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The Backyard

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6566 Front St, Forestville, CA 95436
1+707 820-8445
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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66 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner at 6 pm and enjoyed the local musician. Service was friendly and the signature fried chicken was quite good - very generous portion size. The low ceiling and hard surfaces make the room quite noisy and our dining experience was marred by several children running loose through the restaurant.

Thank Freqflye
Forestville, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eclectic (if a bit too noisy) ambiance and cuisine, very local farm-to-table and chef-owned. Great personable service - particularly the young hostess - and LOVE the fried chicken dinner and its seasonally-changing accompaniments!

Thank lynnkira
Shelburne Falls, MA
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

Omg! Gotta go there! The gumbo was practically a religious experience! The salad dressing was perfect, lemony perfect. Friendly staff. Lovely space. I was impressed. Wish I could just eat there everyday! Total yum!

Thank Sara C
Forestville, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Enjoyed lunch with a friend yesterday. She had the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, and I had the smoked portobello mushroom reuben sandwich. Both were very good. The potato salad side, and the beet/carrot ferment was good also! The only thing that consistently bothers me about the place is the poor acoustics....generally very loud and hard to have a conversation. The... More 

Thank ShawnaLeah
Forestville, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Have been there for lunch and dinner. Never had a bad experience, no matter how busy they were. Friendly staff.

Thank Jim S
Oakland, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

The Backyard is always a treat. The food is delicious, organic and local. The service is friendly and professional. I'm not a wine drinker but my friend was helped in picking out a stellar choice. In warm weather the front patio garden is the place to be. Salads made with local lettuces and produce can't be beat.

Thank John O
San Francisco, California
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2017

We shared a bunch of appetizers. The kale salad had a creamy dressing that was delicious as well as light - hard to do with a creamy dressing. The food was scrumptious and fresh, and it was nice to know most of it was sourced locally. The cheeses were off the charts, and the bread (from nearby Nightingale Bread) was... More 

Thank Lisa H
Chicago, IL
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5 reviews
Reviewed January 6, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, including the terrific local Barbera wine. The place has a very friendly vibe--nice people seated beside us made thoughtful recommendations of what they were enjoying. The waiter was more than helpful, and they didn't rush us in the least. The fried chicken really was outstanding. The steak was super-tasty. Only thing that didn't quite make... More 

Thank Nickbarkin
Forestville, California
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

I had the pork, it was sliced thin, good but not fantastic, not a big serving but enough. I heard the quail was good, I will probably try that if I ever go back there.

Thank rubicon
Windsor, California
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212 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2016

We met our friends for dinner here and thought it was a cute restaurant bustling with a lot of energy. But, it was too much energy. We were seated in the corner, which was fine because we thought the sound would be buffeted. And, still the noise level traveled and bounced all over the place. We couldn't hear each other.... More 

Thank Diane H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6566 Front St, Forestville, CA 95436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Forestville
  • Phone Number: 1+707 820-8445

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