One of Boston's Best!
I took my Assistant to Back Deck for Administrative Professional Day the week after the Boston Marathon. She loved it! It was my first time out in the community since "that day". (We work 10-15 minutes away from the finish line.) It was great seeing "BOSTON'S STRONGEST" doing what we do best- eating and enjoying our freedom! The food was great. The restaurant was packed and full of energy. Moreover, the customer service was superb!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is excellent especially
This place is excellent especially for those of who live here in the city and can't have a barbecue grill. First time here and definitely will be back. Nice to see Downtown Crossing getting back to what it should be. Service only got two stars because our waiter Dan seemed very rushed and never checked in until we were done eating and parched without water.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food at reasonable
Excellent food at reasonable price, just around the corner from the Opera House. Interesting specialty drinks: loved the Blueberry Lemoncella cooler. I ordered a burger and my friend ordered off the small plates menu, both great. I especially was touched when I read on their website blog they had "guest bartenders" during the Marathon bombing week, where their own bartenders gave up shifts during that week, in turn offering them to bartenders from the Copley Square area whose restaurants were closed during the investigation. An inexpensive restaurant with good food, excellent service and heart!I will return!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good selection of beers, and
Good selection of beers, and I liked the 32 oz option. Definitely have the s'mores for dessert.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never having been to this restaurant before, we made a reservation. We arrived early and was given the option of being seated right away or to wait in the bar area. We chose to sit. The surroundings appeared clean. The server was attentive. We enjoyed the food and the menu had some interesting choices which made it a bit challenging to decide. We were happy with our choices. The only thing I could say that we didn't like was our meals came while we were still enjoying our appetizer. I think the server could have paid better attention to this and timed it better. The restaurant was not busy at the time we were there, so it should not have been a problem.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went here right after work
Went here right after work and before a play. At five pm it was not crowded but did fill up by six. Staff was friendly and very nice.i really liked the atmosphere,they played music from the sixties and was easy to have a conversation. I had the salmon Cobb salad and it was excellent. Generous portion. I ordered the sangria,but it is made with a white wine instead of red so it wan,t what I expected. Coffee at the end was Luke warm. We did have to wait about 10 minutes while they brewed a new pot and then it was fine.
Didn't get desert. I will go there again since it was the type of atmosphere I liked and the food was good.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Back Deck is a great, casual place to grab lunch or dinner. The food is good. I really enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich. In Downtown Crossing it is very much a great place to take kids.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new Downtown Crossing place
Nice ambience with windows on 2 sides -- fully open in nice weather. Nice to see Downtown Crossing hopping a bit more in the evening.
Food was excellent, but our server was preoccupied with folding napkins rather than checking on her tables -- she could have gotten another round of drinks from us if she had been more attentive!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great casual atmosphere. Fun place to celebrate friends birthday. Tasty sangria! Short walk to theater district. Waiter was personable & efficient.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the Restaurant
Great food, great ambiance, great concept. My fiancee and have loved Back Deck both times we have eaten there. I would definitely recommend it. Only downside is that the server we have had both times we have eaten there has not been very good
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My sons and I thought this was a barbeque place so we made a reservation and parked in a lot nearby. Much to my surprise, the menu (see online ) while limited, had dishes that were very well prepared and tasty. The weather was nice and the large windowa were open, making an already attractive place seem more inviting. It seems like a very nice place for a romantic.date.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Grilling Downtown!
The smell of the charcoal grills will be evident as soon as you enter. Eggplant appetizer is very good, as is the Mexicali Burger. Actually everything was good if a little pricey (but you are downtown). Service was great - ask for Tom! Also liked the open and casual atmosphere.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great work lunch spot
We had a going away party for a co-worker here. It went great. In my request I asked for a table out of the way so we could converse among ourselves. They did just that.
The food was great. I do believe that some of the lunch choices were odd for a "Grill" joint.
Duck Livers and some of the other fancy fair seems a bit out of my expectations. Doesn't mean they don't cook that food well. Just not what I expected on a limited lunch menu at a restaurant that bills itself as a grill joint.
Everyone enjoyed their meals (Though we kept our orders to the simpler burgers and turkey burgers), and we had no problem chatting. Overall it was very nice and we will use them again.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was wonderful.
The food and service was wonderful. We had a group of 7, including 3 children younger than 11. The restaurant was very responsive on all fronts but particularly with regard to the fact that one of the children had a nut allergy.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was great
This place was great
great price and great food and nice ambience
Table right next to big open windows
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food slow service
Our food was fantastic, a little expensive though. The service wasn't that great. It took the waitress a while to come over. Then she wasn't very attentive.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I could not have made a better choice for dinner before the Show. Food was good, but the service was outstanding. I was glad we had reservations, people were waiting when we arrived. For value, I was very impressed, dinner and drinks for two was about 55 dollars. I will visit here again and will enthusiastically recommend to others.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, moderately priced
Ample portions...good value for your dollar. food was yummy. everyone enjoyed their entrees. loved the open windows giving the feeling of dining alfresco.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried for restaurant week
I was a little offput initially b/c the restaurant week website referred to the food as 'barbeque', when it's anything but. Everything is grilled, hence the name and the ambience, but there are very few actual bbq'd menu items. I had a grilled duck breast, while others had grilled salmon and even a grilled lobster! The food was great and would recommend to anyone! Make sure to make a reservation though... we overheard a couple of folks almost begging for a table, but they we booked solid - and it was a Thursday!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before Wicked ...
