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Backwater's on Sand Key

) #28 of 496 Restaurants in Clearwater ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
+1 727-517-7383
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (68 reviews)
“seafood” (58 reviews)
Closes in 26 min
11:30 - 23:00All hours
Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
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Reviews (720)
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1 - 10 of 712 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved this little spot, appetizers were wonderful, view great, waiters/waitreses pleasant. There is a certain time of the day that the appetizers are half price and that is when we always went.

Thank Cathy d
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went twice in the past week. First time was with grandkids (11&12). Because of rain we sat inside at a table. Had the grouper, best blackened grouper in Clearwater, which was great. Looked over at the kids and they were finished already, They loved the...More

1  Thank Eric H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit this place at least once a week when we are vacationing in the Marriott good food made as you like it.

Thank colint39
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is always good and is a good value. Family friendly, good selection of adult beverages as well. Indoor and outdoor seating. Reservation strongly recommended.

Thank Grammy L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jeb must be one of the best waiters in Clearwater! He brings new meaning to the word "convivial." Dropped in for lunch and the fish and chips were excellent! Atmosphere conducive to the restaurant's location on the back bay. Recommend Backwater for Lunch and Dinner....More

Thank George A. J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and good service. Portions are large and reasonably priced. Can sit outside by water or inside. Good happy hour drink prices

Thank Eric N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in on our first night to the beach. Food was great, especially the peel and eat shrimp. We were seated right away but it took 15 minutes before we ever saw our waitress. Besides that, the only negative thing was the gratuity added...More

Thank Dusty W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sampled several items off the appetizer menu for our dinner. It was menu with a lot of variety. The service was prompt and friendly. Another fun dinner spot within walking distance from our hotel.

Thank slayman4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally got to try it again, last time wait was too long, today sat down right after church. I passed my lob egg rolls I had first time & tried the "souper salad". Means u get a cup of lob bisque & a giiiiant salad....More

Thank Michaelene2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wednesday special is lump crabcake. We also like the early bird specials. They also send a $25 coupon on your birthday week for club members. Service is friendly. Arrive early or make reservations, it is still busy after season.

Thank Jim S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Sarah S
Is prime rib a special on Saturday and Sunday?
7 April 2017|
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Response from verniebarb | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm not sure
Leena S
Hi Backwaters. Can you seat a party of 20 on Friday 10/14 arriving between 7:30 or 8:00?
10 October 2016|
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Response from Whoobie | Reviewed this property |
Definitely call ahead as soon as you can and make reservations. Everyone wants to be on the deck .... call first!
Sorry if this seems to be an odd question, but I absolutely love this place and I go to Sand Key every March for years. Last year there were bad odors outside on the deck at the restaurant. Like a sewage smell. No one seemed to know where it came from. Quite unpleasant. I think it was from condos nearby. Has anyone noticed anything similar lately?
30 November 2015|
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Response from Whoobie | Reviewed this property |
Have never smelled a bad smell ... and I am there ever Saturday at lunch time. Perhaps it could have been there when there was a red tide and then .............well even a beach smells like that. Do not let it prevent you... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 25
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
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, 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
  • E-mail
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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