Back Deck
Back Deck

Back Deck

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.backdeckboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 670-0320
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Saturday 3:00pm - 11:30pm; Sunday 3:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Paul Sussman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Back Deck offers professional backyard grilling in a laid-back city setting seven days a week. Friends and family meet for charcoal-grilled favorites inspired by the food served at casual cookouts along with porch-perfect cocktails, beer and wine.
  • Private Party Contact: Mark Corcoran 8664171498

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Washington
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located next to the Downtown Crossing T stop and Silver Line Stop. We are just a short walk from Park Street, Chinatown and State Street stops.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer night and weekend parking validation of $2.00 off for local area lots.
A word from Back Deck
Back Deck offers professional backyard grilling in a laid-back city setting seven days a week. Back Deck brings the outdoors inside with details like exterior carriage lighting and glazed brick in the dining room and an open kitchen that invites guests to watch the flame-licked fun. Back serves polished takes on cookout classics as well as dishes cooked over an open flame at homes across the globe. Almost all of the menu is grilled on three hardwood charcoal grills hand-picked to accommodate many differing options.
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Back Deck reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (34)great for lunch (27)fit for foodies (21)kid-friendly (20)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (9)great for brunch (9)late-night find (7)special occasion (7)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (4)notable wine list (3)romantic (1)Show More
  • PattyG
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place to go before the theater. Service was outstanding. Food very good. Wish I had found out about it earlier.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grggs
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is a good spot for before the theater. The food was good. Being a Friday night and being seated near the bar it was very loud, not bad loud, just loud. Our server DJ was awesome, fun, outgoing, knowledgeable and a great guy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Both the beef kabob and lamb kabob appetizers were very good. The pulled pork tacos, only so-so. Overall, it was an OK mean, but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • resrvationsVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Squash apple sage soup is wonderful. Penne with shrooms and brussels sprouts is pretty dry unfortunately. Salad is fresh and very appealing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent lunch before show
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The Back Deck is a restaurant we have been to before and liked. This time was no exception. There were four of us this time - 3 had a breakfast entree and I had a delicious squash soup and salad. All of us were very pleased with the food and service. We made an 11am reservation for a Saturday and we were in/out in 1 hour. We had tickets to a 1pm show and had been a bit concerned when we made the reservation, so we allowed plenty of time. There was no need!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great in town brunch place!
    MAMike
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    needed to be in town for an event and wanted a local place for brunch. this one fit the bill perfectly. friendly service, good food and reasonable prices. you wouldn't normally think of this place for brunch - but you should think again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good food. Easy access for Theatre attending. Fast service to attend event
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luke5152
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My second visit and enjoyed it very much. I may not enjoy it as much once it gets "discovered" But the food is interesting, good service, a nice central place to meet and no waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great
    shelleybelly
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Quick dinne before the ballet, appealing menu, ordered salad which was fine but a little boring. Might try again but would order something else. Service was good, restaurant was lively and full.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings
    MoseyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Have been here a number of times. They changed the menu and the four of us had a difficult time choosing something. Three had the salmon, good with four spears of roasted asparagus and enough rice for four. Roasted Provencale vegetables with rouille good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JonK
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We loved the ambiance, and the food was fine, but the service was truly terrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pre-theater
    MickVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Tried a new restaurant for us. Receptionist seemed a bit off, like she'd rather be somewhere else, at a fancier establishment, but Tom our waiter, was great, the food was tremendous. An ideal spot to have a snack, or a full meal, before going to King Lear just down the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    criticaldude
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were headed to the Loew's Boston Common to see "Gone Girl" (not recommended - bad ending), so we wanted to grab dinner beforehand. This was our first time to the Back Deck and I was really pleasantly surprised. The ambience is upscale "bar-ish", nice solid clean table/booth. Our table was adjacent to the windows, which are floor to ceiling and were wide open, which was perfect because it provided a nice indoor/outdoor feeling. The food was delicious (I had the seared Pork Chop with a grilled mashed sweet potato's - delish - covered with a nice honey bbq sauce). We informed our server of our timeframe, and everything worked well. It's a three block walk to the theater, which was enough to allow us to work off some of the meal LOL!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • semihobo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Third night out for 8 conventioneers and this was the best yet. Comfy atmosphere. Wonderful waitperson, Nicole - efficient, intuitive and sassy. Everyone loved the food, all of it. Unusual but addictive elderflower margarita; superb grilled chicken livers on garlicky watercress (I will dream of them); succulent brick chicken, very tasty mixed grill; warm and comforting rice pudding with almonds; decadent snicker sundae. The wine list is limited, but intelligently chosen, with remarkably reasonable prices and good quality. Great background music set at the perfect volume. If I lived here, I'd patronize this place regularly. We all had an excellent time and left very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lagged
    Metrofoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our food was tasty and the service started out great but once the food arrived we never saw our server again. He never came to check on us after the food was delivered. When he finally came over 20 minutes after we had finished he didn't ask if we wanted dessert he just left the bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre theater spot
    Granny
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good food, ambience, service. Close to Opera House. Menu varied enough for all tastes and ages. Especially good are grilled platters. Nice food presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    swingood
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I had lunch with a friend, there was no wait to be seated, the food came relatively quickly and although the cut fried potatoes could have been warmer, overall the food was very good. I would like to go back and try some of the other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater for kids
    capecodfoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Chose spot to take my goddaughter before Lion King production due to proximity to theater and kid friendly menu. Restaurant has kids' menu as well as fairly diverse regular dinner menu which was offered at a time that allowed for us to make our 6:30PM show. Restaurant was very busy with pre-theater families, that were quickly replaced by groups of 20-somethings. We tried a variety of items on the menu (small plates were a nice option) including the kids' chicken wings (good), kids' fruit and yogurt, kids' alfredo with chicken (very good), Mexican corn (bring floss, but nice and garlicky), shrimp salad (fine), pork chop (decent tho chosen due to sold out cowboy steak), and pork tacos (good). Would bring kids and picky adults here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • patt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a reasonably large group coming from three different directions and we were all late. I called to tell them that we would be late and they were just great about it. The food was good, we had mostly basic burgers etc. The corn chowder was very good, and there was only one person who had leftovers but she always does
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food doesn't live up to the concept
    bklynma
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The conceit of this restaurant is that it's like grilling on your back deck (or roof deck really, as it aims for something more upscale urban than the backyard barbecue). And the wooden seating sets the mood nicely. But the food was just not up to scratch. Granted, we were in a hurry to eat before a matinee, so we chose some of the simplest dishes on the menu. But the 'fries' were actually huge, chunky home fries (I don't remember that being specified) and they tasted like the griddle hadn't been cleaned properly. And how do you make pastrami hash that doesn't taste like anything? Service was friendly but mediocre. The waiter dropped off our check and then bussed several tables while we waited to pay, practically waving the card at him.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great grilling in the theater dist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The corn chowder was a hit with our whole table, and the Mediterranean options -- lamb Kefta and grilled vegetables -- were popular with the kids. The Mexican grilled corn was messy, but great. We'll be back the next time we go to a show.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Second Time
    barnlady87
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was the second time at the Back Deck and both have been pleasant experiences. Good bar and good bar tenders. Relaxed dining atmosphere that is good for lunch or dinner visits. Food and service has been good to very good both visits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moe1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What a find! Great brunch before matinee show. Nice atmosphere, great service despite being very busy. Food options very extensive. We all enjoyed our meals. Very reasonably priced. Will definately return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can have a conversation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Back Deck is a gem. Good food, good service all at reasonable prices. Especially enjoyable is that unlike other restaurants in the neighborhood you can hear your dining companions when they speak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening before a play
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Thank you Back Deck for a wonderful birthday evening - food was great and service super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner in the Theater district
    foodforthought
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great place for dinner before going to the Opera House. Good food and reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum !!!
    Lgfoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had an excellent meal prior to the theater!! Chicken under a brick and salad was delicious and I will go back and order it again soon!! Great and personable service!!! A nice find!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time here-
    Firstvisit
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Will definitely come again. Great gluten free option for the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Experience
    Nani
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    With reservations we were seated right away, friendly waiter brought one drink and we ordered & then was ignored for 45 mins. I saw waiter pass by & I said we were going to the play & 6yr. needed to eat . No action or food of any kind was offered until I found manager & told him we needed something to eat...he gave us French fries & told us lunch was on him that 2 chefs didn't show up...that was generous but too little too late. Won't be returning. Need to be upfront w/ info or offer us a limited menu to have some food !!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre theatre meal
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was very good and the prices were reasonable. A very large brunch selection. Very close to the opera house so a great place to dine pre-show but anticipate that it gets very crowded and the service suffers! They were able to customize the choices to accommodate various dietary requests which was a plus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner and a Show
    showstopper
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We chose Back Deck because of its proximity to the Boston Opera House. It is only a block away and we were very pleasantly surprised at how good the experience was. Food was great, service was great, ambiance was excellent! Only complaint was the bathrooms are very small and there was no toilet tissue in one of the two stalls.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    cute place, very pleasant service, food mediocre (vegetable and "creamy eggplant" rollup had NO eggplant and a few pieces raw veggies)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect quick bite before show
    Redmoore1127
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Went here before a show the other night and we weren't disappointed. Food was fast, hot and good. Very nutritious too. We ended up getting served faster than expected so had time for a stroll before the performance. Would be good as an after show joint for drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food ok. But setting nice enough to give another try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new spot in Downtown Crossing
    DavidInBoston
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time experience last weekend - it was great! Food presentations are interesting; everyone in our group (4) enjoyed their choices. Great vice - huge walk-through windows overlooking corner of Washington and West. Just down the block from Opera House, with validated parking across the street @ Lafayette Place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jessica
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was delicous; our server was EXCELLENT and you can't beat the pri-fixe menu we ate from. Everything else looked great also but it was a great deal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would do it all over again
    luke5152
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I am a person who doesn't use the phrase, "No complaints" but in the case of my experience at Back Deck, I can only say good things. The food, the service, the atmosphere was "all good." I will look forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good food
    Ludwig
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The open air concept is good but with all the construction going on it was too noisy. I think once the construction is over it will be very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nick
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were a moderate sized group with two kids. Weather was nice and the large windows were open, so it was comfortable and we did not have to compete with noise to have a conversation. We stuck to the dine out $33 menu. Apps were very good, highly recommend the grilled corn and hot wings. Our group ordered the stripped bass and flank steak. The bass was very good, the flank steaks were over cooked and tough. We were expecting better. Our server informed us that medium was very pink almost on the rare side. It was actually well done, no pink at all.... potatoes and spinach were very good. Dessert, would recommend the grilled peaches with ice cream.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    ginnygirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was awesome, service was excellent! Our waiter surprised us with a delicious complimentary dessert. We had a group of 6 and had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate