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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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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (47 reviews)
“farro salad” (10 reviews)
“pork chop” (15 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant. It has a delicious, varied menu. Don't miss the chocolate cake. If it is warm enough, try to eat outside. The garden area with its table nestled in semi-secluded niches looked like a great place to dine. We ate indoors...More

Thank ManhattanFred
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Although a bit hard to find, it is well worth it. All four of us were extremely impressed with our choices, by far the best meal on the island. Very good craft cocktails, & a solid wine list.

Thank CAJ1987
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

On the recommendation of a shop owner, and some good directions, we were able to find this lovely little bistro and we're so glad we did. We were six girlfriends staying on San Juan Island. We were warmly greeted, instantly seated, and proceeded to have...More

Thank foodiegaltoo
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Our group of eight chose Backdoor Kitchen from TripAdvisor and a recommendation. We were very pleased. This is a very small restaurant; a reservation is absolutely necessary. We were well pleased with the food (the chef recommended scallops or lamb chops that evening) and the...More

Reviewed 10 May 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner for 3 :) The bar drinks were great, scallops, salad and shared birthday dessert delicious !

Thank Sooz E
Reviewed 17 October 2016

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...More

Thank mwinslow58
Reviewed 8 October 2016

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...More

Thank Anthony K
Reviewed 1 October 2016 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...More

Thank Frequentshoppergal
Reviewed 28 September 2016

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...More

Thank lauramichelleh
Reviewed 19 September 2016

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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