WTR Pool & Grill

3.5
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
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, while the restaurant brings the outdoors in, it will soon feature fully retractable glass NanaWalls that open the length of the room to the outdoor lounge. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Fri, Sat 7:00 am–12:00 am
Weekdays
Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(813) 281-0566
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Garcia
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Parking details
During large events Valet is available
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 80 People Are Saying
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Tampa
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We miss the old menu. We would bring everyone here but not loving the new menu items.

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TC
1.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

First off, it's no longer called the Beach, it is now called WTR and they never informed Open Table so it was an adventure finding the place. The service staff was not helpful and blamed the fact that Menus were only 3 days old and that management wasn't available for any questions. The food was sub-par, the peel and eat shrimp had way too much seasoning, the mussels were under-cooked, and everything else was just ok. The seating on the water with great views was the only highlight for our group.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Mother's Day reservation, overall, just okay. For the price of the Buffet, $50 with bottomless mimosas, not worth it. Not even a flower to offer to the mother's, which I have even gotten at an average diner. Stone Crab Claws were "overcooked" and the restaurant definitely was NOT prepared as they couldn't even find crab crackers. There was lots of confusion at the hostess stand in regards to breakfast vs. brunch buffet reservations and were not very pleasant in explaining the details. Ashley, our waitress, was the one who "saved the day" in making our experience somewhat enjoyable in spite of the confusion and mediocre food.

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BM
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Terrible service. We had to wave down our waiter every step of the way for drinks, food order, refills and the check.

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Tampa
3.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We were seated and then waited over 20 minutes before a waitress came over. Service was awful. Took too long for everything.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us met there for a girls night out. We had reservations and were seated immediately outside. Our server, Angelina, remarkably remembered me from a previous evening there and greeted me warmly. Our wine was served quickly, our appetizers of coconut shrimp with mango salsa was delicious. We ordered grouper sandwiches and fish tacos which came out quickly and were excellent. We finished off the dinner by splitting a sumptuous brownie. The ambiance was so relaxing, like being on a vacation. Watching the sun go down was awesome. After dark, they lit the fire pits and the gas lights. So pretty and took the chill off the night air. We stayed over 3 hours just talking and relaxing. Over all, a 5 star evening.

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DM
1.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed. The service was terrible. We made a reservation online, and we were greeted immediately and seated right on time. From there, the service went downhill fast. Our server took 15 minutes just to come by and take our drink order. We waited at least 25 minutes for delivery of our drinks. At no time, did the server come back and check on us. I had to get up twice and find our server to tell him we were ready for our dinner order and to check on the status of our first drinks.

Once we received our food, we were never asked if we wanted a second drink, never asked if we needed anything. Instead we received our check and it was assumed we were finished.

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CB
Washington DC
2.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was far from great. The only thing going for Beach is the location. We ended up dining at Whiskey Joe’s next door.

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RS
1.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible the whole overall experience,will not return or refer.
Manager was looking into a transaction to fix the situation for me, then went home for the day. I had to call back the next day and start all over ☹️

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Have a half-turn une reservation for Valentine's Day for 3:30 and that's the only time they had open for reservation and he started taking down the food at about 20 after 4 does not give you enough time did not get seated in till 4 and there was plenty of open tables

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Jacksonville
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great, but as other reviewers have mentioned, don't make a Sunday reservation before 11:00 if you want to have brunch, even on a holiday. On the plus side, our 10:30 breakfast was excellent and cost less than half what brunch would have.

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CW
Atlanta
2.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Easter Brunch Buffet was not as advertised. Food options were limited and slow to be replenished. Advertised a child's price for buffet, but options were not kid-friendly. Service was good, but they were clearly not prepared to host a buffet. Food quality was okay, not great. Would not recommend.

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h
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date night. Fantastic view of Tampa Bay. I recommend the Island Coconut drink.

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Miami
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Super cool place

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Nashville
4.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Stayed at the hotel next door and ate here for dinner and breakfast. The scallops were absolutely delicious. Breakfast menu was limited but decent. Beautiful view of the bay - there is a pier you can walk down for sunset photos. Would recommend.

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RU
Tampa
4.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent service.... good and fresh food ... I will back soon

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SL
Miami
2.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to Beach once before beautiful views but today's experience was not great. Had to wait a while to get seated when we had a reservation, when we spoke to the manager about the seating, he wasn't polite, had an attitude. I told my husband after this experience we wont be coming back! We will go across to whiskey joes which has same beautiful views but better service!

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San Francisco
1.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was awful. Construction taking place immediately next to the patio dining area. Waited 25 minutes and no server even came over to say hello, even though there was a menu and silverware on the table. Finally got up and left.

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TM
2.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This restaurant has a lovely view of the water, which is why we selected it, but unfortunately, there were 4 or 5 jet skis going back and forth constantly. The noise was horrible. There is a pier that you can usually walk down to watch the sunset, but there was a private party on the pier, so we could not use it. The service was terrible. We had to flag down a waiter to order a couple of beers and some soft drinks. After waiting 15-20 minutes, I went inside the restaurant to alert the hostess that we were waiting a long time for our drinks. It was another 5-10 minutes before the drinks were delivered. The rest of the service was equally as bad. The food was ok, nothing special. I might go there on another night for a drink and to listen to the band, but I will sit at the bar so as to have proper service.

