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Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill

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1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1616
+1 650-323-4244
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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menlo park
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A true hole-in-the-wall establishment we very flavorful jerk chicken and curry goat. The corn bread is homey and goes well with the meats. Not a lot of seating and parking can be tricky, but worth the trip.

Thank mpjoe
Winter Haven, Florida
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Food was ok. Nothing to shout about. Will try it again for breakfast one Saturday. Prices were ok. Not over priced.

Thank spanishtn
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place is right off the highway and it's not a place where you can enjoy and eat (although there is a small seating area), but the food is great. Best to do take out. It's also good for party order. Very family friendly. With Facebook down the street now, I bet they are a lot more crowded. So timing... More 

Thank ishikyo
Menlo Park, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have been here a total of once. We ordered a wide variety and brought kids. It is a bit of a dive but the jerk chicken is awesome. I took my kids, my wife, and my father in law. Next time - order it for pick up so the kids dont have to wait.

Thank Peter A
Menlo Park, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I used Back A Yard to cater a portion of a holiday party in December. Very good quality and on time delivery. Highly recommend them

Thank Laurieah
Mountain View, California
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Finally got a chance to eat at Back-A-Yard, it is worth all the hype! This is a hole-in-a-wall, less than 10 tables inside the store and 2 or 3 more outside. There was not a long line when we went but there definitely was a wait for tables. It's a small establishment, you order at the counter then you go... More 

Thank hukasdivers
Redwood City, CA
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163 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Small, but large in quality. It's no wonder so many people flock to this little place in a not too great area. Large portions of well prepared food. Lots of variety from jerk chicken to curried goat. Only a few tables, but also great for take away.

Thank 1ajf
Indianapolis, IN
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

This is not a fancy place and a little difficult to find. Also, parking is a bit of challenge. However, the food is excellent. This location is better than the location in San Jose and the San Jose location is very good. The food is a bit more authentic tasting at this location. This is a carryout restaurant. Please don't... More 

Thank Carmen D
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Don't let the less fancy location in Menlo Park deceive you, our jerked chicken takeout meals hit the mark and were beautifully balanced by the plantain, rice and beans and a nice salad. I have not had such a pleasant surprise in a while. Perfectly spiced, ample portions, delightful combinations. And, we are not the only ones to figure this... More 

Thank Bleacherdad
Menlo Park, California
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260 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

Good Caribbean food in East Menlo Park. Highly recommend the fried catfish filet or the jerk salmon. Not a lot of seating, so I recommend takeout.

Thank rzsandoval

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: +1 650-323-4244

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