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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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4.3

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based on recent ratings
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4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (9)
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Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·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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·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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·Dined on December 20, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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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·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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·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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·Dined on December 9, 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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·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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·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 23, 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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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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·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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·Dined on November 5, 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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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food and service but loud!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Generous portions, cute ambience, nice Italian food and a staple of the neighborhood

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was basic...went for the 36th anni...waiter a little frazzled ...salads were nothing special or would order again...spup was good...came hot but entree of pasta not a lot of flavour ...dessert was good though

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Perfect from start to finish@

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 15, 2014

The food is consistently excellent here and well worth visiting. The noise levels can be uncomfortable on occasion. On our latest visit, we were unhappy with the service. Our waiter appeared pre-occupied with talking to other guests, rather than serving, with the result that another waiter, who was extremely surly, delivered our food. This was the only negative part of the experience. Hopefully the owner will note this review and have a discussion with his staff regarding appropriate customer service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 10, 2014

A group of us had a wonderful dinner at Michael's Back Door Restaurant. It was our first visit and it didn't disappoint us. We had a lovely antipasto tray for appetizers and wonderful fish and beef main course meals. The pureed vegetable soup of the day was fantastic and the sticky toffee pudding dessert was a lovely end to the meal. I would recommend this restaurant to others looking for a good Mississauga restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 10, 2014

My mom wanted pasta, so I did a yelp search and decided on Michael's Back Door. We ordered the calamari to start, which had such a great flavour to it, paired nicely with fresh greens. I ordered a half order of the angel hair pasta with lobster tomato cream sauce...OMG! absolutely the best pasta I've ever had (even dare I say better than the pasta I had in Italy!). Will definitely come back here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2014

We had a very special anniversary dinner thanks to the wonderful people here at Michael's Back Door. Our children set it up for us, and we showed up and were given a lovely window table and incredible service, as well as a specially made - on the house - dessert.

First class.

Please send a personal note to the staff and owners - we truly appreciated their efforts and thoughtfulness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 18, 2014

Quite a find. A friend had recommended Michael's to me quite some time ago and in looking over their website it seemed a decent enough place to go. We'll my family and I were very pleasantly surprised by the ambience, excellent service and delicious food.

I highly recommend Michael's back door as a place for fine dining or to take someone special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 25, 2014

I've been to Michael's Backdoor twice in the last 3 months, both times for lunch. It was an unexpected delight! Food was very good with many interesting lunch choices. The tables by the window provide a spacious feel and wonderful ambiance. The service was outstanding both times...I wish I could remember the name of our waiter, he was helpful, friendly, pleasant & efficient...a great combination.
I will definitely return for lunch and plan to try the restaurant for dinner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 18, 2014

What a great little gem we discovered the other night. From the waiter making us feel instantly welcome & part of his extended family to the exquisite food & wine....we'll be back for sure!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on March 14, 2014

Took my mother and father in law out for dinner last Friday night, we came for the pasta festival. It was really really good and my in-laws enjoyed the experience. Chris, again our host, was so nice and great with my in-laws (who are slightly deaf) and he didn't raise his voice, he just made sure to look them in the eye when he was advising food choices. Chris is such a good diplomat, he had a table with a diner who was beyond picky and Chris handled what could have been an uncomfortable situation for all the diners with aplomb. Well done Chris!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 4, 2014

We have visited Michael's many times over the years, and enjoyed excellent food, friendly attentive service, and calm relaxing ambiance. Last Tuesday was no exception. Our waiter was helpful in making wine suggestions; in fact, we enjoyed his recommendation so much that we have ordered a case! We appreciate having a fine dining restaurant in the neighbourhood when we are looking for dining a little more special than "everyday" fare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 1, 2014

There was a bunch of us and we had a great meal and good laughs. We were able to speak at a normal level, the food was presented well as was good tasting.

Have been dining at Micheal's Back Door since 1995.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Very tasty meal. I don't find that very often. When you spend your hard earned money on a meal out, you want it to be tasty. Bravo.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 15, 2014

-the food was served cold having appeared as if it was already sitting a long while before reaching the table.
-the quality of the food was not impressive and lacked taste.
-the waiters (our own and observed) were discourteous to the diners and had no interest in how the diners meals were. They had too much attitude and disrespect.
-the seating was mediocre.
-will not be returning and would definitely not recommend to friends or family.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Went on Valentines and was provided a prix fixe menu which was quite a bit on the expensive side.... did not at all reflect the regular menu price. Since this special menu was not published on Open Table, it was a bit of a surprise to us.
Starters: OK
Main Course: Exceptional
Dessert: Do not even bother! Worst part of the meal.

I would definitely go back because main course was awesome!.... However I would not bother with special occasion nights.... to avoid inflated prices and probably skip dessert.
5 Star restaurant... if you exclude the dessert.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We attended on Valentines Day which was understandably hectic.
The decor in the restaurant is only average but the subdued lighting on arrival helped.
Unfortunately about 30 minutes into our meal the house lights were turned on to assist a single patron with reading the menu! The lights remained on throughout the dinner which made it feel like more of a cafeteria than a romantic restaurant.
A shame given that the food was decent and the servers tried to keep up as best they could.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2014

The food was great as well as the service & ambience was great. Unfortunately it's a bit pricey here. On the whole it was a great Valentin's evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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