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Backwaters on Sand Key

1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2744
727-517-7383
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Ranked #38 of 576 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Clearwater
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My favorite place to eat on the beach and a great spot that has great seating right on the water. Our server did a great job.

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went here on the recommendation of hotel staff. My first mistake was ordering a steak in a seafood restaurant (in a seafood town). The waitress was very scatterbrained, and got my meal wrong. When I finally got the steak, it was overcooked, underseasoned and pretty tough. I'll be on Sand Key for a few more weeks, but will likely... More

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London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

We found this restaurant late in our stay, but we've been 4 times!!! The food is delicious and very reasonably priced - the blackebed new york strip, the ribs and all the fish is amazing......and the cajun night is wonderful!

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The food at Backwaters is delicious and imaginative at very affordable prices. The portions are very generous and they have a first class children's menu as well.The atmosphere at the restaurant relaxed and welcoming and the service is excellent. The Cajun night is a must when the serve Étouffée and Gumbo which are authentic and so so tasty. They also... More

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New Jersey
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Very busy, loaded with people and service was a bit slow - that being said the food was very good and our waitress was very nice, apologizing for the waits. Seafood was fresh and well prepared. We stopped in without a reservation so we were lucky to get a seat. Next time we would call ahead as we were nowhere... More

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Clearwater, FL
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This restaurant is located on the bay and has a nice outside deck where you can sit or you can sit inside a have a view from some of the tables and bar. We have always had excellent service. Ben is fantastic and so is Jeb. The tuna salad plate is the best tuna I have ever had. It isn't... More

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Blairsville, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The views of this restaurant were awesome. Place is a little small and very crowded. We were referred by friends to try this place out. Was a little disappointed in the food, for the price it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

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Wroughton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I find it very interesting that most of the poorer reviews are from people on holiday therefore what is the rush. If you are kept waiting for food for 20 minutes chill!! Holiday surely is a time to not worry, sitting in a fab location looking over the bay. Saying that we have never had a major problem here drinks... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Family visit here from the Marriott hotel next door. Had great menu and all our meals were first class. Large portions and good service. Price was very competitive would definitely go again.

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Lake City, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great menu choices got a trio platter blackened didn't care for the taste of fish or shrimp had an old taste, not sure if it was the actual food or the seasoning, scallops were great as was the baked potato and ceasar salad. Our waitress was friendly, knew the menu items well and gave us quick and efficeint services. View... More

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