Over twenty years ago, a small smart casual restaurant on Sand Key earned their first award for “Best Waterfront Dining” in the Bay area. That restaurant, Backwaters on Sand Key is now an icon in and around Clearwater and the barrier islands. Locals and tourists alike discover this gem at the end of a boardwalk along the back waters of Clearwater Bay. The views of the intra-coastal waterway are stunning.
Lunch or dinner can be shared with resident sea life. The occasional manatee comes wandering by and is not outdone by the dolphin’s playful search for fresh food. Speaking of fresh, Backwater’s is known for its fresh grouper sandwiches and their award winning burgers that are mouthwatering! Reservations aren’t necessary. Just come on in and be treated to some southern hospitality and the bar is always full of colorful locals retired from northern stress or travelers happy to just be in Florida.
Try Backwaters’ butter broiled crabcakes on Wednesdays or Backwaters’ prime rib Saturdays. You can always fine fresh shucked oysters and jumbo shrimp during their happy hour from 2:30 PM to 6:30. While seafood is popular, nothing beats Backwaters’ butter blackened New York strip steak! Join us soon at 1261 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767. The island of Sand Key is adjacent to Clearwater Beach and Backwaters is located in the only commercial strip on the island.