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The Backdoor

A speakeasy inspired bar for great libations, great food and even better company. House made bitters, tinctures and infusions - not to mention barrel aged and craft cocktails nightly.
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26 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(26 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 26 reviews
5 stars
(14)
4 stars
(8)
3 stars
(2)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(0)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • late-night find(12)
  • neighborhood gem(10)
  • vibrant bar scene(10)
  • good for groups(9)
  • fit for foodies(6)
  • hot spot(6)
The Backdoor Reviews List
Review 1 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 2 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/19/2016
 2005
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 3 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 4 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good Cocktails, Service Has Room for Improvement

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We came to the Backdoor the day before Valentine's Day and it was relatively quiet. The drinks were wonderful, but there was only 1 server on the floor so service was a little slow. The only real disappointment was getting sat close to the front door with a cold draft when the restaurant was relatively empty; I think the hostess was new. We just drank more to stay warm."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
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Review 5 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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Review 6 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/12/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2015
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 7 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

It didn't quite come together

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"I'm not sure why the Backdoor experience wasn't better than it was. I really like the murals around all the walls, the idea is good, and there were different elements that were good, just somehow it didn't click. They call it a speakeasy atmosphere, and while I see elements of that theme, it was missing some things like good music and a level of coziness. I think part of the issue is that it has very high ceilings and is essentially a large rectangle that they've tried to break up with different things. They have one corner set off with a semi-circle of long velvet floor-to-ceiling drapes with different wall decorations (framed mirrors). Throughout the rest of the space there are hanging chandeliers at various heights, again trying to make the space more inviting.
They did have an extensive list of creative cocktails and I really liked the one I tried - very unusual.
The food was passable but not at the 'good' bar that we've gotten used to in so many restaurants in Seattle.
Service was also a little slow, and they're probably losing some revenue from that.
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Dined on 2/12/2016
 2010
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Review 8 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/04/2016
 2007
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Review 9 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/13/2016
 2009
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Review 10 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/12/2016
 2008
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Review 11 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
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Review 12 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Hidden Gem

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We needed a place for old friends to meet up in a central location. We found the Backdoor on Yelp and were pleasantly surprised. It's cool how you walk in and the entire bar/restaurant is sunk down so you can see everything - nice to scope it out before you actually go into the place.
Great beer and wine selection and amazing small plates. The fries are to die for - we even got a second order. The green beans and ahi were quite nice as well.
Our bartender (can't remember her name) was amazing and attentive even though we were sitting in the restaurant.
Definitely want to go back.
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Dined on 2/02/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Review 13 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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Review 14 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 15 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/17/2016
 2007
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Review 16 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/11/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/11/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/11/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, late-night find
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Review 17 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, late-night find
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Review 18 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Don't miss the Backdoor!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The Backdoor is Beautiful! It's intimate and decorated in a lovely, romantic fashion. The food selection is varied and it's creative and very well priced. The cocktails are amazing! Lots of creativity there too. Service was perfection. Thanks!"
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 19 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/07/2014
 2011
Dined on 11/07/2014
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/07/2014
 2011
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Review 20 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great find in Fremont!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I went here to celebrate my birthday with some friends. Food and drinks were good and service was great. Such a cool ambience, speakeasy feel, complete with a not so weeping angel statue overlooking the bar. If you are looking for a cool place to celebrate a special occasion or just hang out with friends, this is the place!"
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2014
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 21 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fun speakeasy

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had an excellent experience at the Back Door. Our servers were efficient and friendly. The appetizers were cheap and delicious. We had delicious entrees. What made this place special were the inventive drinks! So interesting and so good. We were with a group of 6 and had a great table and a lot of fun."
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 22 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Nice speakeasy themed bar

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We love this place, cool vibe, great service and amazing craft cocktail, what more could you want? How about great food and 2 happy hours!"
Dined on 9/11/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 23 for The Backdoor
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Part Bar/part Diner

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The decor on the walls sre are really nice and it's got a good vibe but the food was really not good especially the calamari. I felt like the calamari was really old. And I really don't understand who picked the tables because they are very strange --kind of like you're at a Denny's. The ceilings are high, the bar was good and the service was very good. But it was very interesting because I don't really know how to describe it --like I said it was certainly part bar, part Denny's."
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Ratings-Only Reviews for The Backdoor
Based on the average of (3) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
1 out of 2 recommend this product
Food 
3.3 / 5
(Very Good) 3.3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate