If you are looking to enjoy some of Florida’s absolute best seafood dishes in a warm and friendly setting, you’ve got to try Circles Waterfront in Apollo Beach. Plus, as the name suggests – it enjoys a fabulous location overlooking the beautiful Land’s End Marina.
“Circles” has been a much-loved part of the Florida restaurant scene since opening in 1998. Once described as “the town’s best kept secret” by the Florida Tribune, word has certainly spread about this gem – yet the restaurant has retained its laidback and friendly charm.
It’s not only the great service that sets Circles Waterfront apart, but also its genuine commitment to serving only exceptional food.
Forget seafood that’s been frozen for days and even weeks, or salad dressings you could have bought from the store. Circles is proud of their commitment to delivering ultra-fresh dishes that are made from scratch.
Most of the seafood is sourced locally, and delivered right from the docks to their doorstep. Those items that aren’t able to be found locally are delivered to Circles fresh, and then prepared almost immediately. No ingredient stays at the restaurant for more than 72 hours!
Circles also doesn’t cut corners with sauces, soups or salad dressings – they're all prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients.
As if their food wasn’t honest enough, the delicious desserts are lovingly prepared by Donna, the 72-year-old mother of the owner of Circles.
Undoubtedly, there are few restaurants that show the level of commitment that Circles does, and it certainly shows in the quality and flavor of their exceptional food.
Although the menu is heavy on seafood, there are also other dishes including burgers, ribs and pastas. A range of cocktails and wine, as well as non-alcoholic choices, are also available. It’s an excellent menu that has helped Circles to secure a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012.
There’s never a bad time to visit Circles, but the atmosphere is particularly lively during the daily happy hour, which is also the ideal time to watch the sun set over the marina and sip on a drink from the tiki bar.
Circles also runs frequent events, such as the Sunset Tiki Ladies Night which is a cocktail party that occurs every fourth Tuesday of the month. Live music is a staple on the events calendar [link: https://circleswaterfront.com/entertainment/], and a really treat during your stay in the area.
It does tend to get quite busy, so bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. There are several seating areas, which are all great – although we particularly love the patio waterfront dining area for dinner with a view!
Circles is open from 11:30am to 9:00pm throughout the week, and from 11:30am to 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The waterfront Tiki bar opens at 12:00noon on Saturdays and Sundays, and 2:00pm throughout the week, and is open until late.
Circles Waterfront is located at 1212 Apollo Beach Boulevard, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572.