WTR Pool & Grill

3.9
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located next to the Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas in Tampa, Florida on the waterfront of Tampa Bay, WTR Pool & Grill is a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor venue featuring three bars and is a new contemporary and casual concept serving fresh seafood, local ingredients and American classic dishes. WTR Pool & Grill serves Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late Night bites.

WTR Pool & Grill features modern and airy nautical décor with light woods, white, tans and shades of blue. A bodega bar built inside the restaurant will offer guests a separate space for drinking and dining.Guests take in the Florida sunset from waterfront seating, while shaded by a sail-like canopy and ordering drinks from a rustic beach bar. For Pool side reservations call 813-265-1234 or text 813-786-1300. For Grill reservations please call 813-281-0566.
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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Fun being out by the pool and the outdoor bar area. Our blonde haired waitress left a lot to be desired. They had 2 girls serving customers at the tables near the bar and around the pool. Easily 1 or 2 more girls would have been a big help.

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive and fun. Great value. Service and view were great.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your 5 star review, Matthew!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was pretty good. Service was not. Had to wait long time for server to come by and check on us. Brought out our meals and dessert in intervals. Ask another server for help totally blew us off. Shame to spend over $100 and receive service like that.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Watching the sunset while having dinner with family was espectacular. The service was kind and good.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is the first time we have visit since it has become the godfrey. The food and drinks were poor and the service was worse. We had to send back multiple cocktails because they were not drinkable. Our waiter told us the reataurant had had 15 managers in the past year and was a disaster behind the scenes....not really what you should tell paying guests. We waited over 30 minutes for some pita bread to go with our appetizers, so long our mains (which were cold) came before it. After this experience, we will not be returning. Only positive was the location on the water

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on March 19, 2019

We have written to the guest with our apologies for service and are waiting to hear back. We always appreciate feedback good or bad so we can improve and create a great environment for our guests.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many needed improvements have been made to this venue. Food, staff, and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back during the week. Weekends might be too much for the family to handle.

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MV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Didn't even eat the food it was undercooked and had been sitting

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was amazing and attentive and Liz was great. Except for the fact that my guests dropped 900.00 they were not granted the water they asked for. Really. But for the most part all was good.

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LA
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veggie burger and truffle fries were very tasty! Our server Kiley was new but went above and beyond to make sure our visit was awesome. WTR is one of the few places to eat which is directly situated on waterfront, and we enjoyed the serenity by sitting outside. On my previous visit, our server was Elizabeth, who is also excellent. I’m looking forward to enjoying breakfast at WTR one day soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

We went on Christmas day and we felt very rushed to finish. It seemed like no one wanted to be there and the quality of service showed. If you didnt want to be open for Christmas then dont. I paid $32 for a below average steak, I expected more quality.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on January 4, 2019

I am terribly sorry we were not able to make up for the steak service before you left. Im assuming you spoke to a manager about the steak? Give me a call so I can make this up to you.

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SL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined here on Christmas Day at 5:30pm. Didn't realize it was a buffet, but you could also order from a limited menu. Our daughter is vegetarian and we gently expressed our concerns for having suitable options for her. Next thing we knew, they had prepared a lovely plate of grilled vegetables for her. The food from the buffet was pretty good, too. We caught a beautiful sunset and had fun exploring their "pop-up Winterland" that was set up around the perimeter of the pool deck. Overall, it was a pleasing outing at WTR.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on January 4, 2019

Thank you for posting and it was lovely having you

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

False advertising for the winterland event.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on January 4, 2019

Please email me and we can discuss. I certainly dot want anyone feeling they got scammed. If this is for Dinner with Mrs Clauss, she was here for 2 hours but had to leave unfortunately so we called in Santa himself!

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OE
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great server - she was attentive and funny. Will definitely come back

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good but service was not that great. The hostesses were not very nice and food/drinks took a while but tasted good.

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c
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We loved this place when it was ... (whatever it was called prior to this opening) so we knew the ambiance was great and were excited to try it. We stood at the host desk for quite a while, someone finally sat us, and then drinks took so long we didn't bother eating there. We ended up walking to Whiskey Joe's (which was awesome, btw). The place was dead, and that should have been our first clue. Just don't bother going there during the day. There was no one around, and it took our server far too long to accomplish anything (bring water, refills, etc). After standing at the desk (again, for what seemed like forever) I asked for our check and a manager and (not surprisingly) one never came. Just go to the pool bar. It's really pretty by the pool, and the bartenders will get you drinks fairly quickly. (PS it required me to put in a rating for food, although I didn't actually get any)

