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Backwater Jack's

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1052 East Main St., Washington, NC
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
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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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Lunch

Nice water view dining from roof. The sandwiches were very tasty. The lunch is served as basket food, but has large portions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
RodgerDSr
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Sanford, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure why the food is raved over so much? It's ok but has a cult following that everyone says it's the place to go. Nice beach shack atmosphere but not fun eating with the bugs. Only takes cash or checks.

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Sanford, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Nice water view dining from roof. The sandwiches were very tasty. The lunch is served as basket food, but has large portions.

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1 Thank RodgerDSr
Pantego, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Stopped here on a busy Friday cocktail hour. Food,band,service,and price were all very good. Will definitely be back.

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1 Thank Douglas G
Woodland Park, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Went there for a few drinks at 8pm, and had to leave an empty establishment about 30 minutes later. It's the perfect set up to be a bar, but I guess they want to be a restaurant instead. Was disappointed. Don't go unless it is just to have standard pub-fare. Server kept forgetting about us so we didn't even get... More 

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Excel, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

It was a great place for lunch and a few drinks. Great bartender. Food was real good. Watch boats launch or games on big screen TV at the tiki bar.

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Thank Ivan W
Clinton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Have been wanting to go to Backwater Jacks for a few years now. Pass it every time we are in the area. Finally got the chance to go tonight. Had a great dinner. Casual and fun. Shrimp was plentiful, island fries were tasty. Staff was very friendly. Wish it had not been cloudy, would have been nice to see the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

As always, good food and good service. I've never been disappointed. Fun atmosphere and convenient from the water. Reminds you of being in the Keys.

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Thank Nathan E
Raleigh, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Jack's is as close to a waterfront restaurant and bar as you will find in Washington. It sits on the other side of the parking lot from the boat ramps, so you get to enjoy all of the people coming and going with their boats. They have a lively outdoor bar Wed - Sunday, and a decent selection of beers... More 

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Thank lolatank
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Cute restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating options. Extensive menu so anyone can find something they like. Shrimp tacos were amazing! Lots of neat décor and cute table seating areas. Worth the stop!

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Thank beachbum644
Hartland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

We typically stop in Williamston and decided to give Washington a try....sooo glad we did! We have been coming coming to OBX for 6 years all the way from Wisconsin....lets just say we are staying in Washington & making our 1st night out here at off the beaten path, Backwater Jack's....outstanding food, outstanding drinks, outstanding live music, and outstanding service!... More 

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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: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Outstanding laid back restaurant with Tiki bar and entertainment on the water.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?