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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: Dessert, 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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  • 203
    Excellent
  • 149
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Post Beach Dinner

Early dinner after a great day on the beach at Sand Key State Park. Cosied up to the bar where our view of the intercoastal was beautiful. The bar person was very attentive to our pleasure. I had a blackened grouper sandwich that was very good. My partner had the seafood salad with a raspberry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
driverdude119
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Lockport, Illinois
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Food was good. We had lobster bisque, peel and eat shrimp, crab dip and key lime cheesecake. All were good. Cheesecake was outstanding! Our waitress was rude. We asked about the specials and she rattled half of them off. We overheard a waiter at another table talking about the specials so we got the other half of the specials that... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A little dark. Has a good bar business and outdoor seating on the bay. Food is good generally some of the specials are exceptional. Could use an interior redo.

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levittown, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We've been here quite a few times after a recommendation from a nearby hotel concierge. My husband is hooked on the bacon wrapped scallops and he's rarely wowed by food anywhere. I am partial to the filet mignon .... good size & cooked perfectly every time to my liking. The view overlooking the bay is beautiful & relaxing. The inside... More 

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South Dakota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a little place along a strip mall…but it is a tasty and fun choice if you are in the area! (but caveat re parking) One likely needs to call ahead to be seated outside where you have a great view of the water. I have been there two times (once for lunch (ate inside) and once for dinner... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

There's nothing special about Backwater's, it just seems like there's an underutilized opportunity there. The food, presentation, service and atmosphere could all be enhanced. We stopped by for dinner and had pasta and shrimp dishes. Good enough, but nothing special. The back deck has a great view, but the tables, chairs, awnings and decorations all look very tired. Not very... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Enjoyed sitting outside on the back deck, wait staff was professional and fun. Food was very good. Lots of selection on the menu and fair prices for the serving size that you receive.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Early dinner after a great day on the beach at Sand Key State Park. Cosied up to the bar where our view of the intercoastal was beautiful. The bar person was very attentive to our pleasure. I had a blackened grouper sandwich that was very good. My partner had the seafood salad with a raspberry vinagerette dressing that was also... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I ordered a shrimp salad which was delivered in a massive martini glass and then tip it onto a plate. The final presentation was really good. The food itself was flavour and worth every bite. Their unsweetened iced tea was probably the best I've had.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We've eaten at Backwaters many times, and their amazing food never fails to have my clothes stretching at the seams. Everything is good, I can't single one thing out, try the whole menu, but the view is the icing on the cake.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

After a long day of moving with my husband & my parents, we decided to hit this place up for dinner. We tried the buffalo grouper since that was the house specialty and it was pretty good. We all got different dishes for dinner, and they were not bad, but for the price I do think the quality should have... More 

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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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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