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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 - 23:00
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Backwater's is tucked away off gulf blvd in a small strip mall and it is worth finding. The food is great and the service was very attentive. They have a very popular happy hour with "early bird" food and drink specials so it can become extremely crowded. Parking is at a premium but there is valet parking available for $5... More 

1 Thank Vito D
Clearwater, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch today here; don't let the front of the restaurant fool you - it is a beautiful location right on the bay. Being a little chilly with high winds, the staff assured us we would be comfortable on their deck and much to our surprise, it was perfect. They had put down thick plastic walls on the north... More 

Thank mariwheels
Appleton, Wisconsin
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have had dinner here a couple of times in the last two years. The food was prepared poorly and only offered deep fried shrimp. Ordered the mussels and they were the worse I have ever had even though it was an appetizer it was small in comparison to other restaurants. This restaurant is off our "to go" when we... More 

Thank andy9201
Treasure Island, Florida
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143 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lot's of locals eat here. The food is great and they have specials. The bar is always fun and the service is awesome. Stop here for great food.

Thank MD S S
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place seemed to only take reservations but we lucked out as they had an opening for dinner on the patio overlooking the bay. Wife and I had the grouper sandwich that was amazing. Jeb, our server was great!! Funny and attentive but not obtrusive. I would say there were a lot of regulars there and we got a few looks... More 

1 Thank Jammma
Narberth, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good meal! Very attractive restaurant & nice family atmosphere. Drink specials were quite reasonably priced. Great onion rings!

1 Thank HarrytheK1
Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Heard quite a bit about this restaurant. However, we knew what we were in for when we encountered the host. He was a real sourpuss, never smiled. We were apparently putting him out to show us to our table. Our server smiled very little as well. The food was average at best. Frankly, we could hardly wait to get out... More 

Thank Philip D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to dinner twice here (in 4 nights). Great service, good outdoor seating (if you can get it), and great place to bring kids.

Thank mhw07
Appleton, WI
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, staff, and location make this a good place to go on Sand Key (near Clearwater Beach) in Florida. We had to make reservations on a week night in March so be prepared if it is peak tourist season.

1 Thank ma_golfman
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it is a very unassuming restaurant at the end of a shopping strip. Enjoyed happy hour with the drink and food specials. Had the prime rib, which was on special on a Saturday night. Very good, a bit over cooked, but the service and atmosphere didn't ruin it. Seems to be full of locals, which was great. It didn't seem... 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
USD 8 - USD 25
Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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