Backhouse

4.7
957 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
Quietly tucked away in a small strip-mall in uptown Niagara On The Lake is one of Canada's leading restaurants. Backhouse offers continuously evolving tasting menus with a commitment to integrated cool climate cuisine and enlightened hospitality. Once one finds Backhouse the aroma of peach wood burning in the brick oven and glow of the wood-fired grill lets guests know that they are not out for dinner but rather that they are embarking on a culinary journey of somewhereness.

local, international, low intervention wine list | craft beers | artisanal cocktails

For seating at our Chef's Counter please select Counter Seating when booking.

For private bookings or parties of 8 or more please contact the restaurant directly.

18% gratuity may be added to parties of 8 or more.

A guest charge of $99 may be applied for guests that do not show.

email: info@backhouse.xyz
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Canadian, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(289) 272-1242 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Crawford
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Private party facilities
Backhouse, with its open concept kitchen and extensive bar is the perfect venue for all your private dining needs whether it is a corporate function or a family celebration. We can accommodate intimate seated dinners up to much larger drop in cocktail and hors d'oeuvre receptions.

For details email: info(at)backhouse.xyz
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Private party contact
Ryan Crawford: (289) 272-1242 ext. 2
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Catering
For details email: info(at)backhouse.xyz
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Cross street
Mississauga Street
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Special events & promotions
http://backhouse.xyz/bookings/
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 957 People Are Saying
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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really, this is an expensive restaurant but if you want something that really knocks someone's socks off, this is the place. Not a single bite was off. Service was attentive and fantastic, never missed a beat. Decor was engaging. Everyone in the place cared that they were creating a dining experience. And, for Niagara on the Lake? You would have to go to Toronto or NYC to match this place.

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LL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menus and beer choices. We will be back.

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SB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners ever. Great value too as we were lucky enough to partake of their Uptown Tasting. It was almost like it wasn’t a tasting because their serving sizes are like regular servings in other restaurants. Same goes with their wine pairing pours, very generous! Would definitely come back here again.

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PC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Had one of the set menus The presentation was amazing. The food spectacular and mouth watering

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my second birthday in a row and as always the team at Backhouse did not disappoint! They've always outdone themselves, and I can't think of a better way to spend my evening. My partner and I have recently become vegetarian, and although the meal was super delicious, it lacked some of the warmth and richness that needs to be added when the fat from the meat is gone.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Niagara-on-the-Lake from Ohio a few times a year and I love this restaurant. The food is outstanding and so fresh, service is impeccable, and our wine pairing was spot on!

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D
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner! The entire experience was amazing and the food is made and served with love!

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Tasting menu. Great experience! Thanks

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JP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

unfortunately, we came with, perhaps, too high of expectations. the restaurant serves local seasonal food, prepared to order, so we expected to wait. but the portions were uneven...the largest, hungriest person in our group, chose a fish entree which was meager...several of us ordered from the tasting menus. while we expected smaller portions and more courses, the pork bolognaise was basically a tiny portion of minced pork, with a big bowl of rigatoni. not what one would expect from a tasting menu that varies from $99 per person to $69 per person. there was not a salad on offer. the roasted carrots were very under-cooked; in fat hard to cut.
those of us who ordered a al carte were better fed. however, there was really nothing inspired about our food. none of us was offered a second glass of wine. and considering that the restaurant was 80% empty, our service was slow and inattentive. to add to the discomfort, the restaurant was cold, a few chairs offered a sheepskin for one's ice-cold wooden chair. at over $200/couple, i would say, the value is not here..sorry.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal! Truly wish this restaurant was not so far away (visited from Cleveland). But well worth the trip! Food, atmosphere, service, overall experience were wonderful. Would dine again, and again!

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e
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the 13-course chefs tasting and wine pairing. Be prepared to leave 3 hours later with your tummy full and happy.

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RG
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant located just a couple of blocks off of the main street in Niagara on the Lake. Don't be fooled by the understated exterior, this place serves farm to table creative cuisine. We were looking for a nice dinner in town and stumbled across this place on Trip Advisor and Yelp. Take the counter seating option as it provides an intimate dining experience and interaction with the chefs. Every course is prepared within arms length and thoroughly explained down to each ingredient. Chef Angus walked us through all the way to his selection of vegetables from the garden. He quaintly referred to digging the potatoes that morning as "hunting for Easter Eggs." Recommend the Chef's tasting menu, but they do serve a la carte if you have a smaller appetite.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is unreal. Food, service, atmosphere 5 stars!!!! Can not wait to come back!

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We did a smaller tasting menu . Food was great ! The wine pairings we’re disappointing for the price . They pour very tiny amounts and for the price of 2 people we definitely could have shared an incredible bottle of wine . I would have rated this restaurant higher but they seemed short of help last night . One server and the sommelier having to rush around as it was busy. For the fine dining price point we expected a little bit more .

