We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Backwater's on Sand Key

1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
+1 727-517-7383
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (69 reviews)
“seafood” (60 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (739)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 731 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been to Backwaters many times and we are never disappointed. Staff are always friendly and the service is always top notch. Food is very good and prices are reasonable. We have sat both inside and outside but if you want a great view of the...More

Thank Fabio N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far the best restaurant I went to on my vacation. My family and I sat in the back and their was an excellent view of the bay. The waitress was consistent, and the service was quick. The food was very good. Also,...More

Thank lylauren
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a nice patio to eat and see the intercoastal waterway. The food is great. I ate the southwestern chicken wrap- delicious. My hubby had a fried chicken sandwich (tossed in Buffalo). The prices are medium...we drank water and our meals totalled 27.00. The bathroom...More

Thank rogeniastecker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in the nearby Sheraton and found this hid in the row of shops nearby. Clearly this is very popular and I would recommend booking. The menu offers plenty of choice and the food is of good quality albeit not cheap. The servers...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our first visit we asked to sit inside but it reminded me of sitting in a kitchen cupboard circa 1950s as it was so dark and dull. It was much better, airy and light out on the deck and we managed to swap tables....More

Thank Jacqui S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second time having the broiled seafood platter - super yummy. Favorite appetizer is shrimp cocktail- shrimps are perfect and "snap" when you bite into them. Butter braised steak and crab cakes are also wonderful.

Thank Jessica E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch here a few times last week during my trip. great blackened grouper sandwich! nice atmosphere as well!

Thank matthew z
Nearby Restaurants
1,966 reviews
.17 km away
Maggie Mae's Sunrise Cafe
997 reviews
.11 km away
Rusty's Bistro
253 reviews
.48 km away
Nearby Attractions
Sand Key Park
1,236 reviews
.96 km away
Bay Park On Sand Key
23 reviews
1.00 km away
Kai Lani Catamaran
488 reviews
1.55 km away
Clearwater Community Sailing Center
23 reviews
.52 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sarah S
6 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from verniebarb | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm not sure
Leena S
10 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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!
29 November 2015|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
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
Improve this listing

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, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing