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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 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Clearwater, Florida
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not having been to Backwaters for a few months I took a visiting friend to dinner before her flight out. It was a place I could count on. No crowds or lines when we arrived with reservations. We were seated promptly and Chris our waiter was right there. He took my order for the 1/2 price oyster appetizer and we... More 

Thank Henry B
Groton, Connecticut
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time back since last year and no where near as good. Food below average, menu changed..... sorry to say won't be back. Gentleman next to us came and said same thing and didn't even stay for dinner. Last year place was always jammed packed and this year on a Friday night during prime time .....not nearly as busy. Said... More 

Thank PamLiv
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family, including picky children were all impressed with the variety of choices and left absolutely stuffed. The bread with garlic butter was amazing and I enjoyed the Pesto Caesar Salad. Nice choices of sides with entrees and reasonably priced. The hostess seemed surprised we didn't have a reservation and although we saw plenty of empty tables, seated us with... More 

Thank IowaTravelrUs
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything we had was delicious. The butter blackened ribeye was one of the best steaks I have ever had. Definitely the best I have had in Florida. They had very good thin onion rings. The scallops were also very good.

Thank Trojan29
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a little tricky to find. In the corner of the parking lot. We enjoyed the good food and had good service. Kudos to the chef!

Thank jen t
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food, great service, fare pricing what else could u ask for? We were in clearwater staying for my bday (xmas eve) the Sheraton Sand Key recommended Backwaters and I'm so glad they did. My husband had the steak and I had the shrimp, so flipping good. My sister lives in Tampa so you better believe the next time we're... More 

Thank reednikki
St. Louis
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110 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate lunch and dinner at this place on two different days. The food is delicious! Each time our table ordered several different plates and all of them were great! In fact, we would rank this as one of the best places we ate while on vacation. Heather waited on us for dinner and was so nice and personable. We... More 

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Auburn, Pennsylvania, USA
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was okay but very poor service. Sat down at one of many empty tables. 2 different servers spent time cleaning off other tables while ignoring us. Finally we were given menus. Waitress was very curt, non accommodating, and had attitude. We had been there several times before and never had this problem.

1 Thank andalusiabob1
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two adults and two teenagers and one child ordered: Chicken tenders & fries - chicken was okay, fries were excellent Burger & fries - burger was good, fries were excellent Nachos - basic Steak & Shrimp - steak was bland, shrimp were good Black angus ribeye - good Dessert: Chocolate cake - good Apple pie - great Total cost: $125... More 

1 Thank DFWmj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

The tuna melt is absolutely delicious and the waitresses are super. Very friendly atmosphere on the water.

Thank Brian T

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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
USD 8 - USD 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
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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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