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“Bad day maybe???” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Backwater's on Sand Key

Backwater's on Sand Key
Ranked #27 of 685 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$25
Cuisines: Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Bad day maybe???”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

Not sure about the rest of the reviews left at salad after appetizers
Waited an hour on a monday in October for appetizers which were pretty sad
waiter very nice did not even question us leaving
Closed out tab at salad 15minutes after app
Walked down the boardwalk
Got a great piece of pizza in less than 5
might be good but no patience for the wait in a restaurant half full

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Kent England
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90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nothing back about this place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We we're recommend this place buy on of the taxi drivers, & what a nice little place it was lovely sharing a bottle of wine with great food looking out over the waters. We even went there just for a drink & it was a great friendly atmosphere will decently revisit this place when we return to florida next year.

Although I put average for special occasion it is only because it's is casual eating but depends on what you like for a special occasion.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie C
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Clearwater, Florida
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168 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Delicous Seafood with Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

This is my favorite restaurant in the Clearwater area. My wife and I go here for our birthdays (thank you email list). Our anniversary and sometimes just to go sit over the water at lunch. The staff is always super friendly and fast. Never had a bad experience in the times we have gone. My wife and I enjoy sitting on the outside seating, and have also eaten inside. We prefer the inner coastal view. We always get the Lobster Bisque (it is amazing) and some form of seafood. We never leave hungry, most the time we are bringing food home with us. I have been to many seafood restaurants in the Bay Area, and this is the only one I get excited about going back to.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michael D
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Home from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

When we first came across Backwaters the outside didn't strike us as anything special but once inside we were made to feel like old friends. The staff were very attentive, polite and accommodating seating us straight away. Special mention to Ben, Heather and Megan who looked after us each night we went in. The food was fantastic with a good variety and I can recommend the Mahi Mahi. The view from the terrace across the water at night was spectacular and certainly added to our enjoyment. If you want to enjoy good food, good atmosphere, eat where the locals do then this is the place for you, an absolute treasure.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Food details matter”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

We had not been to Backwaters since April when we had a good experience with friends so were excited to return. We were seated immediately without a reservation and the wait staff was wonderful. However, we were disappointed with our dinners. My husband ordered the seafood platter and was presented with three small shrimp, three small scallops and a small piece of Mahi Mahi. Its not that we expect huge portions but this was pretty meager by any standard. I had the Snapper special. The Snapper was fine, however the zucchini mix side dish had a very metallic taste making it non-editable. Nice atmosphere and good view from the deck, but the food details made this visit average at best.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lea107
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