Back Deck is almost next door to Wicked and the menu is diverse, from snacks to sandwiches to entrees. Good mixed drinks. We had fun here, and it was still open after the show! Recommend reserving! Open Table providedavtable even After I got turned down by phone!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time is as good as the first
Highly recommend this restaurant for everyone! Food is great, and service is great! It is located a couple of doors down from The Opera House. My family and I were recently dining there prior to a show. They couldn't have been more accommodating.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My co-workers and I visit the BD at least once a month. It has great food, priced right and you can expect decent service. For people that are gluten free, I would recommend it- they have a separate menu that is equally as delicious.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back Deck is Wicked Awesome!
Amazingly delicious salads and burgers. The best eggplant dip with pita I've ever had...stupendous really. They managed to get us in and out in about an hour because they knew we were headed to Wicked next door. Very good service. Very delicious dessert (s'mores with espresso-flavored marshmallows). Just a little loud for my taste. My 12-year-old daughter loved it (the burger fan). Highly recommend before a show!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for before the show!!
Our waiter was fantastic. He took into consideration we would be going to the show at the Opera House and suggested a great appetizer to start and put our orders right in. We had plenty of time to enjoy our food and drinks.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner before the theater
We went to this restaruant as it was recommended by the Boston Opera House as it was very close. I also have to check and see if it had a gluten free menu as I am severly allergic.
They were fantastic in acknowledging my allergy and letting me know what they do in the kitchen to ensure my safey. The food was amazing! Most of the time I end up with grilled chicken and a salad, no appetizers, no fries, but this time we had apps, and I had the salmon with horseradish cream, it was amazing!
I would recommend this restaurant to any of my allergy friends, or anyone in general.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Night
We had dinner before seeing a show at the Boston Opera House. The server was fantastic. We observed her waiting on a diner who was blind. She showed incredible patience and compassion for the regular without neglecting her other tables. Our food was delicious! The strawberry shortcake was possibly the best I've ever had. I would absolutely recommend this to a friend and would go again. Reservations were the way to go. We walked right in and sat down while people without reservations were being told about a hour wait.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very impressed that the waiter noticed there was an ingredient missing from my entree before I did. He made a point of going back to the kitchen, got them to prepare the missing ingredient and brought it out to me.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre theater dinner
It was a hot summer night. We had the Caesar salad (one with chicken and one with salmon). Both were excellent. Would definitely eat there again. Service was superb. Wine list was very good.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Decor and Food , bad service
This was my second time at back deck! The decor is awesome and when they open up the restaurant with it's huge folding windows it makes for a great dining experience! The food is very good, nothing special or amazing but it's good food! Anyone could find something they liked here
Now for the bad, both times the service has not been up to par! Both times waiters were very unattentive and one even made an " apology" that other patrons were going to see a show down the street so he was giving them better service to get them out faster! Even though my party had arrived earlier and with a reservation! It's not my problem to get other eaters who didn't plan their nights accordingly out faster! Had to flag both waitors down for everything!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wasn't sure what to expect at this restaurant,but was pleasantly surprised to find a comfortable place to dine pror to attending a show at the Boston Opera House. Not an extensive menu,but something to satisfy adults and teenagers. Staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. Very convenient place to eat in regards to location as we were attending a show at the BOH (literally steps away). Would eat there again next time.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-Theater Healthy and Fun
Back Deck gets HUGE points from me for serving reasonable-sized portions of delicious food made the way I make it: NOT drowning in dressing, salt, sauce, or what-have-you. I had the swordfish kabob special over rice and my companion had spinach/arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, and blue cheese. Fresh ingredients, well prepared.... Great local beer list too!
If you WANT the decadence, Back Deck serves fabulous desserts. My companion got a smore featuring homemade graham crackers and espresso marshmallows.
This is right next to the Boston Opera House. Highly recommended to pre- or post-theater dining. Loved it
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good choice for families
Four of us had a light supper here before the theater, and we thought it was a great choice. Salads were fresh, service was friendly and prompt, and they got us to the theater on time. The Opera House is just a couple of doors down, so it's very convenient, and an especially good choice for families with children. Prices are modest, too.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very impressed. Burgers were delish, along with all the accompaniments. Great service too! Will be back (recently had lunch with some friends there).
