Backhouse

4.6
913 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.
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
Melissa Marynissen: (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
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DJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting table experience is the way to go at this exceptional restaurant. Excellent service and a friendly staff contributed to a wonderful evening for my wife an I.

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c
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The peak dining experience of our weekend in Niagara on the lake.
Really creative food, great wine choices knowledgeable and the service people are very engaging and friendly.
We will be back!

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AM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great as was the knowledge of all the staff especially the server and wine steward. I recommend more comfortable seating for the 3 to 4 hour long meals.

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our dinner at Backhouse was delightful. The ambience is fun – outside the restaurant is almost
incognito; when we entered the maître d’ looked just like the Bard come to greet us. The menu
is innovative and flavor filled. Each course from the tasting menu showcases a different dish.
One of our tasting menu items was bread (grilled, served with two kinds of butter) and another
was Just Dug Potatoes (yes, dug on their farm that morning). These two courses let what could
otherwise be just meal accompaniments shine. My husband enjoyed the duck liver pate. We
both thought the egg appetizer was amazing. The Heritage Chicken was perfectly grilled,
succulent. Our waiter Mangus made our dining experience richer by telling us about the farm
and ingredients that were just harvested. Bill, our sommelier, suggested a wine perfect for us,
one that enhanced each portion of the meal (we chose not to do the wine pairing).

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IS
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I decided to give this place a try to celebrate our mini vacation. The service was very good and the food was delightful. We had the chance to make a reservation to sit at the counter and watch the chefs make the meals. It was fun and entertaining to watch. The food itself was also very delicious and some were more special than others. We would definitely try the restaurant again if we are ever in the area again!

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience! Sit at the counter for best enjoyment.

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L
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entire experience was amazing. Tasting menu was incredible but pricey. You do have other option of ala cart.

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

By far the best restaurant in NOTL area! The tasting menu equals the best in NYC, and all the ingredients are fresh and grown locally. I cant say enough about how delicious and innovative the courses are. Service was perfect (thanks, Anna!) and our sommelier, Paul, recommended local area wines we loved. Really, really excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty Amazing 11 course meal... Just try it! Takes a couple of hours to go through. Excellent food, Excellent Presentation, Very Friendly and knowledgable staff. I just wish they had a chocolate desert at the end

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PC
37 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I tried Backhouse for the first time last Sunday (Sept 9) and thoroughly enjoy our meal. We each selected the tasting menu and standard wine pairings. The food was delicious and the wine pairings well selected. The dessert was particularly good. We'll be back next time we're in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give this restaurant more stars I would. From the very minute we stepped foot through the door with it's rustic but modern decor, we felt so catered to. The chef checked us in and then sent over complimentary champagne because it was my nieces birthday. We sat on little fake animal skin blankets which was perfect for a cold night. With the ambiance of the open grill front and center, bundles of wood all around and the colorful abstract farm artwork really completed our first farm to table experience. We all ordered from the pairing menu where we enjoyed what was like an 8 course meal. We first had the dip dip egg. It was in a half egg shell presented on what looked like a real birds nest. It was a frothy poached egg mixture that you dip a piece of toasted bread into it. It was pure heaven!! While we ate this dish, the chef came out and said that the birds nest were from out back and he talked about eating this dish as a child with his mother. Then we were served fingerling potatoes that were pulled from the ground that day! The corn chowder with the popcorn added for texture was just unbelievable. Everyone got a different meat and we all shared and it was all so so good but the lamb ragu was by far my favorite. Everything was prepared so beautifully and the timing of each dish as to when it came out was perfect. The waitress did a wonderful job explaining everything and how the pairings of wine and beer were selected. They gave you a generous amount of wine and beer as well. The bread that came from 19 year old yeast and the different butters. The desserts were amazing. There was two different desserts including a little butter cake for my nieces birthday. Everything was so so good and we did not want to leave! The waitress told us that the farm is just a few miles down the road and that the staff all work there as well. Everyone was friendly and so knowledgeable. At the end of our dinner, the chef gave us a hug good bye. We will be back for sure.

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting menus are tremendous and good value. No-one at our table of six opted for the paired wines. We agreed the lamb was better than the steak. The only complaint was how long the meal took. We arrived at 8:15 and were seated at 8:30. The meal lasted 3 1/4 hours, which was excessive. After 10 pm there were not too many other tables that were being served. We thought the last four courses could have been served much more quickly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Have to be with friends and have lots to talk about between courses. Soup course was so delicious but the portion needed to be much larger.

