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Backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Backhouse

4.6
4.6
1039 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian

Please Visit Us Online For More Reservation Times or to book the chefs counter - https://backhouse.xyz/reservations/
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Quietly tucked away in a small strip-mall in uptown Niagara On The Lake is one of Canada's leading restaurants. Backhouse offers continuously evolving tasting menus with a commitment to integrated cool climate cuisine and enlightened hospitality. Once one finds Backhouse the aroma of peach wood burning in the brick oven and glow of the wood-fired grill lets guests know that they are not out for dinner but rather that they are embarking on a culinary journey of somewhereness.

local, international, low intervention wine list | craft beers | artisanal cocktails

18% gratuity may be added to parties of 8 or more.

A guest charge of $99 may be applied for guests that do not show.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Organic, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (289) 272-1242 ext. 1

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ryan Crawford

  • Catering

    For details email: info(at)backhouse.xyz

  • Private party facilities

    Backhouse, with its open concept kitchen and extensive bar is the perfect venue for all your private dining needs whether it is a corporate function or a family celebration. We can accommodate intimate seated dinners up to much larger drop in cocktail and hors d'oeuvre receptions. For details email: info(at)backhouse.xyz

  • Private party contact

    Ryan Crawford: (289) 272-1242 ext. 2

  • Neighbourhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Cross Street

    Mississauga Street

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

$99. Wine Pairings: $89. We accommodate dietary restrictions & allergies | largest selection of locally sourced ontario artisanal cheeses in canada

Main

  • Duck Liver Mousse Beignet

    Duc apricot compote. Wine Pairing: 2014, 2027 sparkling

    • Prosciutto

      24 month house cured | sourdough pretzel. Wine Pairing: 2014, 2027 sparkling

      • Megg's Egg

        Fried egg white mouse | ontario saffron yolk | trout caviar. Wine Pairing: 2014, 2027 sparkling

        • Wood Oven Sourdough Breads

          Artisanal butters. Wine Pairing: lustau east India cream sherry

          • Alpine Radish Soup

            Black garlic | pickled radish | mutsu apple. Wine Pairing: 2016 cave spring cellars adam steps riesling

            • Northern Pike

              Confit turnip | sauce from smoked fish skeletons. Wine Pairing: 2017 fielding estates pinot gris

              • Ontario Shrimp

                Shrimp head bisque | house extruded anelli pasta. Wine Pairing: jumai unpasteurized ontario spring water sake

                • Linc Farm Pork Tesa

                  Celery root | roast apple. Wine Pairing: 2016 tawse estate unfiltered gammay noir

                  • Heritage Chicken

                    Composition from garden carrots. 2016, 2027 cellars lot 345 pinot noir

                    • 90 Day Dry Aged Beef

                      Beetroot | jerusalem artichoke | smoked onion. Wine Pairing: 2013 stratus red

                      • Icewine Float

                        sorbet | sparkling "raw" duc vineyard gewürztraminer icewine

                        • Panna Cotta

                          "Oops I Dropped My Cone" | rhubarb | baked potato soft serve | oat bunches. Wine Pairing: 2016 clos lapeyre jurançon

                          • Petits Fours

                            What 1,039 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            4.6
                            4.6 based on all time ratings
                            • 4.6Food
                            • 4.7Service
                            • 4.5Ambience
                            • 4.2Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            1. 2

                              2diners

                              Toronto

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on March 5, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Full tasting menu was the right choice. Did not choose the wine pairings so cannot comment on that. The Clos Jordanne Pinot (2017) complemented everything presented. Each course was interesting and delicious. The style was adventurous and a great example of craftsmanship. Four of us at the table. We all enjoyed every dish. Service was friendly, informative and unrushed.

                            2. DD

                              DominicD

                              Toronto

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on February 27, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food and service were above and beyond our expectations. An amazing experience.

                            3. AM

                              AMG1

                              Toronto

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on February 21, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful as always!

                            4. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Toronto

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A wonderful experience, great food and ambiance.

                            5. GK

                              GeorgioK

                              Toronto

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As always the service food and wine 5 stars thanks Jackie for taking care of us. Ryan thanks for an amazing evening.

                            6. GS

                              GordonS

                              Toronto

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious food, excellent wine pairings, inviting ambiance ,and welcoming and attentive service... a perfect Valentines Day celebration with my beloved!

                            7. KD

                              KellyD

                              Toronto

                              22 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              22 reviews

                              Dined on January 25, 2020

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              We were greeted warmly upon arrival by the host. When we were seated we were brought a glass of bubbly; nice touch. We opted for the Chef's Tasting menu with wine pairings. We were not disappointed. Each course was very good, and the wines a great match. Even the glass of vermouth! I wish we were able to purchase wines from local wineries during our stay in NOTL. Most of the wines were from a "satellite vineyard" we were told by our waitress. That was a little disappointing. Perhaps a little long; we arrived at 8pm and were out by 11:30pm. We'd recommend and return!

