Top 10 restaurants in Watertown, United States

April 14, 2018 Janette Largent

Watertown is a city in the state of New York and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is situated approximately 20 miles (35 km) south of the Thousand Islands. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 27,023, an increase of 1.2% since 2000. The U.S. Army post Fort Drum is near the city.
Things to do in Watertown

1. Pete's Trattoria

111 Breen Ave, Watertown, NY 13601-2311 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner +1 315-486-1675
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Pete's Trattoria

Reviewed By Pat D - Arlington, Virginia

We pass through Watertown on our way to Canada and this year decided to do something different. We reviewed the TripAdvisor reviews and decided on this place. Excellent choice. The food was all very fresh. I had a house salad that was clearly made within minutes of its arrival at the table. My husband said the crab bisque was very good. I had the bucatini with pesto and chicken. It was really good, the pesto sauce was very light being mostly olive oil and basil with a hint of garlic and parmesan. My husband had the special - bacon wrapped salmon with maple dijon risotto. He said it was excellent. We sat in the bar because the restaurant was crowded and the service was excellent. The server was very helpful, pleasant and efficient. The place is clearly a neighborhood favorite. Next time we pass through Watertown, we will definitely stop here.

2. The Crystal Restaurant

87 Public Sq, Watertown, NY 13601-2626 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 315-782-9938
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

The Crystal Restaurant

Reviewed By mackenzie1981 - Ontario

The Crystal is the polar opposite of the chic, contemporary, urban restaurant that tries too hard to be retro. The Crystal is actually the real deal. It's no nonsense, the interior is charming in a slightly worn and weather beaten sort of way and what you are served is good comfort food. I was there for lunch and ordered the "Assorted Cold Plate," which came with a generous serving of Turkey, pork, beef, ham, along with tomato, a pickle, macaroni salad and dinner rolls. It was excellent. Don't expect lavish or artistic presentations. It's more like having a really good meal at your grandmother's place.

Crystal Restaurant is one of the reasons why it's worth visiting Watertown's historic town centre, around Public Square. Many Canadians who come to shop in Watertown never make it here, since they stick to the mall and the box stores near the 81. But to my fellow Canadians I would definitely recommend having a lunch at The Crystal during one of those shopping trips. It's very affordable, hearty and the restaurant's original 1920s interior is worth seeing.

3. Fairground Inn

852 Coffeen St, Watertown, NY 13601-2317 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 315-782-7335
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Fairground Inn

Reviewed By Pat A - Havertown

First time here with family, place is a little dark but we had a nice table by a window. Food was very good, enjoyed the covered meatball sandwich, which was tasty and quite filling. An overall good experience

4. Texas Roadhouse

20790 State Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601-5560 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 +1 315-785-1946
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 492 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Reviewed By malyhupe - Rockland, Canada

Was at this location with friends. Very good service, again place was full. There are peanuts in baril in different location in the restaurant. Very good meal and will be back.

5. Olive Garden

20988 Salmon Run Mall Loop E, Watertown, NY 13601-2290 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 315-786-2934
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 258 reviews

Olive Garden

Reviewed By Barbara L - Watertown, New York

This review is not about the food or restaurant itself as that is consistently good and I think good value.
I would like to thank our server and the management of Olive Garden that happily made it so easy to ask for “separate checks” for a party of six. Our server even offered to split the price of the bottle of wine that five of us shared and add the cost to five of the six separate bills.... all with a smile on his face and a “not a problem” attitude.
In this day of everything being automated & computerized why is it so many restaurants make it a hassle and act put out when you ask for separate checks??
Good job Olive Garden...thank you.

6. Cracker Barrel

1289 Coffeen St, Watertown, NY 13601-1819 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 315-782-2460
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 243 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Reviewed By Robert P

Cracker Barrel is the perfect cozy restaurant to visit on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. From the surroundings to the good wholesome food. It really feels like you're at home and not eating out somewhere. One thing that will never go unnoticed for me is the endless refills of lemonade. The lemonade here is good and it's just what you need after a big meal. I've never bothered to buy anything in the store but if I ever did, the candles would be an easy option as there are so many different scents and a few different size options to choose from.

7. Coleman's Corner

849 Lawrence St, Watertown, NY 13601-1808 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 315-782-6888
Excellent
45%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Coleman's Corner

Reviewed By Deliverease - Rochester NY

Knowing that it was going to be a drive from Watertown to Lake Placid, we stopped for lunch. All I remember about our lunch besides the sandwiches were very good, but the "french fries" were the highlight. They were little round discs with a great gravey. They were terrific. Anyone should try this...couples, family, friends, business and solo.

8. The Grille at Hilton Garden Inn

1290 Arsenal St, #8, Watertown, NY 13601-2182 Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining American, Italian, Grill, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 315-788-1234
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

The Grille at Hilton Garden Inn

Join us at the Grille where a friendly staff is eager to serve you. Dine in a casual, contemporary atmosphere that takes its inspiration from Adirondack/Thousand Islands. Executive Chef Matthew Hudson has created an eclectic menu featuring an array of fresh, prepared-to-order contemporary American selections that are certain to please. Unwind, indulge and join us for dinner for a masterful dining experience. A list of well-executed dishes by Chef Hudson include Pork Milanese, Shrimp Provencal, New England Haddock and Smothered Chicken . Enjoy weekend dinner specials during Thursday Italian Night, Fresh Catch Friday and Prime Rib Saturday, Wine and Dine Sunday . A selection of sweet treats and house-made desserts are always available to satisfy your sweet tooth. Join us for lunch and experience our famous, handcrafted Mobley burger, homemade soups, fresh salads, or wraps. Seasonal patio dining, daily specials and a full-service bar and lounge make us an ideal choice for any occasion.

Reviewed By WVherd82 - Charleston, West Virginia

Great food! This was a great place to eat in the Hilton. Right off the interstate. Great place to stop if you are driving on 81.

9. Sboros Restaurant

836 Coffeen St, Watertown, NY 13601-2317 Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 315-788-1728
Excellent
65%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Sboros Restaurant

Family owned and operated, Sboro's Restaurant has been a dining destination in the north country for over 25 years. Come in and enjoy a glass of wine or specialty martini before dining on a variety of chicken, seafood, pasta or steak dishes. We have a comfortable lounge featuring a full bar menu and an intimate dining room perfect for a business dinner, date night, family or friends dinner.

Reviewed By ChesterArthur - New York

This place was a pleasant surprise. The food was excellent. Everyone in my family was very pleased. There were clever flavors, interesting menu choices, and the quality was excellent. Service was very efficient and helpful.

10. Five Guys

1290 Arsenal St, Watertown, NY 13601-2182 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Five Guys

Reviewed By StanleyandMarie - Ontario, Canada

We were looking for a basic lunch spot and, since we had never been to a Five Guys, we decided to try this one. You order at a counter and the menu is fairly basic....burgers, hot dogs, and some sandwiches. The Little Cheeseburger is actually a single patty, so be forewarned that the regular burger is a double patty. I went with the Little Cheeseburger, hubby went with the regular Bacon Cheeseburger along with some fries and a vanilla shake. There are also tons of toppings to put on to your liking. The shake came out immediately and it was enjoyed along with the free peanuts in the shell - what a great surprise! Our food came out fairly quickly and we enjoyed the burgers immensely. (The fries were ok, but a little soggy for our taste - we might try rings next time). The little Cheeseburger is still a big enough portion with all the toppings and sides! Washrooms were clean and the place was humming with indoor and outdoor seating to choose from. Great spot and a step up from other fast food places yet still very afforadable!

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