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The Backdoor, Seattle, WA

The Backdoor

4.2
4.2
131 Reviews
$31 to $50
Speakeasy

A speakeasy inspired bar for great libations, great food and even better company. House made bitters, tinctures and infusions - not to mention barrel aged and craft cocktails nightly. Please know that we are a 21 and over only establishment.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Speakeasy, Tapas / Small Plates, American

  • Hours of operation

    Cocktails Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Full menu Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Full Menu Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 632-7322

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ

  • Catering

    We can do food and bar catering offsite as well as onsite. Please contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com

  • Private party facilities

    We can do groups of up to 40 people with a food and beverage minimum without a full buyout. If you're interested in a full buy out contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com and she can give you pricing.

  • Private party contact

    Jayson Cottam: (206) 371-5263

  • Neighborhood

    Fremont

  • Cross street

    Dayton

  • Parking details

    We pay for parking while drinking or dining with us. Just grab a parking token from the hostess or bartender when you arrive.

  • Entertainment

    We have live music every Wedensday. 1st Wednesday - Johnny and The Moles2nd Wednesday - Ricky Gene and the Funky Trio3rd Wednesday - Good Co.4th Wednesday - The Hot MaGhandi's

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Appetizers

  • Smoked Lamb Meatballs$11.99

    Lamb, castelvetrano olives, shallots, eggs, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, thyme, parmesan cheese. Allergens: Dairy, Allium

    • Smoked Olives$8.99

      Smoked olive blend, garlic, lemon, bay laurel, evo. Allergens: Allium

      • Falafel$8.99

        Chickpea, lemon, paprika, garlic, onion, served with our house-made tzatziki. Allergens: Dairy, Allium

        • Smoked Clams & Bacon Dip$11.99

          Smoked manilla clams, bacon, sour cream, chives, parsley, lemon, paprika, served with house made kennebec chips. Allergens: Dairy, Shellfish, Allium

          • Truffle Fries$9.99

            Truffle oil, parmesan, grilled parsley. Allergens: Dairy, Allium, Gluten

            Shareable

            • Hummus Plate$14.99

              Hummus, cucumbers, tomato, pepperoncini, red onion, kalamata olives, house pickles, olive oil, feta, and pita. Allergens: Dairy, Allium, Gluten

              • Tempura Mushroom$15.99

                Maitake mushroom, house breading, served with yuzu aioli. Allergen: Eggs

                • Clams$13.99

                  Clams steamed with rosemary, thyme, garlic, shallots, white wine. Allergens: Shellfish, Dairy, Allium

                  • Blistered Shishito Peppers$9.99

                    Served with lemon aioli and togarashi. Allergens: Sesame, Allium, Eggs

                    • Brussels Sprouts$12.99

                      Brussels Sprouts sautéed with honey, stone ground mustard, and fried shallots. Allergen: Allium

                      • Calamari$13.99

                        Breaded Calamari served with garlic aioli. Allergens: Gluten, Allium

                        Entrees

                        • Steak Frites$32.99

                          16oz – 28 dry aged New York strip, served with herbed compound butter and frites. Allergens: Dairy, Allium

                          • Smoked Beef Rib$24.99

                            Whole rack beef rib, served with pickled onions, corrnichons, and whole grain mustard. Allergens: Allium

                            • Wild Mushroom Bucatini$15.99

                              Wild mushroom, bucatini pasta, tossed in a creamy garlic sauce, topped with parmesan cheese. Allergens: Gluten, Dairy, Allium

                              • Grilled Romaine Caesar$12.99

                                Romaine, lemon, breadcrumb, parmesan cheese, topped with home-made dressing. Allergens: Gluten, Dairy, Allium, Eggs

                                • Backdoor Burger$16.99

                                  Grass fed, house-ground burger, Tillamook cheddar, lettuce tomato, onion, house garlic aioli, served on a brioche bun. Served with fries. Allergens: Gluten, Dairy, Allium

                                  Dessert

                                  • Chocolate Toffee Mouse$9.99

                                    • New York Style Cheesecake$8.99

                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                      What 131 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                      4.2
                                      4.2 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.1Food
                                      • 3.8Service
                                      • 4.6Ambience
                                      • 4Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall3food3service1ambience4

                                        Once we finally got our drinks, they were good - it just took 20-30 mins to receive anything that we ordered. The food was decent and had much quicker response time. We were there for 2.5 hours, during which we only had one appetizer and two drinks each. We could barely catch our servers gaze to get his attention - and we realize that he was busy (it seemed like they were understaffed) but I didn’t see anyone helping him out. We waited at least 35 mins just to ask for our check, and we actually were chatting with tables around us about how slow it was. It was a cool ambiance to be in, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I really hope this place hires additional staff so their servers aren’t so stressed and customers can have better service.

