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117 Main St, Smithville, TX 78957-1837
512-237-3128
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  • 3
    Very good
  • 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
Most recent review
Best Kept Secret for lunch

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
sherry c
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Smithville, Texas
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Houston
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Headed into Smithville to attend an Art show at Mosaic Downtown and had 2 different people tell us we should go to The Back Door Cafe for dinner! We made a reservation, a good thing on a Saturday night, and were seated promptly upon arrival. Service for us that night was great. The Chef/Owners daughter served us and was very... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

For a sleepy town of 3600, we were amazed by the experience at Back Door Cafe. (I left off "coffee shop" because it does the place a disservice). A small family run restaurant, we enjoyed a spicy shrimp skewer over rice and a killer CFS. Real meat, real tender, only slightly pounded and served with cream gravy. My only wish... 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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