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g
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly sophisticated menu and wine list! The four of us liked the intimate cozy feeling of the venue. For our first visit to this lovely little town it was a surprise to find such an incredible spot.

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ML
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience. We each got the chef’s menu, which was a little too much food for me. Everything was tastefully presented and pleasing to the palette. Will definitely return.

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K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time, and we will definitely come again. A superior experience - from the food to the service to the atmosphere. We can’t wait to come back.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the dinner was outstanding--food-wise, it was excellent, the service superb and the sommelier extremely informative!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found the restaurant on Tripadvisor. We were a party of four and decided to do the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Everything from start to finish was outstanding. The wait staff explained each course and the sommiellier gave us a run down on each pairing. The portions were perfect and the timing of the delivery of each course was exactly right. The food was different and without exception - delicious. It is all local and in season. The bill was high but it was a very memorable meal and evening with wonderful friends.

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GR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Specializes in tasting menus with wine pairings. Excellent and creative food. Beautiful restaurant with large open kitchen. Prices are steep but worth it. However, considering the price, coffee or tea should be complimentary! I highly recommend Backhouse

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an Anniversary dinner and I truly enjoyed the full experience. I ordered the Chef's Menu and the Premier wine pairing and I was not disappointed (my wife ordered a smaller version). Yes it may have been expensive, but for me it was worth every cent (and it was our Anniversary). The menu is farm to table and most of the meal is local and definitely from Ontario. The presentation is wonderful and the taste of everything was exceptional. Dinner is an event and it was one I will share the story with others for some time. The staff Sommelier Bill, and our waiter (also a Sommelier) were excellent and their pairing of wines with the different courses was wonderful.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was slecht te vinden maar fantastisch binnen in het gebouw
Heerlijke avond
Als dit restaurant in Europa zou zijn had het een dubbele michelin ster!!

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outsranding creative food that will leave you in an awe!

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MS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always eat here when in the area - being first introduced to us as a local joint with great food. This time did not disappoint. Mostly tasting menus here - for $99 we got the Chef's Menu. It was delicious and more than filled us up. Such creative and tasty dishes. Service was on point. Would recommend this place to any and everyone!

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s
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service, I would come back over and over. Just fantastic.

The one oddity is that I was asked if there was a special occasion when I made the reservation and I indicated that there was a birthday. The day of the dinner someone called to confirm the reservation and again reaffirmed there was a birthday. At the dinner, no mention or indication anyone knew we had a birthday in our party. Why did they ask?

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful culinary experience with the warmth as if in someone’s home... perfect!!!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5's across the board! We celebrated our first anniversary at Backhouse. All the staff were very polite and had extensive menu knowledge. Paul served us, and he was fantastic - great wine recommendations, prompt and professional service, very sweet and polite. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience!

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really tasty but the serving sizes were offensive for the price charged.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The egg appetizer was excellent with super presentation. The fingerling potato
was very tiny & the caviar? too fishy. Squash soup was excellent.
Bone marrow was all froth & no flavour. Lamb & chicken were good,
would have liked more veggies.
The boxed petit four was a good take home idea.
We felt the meal was too pricey.

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LD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday and had a wonderful time. The service and the food were outstanding! Recommend the wine pairing with the chef’s tasting menu. We will be back!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Try the set menu. Very outstanding service as well.

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HD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences we have had by far .. we dine out frequently and we also enjoy cooking at home but Backhouse takes the food experience to the next level . From the greeting we received at the door right to goodbye 3.5 hrs later it was wonderful !! The creativity, flavours and presentation by the exceptional staff, blew us away especially because we feel we had the best seats in this absolutely unique restaurant . We highly recommend that you book the counter seating and order the full chefs tasting menu ..SUPERB ! We can’t say enough about spending our 30th Anniversary at Backhouse. Thanks again Ryan and the entire staff !

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k
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! Three tasting menu options. Open kitchen with great views of what’s happening. Excellent service. Creative and fun food.

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for an outstanding dinning experience.

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SL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend the tasting menu!!! Staff very friendly and helpful. Overall one of the best meals ever!!!

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was outstanding. However, our service was not very good. The food was VERY slow to come out. We had the chef's tasting menu and it took us 4 hours to finish because the food was so slow to come out. Our reservation was for 8:15 and by 12:30 we were just dying to get out of there, which is too bad since the food itself was so great. If service had been better, it would be 5 stars all around.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, creative menu, stellar service! Would highly recommend the tasting menu. It may seem like a lot of courses, but they are small enough that I was able to enjoy each of them and was comfortably full by the end. The presentation of each course was beautiful and the service outstanding.

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JC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as usual! I was celebrating my birthday, and was not disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great but it took so long to be served all course(nearly 3 hours). Cocktail was not good as food. Better try wine. I wasn’t sure about the tip but I gave it anyway. Overall fantastic food but considering price, taste should be good.

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