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Circles Waterfront Dining

172 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Circles Waterfront Dining is an American seafood restaurant located in Apollo Beach, Florida. The restaurant features casual dining with a modern, airy dining room and outdoor seating with waterfront views.

Circles Waterfront Dining serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a seasonal menu of seafood dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The dinner menu at Circles Waterfront Dining features a wide assortment of appetizers, handcrafted soups, fresh cut garden salads, fresh coastal water seafood, beef, lobster, chicken, pork, vegetarian dishes, sides, desserts and kid friendly fare. House specialties at the restaurant include mussels vin blanc, lobster bisque, New American salad, hot and spicy grouper and tuna Tokyo.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Friday - Saturday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(813) 641-3275
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Our Tiki Hut offers live entertainment Thursday through Sunday.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
1.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

If you are looking for a restaurant that makes you feel welcome or acts like it appreciates your business this is not the place for you, go elsewhere! We have twice now been treated poorly by the young girl hostess at the desk. The last was last Saturday night ( 8/26/17), despite having made reservations two day before using their website and requesting inside dining we were told in a not so nice way that we could not sit inside and should have called and not used the website. We were accused of using the OpenTable site which was not the case. The 5 young girls (yes 5) behind the counter did not seem to care and complaining to the manager did not resolve the problem. It was very embarrassing in front of the guest we were taking there and we will not be doing that again or recommending this restaurant.

JeffW (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Met up with an old HS friend and his wife for dinner at Circles. They were ready to seat us as soon as we arrived and had accommodated us with a table where we had requested. We enjoyed our 4 hour dinner time with great service and great food.

Donny (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Excellent atmosphere , delicious food and attentive staff made for an anniversary dinner to remember . Thank you Circles ..Looking forward to the next visit

vipVinoluv (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

I have to say I was highly disappointed with my visit. The services was below my expectations for what a appears, to be on the surface, a very nice restaurant. It took the server almost 20 minutes to find clean glasses just to get us water and then when we needed refills she couldn't find the water pitcher. What was their only one water pitcher in the entire restaurant?

The food wasn't much better. My husband's mash potatoes tasted like they were several days old (who screws up mash potatoes?). His vegetables were so over cooked they were mushy.

Mine wasn't much better, I had Salmon that was way overpowered by the honey mustard sauce and the lump crab, tomatoe and avacado salad tasted very old and fishy and I couldn't find one slice of avacado in this salad.

Needless to say, I doubt we would go back unless someone we knew was having a party there or something, even then we might steer them away.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

Food was outstanding - the filet is a must have - melts in your mouth! A treasure in our own area.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

I took my wife there for her birthday. We had never been there before. We made reservations online and I was glad we did, as the restaurant was crowded, although I didn't see any people waiting to be seated. You have to go through the bar to get to the hostess counter, which I thought was odd. The bar does looked very casual, but the restaurant is a little upscale, though not formal. There were quite a few people in jeans, although some were more dressed up. The hostess asked us if we wanted to sit outside, but the night was cool for Florida, so we decided to sit inside. It turned out that was a mistake, because we later went outside and they had heaters that made things quite comfortable.

The restaurant was very loud, which surprised me. Maybe it was the acoustics. Regardless, I had a hard time hearing the waiter, who spoke softly. My wife and I had a bit of a hard time hearing each other as well. Toward the end of our meal the restaurant became less crowded and the noise became less of an issue.

Our particular waiter was not very friendly. Nor was he particularly attentive. Perhaps he was very busy, I'm not sure. We waited a long time for a drink refill and couldn't find him to ask for one. Eventually I saw him and I noticed him looking at our glasses. He spoke to another waiter who finally brought us more tea. I will say the other waiters seemed much friendlier, so I don't want to be too harsh about the service. Ours was just not very good.

The food, however, was excellent. My wife had the honey mustard salmon and I had the jumbo shrimp. She loved her salmon and I shared a couple of my shrimp with her and she said it was the best shrimp she had ever had. I tasted her salmon and it was very good and I agreed with her that the shrimp were fantastic as well.

After dinner we went outside and listened to the band for a little while, staying close to one of the heaters. The band was only two guys, but they were very good. All in all we had a very good time.

vipmajic (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2014

Spivey grouper recommended but Coral Springs linguini too rich. Eat outdoors if you can and enjoy the marina and the sunset.

SpecialDining (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

Circles Waterfront Dining was a fun adventure. The staff were accommodating and friendly for our 8 and 11 year olds. There were Birthday wishes for the Birthday Girl. The food was outstanding and cooked to perfection. We look forward to dining at Circles again the next time we come visit Tampa.

js4412 (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2014

I enjoy the food and the great outdoor dining. My friend and I were happy with our choose. I have heard about this restaurant before but never went. So glad I finally made it there. Great great great

finediner2 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2014

Circles is a special destination for guests in the Apollo Beach area. There were a considerable amount of snow birds. The food, atmosphere and service was exemplary. I would and have recommended this restaurant to many people. As a matter of fact we have made reservations for later in November

Raquel18 (Naples)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

Food was amazing! I've been there 3 times and it doesn't cerise to surprise. Great ambience, beautiful view, great for friends and perfect for romance.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2014

A little pricey, but large portions make up for it.

lbennett (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 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.

WhiskeyBoys (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on October 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.

CloudEagle84 (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on October 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.