Circles Waterfront Dining
Circles Waterfront Dining

Circles Waterfront Dining

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://circleswaterfront.com/
  • Phone: 8136413275x
  • 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.

Getting there

  • 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
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Circles Waterfront Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (51)scenic view (46)special occasion (37)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (23)romantic (21)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (14)great for brunch (10)late-night find (10)notable wine list (7)Show More
  • Wonderful local restaurant
    lbennett
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Family dinner out and Circles was the perfect choice. Outside dining with live band was fantastic. Service and food were terrific. Kid friendly and everyone had a great time. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What You Move to Florida For
    WhiskeyBoys
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We relocated to the Tampa area just 7 days ago for a work transfer from Colorado. One of our first nights of exploration included dinner at Circles. We both had steak and it was perfectly prepared with fresh vegetables and creamy garlic mashed potatoes. Bonus, the chef prepared 2 jumbo shrimp for us that were lemon and butter heaven. The beautiful outdoor dining, surrounded by palm trees, water and an incredible view of the sunset made us feel like we were on vacation. We had to remind ourselves "Oh yeah, we live here now!" It's the kind of dining experience you move to Florida for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit surprised.
    CloudEagle84
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The occasion for choosing CIRCLES was for my wife's birthday. We "thought" reservations were needed, the earliest was 1830; we were early and seated at a group of empty tables in an area outdoors akin to being next to kitchen door. Our meals were very good; lack of presentation, sort of "piled" onto the plate but too much food. Service was good, but after main course served, the next time we saw our waiter was for the bill. After what I thought was an inordinate waiting time, I went to the desk to pay (in cash) and learned the transaction had to be done by our waiter. After a wait, he came to the front desk to finish the transaction. A good meal, but not for the price that was charged; soup/ salad prices ok. Maybe sunset next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mind blowing!!!!
    ragingdramatist
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was my first time to Circles and it was amazing. From the beautiful outdoor seating. To the great music, and the incredible food. This place is a home run!!! I will be coming back frequently my new go to spot!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Will
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have a home in Apollo Beach. Circles is very convenient and all aspects of the restaurant are wonderful. This is the first time I used the reservation service, as we had a large group. Normaly, with the two of us, we walk in and are seated right away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed Lunch Before Twins Birth
    4bobebutler
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I emailed and was confirmed lunch seating time This a final lunch together with my Daughter expecting Twins ! The setting was clean, open and inviting Everyone smiled and said hello The menu offered some delicious options Thank you for the great meal and for your inviting hospitality Our Waiter B.Frank was excellent !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    FoodieinFL
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is always very good, the view is gorgeous when sitting outside (inside isn't bad either) and the staff is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was good, service was good. The metal chairs in the patio though were very uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back again..and again
    RPDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We've been coming to Circles since 2006. My wife had the grouper sandwich and I the coral reef linguini. Both were attractively presented, delicious and, in the case of the linguini, with generous amounts of shrimp and scallops. We would have loved dessert, but after an appetizer of their wonderful version of oysters Rockfeller and the ample portions of the main dishes, we just didn't have room. Maybe next time, as we've enjoyed their desserts before.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always as usual EXCELLENT!
    Dave1229
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our inlaws has been taking us there for years. Their food is Always Excellent. Quality never dissapoints us no matter what we choose on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breathtaking
    Mani
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As usual Circles is outstanding. The scenic view at sunset is magnificent. We went with friends and it was a delight to share this with them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noteworthy Neighborhood Gem
    Tony
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our first dining experience since moving from San Diego. We wanted to find a nice upscale neighborhood dining experience. We were seated immediately with a water/marina view. Our waitress arrived promptly and her service was excellent. We had an appetizer, salad, and entree. I chose the egg rolls while my wife chose the grouper bites. Both were very good. The egg rolls were not only huge but delicious, some of the best I have ever tasted. I also had a small Greek salad, which was also excellent. For entrees, I chose the stuffed grouper with crabmeat and my wife had the eggplant. Both were very good. Portions were large, we both enjoyed eggplant for lunch the next day. Highly recommend if you live in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Circles dining experience
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our family goes to eat at Circles at least 2 times a month sometimes more. Sometimes it can be a bit loud if they have alot of large parties. It is Apollo Beaches best restaurant. Our server was Brandy and she was awesome. My husband drinks alot of water or tea or beer and she kept his glasses full at all times and our food came out very fast. The view is always so beautiful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or in the area!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible Dining Experience!
    Mrjtmoore
