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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: Lunch, Takeout

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  • 11
    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
Excellent Food

Absolutely delicious Caribbean food! And those portions! Everything here is absolutely amazing my favs are: the ox tail, goat stew(only on specific days) and their corn festivalz is kinda addictive, you wouldn't be able to stop. Very low key kinda place (reminds me of the bbq place form... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Tamara F
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Absolutely delicious Caribbean food! And those portions! Everything here is absolutely amazing my favs are: the ox tail, goat stew(only on specific days) and their corn festivalz is kinda addictive, you wouldn't be able to stop. Very low key kinda place (reminds me of the bbq place form House Of Cards) small humble place. The service is always friendly and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

What an amazing find! We tried the jerk chicken dinner for $9.95 and it was spectacular. It's served with four pieces of chicken, fried plantains, salad and brown rice. OMG we'll be back!

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Berkeley, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?