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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
Asheville
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We ate here a little over two years ago and it was on our list of places to visit again when we returned this time. This is a hidden little gem, quaint, with creatively imagined dishes. Definitely a place for foodies to make an effort to get to when coming to the island. The only thing missing this time around... More

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Everything from atmosphere to the food was amazing!! I had an Indian Vegetarian dish it was so good, my husband his dish of scallops also so good, you could tell bc nothing was left on our plate.

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Seattle
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We recently visited the Back Door Kitchen for dinner. This place is a "must" on every Friday Harbor visit for us. This visit was no exception, and everything was fabulous. The hidden location is kind of tricky the first time, but once you find it, it's easy. It's just behind the ferry overflow parking lot 'C' and the big yellow... More

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Paauilo, Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My first clue to the dinner's level of excellence was the freshly baked bread from the Backdoor Kitchen's ovens. But the adventurous combinations of ingredients and flavors of the East Indian vegetarian selections and the Vietnamese crispy duck and prawns were the clincher. We were amazed and delighted at both service (we were seated immediately for a Sunday evening dinner... More

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Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We ate outside on a balmy summer evening, it was very busy so we started things off with a nice bottle of California Zinfandel before ordering. Our entrees were tasty. Two of us had the New York Steak served over mashed potatoes, it was perfect and the potatoes were very tasty with a nice touch of garlic. Our friends had... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Only on Monday's in the summer season does this restaurant offer a noodle bowl lunch. This dish is more like a salad than a soup. Chilled rice noodles in a ginger, vinegary broth with finely cut vegetables and choice of proteins or not. We arrived at 11:30 am to eat in time to make a whale tour. Judging from the... More

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Atlanta
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This place served us the best meal of our trip. The cocktails were excellent and the food amazing! Sea scallops were mouth watering and the fish of the day was enjoyed by my husband. A little bit hard to find and doesn't look like anything great from the street. Trust me - go in! Beautiful bamboo patio and excellent service.... More

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Redding, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

We heard it was hard to find but we just asked a local store and it was easy after that. Garden setting with tables outside. We made a late reservation so sat inside. It was nice, small and quaint. Good food too. I had the scallops and they were wonderful. The waiter was a little scattered, forgot our water and... More

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Irvine, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The edgy location got my attention . After walking through the warehouse parking lot, we found the patio entrance to be romantic and inviting. From here it quickly went down hill. We arrived without reservations however the place was nearly empty as it was around 6 pm. When we advised the hostess we didn't have reservations and if we could... More

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Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

As other reviewers have stated, it's a little hard to find. You park in what appears to be an industrial parking lot but off in the corner is the "backdoor" to the restaurant. It has two seating areas. The inside is a little noisy, and while the outside is quieter and has a beautiful landscaped area; it can get cold... More

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