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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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  • 127
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 4
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  • 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
Great fine dining on San Juan Island

Absolutely, by far, the best restaurant on the island. However, that's kind of like saying it's the world's tallest midget. Friday Harbor isn't known for it's five star cuisine - nor would I expect it to be. But Backdoor is a hidden gem. No really. It's hidden. I would've given it one more circle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Jim H
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New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Absolutely, by far, the best restaurant on the island. However, that's kind of like saying it's the world's tallest midget. Friday Harbor isn't known for it's five star cuisine - nor would I expect it to be. But Backdoor is a hidden gem. No really. It's hidden. I would've given it one more circle if I could have found it... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Hard to find but worth the trip. Probably the best food we had on the Island. Enjoyed a bottle and appetizers.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

On the top 3 for best places to eat in Friday Harbor. An absolute must try when traveling here. It's so romantic, tucked away in a back garden. The food is SOOO fresh and delicious, as well as the cocktails. Every islander LOVES this place.

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

This is my new favorite restaurant! I had a great apptizer and a scallop dinner. The scallops where very meaty with no sandy grit and there were quite a few!!! I was very pleased! I would recommend this place!!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a return visit from last year, and still our favorite. The faro salad was so unusual, but delicious with different combination of flavors and just right amour of dressing. The salmon was prepared with vegetables and served in a bowl, almost with Asian flair that is in keeping with their Asia/Indian/American NW menu. Good service, great food, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Beautiful outdoor garden seating and equally cute indoor seating as well. Each bite of every dish had so much flavor, unique touch, and was beautifully prepared with fresh local ingredients. Of course, the Scallops were a hit- best we’ve ever had! We also recommend the Farro Salad, Vegetarian Platter, and Tomato-Corn Soup (soup of the day). My husband loved the... More 

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Mercer Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I did hover between 3 and 4 stars on this and decided it was more average than very good. First the good - it has a really nice ambience - it's a little difficult to find but is situated in the corner of a little industrial unit area but with a lovely court entrance and open indoor seating. The food... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This restaurant came highly recommended. It was worth following the advice to eat there. The food is excellent and the dining experience is casual even though the food is upscale. I had the scallops with the rice cakes. Scrumptious! Allow yourself time, as the service was a little slow

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Wishaw,Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife and I ate here recently on our 3 day trip to Friday Harbor. Although this was the most expensive of the three dinners we had on the island it was also by far the best. We had booked and were allocated an inside table which actually wasn't a problem on the evening in question but on a beautiful... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Our party of seven had an excellent meal in Backdoor Kitchen's beautiful garden seating area. The service was warm and wonderful, as was the food. The vegan tomato soup was amazing, as were the grilled scallops and coconut cream pie. Thanks for the mui fun birthday dinner!

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
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?