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Backwater's on Sand Key

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1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
+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
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Jupiter, Florida
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic place to grab a beer with friends or enjoy some specialty cocktails. Right on the water and the service is always great. Not very expensive for being on the island either.

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Fishers, Indiana
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I have eaten supper at Backwaters on several occasions and have enjoyed every meal. The fried shrimp is excellent, as well as the other fried seafood entrees. We have also eaten several lunches on their deck which has a beautiful view of the bay. And for lunch you get very nice serving sizes comparable to dinner, but... More 

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DG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was not impressed at all! I just ate there last week and it took 10 min for me to recall what I ate there. Oh yeah, I had the grouper...it was a very small pcs that came with a big price tag. We ate inside to get a break from the heat. While we were eating I didn't like... More 

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The steaks are really good but I ordered mine medium and it was well done and so was my husbands. It also took quite some time to get our food. The sweet tea had to go back. It tasted like pure syrup and they said they use simple syrup to sweeten it. It was undrinkable.

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1 Thank Lisa S
Seminole, Florida
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have been going there for 16 years. Excellent! Bartender is a sweetheart! The bacon wrapped scallops are my wife's favorites.

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Clearwater, Florida
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located at the end of a strip center on Sand Key and a great place for good food. Has a great bar at the end of the place where it overlooks the inter-coastal waterway. We had our son's engagement party here on the deck.

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Port Orange, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not a local to Clearwater, so I didn't know I should have made reservations to have indoor or covered outdoor seating. The server was tired but friendly. The smoke fish spread was fantastic, but something on the room kept blowing down on us ( may have been rust water). Food was ok.

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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A surprising venue, situated on a board walk in Sand Key. The entrance does not resemble what is in store in side. There was a good selection of drinks and a good menu. Being a popular seafood area, the choice of a meat dish came as a surprise to the waitress when one of the party ordered a steak. The... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on 3 occasions - once for lunch and twice for dinner. On all three occasions we had delicious food with great service. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and sitting out the back gives great views across the water. The burgers and onion rings are great and the chocolate cake was fab!

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Belleair Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Belleair Beach for over a year now and have a lot of favorite places. My wife and I have developed the habit of eating at the bar in most restaurants while we enjoy good drinks, good food, and good bartenders. Decided to stop in today looking for a place new to try around 1PM. Nice cozy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $25
Cuisine
Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
Meals
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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
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
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
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

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