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on December 10, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, I do apologize that we failed to provide you with the service you deserved. We are continuously training the staff to provide a great experience for our guest. I hope that you will try us again so we can have the opportunity to serve you better. Thank you

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Awful...don’t know how this place is in business

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Responded on November 30, 2018

I have contacted this person privately to get more information

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LL
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for an easy place to have dinner after flying into Tampa. An easy drive from the airport and water front. Limited menu because it was Thanks Giving was still good. Out waitress (from western Mass) was very friendly and accommodating! We shared the calamari, which was good because it had skinny onion straws and mushrooms mixed in and was in a light batter, she brought 3 sauces. The margharita flat bread with added chicken and jalapeños was just right! We had never heard of a pumpkin cranberry bash, but you should try it! All with a fantastic waterfront table! We will stop in again!

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on December 10, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. It is always a pleasure to hear that we provided you with a great dinning experience. I have shared your kind words with our staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great and the server was good. Outside seating was a little warm. Would recommend outdoor fans.

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T
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new concept and menu... great food and nice atmosphere. It's a crazy party on one side and the other is relaxing and a beautiful waterfront view.

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LA
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The grouper sliders were good and accompanying truffle fries were excellent. The location is pretty scenic alongside Tampa Bay. Inside seating is all tables and high tops, with no booths. Large bar. The chairs were somewhat cheap and dirty. There were not very many people there for lunch so it is not quite the lunch destination it could be.

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D
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience. The food is incredible. The view at Wtr seems to be the best in town as far as I’m concerned. Service was fast and on point. But the highlight of the experience was with the bartenders great attitudes and delicious cocktails. This will be my new weekly destination. Thanks for making my date so enjoyable.

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NA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my absolute favorite place to chill! My bartender Sheena has the best personality ever! She was the most energetic fast paced hard working bartender I have ever seen! I highly recommend this place!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to this location many times in the past, as Hogan’s beach and beach bar. I had revisited this place so many times because the location has a charm like no other. The restaurant views of the bay and the outside bar give you a sense of being on a remote tropical island. But this time...I WAS LEFT IN AWE. To my surprise my go to getaway had undergone a bit of a facelift. As I walked in to what now is WTR...I was rendered speechless. The old decking and volleyball area has been replaced with a pool adorned with white Cabanas. Something that resembles Ibiza. The old bar was redone and wraps along the front of the pool, making it able to view the water and sunset as you dine and drink. Brand new TVs line every point, so you won’t miss out on any games. Let’s not forget the menu and drinks have been upgraded too. I had an amazing tuna poke bowl, ceviche, and the most delicious lobster sliders! And I ordered a drink called a tropical itch that was so tasty! It even had a back scratcher in it! I can say that this bar is officially like no other place in the whole area! And the staff is dynamite too! So friendly and charismatic! If you looking for that hidden gem, you’ve found it. ✨

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I’ve heard the buzz about a new Miami style pool bar and restaurant so I had to try it out. The food was incredible! Not to mention the beautiful pool with cabanas and pool chairs surrounding it. This is my new hangout spot for sure!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place to be! Great food and drinks, awesome atmosphere, and a stunning sunset view! Cant think of a better place since the renovations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and overall experience was amazing. Such a drastic change from previous visits. 11/10 would recommend!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So excited to finally have a Vegas style pool party in tampa! Beautiful ocean front view, private vip cabanas, awesome service and to top it off the food is incredible. New favorite spot hands down!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous views great food and awesome staff!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best venue in Tampa! No better combination of view and overall experience. Atmosphere is electric, Live music is dope, and the employees are rad! Definitely bring your crew out here

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool place! Will definitely come again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous views, great food and amazing staff!!

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ET
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food ! Great Scenery ! WTR has definitely taken a turn for the better . We will return !

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E
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, music and waterfront scenery was nice.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, and very creative. I will be returning!

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SH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and menu selection was diverse. Loved the waterside venue, it was beautiful at sunset! Perfect ambiance for dinner date!

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T
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW what an improvement!! We have been coming to this location for a few years now because of the view... but now the food is next level!! Good job guys!! We will be back soon!

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for lunch and had a wonderful experience. The chicken salad sandwich was divine and the atmosphere is awesome. Can’t wait to return!!

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B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved a cabana and hosted a company party here last weekend. We were not disappointed! The VIP experience and service was top notch. Everyone in our group had an amazing time. The food was extraordinary. Couldn't have asked for a smoother, more enjoyable experience. We will definitely be back.

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T
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing atmosphere! We sat outside on the waterfront and watched the sunset as we enjoyed dinner. Food was a little more expensive as before but well worth it!! Highly Recommend!!

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