Bar Dough

4.6
776 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***

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Bar Dough will be offering a 5 course tasting menu for Valentine's Day for $70 plus tax and gratuity with optional beverage pairings. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged $25 per person to a gift card.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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 776 People Are Saying
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EC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal of a lifetime. We shared a pizza to start and each ordered pastas for the main courses. Every bite was delicious and something I’d never had before.

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WK
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent. Try the carrot salad. The service was attentive. The noise level was oppressive. The tables are so close I thought I was in a Paris bistro.

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RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The fancy toast was good but a bit pricey for what the serving size. The pasta was also delicious and the pizza was alright. We were seated next to the big window which thought quieter than the rest of the restaurant, the seat was very cold, even with the space heater nearby. I had to keep my down jacket on for most of the meal. The server was also not very attentive or hospitable.

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GG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Bar Dough, the food was amazing and our server couldn't have been more helpful. Had a great atmosphere as well.

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OT
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service. Offers brie yoy ask. Delicious food. Carrot salad fabulous. Squid ink pasta excellent. Pizza crust best ever! We'd come every night.

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M
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Bar Dough. They bar is fun and bartenders great!

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SB
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambiance and wonderful service. I asked ahead of time to bring a surprise dessert out for a friend and not only did they accommodate, but they didn't charge us for it! I love that they had a Paleo/Whole30 menu for this month, but I was a little disappointed that the portions were tiny (and pricy...$17 for a very small "meat-za". However it tasted great! I love Bar Dough and am excited to return after Whole30 is over.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Bar Dough was good, although we came for the Special January Paleo Menu. I think I’d love to come back for their pastas and pizzas as the Paleo Menu was just ok. The rest smelled and looked amazing!!! Otherwise experience was great, except server did the cardinal mistake of taking my drink before I was done with it! I’d always ask a patron before swiping their glass!

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s
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was SF Bay area priced. $19 for a piece of toast (very nice), but split amongst four...
Server was enthusiastic, it was noisy and a little hard to hear.
I made a reservation - but only bar tops available though we saw plenty of rotation in tabletops.
I ordered a pork chop (daily special menu spelled incorrectly). It was nice - sliced and bone turned up on its side. When I got to bone it was still raw. Obviously a slice had been removed or I'd have had under done meat. I pointed this out to the server (she wasn't very impressed "I'll tell the chef").
Others food was good - lamb and pasta, octopus and pasta, parsnip pasta.
This wasn't worth the $400 tab (two bottles of wine and two glasses of wine).

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Fancy toast was amazing and the Lil Gems salad was fabulous as well. Lam bolognese was good and was surprised we weren't offered any parmesan cheese to go on top and had to ask for it. But not a big deal. Felt like the server was rushing us a bit to order from the very beginning. We had to ask him to please not put our order in for dinner until we had finished our salad. Wanted to enjoy the dinner without feeling rushed and he was a bit annoying in that respect.

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DB
65 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly service and very good food.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, Lee our waitperson was terrific. Had an item off the paleo menu, then tried a super pasta followed by the saltimbocca pork chop. Awesome!!

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H
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our food could of been a bit hotter when it came out . It was only warm . Other wise all was good !

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FK
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waiter and wonderful menu.

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PA
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went to Sunday brunch here with a friend. The donuts and fancy toasts were soooo delicious, as was their coffee and cocktails/mocktails. Service was good but not outstanding as the restaurant was very busy. It's a very noisy space so the only complaint I have was that it was hard to hear my friend across our table.

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DF
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of the most underrated brunches in town...

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DD
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good not great. I came in with extremely high expectations given reviews. We ordered a couple of the chef favorites, which may have been our mistake - we probably should have just ordered what looked best to us! The meatballs were very tasty. I was most excited to try the spicy clam pizza, which I found a little cheese-heavy. Pastas at our neighboring tables looked amazing so I had a little bit of order envy - we will know what to try next time (and we will definitely go back!). Service was knowledgeable and unhurried, even on a busy night, which we appreciated.

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

とても、感じの良いサービスで、全てのお料理も美味しく、お気に入りのレストランの一つになりました。

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SP
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Had an early reservation and were celebrating a birthday. Upon our arrival, we were shown to the farthest seating right next to the bathroom. There was tons of seating open. I asked to sit at a different table. They were cranky about it but did seat us in a better spot. It’s unfortunate that the only seating they really have is a long banquette along the wall. The tables are so close together that you are on top of your dining neighbor. On the plus side, our server was great. The food was ok. I doubt we will go bsck. Just not a comfortable experience.

