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Backwater Grille

$$ - $$$
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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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food is good but building could use an upgrade. Still, enjoyable! I like that it is located right on the lake.

Thank Claire D
Rochester, NY
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 want to say is that all the food I had was very good, Now for... More 

Thank HistoryBuff13
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 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 coleslaw on it. I ask for french fries instead of chips. If you get there... More 

Thank massm
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 February 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
New York City, New York
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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287 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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 Kim M
Newport, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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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240 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?