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Backwater Grille

42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
+1 518-781-0199
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good38%
  • Average20%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible10%
4 days ago
“Good neighborhood restaurant”
29 Jun 2017
“Our "stop-over" on the way home”
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I have eaten at the Backwater Grille multiple times over the past several years since the current owners have been running it. The food is consistently good; the service is usually prompt and never uninterested; the prices are reasonable. We usually order...More

Thank Nancy O
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We timed our hunger poorly and stopped at the Backwater Bar & Grille shortly after exiting the Taconic Parkway on 295 heading towards Jiminy Peak. The food is really quite ordinary (salmon steak was almost certainly previous frozen), and I wouldn't bother with any of...More

Thank snorkelingfan46
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Our waitress was pleasant and took our order without a notepad. Not bad for a family of 4. Beers are good. If you are interested in wine, really don’t go here. The food was atrocious. Truth be told, my haddock piccata, a special, was good....More

1  Thank eustist
Reviewed 26 November 2017

The view from the restaurant is nice on Queechy Lake and the food not bad. The restaurant is outdated, but my biggest concerne is how clean can be the kitchen, hopefully not like the ladies restroom that needs a solid cleaning.

Thank Barbara-van-B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

... then eat here. Food is marginal but probably the better 'Choke n Puke' in the area. We had an alfredo dish which was doused in this heavy sauce, best to stay with the fried food. The only positive remark I can make is the...More

Thank Stuart G
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We were travelling and the reviews seemed ok, and a lake view sounded nice, so we decided to head there. As we pulled up, I wanted to turn around and go elsewhere, my husband thought it looked quaint and wanted to stay. We walked in...More

2  Thank D G
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The Backwater is right on the lake, with a "dock deck" for outdoor dining. That's really pleasant. But that's the end of the good news. The food is mediocre and the service is beyond ridiculously bad. It shouldn't take more than an hour to bring...More

Thank Welt_Bummler25
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We always try to time our ride home from our cottage in the Berkshires to Philly with either an early dinner or late lunch at the Backwater Grill on Queechy Lake. We love sitting on the deck, watching the fish, and Franklin the turtle! The...More

2  Thank Peggie W
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Food is good but building could use an upgrade. Still, enjoyable! I like that it is located right on the lake.

Thank Claire D
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Went here for mother's day with a group of 6 because we heard so many good things about the place. There was a buffet style service, with an omelette station in the middle. Seating was by reservation with specific seating times. The first thing I...More

Thank HistoryBuff13
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$23
American, Bar
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Canaan
  • Phone Number: +1 518-781-0199
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Our restaurant sits along beautiful Queechy Lake, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail or craft beer from our extensive selection and a delicious lunch or dinner entree while dinning on our docks. Our cozy tavern and quaint dinning room is always welcoming and during cooler months we always have our fireplaces glowing! On weekends we offer live music in our tavern.
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