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Backwaters on Sand Key

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Steakhouse, Hamburgers, Seafood
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1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767
+1 727-517-7383
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Backwaters on Sand Key serves exceptional steaks, fresh local seafood and...
Backwaters on Sand Key serves exceptional steaks, fresh local seafood and sandwiches on the waterfront. Beautiful views and friendly service. Full bar and lounge. Lunch or Dinner. Happy Hour 2 to 7 PM
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  • 43
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Comfortable bar and grill

It is nice to sit on the back deck overlooking the intracoastal waterway -- especially when there is a warm breeze. The small plate menu is very good with plenty to choose from. The grouper is well cooked and a good portion. The fish and chips are tender and tasty. It would be nice to have some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
BuffaloTravluvr
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Buffalo
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Buffalo
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

It is nice to sit on the back deck overlooking the intracoastal waterway -- especially when there is a warm breeze. The small plate menu is very good with plenty to choose from. The grouper is well cooked and a good portion. The fish and chips are tender and tasty. It would be nice to have some vegetables with these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here last Friday and had blackened bacon-wrapped scallops, lobster bisque, and a six oz. Filet Mignon with a baked potato and Caesar salad. My daughter had the small plate Surf and Turf. We had Key Lime pie cheesecake with coffee for dessert. FABulous! The waitress was efficient and friendly-had a wait for the bill, tho. All in all-very... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I don't understand the good reviews? The place was small, crowded, and very warm inside. The server looked very much like she wanted out of there. We were seated near the bar at a high top table. Wife was facing a wall, and I had a front row seat of the local drunks. The food was just ok. We had... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Very good service. Seems like a place the locals go. Food was good. They have a small plates menu. I had the fried shrimp,fries and coleslaw. Very tasty and plenty of food. We saw dolphins swimming from our seats outside.

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New Jersey, U.S.A.
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very nice location with outdoor seating right on the bay. Shrimp salad was very good with a fun presentation. Lobster/mango salad on pita was good too.

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Ocean City, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Nice environment located right on the water, ordered the fish basket, wife got salmon all was very good great service, we enjoyed our visit

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tampa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful view on water with lots of outdoor seating. Service is ok not great. Food is good but overpriced a little.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We always stop by here for lunch or dinner when at the beach. Great views and great food. Service is good and we love watching the Dolphins from the deck. Not gourmet, but good solid food.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Nice that they had small plates, children's plates, and a large selection. Outside dining was nice but there was a smell of rotten something or standing polluted water that made it tough to enjoy the meal our meal. Otherwise food was good - a little over salted but good

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was nervous going there the menu really didn't have anything I like but I tried the wings and there were really good. Everyone I was with got burgers and they all were raving about them so I would try them again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
  • Phone Number: +1 727-517-7383

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Hamburgers, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Backwaters on Sand Key serves exceptional steaks, fresh local seafood and sandwiches on the waterfront. Beautiful views and friendly service. Full bar and lounge. Lunch or Dinner. Happy Hour 2 to 7 PM
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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