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Backhouse

4.7
809 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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

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

For private bookings or parties of 8 or more please contact the restaurant directly.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Canadian, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(289) 272-1242 ext. 1
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Ryan Crawford
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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
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Private Party Contact
Melissa Marynissen: (289) 272-1242 ext. 2
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Catering
Please call or email for details for details
info@backhouse.xyz
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Mississauga Street
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Special Events & Promotions
http://backhouse.xyz/bookings/
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
What 809 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Inventive, fresh and flavourful. Friendly and helpful service in a nice setting with lots of creative flair.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and service. We ordered from the abbreviated tasting menu and had some great cocktails and wine. Definitely the kind of place you want to take your time and make an evening out of it.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great, service was unfortunate. Our cocktails hadn’t arrived by the 2nd course of our tasting menu(we think our server forgot but we did not hold this against her as the place was very busy and she was covering many tables), so we asked they be cancelled as our preference was to enjoy wine with the food. Our request was denied which was surprising but we politely accepted the delayed drinks. Unfortunately this seemed to embarrass or annoy our server. For the remainder of the evening we were mostly ignored. We even had to get the attention of the sommelier to order glasses of wine. He was very pleasant as was the rest of the staff. We may try again in the future and hope for a better experience; at this price point the lack of attentiveness was unacceptable.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food great! Host spoke very softly but memorized wine and food choices. Fun vibe

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

One word, Amazing!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was there for my birthday. I am pescarian. The menu is very limited if you don't eat meat. I asked the waitress about this and she made no offer to help. The place is pretentious and they don't deliver good food. Very disappointed that we came here for my birthday dinner. Will not return or recommend it to anyone. Even my husband, who eats meat, found his meal to be mediocre at best. I also have never had a restaurant ask for my credit card to make a reservation. Again, very pretentious and again, did not deliver.

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This restaurant was highly reviewed and maybe we expected too much. The atmosphere was pretentious for food that was only so-so. In fact, my wife's entre was an uninspired stuffed chicken roll that was so salty and flavourless that she wasn't able to eat it. It took an embarassingly long time for the staff to agree that she shouldn't be charged. We had hoped for better in an area of good restaurant choices.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Our dining experience was outstanding. We went to a Shaw matinee and had tried to make reservations at two sisters. Thankfully they couldn’t take us - Backhouse was terrific! Every one of the service Staff was upbeat and professional. Angus, our server rocked it.

We had a choice of the set menus or a la carte. The three of us chose different set menus and we weren’t disappointed - one plate seemed better than the next. An overwhelming favorite was the dip-dip egg. I asked for the recipe and quickly realized I’d never make it at home. We’ll just have to return - again and again.

If you’re pairing a meal at backhouse with going to theater, gonto theater first - you’ll want to take your time, enjoy your meal and your conversations without watching the clock.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We were celebrating several occasions. Birthdays, graduation, engagement and acceptance to have ghee learning. The staff made everything very memorable. The food was artistry!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We have been coming to this restaurant for many years when it was owned by the previous owners, it it wonderful to see it open again and still doing amazing food! This time we ate from the al carte menu and it was fantastic, I even think I preferred it to their signature tasting menu which we had last time although that was a great experience too. The pulled pork pasta ragu is a must and as was the strawberry dessert. We always dine at this restaurant when we are visiting Niagara.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Enjoyed the evening. Our first time there. Don't be put off by the strip mall location. Well worth the trip to Niagara on the Lake.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Birthday dinner. Amazing experience!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food and presentation was great. Diverse wine collection and good pairing.
Suggestion is to keep the menu during dinner to review the various plates.
Not too sure if we missed out on a wine pairing when the restaurant got busy at the second 8pm service.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

All aspects of our experience exceeded our expectations! One of the very best meals we have had.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I’m a regular customer and anytime I bring someone new they are thoroughly impressed

The bar made a traditional cocktail incorrectly but they attempted to correct it .

Was a great experience none the less .

