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Backwater Grille

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American, Bar
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42 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029-3301
+1 518-781-0199
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 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 in the background.

Thank Henry L
Stephentown, New York
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252 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 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 while listening or in a room where the music is barely heard. The menu is... More 

Thank KimMcMann
Newport, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 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 a little meat and coleslaw. Luckily, the fries were good. Service was slow but in... More 

Thank stoway2
Au Sable Forks, New York
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 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 very few fries. Service was friendly but inconsistent. Dessert was good and fairly reasonably priced... More 

Thank 53DaveG
Celebration, Florida
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Waited 1 hour for our appetizers. Waited constantly promised that they would be out soon. Entree was decent. Ordered coffee and dessert, coffees came but waited 20 min for dessert. When we inquired the waiter said they were out.... It made a potentially nice evening with friends stressful. Probably wouldn't go there again.

Thank Michael S
Westchester County, New York
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207 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Stopped for lunch and got some seats outside by the lake. It was a beautiful day, our server was attentive and the food was pretty good. Burgers and sandwiches are a no-miss choice. It's not fancy but the food is fine and it's fun to watch the kids get so excited about feeding the fish and turtles. Fun!

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 6:00 pm to a virtually empty restaurant. We were a party of 7 adults and a 2 year old. We were set up in the back room by the window with a great view! We were thrilled and anticipated a great meal and dining experience. Our waitress, Camille, was friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable! We ordered drinks and... More 

Thank Arlene N
Chicopee, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Went to the restaurant on a bus trip. Food was very good but service was terrible. The one waitress did a fantastic job and had a great attitude but with 52 people on the bus she was overwhelmed. The manager should be fired, he brought out meals and told the waitress food was ready to be served, he could have... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Went to lunch with friends. Place was busy for a Wednesday afternoon. Only one server but she did a bang up job. Food was good except for onion rings they looked better than they tasted

Thank Jim P
Chandler, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Had the pork chops. They were excellent. Seated at a table next to the lake. It was WONDERFUL. Service was with a smile. Prices were reasonable.

Thank larrymulligan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 23
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?