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Circles Waterfront Dining
Circles Waterfront Dining

Circles Waterfront Dining Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://circleswaterfront.com/
  • Phone: (813) 641-3275
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.
    Friday - Saturday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
  • Entertainment: Our Tiki Hut offers live entertainment Thursday through Sunday.

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  • Parking: No
A word from Circles Waterfront Dining
With a fantastic view of the water and superb cuisine, Circles Waterfront is the perfect place to have a quiet dinner, celebrate a special occasion or have lunch. Our outstanding culinary staff is pleased to offer a delectable variety of dinner entrees, salads, appetizers, and housemade deserts. Our Tiki Hut offers live Entertainment is available Thursday-Sunday Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "A great view and Lu provided superb service. The duck, grouper and steaks were all top notch. The wine choices were decent if not extensive and fairly reasonably priced. Unfortunately the experience was a bit disappointing since we could barely converse with the others in our party due to the noise. I've never been in an outside dining venue as noisy as this one and inside was even noisier! We'll definitely return, but probably not on a weekend evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We love dining outside with a view of the water and marina. Sitting on the patio under the cover is comfortable even on a hot day. Monday night prime rib is always terrific. Circles has something for everyone a tiki bar, sports bar, fine dining and outdoor seating. The food and service are consistently good. Definitely a nice place to go."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is always outstanding. I have been dining here for years and I have never been disappointed"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed their dinner. 3 out of 4 ordered seafood and one ordered beef and they were all excellent. The service was very good as well. The one glitch was that when we came in we were told that Open Table reservations were all outside reservations. In the heat of the summer, that maybe a problem. We waited about 30 minutes to be seated for an air-conditioned spot. So specify indoor reservations if that is what you want when you make the reservation under special needs."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Circles was an awesome place to dine on a Saturday night. Couldn't really see the sunset through the trees but the dockside views and nighttime sky were wonderful. The food was fantastic and the wait staff were attentive and fun and engaging. Eclectic crowd. Felt at home here in shorts and a polo or dressed up for a night out. This is definitely on our list of places to take visiting friends."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It seemed like their prices went up. Getting out of range except for special occasion dinners. Too bad, because it's a lovely setting that I always enjoyed when more affordable. Won't be back any time soon."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We enjoy circles monthly. Lunch or dinner is always delicious. We celebrated father's day and the food was delicious and Aaron our server was great! Had the special. Sweet potato dish was wonderful"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was over-the-top fantastic. The bar, well, it needs help."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was good, nothing outstanding. Plates are large enough to bring home left overs as my wife couldn't finish hers. Thought it a bit strange that dogs were allowed in the beach bar and outdoor dining areas. These were not Assistance dogs!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Best restaurant experience we've had in a long time. Great food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Good Food, well prepared and presented. Generous portions. The water/marina view is very nice. Our waitress was well informed and accommodating to special requests. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. We will go back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "With the bar being right there and the nights getting warmer there is just a lot going on later in the evening. If you are looking for quiet and easy going get a table inside."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a great time. Food was excellent. We had 5 at the table, and it was difficult to hear conversations across the table---conversation at other tables and band were an obstacle for some. Price on a Friday night was at the upper end of their advertised range. But we had drinks, dinner, and after dinner drinks. Waiter was efficient. Lots of left-overs to bring homes."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The service on Sunday evening was appropriately attentive and water glasses were kept full (a big plus in my book), but the food took a long time to appear. When it did, it was underwhelming. While the seasoning hit the right notes, the "seared" tuna was overcooked and the accompanying veggies were, too. The lemon shrimp/chicken pasta dish did not justify the price. Of course, the Lobster Bisque was marvelous, as always. For the value and the distance from Tampa, I will look elsewhere for the next special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was not. Despite having a reservation we were seated in a corner and forgotten about. It appeared that the hostess didn't communicate to the server that she had a table to serve and the server was not vigilant about checking because she never came around until another server graciously went and got her for us. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Made dinner reservations to celebrate Mother's Day on the eve before with just my bride of 40+ yrs. Asked for a special table if avail at a special time. We got delayed by traffic and were almost 10 minutes late and the place was packed, they completely accommodated us anyhow. The food was fantastic - my bride had scallops ... never have I seen so large and so perfectly prepared, I had the shrimp parmesan - exquisite and an enormous portion I could not finish - I never have a need for a doggie bag - did that night! Oh, did I mention, our server, Frank, is perhaps the best on the entire gulf coast. We have had the pleasure of his service in Brandon for a number of years and are thrilled he is a fixture at Circles.. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant and didn't know what to expect. From the time we parked the atmosphere was welcoming. The people were friendly and the food was delicious and plentiful. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went with my husband on 5.9.2014. We are new to the area, and had never been. My husband loves steak and seafood. I typically eat chicken. Appetizers we had the chicken eggs roll...they were "ok". I had a GREAT "house salad" with the home made balsamic vinaigrette dressing....delicious! They also bake their bread...very good. For dinner I had the "Italian Chicken" - delicious! My husband had the "surf and turf"...ordered med-well. It was VERY well done...like leather, but we never send food back, cause...well...we both have worked in restaurants and "seen things". He also got scallops which were blah. We had a "vibrant' server, and fairly tentative, but the atmosphere right on the water is great. We'll give it another shot :-)"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food and great atmosphere! The service was also very good. The best in Apollo Beach!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We frequent Circles at least once a month for years. This was not good, the food was fine. It was the place was packed with bar patrons and the wait staff was short handed. We got our appetizer after our main course arrived. We had to ask for bread and drink refills. I expect more from this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I had the corn flake crusted Cod. It was wonderful,"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This was our best outdoor eating experience of our Florida stay !! Our waiter was the best !! The meal was outstanding !!! We recommend Circles to everyone we talk to and can't wait to return !!!! Thanks again Rhonda and Don Hilts ( Malone NY )"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Although not impressive from the street the inside made up for our first impression. We had a drink at the outside bar before dinner inside. The bar area was very busy and very energetic. The outside band was good and not over powering. Dinner service and the food were both very good. The food was presented well. The view was super. Next time we may eat on the patio of the restaurant. We will tell others to try it for a upscale atmosphere and dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had a one-on-one business meeting at Circles and we sat outside. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was amazing and delicious! Sitting outside was beautiful. While the temperature that day was in the 80's you wouldn't know it sitting on the patio. What a great gem for Apollo Beach! I live in Apollo Beach as well and plan to spend more time at Circles. Jo Bull"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Sat outside on with a slight Gulf breeze. The Spicy Grouper has a sweet but hot Asian styled flavor. It was so good that my wife wished she had ordered it too. Although her Bouillabaisse was excellent she prefers spicy food. Great view and a once atmosphere with live music outside. Will go back again."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "One of the things I appreciate is quality of food. Spices, freshness, etc. Also while I appreciate fine dining, I also like it when my meal will actually fill me up! Well, you'll find that type of experience at Circles. The food quality was exceptional, but also very filling. Our waitress, Ruby, ensured everything was good and always was there to refill our drinks. She really made our experience fabulous."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "When ever there is a special occasion we go to Circles. Love the place."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food and service were phenomenal. We asked for a relaxed pace and our entrée order wasn't even placed until we were 1/2 way through our appetizers. Gave us plenty of time to sit and relax and chat. Have wanted to try them for a long time and so glad we finally got there."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been to Circles a few times now and are never disappointed. The service is wonderful, the food is consistently good, and it's a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We arrived 15 minutes before the reservation and the table was ready almost 20 minutes after the reservation. The waiter was nice but not polished with his service technique. No ordering errors, just reaching over, the bottom of the water pitcher dripped just missing the food. The atmosphere was very good. We sat outside with a nice landscaping view leading out to the water. It was really pleasant and comfortable. The food was very good. I loved the variety on the menu. Our table ordered a variety of dishes and all were timely, tasty, and very well presented. This was our third visit and first outside. The other two experiences (just hubby n me) were very lovely, well served, and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is the go to place when you want to take a friend someplace special. The food is always great and the outdoor seating is just lovely. I've tried something different each time I have been and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "One word downhill quickly, the steak at Applebee's is so much more tender, the duck was soggy and chewy and the stuffed grouper was still frozen in the center all after waiting one hour for the food to arrive at the table. I will not be back, also so over priced."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We had a terrific time. The menu was varied to accommodate all different types of pallets. Minimal kids menu, but that's all you need anyway. We ordered lemon chicken, Colossal Grilled shrimp, stuffed grouper with crab, NY strip and Thai grouper (spicy). All were large portions and tasty. They were very accommodating for us when we realized we made the reservation for the wrong night. A bit too loud inside for grandpa who has a hearing aid."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have been going to Circles now for over 15 years. They have expanded on their outside dining, tiki bar and live music. It is always the place we go to meet our friends, stay local and enjoy good food. The scenery on the marina is a bonus!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had good food and very attentive service (which contradicted some of the other reviews). Atmosphere was great for a date night, but not what I would consider romantic. The separate bar section was very boisterous, but did not affect our meal. They're big into rice pilaf as the basic starch item. We'll return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my girl friend for her first Circles experience. She was very impressed as the food and service were great. It was a little breezy but our waitress Lou brought her a tablecloth to put over her legs and she was comfortable after that. We had the special and it was excellent as we had the leftovers the next night. One negative: the Martinis could use some improvement. Roy's in Orlando has a fantastic infused pineapple Martini that's the best. We will definitely return to enjoy Circles again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We usually eat outdoors, yet Florida still does have winter nights. We enjoyed a delicious meal with friends. Portions are large, and we would prefer to share a dish such such as Stuffed Grouper or their Parmesan offerings. The meals were a little bland from previous visits. Not sure why the chef has altered our favorites. We will return, since we live in town and enjoy the location and usually rave about our meals."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a great place to unwind when visiting colleagues or coming home at the end of a busy day. Outdoor patio seating was closed as it was too cold even with the heaters. Inside was bustling. The waitress, Ruby, was engaging and paid just enough attention that we were able to conduct business, catch up on friendly conversation and relax. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Everyone in our group of 6 for dinner enjoyed our meals. The servers were most attentive to our needs and in refilling our beverages. Prior to dining we enjoyed a beverage in the bar area that was pleasantly active. The service in the bar area was also excellent. Every staff person we encountered was pleasant."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "This was my 3rd visit to Circles. The setting is wonderful, great view, etc. The food however does not live up to the ambiance of the restaurant. At best it is mediocre and very disappointing. The dinner menu is exciting and lists items not found else where but I do not feel it lives up to expectations. My crab cakes were generous in size but little flavor, Onion soup had too much garlic, i found pieces of it, too much thyme & rosemary. In all not very flavorful. We brought friends to Circles from out of town but we would not do that again Because of all my experiences I will not be dinning at Circles again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014