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1052 East Main St., Washington, NC
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Ranked #2 of 59 Restaurants in Washington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Outstanding laid back restaurant with Tiki bar and entertainment on the water.

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English first
Washington, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 restaurant reviews
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
2 reviews
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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Greenville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Tropical feel with Buffett playing over the speakers. Nice people and good location right near the water. You can actually come by boat if there's a spot to tie up. Reminds me of home in south FL.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Come as you are! That's what kind of relaxed atmosphere you'll find at Backwater Jack's. You have options of inside dining or screened in area dining. The marina is visible from all view points. The wait staff are friendly. The patrons are friendly, many looking for their lost shaker of salt. The chicken salad sandwich was very, very good. Grapes,... More 

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

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