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Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
+1 360-378-9540
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“scallops” (43 reviews)
“farro salad” (9 reviews)
“pork chop” (14 reviews)
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400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
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Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

For your understanding of my review I think it is fair to begin by stating the we also ate at ThePlace, Coho, and Vinny's. Honestly, my boyfriend and I consider ourselves foodies and have dined in some of the best restaurants in the country (French...More

1  Thank hldlovesthesun
Reviewed 12 August 2015

This tucked away gem is a little hard to find the first time, but it's charm and delicious food is well worth seeking out. Start with a hand crafted cocktail, Ginger Lemon Drop :) I had the fish of the day which was melt in...More

Thank Angela b
Reviewed 11 August 2015

we spent 15 minutes looking for this hidden place, but the great food, the vibrant atmosphere and the friendly service made it worth while. They have unique cocktails and Asian flavored dishes. Everything tasted great, and we had a a lot of fun. If you...More

Thank עמי מ
Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

We made a last minute choice to visit Backdoor Kitchen, and once we found it, were very pleased! We had the Corn Masa Cake to start, pork chop and sautéed scallops for our main, and coconut cream pie for dessert. They were all fantastic! The...More

Thank Jeff F
Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

Amazing atmosphere, friendly service, great drink selection, fresh fish, creative menu. We LOVED the coconut mushroom soup (best soup ever), pork meatballs, scallops and the coconut cream pie were all a home run! For the price, also the most reasonable on the island for the...More

Thank LAcameron29
Reviewed 9 August 2015

Don't miss this gem hidden just a couple blocks from the ferry dock. Looking at it you wouldn't go in. GO IN!!! It's in an industrial park but that's the end of the 'industrial' part. Locals loathe that visitors find it because the latter takes...More

Thank AirWavesC42MKII
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Backdoor Kitchen is an excellent choice. We had the pan seared sea scallops and the East Indian vegetarian platter. Both were cooked to perfection. The wine list had numerous choices for bottles as well as by the glass. The service was excellent. The staff was...More

Thank Lynn F
Reviewed 30 July 2015

I love this out of the way, hidden, no sign... that kind of place... culinary haven of excellence. Charming atmosphere inside and out. The outside gardens are something out of a dream or a movie... charming and authentic and delightful at the same time. Then...More

Thank Carrie Louise D
Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

We had an excellent meal here, Vietnamese pork meatballs, scallops with rice cakes and a panna cotta with mascarpone and fruit compote. The spicing is very creative and the dishes very flavourful. We would have gone straight back if the restaurant had not been closed...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 25 July 2015

It was hard to find this place but what a great little restaurant. All the dinner selections are delicious and the wait staff are very friendly. All 8 of us loved our meals and could not stop talking about the place.

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Hi I have 8 people coming to Friday harbor in August. We are staying at three coves and wondered if you can cater a clam boil,bake or something of that nature for us. Thanks Chrisy Meares 7194401028
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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: +1 360-378-9540
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