Bar Douro

4.5
293 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Portuguese
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Bar Seating
  • Authentic
Drawing inspiration from the traditional cervejarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto, this rustic restaurant offers a contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine alongside expertly sourced regional wines.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Portuguese
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00

(Kitchen open between 12.00 - 15:30 and 17:30 -22:30 but snacks are available all day)
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Phone number
020 7378 0524
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Public Transit
From London Bridge tube station, walk down Southwark Street under the blue bridge and passed The Mernier Chocolate Factory. On the left is the entrance to Flat Iron Square. Bar Douro is the railway arch with the massive chimney.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 293 People Are Saying
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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best portuguese restaurant in town, the food is on point,special mention to the Bar douro potatoes and the garlic prawns...Good vibe, freindly staff,very efficient.I will definitely recommend to anyone that want a cozy place to have good food and an intimate time.

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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight. A superbly-selected wine list, and tapas courses so yummy you'll be going after the crumbs! Service is invariably helpful and friendly, going out of their way to answer any questions you may have about the food and wine.

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n
London
24 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good as usual, high quality products, and a cosy and relaxed place!

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y
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite Portuguese restaurant in London! Dishes are presented beautifully and taste amazing. Menu is very well crafted and wines are top notch. It is amusing to sit in bar and watch the chef creating the dishes. This is a tiny restaurant but never feels cramped, it is rather cosy and intimate. I look forward to my next visit. Oh and the pastel de nata with cinnamon ice cream is to die for...

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was fine - quite tasty but nothing amazing. Service was really, really, really slow though, and it wasn't even busy.

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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and ambiance. Good selection of Portuguese tapas. Fantastic croquettes and sardines.

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h
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, would be good to have a bigger space to have more tables

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PT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, friendly and knowledgeable service. Delicious food and wine.

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DC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really interesting menu. Excellent food and very good Portuguese wines.

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LP
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual my evening spent at Bar Douro was excellent. They have recently added porco à alentejana to the menu which is such a classic Portuguese dish and it did not disappoint.

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KR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty food and very pleasant to have a conversation without screaming to the other :-) excellent service

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VM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

True Portuguese flavour in small dishes. As a portuguese woman I didn't got disappointed.

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WD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcoming attentive staff, delicious food accompanied with daily authentic specials.
Looking forward to our next visit.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Felt like Lisbon or Porto.
Great food, wine and vibrant atmosphere.
Not suitable if you want comfort and calm.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location to go to before theatre- service food excellent tasted home made - would go back

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CR
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I used to love Bar Douro , food and service has always been excellent , however last time food was average , not outstanding as i remembered it, service was good however I was charged for an extra £9 for two beers i never ordered, those were removed once highlighted to the manager.

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IN
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Bad experience. Long wait , one of the dishes COD came out cold , Bacalhau à Brás 😳, and the pork came uncooked. I’m Portuguese so was quite shocked by this . Never again. Plus the price was over the top for the food and service.

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EM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place looks good, has amazing food and a great Portuguese wine list

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great portugese tapas. Good sized plates and simple but tasty dishes!

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ND
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal here. We booked for 6 pm on a Friday night and arrived 20 minutes earlier and were seated straight away. We picked this place as we’re going to Portugal in a few weeks time and wanted a taster of the food before we went. It was difficult to find a Portuguese place but this had some great reviews. We had seats at the kitchen bar so we could watch the chefs preparing the food while we waited and chatted, which is always interesting! We ordered 7 plates to share between two of us and the food was so good! My personal favourites were the ox cheek special with beans, the smoked sausage croquettes and the cumin carrots! I’ve never enjoyed carrots so much! We also opted to share a custard tart with cinnamon ice cream which was lovely served warm and finished the meal off nicely. Would definitely recommend.

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EP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place. The food is great. A little taste of Portugal in a very quirky neighbourhood.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Kept pushing us to leave as they taking the bookings for the next team too tight.
It is authentic food and good concept but became too commercial! Disappointed! :(

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K
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

had to flag down waitress to get service. had the octopus and it was hard and chewy. the rest of the food was good

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VP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the modern twist to traditional Portuguese cuisine. I thought the food was fresh, innovative & tasty!

