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Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

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400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Mon 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had high hopes for this restaurant after reading other reviews. The food was decent, but nothing really that great. We sat at the bar hoping for a relaxed meal. The bartender made that nearly impossible. She was practically yelling she was talking so loud with the other guests at the bar for the entire evening. Which we would have... More 

Thank lauramichelleh
Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told about the restaurant by another guest at our B&B. We went without reservations but were able to sit on patio. Very pleasant ambiance, food very good.

Thank wksgoodbar
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good food but was difficult to locate at first but worth the effort. Service was impeccable and no wait times.

Thank Georgiana L
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, an eclectic menu and a deep understanding of each dish on the menu. The mixed drinks and wine pairings recommended by our server were also spot-on!

Thank mike c
Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful meal and delightful cocktails. I really enjoyed the savory basil martini. I had an excellent pork chop, my wife had the scallops and our daughter had the Ahi tuna, all excellent. Not heavy prep, but sort of a healthy flavorful almost light prep. Only complaint was service was attentive but slow, like maybe the kitchen had trouble keeping up.... More 

Thank Mark M
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place was so excellent on all fronts. The salads were huge and so delicious. The entrees were all superb: my husband had the pork chop and it was tender and flavorful. I had the salmon and it was moist and delicious. My girlfriend ordered the scallops and raved about them. All the entrees were quite large but nobody wanted... More 

Thank bike-n-ski
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing setting and fantastic food! We ate at a number of highly rated restaurants during our week in Friday Harbor but this was THE BEST. We had the corn masa appetizer - DELISH. My wife got the Mediterranean salad and devoured it as did I with the Local greens. Not your average bland salad and better than all precious ramped... More 

Thank Todd M
Miami, FL
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

It is a highly rated restaurant but we were disappointed. The staff was attentive and helpful but the quality of the food left much to desire. The fish was dripping in butter with no evidence of seasoning or attention to the quality.

Thank Michael F
Panama City Beach, Florida
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131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

The location is a bit hard to find! It is in a manufacturing/business park. Interesting menu. Food Flavors were great together! Get the cheese on the appetizer menu! It is fantastic. The grapes help to make the flavor! We also got the seared scallops and they were excellent. The sticky rice meatballs also delicious! Very unique with all types of... More 

Thank Wendy32413
Mesa, Arizona
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We have wanted to try this hidden away restaurant on the island for awhile now. We thought this would be a nice occasion to Try it. We called ahead for reservations. I have to say we were disappointed to be seated in the bar instead of the dining room for dinner. The food was wonderful! I had the lamb and... More 

Thank Teresa D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
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
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

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