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LK
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun girls night! Found this place from Top Chef and from the Denver Dine Out Passbook. It's super fun; I thought my 5:15pm reservation would mean they wouldn't be busy and parking would be easier...I was wrong. LoHi is just always busy apparently. The food was awesome. Come for Happy Hour, good values. Our table was a little squished in front so it's not tons of fun to have to scoot chair in when other guests were needing access to their tables. Most of the tables didn't have this problem and isn't the worst thing ever. I tried my first Aperol Spritz and wasn't disappointed. The meatballz are super yummy. Pasta is good always. My friend had the pizza and was in love. The calabrian chili oil really adds some amazing flavors...without being too spicy. Overall the experience was pretty nice. I enjoyed my girls night out.

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TA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that they have a Paleo menu!! It was a little noisy, but I will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Ordered my usual pizza- terrible, burned and very little cheese—So disappointing. Too many places in LoHi to eat that produce consistency.

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TL
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We came for the special paleo menus once I am doing a Whole 30. I had the spaghetti squash dish and it was very tasty.

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MT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard of Bar Dough after I friend sent me a screenshot that they were offering Paleo/Whole30 approved meals. As I am doing Whole30, it's hard to come by restaurants that offer compliant meals, would never think an Italian restaurant would have a menu like that. I was blown away! My date had one of the pizzas off the regular menu and I had the pork chop from the Paleo menu. They treated us to some of the spaghetti squash spaghetti for a long ticket time due to an error in the kitchen while making my pork chop, and wow! So good. The sauce is fantastic, I could eat that over and over again. And when my pork chop came out, hands down the best piece of pork I have ever eaten. Very tender and moist, tons of flavor, I cleaned that plate completely. The overall experience went perfectly, our server Maxwell killed it, always on top of everything. The manager on duty was also very sweet and apologetic about the wait on my pork chop (the chef had made the non-paleo one originally) and made sure to treat us with that "spaghetti". I'm blown away by this place, absolutely coming back for more soon! Thanks again for a fantastic night of dining. Compliments to the chef, the manager, and to Maxwell!

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MM
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was a great meal. I love the fact you can get a 1/2 order of pasta. They don’t offer bread which is a plus. That way you don’t fill up before the meal. It was a little loud for me but I’m old so take that into consideration

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent, service is attentive, music could be turned down just a bit w/out affecting the ambiance.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food and service. We loved tasting a variety of foods on the menu and were very satisfied. The fancy toast and broccoli are mouth watering. Every flavor, sauce and garnish has purpose on each plate. Highly recommend and can't wait to go back.

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P
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a great time! Amazing pizza and pasta. The fancy toast was fantastic...our server Lee was wonderful and attentive ☺

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, and the food was delicious! We especially liked the risotto and the beef tartar.

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ER
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we've been to Bar Dough and it keeps getting better; highlights are the fresh pasta, pork chop, beef crudo and great wine recommendation!! We met chef Carrie as well, super friendly, cherry on the top of a fantastic evening!!

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JM
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal. Wedding soup, roasted carrots, fancy toast, bucatini and roasted chicken. We couldn’t decide which one we liked best.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is very nice, but very overpriced for what you are getting. The food was good, but definitely not worth the cost.

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j
67 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our first time at Bar Dough was for a Sunday brunch. I had the quiche which was a very generous, 3 " tall slice with side salad. While it was flavorful, the quiche was slightly overcooked, revealing a honeycombed texture (and not a creamy custard which is the desired, challenging goal). My husband had the eggs benedict which are always his standard choice for brunch. As an expert on the dish, he said it was good. Everything about our experience was good but nothing special to make us want to return. The best part of the brunch is that it's on a Sunday and easy to get to the restaurant with no traffic.

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MD
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The place was very busy for a Sunday Brunch but our reservations got us promptly to a standard table as requested (as opposed to the several "community" high-tops). The food was varied in choice and excellent, as were the Bloody Marys. The only complaint is the noise (acoustics) and the choice of management to play loud, very bass driven music, both of which made it difficult to hear the person across the table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Cute neighborhood. Personally served by Carrie from Top Chef.

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JS
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were some standouts and some disappointments. The Verde salad was simple and perfect with shredded goat cheese. The fried bread was also good with a nice trio of sauces. The standout of the evening was the fettuccine with a parsnip sauce - perfectly al dente with fried root vegetables for crunch and flavor. I would come back just for this pasta dish. The disappointment, interestingly, was the pizza. We ordered the simple margherita and it was burnt and over-sauced. I like a nice wood-fired char, but this was ashy and bitter and there were only a few areas in the middle that we can eat.

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AL
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came back soon after the first visit. The apps were great and we loved the squid ink pasta. We will def be back soon!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The music was too loud and weird ‘90s rap

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CW
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and food. Some of the dishes were overpriced for what you get (eg fancy toast)

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