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, ambience
The food was excellent and the "open" environment was great, even with a bit of a chill in the air. Only thing that needs a little work is the service. Took a little longer than it should have at lunch. But I will go back!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-concert (Citi Center) dinner
We've eaten at Back Deck many times, and have always enjoyed it. Our waiter Glen was very nice and gave us the lowdown on the neighborhood (construction and restaurants changing hands over there.) We had the seafood special, which was crab stuffed trout - excellent! Also had the mixed grill which was also really good. This was plenty of food for 2 people, but we managed to scarf down the Snickers sundae as well. This is a nice casual restaurant with very good food (I usually go for the grilled - yes, grilled - salads!)
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ordered the pork sandwich and it was a little dry and lacked flavor. The BBQ sauce served on the side helped a bit, but would rather have flavor in the pork itself. If I go back, I will try something else!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met couple of former colleagues here for lunch, as this is our downtown go-to place. Reasonable prices and good food. I was a little disappointed in that the word "grilled" in the grilled chicken/strawberry/etc salad referred to the chicken and not the salad itself, as I really like their grilled salads. All in all, though, a good reliable eating spot.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
good option pre-theater
Back Deck had a varied enough menu for our somewhat fussy group. They did a nice job making some menu substitutions (got a shrimp skewer instead of the swordfish for the kabob entree), and taking great care with an allergy concern. Our party loved the salmon, mixed grill, and kabobs. Review on the burger was "ok," not the 'fantastic' the waitress touted. Gingerbread dessert got rave reviews. The Smores were interesting, but the peanut-butter marshmallows weren't melted enough - it's too unwieldy to eat easily. Needed a knife and fork (not provided).
Unfortunately, the waitress didn't hear us ask for the check when she delivered desserts- disappeared for 10 minutes while we were waiting to get out in time for theater. Made it, but rushed.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ever go to the theatre after a meal and feel uncomfortably full ? Well the back Deck has smaller portions of delicious food just right for going to the theatre. We had plenty of time to enjoy a drink, conversation and our meal and the theatre was a brief walk around the corner. Service was friendly and attentive. Great place for theatre goers.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten Free find in Boston
I visited Back Deck based on the GF menu they offered. The food was good and there were many menu options for the GF diet, which is always nice. They also boast a GF kitchen and fryer so french fries and 'regular' food are a possibility at this establishment. It is a very casual dining atmosphere - no need to dress up. We made a reservation but did not need too. It was not packed on a Saturday evening, so if you like a less crowded atmosphere this is a good option. Note for out of town visitors - it's best to walk here, parking in tough.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Service
Made a reservation through OpenTable for 6:30 PM. Somehow showed up on Back Deck system as 5:00 PM. The restaurant was full and people coming in were told there was a 45 minute wait. Eventually, the manager came over. When we told him of the mistake that had been made, and that we had tickets for an 8:00 PM show he arranged a table for us. The food and service were good, better than we had expected, and we made it to the theatre on-time.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, just took a little
Great food, just took a little long getting to us! Definitely order the French toast ;-)
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Lunch Spot!
I had lunch here on a Thursday with a group of coworkers. It's an interesting place - great casual atmosphere, and a fun meeting place for friends.
Our waiter was great - personable without being cutesy or overbearing.
We had a great lunch ... and will no doubt be returning!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Girls Night Out!
Went with a group of women for "girls night out" and had a great time! Plan to bring our husbands next time. Food and service was great and we were able to easily talk without the noise level being too loud. Great idea and did feel a bit outdoors! Must be wonderful in the summer when they can open the large windows.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hidden Downtown Crossing Gem
Atmosphere feels like your in a back yard on a summer evening...which was nice considering it was freezing outside. Good food selection for the 'grilling' effect. Drinks were also good, Great place to grab dinner before a show.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Time at Back Deck
I was going to the Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Commons, and wanted to eat somewhere low key, and a short walk. Back Deck had a great vibe - its decorated like a back deck! Very fun ambiance. We had the wings which were decent. My main dish was pulled pork in an acorn squash half which was excellent. My friend had the swordfish kabobs - he liked them, but was disapointed that they were so small, while my meal was fairly large. The service was speedy and the waitress was very nice. The only thing I wasn't overly impressed with was that their Gluten Free menu was almost identical to their normal menu. I was just looking for some additional options and I didn't really find them. All in all though great experience, and I'd definitely go back!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great experience at Back Deck. The food was delicious, our server was attentive, and the menu is very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend it!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect pre-ballet spot
This is a great restaurant if you are attending the ballet. It's literally right around the corner from the Opera House. Food and service are awesome! We especially love their burgers and desserts.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, unique setting
The food here was pretty good. We got burgers and my boyfriend raved about how good his was. Mine was good, but nothing I would be raving about. Service was average. The dessert menu was actually pretty extensive and the two we got (strawberry shortcake and the s'mores) were really delicious!
12/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
the belissimo burger is definitely delicious, loved the mushroom on it, and the fries are pretty good
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM