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The Backdoor, Seattle, WA

The Backdoor

4.1
4.1
134 Reviews
$31 to $50
Speakeasy

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. Please know that we are a 21 and over only establishment.

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Speakeasy, Tapas / Small Plates, American

  • Hours of operation

    Cocktails Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Full menu Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Full Menu Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 632-7322

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Catering

    We can do food and bar catering offsite as well as onsite. Please contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com

  • Private party facilities

    We can do groups of up to 40 people with a food and beverage minimum without a full buyout. If you're interested in a full buy out contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com and she can give you pricing.

  • Private party contact

    Jayson Cottam: (206) 371-5263

  • Neighborhood

    Fremont

  • Cross street

    Dayton

  • Parking details

    We pay for parking while drinking or dining with us. Just grab a parking token from the hostess or bartender when you arrive.

  • Entertainment

    We have live music every Wedensday. 1st Wednesday - Johnny and The Moles2nd Wednesday - Ricky Gene and the Funky Trio3rd Wednesday - Good Co.4th Wednesday - The Hot MaGhandi's

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 134 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Hot Spot

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Late Night Find

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Seattle

    Hot Spot

  • Seattle

    Late Night Find

  • Seattle

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. L

    Lynn

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    I came to hear the amazing Caety S sing, which was awesome. At 8pm it was not crowded, yet I waited and when no one came to take my order i went to the bar and placed a drink & food order. Since it wasn’t busy I was surprised at the slowness of service.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Service was poor and restaurant host was disrespectful/ immature.

  3. S

    Steve

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Ordered drinks and sat waiting over 20 minutes. Never came so we got up and left.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Once we finally got our drinks, they were good - it just took 20-30 mins to receive anything that we ordered. The food was decent and had much quicker response time. We were there for 2.5 hours, during which we only had one appetizer and two drinks each. We could barely catch our servers gaze to get his attention - and we realize that he was busy (it seemed like they were understaffed) but I didn’t see anyone helping him out. We waited at least 35 mins just to ask for our check, and we actually were chatting with tables around us about how slow it was. It was a cool ambiance to be in, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I really hope this place hires additional staff so their servers aren’t so stressed and customers can have better service.

  5. S

    Spinhawer

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    Live jazz on Monday, perfect way to start the week!

  6. TT

    TTTT

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    The live music (Caety) on Wednesday nights was amazing! Will go back every Wednesday just for her.

  7. SA

    SeanA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time, We were there for dinner and stayed for the live show. The show was great. We stayed longer than expected. Great atmosphere. The speakeasy Style is fun.

  8. TL

    TimothyL

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    We tried this place for the first time and had a terrible experience. I found the restaurant on Open Table, check out the menu, checked the hours (open until 11pm) they were open and had availability so was excited to try it. We got there exactly on our reservation time 745pm, was seated, it took 15 minutes for a waiter to show up at our table, was stoned out of his mind and after we ordered cocktails and tried to order an appetizer he said “oh sorry, the kitchen is just closing”. No mention of any kitchen hours on their website. It took the the drinks 20 minutes to arrive, we drank and left very disappointed and the service the whole time was terrible.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love coming here! I didn’t realize Wednesday was live music so it was a little too loud to have conversations. But I’ve always enjoyed their drinks and food

  10. M

    Mazad

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Nice speakeasy for cocktails, all drinks too sweet though. We didn’t get food as kitchen was closed early for the night.

  11. A

    Ames

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Really great place to go! Food was amazing hands down. Complement to the chef Jose! Only 1 server. The place was very inclusive to ALL.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, amazing drinks!!

  13. V

    Verena

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Not sure why this was featured on open table. There were 4 things to choose from off of the menu for food entrees. Not impressed with anything we ordered.

  14. m

    mgmmcb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fun vibe with great cocktails and decent food. Hard to find, though, a sign outside the door might help...

  15. TR

    TRenee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The drinks were great, but a bit small for the price (though I understand the idea of a speakeasy). The food was pretty good, however I did end up chipping two molars on their $36 steak frites....huge bummer, but they didn't charge me for it.

  16. LL

    LynnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great place. Food was amazing. Best steak in a long time! Feels like an old speakeasy with great cocktails and dripping in ambiance. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely be coming back here?

