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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
Today
11:00 am - 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: Takeout

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Generous servings of excellent food at modest prices

The review title summarizes most of the key features of Back A Yard. There was a 2012 episode of the television show “Check Please Bay Area” featuring the restaurant that re-aired recently, and as luck would have it, we happened to pass Back A Yard Caribbean Grill on the way to Los Altos, and so we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Andreas G
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Berkeley, California
Good for:
  • Takeout
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Berkeley, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The review title summarizes most of the key features of Back A Yard. There was a 2012 episode of the television show “Check Please Bay Area” featuring the restaurant that re-aired recently, and as luck would have it, we happened to pass Back A Yard Caribbean Grill on the way to Los Altos, and so we decided to stop there... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Don't be deterred by the surroundings - this place is fantastic! I was in town for business and was able to peel away from meetings with a colleague to get a quick bite. We stumbled upon this establishment and decided to give it a try. It was delicious! The chicken was marinated perfectly, the sauce was tasty and spicy, and... More 

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Milpitas, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I first learned of Back a Yard on an episode of the PBS show "Check Please!". The food looked super tasty, with ample portions. I vowed to eventually take my son and nephew there, someday. We finally made it four months later and we were delighted. This is a true hole in the wall joint, with limited seating. It is... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Holly Molly!!!! The best authentic Caribbean food ever. My boyfriend is from Puerto Rico and he was instantly in love with this place. The place is really not presentable and there is no ambiance to speak of but the food is phenomenal. We had jerk pork, fried catfish and shrimp. All I can say, what lucks in fancy decor makes... More 

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Los Altos, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We loved the food at this restaurant - it is so flavorful and has great spices. We had the curry goat dish and the oxtail dish - reminds me of my mother`s Caribbean cooking and just as good - highly recommend. The plaintains and fried dumplings are amazing!!

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Santa Clara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A small, hole in the wall place. You'll have to look for street parking. They have a few tables/chairs for maybe 20 people inside, and couple of plastic tables/chairs outside. If you come during lunch hour, expect to wait in line. Ordering is straight forward... pick from a menu written on a giant whiteboard behind the single cashier. Food is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a place to try out a local place, where if you like spicy food, can be a great eating experience. I have only been to the Menlo Park place, and it is a little hard to find. There is very limited parking, with a few parking spots in front. A small parking lot behind the place, not attached,... More 

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Bangalore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

My colleagues took me to this place, what they called " a hole in the wall" kinda place. I really loved the food. This is a basic restaurant, you order your food on the counter and the menu is all up on the board apart from the pamphlets. The jerk chicken with plantation was really good. I'd love to eat... More 

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Memphis,TN
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Great Jamaican spot in Palo Alto, good selection, friendly staff, great tasting..wish I had more time to go back for another trip. Had Jerk Chicken and Oxtail, well seasoned, extra jerk sauce on the side to 'kick it up a notch'. Enjoyed it !

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Woodside, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Far superior to the "sister" restaurant in Palo Alto. I think the food is better at this location. The highlights for me: jerk chicken, pork, plantains, collards, festivals. I wish they had the pineapple ginger drink more often!

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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: Caribbean
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?