Backhouse

4.8
1005 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
Please Visit Us Online For More Reservation Times or to book the chefs counter - https://backhouse.xyz/reservations/ 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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Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

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!!

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H
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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TR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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B
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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PY
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This experience just gets better every time we visit!
It’s just like spending an evening with friends who are over the top in the kitchen!!
The Somm experience is simply the best. Thank you Bill!! Love the tea trolley ;

See you soon,
Patricia & Jerry

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have enjoyed our past visits immensely, but the meal seemed even better than our previous visits! Everything was so well balanced and the flavors worked so well together. We can't wait to return for another visit in the near future!

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If possible, even better than the last time I was there. The staff could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. The food continues to mesmerize and transport me.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I have dined here twice and chosen the chef's tasting menu both time. I was not disappointed. The service continues to be very attentive and accommodating. Since I was a return customer, my guest received a complementary appetizer and wine pairing which was unexpected but very appreciated. Rarely does this happen ( in my experience) unless there is an issue or complaint with the food or service.

I will continue to return to Backhouse. It is a dining experience that should not be missed.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was wonderful! Everything but the main courses were great.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, we did Chefs Tasting Menu with pairings at the counter. Thank you Ryan and Paul for making it so memorable, and for your remarkable hospitality, we look forward to coming back!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Original and tasty food in a wonderful ambiance...highly recommended...

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food an ambiance.
Loved the unassuming location.
Exactly as advertised - interestingly delicious dishes with many local ingredients.
Amazing value for the level of cuisine and atmosphere.
Thank you and well done!
Can't wait until my next trip to NOTL so we can go back!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always! Food, wine selections, everything was as expected an more.

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GM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly exceptional!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dining experience was as always superb.The ambience of the restaurant is relaxed, the staff pleasant and professional.

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B
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat right in front of chef, 3 hours went by so fast, quite entertaining! Food was delicious as well, had the chefs tasting menu, well worth it.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chef's tasting menu was an enjoyable experience.
Everything looked and tasted great.
Incredible service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience dining at the counter. Staff was attentive , cuisine was exceptional

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RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my third time to Backhouse and I have never been disappointed.. The service was stellar and each item on the tasting was a delightful experience! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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O
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous hidden gem. Do not let the location in the strip mall stop you from opening the door. This s an amazing place. Food, presentation, service, wine. We had lunch - the mini tasting off the enpvening menu. Yummy.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for lunch and had the tasting menu sitting at the counter. It was not busy so it was a very relaxing sitting across from the fire watching the chef cook. The flavours and food combinations were excellent!

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JZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were once again impressed with Backhouse. We did the wine paired dinner and the chef's choices were creative foods perfectly paired with the wines. Locally sourced foods and wines from Canada in January! You don't get more creative than that!

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BC
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Variety of local seasonal foods served in combinations that most would not think of but are wonderful. Love sitting at the counter to get a chance to interact with the Chef and see the work.

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TE
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. The service was wonderful and we had a great tinted with ours friends who had never been before!

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

We actually booked this on open table by mistake, when we realized the error my sister remembered that no shows were charged on their credit card $99 so we had to go. My sister was trying to book Garrison House. But, we read reviews and Backhouse sounded amazing so we followed through. Sadly very disappointed. The waiter was a “soft talker” and we could barely understand him. The first two appetizers we were told were mandatory - didn’t enjoy either. Ordered the aged beef to which I was told it was 125 days aged, asked what that actually meant and couldn’t hear explanation. It was fatty and tasteless, waiter never came back to ask how it was. Sisters pork was good but also very fatty. Dessert was great but I left after a three hour experience starving. Even with the bill on the table, another staff member came and asked me if I wanted another wine. Generally when the bill is on the table that would mean no, I was tempted to ask if he was buying, to make a point of showing him we have our bill. Too many different servers and participants. I wanted to take home all the fatty meat to my dog but every new person at the table made that seem like an unlikely task. The restaurant was beautiful inside. Not worth the $200 we spent with just one glass of wine and two entres ordered. Too pricey to give it a second chance. Won’t be back.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED everything but the food. Presentation was very good. Eggs were better last time. Beets mediocre. Pork VERY poor. Plum dessert better last time. Treating family to birthday celebration so we certainly didn't want to ruin our fabulous time by complaining. Since it was your first day open after being closed, was quality compromised? Was it a different chef? We thought we had discovered a gem . Sad and disappointed.

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KR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal and wine pairing - service was exceptional. Would recommend to anyone traveling to NOTL.

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DK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We have been fans of Backhouse and visited several times. This time however we had the feeling that maybe the place has jumped the shark. There is a growing sameness to the menu and what was once a wonderfully innovative menu has become derivative. The same dishes appear again and again and since it's claim to fame is intriguingly innovative tastes we're disappointed. Really sorry to say that this time we saw a vast gap between value and price.

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KG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome New Year's Eve experience.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our 3rd time eating there. We’ve sat at the counter each time & love watching the chefs prepare. We’ve had the chefs tasting menu every time & have never been disappointed.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Pasta so oily
Vegan options were pretty good. Maybe a little more effort into them. Very salty food.
Ambiance and experience nice though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Retirement

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Looking forward to many return visits! Thank - you!

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So fun. Great food.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So delicious and well worth it. Really good for Gluten free! They make their own gluten free bread!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasting menu. Food is filling and plated beautifully. Our waiter was amazing he explained every course but also chatted with us casually. Not pretentious at all - warm environment.

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OT
Toronto
49 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional. Gorgeous and innovative and fresh. Fabulous service. Sit at the bar for the best experience. Love this restaurant.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable! What a treasure in such a great town. The Signature tasting with wine pairings was the perfect amount and the perfect choice. I will absolutely be returning on my next trip to the area.

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