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New England
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We made a reservation for 4 outdoor seating at 11am for their Sunday brunch that advertises $29.95 price and $10 bottomless mimosas. When we arrived at 1050am the man who greeted us said I didn't need a reservation and that we only had 10 minutes left for breakfast and if we wanted to sit outside we wouldn't have a server. I was baffled as to why they would advertise a brunch and allow an outdoor seating reservation if that wasn't the case so I went back inside to ask someone else. She told me that the brunch buffet was just beginning at 11am and their continental breakfast was the one ending and she would send a server outside for us. The 1st guy was rude and had the complete wrong info. From there on out the service and food was excellent. The view outside was great and the live reggae band was cool too. The brunch had a nice spread and the mimosas really were bottomless!

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n
Minneapolis
1.0Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

My family and I had a horrible time. 1 1/2 hr wait for 2 salads and tacos! Very unapologetic staff. I will NEVER go back and have told everyone I come across at the hotel to avoid at all costs. The manager does not appreciate hos customers or their time while on vacation. The food was out of a bag or greacy...dripping nasty! Spead your money and time elsewhere! By the way, having a reservation is un-noticed!!

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KO
5.0Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We stayed at the Godfrey hotel which is attached to the Beach. We were able to reserve a table on-line which was very convenient. The food was great, both dinner and breakfast. $3.oo Monday Margaritas was a bonus :) Absolutely breathtaking view of the sunset!

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Birmingham
3.0Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was marginal and service was very poor. The cushions and tables were stained and not very clean. Broken glass was found on the deck. The women’s room was out of toilet paper and had to be told no less than 4 times about it. It is quite a shame because they could clearly have a real gem in this place based on the water view and location, but they definitely will need to clean up their act and improve their service tremendously. We will most likely not return. Disappointed to say the least.

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SL
Miami
4.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food was good, drinks were okay. They need to upgrade the outside tables; wobbly, deteriorating. Overall good experience, will be back!

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Philadelphia
1.0Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We greeted by our host and sat very quickly. However after 20 minutes of waiting no one came and took our drink order. At least 5 other tables were sat after us, had waiters and ordered taken. We were never greeted by our waiter and grew tired of waiting so we left.

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Toronto
4.0Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor easy dining

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Tampa
2.0Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Outside area very dirty. They appear to be renovating. Hopefully this improves. We also went with the representation of their on-line menu, only to be told they hadn’t “rolled it out” yet. What we did have was average.

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Las Vegas
1.0Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Just don’t bother. A bar with a fantastic view of the sunset. As far as anything other than a noisy bar crowd- forget this place. We came and left quickly.

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Tampa
1.0Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were there for the Christmas buffet. I expected servers to be serving the food. Instead it was all laid out on a table and we had to serve ourselves. The Sterno heaters had gone out so the food was cold, the meat was dried out and tasteless, the stuffing was a thick sticky glob that you couldn't get off the serving spoon, the salad was a bunch of spinach in a bowl with some dried cranberries thrown in and many of the serving containers were close to empty. The room was cold and the whole room had cheap looking tables and chairs. There were no Christmas decorations and the drinks were served in plastic glasses. I could go on but I will just say that I would NEVER recommended this place to anybody. It really spoiled our Christmas outing.

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Tampa
2.0Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food sucked but service was good. Turkey overcooked and dry, stuffing was liks sawdust, no cranberry sauce. Green beens nasty pies were not cut, very limited fair for a thanksgiving dinner. Ham and rolls good, pumkin pie good.

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Tampa
3.0Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok. The service wasn't that great. Our waiter kept forgetting about us. Even had to ask another waiter to give us the check. Food was ok. Ambiance was better. The view of the ocean was great

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Detroit
4.0Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our group of four had a great time even though the circumstances were unusual. When we arrived, very few people at the restaurant. I said we had reservations. The hostess asked if we were told the kitchen was having a new air conditioner installed and the menu was limited. Very limited. To our surprise we all ordered burgers and even though they weren’t freshly made, the food was really good. The service was even better. Christine was the best. We plan on going back and definitely requesting Christine. The location on the water is amazing. Highly recommend.

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Washington DC
2.0Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was not good at all. The waiter kept forgetting drinks, or to come and check on us at all. He was apologetic, but we literally had time to finish our entire meal with empty glasses before he came back to see if we needed anything.

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Tampa
5.0Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, reasonable priced drinks and a beautiful view of the sunset

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Tampa
2.0Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Dark parking lot. Dark entrance. We almost left think it was closed down. Once we found it, it was nearly empty. Waited 5 minutes for a hostess to come to greet and seat us. I started wondering around trying to find an employee. Could not understand hostess with broken English. Food was ok but appetizer and dinner were all brought our together. It’s bad enough that wait staff doesn’t clear appetizer soups salad etc and expects you to move it out of the way but brining it together means something will not be hot or cold as intended. While there we decided we would never go back. It certainly wasn’t worth the $140 for 3 people. Every other table around us were complaining. It’s too bad. It’s a great location just seems new owners don’t know how to run a restaurant and dont care if people come.

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Tampa
5.0Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and location. Staff is wonderful

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Tampa
5.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great service. Samantha was awesome and provided excellent service. great waterview dining

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Tampa
1.0Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. Thought the brunch was going to be nicer included with the mimosas for the $29. Little bummed and opted for pancakes and eggs.

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Service is very bad. I have been to Beach already 3 times hoping i was simply unlucky with waiters. Very scenic view but service is rush, forget about requests, waiters disappear for such a long time. Because it happened to me every time I go to Beach it seems it is more a management issue (understaff) which leaves waiters struggling

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Atlanta
3.0Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere to meet new people. Heart service. Food was okay. I would go again for the view, live music, and drinks.

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