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“.. a pleasant little surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Backwater Grille

Backwater Grille
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Canaan
Price range: $2 - $23
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Henderson, Nevada
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139 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“.. a pleasant little surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Had not been to the restaurant for quite some time (let's not say why), but now under new ownership, when some friends asked to go for lunch, we figured we'd give it a go. Location has never been an issue, right on the lake, most all tables have a very good view. And the food is good, above average good, and reasonably priced, with service that is friendly and efficient. It's a welcome addition to the very small grouping of Canaan eateries.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank bjaa
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Albany, NY
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405 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“Average Food, Good Drink, Mixed Bag Staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

I have gone to the Backwater several times and the food never wows and is just average. I go for the view, Quick Draw, friendly patrons and the drinks are usually good. Of the two female bartenders, one is moody at times and the other is 'selectively friendly' meaning if she knows you, expect extra attention - if not, you're going to wait. The guy bartender there, Preston I think, is great and always very attentive and friendly. Good sandwiches are any of the burgers and the Caesar Chicken Wrap. The specials are good too, especially the steak.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank STEBAY711
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Chatham, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I really want it to be great...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Sadly, we have gone to the backwater several times and it never seems to improve. The staff is wonderful, however, the food is really lacking. I ordered a bloody Mary the other day and it came with a large glob of horseradish floating at the surface-I think someone's idea of garnish? Never has a standard brunch drink made me want to throw up before. I really wish they could get a real chef in there, as the location has such great potential and the staff are very nice.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brodeurr
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New Lebanon, NY
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Dreadful Food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

We went there recently. The place has a certain charm, but for the second time in a row, the food was barely edible. When we gave our waitress some honest feedback, she apologized saying the they were "having a bad night". Apparently the chef had gone out on a boat and the "assistant cooks didn't call him back in time". I don't know how this explains that the food was over-cooked (we had fish and it was dry and chewy), but a second waitress who was also serving out table said that they had a number of complaints that night. Later we overheard employees who were leaving work, talking about what a fiasco the night had been. At this point we decided to talk to the manager, who simply smirked and became condescending. Then he got the manager, who arrived immediately hostile and was rather a bully. To be honest he came off like a mafioso....kind of scary and slightly sociopathic. We do not recommend this place for both the quality of the food and the attitude of the management.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TaraShakti-Ma
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Troy, New York
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Bad food. The frying oil was not rancid but had a very bad taste. The fried eggplant was dripping in oil and was inedible. The fries tasted of the oil. Companion said fish was not the freshest he's ever had. Nice location, big windows overlooking the lake. But the food we had was too horrible for a second chance.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LesSoldats
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