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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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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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  • 7
    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
A must-visit

Wow - the meal was fantastic - the staff were friendly - the whole experience really couldn't have been better

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wow - the meal was fantastic - the staff were friendly - the whole experience really couldn't have been better

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This place is incredible. The food is absolutely amazing. It is a very small place and you order at the counter and it is not unusual for there to be a line 5 deep or more. It is worth the wait. The place is not fancy at all and some might even call it a "dive" but isn't that where... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 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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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
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill

Address: 1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1616
Phone Number: 650-323-4244
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
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
Average Prices: USD $5 to $10
Cuisine: Caribbean

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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 to $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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