Fodor's Expert Review Backdoor Kitchen

$$$ San Juan Island Eclectic Fodor's Choice

This local favorite has become well-known beyond the San Juans, thanks to the stellar service and inventive, globally inspired cuisine and craft cocktails. As the name might indicate, it's a bit hard to find, tucked in an elegant courtyard a few blocks uphill from the water. Star dishes include pan-seared scallops with ginger-sake beurre blanc, and pork chops topped with a poblano–goat cheese sauce and served with caramelized onions and smoked bacon. Local greens and produce are used often, and the Northwest-heavy wine list cements the Backdoor's status as a regional gem. Backdoor serves dinner only except for its popular "noodle bowl Monday" lunches.

Eclectic Trendy Dinner Fodor's Choice Lunch $$$

Quick Facts

400b A St.
Friday Harbor, Washington  98250, USA


Known For:
  • "noodle Bowl Monday" lunch specials
  • Some of the best pan-Asian dishes on the island
  • Relaxing and scenic outdoor dining in a landscaped courtyard
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Tues. and additional days in winter; call off-season. No lunch except Mon., Closed Mon., Tues., and additional days in winter; call off-season. No lunch Tues.–Sun.

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