The Backdoor

4.5
73 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipsmallportions
Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

This was more of a”Dive”
Than I expected from the description... Not my kind of place . Food was very cheap pub food , very uninteresting .

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vipFremonster
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I really like the Backdoor. It must be said that I liked it more pre Covid times. It seemed really crowded and like people were not spaced far enough apart. Pair that with it being a small confined space it left us feeling a bit uncomfortable. The Drinks are still top notch though.

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IzzyG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! The drinks are amazing I recommend the risky ginger, food also did not disappoint with a variety of different dishes. We got the burrata salad and prawn tacos both were just as good as the drinks! I will totally be coming back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 6 and received excellent and timely service. We will definitely be coming back!

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AlexH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good pickles. I like them lots. You should try the pickles too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff remembers you and your drink. Good personality, good food, good service. Looking forward to going back.

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yvonned
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Happy Hour prices were fair, the food delicious and music was fun plus played at the right volume to allow for conversation. Memorable Valentine’s Day evening at the Backdoor.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My fiancé and I went here for a date, the service seemed slow but it was also a nice relaxing meal that we got to chat without being constantly interrupted. But, the service is slower.

AJ
AliceJ
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a late night adventure. Service was impeccable, the ambiance was divine & the drinks were fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Cool experience, food and old fashion not so good

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NewEra003
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there for date night and had fun! Drinks were good and decent prices. Had some apps which were also really well done. Will definitely come back.

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vipTPark
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love this "speakeasy" style bar and recommend it to all our friends when they are visiting the Fremont area.

From cocktails to tasty tapas, they do it right!

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eyeswideopen
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered their specialty cocktails and food from the happy hour menu and everything was very good the bartender even replace my drink that I didn’t like. Ambience was great!

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gmclaurin
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kind of a hidden gem in Fremont! It really is at the backdoor - we met for cocktails and a snack. Eclectic decor and a top-notch craft cocktail list. The bartender was a maestro, but he was also waiting tables and hosting! Amazing job of keeping an eye on over 10 tables at least. We never felt neglected and everyone left happy. We'll be back.

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BrandenR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the Backdoor. Amazing signature cocktails, service and environment. When you dine here you feel like you are set in a time of a care free spirit.

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ElizabethT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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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LauraB
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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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McDs
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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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MickeyN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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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TorriB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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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Mal7
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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LionelP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Tammy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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vip1newfoodie
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

CM
vipChrisM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Always a great place for cocktails!

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ShaneC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnnaliaV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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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CarolS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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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FredS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little too loud but great overall

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Smitty
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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Kyle
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipKellyAZ
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service1ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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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vipfoodiekate
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience5

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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The Backdoor is rated 4.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.