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.
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.
Wonderful way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, we did Chefs Tasting Menu with pairings at the counter. Thank you Ryan and Paul for making it so memorable, and for your remarkable hospitality, we look forward to coming back!
Original and tasty food in a wonderful ambiance...highly recommended...
Outstanding food an ambiance.
Loved the unassuming location.
Exactly as advertised - interestingly delicious dishes with many local ingredients.
Amazing value for the level of cuisine and atmosphere.
Thank you and well done!
Can't wait until my next trip to NOTL so we can go back!
Amazing as always
Our dining experience was as always superb.The ambience of the restaurant is relaxed, the staff pleasant and professional.
Sat right in front of chef, 3 hours went by so fast, quite entertaining! Food was delicious as well, had the chefs tasting menu, well worth it.
The chef's tasting menu was an enjoyable experience.
Everything looked and tasted great.
Excellent experience dining at the counter. Staff was attentive , cuisine was exceptional
This is my third time to Backhouse and I have never been disappointed.. The service was stellar and each item on the tasting was a delightful experience! I highly recommend this restaurant.
Fabulous hidden gem. Do not let the location in the strip mall stop you from opening the door. This s an amazing place. Food, presentation, service, wine. We had lunch - the mini tasting off the enpvening menu. Yummy.
We went for lunch and had the tasting menu sitting at the counter. It was not busy so it was a very relaxing sitting across from the fire watching the chef cook. The flavours and food combinations were excellent!
We were once again impressed with Backhouse. We did the wine paired dinner and the chef's choices were creative foods perfectly paired with the wines. Locally sourced foods and wines from Canada in January! You don't get more creative than that!
Variety of local seasonal foods served in combinations that most would not think of but are wonderful. Love sitting at the counter to get a chance to interact with the Chef and see the work.
Food was excellent as always. The service was wonderful and we had a great tinted with ours friends who had never been before!
We actually booked this on open table by mistake, when we realized the error my sister remembered that no shows were charged on their credit card $99 so we had to go. My sister was trying to book Garrison House. But, we read reviews and Backhouse sounded amazing so we followed through. Sadly very disappointed. The waiter was a “soft talker” and we could barely understand him. The first two appetizers we were told were mandatory - didn’t enjoy either. Ordered the aged beef to which I was told it was 125 days aged, asked what that actually meant and couldn’t hear explanation. It was fatty and tasteless, waiter never came back to ask how it was. Sisters pork was good but also very fatty. Dessert was great but I left after a three hour experience starving. Even with the bill on the table, another staff member came and asked me if I wanted another wine. Generally when the bill is on the table that would mean no, I was tempted to ask if he was buying, to make a point of showing him we have our bill. Too many different servers and participants. I wanted to take home all the fatty meat to my dog but every new person at the table made that seem like an unlikely task. The restaurant was beautiful inside. Not worth the $200 we spent with just one glass of wine and two entres ordered. Too pricey to give it a second chance. Won’t be back.
LOVED everything but the food. Presentation was very good. Eggs were better last time. Beets mediocre. Pork VERY poor. Plum dessert better last time. Treating family to birthday celebration so we certainly didn't want to ruin our fabulous time by complaining. Since it was your first day open after being closed, was quality compromised? Was it a different chef? We thought we had discovered a gem . Sad and disappointed.
Fantastic meal and wine pairing - service was exceptional. Would recommend to anyone traveling to NOTL.
We have been fans of Backhouse and visited several times. This time however we had the feeling that maybe the place has jumped the shark. There is a growing sameness to the menu and what was once a wonderfully innovative menu has become derivative. The same dishes appear again and again and since it's claim to fame is intriguingly innovative tastes we're disappointed. Really sorry to say that this time we saw a vast gap between value and price.
Awesome New Year's Eve experience.
This was our 3rd time eating there. We’ve sat at the counter each time & love watching the chefs prepare. We’ve had the chefs tasting menu every time & have never been disappointed.
Pasta so oily
Vegan options were pretty good. Maybe a little more effort into them. Very salty food.
Ambiance and experience nice though.
Looking forward to many return visits! Thank - you!
So fun. Great food.
So delicious and well worth it. Really good for Gluten free! They make their own gluten free bread!
Great tasting menu. Food is filling and plated beautifully. Our waiter was amazing he explained every course but also chatted with us casually. Not pretentious at all - warm environment.
Exceptional. Gorgeous and innovative and fresh. Fabulous service. Sit at the bar for the best experience. Love this restaurant.
Unbelievable! What a treasure in such a great town. The Signature tasting with wine pairings was the perfect amount and the perfect choice. I will absolutely be returning on my next trip to the area.
As always, an excellent meal shared with friends. Well prepared local farm to table foods. Very friendly, and knowledgeable staff, who can recommend the perfect wine to pair with the meal and share the stories of where the food came from. Great experience and fair price.
As usual, the food, service and friendliness of Backhouse was evident. We love going there. It feels like home only better, we don’t have to cook!😍
Interesting presentation. Portions are small. Good ambiance. Wine is too expensive!!
The overall experience at Backhouse was amazing. The waitstaff and chefs were attentive and open to any questions we had about the food or what was happening. The courses of the tasting menu were well thought out and the wine pairings were spot on. Wines I would never have normally drank were perfect accompaniments to the food they were served with. This isn't a restaurant I'd go to every day, but it was a perfect place to celebrate our engagement in Niagara on the Lake.
Warm and inviting atmosphere and great service. There were some very nice touches on the various dishes, for example the first Course -' Egg&Bacon'. But I am not a fan of sous-vide cooking for meat. There was no evidence of a promised final grilling of either the beef or pork loin - a soft, pale, bland result with none of the caramelizing you would get on grilled or roasted meat. I think sous-vide is better for seafood. Very expensive, although we enjoyed the special November fixed price 'Uptown Menu'. Not sure I would go at full price.
Amazing time and the food was worth every penny. The service was very attentive and you can tell they are passionate about the restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy and unique. It was a great experience all the way around. We would go back again.
This restaurant reminded me why I'm a foodie and revitalized my sense of culinary adventure!
The food was unique, marvelous and often transcendent! Nearly every course was followed by a foodgasm symphony!
Great food great service
Had a wonderful meal with wine pairings, wonderful presentation and delicious food and just the right amounts. Would definitely recommend and would go back again for sure!!
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.
Excellent tasting menus and beer choices. We will be back.