I'm sure everyone knows by now, but this restaurant is amazing. They serve local, cool climate cuisine carefully crafted in front of you (get Chef's table seating if you can - worth it). The Chef's tasting menu, with wine pairing was phenomenal and I was so full by the end of the 9 courses (and a bit loopy, with all the wonderful local wines). From outside, it looks like nothing to note, but once inside you're transported to a warm, inviting, space, with a beautiful ambiance.
The food is not cheap, but I still suggest this place is a great value, because the quality is just through the roof.
Go to this restaurant.
We came into niagara for a weekend get away with no solid plans. Someone we met recommended Black house, and we were so grateful. It was a fantastic experience. We did the chefs tasting with the pairing. Ambiance was great, service was great and the food was sensational.
Backhouse lived up to it's billing. Creative F2T winter foods that did not fail to shine. There was a unique intimacy in the tasting style of serving that allowed for us to enjoy conversation between courses. Service was efficient and not intrusive. Not an inexpensive meal, but worth it in my opinion.
be prepared for 2.5 hours in the experience, if you are it will exceed your expectations.
Always great, a must experience. They were clsoed for the day they booked, opened up and honored our reservation. my fourth experience here, it's always a different menu. Expensive but worth it!
Great meal, service and value. hands down recommend the restaurant and the chef tasting menu.
Everything was done superbly.
Fine- trying really hard to be exceptional but falls short
Amazing as always. Can't wait to go back again. Loved the new Chef's tasting menu. Always changing it up and gets better every time.
Great food + great atmosphere.
This restaurant came recommended by the B&B we were staying at and it was a wonderful night out. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. Several days later, I can still describe some of my favorites bites from that night. We also had several allergies and they were very willing to accommodate. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any serious foodies and cannot wait to dine there again on another visit to Niagara on the Lake.
Venison was delicious. Friendly, attentive service. Was a lovely quiet spot for 2.
Great tasting menu showcasing Niagara region. Comparable to a Michelin star restaurant.
Just wonderful food & staff! Great evening!
Backhouse is our go-to restaurant of choice when we want a fine dining experience and when entertaining. Although we have dined there dozens of times, Chef Ryan and his staff have never failed to present us sething new and unique ! Service has always been exceptional!
We have been to Backhouse several times now and every time it's been a different menu, and every time it has not disappointed. The food and service are always excellent and, as a major bonus, everything is locally sourced and truly farm-to-table. One of the best restaurants in NOTL!
Outstanding in every way!! Fantastic food, wine pairings and creative presentation. Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Outstanding on every level! Superb service and food that was innovative and delicious, on par with some of the best meals we have had, including at restaurants with Michelin stars.
I found the pricing high. Also the pace of the food was a bit slow. While you don’t want to be rushed through a meal, we were about 1.5 hours before the “main” arrived. So I found I was very hungry through most of the meal which impacted on my overall enjoyment.
From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave it is such a pleasure to walk/eat through the chefs menu along with the pairings. Absolutely Delicious!
Amazing from start to finish. Great food, great pairings. Service impeccable! Can’t wait to come back
What a wonderful experience! Kim our server was outstanding! the food was outstanding. Couldn't ask for a better evening.
There's a lot to love about Chef Crawford's restaurant; he sources his food locally and proudly from his own farm, he butchers and prepares his own meats, the menu is always evolving seasonally, the staff are attentive and personable and the atmosphere is relaxed. With this caliber of dining, you'd expect black ties, but everything about backhouse is unpretentious, inviting, and comfortable. It's so... Canadian. I encourage anyone who is looking for a memorable "cool cuisine" dining experience to check backhouse out.
This is a great spot in NOTL with beautifully created dishes. We used to go when it was Stone Road Grill. It was my favorite then and I’m loving the new set up/transformation. My husband and I were there to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. No one acknowledged it which was a bit disappointing. We made it in during a snow storm rather than cancel our reservation so if asked if it was worth it...yes, yes it was.
Wonderful experience, enjoyed sitting at the bar watching the food preparation. Food was delicious!
What a great find! The service is amazing along with the food, a must try
Amazing dining experience. We sat at the counter and got to see the chef's at work. They were able to converse with us about what we were eating and how it was prepared. I definitely recommend the tasting menu as every course that came out was unique, well thought out and delicious. The ambiance was cozy, with wood fire ovens and fur throws on the chairs. A must try!
We have been a few times now and always enjoyed the food. So much fun anticipating what is coming next on the tasting menu.
Our biggest issue is the uncomfortable chairs. It has come up in conversation on every visit. In fact, my husband even said he should bring a cushion before we left the house.
Other than that, always a great dining experience.
We did the chef’s tasting menu. For Niagara region the food was impressive. I would place the food just on par with tasting menus in major cities but not superior. The service was excellent.
We had a lovely dinner at Backhouse- would highly recommend. The food was amazing and the service was great. The tasting menu had delicious food and the wine pairings were phenomenal.
Food was fantastic as always, service was horrible.....if you're going to go, sit at the bar and you'll have a great time
The staff and kitchen were amazing in accommodating my food intolerances.
Great tasting menus with locally sourced ingredients. If you’re feeling experimental try one of their bespoke bottles created for the restaurant by locally wineries. Fantastic.
Lovely surprise on entering the restaurant as the outside gives no indication of the lovely ambience inside. The staff were all very attentive and pleasant.
Whilst the food was quite nice and mostly presented in an innovative way, it wasn’t as delicious as I expected to find a tasting menu. In particular there were three dishes that involved bread. The egg and soldiers, the sourdough and the mousse.
Overall it was an interesting experience.
2nd anniversary spent here. The food is amazing and the service is flawless.
Great dining experience.
What a dinner experience! The tasting menu was fabulous and to sit at the counter was a real treat. Caution though as we met two patrons who moved away from the end of the counter that was near the grill as it was too hot! The chef and sommelier
made sure the food and wine was what they wanted it to be. Gosh, what a great evening. Best dinner ever? I would say yes.
Food, service and ambiance. Attention to detail , quality and pride of ownership. We’ll be back.
It was a cozy atmosphere. Our server was knowledgeable and the timing of the courses was perfect. We were in no way rushed and the evening had a comfortable flow. The descriptions of the courses was excellent and the presentation was exceptional. I recommend a tasting menu with a wine pairing to get the full experience of what the restaurant has to offer. You have to be prepared to appreciate the seasonal and local nature of the menu. This didn't compromise the food in any way, but should allow you to develop an appreciation for the passion and creativity put into the menu.
Room was so Smokey I was sick for two days; paid premium prices to get ill. They need cooking ventilation.
We enjoyed Backhouse’s Signature Tasting menu paired with their premium wines. We were immediately seated with a smile. Our service throughout our 3 hour plus meal was exceptional. The chef’s presentation complimented each course. The courses and the wine pairings were well explained. Overall we felt the wine pairings were well chosen. This evening was not inexpensive, but it was definitely an excellent value and thoroughly enjoyable.
My husband and I visited here about 2 years before and I never stopped thinking about how delicious our meal was, which is risky because sometimes stuff doesn't live up to the expectation you have after 2 years of memory.
Shouldn't have worried though - the food was as amazing as I remembered. Backhouse is such an experience - amazing service, incredible food and just a bit of a fun adventure trying a bunch of well-executed little dishes. I recommend this place to everyone I know even if they're not trying to make plans anywhere near NOTL.