The Backdoor

4.1
45 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Cocktails: 5pm-2am
Happy Hour food: daily 5-7pm
Full menu: Sun-Thur 5-10pm, Fri/Sat until 11pm
Late night menu: Thur-Sun 5-11pm, Fri/Sat until 12pm
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Phone number
(206) 632-7322
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We can do food and bar catering offsite as well as onsite. Please contact Jayson for details or email reservations@backdooratroxys.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dayton
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Parking details
We pay for parking while drinking or dining with us. Just grab a parking token from the hostess or bartender.
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Entertainment
We have live music every Wedensday.

1st Wednesday - Johnny and The Moles
2nd Wednesday - Ricky Gene and the Funky Trio
3rd Wednesday - Good Co.
4th Wednesday - The Hot MaGhandi's
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Special events & promotions
Our 4 big annual days are New Years Eve (tickets required), Valentines Day (tickets required), Fremont Solstice Parade (tickets not required), and Halloween (tickets not required). We have live music every Wednesday as well.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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SC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 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 7, 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
1 review
Dined on July 8, 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 30, 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 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little too loud but great overall

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S
1 review
Dined on April 8, 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 11, 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
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 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
44 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
38 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
6 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
9 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
10 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
6 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
7 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
San Francisco
8 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
24 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was really chilly inside!!

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K
Seattle
64 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
8 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
31 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good drinks, good food good times

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J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, amazing cocktails and fantastic food. Definitely will be coming back, especially for the Animal Burger!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome server/waiter

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RF
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit here. The cocktails are awesome. Not your basic Gin and tonic type drinks. The bartender will make you whatever you want. But, try some of their handcrafted drinks. Food is good. We had fries with aioli, blackened broccoli, and tacos. Everything was good. The broccoli was a little over cooked, which can happen when you blacken them under a broiler. Overall...we love this place. We will be back. Enjoy !!

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RF
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Made reservation purely off past OpenTable reviews. The place is somewhat eclectic. Good ambiance for a date. Drinks are top notch. Food was great. We had the steak sandwich and blackened broccoli. Did not get to experience the Happy Hour menu. It looked good as well. My wife and I will be back.

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EB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place totally blew us away. Great ambiance, great food, extensive cocktail and mock-tail menu executed by a true, creative, and knowledgeable professional. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The 80's music was well selected to fit the shabby-chic feel of the place. We did not know what to expect when we booked and walked in, but from the moment we got there, everything was exceptional. We would go back again in a heartbeat if it were not clear across the country.

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JC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great drinks. Nice ambiance.

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KL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Backdoor is quiet and offers wonderful drinks for a great price. They also have delicious french fries, which my friends and I find very important. :) The service was great and not to crowded.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Backdoor had a great feel to it, exactly what you expect of a bar that you have to enter through a seemingly secret back door in a parking lot. Service was excellent, friendly and quick wait staff. The Drink menu was exhaustive, if you were in the mood for a specific cocktail, they will have it there. Food was good. Would say drinks are on the pricy side, but you get what you pay for, a nice stiff drink. Would definitely suggest this as a meet up spot for a small group looking to sit and socialize over some good drinks.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We came to the Backdoor the day before Valentine's Day and it was relatively quiet. The drinks were wonderful, but there was only 1 server on the floor so service was a little slow. The only real disappointment was getting sat close to the front door with a cold draft when the restaurant was relatively empty; I think the hostess was new. We just drank more to stay warm.

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GL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I'm not sure why the Backdoor experience wasn't better than it was. I really like the murals around all the walls, the idea is good, and there were different elements that were good, just somehow it didn't click. They call it a speakeasy atmosphere, and while I see elements of that theme, it was missing some things like good music and a level of coziness. I think part of the issue is that it has very high ceilings and is essentially a large rectangle that they've tried to break up with different things. They have one corner set off with a semi-circle of long velvet floor-to-ceiling drapes with different wall decorations (framed mirrors). Throughout the rest of the space there are hanging chandeliers at various heights, again trying to make the space more inviting.
They did have an extensive list of creative cocktails and I really liked the one I tried - very unusual.
The food was passable but not at the 'good' bar that we've gotten used to in so many restaurants in Seattle.
Service was also a little slow, and they're probably losing some revenue from that.

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BT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We needed a place for old friends to meet up in a central location. We found the Backdoor on Yelp and were pleasantly surprised. It's cool how you walk in and the entire bar/restaurant is sunk down so you can see everything - nice to scope it out before you actually go into the place.
Great beer and wine selection and amazing small plates. The fries are to die for - we even got a second order. The green beans and ahi were quite nice as well.
Our bartender (can't remember her name) was amazing and attentive even though we were sitting in the restaurant.
Definitely want to go back.

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LG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Backdoor is Beautiful! It's intimate and decorated in a lovely, romantic fashion. The food selection is varied and it's creative and very well priced. The cocktails are amazing! Lots of creativity there too. Service was perfection. Thanks!

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V
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here to celebrate my birthday with some friends. Food and drinks were good and service was great. Such a cool ambience, speakeasy feel, complete with a not so weeping angel statue overlooking the bar. If you are looking for a cool place to celebrate a special occasion or just hang out with friends, this is the place!

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