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The Backyard

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6566 Front Street, Forestville, CA 95436
1+707 820-8445
09:00 - 21:00
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We were there an evening when there weren't many other guests on the patio (which by the way, is a very pleasant place to sit and enjoy dinner). We're not sure how busy it was inside (we actually don't think it was), or if they were lacking staff, but service was lacking. First, there were 2 servers who seemed to... More 

Thank Gary G
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Forestville is a backwoods town, essentially. However, this restaurant is very eclectic and unexpected for such a small town. The food was amazing and they allow dogs which was an added bonus. I was surprised by the items on their menu. Something like you would find in an urban setting.

Thank Robert V
Healdsburg, California
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169 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Opening time was supposed to be 9 AM on Sundays. We were allowed in sometime after 9 and were told they were still printing the menus. We had one menu by 9:15 and the others needed arrived sometime after that. We were told waffles were a specialty, so one in the party orders that. The waffle was served naked--no butter... More 

Thank Robin F
Sebastopol, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Love eating here. Dog friendly patio in the summer months. Their fried chicken dinner on Thursday nights is fabulous. Freshly sourced food.

Thank raquel462015
Santa Rosa, California
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148 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

I had been advised by several of my Exec Chef and foodie friends that the fried chicken dinner at The Backyard was legendary. Well last night my wife and I made the trip (Thursday night is fried chicken night) and here is our take. The special was actually a three course family style feast starting with a wedge type salad... More 

Thank shakey26
Oakland, California
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221 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Not our first time here, but this time was a bit off... This is a "farm to table" place known for its fried chicken (which is good I'm told). But we ordered steak and frites (a 6 oz serving). I ordered medium rare and half was medium - the other half totally rare! LOL! We also had a salmon dish-... More 

Thank GPToak
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

We reserved at Backyard based on a recommendation from our nearby B&B (Case Ranch Inn). My wife and I were very pleased. The restaurant has a limited menu. My wife went for the carbonara. With considerable trepidation, I went for the "fried chicken" dinner. Normally I don't eat fried anything, for health reasons. The last time I had fried chicken... More 

Thank nhulberg
Sebastopol, California
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129 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

The lunch I had at backyard was well made, full of great flavors and fresh ingredients. We split the delicious onion rings - cooked in a fried chicken style that makes them crunchy and flavorful. Also split a chicken salad and the Reuben. They were very accommodating with the splitting, bringing plates and serving the sandwich in halves. I love... More 

Thank John K
Forestville, California
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Have been several times before without problems but latest visit all went down hill. Had reservations for noon on Sunday for a party of six for brunch. Arrived 10 min. before noon and not seated until 20 min after noon. First order was Bloody Mary's, told they were "OUT". Ordered wine, told they were "OUT". Ordered a second wine and... More 

Thank Mark W
Forestville, California
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

I guess I just don't eat out enough to know the going rate for semi-nice cuisine, but it surprised me that we had to pay more than $20 for entrees of fairly small portions. I appreciate the whole farm-to-table-go-local support of local food & wine producers. The food was good. Nothing to complain about. The atmosphere is fine, although it's... More 

Thank Carla G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6566 Front Street, Forestville, CA 95436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Forestville
  • Phone Number: 1+707 820-8445

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