                                      2. S

                                        Spinhawer

                                        San Francisco

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                                        overall5food3service4ambience5

                                        Live jazz on Monday, perfect way to start the week!

                                      3. TT

                                        TTTT

                                        Los Angeles

                                        8 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                                        The live music (Caety) on Wednesday nights was amazing! Will go back every Wednesday just for her.

                                      4. SA

                                        SeanA

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This was our first time, We were there for dinner and stayed for the live show. The show was great. We stayed longer than expected. Great atmosphere. The speakeasy Style is fun.

                                      5. TL

                                        TimothyL

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                                        overall1food1service1ambience4

                                        We tried this place for the first time and had a terrible experience. I found the restaurant on Open Table, check out the menu, checked the hours (open until 11pm) they were open and had availability so was excited to try it. We got there exactly on our reservation time 745pm, was seated, it took 15 minutes for a waiter to show up at our table, was stoned out of his mind and after we ordered cocktails and tried to order an appetizer he said “oh sorry, the kitchen is just closing”. No mention of any kitchen hours on their website. It took the the drinks 20 minutes to arrive, we drank and left very disappointed and the service the whole time was terrible.

                                      6. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I love coming here! I didn’t realize Wednesday was live music so it was a little too loud to have conversations. But I’ve always enjoyed their drinks and food

                                      7. M

                                        Mazad

                                        Washington DC

                                        5 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                        overall4food4service3ambience3

                                        Nice speakeasy for cocktails, all drinks too sweet though. We didn’t get food as kitchen was closed early for the night.

                                      8. A

                                        Ames

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service2ambience5

                                        Really great place to go! Food was amazing hands down. Complement to the chef Jose! Only 1 server. The place was very inclusive to ALL.

                                      9. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 4, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food, great service, amazing drinks!!

                                      10. V

                                        Verena

                                        Seattle

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall1food1service2ambience2

                                        Not sure why this was featured on open table. There were 4 things to choose from off of the menu for food entrees. Not impressed with anything we ordered.

                                      11. m

                                        mgmmcb

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Fun vibe with great cocktails and decent food. Hard to find, though, a sign outside the door might help...

                                      12. TR

                                        TRenee

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                                        overall3food2service3ambience4

                                        The drinks were great, but a bit small for the price (though I understand the idea of a speakeasy). The food was pretty good, however I did end up chipping two molars on their $36 steak frites....huge bummer, but they didn't charge me for it.

                                      13. LL

                                        LynnL

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Such a great place. Food was amazing. Best steak in a long time! Feels like an old speakeasy with great cocktails and dripping in ambiance. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely be coming back here?

                                      14. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                                        overall5food4service4ambience5

                                        Chill spot for hinge date.

                                      15. RR

                                        RahulR

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 29, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great place with a lots of amazing cocktails and food options on the menu.

                                      16. MM

                                        MeggieM

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had a great date night at The Backdoor. The drinks and food are unique and delicious.

                                      17. KS

                                        KevinS

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 9, 2022

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        I had made a reservation via opendoor but they didn't have it on their system

                                      18. KL

                                        KaylaL

                                        Los Angeles

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on January 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Such a fun spot! Interior decor was awesome, super private table on the side that we loved. The bartender's were incredible! Made the most delicious drinks and the Brussel sprouts were the best I've ever had!

                                      19. C

                                        Cass

                                        San Francisco

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on December 18, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This is one of my boyfriend and I’s regular spots. We love it. The drinks are amazing and the food is delicious! The decor of the place is so visually interesting too. Oh, and the service is always great.

                                      20. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 26, 2021

                                        overall1food3service1ambience3

                                        It wasn’t open so we couldn’t go.

                                      21. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 17, 2021

                                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                                        They changed their menu and eliminated any lower priced options.

                                      22. n

                                        nancys

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 10, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Loved the speakeasy vibe. Good food, great drinks, super service. I would definitely go back!

                                      23. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fun and eclectic decor with a vintage vibe. Attentive staff serving delicious food and beverages for a fantastic date night or intimate celebration.Go for the shareable plate starters, plated mains were spot on and save room for dessert. You won’t regret it. Recommend!

                                      24. SP

                                        SteveP

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 3, 2021

                                        overall3food4service4ambience5

                                        Good steak, smoked clams were killer. My L & L drink was terrible. Definitely miss some of the older items on the menu but the other cocktails were great. I love a good sazerac but their version was a big miss. Just one had drunk isn’t nearly enough to ruin the overall experience which is always a treat here.

