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Backwater Grille

42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
+1 518-781-0199
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  • Excellent19%
  • Very good38%
  • Average21%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible8%
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“french fries” (4 reviews)
“burgers” (6 reviews)
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
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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

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

1  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
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We have been here three times now with wonderful food and service. Once was for the Thanksgiving buffet which was wonderful. Last week we went and I had a corned beef reuben. It was loaded with meat and instead of sauerkraut they put a homemade...More

Thank massm
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I like to sit outside by the water in the summer but inside is always nice too. Lots of delicious menu items to choose from. I like the Stromboli quite a bit. Good portion size.

Thank TheDonWill M
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

A pleasant, congenial place to have dinner. Nothing sophisticated. Just good food (I had a crock of French Onion Soup and a tasty BBQ Burger). The service at the bar was friendly. Did not feel rushed. Just a nice, relaxing dinner with some live music...More

Thank Henry L
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a casual place, but you can find tables in the bar, next to the fire, or in a lovely room of books and decorations... many with a view of the water. There's live music in the evening and you can choose to dine...More

Thank Kim M
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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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