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L
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

FROM BUFFALO AND ABSOLUTEKY LOVE THIA RESTAURANT. ANYTIME WE HAVE FRIENDS VISITING WE ALWAYS MAKE DINNER RESERVASTIONS AT BACKHOUSE.
OUR FRIENDS FROM FRANCE CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE.
THE SOMMELIER IS ALWAYS PLEASANT AND HELPFUL

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit after the first in 2016 (I live in Hong Kong so can't get here often!) and did not disappoint. The Chef's tasting menu was outstanding and each course memorable, the highlights being the dip dip egg, frothy, delicious corn soup concoction and duck liver mousse with tiny brioche loaf. I much appreciate the attention paid to detail, which has not wavered since the early days. Nice to see 2027 wines still on the menu - a feature of my first visit. Best wishes for the restaurant's continuing success and will be back as soon as possible!

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TL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience, great ambiance.
Not cheap though.

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d
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mark did a great job of going the extra mile while preparing parts of our meal! He even explained where things were locally sourced from! Amazing experience with foods I would not normally see on a menu. Presentation was fantastic.

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. I had the lamb and my wife had the chicken. We were both concerned when we couldn't cut our food. Turns out that the knives were useless for cutting. The lamb was melt in your mouth but the knife couldn't cut it. Service was great.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way!

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience dining at Backhouse. The dishes are creative and incredible. We did the tasting menu with wine pairings. It was a great lunch. The corn chowder was out of this world.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible team with purposeful execution and equality ingredients. We were humbled by both the food and the teamwork showcased by everyone.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our most memorable dining experiences to date! Such a treat. Highly recommend the chefs tasting menu. They were very accommodating, as we chose to substitute the liver mousse for a mushroom dish and they were also accommodating to my boyfriend’s walnut allergy. Each course was so unique and just full of fabulous flavor. The head chef and owner, Ryan, was so humble and friendly as were all of the kitchen staff behind the counter. Truly a special night that we’ll never forget!

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to backhouse it's a special treat, and it does not disappoint. Best food I've ever had! Would recommend to anyone who has the time and budget to enjoy such a beautiful meal

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

Fabulous food. Great atmosphere and service. Best kept secret in a stripmall.

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P
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was my third time to Backhouse. The first two occasions were phenomenal. Granted, the first time was for lunch and sencind time was for dinner in November (when the major tourist season was over). On both of those occasions, we really enjoyed the food, the timing of the dishes and the wine education. They seemed to take a lot of time explaining the Niagara regions and the wine. Unfortunately, perhaps I picked the wrong Friday night for my third visit (Labor Day weekend). It was exceptionally loud, so much so that it was hard to hear our waitstaff. I learned nothing of the wine, which is a shame given the cost. The timing of the dishes became slower and slower and the lamb dish was horribly over cooked (and lamb is not good when it is over cooked). For the money, it was very disappointing and I hope it was not the normal. I thought I had finally found a place in NOTL. Not sure now...

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w
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Excellent food. Wine pairing experience was a desaster. The somelier are pushing for some cheap, out-of-region wines, that do not match with the food.

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

My absolute favorite. The food and creativity is top notch. Wine pairings are spot on. Just very expensive meal.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Too much bread marketed as small plate dish. Booths are extremely uncomfortable. 13 plates is excruciatingly long.

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KB
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome chefs table experience. Our second time here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in NOTL. Would recommend the chefs tasting menu. And don’t skip the bread!

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M
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Staff is very efficient and friendly. Great food presentation. Food was very tasty. On the pricey side for what you get.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So simple, and each course keeps getting better and better. I’ve never pined for cauliflower before!

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LB
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our fourth visit for dinner and we found the food and service to be as usual above par and expected.
There was a very noisy party of seven/eight that interfered with our dining pleasure. This was also a disappointment for another couple that we spoke to in the parking area.

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OX
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of THE most impressive and spot on tasting/pairing experiences I’ve ever had! Every bite was beautiful paired with their extensive wine list. The Chef’s tasting menu was out of this world. They even put a chicken wing and pickled egg on a skewer in your Caesar. ;)

I can’t wait to go back.

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful creative fresh food that is prepared and served exquisitely! Love sitting at the counter and watching them prepare the meals and getting to ask questions about the food and preparation. Tasting menu is always changing and always wonderful.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding!

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s
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for tasting menu. Ordered the Chefs tasting menu with wine pairings. All the dishes were presented extremely well. Some dishes the flavours were very subtle but a few were outstanding. I particularly liked the egg-dip-dip and the corn chowder - superb. Wait staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes.
Would definitely go again.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The tasting menu was good...we found a few dishes to be just okay (there was a half a potato with creme fraiche-not particularly inventive and a basic sourdough with butter). Service was very good, attentive and timely between dishes. I would return but may not attempt the chefs tasting menu which is the largest.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday celebration

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PH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted immediately upon entering. Table ready right away. Lots of food options, wine pairings, interesting. Server Anna, patient attentive, sense of humour. Enjoyed the evening.

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