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Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill

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1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1616
650-323-4244
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Hole in the wall

This is not a fancy place and a little difficult to find. Also, parking is a bit of challenge. However, the food is excellent. This location is better than the location in San Jose and the San Jose location is very good. The food is a bit more authentic tasting at this location. This is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
Carmen D
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Indianapolis, IN
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Indianapolis, IN
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is not a fancy place and a little difficult to find. Also, parking is a bit of challenge. However, the food is excellent. This location is better than the location in San Jose and the San Jose location is very good. The food is a bit more authentic tasting at this location. This is a carryout restaurant. Please don't... More 

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Thank Carmen D
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Don't let the less fancy location in Menlo Park deceive you, our jerked chicken takeout meals hit the mark and were beautifully balanced by the plantain, rice and beans and a nice salad. I have not had such a pleasant surprise in a while. Perfectly spiced, ample portions, delightful combinations. And, we are not the only ones to figure this... More 

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Thank Bleacherdad
Menlo Park, California
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175 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Good Caribbean food in East Menlo Park. Highly recommend the fried catfish filet or the jerk salmon. Not a lot of seating, so I recommend takeout.

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Thank rzsandoval
Menlo Park, California
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I know everybody likes to have a "hole in the wall" restaurant up their sleeve. The implication is that you "discovered" the place. If the food happens to be good and the prices reasonable, YOU seem like a genius just for finding it. Back A Yard' is one of those places, in spades. The food is wonderful--I think it's one... More 

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Thank BFrymire
Menlo Park, California
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It's in th middle of no where, but th food is good n th price is right. Th jerky is very tasty, th corn bread was warm n good, greens was spicy. N make sure u get some Jamaican beer.

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Thank Sam W
Menlo Park, California
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166 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place is honestly small - like 4 tables - and isn't in a nice part of town - but it's in the rapidly gentrifying part of Menlo Park near Facebook. It's a true mom and pop, and everything has a true taste of the islands. You should only get a plate, which has a salad and dirty rice, and... More 

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Thank bbulkow
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Stopped by here for lunch and ordered the Jerk Chicken, and to my surprise it was very good, it was 4 pieces of chicken, some rice, fried plantain, and a salad. They have a good selection of food and next time I go there I'll have to try something different. The staff there are very friendly. It is a small... More 

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Thank ron p
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I ordered rib and my husband ordered jerk chicken! Both where amazing! OMG, I am writing and my mouth is watering remembering this food! the only down side is their bad tables, small and old place! may be thats why most people order take out!

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Thank Laadan
Menlo Park, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. It's my favorite take out in town. Jerk salmon, pork, wings. All delicious. Corn festivals are a must have.

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Thank Jacqui C
Menlo Park, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We always take-out. Yum. Order extra plantains. My husband doesn't use the sauce because the chicken is so flavorful; I get the salmon equally as flavorful but the sauce is wonderful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: 650-323-4244

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Jamaican, Caribbean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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