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our party of four took the latest reservation available on opentable (9:30). We requested outdoor seating, and were initially seated at black iron outdoor type tables. When we went back to the reception area to have our place settings relocated nicer wooden tables, a server assumed we had just arrived. In a very nasty tone we were told that the kitchen was closed. It was not until it was clarified that we had already been seated that she tried to change her statement about the status of the kitchen. She was even confronted by another employee who was confused as to why she would lie about the status of the kitchen. Aside from the initial incident, both the service and quality of food were exceptional. Our server was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It took about 20 minutes before our server came to our table. I even stopped a bus boy to ask if he knew whom our waiter was. Once he finally showed up everything was great and he was prompt and courteous and outright redeemed himself. Food was really good!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    OldGnome
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The pair in front of us was seeking a table outside and were told it was an hour wait. I was very glad we had made a reservation and prefer eating inside. The food was outstanding. We had the Grouper Bites as an appetizer, which came to the table extremely hot and very well prepared. The house tartar sauce and cocktail sauce were both seasoned and spiced just right. We had side salads that were full of fresh veggies. My wife ordered the Grouper & Seafood Princess and she really enjoyed it. I ordered the Crispy Asian Duck. I asked for the chef to tone down the spiciness to "medium" and they really delivered. Next time, we'll leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the view
    ToledoRob
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I love to go here on our date nights. The waterfront views are great. The specials change nightly and are always delicious. My wife loves their steaks. I enjoy the seafood and a cold beer.. It's always a relaxing night out at Circles.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS ENJOYABLE
    SAVORYVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    WE ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED WITH CIRCLES. -WHETHER WE ARE MEETING OUR FRIENDS, BRINGING FRIENDS, OR JUST DINING ALONE, MY WIFE AND I REALLY ENJOY DINING HERE.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    Demr
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a birthday celebration for my husband here recently. We had requested the semi private space which they had waiting for us. The service and the food were excellent. Several of our guests went with the special - it was fabulous as well as substantial.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TinaVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Consistently a great restaurant! Great scenery and great wait staff. The food is always fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • second time here
    zgarsam
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    my wife and I enjoyed a nice dinner - food was very good and we moved on to the outside tiki area for live music and sunset drinks - our waitress seemed a bit inexperienced, but very nice, no big deal - i think their food is best in area hands down - awesome place for group or a special celebration - great marina setting
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    DahottestGlamMa
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have been here a few times and never been disappointed. Not even when there was a wait. The view of the bay, outdoor bar and live entertainment kept things interesting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the area by far!!
    TNMEN
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was my first time dining at this restaurant but while I was in the area I visited Circle's twice. Great food and a very friendly staff from the time you entered till your exit. Loved the Fish sandwich and the portion was HUGE!!!!! This is a must visit while in the area by far. I will be back for my next visit!! I'm told that if you plan to visit on the weekends that reservations are a must. Beautiful outside dining with a great view of the harbor. Kids would love to look at the boats and water I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    MJCEMTPVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and service were excellent. It is always a pleasure to visit Circles in Apollo Beach. The view of the water is always a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stuck in a 90's Rut and Clean Me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went on a Wednesday night as I did not cook dinner and it is close by. Seated in the dining room by the window, always nice view. Would sit outside, but the metal open mesh tables chairs are uncomfortable and condensation from your glass drips on you. I wanted a glass of wine, but all the better wines are by bottle only in every category - not cool.. Ordered entrees only, from the same menu we have seen in the last 8 years. Only changes are price if they can do that, please make a new menu. The signature fried shrimp was good as well as my husbands MR strip steak. Please retire the orchid on plate, frozen veggie, large servings in bowls. They need a consultant for menu, as well as cleaning - filthy! Back to Tampa for dining.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring ear plugs
    CLIFFLMT
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diningout
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food is always outstanding. I have been dining here for years and I have never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at Circles
    Katham3
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 124 reviews are from the Circles Waterfront Dining reviews archive.
  • Mani
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    keswickgirl
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fathers day lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not so great bar.
    chriscurran
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was over-the-top fantastic. The bar, well, it needs help.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CirclesDine
    goaltender
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    chriscurran
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Best restaurant experience we've had in a long time. Great food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fine dining experience
    VLsunbird
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It gets loud after 8:30 pm
    randomdine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner on a Friday night . ..
    theblonde
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    BlackTie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate