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5.8 /6 Wonderful 64 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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64 Reviews

5.8 /6 Wonderful 64 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
26.07.2017 08:29

very nice evening and great food, a very warm welcome from the friendly staff. good value for money and plenty of choice on the menu.

1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 08:28

Lovely quiet little restaurant. Mid week so wasn't busy. Great service. The waitress was attentive and didn't rush us. The meal it's self was brought out in good time. The good was very tasty. We will definitely go back again.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2017 08:14

This is a very lovely place a hiden gem great food and service nice atmosphere and good value felt like a restaurant on holiday had our anniversary Meal here highly recommend

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 10:44

Good food and friendly staff. A good selection of food choices well presented. Very reasonable prices for both food and drinks. Would recommend and will return

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
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!

1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 11:44

Good food, excellent service. We had the set lunch menu and it was delicious. A little daunting for anyone not liking garlic or fish, but then this is a Portuguese restaurant. Three out of the 4 starters were fish!

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 23:53

I LOVE this restaurant it's laid back and friendly and the food is great - would highly recommend it and particularly the roast pork when it's on the specials board - not roast pork as you know it!

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 09:18

The restaurant is excellent from the food down to the friendliness of staff. Service is with a smile and helpful explaining about the dishes. I would recommend to all and the Portuguese trifle is to die for. Excellent

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 08:39

We had a very nice meal and the price was reasonable. The restaurant has comfortable surroundings. The service was excellent and the place spotlessly clean. The menu is extensive and everything was cooked perfectly. Pleasant atmosphere too! Recommended.

3 reviews so far 6
31.07.2016 17:29

Great restaurant, friendly service, lovely food, large menu - so much choice! Can't believe we haven't been before as it's only round the corner from where we live. This will definitely become a regular night out for us!

1 review so far 6
30.11.2016 09:50

Booked a table for a party of six. Met by very friendly staff who were very attentive and helpful. Plenty of good food,all cooked the way we asked. Definitely will be back in the near future.

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 08:01

Food was Amazing (calamaros fritos are delicious). I didn't really like the desserts (my caramel mousse was sticky and I didn't even like the taste). The prices and waiting times were fair! I recommend this restourant and I would surely come back!

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 08:21

Food excellent...service excellent...as it was a treat for Father's Day it was great Well done to the staff in the kitchen as one could not fault the food & presentation....the waitress was exceptional

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 08:14

Ate here for a friend's birthday on a Wednesday night - the restaurant was very quiet however you can't fault the food considering the quality and price. I will definitely be returning.

3 reviews so far 6
31.05.2017 18:47

Another great meal here! Good food, drink and friendly service as always. Definitely our favourite local. We have been many times now with different family members and they have all been impressed.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2017 10:55

Spent a lovely evening at this restaurant recently and cannot rate it highly enough. The food was delicious and the owner and staff very attentive and welcoming. Will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2016 06:08

We ate here on a Saturday night. The food was delicious, we had tapas to start and shared a paella for the main. The staff were delightful. We will definitely visit again.

1 review so far 5
30.09.2016 05:12

Menu was varied and food served was really good. Wine menu only had Portuguese wine and the bottle recommended by the waitress was lovely. Staff were pleasant and friendly. Would definitely return again soon. Good value for money.

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 09:56

Great food, exceptional service and superb value. Will definitely be going back. The menu is varied and there is a good array of drinks available. I couldn't fault it at all.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 07:18

The service was very good and the food was excellent. Nice friendly staff. Considering the restaurant was busy, we did not wait long between courses. No problems at all. Great night.

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 07:56

food was great so much to chose from the menu the staff were were very good first time we have eaten there we will be going back again very soon

1 review so far 6
09.05.2017 18:50

Friendly staff, excellent food, reasonable prices. A lovely Portuguese restaurant to tickle your tastebuds. Recommended for families, couples and groups of friends. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.

2 reviews so far 6
14.08.2016 09:29

Excellent food freshly prepared and pleasantly served,what more could any diner ask for.This place is a fantastic find and i would most certainly recommend to all looking for great food.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 10:08

The atmosphere is very nice at this restaurant, it makes one feel as if they are on holiday in Portugal. The food is excellent and the service very friendly.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 12:10

couldn't fault the food or service, Portuguese chips are gorgeous and steak was the best I've ever had. keep up the good work and standards and we'll keep returning

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 09:40

Good food, good service. Portions were just right so not feeling like I had over eaten. Price was reasonable too. Cannot ask for much else from a restaurant.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 17:00

Lovely food and excellent service. A real gem. Very reasonable price for a set menu. Three course was just 15.95. Total bill with wine for 2 was £50

1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 07:32

Excellent tasty authentic food. Very good service. Good varied menu plenty to choose from in the tapas selection. Would highly recommend nice change to eat good Portugese food

1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 16:29

Excell food Shame abt noisy girl group spoilt the ambiance , Would defo go back Food excellent , nice to have a good local restaurant on the doorstep

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 07:28

Great service and lovely food . We have been a few times and always enjoyed pure visit . Would recommend this to anyone thinking of going .

1 review so far 6
10.02.2017 17:54

Excellent choice of food on the extensive menu. The mussels were great. The food was well prepared and with good and pleasant service. We will be back!

4 reviews so far 6
18.05.2017 16:43

Lovely meal . Used this place many times now and always pleased with food and service. Will be back very soon . we recommend this place highly

4 reviews so far 6
11.08.2016 15:23

Really enjoy the food here. Cannot fault it . We have been several times this year bringing friends and family too. We will be back again soon

2 reviews so far 6
10.11.2016 08:40

Food good, service good every time we have been there. Enjoyed by the friends we have taken with us. Definitely going back. Give it a try.

2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 19:08

Excellent restaurant with freshly cooked food and served pleasantly by professional staff. I will most definitely be returning.Highly recommend this little gem in Canvey great food.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 11:25

The food was excellent and the service friendly and attentive. We both had the steak, cooked exactly how we asked - we will definitely go again.