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About Back Deck

Back Deck offers professional backyard grilling in a laid-back city setting seven days a week. Back Deck brings the outdoors inside with details like exterior carriage lighting and glazed brick in the dining room and an open kitchen that invites guests to watch the flame-licked fun. Back serves polished takes on cookout classics as well as dishes cooked over an open flame at homes across the globe. Almost all of the menu is grilled on three hardwood charcoal grills hand-picked to accommodate many differing options.

2 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm.

Cross Street:
Corner of Washington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 670-0320

Website:
http://www.backdeckboston.com/

Parking Details:
We offer night and weekend parking validation of $2.00 off for local area lots.

Public Transit:
We are conveniently located next to the Downtown Crossing T stop and Silver Line Stop. We are just a short walk from Park Street, Chinatown and State Street stops.

Executive Chef:
Paul Sussman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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Back Deck Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
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Good for a Date (15)
People Watching (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Great Beer (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Scenic View (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was good and the prices were really manageable for Boston. However, our waitress took a long time to get around to our table when we were trying to pack up and leave. She didn't seem too enthusiastic about the job either- very monotone and didn't show much interest in us.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Our dinner experience at Back Deck was fabulous. We loved the atmosphere, our waitress was very attentive and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Food and ambiance was amazing, service was just a little slow.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Aside from the nice open air atmosphere, this was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. I chose the Back Deck because of its close proximity to the Boston Opera House where my sister and my 2 daughters and I would be seeing Mama Mia at 1:00. We waited over one hour for our food and when it arrived it was cold, dry and awful. If I had more time (I was concerned at that point that we would be late for the show) I would have spoken to a manager. We never received an apology or an explanation as to why our food was so late and so horrible. In addition, it was a birthday celebration. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Stephanie (our server) was delightful - by far the friendliest, most personable server we have had in many trips to this restaurant. It has always been my sole complaint - staff seems aloof and border-line unfriendly. But not this time - Stephanie was terrific. Love that the menu changes regularly - both food and cocktails. Food (and drink) was good, as it always is. Kitchen puts out orders promptly and makes sure everything is right. Lively atmosphere and no screaming children on this visit, another bonus! Back Deck remains reliably good and is a go-to restaurant for us.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great service and convenient to the Boston Opera House. Would have liked to see a better selection of appetizers/starters that were easier to share with the table. However, the menu overall had a good selection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Good menu, interesting dishes but high in price, given the location though it may be more around the median price for that area. Be sure to make reservations when their are shows at the theatres down the street. Expect slow service at peak times, we had a very talkative waiter... With every table but ours. That's ok though, maybe we aren't that cool ;-).

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had dinner here. Great to see a Diverse menu aside from the norm. Entrees compromised a unique blend of spices that were absolutely delicious. We all loved our meal & service was excellent!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Tom our waiter was friendly & made sure to get our check so we could make our theatre time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I left a review on Yelp please refer to my page under my name

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The food was delicious. We all had different types of salads. I had a spicy chicken with peanut sauce. So yummy. Highly recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

MEM crimsonberry ice tea was awesome

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Good food, fast service! We were in and out in 50 minutes.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Wanted to try someplace new after going to a performance at the Shubert. The menu looked appealing so we decided to give it a try. The Thai chili Chicken salad with peanut sauce was a knockout. The Provencal (?)vegetarian dish with lentils was just OK. Nothing special and would not recommend.
Luckily we were sitting in back where it was quieter but the other side was playing loud and not great music.
Most disappointing was the service. Our waitress acted like she could have cared less about us. She walked by several times with a water pitcher but never refilled our empty glasses (finally had to ask) and she brought the check without even asking if we wanted anything else (which we did).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Having enjoyed the Back Deck previously, and while the service was great Sunday, the quality of the food was just poor: My asparagus (smalll plate) was gritty, rendering it inedible. It was also tough. In the penne/proscuitto/cauliflower small plate, the penne seemed old and hard (certainly not cooked to order), and the tiny cauliflower pieces were old as well. The pine nuts were burned. But for its proximity to the Opera House, I'd probably not go there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Music was a little loud with windows open and 5pm traffic. Wait staff friendly.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

As always, the food and service are perfect for pre-theater dining, especially with the open windows! Conversations can still be had without yelling which is a real plus, as we are usually meeting people we haven't seen for awhile and want to converse!

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Went to Back Deck with a few friends. The server (cannot remember her name - sorry!) was very nice and attentive. We stayed a long time and she kept coming over to check on us and kept reassuring us that we could take our time, no rush. This was great because we were catching up as we haven't seen each other in years. Desserts were great! I have a gluten, shellfish and nut allergy. The waitress wrote it down and reviewed menu items with me, which made me feel very comfortable with my choices. My dishes were brought out separately from my friends dishes to avoid contamination. They announced what they were putting in front of me and were sure to say "allergy free" which was great, because sometimes when I dine out, I feel like I have to ask a second time, just to be sure. (In the past at other establishments, I've had a waiter not hear my allergies and gave me something that was not specially prepared - scary!)

Overall, this was a great place to eat and relax after a long week. I will DEFINITELY be eating here again!

