Backhouse

4.7
971 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 971 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun. Great food.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and well worth it. Really good for Gluten free! They make their own gluten free bread!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Gorgeous and innovative and fresh. Fabulous service. Sit at the bar for the best experience. Love this restaurant.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DS
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!😍

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MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting presentation. Portions are small. Good ambiance. Wine is too expensive!!

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AA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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S
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
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 on November 16, 2018
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
52 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
3 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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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
Detroit
8 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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