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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
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 

Thank Anthony D
Asheboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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.

Thank Lisa S
Seminole, Florida
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

Thank Karl F
Clearwater, Florida
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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.

Thank Fscalfaro
Port Orange, Florida
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Janelle R
Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Papapilo
Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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!

Thank Sally N
Belleair Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

Thank cebert448
Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fresh fish grilled to perfection. Great assortment of side dishes. Love the fries. I had a fabulous prime rib grilled sandwich on sourdough bread. Friendly service very helpful and attentive. House wine at happy hour prices is a great deal. Lots of drink specials all week long.addictive bread comes with the dinner. The best bread pudding ever but you can... More 

Thank starannette
Clearwater, Florida
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's pretty good for lunch. Rip off for dinner. Lunch Sirloin, Tuna Sandwich, and Backwater Burger are the best items on the menu. Servers are great. Management and ownership awful. I've been here on Sand Key for 20 years. Ate there about 3 times a week for lunch (would never do dinner). They lost my business 2 months ago permanently,... More 

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GMMaggies, Owner at Backwater's on Sand Key, responded to this review

Mr. Decoursy is the writer of this review. He is a local resident we caught trying to defraud us two months ago. This is not a review - he admits he has not been in our restaurants for months. Its a personal attack. Fortunately we have hundreds of local guests that can verify his attempts to berate us on multiple... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $25
Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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
Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, 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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