Bar Dough

4.7
633 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 633 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was slow tonight.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

As always, the service was incredible. The food was amazing and overall experience was perfect!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Incredible food and some of the best staff in Denver. One of my favorites for sure!

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

We got there early for our 8:00 reservation. Got crammed in the back with everyone else even though there were tables in the front. Were told those tables in the front were for people with reservations...that's right, we had one. Anyway, the tables were so small and so close together it just wasn't comfortable. Then the guy next to me got his ink squid pasta and we had to sit there and watch him eat it like a foot away. Disgusting. We decided to leave and have a burger on an outside table next door. That was great and we saved a fortune!

The hostess was very friendly and so was the waiter. It probably would have worked out if we had given it time...

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Our waitress suggested the garlic bread. After tasting it, we agreed that the garlic bread is not a cliche and should be ordered.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I had high expectations going to Bar Dough for the first time and I was not disappointed. The fancy toast of the day was fabulous as was the squid ink pasta and broccolini. The star of the show was the clam pizza which on first glance did not seem impressive but upon tasting was mind blowing. Looking forward to my next visit.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great food, service and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The food was really great. Especially enjoyed the fancy toast and the bucatini. Food came out a little slow, so not great if you're tight on time, but if you have good company to enjoy, then no problem.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My boyfriend and I went here because we watched the season of Top Chef with Carrie...but it was even better than we expected! The lobster risotto was amazing, but the Colorado potatoes were the BEST. We also took our server's recommendation for dessert...and it was incredible. Definitely would go back the next time I'm in Denver!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The food was wonderful. I wish I could say the same for our server. In asking for his advice on a bottle of wine - a dry, not oaky white - he made a recommendation. After corking a turned bottle of wine, the second corked bottle didn't meet our expectations based on his description. He made a rude comment to the effect that we're wasting wine and didn't want to uncork any more until we knew what we wanted. It just didn't sit right with anyone at the table, and honestly, it seemed like we were a burden to him. Maybe he was having a bad night? Otherwise the food was absolutely delicious!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Sooooo good!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

1st time here and all of us just loved it. Wine program was terrific and don't miss the pork chop. Service was really friendly and top notch given the casual vibe at the high top table were had. Chef took time to talk with us for a bit at the end. Nice touch! Should have won Top Chef!! Wil be back - lots!

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The tomato salad was to die for. The bar service was excellent. Drinks inventive. The entree and appetizer was super so so. Unbelievably so so. Especially given the price. Pasta was over al dente, extra hard to chew, meatball appetizer was burnt and dry.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Casual, comfortable setting with highly creative cooking and good service. After watching Top Chef alum Baird's opponents complain about her winning Quick Fires with 'just toast', we of course had to try the Fancy Toast. Maximum yum! Another diner's 'chicken with lemon' was perfection. It was sous vide with actual drippings, pan seared to finish; and was amazingly tender and flavorful. When I go back, I'm ordering the chicken. Three diners at our table had pasta and we shared tastes with each other. The other two diners thought the pasta dishes were excellent. I thought the dishes could benefit from a bit of editing. The house-made limoncello was like sucking on a lemon drop! It was a perfect way to end the meal.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Was a family(three generations) dinner after hearing about it from one of the pasta chefs. That chef was able to join us at the last minute. She was extremely helpful and could give us much more detail about the menu and the ingredients Was a pleasure getting to share our meal with her, as we had not planned it that way. BONUS!!!

Lacking a children's menu, but the meat balls worked great and the waiter arranged for a bowl of plain buttered pasta. He gets extra points for that. Did have to wait to get our bill, but he was wearing several hats that night.

Open Table said only High Top tables were available. I called BD and asked if we could sit at a regular table (due to older backs and an amputee in our group) and they nicely accommodated us.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Fabulous food, especially the appetizer toast, which that night was topped with zucchini and bacon. Fettuccine with asparagus and clam pizza also wonderful. Great wine by the glass offerings. A little noisy, but that’s to be accepted in a casual place with young people.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Not Vegetarian friendly but the cocktails, atmosphere and outdoor seating are great! I would come back for Happy Hour, but probably not for dinner. I was able to order "a la cart" but I was bummed that most of the main entrees were not Vegetarian. I greatly enjoyed the Spritz and Olives though!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My husband and I were looking for a unique restaurant to check out while visiting Denver for our anniversary trip. We remembered that one of our favorite Top Chef contestants had a restaurant in the area and looked it up and immediately booked it. It was everything we wanted it to be, and we were super excited to see Fancy Toast on the menu, which was delicious. Our food and service was great, the prices on the menu were good and we were able to sit outside. We also took advantage of the Happy Hour drink and snack menu. We only wish Carrie was there at the time so we could thank her for creating amazing food. We would definitely come back here on our next visit!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food was outstanding and the service was very prompt and friendly. We did find it odd that our order was not put in until after we finished our bottle of wine. Definitely would come back just may not order any drinks if that is the policy.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was very good! We had home made pasta and risotto. However it took a good 50min to get our food. Service was not good..



The place is nice, perhaps small and noise gets too loud when it gets crowded.. super loud I would I say.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Our server was fantastic! Great food, nice atmosphere and location.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Had brunch here for a bachelorette party. Staff was friendly and nice. The avocado toast is delicious and if you're looking for something sweet, the ricotta donuts are a plus! Definitely a bread-heavy type of menu.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

What a spectacular dining experience. Every item was cooked to perfection.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was very good. We had two pastas, each of which was extremely tasty while being not just simple variations on well worn recipies.

The service was spotty. We ordered a dish that never did come. (The waitress comped our one dessert due to this.) Our server did not check in often so we didn’t get a chance to ask about this until we felt it was too late.

The biggest issue however was the noise level. Even at a very small table for two, holding a conversation was basically impossible. It was not at al relaxing. We didn’t choose a high-end place to experience a brew-pub trivia night atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Bar Dough is my favorite Italian place in Denver. I would order anything on the menu and be happy!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

went there after seeing topchef last year, so made reservations before coming to Denver. We come from New Orleans, so our expectations are high in restaurants. All five entrees were great. The chicken was outstanding. The porkchop with peach sauce and red peppers was excellent. Some interesting choices on wine list. we will be back on future trips to Denver. Really loved the vibe of the place. the music even included an old Neville Brothers tune. And then the TV's behind the bar were showing a black and white version of the movie Thor.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

One of the best meals my wife and I have ever had. Food was killer. The staff was amazing. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Some of the apps and entrees were good (roasted carrots and meatballs pork chop). My chefs favorite fettuccini entree was meh. Skip the fancy toast it was terrible. Overall overpriced.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Two words: FANCY. TOAST.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The food is wonderfully flavorful but be prepared to wait for it. It does not come quickly; that's okay though because it will blow your mind. Ask for Chris to serve you, he is attentive and caring. You can tell he loves what he does! I've already told a dozen people to go!

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Food and drinks were excellent. Service by server was excellent. One of the hostesses was surly though.

And although I noted in my reservation that it was my husband's birthday, no one acknowledged the special occasion.

The restaurant was quite loud and was showing 13 Going on 30 on it's TV's, so I wouldn't recommend for a special occasion where you want quiet and romantic, but would recommend for excellent food and drinks.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Loved the food. Carrie and her staff are fab, we left full and satisfied.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Carrie's fancy toasts are the bomb! The Nutella and spicy jam one is so good.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great! Recommend for any special dinner

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I will have dreams about that bucatini for the rest of my life. Oh and two words.. GARLIC. BREAD. Definitely try their signature cocktails and you won't be disappointed. A little pricey but overall delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful and so pleasant. I am sorry that I do not remember his name...
The food was amazing. As always. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Were on vacation. Usually have difficulty accommodating my daughter who has multiple food allergies but no problem here. The waiter was extremely helpful, service was excellent and food was creative and delicious. If we find ourselves back in Denver will be sure to return.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Wonderful meal and flavors. Definitely had to get the Fancy Toast and was not disappointed. Service was a little off at times but not terrible. Would recommend!

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Bar Dough was good but not great. The dishes all delivered a ton of flavor but lacked balance. The seafood pasta was just a bit too spicy. The spinach could have been anything- there was no spinach flavor. The toast was overwhelmed by too much of a spread that masked all of the other flavors.

The service was attentive but super slow. It took about 70 minutes to get our entrees.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Always try the “Fancy Toast”
Pork Milanese was delicious.
Great wine selection.

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