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Back A Yard

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$$ - $$$
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80 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-1206
+1 408-294-8626
Mon - Thu 04:30 - 08:30
11:00 - 02:30
Fri 11:00 - 09:00
Sat 12:00 - 09:00
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San Jose, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was very impressed by the great food and service. I tried the barbecue chicken and ribs and ordered extra jerk sauce which was delicious. I should have order the jerk chicken and rice dish with plantings as well. Highly recommended.

Thank Rachel P
Santa Barbara, CA/Dallas, TX
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290 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered the jerk chicken and it came with fried plantains and rice and beans on the side. Loved the fried plantains! I wanted to order another side of them, they were so good. The chicken was good but a little greasy.

Thank NicoleHT
Monterey, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I have typically liked jerk chicken in the past but have never had it at Back a yard. Both my husband and I thought it was a little dry and kind of plain. The night we went service was very disorganized and they ran out of silverware. The person who took our order did not even make eye contact or... More 

Thank Colette M
San Francisco, California
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215 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

For under $11 for lunch, their "Jerked Chicken" is a good deal. It comes with a half and half (dark and white meat with huge servings), salad, rice and a side of banana plantains. It was good. Lunch here gets packed, but they move the lines quickly. I've been to their other location in Menlo Park, but this location in... More 

Thank Edwin R
Walnut, California
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134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This restaurant is a short walk from the Tech Museum in Downtown San Jose. It offered a variety of Caribbean and American Food. The restaurant is a counter ordering and food delivery to the table type operation, not ordering at the table. I had the fried catfish fillet with coleslaw and French fires. The fillet was good. The meat was... More 

Thank Francis P
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I have been here before the food was okay mainly the food was fresh the service us always horrible but you can taste that the food was fresh of the grill my last visit was extremely disappointing I ordered the Jerk pork sandwich which was unbearable to hot my mouth was literally on fire the chicken tasted like it was... More 

Thank Ann W
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent the rice and peas was great the jerk chicken was delicious however the was unbelievably long it took over and hour the food was made to oder but it was worth the wait the chicken was definitely fresh off the grill succulent tender not greasy very healthy a bit spicy but overall good food

Thank Ann W
Maineville, Ohio
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

My husband and I went to Back a Yard while I was visiting San Jose for a conference. I had the curry chicken and oxtail combination with fried plantains. The food was great. The service was great. I highly recommend giving this restaurant a try.

Thank kljones07
Minneapolis, United States
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I went to Back a Yard with a friend and just loved the food. I had the jerk chicken, oxtail combo and it was yummy! It takes a while for the food to be served, which is the only negative point about this place.. The place isn't busy, but they take forever to get you the food... Service isn't the... More 

Thank Gayani S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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536 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This place is hopping on a Saturday night. You order at the counter and then try to find a place to sit. It actually works pretty well. The food was very good. I had the jerk salmon. The flavor was outstanding. My wife had the the fried catfish. Delicate and tasty. Overall a great experience. This place was recommended to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Jamaican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
04:30 - 08:30
11:00 - 02:30
04:30 - 08:30
11:00 - 02:30
04:30 - 08:30
11:00 - 02:30
04:30 - 08:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 09:00
12:00 - 09:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-1206
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-294-8626

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