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5.8 /6 Wonderful 79 Reviews

Douro Valley

Canvey Island European, Portuguese £££ +100
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About Douro Valley

Douro Valley is a homely, family-run Portuguese eatery in the thick of the action in Canvey Island. Found on Furtherwick Road, Douro Valley is just a short walk from the Esplanade, and it’s very hard to think of any more authentic European eating experiences to be had in the area. The menu is not limited to traditional Portuguese fare, with plenty of pastas, char-grilled steaks and Spanish paella, but it’s the treats of the Iberian Atlantic that are the real trump card here. Of course that means some of the most authentic peri peri chicken and bacalhau in Essex, but Douro Valley’s other Portuguese pleasures should not be overlooked, like the hearty fried pork with clams or a selection of their mouthwatering petiscos (Portuguese tapas) – we find the garlic tiger prawns and whitebait particularly hard to pass up.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 10:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 10:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 10:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:30
Douro Valley, 84 Furtherwick Road, SS8 7AJ Canvey Island

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Tuesday to Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday lunch time and Sunday all day

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Available for part'y of 8 or more.


79 Reviews

5.8 /6 Wonderful 79 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 19:11

Nice clean and friendly restaurant. The food was very tasty and plenty of it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and finish off with one of their delicious sweets.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 11:48

The restaurant was quite busy but the staff were still able to cope well with any food or drink orders, the food is well prepared and very good value, we will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 10:14

Lovely little local restaurant, service was polite and friendly, plenty of choice especially if you like seafood, reasonably priced, lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be visiting again

2 reviews so far 6
17.09.2017 09:41

Service was great so was the food. Will certainly be going again, and would recommend this restaurant to all my friends. Well worth a visit.

1 review so far 5
03.07.2016 10:10

We were asked to move our booking from 7:30pm to 8pm which we did unfortunately there was a large party in there when we arrived and we were sat right next to them as a party of 4 2 glasses were broken on the large party table and we couldn't hear each other talk however as soon as another table became available they did move us you could see the staff were very uncomfortable with the situation however I feel perhaps they were too young to deal with it ( the waiter was only 17 bless him!). Anyway when the food came out it was excellent really beautiful it did take a long time to come out but we were not in a hurry its just by the time the entrees came out it was quite late gone 9:30pm ! It would have been nice to have been offered a tea/coffee or a drink on the house for the delays but we would go back again however I would not want an 8pm booking in case it took as long again. Oh and 2 of the dishes we wanted to order they didn't have one being the tri Colour salad they didn't have avocado as they were not ripe yet ( pretty sure you could get some ripe ones during the day ) and the Lamb Shank that was on the specials board to be told it had been up on the board for a few days ! Perhaps they should have told us that before we sat choosing for 1/2 hour my! On the table we had garlic tiger prawns then filet mingon, Mussels then lamb cutlets, white bait then baby squid and chorizo skewer and mussels followed by baby squid and king prawn skewers the food was excellent so worth the wait in the end !

1 review so far 6
14.07.2016 10:10

We went there for our Anniversary and they had a specially setup table for us with Roses and candle light. The décor, service and food were all outstanding. We had 8 dishes of Tapas and thoroughly enjoyed all. I especially liked the fresh Muscles in the white wine and leak sauce. We are planning to go again very soon. The staff are friendly and atmosphere was perfect. the wait for the food was normal for the quality we had received. I do not mind waiting and paying good money for good food. The wait was well worth it. I will not hesitate to recommend this to my family and friend. Thanks Mat Batchelor

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 08:18

Great food and service. Varied menu and reasonably priced. It is now my favourite restaurant. You can't beat a well run family restaurant and that is exactly what the Douro Valley Restaurant is. Far better than any Pub Grub restaurant

1 review so far 6
03.11.2016 11:15

Upon entering we were met with a friendly face, Milly, who we knew from a visit elsewhere in the area. This is her families business and she is the front of house. The whole package was very good. Clean, comfortable and welcoming, all you could ask for. We ate from the set menu and the Portuguese food was lovely as was the wine on draught. All in all a good night out, highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 10:26

Douro Valley offers excellent authentic food, good wine, a warm friendly service and plenty of parking places in the neighbourhood. All of that at a reasonable price. What else do you need for a memorable meal?

1 review so far 2
25.03.2017 08:10

It was our anniversary and I'd been looking forward all week to have a night off away from the kids and to chill out with a nice meal. I was told this restaurant was nice so booked a table. On arrival we were seated and We waited over 15 minutes to receive a drink,then 45 minutes later our starters arrived. There were 5 other couples in the restaurant so in my opinion not over busy. We ordered the t bone steak and after a further 20 minutes was then told they'd ran out...Friday night at 8.30pm and they'd ran out of their best dish??Anyway our main arrived and my steak was well done when I'd ordered medium rare so I sent the meal back. Mean while my partner dined alone. 25 minutes later I received the same dinner back. The sautéed potatoes had been microwaved and I still had the half mushroom on the plate that I started eating 25 minutes ago. The steak was awful. My partner came home and was violently sick. All the food was very poor quality and tasted like it came out from Iceland a few doors down. Very disappointed and we will never return.

4 reviews so far 6
14.10.2016 20:01

We have visited the Douro Valley restaurant several times now and cannot fault the service or food both are excellent.We would definitely recommend it to anyone in search of Portuguese food .

2 reviews so far 6
15.05.2017 08:30

We go to the Douro Valley restaurant many times, the food is very good, service is excellent. Family run business they always make you feel very welcome. Will be going back.

1 review so far 6
28.07.2016 14:46

Lovely little restaurant, lovely food, good service and at a great price. Had the set menu as a weeknight for just 11.95 for 2 courses and a great choice on there. The main menu had such a wide choice it was hard to decide as all looked lovely and every dish I saw brought out looked great. Will definitely go again

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 10:40

Fully enjoyed the food, lots of choice and it was really tasty. I went with 2 girlfriends as a catch up, the restraint wasn't overly busy which was just the right atmosphere for a catch up. We were the last people in the restraunt and didn't feel rushed to leave. I would highly recommend eating here.

1 review so far 5
27.10.2016 09:26

Nice ambiance and quiet despite its position on a main road junction. Welcoming and very pleasant waitress. We had a collection of Tapas, all apparently cooked fresh to order. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent. The house wines were very good and reasonably priced. All in all a very worthwhile visit and one that we will repeat as often as the wallet allows.

1 review so far 6
25.11.2016 15:46

We had a wonderful evening at Douro Valley for my sons birthday, food was excellent, service was good and it had a lovely atmosphere! Definitely recommend!

1 review so far 6
14.09.2017 10:03

My boyfriend and I have been to this restaurant twice and we both think it's great. The staff are friendly/helpful, the restaurant is clean, good wine list and most importantly the food is amazing. Real Northern Portugal food, this is coming from my Portugese boyfriend....very authentic...cant wait to return!

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 08:40

Food was gorgeous. We had olives and bread, i had the crispy pancakes hubby had sardines for starters. Then i had piri piri chicken and hubby had t-bone steak. Reasonably priced and nice portions. Staff was helpful. Very clean and nicely decorated.Would go back again and definately recommend...

4 reviews so far 6
25.07.2016 09:09

My Husband and I have visited this restaurant several times now, taking my sister on one occasion and friends on another. As well as visiting on our own We cannot fault the service or food . This is a lovely place and we will go back

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 09:15

i had the pate for starters - i had to ask for more bread as there was a lot of pate for two small pieces of bread, but it was delicious, and had the salted cod for main which was very tasty , staff was nice food good wine perfect .price pretty reasonable!