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About Michael's Back Door Restaurant

Established in 1981, Michael’s Back Door Restaurant has been providing Mississauga and the GTA with award winning Italian cuisine and professional courteous service in a warm, comfortable atmosphere for over 35 years.

Principal owners Michael Morra and Michael Morra Jr., along with partner Anthony Coffa, invite you to experience creative Italian, continental fare, offering the freshest ingredients and a variety of rare wines.

Executive Chef, Joe Rago, has been with Michael's Back Door for over 27 years and recently replaced long-time Executive Chef Stephan Waespi who retired in 2015. Since becoming the head of the kitchen, Joe's focus has been on creating rustic and regional Italian dishes with a modern twist.

Whether you are looking for a quick, casual family dinner, a romantic night out or an opportunity to catch up with friends, Michael’s Back Door has the perfect table for you.

1715 Lakeshore Rd. W.
Mississauga, ON L5J 1J4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Continental, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Clarkson Road North

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(905) 822-5751

Website:
http://www.michaelsbackdoor.com/

Catering:
Michael"s Back can cater your home or office event. Please contact us for more details.

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking is located in the municipal lot at the East side of Clarkson Rd. N., Just North of Lakeshore Rd. W. behind the CIBC Bank.

Public Transit:
Mississauga Transit stops at the corner of Lakeshore Rd. W. and Clarkson Rd. N.
The Clarkson GO Train station is a 10 minute walk.

Executive Chef:
Joe Rago

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Michael's Back Door Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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Fun (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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Disabled Access (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great time with my gal pal

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to Michael's many times over the past several years, and have always come away happy. Friendly, courteous, and professional service combined with outstanding menu choices and quality continue to be the rule, making our Valentine's Day Dinner something special this year. Highly recommended!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our table had the best get together in many months. the staff were congenial and very attentive. The meal was high calibre cuisine ( Itailian ) for the price. Great location too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyed the meal, servers were attentive and efficient.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We love our outings to Michaels. We always feel so welcome and anticipate an evening where we get fabulous service, fabulous food and a beautiful environment to enjoy it all. We look forward to our next visit when we leave. There are so many choices for dinner get togethers,but we Will always choose Michaels because
We love supporting a restaurant that truly appreciates our business .Kudos to u all. Peg and Stew

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very nice and small Italian restaurant with great food. Service is excellent. Food we ordered baked wild rain trout is very tender. Salad with wild mushroom is exceptional. Penne pasta is excellent. The only food not so satisfied is the the pasta with tomato sauce. Sauce was too liquidity and pasta was overly cooked.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Restaurant was very busy so service was slower but still Ok.
Was given fruit as a gluten free option for dessert with no problem.
Plenty of variety & I have never been disappointed with the food.
One visitor remarked that he'd been all over the world travelling & never met anything as good as Michael's Backdoor!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our dinner was fantastic...we took advantage of the Taste of Clarkson and the menu was exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Poor service, proteins in both main dishes (cioppino and duck breast) were very over cooked. Raised this with the server but didn’t get much of a reaction. On the plus side, the lamb ragout risotto was excellent.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Tried the winterlicious here and it was really good food and without the Toronto crowd!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I went to Michael's Back door with same people a year ago and the pasta was out of this world. My client raved about it even at a later date. I must admit I was not as thrilled with the pasta this time round. Cannot put my finger on it. Beet salad was good but a bit too much vinegar. Client said his vegetable soup was delicious. Dessert was very good. I think maybe I should not have ordered the taste of Clarkson.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Nice evening out. Great food. Server was lovely, very knowledgeable, and friendly. We had the place to ourselves because people canceled reservations. We received excellent service. Will return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We just moved to Mississauga about 6 months ago - and this is already one of our favourite places for special occasions! We tried their "Taste of Clarkson" menu the other day and it was absolutely delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Celebrating new job!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We eat at Michael’s back door every time we can find a babysitter and can escape on a date for it’s amazing food, service, wine list and ambience.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Dining at this restaurant is always a wonderful experience. The food is great but what always stands out to me is their staff. Our waiter (Carlos) has the best attitude, makes you feel welcome and will certainly make you laugh a few times. I especially loved this time as it was my Mom's birthday and they surprised her with a sweet treat at the end - very nice touch.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good food with some service errors. Overall service was a little on the slow side. At the start, wine glasses smelled of dishwashing cleaner. Later, sediment was poured into three of four glasses. Was told that older wine has sediment. No duh. The complaint was about sediment in the glass not sediment in the wine. Wait staff should know how to pour wine.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The service and food were excellent. My husband chose from the fixed menu and had Caesar salad, trout and passion fruit dessert. Very reasonably priced. I had the special which was the beef short rib with sweet potato gnocchi..to die for! Our friends both had pasta dishes and they were also excellent. It’s a very nice warm inviting restaurant as it wasn’t too loud..

