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Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

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400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
+1 360-378-9540
11:30 - 14:30
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Mon 11:30 - 14:30
Wed - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Miami, FL
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

It is a highly rated restaurant but we were disappointed. The staff was attentive and helpful but the quality of the food left much to desire. The fish was dripping in butter with no evidence of seasoning or attention to the quality.

Thank Michael F
Panama City Beach, Florida
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148 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The location is a bit hard to find! It is in a manufacturing/business park. Interesting menu. Food Flavors were great together! Get the cheese on the appetizer menu! It is fantastic. The grapes help to make the flavor! We also got the seared scallops and they were excellent. The sticky rice meatballs also delicious! Very unique with all types of... More 

Thank Wendy32413
Mesa, Arizona
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We have wanted to try this hidden away restaurant on the island for awhile now. We thought this would be a nice occasion to Try it. We called ahead for reservations. I have to say we were disappointed to be seated in the bar instead of the dining room for dinner. The food was wonderful! I had the lamb and... More 

Thank Teresa D
North California
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150 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

This restaurant is literally the back door of an industrial building. You walk from the parking lot through an enchanting garden area and lovely patio to a small (from what I saw) indoor restaurant. They also had a very nice, inviting bar area (if I were local). We sat inside - but the outside look marvelous and relaxing. The food... More 

Thank VicksVaporRub
La Verne, California
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Popular with the locals, we found it to be overpriced and the menu was very limited. It did have a nice patio outdoors to eat in, but the indoors did not have very good ambiance. I had the lamb dinner which was very over-priced and left much to be desired.

Thank ww11hort
Laguna Beach, California
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241 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

The owner/manager at our B & B (Tucker House) suggested that we try the Backdoor Kitchen for our first dinner in Friday Harbor. saying that it was the second best in town. (She also is an owner of Coho, but all tables were booked for the night.) Backdoor was an excellent suggestion. First, the restaurant is odd, located at the... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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143 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Such a fun place. Lovely patio, restaurant is located behind a gardening center which is kinda charming. Excellent cocktails, service was friendly and attentive. The corn masa was out of this world. Scallops excellent. Fun place to eat and obviously well loved by San Juan population cause it filled up fast. Get a reservation.

Thank margarita200
Olympia, Washington
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88 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This place is on the expensive side, but it's definitely quality food. If you don't mind spending a bit extra, definitely give this place a try. Everything we had was great.

Thank jason745
Fredericksburg, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Most enjoyable after you fine it! So much fun to have an excellent meal in a wonderful relaxed setting. Reservations a must.

Thank pattravel84
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, drinks, service and tremendous outdoor seating all at a fair price. Pleasant atmosphere in a comfortable setting. Off the Main Street but well known and liked by locals.

Thank Jgrayrib

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 360-378-9540

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?