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Backwater's on Sand Key

1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
+1 727-517-7383
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (70 reviews)
“seafood” (61 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
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1 - 10 of 745 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Went there for lunch, were able to sit outside , have to watch out for those birds. Personnel is friendly, food was good, not overpriced , great place to go when in Sand key Definitely will return

Thank odilelosaltos
Reviewed 3 days ago

Didn't expect to find such good food close to hotel. Starving and not crazy about the other food choices nearby, this was a last resort. What a treat!

Thank Carrie K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Columbus Day weekend we had a wedding weekend and completed our festivities at Backwaters with 20 people including 4 small children. Lee was our server and was very prompt and attentive. Jeb, the front of the house manager was always right behind Lee to ensure...More

Thank Suzane Q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant must advise me on its use of the apostrophe! Backwater's? Anyway I had great service, keenly priced beer (about half what I have paid elsewhere) and a great steak. I couldn't fault it and the place was very busy mostly with locals, always...More

Thank SoloTony2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Six of us went for Sunday dinner Oct 01 Our waiter, sorry I forget his name, suggested the sirloin tips in burgundy sauce with mashed potatoes. Four of us ordered it and all four raved about it. Being from the northeast this was a dinner...More

Thank jas45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't bother with food, if they have a chef I would fire him/her, if he is a cook, he/she needs more training. Excellent ingredients spoilt by poor cooking ! The good side of Backwaters is the drinks are cheap, just go there for the booze.

Thank pete-flint
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although it wasn't crowded, Host acted like it was a big deal for us to be seated without a reservation. Had to send back the blackened strip steak, Way too salty!! Fried shrimp was good, though.

Thank JandD93
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our reserved tabled wasn't honoured because the staff allowed another group to take our table. We arrived 15 minutes before the reservation time gave our cell as requested and heard nothing. When we returned we learned another group had ignored the fact the table was...More

Thank MartynG_11
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to have dinner at Backwater's as it was really close to our hotel. We reserved a table outside, but it was raining and we got inside table in bar area - not ideal, but ok. Food was really good, but bit on expensive...More

Thank DetroitMilton
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Conveniently located in the Sand Key area of Clearwater Beach. The restaurant is nestled in the far right corner of a shopping center. The interior is outdated but clean. The servers were friendly and responsive. The menu selections varied to meet all taste interests and...More

Thank Mike C
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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!
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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