WTR Pool & Grill

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$30 and under
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American
Located next to the Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas in Tampa, Florida on the waterfront of Tampa Bay, WTR Pool and 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 and Grill serves Dinner Thursday 4p-10p. Lunch and Dinner Friday - Sunday 12p-8p. Happy Hour is Thursday & Friday 4p-7p.

WTR Pool and 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We waited about 10 minutes for our waitress to address our presence which was annoying as the restaurant was not busy. She took our order. It was about 15 minutes before she reappeared with my glass of wine which I had to clean the outside of the glass so I would not drip wine on my clothing. She did not have my partner’s beer as she confessed that she had forgotten what he wanted. While waiting for his drink for another good span of time, our meal was delivered. As we started our meals, our waitress looks at us as she is walking by and announces that they had run out of his beer, but she was going to bring him a “sample” of another beer. He told her not to bother at that point. Why she didn’t ask him what he would like to order instead, I don’t know. She eventually showed up all excited with a small sample of a beer.
Our meal was ok, not outstanding. The portions were small.
Definitely lacked ambiance.
We will not go there ever again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my birthday with my two university of Tampa girls!! We had a great night! Food was great and service superb!

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed celebrating your special day with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Emily was a great server!

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you! We will let her know!

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Bobby
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We scheduled a date night. We mistakenly thought it was a romantic place. Although I called ahead of time to confirm what was appropriate attire, we were completely overdressed. The service was super slow and the food was okay. As a hangout to listen to music and watch the sunset, it would be great! As a date night, not so much.

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We waited 20 minutes after being seated to have our drink order taken by a waiter that didn’t know the menu. To his credit he’s a bartender that was called in last minute to serve (real professional). Salad was brought out and there was plastic from the cheese container in my salad. There were no arrangements made for outdoor seating in case of rain so we had the joy of dining at plastic tables inside. The food was for two, but you got a 3oz filet and 3 pieces of asparagus, let me tell you, I was full. 🙄 all in all I would never recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The outdoor area is wonderful! The dining room too bright! Server wasn’t great. Food was decent. Dining room needs work

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are looking to make some upgrades to the dining room in the near future.

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TERRYD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was Joseph and was very attentive, plus he picked up on our sense of humor. The steak was done perfectly and we loved the dessert. We will definitely return in the future.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We will be sure to pass your kind words about Joseph to him.

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JanB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The only negative was my "smores" dessert, which wasn't to my liking - WAY too much marshmallow! The rest was fabulous; beautiful view, great food, and strong drinks :-) Hubby loved the shrimp tacos, and I loved the quinoa salad. Both very tasty! Watched the sunset and enjoyed the beautiful evening.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you, Jan, for your wonderful 5 star review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us.

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vipfireman
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First of all when we showed up the gal at the hostess station was on the phone. We stood there for 3-4 minutes and she never even paid attention to us, so we left and went to Fleming's. Good choice.

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vipJason
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We stood at the host podium for several minutes. No one that worked at the restaurant was in sight. No one ever came to greet or seat us, so we left. There also weren’t any other people eating in the restaurant, which was a telling sign.

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vipSandita
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location for eating outdoors - have tables right on the bay. We had brunch which was adequate for the price & holiday. However, my dining partner said the shrimp and grits were excellent. Not a fancy place but enjoyable.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your visit at WTR Pool and Grill. Happy Holidays!

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MARYM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FIRST TIME VISIT AND WEEKEND STAY. FOOD AND AMBIANCE WAS INCREDIBLE WOULD VISIT AGAIN.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you, for choosing The Wtr Pool & Grill! We are happy to hear you had an amazing 5 star experience with us! We hope you see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mom’s birthday and they made her feel special

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for choosing Wtr Pool and Grill for your mom's big day! We hope to see you again soon!

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Kristy
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This was an awful experience. Menu on Open Table offered a buffet plus a full menu. When we got there it was just a buffet, a$16.95 buffet that was equal to a free breakfast buffet at your local Comfort Inn, with the exception of the omelet maker. Lukewarm hash browns, clumpy eggs. I could have cried. This was the ‘leaving my daughter at college going away breakfast’. We spent 15 minutes there, were charged $75 and I’m furious about it. The server was very kind, saw how upset I was about the menu and comped one of the 5 meals. It was not enough. I should have realized this would be a problem when this was the only location with open reservations in the city. Live and learn but I will NEVER return and be sure to tell everyone not to make the same mistake.

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KarenR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Unfortunately 2 of us got sick from our meal. Atmosphere was not equal to prices of food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go to WTR we are never disappointed. The food and the ambiance is amazing as well as the service! We love sitting outside to enjoy the view of the bay!

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you for this wonderful 5 star review!

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CassieB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding!!! Great food and great drinks!

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on July 26, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you!

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DIANNEF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time, love the pool near the bar and the water view from the deck . We had an awesome time and the band was great. Very Fast service !

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you!

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BrianO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We met another couple for an early dinner, and the although the food and service was good, the INCREDIBLY LOUD pool party had me worried we wouldn't be able to hold a conversation at the table. We sat as far away as possible, and it was tolerable. Great views of the water, the tacos we had were good, drinks were refreshing, and the service was what we'd expect. I will be back, and I'd recommend it to others.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Brian.

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AngelD
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

They offer reservations till 12 o’clock for brunch but then I got there at 11:30 and was told that it was closing down in 10 minutes and there is really nothing to choose from and no offer her any suggestion to refill the stations. And the omelette station closed at 11:30

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ClaireM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We found the place to have Delicious food great atmosphere and nice people

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on May 18, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review, Claire. Good to hear you enjoyed yourself.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Went on Mother’s Day, and their mother day menu was not appetizing. We had drinks and left. Great place and great staff.

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AnitaD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We took our Mother there for Mother’s Day. Dat at a table for approximately 20-25 minutes before a waitress asked if we had been waited on and the place was not busy only 1 other table inside was occupied. She said she would find our server but he was no where to be found. So she waited on us she already had 8 tables outside. Ordered and everyone got the food except my mom who ordered a chicken sandwich.... food was ok and we were really hungry by then. The manager did come over and gave us 25% off but it was Mother’s Day and for that it was incredibly disappointing.

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MichelleC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service with a great view! Excellent bartender and experience.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on June 8, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars, Michelle!

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JonathanF
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This was a family lunch for Mother's Day with 10 of us for their buffet. The food was ok. It was decent for a pool bar/restaurant.

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vipTonyS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Valet system is very unorganized.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was Mother’s Day. We had a reservation for eight and showed up about 10 minutes early. They had no table ready and that took a few minutes. The biggest problem was that the buffet was constantly empty. There were not that many people there at all and yet they could not keep up with making scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc. also, I expected a bigger spread for Mother’s Day and it really was just a normal breakfast buffet

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MICHAELG
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server and atmosphere where fantastic. Can’t say much for the food and in only had a salad, but that was prepared well. I’d go back.

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vipGood
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What an awful place. Service was horrendous. Food on the breakfast buffet was meh at best and the best part—the fruit cups— were not replenished. Overpriced for what you get. Wouldn’t return or recommend.

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MichelleC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and view.... I can’t think of any other place with a laid back environment and view like this.

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you, Michelle! See you soon

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nancyj
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

There weren’t a lot of choices on the buffet, but what was there, was all excellent!

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themick7
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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MatthewG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on April 18, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review, Matthew!

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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RocioS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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LBuckingham
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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DawnB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MichaelV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

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DesireeM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipLAOnScene
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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WTR Pool & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 281-0566.

WTR Pool & Grill is rated 3.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

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