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About Backhouse

Quietly tucked away in a small strip-mall in uptown Niagara On The Lake is one of Canada's leading restaurants. Backhouse offers a continuously evolving menu 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 and international wine list focusing on low intervention wines

Please indicated any dietary restrictions when booking.

For seating at our Chef's Counter please select "Counter Seating" when booking.

For private bookings or parties of eight or more please contact the restaurant.

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

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

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Canadian, Organic, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday
Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday and Saturday
Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday and Sunday
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm



Cross Street:
Mississauga Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(289) 272-1242 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.backhouse.xyz/

Catering:
Please call or email for details for details
info@backhouse.xyz

Executive Chef:
Ryan Crawford

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@backhouse.xyz
Or Call Melissa @ 289-272-1242 Ext. 2

Private Party Contact:
Melissa Marynissen: (289) 272-1242 ext. 2

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

Special Events & Promotions:
http://backhouse.xyz/bookings/

Backhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.7

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romance (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (8)
Cozy (7)
Organic (7)
Neighbourhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Group Bookings (4)
Pre/post-theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
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Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
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Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant came recommended by the B&B we were staying at and it was a wonderful night out. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. Several days later, I can still describe some of my favorites bites from that night. We also had several allergies and they were very willing to accommodate. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any serious foodies and cannot wait to dine there again on another visit to Niagara on the Lake.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

Venison was delicious. Friendly, attentive service. Was a lovely quiet spot for 2.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Local Ingredients
Food4
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great tasting menu showcasing Niagara region. Comparable to a Michelin star restaurant.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Just wonderful food & staff! Great evening!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Backhouse is our go-to restaurant of choice when we want a fine dining experience and when entertaining. Although we have dined there dozens of times, Chef Ryan and his staff have never failed to present us sething new and unique ! Service has always been exceptional!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Romantic, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been to Backhouse several times now and every time it's been a different menu, and every time it has not disappointed. The food and service are always excellent and, as a major bonus, everything is locally sourced and truly farm-to-table. One of the best restaurants in NOTL!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding in every way!! Fantastic food, wine pairings and creative presentation. Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Outstanding on every level! Superb service and food that was innovative and delicious, on par with some of the best meals we have had, including at restaurants with Michelin stars.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I found the pricing high. Also the pace of the food was a bit slow. While you don’t want to be rushed through a meal, we were about 1.5 hours before the “main” arrived. So I found I was very hungry through most of the meal which impacted on my overall enjoyment.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave it is such a pleasure to walk/eat through the chefs menu along with the pairings. Absolutely Delicious!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing from start to finish. Great food, great pairings. Service impeccable! Can’t wait to come back

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2018

What a wonderful experience! Kim our server was outstanding! the food was outstanding. Couldn't ask for a better evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

There's a lot to love about Chef Crawford's restaurant; he sources his food locally and proudly from his own farm, he butchers and prepares his own meats, the menu is always evolving seasonally, the staff are attentive and personable and the atmosphere is relaxed. With this caliber of dining, you'd expect black ties, but everything about backhouse is unpretentious, inviting, and comfortable. It's so... Canadian. I encourage anyone who is looking for a memorable "cool cuisine" dining experience to check backhouse out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a great spot in NOTL with beautifully created dishes. We used to go when it was Stone Road Grill. It was my favorite then and I’m loving the new set up/transformation. My husband and I were there to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. No one acknowledged it which was a bit disappointing. We made it in during a snow storm rather than cancel our reservation so if asked if it was worth it...yes, yes it was.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful experience, enjoyed sitting at the bar watching the food preparation. Food was delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

What a great find! The service is amazing along with the food, a must try

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing dining experience. We sat at the counter and got to see the chef's at work. They were able to converse with us about what we were eating and how it was prepared. I definitely recommend the tasting menu as every course that came out was unique, well thought out and delicious. The ambiance was cozy, with wood fire ovens and fur throws on the chairs. A must try!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Organic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been a few times now and always enjoyed the food. So much fun anticipating what is coming next on the tasting menu.
Our biggest issue is the uncomfortable chairs. It has come up in conversation on every visit. In fact, my husband even said he should bring a cushion before we left the house.
Other than that, always a great dining experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Organic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We did the chef’s tasting menu. For Niagara region the food was impressive. I would place the food just on par with tasting menus in major cities but not superior. The service was excellent.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at Backhouse- would highly recommend. The food was amazing and the service was great. The tasting menu had delicious food and the wine pairings were phenomenal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was fantastic as always, service was horrible.....if you're going to go, sit at the bar and you'll have a great time

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The staff and kitchen were amazing in accommodating my food intolerances.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Organic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great tasting menus with locally sourced ingredients. If you’re feeling experimental try one of their bespoke bottles created for the restaurant by locally wineries. Fantastic.

Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Lovely surprise on entering the restaurant as the outside gives no indication of the lovely ambience inside. The staff were all very attentive and pleasant.
Whilst the food was quite nice and mostly presented in an innovative way, it wasn’t as delicious as I expected to find a tasting menu. In particular there were three dishes that involved bread. The egg and soldiers, the sourdough and the mousse.
Overall it was an interesting experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

2nd anniversary spent here. The food is amazing and the service is flawless.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great dining experience.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

What a dinner experience! The tasting menu was fabulous and to sit at the counter was a real treat. Caution though as we met two patrons who moved away from the end of the counter that was near the grill as it was too hot! The chef and sommelier
made sure the food and wine was what they wanted it to be. Gosh, what a great evening. Best dinner ever? I would say yes.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food, service and ambiance. Attention to detail , quality and pride of ownership. We’ll be back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was a cozy atmosphere. Our server was knowledgeable and the timing of the courses was perfect. We were in no way rushed and the evening had a comfortable flow. The descriptions of the courses was excellent and the presentation was exceptional. I recommend a tasting menu with a wine pairing to get the full experience of what the restaurant has to offer. You have to be prepared to appreciate the seasonal and local nature of the menu. This didn't compromise the food in any way, but should allow you to develop an appreciation for the passion and creativity put into the menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Food3
Ambience2
Service5
Value2

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Room was so Smokey I was sick for two days; paid premium prices to get ill. They need cooking ventilation.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We enjoyed Backhouse’s Signature Tasting menu paired with their premium wines. We were immediately seated with a smile. Our service throughout our 3 hour plus meal was exceptional. The chef’s presentation complimented each course. The courses and the wine pairings were well explained. Overall we felt the wine pairings were well chosen. This evening was not inexpensive, but it was definitely an excellent value and thoroughly enjoyable.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My husband and I visited here about 2 years before and I never stopped thinking about how delicious our meal was, which is risky because sometimes stuff doesn't live up to the expectation you have after 2 years of memory.

Shouldn't have worried though - the food was as amazing as I remembered. Backhouse is such an experience - amazing service, incredible food and just a bit of a fun adventure trying a bunch of well-executed little dishes. I recommend this place to everyone I know even if they're not trying to make plans anywhere near NOTL.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was excellent, service was immaculate, and the wines suggested by the server were spot on.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went to Backhouse for a special occasion recently and sat at the chef's counter and we were not disappointed. Our server Genevieve was on top of everything and was very knowledgeable about the wines being paired with each course. The food was amazing and amongst the best we've ever had. The whole experience was fantastic, from the atmosphere to the service to the food. We would definitely recommend this dining experience to anyone!

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients
Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was unfortunately low quality. We had to ask for wine menu several times and eventually got one halfway through entrees. We didn't bother ordering wine at that point. No quality checks on food. And the server "fired" the courses too early. We felt very rushed. She was obviously not experienced, which for $44 a plate, the server should be well trained in wine pairings and service. Disappointed we didn't get to enjoy wine with dinner. But the food was good and ambience was cool. I would like to try the kitchen seats next time as I think it would enhance the overall experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our group did the small food pairing accompanied by the premium wine pairing, which was more than enough. The food was well paced, provided a great variety of flavours and was absolutely delicious. The sommelier's visits to our table to explain the pairings was a special touch and made a huge difference. A great experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had the chef's tasting menu. It was delicious. The idea that he can make such a delicious meal in a cold climate from local ingredients is amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The tasting menu was good until the dessert. The sommelier was wonderful, great wines, very friendly, great service.
Definitely would recommend eating there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
Food3
Ambience4
Service2
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We are foodies. We are happy to pay a good dollar for an amazing culinary experience. We have paid the equivalent bill for much higher service and food quality. The waiter was very inexperienced but was willing to take correction. The signature (top) tasting menu had some amazing moments but it all fell apart after the main courses began. The wine pairing in the latter courses seemed to appeal to red wine drinkers versus a well thought out marriage of food and wine. We understand that everyone has their taste preferences but there are basic guidelines. Heavy wines need spicy, rich or more flavourful food, otherwise the wine overpowers the delicate flavours in lighter foods such as pork. Our biggest criticism, for the price we paid for the meal, was that the hi-light main course (usually the last course) was pork loin. It was over cooked, very difficult to cut and it was paired with a heavy red. We have paid more money at high end Michelin star restaurants and haven’t complained because the foods and wine pairings were delectable. This fell very short of a fine dining tasting menu for us. On a positive note, the Cesar was amazing as were the cheeses. The chef’s sour dough was incredible, as was the soup course and the pasta course. The red wine choice for the pasta course was also too heavy, but the dish itself was incredible. I’d need to be enticed to give this place another chance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were a group of 6, in town for an annual girls trip. We all opted for the mid-range tasting menu, none of us required any modifications to the menu - and it was AMAZING! We were not aware that the restaurant is truly designed for tasting menus, with a relatively limited a la carte offering, but after reviewing the tasting menu options, we were all sold.
We did not opt for the wine pairings as 50% of us are pregnant, so I can't speak to that.
Service was lovely and informative, it was punctual on both service and clearing, and our server was attentive and knowledgable.
It's a great illusion that it's located in, essentially, a strip mall - the interior is beautiful and warm.
Would highly recommend!

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