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Circles Waterfront Dining

Circles Waterfront Dining Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://circleswaterfront.com/
  • Phone: (813) 641-3275
  • 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, Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from Circles Waterfront Dining
With a fantastic view of the water and superb cuisine, to Circles Waterfront Dining is the perfect place to have a quiet dinner, celebrate a special occasion or have lunch. Our outstanding to Circles Waterfront Dining culinary staff is pleased to offer a delectable variety of dinner entrees, salads and appetizers along with imaginative lunch menus. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "When ever there is a special occasion we go to Circles. Love the place."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "Periodically there are 4 ladies that get together and go away for the weekend to Little Harbor in Ruskin. Our favorite place to eat is Circles for either lunch or dinner. The food is great and the atmosphere is wonderful out by the water. Great place to share some fun down time with good friends, great food and beautiful atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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
  • "Food was excellent, however we ordered at first the well advertised Prime Rib and yet at 6:30 PM they had run out! This was a our second visit and we would recommend it to anyone who likes great food at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "My wife and I Met my cousin and wife at Circles on Sunday. The restaurant is beautiful inside and the outside dining area was great (except they allow smoking and we moved inside). Matt was a wonderful and understanding waiter who did a great job. The grouper bits was so good we ordered the grouper sandwich. The marina is easy to see from everywhere in or out. Made for a nice backdrop. We would absolutely return."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Excellent food. Server could have been more informed with the menu and not so hovering. Party of three who had not seen each other in years. Ordered cocktails and told the server we would let her know when ready. Server returned 4 times in 45 minutes and we felt rushed. Ordered Steak Au Poivre, minus Au Poivre, had to tell her what it meant. Steak served Au Poivre, minus the sauce, back it went. Asked about a certain wine, server asked another server. After food served, never saw her until check came, didn't ask if we wanted dessert. Overall, I would rate the food 5+ but the hovering and lack of knowledge was needless. It was extremely noisy to the point of almost shouting."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We arrived early for our reservation. The receptionist said cheerfully that they could seat us immediately and led us to an outdoor table. It was 46 outside and no heater nearby. When we said it was too cold to sit outside we were told that all indoor tables were committed until 8:30, an hour and a half later. When I reminded her we had a reservatiin, she said we hadnt specified indoors. She offered to place us on a wait list. When I said that was unacceptable, she suggested we go somewhere else. We did."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Circles came highly recommended by several friends. We went with high expectations, and were very pleased with a fantastic dining experience. Food, service, and ambiance are all top-notch. Not only is the food excellent, the portions are generous. Service was very attentive without "hovering". We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Sorry to say that this visit did not live up to expectations based on previous visits. Nothing on the menu "popped." Maybe because everything seemed to be centered on rice pilaf. I ordered the special. The Mahi Mahi and mussels (appetizer eaten as an entre) were delicious."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Enjoyable dining experience with family and friends. Wait staff is very attentive and courteous. Food selection is great."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Found this gem on Trip advisor after driving 8 hours. Menu was tantalizing, seafood, pastas, steaks. Was seated promptly on patio for our reservation then ignored. Adjacent servier noticed and took our drink order. Several minutes later our server Lou casually saunters up with our drinks and then in the most uninterested way took our order. Food was excellent but server could care less. Had to ask several times for water refill, iced tea, drink order. Very disappointing for such a fine restaurant. Will return but not with this server."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Circles is my favorite restaurant. The food is terrific. The lemon/pepper scallops are the best I've had anywhere. Inside dining has an elegant atmosphere or you can sit outside and enjoy the view. I Love it!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This restaurant was a real surprise. We tried it because it was recommended on Open Table and was midpoint for others in our party. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic meal with a nice breeze and had a good view of the boats decorated with holiday lights. The wine selection is good and everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. I would highly recommend Circles. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "lovely location for dining, enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner in the fireplace room recently with a large group, rather pricey, same dish served tastes very different on separate evenings, would be nice to have a Happy Hour during evening dinner hours.."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "The outside dinning space in great when the weather is nice. Perfect lunch spot. Good food."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Our lunch was exceptional. Great variety in the menu. Beautiful waterfront/marina view. We plan to return again - soon."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Issues came once we were seated. We waited an embarrassingly long time for our waiter to even come and greet us, when he came he never apologized or greeted us just raised up his head to us to I guess let us know he was ready to take our drink order. We placed our drink order and had to call him to the table to take our appetizer order! The rest of the night was horrendous, the waiter explained he had been there "16 years" well shame on him for treating us so poorly. We waited 1 hour an 15 mins for our meals - waiter did not care and just said "well we are short staffed".... he was awful, to say we are appalled is an understatement.! Definitely NOT Recommended until they get their service and staff issues sorted out!"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "Sitting outside and viewing the water while eating some great food made for a memorable experience. Great for out of town visitors or just local friends and family. The food portions are large and the service was attentive. Weekend parking can be a challenge but just arrive early, and stay late!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013