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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 558 restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Kettering
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We ate here with our two children (11 & 9). Food very similar to a lot served in the US, lots of fried stuff and overcooked. The tables outside or near the water are better other wise you are placed along an inside wall. Would not go back as there are similar priced restaurants with better food, one being the... More

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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We always try to eat at "locals" place when we travel and Backwater fit the bill. Nice service good food and not too pricey. My wife ordered the lobster bisque and said it was very good - I started with the bacon wrapped blackened scallops - 5 total and they were delicious. For the main course we shared the fishermans... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Asked about happy hour specials. Just asked for oysters to be steamed. He said sure no problem but never told us they were 2x more because they were "steamed". Even when we ordered 2 nd dozen Good but BEWARE They are not above board!

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Glen Ellyn
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Had great food and wonderful service. Nice place to eat. Ask for a table outside if possible. Watch for dolphins and other sea life.

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Philadelphia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

While looking for quiet places to eat, I came across a suggestion for Backwaters on Sand Key. Brilliant recommendation! I called ahead for an 8:30 reservation and when we arrived the table was waiting for us along the water. The waitress was super nice and kept our glasses full and made sure we were doing ok. My partner had the... More

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Toronto
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We visited this restaurant on our recent trip - it was close by to our hotel and the ratings on Tripadvisor solid. My husband and I love a great steak so every holiday we have, regardless of location must have a steak dinner built into our trips out. I had their famous steak (done in a hot pan), kids had... More

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Small home style restaurant with attentive and personal service surprising complete menu and great sea food

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Largo, Florida, USA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Backwaters on Sand Key is one of those delightful restaurants that the locals know to frequent. My wife, myself and our friends are sure to visit this restaurant nearly once a month. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating (over looking the inter-coastal). The food is simply superb and the prices reasonable. Service is also great. The only downside... More

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited Backwaters with my family of four (kids ages 12 and 7) and the pricing was reasonable for seafood. Loved that the restaurant is on the water and we were able to see a manatee swim by. Great service.

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Birmingham, England
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Recently stopped at Sand Key for a couple of weeks, ended up eating out at Backwaters a number of times, sat mainly at Bar or at a High Top, did not have a problem finding a seat / table food excellent, never disappointed, great atmosphere, had a number of different dishes off the menu plenty of choice at good prices,... More

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