Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 111 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They changed their menu and eliminated any lower priced options.

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nancys
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 8, 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!

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 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.

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salmonfan
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KimberlyR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ChristinaD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 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.

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EdgarP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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deniseF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MikeD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 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.

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MarcB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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Shay
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite go to spots: inters

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LizzyR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 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!

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Patty
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Brussels sprouts were very good. Nice custom cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 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.

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LoganS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar. The decor and location are 100% perfect. Cool that it’s kinda hidden away. It makes you feel like a local when you know where it is. Staff are super friendly and the service is on point. Food is great, but their homemade tonic for gin & tonics is what separates them from the rest.

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Abby
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails. Well made and reasonably priced!

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Michael
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Just a dive bar with speakeasy tag to it. Not a great speakeasy, it was super hot inside the place and ambiance was bad. I would choose other speakeasies over this anyday!

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BriannaF
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner! Great food, even better cocktails! We had the bartender creation that is tailored to you and he did a fantastic job! We loved it!!
Thanks for a lovely anniversary dinner celebration!

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Claire
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks are amazing! I asked for something similar to an old fashioned and it was incredible. We also ordered a ramos fizz and it was the best one we've ever had. The chocolate mousse and cheesecake were also delicious.

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ElayneM
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool environment and really great food. Staff was super nice. Love, love, loved this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best drinks!! Love the place

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Only had the hummus for food and was great. We also only had a chance to order one drink with.it. Service wasn’t very good, they let us know we had a little over an hour but only checked on us a few times which included taking our initial order, dropping it off, and then letting us know our time was almost up and if we wanted the check. It was also wasn’t very busy and they didn’t seem understaffed.

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Emily
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were never served. We were seated and the place was empty minus one other table and we never had anyone came by. We left after waiting 40 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super nice and very attentive to the drinks we ordered. Amazing service!

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Guest
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner and pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and decor of the Backdoor. Great drinks and small bites, in addition to great service by both the bartender and waiter to our table.

Friends and I will be going again! Very lowkey spot from the outside that transforms when you walk inside. Thanks for making a COVID birthday great!

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Chelsea
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The drinks at this place was good but the food and the service were terrible.

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DiaJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Vibe was great, food was good, drinks were good and strong. The final bill was in quite reasonable for the amount of food we ordered and the way the drinks had us feeling.
The staff was very friendly and very helpful.
I would definitely recommend.

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KrystalN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots to go. Great artwork, with a disco ball and great bar. Staff is great! Very friendly and knowledgeable. Sweet potato fries are my favorite. Great date place to take a date or to catch up with friends. Highly recommended.

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vipHappytravelz
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, service and ambience were great. Our server Chloe was amazing!

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Shay
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience, friendly dedicated service by the bartender --but the food was pretty bad. The cook was really off. The steak was a great cut but was greasy with old french fries. If the menu got a tuneup, and chef was in the zone this would likely be favorite favorite underground spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place, for every reason! Gorgeous ambiance with a speakeasy feel, stellar and creative cocktails, wonderful service from the coolest employees, and unmatched tacos, hummus plates and fries. Causal night, date night or special occasion-worthy. Love it here.

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vipsmallportions
Seattle
66 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.

FAQs

The Backdoor is rated 4.4 stars by 111 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.