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“Unassuming but extremely good” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Backwater's on Sand Key

Backwater's on Sand Key
Ranked #27 of 685 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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
Bromley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unassuming but extremely good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

We dined at Backwaters twice during our four day stay at Clearwater Beach. The menu offered a great selection of seafood and other dishes and the Seafood Mangotini salad was particularly memorable, spectacularly presented and containing an unexpectedly large quantity of great seafood. A well-selected wine list too. Overall, good food, excellent service and great value for money in a super location.

Visited October 2013
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Florida, New York
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247 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good meal appetizers and drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Excellent mahi meal grilled with the habanero mango sauce on side
Buffalo grouper and crab / fish dip both very good started
Lobster seafood bisque very good

Seafood salad very big and good

Enjoyable meal

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pete S
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Palatine, Illinois
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Went downhill after appetizer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Had the buffalo grouper nuggets and calamari for an appetizer. They were very good except for a few bones in the grouper. After that however, the food went downhill. The crab cakes were mushy and the rice was hard and not fully cooked. My dining partners were not happy their dinners either. Probably won't go back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Bad day maybe???”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Not sure about the rest of the reviews left at salad after appetizers
Waited an hour on a monday in October for appetizers which were pretty sad
waiter very nice did not even question us leaving
Closed out tab at salad 15minutes after app
Walked down the boardwalk
Got a great piece of pizza in less than 5
might be good but no patience for the wait in a restaurant half full

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Kent England
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90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nothing back about this place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We we're recommend this place buy on of the taxi drivers, & what a nice little place it was lovely sharing a bottle of wine with great food looking out over the waters. We even went there just for a drink & it was a great friendly atmosphere will decently revisit this place when we return to florida next year.

Although I put average for special occasion it is only because it's is casual eating but depends on what you like for a special occasion.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie C
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