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Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
360-378-9540
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Yakima, Washington
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Living up to its name, the Backdoor Kitchen is indeed at the back of the street. It's a gem! I had their soup of the day, ahi tuna and vegetarian platter. All were divine! The staff was awesome. We were the last to leave the restaurant but the staff remained pretty nice about it. Would totally recommend this to everyone.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You would never expect to find a gem like this, hidden behind an industrial-looking area...but go around the corner and you walk through a garden area with outdoor seating. Nice menu of creative small plates and entrees, with some international fusion - we had a fabulous meal, with attentive service, and the bonus of a jazz guitarist on the night... More

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Edmonds, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

...but well worth it! The weather allowed for outdoor seting in the beautiful gardens, prepare to be buzzed by hummingbirds. The place is spendy, food is expensive all over the islands, even more so here. This was well worth the price! The vegetarian East Indian platter was to die for, the feta cheese wrapped grape leaves should not be missed,... More

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Friday Harbor
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You'll need to ask locals to find this restaurant located a few blocks from the ferry over-load parking lot. I heard great things about it so on my 56th birthday my partner Fred took me and a couple of friends. I had extremely high expectations so that might be why I was a little let down. The salmon special I... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I give this restaurant one star because I couldnt't five it no stars. We went into an empty restaurant and the manager was going to take us into the bar area. I asked for a table in the main dining area and she said they were all reserved!! I have eaten in a number of restaurants around the world but... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a great out of the way place with a really interesting take on the food served. If you are looking for a place with a view, this is not it. But if you want incredible food and drinks, we would highly recommend Backdoor Kitchen. This was our first visit to Friday Harbor, and this restaurant topped off the... More

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Kirkland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I've visited Backdoor Kitchen on a number of visits to Friday Harbor and I'm always impressed with the originality of the food and drink menu, the quality of the food and the personalized service. There's no option on the island that lives up to the consistency and excellence of Backdoor Kitchen.

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Lakebay, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Found this in the guidebook or never would have known about it. A bit pricy but unique and well worth seeking it out. Seemed like only locals there.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Hard to find, but worth the search. Great outdoor courtyard. Interesting and creative menu. Asian influences.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Fresh food, creative menu, friendly staff. Nice ambiance, especially when the weather is good and you can eat at an outside table. But no need to wait for Spring/Summer; well worth the expense any time of year. One of two truly excellent restaurants on the island.

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