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1052 East Main St., Washington, NC
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Outstanding laid back restaurant with Tiki bar and entertainment on the...
Outstanding laid back restaurant with Tiki bar and entertainment on the water.
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Washington's local "juke" joint! Good food, good music (if you are lucky to be there for that), excellent staff.

Great hamburgers, beautiful sunsets on the river, ambience like no where else. Lotsa regulars; it is the local hangout with live entertainment most weekends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Isabel F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great hamburgers, beautiful sunsets on the river, ambience like no where else. Lotsa regulars; it is the local hangout with live entertainment most weekends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love, love, love the Buffalo Shrimp Quesadilla at Backwater Jack's. I know summer is truly on its way when the great ladies of Backwater Jacks have opened for the season!! This dish has just the right amount of heat and with a little help from sour cream and a few jalapeno peppers, its just right. Of course it helps... More 

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Washington, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

If you need to feel like you are back at one of your favorite beach restaurants with some tropical flavors, then you need to visit Backwater Jacks. But don't get in a hurry, because they function on Island Time and are proud of it. Come in for a good time, a cold beverage and meet your friends. Local bands are... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

At the suggestion of the river roving interpreter we had the pleasure of spending part of the afternoon with, my husband and I went to this eatery on the river. We enjoyed looking out over the water while we ate spectacular food--we ordered appetizers and drinks (their loaded fries are to die for!!). The service was GREAT--really fast--and the servers... More 

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Lake-Gaston
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31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Nothing special here Edith the food but the beer is cold and the atmosphere is good. Just keep your expectations of the kitchen minimal and you won't be disappointed.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Always a good place to stop and get a bit. Wish they had more of a selection of seafood but the beer is cold, and what food they have is very good. Good place to gather with friends and you can catch some live music on Friday & Saturday nights. Many choices on the menu burgers to seafood. I like... More 

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wichita
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14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

On recommendation from locals visited for lunch. It is located next to a city dock so you can see boats coming and going. The decor is nothing to brag about but it is reminiscent of some of the joints you might find in key west. I don't mean this to sound negative as the overall ambiance is positive and relaxing.... More 

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Bath NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Backwater Jacks with its water view and colorful atmosphere is amplified by its great fried shrimp. Wow, yum!!

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Greenville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stumbled on this place and it has quickly become a favorite. The food is very good, the service is awesome and the location is fabulous. We were pleasantly surprised at the portion size. It was really a lot of fun to read the signs on the walls, and just to see the uniqueness of this restaurant, right on the... More 

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Washington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one of my favorite places in Washington. The food is great, the staff is wonderful and the beer is cold.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1052 East Main St., Washington, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Washington

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Outstanding laid back restaurant with Tiki bar and entertainment on the water.

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