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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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Seminole, Florida, United States
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful water view with dolphins and sailboats. Come and meet some of the best servers and bartenders in the area. The staff is very competent, friendly, informative and a joy to be around. The food is awesome. And if you want it "your" way .. do not hesitate to ask it to be prepared that way. Absolutely love going to... More 

Thank Whoobie
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was great I actually enjoyed it! I had the Buger, One of my daughter's had Steak & the other had Ribs.we loved it!

Thank Tisa D
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here on a whim. Sounded like good food and it was on the beach. I had the tavern club with chips. VERY good! The sauce was sweet but not too sweet. The chicken was juicy and delicious. I have to say the sandwich was messy, but it was delicious! During dinner, we are on the deck which is... More 

Thank Vanessa B
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is casual, and often crowded, especially this time of year. But they are as accommodating as possible. The food is good and the service is very good. Much better if you can get a table outside as it is right beside the water and the views are fantastic. The fish is fresh and the cocktails well made.

Thank Eric H
Cedar Bluff, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was friendly, and the food was great! I had grouper and my husband had a fishermans platter. It was delicious!

Thank tdurham1966
Clearwater, Florida
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We live in Clearwater Beach and used to frequent Backwater's regularly and always enjoyed it. Food was good, service was efficient and personable. Unfortunately, our recent experience was lacking in both areas - our server was borderline rude and very inattentive and our seafood was overcooked and over-priced. ☹️. I hope it was just a really "off" evening. We will... More 

Thank sara665
Belleair Bluffs, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, myself and another couple were there to celebrate the ladies birthdays 🎂and everything was top notch. Food 🍤and drinks 🍷🍸were excellent as well as the service. We eat there quite regularly and love to sit outside on the patio while taking in the relaxing view of the intracoastal waterway. I highly recommend scheduling a lunch or dinner at... More 

Thank Iriegirl2015
St. Petersburg, Florida
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87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great restruant! Second time we met friends that have a condo on Sand Key and they took us there. This is their favorite restaurant and they always take visitors there because their food is always good. We like seafood and any dish is excellent. Our one friend does not eat seafood so there is over choices. You MUST make... More 

Thank Lois L
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568 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful meal with friends at Backwaters. Glad we had reservations as it was packed on a Monday evening. Everything in the menu was great. No disappointments in our group with anything

Thank IndySig
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a jewel ! My wife and I have strange food allergies and the server & chef couldn't have been more accommodating. They made sure that our needs were met with the entre, but also double checked the side dishes and salad dressings. This was GREAT ! We sat on the deck, overlooking the bay. The breeze was... 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
Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?