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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” (81 reviews)
“seafood” (69 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1261 Gulf Blvd, Ste 130, Clearwater, FL 33767-2749
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Backwaters on Saturday night. We not only had excellent apps and a meal. The drinks were reasonably priced. The bar tender was a great hostess and the people throughout the restaurant made us feel more than welcome. Thank you for...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jeff151
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Backwater’s is known for it’s happy hour & local scene. It’s the sister restaurant to Maggie Mae’s, located in the same strip mall, so if you bring your receipt from dining there, you get 10% off your meal. The food is just fair. The last...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lccolumbus
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are renting a condo across the street from here. Stop in for happy hour stayed for dinner. So glad we did. We've been back twice since. Service is great and the good is very good, and the price is good!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Cathi N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had left an afternoon wedding and were starving. Looked on our gps and seen this place, it looked like a little restaurant but when you walk in, get past the receptionist it opens to a beautiful place and keeps going outside to a amazing...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Gatortoe13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very friendly staff and others, diners, certain hours for dining specials, reservations for best outside tables and best view. Sandwiches, seafood, local and imported, like red snapper [local] and cod [imported], other seafood, hamburgers, fish , other dishes, good for lunch, no breakfast.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Pepperjackm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With the "snowbirds" back in Clearwater, getting in a restaurant...any restaurant...on a Friday evening is a chore, to say the least. Our original destination was packed by 5:00pm so we headed down the beach, looking for some place new. Spotted Backwater's in a strip shopping...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Rick26
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

We visited last week on holiday from UK and literally found this restaurant by chance. Wow, what a find...great drinks and food freshly prepared, sat outside facing the ocean. Absolutely fantastic. Special mention to Taylor our wonderful waitress, you are a legend! Really knowledgeable and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 734annj
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

What a nice spot. From the outside you would never guess that it has great water views in the back. Ask for an outside table. We had shrimp, very fresh and perfectly done. Great service

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank srgoms
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Boy I'm glad we tried again! This time tho it was verrry busy, Chris our waiter & the other waiter were so organized! They both hurried very much & the food was wonderful. Hubby had that bistro burger they're known for, 17th anniversary of it,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Michaelene2013
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Great service with a staff that really helps each other out to deliver a great experience to the customers

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Akrontravelman
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November 20, 2018|
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Response from Raider1961 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are steps but they also have handicap access.
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Response from Mike C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but you have to sign-up for their e-mail club to get a Birthday discount.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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. Locals hangout for food and drinks for 18 years. Beautiful views and friendly service. Full bar and lounge. Lunch or Dinner. Happy Hour 2 to 7 PM
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