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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, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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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  • 250
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  • 171
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 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
Group dinner

Took a large group here for dinner. Wide extensive menu with something for everyone. Reasonable prices, great attentive service on our group. Bar area with TV's also available. Good value and atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
LShank2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Dallas
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For about 6 years I have been coming to Clearwater with and without family for business and pleasure, and have tried to find where the locals eat their seafood. The restaurants at the beach that serve seafood tend to be very tourist-oriented, and the quality of the food is no different than or maybe even worse than I get in... More 

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GMMaggies, Owner at Backwaters on Sand Key, responded to this review

I can hardly read this review without wondering if this is really our restaurant. We are extremely sorry about these obvious service issues. As you stated, the tables around you didn't have the experience - I wish we had a name of your server. I must correct a couple of things. We do not have anything on the menu even... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The atmosphere was the best part about the restaurant. The food does not match the menu prices.. not even close. It is mediocre frozen bar food, from the appetizers to the dinners. Nothing is fresh, not even the bread. The service was average. The woman who was bussing filled our water the second we sat down, but we waited about... More 

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Thank ashley m
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was very good. The fried macaroni and cheese is to die for! Teriyaki chicken wings were very good. Service was good. Beautiful view of the bay!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is in a very busy shopping plaza. Parking can be hard, bit it is worth it. I had one of their specials, blackened grouper and it was great and so was the crab bisque. Nice beach atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Original recipe tonight, crappie n spinach lasagna. First time on the menu. All I can say is OH MY! AWESOME MEAL! Key lime pie for desert. Great meal, terrific service. Highly recommend!

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Thank JAMES D
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a large group here for dinner. Wide extensive menu with something for everyone. Reasonable prices, great attentive service on our group. Bar area with TV's also available. Good value and atmosphere.

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Thank LShank2014
Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

MY First visit, was told they had yummy crabcakes that they serve only on Wednesdays...It was crablicious!!! NO filler detected, pure and simple a crab lovers delight!! The sauce that came with it was very good, but I prefer melted butter, which my server Chris, quickly supplied at my request. I will go back as it was a great atmosphere... More 

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Thank cindyhayes123
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here a few times and the majority of the meals I have had have been better than average. The one exception was the crab cakes that were overcooked and bland. Best to go with the local fresh seafood. I have had the grouper and mahi mahi and they were both very good. The portions are quite large.The... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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140 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went back to Backwaters for the first time since returning to Sand Key after a two year absence. It was my birthday, so we made dinner reservations in advance for an outside table to celebrate our special night. When we arrived, they had no record of our reservation and appeared skeptical that we had even made one. The manager... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The service was great here, we were seated immediately and our waitress was attentive and spunky, with great personality. We were there after dark, but the view would be gorgeous during the day it's right on the water. We had oysters on the half shell and they were small and rather dry, my mahi was fine but didn't have much... 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, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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