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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
Mon 11:30 - 14:30
Wed - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

For your understanding of my review I think it is fair to begin by stating the we also ate at ThePlace, Coho, and Vinny's. Honestly, my boyfriend and I consider ourselves foodies and have dined in some of the best restaurants in the country (French Laundry, Alinea, Michael Mina, etc.). That said, we considered the food in all of these... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

This tucked away gem is a little hard to find the first time, but it's charm and delicious food is well worth seeking out. Start with a hand crafted cocktail, Ginger Lemon Drop :) I had the fish of the day which was melt in the mouth served with beautifully complementary side dishes. My daughter had steak and mash which... More 

Thank Angela b
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168 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

we spent 15 minutes looking for this hidden place, but the great food, the vibrant atmosphere and the friendly service made it worth while. They have unique cocktails and Asian flavored dishes. Everything tasted great, and we had a a lot of fun. If you are in San Juan Island - don't miss this place !!

Thank עמי מ
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

We made a last minute choice to visit Backdoor Kitchen, and once we found it, were very pleased! We had the Corn Masa Cake to start, pork chop and sautéed scallops for our main, and coconut cream pie for dessert. They were all fantastic! The server and staff were top notch, as well. If we make it back this way... More 

Thank Jeff F
San Antonio, Texas
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

Amazing atmosphere, friendly service, great drink selection, fresh fish, creative menu. We LOVED the coconut mushroom soup (best soup ever), pork meatballs, scallops and the coconut cream pie were all a home run! For the price, also the most reasonable on the island for the quality. Worth the find off the beaten path!

Thank LAcameron29
Friday Harbor, Washington
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127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015

Don't miss this gem hidden just a couple blocks from the ferry dock. Looking at it you wouldn't go in. GO IN!!! It's in an industrial park but that's the end of the 'industrial' part. Locals loathe that visitors find it because the latter takes up the few precious tables for the former. Everything on the menu is excellent. The... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Backdoor Kitchen is an excellent choice. We had the pan seared sea scallops and the East Indian vegetarian platter. Both were cooked to perfection. The wine list had numerous choices for bottles as well as by the glass. The service was excellent. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. This restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are a must... More 

Thank Lynn F
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I love this out of the way, hidden, no sign... that kind of place... culinary haven of excellence. Charming atmosphere inside and out. The outside gardens are something out of a dream or a movie... charming and authentic and delightful at the same time. Then there are the cocktails. I had a ginger martini that I wish I could find,... More 

Thank Carrie Louise D
London, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

We had an excellent meal here, Vietnamese pork meatballs, scallops with rice cakes and a panna cotta with mascarpone and fruit compote. The spicing is very creative and the dishes very flavourful. We would have gone straight back if the restaurant had not been closed the next two days.it is not in the main area of town but is only... More 

Thank Anthony B
Claremont, California
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205 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

It was hard to find this place but what a great little restaurant. All the dinner selections are delicious and the wait staff are very friendly. All 8 of us loved our meals and could not stop talking about the place.

Thank FLB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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?