                            8. H

                              Heather

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 20, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great restaurant. The food, service and ambiance were amazing. They went above and beyond to accommodate the food restrictions in our party. Would absolutely go there again for dinner.

                            9. NO

                              NancyO

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 18, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The Backhouse is not a typical dining experience. Every course is a delicacy. It’s a delicious adventure with an excellent vibe. Service is impeccable.

                            10. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Toronto

                              27 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              27 reviews

                              Dined on December 5, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic service and amazing food experience.

                            11. TP

                              ThomasP

                              Toronto

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on November 1, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is a premier gastronomic experience. Outstanding food, wine list and service. Not inexpensive, but fully worth the expense.

                            12. e

                              escherfan

                              Montreal

                              11 reviews

                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined on October 27, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It was an absolute please to partake in the Chefs Tasting menu. We’ll return when we’re back in the area!!

                            13. JM

                              JaneM

                              Toronto

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on October 19, 2019

                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                              The whole experience was quite enjoyable and quite different from what you would experience elsewhere in this area.

                            14. TR

                              TwilaR

                              Chicago

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on October 19, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a stellar meal and experience at Backhouse, can't wait for the next visit.

                            15. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              24 reviews

                              5.0

                              24 reviews

                              Dined on October 13, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was fantastic. The presentation of wine and food was perfect. All in all a wonderful dining experience. Backhouse is an experience— not just a dinner. We all appreciated the care an attention to detail in the entire meal.

                            16. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Los Angeles

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on October 6, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was one of the best dinners I have had in many years. We Dine out all the time but Backhouse is very special! LOVED IT. Delicious food, exceptional service.

                            17. TS

                              TomSwiftJr

                              Toronto

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 26, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As always, fantastic food and wine. Great staff, wonderful evening. Thank you!

                            18. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Calgary

                              18 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              18 reviews

                              Dined on September 13, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was outstanding from the starters to the wine pairing! Better than French Laundry!!

                            19. G

                              Greybeard

                              Dublin

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 8, 2019

                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                              Although I entered Backhouse with enthusiasm after a strong recommendation from a friend, I ultimately found the food not to my liking. The apricot and duck dish was not appealing and the highlight of the meal was not the lamb, which you would have expected, but rather the butter dish with bread. The sommelier even served a pairing for a dish that never came, a tomato dish that was skipped over. While the food wasn't bad per se, it would not be an experience I would want to repeat. On the plus, the staff were friendly and the restaurant well decorated. I just wish the food had been better tasting and worth the $300 bill at the end of the night.

                            20. NL

                              NancyL

                              Toronto

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on September 7, 2019

                              overall2food2service2ambience3

                              There were a number of inconsistencies in service and food. As it mainly does a tasting and prixe fixe menu, the service provided by staff was not well timed or mindful. Repeated dishes were brought out and constant mix up of who had allergies (out of 2 diners) happened multiple times. We had at least 5 different service people which would explain why there were so many mix ups. As far as tastings go, some dishes were brought out rapidly that it filled table and then left gaps to wait for the next dish. Considering the cost for meal and service, there was little value and doubtful to return.

                            21. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              15 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on August 30, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent service and food. The tasting menu was an interesting and enjoyable experience.

                            22. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Vancouver

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on August 17, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The pairing menu was fantastic!

                            23. AL

                              ALEC

                              Cleveland

                              74 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              74 reviews

                              Dined on August 16, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceeded expectations. We are yearly visitors to Niagara-On-The-Lake, and we ate at Backhouse last year, and we thought it was very good. This year was even better- the small plates were fabulous - kitchen and wait staff were fastidious about our various food allergies and sensitivities .Servers were knowledgeable and helpful without the “stuffiness” of some fine dining venues. This was far and away our very best dining experience in Niagara on the Lake over the 10+ years we have been visiting, and it ranks with some of the finest U.S. and European venues we have visited. Keep up the great work, and we’ll see you next year.

                            24. f

                              foodiegirl

                              Naples

                              53 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              53 reviews

                              Dined on August 15, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was outstanding! Wonderful food and wine pairings. Everyone takes great pride in what they do. Can't wait to return!

                            25. TL

                              TraceyL

                              Toronto

                              4 reviews

                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on August 7, 2019

                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing and original food. An excellent dining experience!

                            26. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Toronto

                              15 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on August 5, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food and service! Best value in NOTL

                            27. H

                              Howard

                              Toronto

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on August 1, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              I booked one dinner with my family and it was fantastic. I was welcomed by the friendly staff. They explained clear on each dishes to us and the service was excellent.

                            28. s

                              susanc

                              Toronto

                              15 reviews

                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on July 20, 2019

                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                              We absolutely LOVED every detail about Backhouse Restaurant! From the warm welcome, to the last sumptuous tastes from the gift dessert box, we can't say enough about this special oasis in Niagara on the Lake. It is not very often that we savour each and every bite of every course we were presented. We have had the opportunity to dine at the Number one restaurant in Italy and also in the U.S. but this restaurant is NUMBER ONE in our books.

