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Mon, 10/18
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Backwaters on Sand Key serves exceptional steaks, fresh local seafood and sandwiches on the waterfront. Locals hangout for food and drinks for almost 20 years. Beautiful views and friendly service. Full bar and lounge. Lunch or Dinner. Happy Hour 2:30 to 6:30 PM Reservations not necessary, but recommended.
$8 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Bar, Seafood
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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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All reviews steak seafood fisherman's platter scallops crab cakes salad mahi bisque fries ribs bread key lime pie overlooking the bay overlooking the water the food is great outdoor seating clearwater beach
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic seafood. Lots of yummy options. Waitstaff is super pleasant. Service is really fine if you're not in a hurry. Food was worth it!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely best staff drinks and food!! Come here several times every vaca! Staff goes above and beyond! Atmosphere is relaxing and fun!!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended though I left highly disappointed and queasy. Waitress highly energetic, friendly yet little concern when I showed her the two raw chicken wings on my plate… thank goodness I caught the second raw wing before eating it. Waitress did say she was sorry,...asked if she could replace the two undercooked chicken wings with two new chicken wings. There was no asking if I felt ok, how much did I eat, did I want to chat with manager. There was no offer to remove the chicken wings from our bill, not even a courtesy coupon for the inconvenience. So the French fries were good and we had a lovely water view however, the experience went down hill, along with the raw chicken wings the disappointment continued - the ‘handmade’ sangria was definitely not handmade or even pre-bottled; not sure what was in my glass - sadly the wings and the sangria are not recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The main course - a filet mignon - was mediocre at best, due to it being chewy and tough. The side dishes to this, mashed potatoes and assorted vegetables, were less than decent as well. This is due to mashed potatoes which were actually rather...good, but drug down by the extremely bland vegetables. Even the dessert, a red velvet cake, was nothing more than candy to the eye.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have ordered from here several time’s now. This time we ordered 2 filet mignon dinners with garlic mashed potatoes. We also ordered a side salad, broccoli & the nachos. The nachos were soggy & gross. The meat was hard & greasy yet had a...sweet taste to it. The potatoes were good. The steaks were ordered medium. They were sent raw! It was nasty! The salad had a pink dressing that was pretty good. There was some type of leaf in it that was so bitter I had to spit it out. This was not a cheap dinner. I had hope a nice place like this on the beach would at least know how to cook a steak.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 9, 2021

We have gone here several times and food was always good but service was not. This time, however, we had Ayden as our server and he was polite, and always there to fill our drinks and food. One of the best servers we have had...there! Will definitely recommend him and this restaurant now.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 7, 2021

We had dinner here over Labor Day weekend. When we sat we were greeted promptly and ordered drinks. 30 minutes later still sitting there. Finally got the attention of our waitress who was apologetic and honest about forgetting to put our order in. After that...service was excellent--hence the title of the review. Food here is nice, standard bar fare with other choices. We had the crab-seafood dip as an appetizer. A surprising lemon flavor to it, very good. My wife had lasagna (special on Italian night) which was very good and a lot of food. I had grouper which was very good.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 11, 2021 via mobile

We had been staying only for 3 days on Sand Key and with this restaurant just across from us we were very impressed with the quality of the consistency of the meals having had dinner there over two straight days. The Buffalo wings here are...Excellent, also any of their grilled fish meals salmon. Mahi mahi or grouper. Our kids loved it along with their sides which are all pretty good as well. The first day we had the grilled salmon, blackened Mahi mahi and blackened grouper unfortunately we only realized that we didn't take pictures of the meals until after we finished dinner. The second day we had more of the Buffalo wings for appetizer along with Nachos and for dinner chicken parmesan, fried shrimps and kids had pasta and chicken fingers with fries. All came hot with excellent service we will definitely be stopping here for lunch before he hit the road on our journey back home.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 2, 2021 via mobile

This is right on the water. It has a great view! They have a great happy hour with 6 oysters for $7 and peel and eat shrimp at a great price too!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 26, 2021

I am a local which usually frequents and recommends this restaurant. Backwater's offers prime rib Saturday. Planned dinner for my birthday. Totally lookin g forward to my prime tip dinner. Arrived approx. 7 pm. Told we had a 30 min. wait. There were approx. 8...tables available. In the act of ordering drinks for the bar we were alerted that our table (5 min. later). Upon ordering we were advised specials no longer available. I ordered the Grouper (market price). I asked if there was some type of sauce for the fish. I was offered a garlic/lemon butter sauce. I received a bland piece of fish with a bowl of butter. Probably won't frequent or recommend in the future.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Backwater's on Sand Key is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4