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Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

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400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
360-378-9540
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent dining

Backdoor Kitchen is an excellent choice. We had the pan seared sea scallops and the East Indian vegetarian platter. Both were cooked to perfection. The wine list had numerous choices for bottles as well as by the glass. The service was excellent. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Lynn F
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Marlboro, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Backdoor Kitchen is an excellent choice. We had the pan seared sea scallops and the East Indian vegetarian platter. Both were cooked to perfection. The wine list had numerous choices for bottles as well as by the glass. The service was excellent. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. This restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are a must... More 

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Denver
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I love this out of the way, hidden, no sign... that kind of place... culinary haven of excellence. Charming atmosphere inside and out. The outside gardens are something out of a dream or a movie... charming and authentic and delightful at the same time. Then there are the cocktails. I had a ginger martini that I wish I could find,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent meal here, Vietnamese pork meatballs, scallops with rice cakes and a panna cotta with mascarpone and fruit compote. The spicing is very creative and the dishes very flavourful. We would have gone straight back if the restaurant had not been closed the next two days.it is not in the main area of town but is only... More 

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Claremont, California
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was hard to find this place but what a great little restaurant. All the dinner selections are delicious and the wait staff are very friendly. All 8 of us loved our meals and could not stop talking about the place.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We loved our meal here. Pork chop was one of the best I've ever had. Terrific margaritas and many wonderful, innovative drinks and dishes. Highly recommended. Great charming backyard ambiance.

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We had dinner here one night, the food was great but very expensive for the setting.. Average setting and very slow service but good food.

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Croton on Hudson, New York
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited this restaurant last June on advice from our B+B and reviews. We experienced the same thing that others have complained about. We had a 7PM reservation, and thought the place was largely empty, that tried to sit us at the bar table mentioned by others. We refused and they did move us. They have a great cocktail menu.—... More 

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Minneapolis
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This was recommended by a local, so we couldn't pass it up. It was Noodle Monday for lunch and the place was a zoo. Understanding how to get your meal was a challenge, but we got through it. You order in the kitchen both food and drink. Foodwise they offered noodles with Pork, Mahi-mahi, Beef, Chicken, and Tofu. We got... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were really looking forward to a special evening. After reading the reviews, I noticed lately some poor reviews, but every one has a bad night once in awhile. I'm sorry to say, for this restaurant, the string continues. We arrived a bit early for our reservation, so we were seated promptly. From there it went downhill. We were enjoying... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

If I were reviewing on the food alone, the Backdoor Kitchen would rate five stars. The seared scallops and rice cakes were fabulous. However, like other reviewers I experienced poor customer service. We made reservations. When we arrived and checked in, we asked if we could have outdoor seating - there were several tables open in the outdoor dining area.... More 

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Additional Information about Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

Address: 400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
Phone Number: 360-378-9540
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: 360-378-9540

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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