                            29. CC

                              CandaceC

                              Toronto

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on July 18, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Hidden gem in NOTL! Excellent experience with the smaller tasting menu - everything was fabulous and we can't wait to go back! Best farm to table restaurant we have been to.

                            30. GS

                              GillianS

                              Toronto

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on July 14, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A really special, incredible dinner — the food was inventive, surprising and delightful, but the thing that really pushed it over the top was the exceptional hospitality and passion from everyone — servers, sommelier, host. Highly recommend Backhouse for a truly special experience.

                            31. AF

                              AnneF

                              Hawaii

                              6 reviews

                              4.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on July 7, 2019

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Backhouse was recommended enthusiastically by a friend. I am not usually a big fan of the tasting menu format but we all enjoyed our dinner and the ambience at Backhouse very much. Our table was ready and the welcome was warm when we arrived. The food and the wine pairings were very good. The wait staff and sommelier were attentive, friendly and very professional. The kitchen and the serving team ensured that the evening moved along at a just the right pace even though it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was very busy. We will certainly come again and will recommend it to friends.

                            32. GG

                              GroverG

                              Cleveland

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on June 27, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Chose the Chef’s tasting menu. 13 items were served. Each was a masterpiece of flavor. Server was very well informed about each item. Highly recommend.

                            33. OT

                              OpenTableDiner

                              New York Area

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on June 23, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Superb food, wine, and service. Look forward to our next visit.

                            34. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Toronto

                              8 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on June 22, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great experience overall - perfectly paced meal , ideal wine pairings with excellent food, service outstanding!

                            35. l

                              luvgoodfood

                              Toronto

                              14 reviews

                              3.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on June 15, 2019

                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                              This was our 3rd visit to Backhouse. While the service was very good, we were disappointed with everything else. There is no longer an a la cart menu. The prix fix price has increased. While some of the amuse bouche were interesting, we found the salad portion exceptionally scant. Yes, there were 21 different greens, but barely more than one leaf of each. My braised short rib was extremely crisp and probably not more than 3oz. The one shrimp tempura they substituted for desert, was locally farmed. My dinner companion ordered the Perch. Maybe 3oz, almost no flavour and rubbery. She has cancelled her Sept dinner reservation. I gave no desire to return.

                            36. j

                              johnk

                              Western NC

                              35 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              35 reviews

                              Dined on June 13, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic food, presentation and service. A great experience.

                            37. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Toronto

                              2 reviews

                              3.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on June 11, 2019

                              overall3food2service4ambience4

                              Coming from a Toronto food experience (scaaramouche, Aloe, Blue blood, Georges etc.... I found the portions very small for the prices being chased. The open pit fire was not being used to prep the various meats - rather they were being prepared at the back of the house!!

                            38. H

                              Hihosilver

                              Toronto

                              19 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              19 reviews

                              Dined on June 8, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The attention and food were outstanding. I can’t wait to go back to this fine eating establishment.

                            39. TR

                              TwilaR

                              Chicago

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 26, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a stellar dining experience at Backhouse. Thanks to Chef Ryan and Team!!

                            40. B

                              Brownie

                              Toronto

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 10, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              I have been eating here since it was the funky Stone Road Grill. And welcome their return to NOTL with Backhouse. I noticed at this last visit an escalation from the previous one. This couple have never served anything but great food but this last one was just superb in offers, presentation, quality, local sources, value, and just style- all delivered with wonderful service. This I imagine is a tough business and we have eaten our share of wonderful meals in a lot of places but this couple is rocking it with style and grace and could I say professional commitment. This is always admirable. If you are lucky enough to be seated at the bar and able to stare into the oven you can have a nice conversation with your loved one and wish you did not have to go to the play.

                            FAQs

                            Backhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 1039 OpenTable diners.

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                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                            Additional information

                            • Cross Street

                              Mississauga Street

                            • Neighbourhood

                              Niagara-on-the-Lake

                            • Hours of Operation

                              Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Contemporary Canadian, Organic, Farm-to-table

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Elegant

                            • Dress Code

                              Smart Casual

                            • Parking Details

                              Private Lot

                            • Payment Options

                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive Chef

                              Ryan Crawford

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (289) 272-1242 ext. 1

                            • Catering

                              For details email: info(at)backhouse.xyz

                            • Private party facilities

                              Backhouse, with its open concept kitchen and extensive bar is the perfect venue for all your private dining needs whether it is a corporate function or a family celebration. We can accommodate intimate seated dinners up to much larger drop in cocktail and hors d'oeuvre receptions. For details email: info(at)backhouse.xyz

                            • Private party contact

                              Ryan Crawford: (289) 272-1242 ext. 2

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