This was one of the best dinners I have had in many years. We Dine out all the time but Backhouse is very special! LOVED IT. Delicious food, exceptional service.
As always, fantastic food and wine. Great staff, wonderful evening. Thank you!
Everything was outstanding from the starters to the wine pairing! Better than French Laundry!!
Although I entered Backhouse with enthusiasm after a strong recommendation from a friend, I ultimately found the food not to my liking. The apricot and duck dish was not appealing and the highlight of the meal was not the lamb, which you would have expected, but rather the butter dish with bread. The sommelier even served a pairing for a dish that never came, a tomato dish that was skipped over. While the food wasn't bad per se, it would not be an experience I would want to repeat. On the plus, the staff were friendly and the restaurant well decorated. I just wish the food had been better tasting and worth the $300 bill at the end of the night.
There were a number of inconsistencies in service and food. As it mainly does a tasting and prixe fixe menu, the service provided by staff was not well timed or mindful. Repeated dishes were brought out and constant mix up of who had allergies (out of 2 diners) happened multiple times. We had at least 5 different service people which would explain why there were so many mix ups. As far as tastings go, some dishes were brought out rapidly that it filled table and then left gaps to wait for the next dish. Considering the cost for meal and service, there was little value and doubtful to return.
Excellent service and food. The tasting menu was an interesting and enjoyable experience.
The pairing menu was fantastic!
Exceeded expectations. We are yearly visitors to Niagara-On-The-Lake, and we ate at Backhouse last year, and we thought it was very good. This year was even better- the small plates were fabulous - kitchen and wait staff were fastidious about our various food allergies and sensitivities .Servers were knowledgeable and helpful without the “stuffiness” of some fine dining venues. This was far and away our very best dining experience in Niagara on the Lake over the 10+ years we have been visiting, and it ranks with some of the finest U.S. and European venues we have visited. Keep up the great work, and we’ll see you next year.
Everything was outstanding! Wonderful food and wine pairings. Everyone takes great pride in what they do. Can't wait to return!
Amazing and original food. An excellent dining experience!
Amazing food and service! Best value in NOTL
I booked one dinner with my family and it was fantastic. I was welcomed by the friendly staff. They explained clear on each dishes to us and the service was excellent.
We absolutely LOVED every detail about Backhouse Restaurant! From the warm welcome, to the last sumptuous tastes from the gift dessert box, we can't say enough about this special oasis in Niagara on the Lake.
It is not very often that we savour each and every bite of every course we were presented.
We have had the opportunity to dine at the Number one restaurant in Italy and also in the U.S. but this restaurant is NUMBER ONE in our books.
Hidden gem in NOTL! Excellent experience with the smaller tasting menu - everything was fabulous and we can't wait to go back! Best farm to table restaurant we have been to.
A really special, incredible dinner — the food was inventive, surprising and delightful, but the thing that really pushed it over the top was the exceptional hospitality and passion from everyone — servers, sommelier, host. Highly recommend Backhouse for a truly special experience.
Backhouse was recommended enthusiastically by a friend. I am not usually a big fan of the tasting menu format but we all enjoyed our dinner and the ambience at Backhouse very much. Our table was ready and the welcome was warm when we arrived. The food and the wine pairings were very good. The wait staff and sommelier were attentive, friendly and very professional. The kitchen and the serving team ensured that the evening moved along at a just the right pace even though it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was very busy. We will certainly come again and will recommend it to friends.
Chose the Chef’s tasting menu. 13 items were served. Each was a masterpiece of flavor. Server was very well informed about each item. Highly recommend.
Superb food, wine, and service. Look forward to our next visit.
Great experience overall - perfectly paced meal , ideal wine pairings with excellent food, service outstanding!
This was our 3rd visit to Backhouse. While the service was very good, we were disappointed with everything else. There is no longer an a la cart menu. The prix fix price has increased. While some of the amuse bouche were interesting, we found the salad portion exceptionally scant. Yes, there were 21 different greens,
but barely more than one leaf of each. My braised short rib was extremely crisp and probably not more than 3oz.
The one shrimp tempura they substituted for desert, was locally farmed. My dinner companion ordered the Perch. Maybe 3oz, almost no flavour and rubbery.
She has cancelled her Sept dinner reservation. I gave no desire to return.
Fantastic food, presentation and service. A great experience.
Coming from a Toronto food experience (scaaramouche, Aloe, Blue blood, Georges etc.... I found the portions very small for the prices being chased.
The open pit fire was not being used to prep the various meats - rather they were being prepared at the back of the house!!
The attention and food were outstanding. I can’t wait to go back to this fine eating establishment.
Always a stellar dining experience at Backhouse. Thanks to Chef Ryan and Team!!
This experience just gets better every time we visit!
It’s just like spending an evening with friends who are over the top in the kitchen!!
The Somm experience is simply the best. Thank you Bill!! Love the tea trolley ;
See you soon,
Patricia & Jerry
I have been eating here since it was the funky Stone Road Grill. And welcome their return to NOTL with Backhouse. I noticed at this last visit an escalation from the previous one. This couple have never served anything but great food but this last one was just superb in offers, presentation, quality, local sources, value, and just style- all delivered with wonderful service.
This I imagine is a tough business and we have eaten our share of wonderful meals in a lot of places but this couple is rocking it with style and grace and could I say professional commitment. This is always admirable.
If you are lucky enough to be seated at the bar and able to stare into the oven you can have a nice conversation with your loved one and wish you did not have to go to the play.
The food and service were fantastic.
We have enjoyed our past visits immensely, but the meal seemed even better than our previous visits! Everything was so well balanced and the flavors worked so well together. We can't wait to return for another visit in the near future!
If possible, even better than the last time I was there. The staff could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. The food continues to mesmerize and transport me.
I have dined here twice and chosen the chef's tasting menu both time. I was not disappointed. The service continues to be very attentive and accommodating. Since I was a return customer, my guest received a complementary appetizer and wine pairing which was unexpected but very appreciated. Rarely does this happen ( in my experience) unless there is an issue or complaint with the food or service.
I will continue to return to Backhouse. It is a dining experience that should not be missed.
The service was wonderful! Everything but the main courses were great.
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
Amazing as always! Food, wine selections, everything was as expected an more.
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.