We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
Improve this listing
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Mon 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 207 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 140
  • 45
    Very good
  • 15
  • 4
  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
The food was awsesome

We enjoyed a wonderful date night and we loved the food and service. We will definitely be going back again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Friday Harbor, Washington
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

207 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Friday Harbor, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful date night and we loved the food and service. We will definitely be going back again.

Friday Harbor, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Noodle bowl Mondays :) My favorite day of the week, Visit with friends and family. Yummy noodles and all varities.

Thank raddy54
The Sea Ranch, California
Level Contributor
51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We had dinner at the backdoor kitchen on a recent Sunday evening. Our B&B hosts gave us clear directions and a map; we would have had trouble locating the "Backdoor" otherwise. This was the best meal we had on our week-long trip to Vancouver, BC, and Friday Harbor, WA. My wife and I both ordered the signature sea scallops entree.... More 

Thank Ashley25NorCal
Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Amazing food! Service was friendly, food was light but filling, great vegetarian options and relaxing ambience.

Thank Priancaj17
North Wales
Level Contributor
40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Cosy indoors and plenty of outside tables when the weather is kinder. Excellent food, great service and good wine list. Recommend the lamb chops!

Thank homerNorthWales
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant many times over the years. We had a meal there with some friends about 2 weeks ago and the place was so noisy, that you couldn't speak to the person next to you without shouting. The food is great, but the acoustics are terrible. They need to do something about the noise factor,... More 

1 Thank Bojorquez
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We loved this place. Friendly atmosphere, yet not crossing the line of being too friendly. Fine service, great patio,overall, tastefully done. The food was very good and fresh. On the pricier side, but still well worth it. Four adults and one child walked away happy, and that's a rare occasion. It is tucked away, so not that easy to find.... More 

Thank BorodBorod
Lodi, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Have eaten dinner here several times. Always a highlight of my trip. There is always a nice mix of locals and visitors--sign of a GOOD eating establishment!

Thank Judith P
Port Angeles, Washington, United States
Level Contributor
156 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

On our first trip to Friday Harbor - we always ask locals for food options. Our hotel recommended Backdoor for dinner. We made a reservation (necessary), and had dinner in the bar area. The place is small and welcoming throughout, with a nice outside seating area. We chose to eat in the bar because it was more quiet and comfortable... More 

Thank DNWA
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I think I was there for dinner with 4 people.....everyone " signalled" thumbs up for their soup and salads... Everyone's entrees were delicious ....Scallops....Lamb Chops....Pork chop....all excellent. However, I was 6 inches (that's right inches) from my dinner guests and could not hear a word they said the whole dinner....it was so loud in the dining room....I thought I was... More 

Thank Robert C

Travelers who viewed Backdoor Kitchen & Catering also viewed

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Been to Backdoor Kitchen & Catering? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

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: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic


Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Backdoor Kitchen & Catering and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Backdoor Kitchen & Catering staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?