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Backwater Grille

42 Queechy Lake Drive, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Canaan
Price range: $2 - $23
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: 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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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great seating inside or out at Queechy Lake. We ordered eggplant parmesan and small mixed salad. The salad was generous and delicious with no iceberg lettuce. However the eggplant parmessan was disappointing! Frozen precooked breaded eggplant wasn't even left in the fryer long enough to crisp rendering it mushy. Worse, the marinara sauce was not even homemade! At a $16.99... More 

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New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stopped here for lunch on a road trip. It doesn't look like much by the side of the road, but we had a great lunch. Food was good and the service was even better - very pleasant. Plan to go back next time I'm in the area.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We stopped by the Backwater Grille on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. We had baked stuffed haddock that was delicious. The salmon was fantastic also. Apps of scallops wrapped in bacon and bruschetta were cooked to perfection. Wait staff very attentive friendly and efficient. After our wonderful lunch management offered a complimentary Pontoon boat ride on the lake. An absolutely... More 

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Chicago, IL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

What a great spot! We made a detour off the highway for an early lunch at this charming restaurant/bar in a very rural location! The waitress was so friendly, but not overly attentive. We had a fantastic view of the water while we waited for our lunch. I had a fantastic grilled chicken sandwich and my daughter had one of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Visited May 16, 2014. Thoroughly enjoyed clam chowder soup (best out of approx. a dozen sampled throughout US, including Cape Cod and L.A.) and excellent wait staff service. Also very good - hamburger and salad. Location delightful, lakeside with a nice view. Friday night, cozy live music. Very reasonable prices. A definite find, deserving of future visits.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stopped in on a Friday night before Memorial Day weekend. No reservations but we were seated immediately. Nice view of the lake and a great waitress. Pasta dish my wife had was super and I enjoyed my "chicken fried pork tenderloin" Nice atmosphere and tempting menu. Prices are very fair and portions generous. Only word of caution, be careful about... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Stopped in one night for dinner and sat at the bar. Lots of friendly locals. Had a great burger and some local beer. Must be nice in the summer as they have tables outside on a deck. There is a good size dining room also. Parking seems to be an issue

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Worcester, MA
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This was our second of many to come visits, our first visit was during Labor Day weekend and we were so impressed that we stopped for lunch on our way to our second home in the Catskill Mountains. Both times we were seated promptly and our server came over and introduced herself to us. On both visits our food had... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Stopped by here for lunch just to relax on the lake. It's just that relaxing. Most people come here to drink as well so the atmosphere is mellow and friendly. You can sit outside at picnic tables right on the lake with drinks or food or eat inside in a rustic atmosphere that is complete with nostalgic memorabilia. I love... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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76 reviews 76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My wife and I had lunch here last week and were happily surprised. We had eaten here a couple of years ago (once for lunch and another time, dinner) and decided not to go back. However, armed with a $10 Restaurant.com coupon and a desire to lunch al fresco, on an absolutely beautiful day, we headed to the Backwater Grille... More 

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Additional Information about Backwater Grille

Address: 42 Queechy Lake Drive, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
Phone Number: 1-518-781-0199
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Canaan
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 23
Cuisine: American

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