WTR Pool & Grill

3.9
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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 Breakfast and Lunch Thursday - Sunday and Dinner every night. Happy Hour is Monday - 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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Happy Hour with a View

Enjoy appetizers, beer, wine and liquor happy hour specials Monday - Friday 3pm to 7pm.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 17, 2020

Ends: January 18, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-7:00PM

What 65 People Are Saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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St. Louis
11 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.

J
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.

S
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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MA
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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OT
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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K
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.

KR
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.

OT
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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CB
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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DI
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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BO
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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AD
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

CM
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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OT
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.

AD
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.

MC
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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JF
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.

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

Valet system is very unorganized.

OT
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

MI
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.

G
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.

MC
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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n
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!

t
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.

MG
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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AM
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.

RS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

LB
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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DB
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.

MV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

DM
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.

LA
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience1

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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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A
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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.

c
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience3

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

WTR Pool & Grill
Responded on November 30, 2018

I have contacted this person privately to get more information

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L
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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