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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 #39 of 574 restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Had the Shrimp Mangotini for lunch very filling lite lunch with a lemonade. Very good size shrimp and a great dressing. Highly recommend you try it

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Orlando, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is the third time I have come here, the first was on July 4th and the overwhelming crowd was really the cause of the issues that time. The last two times including this one I was solo and sat at the bar. Both time great service and the food was pretty darn good too! I had the backwater Bird... More

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Tampa
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Service and food was great. Crab topped Grouper, Sea Scallops. You would be hard pressed to find a better view of Clearwater Bay. Full bar reasonably priced drinks...

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A great local restaurant and bar. The food is varied and there were plenty of options for my picky 9 year old and me as a vegetarian. The staff were good, although on our last night, one waitress was extremely inattentive and even tried to short-change us. You can sit out back and watch the water until the stars come... More

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Clearwater
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I liked that they take reservations. Very good food with a big selection of surf and turf dishes. Comfortable seating. There is a covered porch overlooking the intracoastal that looked inviting- but hubby prefers air conditioning to scenery :)

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Jonesboro, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

These were the best crab cakes I have ever had, hands down! The homemade salad dressing took the salad to the next level as well. I was blown away that the crab cakes were nearly 100% crab meat, perfectly cooked and the lobster bisque complemented this meal perfectly.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Tried to eat here on our first day in Clearwater but sadly they were fully booked (great sign though). We went back a few days later and had a great meal - the food was fantastic and perfectly cooked. The only reason I did not rate this place as excellent was that we were put onto a table almost in... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was my second trip to Belleair Beach and my second trip to Backwaters. It was the first place I wanted to visit upon coming back and I was not disappointed. The food is great - I *love* the blackened scallops wrapped in bacon. They are caramelized and tender and sweet. I had the blackened grouper and my friend had... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I went to lunch with coworkers and throughly enjoyed lunch of blackened grouper. Amazingly fresh taste. Get the chick pea salad as a side Very good

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a good choice with reasonable prices to get in a quick lunch or even dinner We were in the resort across the street and found Backwaters to be a good alternative within walking distance of the beach It gets busy and if you choose to sit outside make sure it is within the cover area since the rain... More

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