice restaurant setting, & black and white movie on the TV's and then rap music playing too loudly for a Saturday night dinner (late night I understand . . . . 7pm not so much). The music was turned down, but at one point I could barely hear the person sitting two feet away from me. Great location, if you are looking for a quite dinner or place to chit-chat, probably not the location on a Saturday night.

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! This restaurant does an amazing job at helping people with food allergies as well!

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MN
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The appetizers we're quite good. Unfortunately, the pasta and shrimp dish was not edible. Portions are huge, including the appetizers. Service was slow... So slow in fact I couldn't even find the server to tell her about my disappointment. I ended up having to pay at the host stand. No one there even asked me how my meal was. An unfortunate experience all the way around.

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TS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my second time eating at Bar Dough. Last winter I thought it was the best meal I had ever had. This last week, the experience was a bit different, and I ordered the same items. Maybe they had someone new in the kitchen. The kale salad, which is one of my favorites, was a bit oversalted. The black ink pasta was a bit dry. The place was pretty busy, so the noise level was higher than it was in the winter, but it wasn’t difficult to have a conversation with others at our table. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and as attentive as he could be with all the customers.

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TB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Seating outside was pleasant, and quieter than inside. It was busy, so I’m glad we had reservations. Food was ok, but chicken on bruschetta was dry, and pizza crust was charred, toppings mediocre. Maybe pasta would have been a better choice. Liked the atmosphere & wine selection. We live in a small, west slope CO town with few good restaurant options, so want a great experience when in Denver.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and server were great but had to wait forever for our food

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KF
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve wanted to try BarDough for quite awhile. Finally made it. It was certainly worth the wait. I am skeptical of the presumptive nature of the evolving Denver restaurant scene. I found nothing presumptive about this experience... Really pleasant! Food was executed well with a mixture of inventiveness and mouth appeal. Our server was exceptional and quickly adapted to our expectations. At our request she chose all of our entree’s giving us a really nice crosscut of offerings. Each was brought to the table with quick and concise explanation. The table was cleaned and reset after each course. The place is comfortable and welcoming. We will certainly put it on our go again list... Nice!

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LS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good but not worth the price. The atmosphere is cool, the location is great, the food is good but not amazing, and it’s over priced for what it is.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Bar Dough is just another new pretentious hipster restaurant in Denver.... it's getting old.

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AL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The squid ink pasta was to die for! The pizza was good too but definitely get the pasta if you like seafood.

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KC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food - the Italian spinach was outstanding. Really liked options for half-portions built into
Menu (e.g., small/large glass of wine, small/large pasta serving). Vibe is hip, trendy and local, also welcoming to oldie out-of-towners like us! Great evening!

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HH
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I just love this restaurant - so worth the drive from Evergreen! Some of the best Italian in the city with great service, fun atmosphere and tasty Italian wine list. Already looking forward to coming back!

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TA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great, server was very helpful and friendly. We weren’t in a rush, but even so, service was slow.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and were thrilled with our cocktails and food. Everything was delicious! Can’t wait to go back for dinner.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall very good. The kitchen forgot the mussels in our squid ink pasta but great service from the bartender (I forget his name) made up for it. Will definately be back.

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s
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was very loud, but that was very noticeable coming from overseas. So many things in America are loud, even when they don't need to be. Fettuccine was wonderful, as was Margharita pizza, Fancy Toast, & zucchini soup.

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EC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ate was fantastic, one the best executions of chicken I’ve ever had, perfectly prepped and cooked delightfully juicey but crispy skin, the sauce was ridiculous. The meatballs, capresse and fettuccine are all worth mentioning as well. The wine was at a great price point with plenty of variety, we had one of the chiantis and it was excellent. Cameron was knowledgeable attentive while still giving us enough space. Kudos to everyone involved.

*touch noisy and tight fit just to note but definitely not to dissuade.

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KR
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Loved Bar Dough. My friend visiting from VA is a foodie and a big fan of Carrie Baird from Top Chef, so I made a reservation for the 2 of us, as well as my kids. The staff was super friendly, the food was amazing and they even offered to make a modified version of one of the pizzas for my son, without us asking, to make it more kid friendly. Cocktails were delicious, as well. Most impressive was the fact that Carrie took the time to step out of the kitchen to meet my friend and take a photo, despite it being a busy Sunday brunch. Highly recommend.

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GW
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Dough is a favorite restaurant for me and my wife, the service is always prompt, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is great!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Really good food and vibe. Bar is long and open kitchen is such a great look. And TV showing black and white movies of modern era is very cool. Go!

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food and the vibe.

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LW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been here many times before and actually initially had a little issue with service in that we waited a longer than expected between salad and pizza and pasta but as I have learned to expect here was quickly corrected with compensation to our bill and our waitstaff sent the manager over to talk to us. Already booked my return visit!

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KK
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten numerous dinners and brunch at BD and itg never disappoints. Thanks Chef Carrie and staff -- our 35th wedding anniversary was perfect.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High top seating not super comfortable but we were moved to the patio which was great. Food and drinks were awesome.

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Dough was so delicious and I enjoyed the drink that I had as well. The restaurant is very crowded and loud but the food was so good that I barely cared at all! I would definitely recommend Bar Dough.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow tonight.

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience. Our server was on point and gave us advice on food, drinks and specials. I wasn't crazy about the appetizers (meatballs and roasted carrots) but my wife liked them. Entrees were excellent, tagliarini and pollo al limone. I'd be happy to drop in there again, it's a good place for dinner and drinks.

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