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Backdraft Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
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1256 Hamlin Hwy, Route 590, Lake Ariel, PA 18436-9365
+1 570-698-6200
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to Backdraft twice. The first time - last summer - then more recently. Both times we were greeted by heavy cigarette smoke blowing in from the outdoor section, and rude wait staff. We are the friendliest, most easy-going people. What is it that puts folks working at a restaurant/bar in the Poconos in such lousy moods? The first... More 

Thank d0ug2222
Lee G, Owner at Backdraft Restaurant, responded to this review

We cannot help the air that comes in from outside. We have been voted the COLDEST beer in our county many times for the 10 years we have been here. Lastly, our burgers are 100% hand-ground, formed and refrigerated DAILY, never frozen. That being said, I apologize that you had a bad experience. I assure you that I am NOT... More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Try the barbecue beef or vegetable quesadilla in their restaurant and check online to see when they have live music. It's all good! Backdraft's take out pizza is so good we bring one home maybe 25 to 35 times a year. Eat inside or in their outside heated smoking deck.

Thank 640nedd
Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Backdraft offers a fun atmosphere, okay food, notable pizza, and adult beverages at fair prices. You can't beat the convenience if you are from The Hideout. The waiting service could use some improvement, but the bar service is excellent. The pub offers two bars (one indoor and one outdoor), an outdoor firepit, large HD TVs, a pool table and a... More 

Thank Kathryn F
Kingston, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

this place caters to the young and older also bands on weekends and football sunday you can go outside in the heated tent room to smoke to on the right of the bar its a good sunday stop for us and the pizza there is why I fount this place years ago before all the additions were made you wont... More 

Thank rwill73438
Lee G, Owner at Backdraft Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review! We will be doing a complete Bar Side renovation this February to match the Industrial look of our Dining Room, many positive changes are coming this spring. Just wish it was already here... Once again, we appreciate your business! More 

South Canaan, Pennsylvania, United States
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and menu. Great burgers! A little on the pricy side though. Good service I would recommend

Thank Alyssa K
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 22 November 2016

The food was fine, but the atmosphere was definitely that of "locals"....didn't necessarily feel welcome....locals seemed to come and stay at the bar all day.

Thank Donna N
Richboro, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Ok spot for locals that want to mingle with one another and drink beer. Wouldn't go there otherwise. We went there to try something new. We told the gentleman when we came in that we were interested in a pizza and pitcher of beer. The waitress came over quickly, she knew ahead of speaking to us that we wanted beer,... More 

Thank Lisa M
Havertown, Pennsylvania
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152 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

We wanted bbq and this was the only choice. Definitely a locals place. We were seated at a table in the bar area and it was noisy as each local was greeted as they entered. My husband was very uncomfortable with the way that male patrons spoke to the women, (customers and staff). The food was very good, once it... More 

Thank Sue K
Lee G, Owner at Backdraft Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very sorry it took so long for your meal and it was noisy. Please understand, we are primarily a sports bar, and on a Sunday we usually draw a large, boisterous crowd. We also do over 50% of our business as take out. I am just curious about one thing, if there were only 2 tables taken and... More 

Lake Ariel
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a great place to eat in ,or take out. You can also go into the Bar an have good drinks. The pizza and dinners are very good.

Thank F2436LRkennethb
1 review
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Not only are the staff friendly and courteous, the owner is fantastic and the food is over the top!!!

Thank Theresa W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 14
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1256 Hamlin Hwy, Route 590, Lake Ariel, PA 18436-9365
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pocono Mountains Region  >  Lake Ariel
  • Phone Number: +1 570-698-6200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?