The Backdoor

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58 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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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The Backdoor is a speakeasy with bartenders who know what they’re doing, and a food menu from Roxy’s next door.

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ET
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food was terrible and it was difficult to get the waiter to come to our table.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Good food and good atmosphere. My only complaint is the service. It took someone almost 15 minutes to even come to our table so we could order drinks or food. Once the food came, our server never came by again until at least 20 minutes after we'd finished our meals. We never got checked on or drink refills. I'm more than willing to give it another shot, but service was seriously lacking.

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LB
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Tried this place on a whim while visiting Fredmont. Foods ok - nothing extraordinary but still good. I had the fish tacos and enjoyed them. Enjoyed the decor especially the chandeliers. Would Recommend going here as a an early bar stop if going out for the night. Large mixed drink menu and several mock tail options if your the DD or don’t drink.

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MD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was not good and drinks tasted like fancy well drinks. Cool place but the food was not even good pub food. Maybe would go back for well drinks but not a great dinner date place.

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MN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The ambiance is very nice! Speakeasy all the way. I had a drink date and enjoyed the atmosphere. The service could be better...waiter didn’t really pay much attention to us and we had to utilize someone else.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

There is tons of drink options and the food was great as well. Its dimly lit and in the outside you question if you're at the right door making the experience even better.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When everyone's having a great time in this place, it's hard to hear the people you're with. I was belting my voice with all my diaphragm and was still repeating myself while pressed into the ear of my guest. Beautifully decorated and has a delightful selection of cocktails to try.

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super helpful and patient staff who helped having 2 tables for 4 each side by side when we started with a much smaller number. Plus the cocktails were great, food good and price was more than correct. Will definitely come back!

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved this place! The drinks were amazing! They know how to make an amazing cocktail. The food is ok, I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but it is fine, and it helps to have something to eat while drinking those tasty beverages. The service was also fantastic. Lastly, they validate parking for two hours in the pay lot connected to the building, I found that out after I paid, oh well!

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OT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to get together for drinks and reasonably priced food. There is a lot to choose from and their happy hour is fantastic.

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Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. The place was full so it was noisy-not really great for intimate conversation. But that’s ok since we were there for the food. We would definitely come back and explore more of their menu options.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. Just took a while to get service

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CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Always a great place for cocktails!

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great I place,fun atmosphere, just an all around good vibe.

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AV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

There was one person for the whole restaurant. One person to seat you, take orders, make cocktails and drinks, deliver food, check on you, etc. It was obnoxious. I felt bad for the poor guy, he was working hard, but you can’t properly attend to everyone’s needs with ONE staff member. Because of this, I won’t be back.

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CS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and drinks. Our waiter was so helpful and friendly. Drink menu was so extensive that he ordered our drinks based on our tastes. Very tasty.

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FS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great funky place with a cool vibe. The cocktail menu is very eclectic and interesting.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little too loud but great overall

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S
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Damn good cocktails, food was great too. Cool, kitschy place. Trust the bartenders with the "​

Ya Gotta have Faith" – give them a little guidance and let them run with it – worth it. Staff was attentive and had great recommendations! Looking forward to getting back.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time going. A little louder this time, but still not bad at all. Love the house mixed cocktails. Definitely worth making a date of it.

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KA
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food, awesome venue, but having a single server who doubles as the host cover the entire restaurant is insane!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Ambiance is fun and there are a ton of options on the menu. The drinks were delicious. Our server was inattentive though and for a speakeasy, the music was louder than expected.

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f
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Oyster shooters- no beuno. Fritters- yummy! Crab cakes- fishy tasting. Nachos- yum!! Chicken fingers- very good.

Service was great when we arrived, but then we were forgotten. Ordered decaf coffee at the end of the meal and it never came.

Great space and ambience though!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They welcomed us in short notice and were friendly through the night. Great weekend scene.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

This place was very cute and seemed very promising. Unfortunately both of my drinks (alcoholic and not) were not good and I didn't end up drinking them. The chicken wings were rubbery, and most of the food was not great. The curried cauliflower was the only saving grace but unfortunately it could not make up for the rest of the meal.

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D
New England
54 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the ambiance! Great overall experience. Excellent service. The fried pickles were awesome! The Backdoor Manhattan was very tasty. The Woodchuck cider was good. The Truffle Burger with bacon was most excellent. The Backdoor burger was delicious. Finally, the rum and coke was also very tasty. Would have liked it much better if we weren't freezing from the a.c. exhaust above us. Definitely recommend!

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AG
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was not the restaurant that we thought we were going to, but the food and drinks were great!

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not eat dinner here, came strictly for late night cocktails. Loved the vibe, fantastic service, amazing cocktails. Will definitely come back!

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BD
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Service staff was wonderful - very charming and great recommendations. We had a really good time!

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DD
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing evening here!! The food was awesome, we had a booth for the evening (that he even saved for us while we went for a walk after checking in for our reservation), and the drinks were absolutely delicious! We asked him to make something with bourbon and grapefruit, and it was everything we could've hoped for and more. The bartender was also super friendly. We would definitely go back!!

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MK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bartender, knew the extensive bourbon selection very well and was wealth of knowledge.

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RN
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Windowless disco atmosphere, seems like the focus is on cocktails, the food was mediocre.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was great price, atmosphere, service BUT the food was just okay.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We really liked the ambiance of the place. It was our first time eating here but I think we'll definitely give it another chance. The BBQ brisket was nicely flavored (tho the Texas toast needed to be more toasted). We liked the curried cauliflower as well.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty fare on the happy hour menu, and enjoyed the hard cider they have. As it's 21 and up only (didn't know this before arriving, but not an issue for us), couldn't take the family. I especially commend them on their variety of small bites. Only thing they could improve: why 3 falafels on the falafel bite plate? There should be 4, especially for sharing (1 1/2 is awkward).

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great, diverse menu of food options. Excellent craft cocktails of all varieties. Very poor, disorganized service that led to long wait times and confusion as to who was waiting on us.

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OT
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was really chilly inside!!

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K
Seattle
67 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

So this is basically a neighborhood bar that has placed a tremendous amount of emphasis on the quality of their cocktails and ZERO effort on their food. Went in and ordered a couple of drinks which were VERY good. Then the food came. Was told the oysters come already shucked and they get them fresh every "couple days". That should have been first clue that that may mean every 4 or 5 days. Mine were edible but NOT fresh. Then came chicken wings....overcooked and TOUGH! Literally could not eat one because I couldn't get my teeth through it. I believe these were probably in the deep freezer too long and should have been thrown out. Finally the nachos.....Served cold and with....wait for it.....concession stand cheese sauce. Told them they were cold and they were going to take them back and make another order. I told them not to bother because we weren't interested anymore. They DID take it off the final bill as should be expected. This place can be FANTASTIC with a complete redo of the bar menu.

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NB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good ambience, cool vibe. The cocktails were decent. Possibly the best fried pickles I've ever had.

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SR
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good drinks, good food good times

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