Around the World and to Your Plate 

As your day of exploring and taking in the beauty of the island comes to a close, there’s no better place to relax over food and drink like Backdoor Kitchen. This hidden gem really is hidden, but that makes what’s inside that much more enticing. The approach through a vacant parking lot seems off-putting until you reach the front entryway. With pleasant lighting and greenery, the gate invites you into a beautifully landscaped courtyard area perfect for an outdoor meal on a warm summer evening. Inside is a modern, well-crafted and intimate setting complete with a tucked away bar area.

For 15 years now, Lee & Sasha Hilderman have been mastering and reinventing flavors from around the world to create a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. “They travel to a new foreign destination every year and come back inspired. They cook everything fresh, with top notch ingredients,” states a former supplier.

Backdoor Kitchen’s cuisine is anything but ordinary. Adventurous? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely. With layers upon layers of flavor, you’ll find yourself trying to decipher just where in the world each comes from. If you can’t figure it out, the friendly staff or the chef’s themselves are always happy to give a bit of insight. The bar features 12 exquisite specialty cocktails, each named as they are numbered (No. 1, No. 2, etc…), as well as custom cocktails suited to fit your fancy, a small selection of beer and an elaborate wine list. Be sure to make reservations. They do get busy in the summer months...and for good reason.

All Listings

Backdoor Kitchen & Catering
400 A Street
Offers a seasonal menu, locally sourced ingredients, specialty dishes with an Asian influence. Outdoor seating available.

Blue Water Bar & Grill
7 Spring Street
Offers a variety of delicious sweet and savory baked goods.

Cask & Schooner Public House & Restaurant
1 Front Street North
Fine dining with an À la carte  gourmet menu offering local rustic cuisine.

China Pearl Restaurant / Kung Fu Pizza
51 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA
Offers a variety Asian entrees.

Coho Restaurant
120 Nichols Street
Fine dining offering island grown Pacific Cuisine with a Mediterranean flair.

Cousin Vinny's NY Pizza Cafe
365 Spring Street (Inside Paradise Lanes Bowling Alley)
Pizza and other Italian cuisine.

Downriggers Restaurant
10 Front Street
A landmark in downtown with views right on the water.  Serves Pacific NW fare food and drinks for lunch and dinner.

Duck Soup Inn
50 Duck Soup Lane
Located four miles outside of Friday Harbor,  the Inn offers fine dining in a lovely setting in the woods overlooking scenic ponds.

Friday’s Crabhouse
65 Front Street North
Views of the harbor with both indoor and outdoor seating. Offers a wide selection of seafood dishes.

Golden Triangle Thai Kitchen
42 1st St S
Delicious Thai food in a casual setting.

Haley’s Bait Shop & Grill
175 Spring Street
Sports bar and grill with great burgers and pizza. Family friendly.

Herb’s Tavern
80 1st St. N
Local tavern serving pub-fare. Great selection of burgers and beer. Live music on the weekends.

140 1st Street Ste A
Great Mexican food.  Known for their Tamales.

Hungry Clam
205 A Street
1950’s style diner known for their fish and chips. Indoor and outdoor seating with view of the harbor and the ferry line.

King’s Market Deli & Bakery
160 Spring Street
Deli located inside King’s Market offers pastries, donuts, espresso and coffee, a variety of salads and sandwiches and hot food bar.

Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant
680 Spring Street
Located inside the Best Western Hotel just a few blocks up from the ferry terminal.

Mike’s Café and Wine Bar
135 Second Street South
A street side cafe wine bar in downtown Friday Harbor serving local Northwest wines and beer with vegan tapas, style foods and appetizers.

Pier 1 Fish + Brew
1 Spring Street
Great outside location next to the ferry terminal to enjoy some fish and chips and a cold drink.

Roche Harbor Restaurants
- McMillin Dining Room
- The Madrona Bar and Grill
4950 Tarte Memorial Dr
Roche Harbor, WA
Menus emphasize specialties from  local waters and fields. Views overlooking Roche Harbor Marina. Fine dining.

San Juan Island Brewing Company
410 A Street
Local brewery with pub grub.

The Restaurant at Friday Harbor House
130 West Street
Beautiful view of the harbor and fine dining emphasizing fresh local island cuisine and seasonal specialties.

Tina’s Tacos
485 Ellsworth Street
Wonderful authentic Mexican food with daily specials.

Tops’l Sushi and Seafood Bar
1B Front Street N.
Fresh seafood and Sushi bar located above the Cask & Schooner. Has some nice views of the harbor.

Van Go’s Pizza
180 Web Street
Lunch (seasonally) and Dinner (3pm-8:30pm). A local pizza place with classic and modern pizza’s to choose from, fresh salads and delicious desserts.

Vic’s Drive-In
25 2nd Street
Not actually a drive-in. This is where the locals go for a good burger and fries. With huge menu from breakfast to dinner they have everything – burgers, sandwiches, fish, pancakes, shakes and more.

Vinny’s Ristorante
165 West Street
Offers Pacific Northwest seafood and steak along with Italian specialties.