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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” (68 reviews)
“seafood” (60 reviews)
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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 738 reviews

Reviewed 1 week 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 The interior is outdated but clean.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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting my sister and her grandson at her vacation condo at Bellaire Beach, we decided to go out to dinner. Her grandson wanted steak and we wanted seafood so she suggested Backwater's. They took us to a fabulous table on the back patio overlooking...More

Thank Cathy L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my sister for a late dinner and was pleasantly surprised. I had steak w/grilled scallops, broccolini and garlic mashed potatoes. Let me tell you that everything on my plate was delicious...and the scallops were fresh, not the frozen rubbery kind. The steak...More

Thank KIMMY627
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm really sorry to write a less than positive review about a restaurant that I have really enjoyed eating in over the years. Other than the lobster bisque the food and service was unremarkable. The staff was grumbling about having to deal with a brand...More

Thank DeborahFoodie
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This little gem is right on the intercoastal and the views are beautiful. The service was excellent and the food is great. Try the lobster bisque. It has great flavor with chucks of lobster. I can't wait to go back and try their other options!!

Thank Maryann L
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Would not honor birthday dinner. I took my husband here for his birthday on his birthday. We had signed up for their e-club a year earlier but never received the birthday dinner email, so we resigned up. They refused to honor my husband with his...More

Thank karengZ3474OY
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Normally I have shrimp here but this time I had a strip steak. And wow this place has a great steak!! I'm from the Midwest and I love a great steak and I found one in Florida. Keep up the great work.

Thank m4forlife
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Finding parking is ridiculous as this restaurant is in a strip mall with virtually no parking. The service is horrific starting with the maitre d. They seem to feel it is your honor to be able to visit their restaurant and if they get around...More

Thank jcmdonato
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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
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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