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Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

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400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
Mon 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Springfield, Virginia
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ate here with Aaron's Photo tours. We pulled up in what looked like an industrial area and were a bit puzzled until we walked down a short path and into the garden. Open air fine dining at it's best. Excellent seafood, great vegetarian options and outstanding service. Highly recommended.

Thank mwinslow58
Rochester, New York
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I recently had dinner here. She had the Indian dinner that was very good and I had the perfectly cooked pork chop. Our only complaint was with the service. There were only two people working the dinning area and the bar. There was also a group of ten at another table. I felt that we were forgotten... More 

Thank Anthony K
Alpharetta, Georgia
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is tucked back in an industrial area- not a location one would accidentally stumble upon. The food and wine selections were fine. We were very surprised that they use paper napkins- unusual for a fine dining establishment. We were displeased with the timing of our entree-we had specifically requested a nice break between appetizer and entree only to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks 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 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?