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About Circles Waterfront Dining
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.
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Friday - Saturday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our Tiki Hut offers live entertainment Thursday through Sunday.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
Circles Waterfront Dining Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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