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Super place and amazing service. Don't forget remind customers about your Vicinity Program.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve 2017 dinner. Originally booked for two but later had two friends who wished to join us. We were able to change booking to four people on short notice. Had excellent table, service and food. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overpriced average Italian food. Dated menu. Spanish and Irish coffee? Corny live piano ambiance. Repeated several tunes. Office hallway vibe in second floor dining room.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I had been going to Michael's Back Door since I was a kid in the 80s. After moving away years ago, I hadn't been there for ages, and then it popped up on an OpenTable search as an opportunity to go for New Years Eve dinner. As I reminisced, it was excellent, and the food spectacular. Amazing to see founder Michael Morra Sr still shaking hands with guests and then clearing tables after they'd gone. This man is no stranger to hard work, even while 'retired'. I look forward to bringing my lady there back several times in 2018!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our meals, appetizers and deserts were fabulous! Our servers were extremely attentive and timely! We were treated as family in a wonderfully comfortable setting. WE highly recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food and amazing service. A bit pricey for my budget but it is great for special occasions. Great experience overall. I look forward to going back

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The occasion was a family get to gather pre Christmas. Everyone enjoyed it immensely.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Have been to Michaels BD, couple times now, and the food, and service has been consistently good. Restaurant has a nice atmosphere, and while it can be busy, you can still talk at the table without the restaurant being too loud.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. It was a bit noisy due to a large birthday party, but did not ruin our night out. Our food was excellent and we would definitely go back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Staff was attentive and the food was good. The portions were just right for me.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The meal was to celebrate my niece's 40th birthday. The pasta with lobster was a standout, as well as the cheese cake. Very enjoyable and the restaurant has been consistently very good over a number of years.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I was fortunate to be able to adjust my reservation to a larger number the day before directly with the restaurant as I was not able to do so on "Open Table" Initially felt rushed but we were able to complete our meals and dessert within two hours and enjoy conversation with our friends

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

excellent food, amazing menu dishes, and deserts, ambiance, staff ....love everything about this restaurant !!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This particular dinner (duck breast, one of the specials of the day) was below the usual standard. The food was lukewarm, and some of the duck was tough. We have enjoyed some excellent food here, but this dinner was disappointing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been to your restaurant 3 times now and find it excellent. we especially like the atrium in the summer months. The only thing I would change is move the tables further apart so we don't feel crowded in. The food and the atmosphere and the waiters are all excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a great time at Michael's Backdoor. Food was amazing and service was even better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Quick service and great food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Welcoming staff and good service paired with a solid menu make this a good choice for almost any occasion. Good neighbourhood go-to.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We were going back after a very long time - maybe a 5-6 years. We remember the place being very busy. So were surprised to see the place not full at all for a Friday night. Possibly Saturdays are much busier.

The service was excellent, no doubt.

As for food, it was OK but nothing extraordinary. We remember having better experiences in our previous visits.

Hubby started off with a split pea soup followed by rack of lamb which he liked. I had Arugula and pear salad which was quite nice but the chicken entree was so-so.
Desserts were awesome - Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Toblerone Mousse.

The speciality coffees were awesome as well.

Will return after a few years if the menu changes...but certainly, if it is your first time, do try it out. Service is very good..

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Was good except for waiter hitting on my husband all night long.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

My wife and I took one of our children for a nice dinner out last Thursday evening. The food was great and the server was very hospitable. The only wrinkle that evening was a woman eating alone at the table next to us. She spoke very rudely to the server when he stood in the centre of the room trying to get reception for the card reader - she told him to move to the corner! He apologized and did his best to defuse the tension. I hope she reads this - you behaved like a boor.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was very formal and very quick. No complaints there.
The food I found a bit bland for the price I paid.
Didn't help that I had this a sizeable spider come walking across our table (don't blame the restaurant for that part - that's just reality).

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