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We had a truly amazing meal sitting at the counter! The food and presentation were out of this world. The service was absolutely impeccable! The tasting menu was so fun and creative!! We would all go back Backhouse in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Exquisite. Inventive.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We make a yearly trip to NOTL to dine at Backhouse, and it has never disappointed! It is always a simply phenomenal meal, with excellent service. The Chef's menu with wine pairing is out of this world... Every attention to detail is made here. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We had the set menu and food was creative and excellent.
Service was knowledgeable and friendly, but at times our service was a tad slow. Fortunately we were with good friends so we made good use of the time.
We always recommend Backhouse to our friends and guests.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Excellent food! Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

A fantastic experience at Backhouse - The food was incredible, drinks were very good, and the service was impeccable. Not to mention at the end of the night we were the last patrons awaiting our shuttle back to Queen's Landing and the owner bought us a round of scotch while we waited.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Absolutely the best! In food and service, an amazing experience. I can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Very tasty and a beautiful evening. The staff (reception, waiting, sommelier) were all charming and helpful.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Made to wait close to an hour to be seated despite having a reservation, no explanation was provided.

Courses arrived extremely slowly, we received the same course twice by mistake. Eventually got our mains after spending 3 hours there in total, then we decided to leave and abandon the remaining desert courses and wine pairings. No apologies from the chef or management.

A reminder that food in small plates with high prices doesn't make it fine dining.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great evening for convivial fun - just that bit too noisy for a romantic evening, but for everything else, go for it!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Very average food. Def not worth its price. Overall not a bad place but not for that price.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Loved it. Surprised as the location was not inspiring at first - in a small strip mall. Inside a terrific ambiance and overall a highly enjoyable experience on all fronts

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The Tasting menu was fantastic, each course was well thought out and the pairings really made the meal special. We were impressed with the staff, diversity of food and interesting takes on classic dishes.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My parents and I drove down to Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate Mother’s Day. We made reservations the week before, and looked for restaurants with availability for the time we were planning for. Backhouse was one of the options, and upon reading some other reviews, we decided to book our brunch there.

The plaza the restaurant is in is right at the corner, and from the outside, the restaurant is unassuming and does not look like much. Once you open the door, you are welcomed by wood tones, the glorious smell of burning wood, and friendly staff. We were brought to our table, were they asked us for our drink orders and gave us a menu for their special brunch set courses. We made our choices, and that’s when the show really started.

Each course was carefully thought of. The taste and flavour of the dishes brought you to nirvana, and the execution was impeccable. From the in-house bakes breads to the house cured meats, every element had its place in the grand scheme of the entire meal.

Backhouse should be on your list for your next trip down to NotL. We’ll definitely be sure to return.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Beautiful facility, excellent all around service...delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic food -- on par with Relais & Chateaux cuisine quality. Great staff. Wonderful overall experience. Looking forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

As always Backhouse was wonderful! The team works like a well-oiled machine while still remaining friendly and professional! :-)

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We eat at Backhouse whenever possible and desirable. We are local to the peninsula .

This is a serious restaurant and we have enjoyed it through several years.

Eat, have a life. This is a good place. Do not take photos.

Love one another and maybe got to the theatre or have some more wine. Walk home if you can.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

My boyfriend and I dined at Backhouse on Friday, 5/11/18. We were spending the weekend at Niagara-on-the-Lake and I'd read some wonderful reviews of the restaurant online, so I made reservations in advance.
We loved it! We had the pre-show, smaller tasting menu, since we had tickets to the Shaw Festival Theater that night. Each course was delicious and the presentation was just gorgeous.
Leland, our server, was so personable and knowledgeable. He was excellent!
We are definitely returning when we have more time so we can experience the full tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Staff at backhouse go the extra mile to make your night out an ‘experience ‘ . Knowledgeable , accommodating and very guest - centric .

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

There is good food and then there is an amazing dining experience. This was an evening to remember and savour. The service was outstanding beginning with Stephanie in booking our reservation, Bill when we arrived and Leeland and team who excelled at service. We chose the Signature Menu of 8 unique tasting experiences. Each was exquisite from the Dip Dip Egg to the Pork Loin and white Bean cassoulet. This is a well trained and run restaurant. Well done Team. Can’t wait to return and experience what Chef Ryan Crawford will have created for us to experience next.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent, high-end food experience. I would recommend to any foodies or those who enjoy a culinary adventure.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Truly amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Loved the fact that everything was farm to table and seasonal. Menu a little too limited but really enjoyed sitting at the counter with a view to preparation on the meal. Service was outstanding!

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