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Backwater's on Sand Key

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, Pub
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I ate here on the recommendation of a local, and we were not disappointed. The lunch menu was not overwhelming (as is the case with some restaurants), and we couldn't have been more pleased with the fare. We ordered buffalo grouper bites as an appetizer, a Mahi Mahi plate, and lobster bisque with a tuna salad sandwich.... More 

Thank Ben U
Wincham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Sheraton across the way and was directed here by reception as our room was not ready. Sat at the bar and had a few beers. The choice of beer was excellent and staff were friendly and engaging with great views from the bar and outside decking over the bay. When we go on holiday we always... More 

Thank Peter O
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two families met for dinner here and everyone enjoyed each meal. The server was friendly and very attentive. The food was prepared well. We were all happy with this restaurant choice.

Thank Travelwithourkids
Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've had our condo near Sand Key for 20 years now and Backwater's has always been a "must do." However, two visits this past month left us disappointed and confused. The first one was with visitors from Sarasota and we promised: "this is something special!" We arrived early and were told: "no seats on deck without a reservation?" We counted... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here. Loads of fun. Shout out to the waiter. Hilarious guy. We had peel n eat shrimp and hot crab dip. Awesome. Then in our group we had blackened mani sandwich, blackened grouper sandwich and messy shrimp sandwich. Everyone loved their choices. Tasty well prepared. We sat outside. Comfortable and fun. The inside of the bar/restaurant is very... More 

Thank Cynthia G
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So romantic. Right on the water’s edge. Lisa was our waiter. She was good. I had the Oriental Glazed chicken salad without the chicken. I would highly suggest they had a few vegetarian options on the menu. There are NONE! Restaurants need to be aware that there are more and more vegetarians. There were NO options for vegans at all.... More 

Thank BorninFlorida
Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local told us of this place. stop by for lunch an drinks. Right on the water Full name Backwaters Waterfront Grill & Tavern. In a strip maul in one corner.Great place so make sure to find. Lots of atmosphere. an locals. Happy hour great deals . I got oysters 6 for $6.00. Tuna is fresh also great grouper. Trolley stop... More 

Thank bynner
Belleair Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming to FL for 18 years this was one of the best restaurants we were ever in. Food and service were great and quantities were plenty. My half rack of ribs was enough for two meals and my wife's chicken cordon bleu was delicious and their house salad was huge. I will not hesitate to go back their next time... More 

Thank pietspie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had breakfast down from here and got chatting to a couple who lived nearby and suggested if we enjoy a good steak we should try it,as its always a good sign if locals go. We hadn't booked as it was a Tuesday evening and were welcomed straight away to a table,very nice sangria and a beer whilst looking at... More 

Thank BrenmarLancaster
Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Down from the beautiful Columbia Restaurant at the opposite end of the retail strip they share is Backwater's, a hidden gem of a restaurant that will bring you back for more of their delicious food and drinks! Nondescript looking from the parking lot in front, a short walk through the cozy bar leads to a beautiful view of the back... 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
US$8 - US$25
Bar, Seafood, Pub
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?