                                      25. s

                                        salmonfan

                                        Seattle

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 3, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great drinks. The bartenders are genius with "pick your poison." World-class french fries. Ask for a side of aioli for them.

                                      26. KR

                                        KimberlyR

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 26, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fun place to catch up with a friend. I recommend the pick your poison option.

                                      27. CD

                                        ChristinaD

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 5, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was great as always. The black tarantula cocktail was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Highly recommend.

                                      28. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        3 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on August 26, 2021

                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                        Loved the decor and the fun cocktails - the Tall Grass was very refreshing. The Brussels sprouts were delicious!

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 24, 2021

                                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                                        The waitress was very cool, and the Tall Grass is a yummy cocktail. The waitress even gave us another little shot of the cocktail with a different gin to help her compare the two. I’ll take it! But we shared the Hummus plate - just okay, and the wild mushroom pasta which turned out to have very little flavor. Had to heavy dose with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

                                      30. EP

                                        EdgarP

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 15, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Friendly service from start to end. Good and drinks arrived in perfect timing.

                                      31. F

                                        deniseF

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 14, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great Cocktails, Food, Ambiance and Service! Thank you for a lovely evening! Super appreciative of vaccine and mask requirements to imbibe.

                                      32. MD

                                        MikeD

                                        Seattle

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on August 8, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This was a great spot for creative cocktails and great food - we’ll definitely be returning!

                                      33. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        2 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on July 24, 2021

                                        overall2food1service3ambience3

                                        The food was very overpriced for what it was. Not terrible food, but way too expensive. The drinks were good, but also overpriced.

                                      34. MB

                                        MarcB

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 24, 2021

                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                        Had a great time… helpful staff made for a nice evening.

                                      35. S

                                        Shay

                                        Seattle

                                        3 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on July 9, 2021

                                        overall3food2service4ambience4

                                        This is one of my favorite go to spots: inters

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I had a fantastic first date here! My old fashioned was as bomb as the service. Will definitely return!

                                      37. LR

                                        LizzyR

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 6, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        For my 21st birthday I wanted a chill speakeasy type place to hang out in. We made our reservation at the back door (though we didn’t really NEED one because it was a Monday lol). Our waiter was super cool, and made our experience a lot better forsure. In terms of a chill hangout with good food and drinks, I definitely recommend this place!

                                      38. P

                                        Patty

                                        Baltimore

                                        15 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        15 reviews

                                        Dined on July 5, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        So glad that we found this place during our visit to the Seattle area. It is an oasis for any cocktail lover. All the classics are on the menu and are well-executed. Their non-alcoholic Backdoor Ginger Ale was unusual and delicious with freshly muddled ginger. Our appetizers main courses were all yummy, too. They wouldn't make a burger medium-rare but I'm noticing that a lot lately. Our personable and energetic server took good care of us.

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 4, 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        The Brussels sprouts were very good. Nice custom cocktails.

                                      40. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Atlanta

                                        3 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on July 4, 2021

                                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                                        Cocktails: A++ Food: A Service quality: A+ Speed: B- Come for a leisurely dinner and fab cocktails. Do not come starving, you will wait. If you tend to drink the first round fast, order two. Enjoyed it. Will come again and plant for a European (ish) paced dinner.

                                      Safety precautions

                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                      • Protective equipment

                                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                      • Screening

                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                        • Staff is vaccinated

                                      FAQs

                                      The Backdoor is rated 4.2 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Booked 5 times today
                                      Google Map for The Backdoor

                                      462 N. 36th Street Seattle, WA 98103

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        Dayton

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Fremont

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Cocktails Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Full menu Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Full Menu Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Speakeasy, Tapas / Small Plates, American

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        We pay for parking while drinking or dining with us. Just grab a parking token from the hostess or bartender when you arrive.

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Owned/operated by

                                        Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ

                                      • Entertainment

                                        We have live music every Wedensday. 1st Wednesday - Johnny and The Moles2nd Wednesday - Ricky Gene and the Funky Trio3rd Wednesday - Good Co.4th Wednesday - The Hot MaGhandi's

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (206) 632-7322

                                      • Catering

                                        We can do food and bar catering offsite as well as onsite. Please contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        We can do groups of up to 40 people with a food and beverage minimum without a full buyout. If you're interested in a full buy out contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com and she can give you pricing.

                                      • Private party contact

                                        Jayson Cottam: (206) 371-5263

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