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Chill spot for hinge date.

  18. RR

    RahulR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place with a lots of amazing cocktails and food options on the menu.

  19. MM

    MeggieM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great date night at The Backdoor. The drinks and food are unique and delicious.

  20. KS

    KevinS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I had made a reservation via opendoor but they didn't have it on their system

  21. KL

    KaylaL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a fun spot! Interior decor was awesome, super private table on the side that we loved. The bartender's were incredible! Made the most delicious drinks and the Brussel sprouts were the best I've ever had!

  22. C

    Cass

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of my boyfriend and I’s regular spots. We love it. The drinks are amazing and the food is delicious! The decor of the place is so visually interesting too. Oh, and the service is always great.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    It wasn’t open so we couldn’t go.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    They changed their menu and eliminated any lower priced options.

  25. n

    nancys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the speakeasy vibe. Good food, great drinks, super service. I would definitely go back!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun and eclectic decor with a vintage vibe. Attentive staff serving delicious food and beverages for a fantastic date night or intimate celebration.Go for the shareable plate starters, plated mains were spot on and save room for dessert. You won’t regret it. Recommend!

  27. SP

    SteveP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience5

    Good steak, smoked clams were killer. My L & L drink was terrible. Definitely miss some of the older items on the menu but the other cocktails were great. I love a good sazerac but their version was a big miss. Just one had drunk isn’t nearly enough to ruin the overall experience which is always a treat here.

  28. s

    salmonfan

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks. The bartenders are genius with "pick your poison." World-class french fries. Ask for a side of aioli for them.

  29. KR

    KimberlyR

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun place to catch up with a friend. I recommend the pick your poison option.

  30. CD

    ChristinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great as always. The black tarantula cocktail was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Highly recommend.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Loved the decor and the fun cocktails - the Tall Grass was very refreshing. The Brussels sprouts were delicious!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The waitress was very cool, and the Tall Grass is a yummy cocktail. The waitress even gave us another little shot of the cocktail with a different gin to help her compare the two. I’ll take it! But we shared the Hummus plate - just okay, and the wild mushroom pasta which turned out to have very little flavor. Had to heavy dose with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

  33. EP

    EdgarP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly service from start to end. Good and drinks arrived in perfect timing.

  34. F

    deniseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Cocktails, Food, Ambiance and Service! Thank you for a lovely evening! Super appreciative of vaccine and mask requirements to imbibe.

  35. MD

    MikeD

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a great spot for creative cocktails and great food - we’ll definitely be returning!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    The food was very overpriced for what it was. Not terrible food, but way too expensive. The drinks were good, but also overpriced.

  37. MB

    MarcB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Had a great time… helpful staff made for a nice evening.

  38. S

    Shay

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    This is one of my favorite go to spots: inters

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a fantastic first date here! My old fashioned was as bomb as the service. Will definitely return!

  40. LR

    LizzyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    For my 21st birthday I wanted a chill speakeasy type place to hang out in. We made our reservation at the back door (though we didn’t really NEED one because it was a Monday lol). Our waiter was super cool, and made our experience a lot better forsure. In terms of a chill hangout with good food and drinks, I definitely recommend this place!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Backdoor is rated 4.1 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Backdoor

462 N. 36th Street Seattle, WA 98103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dayton

  • Neighborhood

    Fremont

  • Hours of operation

    Cocktails Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Full menu Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Full Menu Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Speakeasy, Tapas / Small Plates, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We pay for parking while drinking or dining with us. Just grab a parking token from the hostess or bartender when you arrive.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Entertainment

    We have live music every Wedensday. 1st Wednesday - Johnny and The Moles2nd Wednesday - Ricky Gene and the Funky Trio3rd Wednesday - Good Co.4th Wednesday - The Hot MaGhandi's

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 632-7322

  • Catering

    We can do food and bar catering offsite as well as onsite. Please contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com

  • Private party facilities

    We can do groups of up to 40 people with a food and beverage minimum without a full buyout. If you're interested in a full buy out contact Chloe at info@backdoorfremont.com and she can give you pricing.

  • Private party contact

    Jayson Cottam: (206) 371-5263

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