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EP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I loved the compact bar area and menu and the service was really good but for me some of the dishes just didn’t deliver...the smoked sausage croquettes were awesome as we’re the potatoes with coriander mayo but then the gambas lacked real flavour and the secret iberico with pimento sauce was chewy...overall just ok...

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small but well chosen menu in terms of both food and wine. Everything we had was delicious, highlights bring the cumin carrots, sardines and very special creamy goats cheese. Staff were lovely. It was a pre theatre meal and the service was prompt and professional. Lively atmosphere in the heart if Flat Iron Square area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Authentic food, though on the greasy side and the service was not particularly warm/welcoming. Also found it quite overpriced.

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great decor, lovely food, good service.
The Garlic prawns were great.
The pork lion dish was tasty

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G
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Best Portuguese food I've had in London

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GU
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my 3rd visit to Bar Douro and yet again it failed to disappoint. Food was excellent as always and service was friendly and efficient without being obtrusive. We ordered bread, olives, and Port and Tonics to keep us going whilst perusing the menu and followed it up with a couple of dishes from the snacks menu, a garden dish, 2 seafood (garlic prawns were heavenly!), a platter of charcuterie and a day's special, all washed down with a bottle of wine. The food arrived in batches of 2 or 3 dishes at a time and at no point was it rushed, with new dishes arriving a short while after completing those in front of us. Price was around £50 a head (2 of us) including service and we thought it was good value. We sat at the counter which also meant we got to watch the food being prepared by the very hard working team behind the bar (one of the chefs even came and asked us if we were enjoying the food). It was quite noisy the evening we were there due to an outside event in Flat Iron square but to be honest it wasn't a problem and just added to the atmosphere. Already looking forward to the next visit!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food serving. Great interior, expected more from personnel.

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h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A lovely bar with good food :) Portions are quite small but otherwise everything's great.

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SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for catching up with friends. I wouldn't advise for more than 4/5 people as bar seating and the noise would make it hard to hear each other. Delicious food and good service.

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GW
London
39 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A nice attempt to bring Portuguese and food to the masses in the trendy Borough Market area. Food is good but wine better - excellent Portuguese wine selection

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We arrived about 10pm, the chef came already to the table pushing us to order fast as he wanted to close the kitchen. Was our first time there.
The food portions were small for the price you pay, the bottle of wine was warm, but we accepted putting it on ice to chill down, we were still finishing mains when they came with the card machine for us to pay. Desserts? “No time.”

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and the wines were delicious !
It's a perfect spot for a diner in the neighborhood.

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EC
London
21 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a find! I'd heard about it when someone recommended their aperitif of white port and tonic. Decided to book it pre-theatre and really wish we had had longer to savour the delicious food. There were 2 of us and I'd say some of the portions were probably more geared up to 4 people but we had no problem getting through it all! Service is informal but good. Absolutely loved the onglet and would recommend it. Also the sardines. Can't wait to go back.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Nice place but I was very unimpressed with the food. The highlight was Octopus with a sweet potato puree which was tasty. But everything else we had was very disappointing. Bacalau hash was really a soggy bland mess. Marinated artichokes just didn’t impress. And worst of all the limo pork dish was actually very poor - the pork itself was very fatty and low quality and seemed to be deep fried. Service was quite slow. Overall this fell well short of my expectations.

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SC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I like Bar Douro and this was my third visit, the last visit was not a success but I decided to give it another go, as I was in the area and with a Portuguese friend. The staff are ok, I don’t think they make an extra effort to make you feel welcome. I do find it quite pricey, especially the wine, it’s not a place to sit and lounge after the meal but the bill always feels quite steep, like you’ve been there for hours.
The food is the real star and it’s nice to be able to try lots of dishes rather than conmit to one large meal.

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VS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A great place which deserves to succeed but you leave wishing that the portions hadn’t been so small and are reminded that it wasn’t cheap.

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