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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
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 - 14:30
Wed - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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150 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 !!

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 

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Thank Jeff F
San Antonio, Texas
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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!

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Thank LAcameron29
Friday Harbor, Washington
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110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank AirWavesC42MKII
Marlboro, New Jersey
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Lynn F
Denver
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

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Thank Anthony B
Claremont, California
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189 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

We loved our meal here. Pork chop was one of the best I've ever had. Terrific margaritas and many wonderful, innovative drinks and dishes. Highly recommended. Great charming backyard ambiance.

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Thank Alex L
Portland, Oregon
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

We had dinner here one night, the food was great but very expensive for the setting.. Average setting and very slow service but good food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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?