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Backwater's on Sand Key

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood
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1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
+1 727-517-7383
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Waterville, Ohio
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here on a Tuesday evening. We arrived without a reservation, and the hostess was able to seat us right away at a high top outside by the water, although it appeared that most tables were Reserved. I ordered mahi mahi with shrimp, and my friend ordered a steak. The steak arrived a bit more red than he preferred,... More 

Thank JamieD55
St. Petersburg, Florida
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wrote an earlier review on how good my lunch was, so I went back with more family members. The menu changed some from last visit. The draft beer selection is nothing more than cheap budweiser products, not to mention a poor selection of bottled beer also. They have a large selection of entrees that have bacon, to peese the... More 

Thank handinpalm
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As living close to Backwaters we tend to visit quite often and would like to say it's very hard to find anything better from customer service, quality,and portion sizes you just can't do any better.The staff are are the best and treat everyone like family..

Thank Bennie35
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is tucked in the Sand Key Shoppes business area. Entrance into the restaurant is not impressive but as you walk further into the place it becomes more appealing. Diverse menu including steaks, burgers, and seafood where you can sit at dockside on the intracoastal. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Mike C
Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place had great food, a cool atmosphere, and friendly staff. We got there at 5:15 on a Sunday night and the outside seating was already full, so it must have been nice, but I can't comment on it! My wife's shrimp pasta was great, and the waiter even brought her some more shrimp because he wasn't sure she got... More 

Thank James W
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in with no reservation and were seated on deck overlooking intracoastal. Had the butter blackened strip steak and was highly satisfied. Wife enjoyed her pasta fish and kids loved the popcorn shrimp.

Thank Lee C
St. Clair Shores, MI
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly and efficient waitress, really good grouper made for a great dinner. You could tell it was filled with regulars who dine there often - Very comfortable atmosphere.

Thank DebSCS
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650 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had supper and then lunch several days later as the location was very convenient not far from our hotel: several other shops and eateries are at this location and all the staff and other people are very friendly. The wild life are watching you as you watch them and is a good location to laze out on their terrace.... More 

Thank TERRAvelista
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for my wedding dinner. We did not have reservations and they were very accommodating. Our server was good at her job but a little on the snotty side. She was great to me but very short with a couple of my friends. The food was great though. And the drinks were awesome. The hosts and everyone else... More 

Thank Becky K
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good family style restaurant with great service . The Wednesday special of butter baked crab was excellent. Baby back ribs were fabulous. The portions are big and you won't go home hungry . So great we went back again the next night . The mix fish platter was just as great and yet again a massive portion . What... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $25
Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Scenic view, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
  • Phone Number: +1 727-517-7383
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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