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Backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Backhouse

4.6
4.6
1031 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • 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

What 1,031 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

1,031 Reviews
  1. 2diners

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  2. DominicD

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were above and beyond our expectations. An amazing experience.

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  3. AMG1

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always!

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  4. GordonS

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent wine pairings, inviting ambiance ,and welcoming and attentive service... a perfect Valentines Day celebration with my beloved!

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  5. GeorgioK

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the service food and wine 5 stars thanks Jackie for taking care of us. Ryan thanks for an amazing evening.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience, great food and ambiance.

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  7. KellyD

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  8. Heather

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  9. NancyO

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and amazing food experience.

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  11. ThomasP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a premier gastronomic experience. Outstanding food, wine list and service. Not inexpensive, but fully worth the expense.

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  12. escherfan

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an absolute please to partake in the Chefs Tasting menu. We’ll return when we’re back in the area!!

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  13. JaneM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The whole experience was quite enjoyable and quite different from what you would experience elsewhere in this area.

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  14. TwilaR

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a stellar meal and experience at Backhouse, can't wait for the next visit.

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  15. LauraP

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  17. TomSwiftJr

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, fantastic food and wine. Great staff, wonderful evening. Thank you!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding from the starters to the wine pairing! Better than French Laundry!!

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  19. mike

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  20. NancyL

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. The tasting menu was an interesting and enjoyable experience.

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  22. EnzoB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pairing menu was fantastic!

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  23. ALEC

    Cleveland

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  24. foodiegirl

    Naples

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding! Wonderful food and wine pairings. Everyone takes great pride in what they do. Can't wait to return!

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  25. TraceyL

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and original food. An excellent dining experience!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Best value in NOTL

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  27. Howard

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  28. susanc

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  29. CandaceC

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  30. Gill

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  31. AnneF

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  32. GroverG

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  33. OpenTableDiner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food, wine, and service. Look forward to our next visit.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall - perfectly paced meal , ideal wine pairings with excellent food, service outstanding!

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  35. luvgoodfood

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  36. johnk

    Western NC

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, presentation and service. A great experience.

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  37. savg

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  38. Hihosilver

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The attention and food were outstanding. I can’t wait to go back to this fine eating establishment.

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  39. TwilaR

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a stellar dining experience at Backhouse. Thanks to Chef Ryan and Team!!

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  40. Brownie

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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242 Mary Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Mississauga Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • 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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