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Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill

1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1616
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Ranked #13 of 119 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Price range: $5 - $10
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Takeout
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Dining options: Takeout
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English first
Santa Clara, California
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6 reviews 6 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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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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37 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 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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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The atmosphere was great, very Caribbean. Food was excellent. I had fish with plantains and rice. Full of flavor, good mix of spices. Prices are good. I paid $13 for my meal.

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Palo Alto, California
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541 reviews 541 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Hold on to your coconuts, this place just might blow your taste buds. It is just so delicious. And unique. The food is spicy but not overly so, and so well-balanced with the cinnamony rice and beans, and the sticky-sweet plantains. And the salad, while certainly not the star, is a welcome and fresh addition to everything else on the... More

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Porterville, California
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186 reviews 186 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I was thrilled to find this place, I thought, and got meat patties to go. OMG, they were nasty. No flavor and the texture was like that of potted meat. I was so disappointed.

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Redwood City, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

not bad... enjoy... I only had a burger salad (I'm GF & don't do spicy) and a side of Plantains!! YUM :)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

It was my first time to eat caribbean/jamaican, but i really liked the jerk chicken and the rice/beans. It was not spicy though which i didnt like. The jerk chicken was very tender and the rice/beans had a coconut flavor which was really good. Did not like fried plantains or the corn festival. Its a small restaurant, you really have... More

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