Thank you for your attention to detail and for making me feel comfortable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

It was fine---wanted a quick meal before the Ballet -- we were able to not wait-- food was good and
Service was fine also-- go there to eat, not dine--we'll do it again

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Best mash potatoes I have ever had. Everything was delicious. Service was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Our waiter was very nice and helpful. They had a ton of vegetarian and gluten free options. The burgers and desserts are amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Nice place just off Boston Common.needed a light dinner and this was a perfect spot. Sangria and spiked strawberry lemonade were very tasty. Cobb salad was fresh and flavorful. Potato soup and Cesar salad made a nice meal. Might head back before we leave Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great for kids and our waitress and cooks handled their picky needs/preferences wonderfully. The hostess also seated us promptly even tho we arrived 30 min before our reservation!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

My second time at this restaurant. I had the Caesar salad with grilled shrimp and my partner had the pork chops which was very good. Service was a little off due to a change of shift, therefore our plates were not removed when we had finish our meal. I do recommend as a good pre/post meal after going to the theatre.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

First time here my 26 yrs old son pick the place for a early Sunday lunch as he works in area the place was nice look
To it convenient to everything in
The downtown area the food was spot on drinks were good price was right would go again

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

I took my family (4) here prior to the Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House. Location was perfect - right next door. We had a reservation at 11 and the show was at 1. We arrived late but beat the crowd so had ample time to sit back and relax and enjoy brunch. The brunch menu was good with a lot of variety - both kids got the french toast and they loved it. I got the eggs benedict which was also very good. My wife got the cobb salad with chicken and that too was very good. The salad came missing several ingredients but our server quickly and happily addressed it for us. All in all a very good brunch experience. However, the chairs were a bit uncomfortable after over an hour of sitting in them.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

A very popular spot at Saturday noon, at least when there were special activities on Boston Common. Attractive setting and diverse brunch menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Chose the restaurant for it's location in the theater district as we were going to a show afterwards. I had a "Thai" dish that was OK. The chicken was properly cooked and the rest was like deconstructed salad. The peanut sauce was pretty sweet. The lobster roll that others had got good reviews. We had ordered grilled asparagus that got lost in the shuffle. Overall an OK place in a good location if you're going to the opera house or the Paramount.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We did Sunday brunch prior to a matinee performance at the Opera House celebrating my wife's birthday. Both of us order French Toast with blueberries. The quality of the food was very good as was the price. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the noise level was easily low enough to carry on a conversation. I would highly recommend Back Deck for a nice meal, especially brunch or lunch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We were visiting Boston from Vermont and try to hit Back Deck every time we're in town! The food is amazing! The atmosphere is perfect! The drinks are unbelievable! We brought some new people and everyone loved it!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Best eggplant dip appetizer I've ever had. Server was terrific. I had a the small plate andouille with mashed and it was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Back Deck was an awesome find! We took our mother there for her 60th birthday before catching a show at the Boston Opera House. We were blown away! Excellent food for great prices. My sister and I eat paleo diets and we were able to find food to eat easily. I will never forget that lunch! Thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful! I had already been here once before, and treated my mom to lunch. They have a separate gluten free menu with amazing options, including desserts! The Bella chicken sandwich was fantastic, and my only negative comment is that the baked potato soup should be an entree, not just an appetizer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We've been to Backdeck about six or eight times and always been happy with the food. This time the fish and chicken were overcooked to the point of being dried out. We've previously found the food to be good, if not fancy. I'm assuming that they just didn't have enough chefs that night and were strapped. We will return for future meals. But one more meal like that and we'll go elsewhere. Also, they used to give you a nice big glass of wine but they seem to have gone to the smaller amounts without having lowered the price.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

First visit! Not disappointed! Tom, our server, was personable, knowledgable, mindful we had theatre tickets. Right from appetizer we knew food quality, taste, presentation would be positive experience. Our entrees did not disappoint, and dessert was indulgent, delicious!!!
BTW! Actually received email from Sarah, General Manager making sure our reservation was made & assuring we'd have ample leisure time to enjoy our meal before theatre (impressive).
A return visit is definitely in our future!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Good and drinks were good. Had to wait an hour for food which was bad. Complained, total bill comped.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

We had dinner on a Tuesday night before a show. We had a salad and pork chops, which were all delicious. The meat was juicy and the sides were well seasoned. The house lager was pleasant too. Service was attentive and quick, which mattered as we didn't have much time. The restaurant is nicely decorated, and they open the windows for an outdoor feel on warm days. A bit noisy but not too bad as such places go. We'll be back.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Love this place for pre theater dining. Great food, casual, and close to the Opera House.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

The restaurant exceeded expectations. Food was excellent as was service.
Has limited menu but more than adequate for most people. Strongly recommend for anyone going to the theater.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

We went because they had gluten free options and they are very close to the Opera House where we were going after dinner. We were a party of 4 and I had sent a comment along with my Open Table reservation stating this was our first time and we were looking forward to coming. I asked in the comment section of Open Table for them to put us at a nicely located table. Upon arrival, there was a circular booth near the window and when I asked about it, I was told that was not available because we were a party of 4 and it seats 5. Ok... far be it from me to argue so we followed the hostess 4 steps to a table for 4 that was sandwiched in between to occupied tables for 4. Don't think so. It was 5:00 pm on a Tues. and not crowded so I don't understand the choice or the reluctance to let us sit at corner booth. I nicely asked to be seated at one of the booths that was a bit more private. I wonder why they never read my note about please put us at a nicely located table? By the way, the larger booth for 5 was never used the entire time we were there.
My water glass was dirty and our waitress was prompt in bringing another. I ordered the eggplant hummus appetizer and about 1/2 way through, encountered a rather large piece of plastic wrap in that unfortunately I scooped up and ate before noticing it. The waitress was mortified and quickly took it to kitchen and removed the charge from our bill. She made the evening frankly. The enteees were good and the cocktails were tasty. I was hoping that this would be our go to place for dinner as we are season ticket holders at the theatre and would enjoy having a great place to dine. I usually give a place a second chance so I'll try again soon. I sure hope they come through. I believe the waitress' name was Carol and she deserves special mention. If not for her I wouldn't even consider going back.

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