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Backwater Grille

) #2 of 2 Restaurants in Canaan $$ - $$$ American,
42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
+1 518-781-0199
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good40%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
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“burger” (12 reviews)
“stromboli” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 June 29, 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 May 23, 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 May 15, 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 April 10, 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 February 22, 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 January 14, 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 November 14, 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
Reviewed October 4, 2016

Friday night we were traveling NY state and this place was the only place around after a stop for the night. The place was packed so we thought this place had to be good.... NOT. We ordered Rueben sandwiches. We got A grilled cheese with...More

Thank stoway2
Reviewed September 16, 2016

Went for dinner with family members. Limited parking. Building sinking and not level but interior is remodeled. Had a pastrami Reuben and I did not like it at all. It was somewhat smaller and tasted off. For 9.95 expected more than a small sandwich and...More

Thank 53DaveG
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$2 - $23
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, 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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