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Backwaters on Sand Key

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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 223
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  • 160
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 18
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  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Try Cranberry Coleslaw

Walked down the boardwalk from our hotel late on a Monday, the place was full so we sat the bar. Lots of locals were there. Had grouper which was very good. Be sure and try the smoked cranberry coleslaw. It was very different and very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
sandi928
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Mahi mahi was dry, onion rings were cold, cranberry slaw was a gloppy mess. Drink special was good and reasonably priced. Baked potato was good. Oysters were average. Grouper was tasty but the glop of crabmeat on top was disgusting. You could tell they served mostly tourists as when we expressed our disappointment with our food they merely acknowledged the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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76 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Walked down the boardwalk from our hotel late on a Monday, the place was full so we sat the bar. Lots of locals were there. Had grouper which was very good. Be sure and try the smoked cranberry coleslaw. It was very different and very good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were looking forward to going but after 20 minutes circling, could not find any parking. We drove from Clearwater and was very disapointed. Maybe something on the website would have been helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Nice local restaurant. Good food, burgers to steak and fish they offer it all. We had a nice lunch. Fish and chips and burger sliders cooked to order. Both dishes were good and fairly priced

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St. Louis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were impressed by Backwaters! Great happy hour specials, the food was excellent, and the prices were reasonable. Get away from the hotel restaurants and give this place a try.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went there to try the Butterbroiled Special Recipe Crab Cakes the offer on Wednesday nights and we were NOT disappointed. They were fantastic. I would recommend they highly. Service was the best.

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Oxford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had lunch here several days while staying in the area.. the pricing is great.. the food is great! We had the lobster egg rolls and burgers and grouper blackened sandwich.. all so yummy!!! The views are great being on the bay... very local vibe as well..

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Loved this restaurant / bar in fact we eat here 3 times during our week in Clearwater something that is usually unheard of in my family. No mater what your taste fish, steak or just beef burgers the food was delicious and reasonably priced. We all left at the end of an evening folk and satisfied. Resturant Staff were always... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Just along the boardwalk from our hotel, this place was brought to our attention by the 10% off voucher we got at Maggie Mae's. Glad we visited. Food was excellent, there was lots of it and the service was great too. Accommodated veggies off menu with delicious sides combined to make a main meal. We'll be back ne t time... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Slightly more upmarket than the usual beach side restaurants. We sat outside with great views over the intercoastal. Extensive menu for both food and good wine list. We had a mix of steak and seafood and it was all superb. Would visit again. Great experience.

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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: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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