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117 Main St, Smithville, TX 78957-1837
512-237-3128
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 3
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  • 1
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This cafe was a very unexpected treat! Great food and atmosphere! Everything is prepared from scratch, so expect it to take a little longer than the norm. Just know that the wait is well worth it. We ate there twice and both dinners were excellent. It was part taste and part art! The presentation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Beverly M
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Mansfield, Texas
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Mansfield, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This cafe was a very unexpected treat! Great food and atmosphere! Everything is prepared from scratch, so expect it to take a little longer than the norm. Just know that the wait is well worth it. We ate there twice and both dinners were excellent. It was part taste and part art! The presentation of those yummy salads was beautiful.... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The food here is delicious. Chicken Fried Steak was huge and very tasty. Hubby loved it. I had the Salmon and it was really good. The honey mustard dressing for the salad was also outstanding. Great place to eat.

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Smithville, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love Back Door and I go there every week for lunch. My favorites that the chef has prepared - meatloaf, pulled pork tacos, chicken fried steak, baked catfish and chicken fried chicken. For lunch there is always a fish, a chicken, plus the two chicken fried meats. You need to try the Jack Daniels pie - Yummy!

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Sulphur Springs, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My husband and I visited this restaurant, while staying in Smithville during our anniversary and Antique Week, and we are glad we did! It was amazing and the service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive and the chef, cooked our selections to perfection! I cant wait to go back there next time we are in this area:)

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great presentations, excellent tastes and all with a friendly smalltown Texas atmosphere! Great Steaks, Salad and Sides and all prepared by a gourmet Chef! Excellent desserts! And don't forget to visit the Antique Shop next door!

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you do go, make a reservation! You will be asked at the door promptly. Locals made this place out to be better than sliced bread...might want to bring your own! Service slow, quality and finesse lacking. The renowned "bacon-dripping" made cream gravy for the chicken fried steak was gelatinous! Mushroom sauce, overbearing with rosemary! Limited menu & choices, prices... More 

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Pearland, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This was a spectacular hole in the wall restaurant! Service was excellent, food was excellent! We will be back!

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Smithville, Texas
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Family run, this is fine dining in a small town! Great food and service! Gotta have the chicken fried steak! Save room for pie!

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I arrived before they started serving dinner so all they had was barbeque pizza, which is not my favorite. The salad was healthy, but needed more... They did have a good selection of beers and wines and the country atmosphere is inviting. As an up-and-coming business, they should realize that, even in a small town, most people are going to... More 

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Smithville, Texas
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The small town of Smithville doesn't have many dining alternatives. Therefore the Back Door Café is one of only two choices for sit down dining with waitress service in town. That said the menu choices are limited, the choices available on the limited menu often run out, and the menu doesn't change often. The menu is a strange mix of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 Main St, Smithville, TX 78957-1837
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Smithville
  • Phone Number: 512-237-3128

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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