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Backwaters on Sand Key

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Armenian, Seafood
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1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2744
+1 727-517-7383
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2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 192
    Excellent
  • 137
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great stop for dinner or just a drink!

Backwater's was close to our hotel, so we stopped here more than once for drinks. Had dinner here once. Dinner was good, drinks were good and happy hour time is fantastic. Beers were really reasonable during happy hour. Bartenders were nice and great place to go with reasonable prices.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Terri G
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Wildwood, MO
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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395 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Wildwood, MO
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Backwater's was close to our hotel, so we stopped here more than once for drinks. Had dinner here once. Dinner was good, drinks were good and happy hour time is fantastic. Beers were really reasonable during happy hour. Bartenders were nice and great place to go with reasonable prices.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Very lively with good value food. This is one of the few places where you can just sit and have a drink.

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Middletown, PA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This restaurant'so waitstaff is excellent but the food was just okay. They said their baby back ribs were some of the best around so I tried them. The barbecue sauce on them was not a lot more than ketchup. My husband got a seafood platter which was small by many restaurant's standards. The prices were reasonable but I doubt if... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We sat out on deck & it was very nice - great view. Food was very good & all 6 people commented on how much they enjoyed their lunch. Service was very good - helpful - efficient & knowledgeable . I would definitely recommend it to friends & family.

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chicago
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We sat on the outside porch and enjoyed being on the bay. Food choices consisted of burgers sandwiches etc. we ordered and food was good and served quickly

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Clearwater, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great little place on the water, its a treat to sit outside and relax and enjoy your meal right next to the beautiful water

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We recently stopped by to have dinner at the Columbia Restaurant on Sand Key, only to discover the wait was over an hour to be seated. We had seen the sign for Backwaters on the other end of the plaza, but had never eaten there. So we wandered down there and got seated in about 5 minutes out back overlooking... More 

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Tampa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

People are great and friendly you have a choose of eating indoors or outdoors. The food is great and the deserts are the best. On the outdoors you can have a drink and see the dauphins and the boats going by. You also see some people on jet skies. It is so nice to relax and just enjoy your meal.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Walked in and had a table sitting by the garbage cans. Asked a waiter could we move. There was a table with two chairs available. Waiter A told us to add a 3rd chair. After we did, waiter B came and told us no matter what waiter A said we'd need to move back near garbage...and we politely left.

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Clearwater, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was our second visit to Backwater's in two months. Service and food was consistent both times. Tonight, one of the entree's was not up to par (chicken marsala overcooked and tough) but it was replaced with a very acceptable alternative in a reasonable period of time without complaint. Portions are ample. The lobster bisque is very excellent. Beware the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2744
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
  • Phone Number: +1 727-517-7383

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: Armenian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, 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
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?