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Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort
Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort

Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sandpearl.com/Resort/Dining_Fine_Clearwater_Hotel_SandPearl.asp
  • Phone: (727) 674-4171
  • Hours of Operation: Daily Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am Sunday Brunch 11:30-2:30pm Lunch Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Daily Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Latsha
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private dining rooms. One wine room that seats up to twelve. Also a private dining room that seats up to thirty-six.
  • Private Party Contact: Chloe Henry (727) 674-4125
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in our lounge. Call 727-674-4109 for schedule.
  • Special Events & Promotions: All You Can Eat Sushi! Every Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 in our lounge $20 per person. Sunset Hour at Caretta on the Gulf - every evening, the hour before sunset, we celebrate at Caretta's by offering Veuve Clicquot Champagne Half Off.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baymont Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking.
A word from Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort
Seasonally inspired cuisine is at the heart of Sandpearl Resort’s signature dining experience, Caretta on the Gulf. Our world-class chefs’ desire to please and surprise means the menu is prepared with infusions of South American, Caribbean and other international inspirations offering a broad selection of memorable cuisine. The Ceviche, Sushi and Raw Bar offers a fresh daily selection of local seafood. A wood-burning oven opens up a myriad of rustic dining selections. A wine room provides an intimate space for special events and tastings, with an extensive collection of wines from around the world. Take your seat among Caretta’s inspiring surroundings perched two levels above the beach with indoor and outdoor seating to view brilliant sunsets that set the scene for the most whimsical of culinary cravings.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We ordered steak, seemed a bit over salted; Tasted like table salt rather than sea salt. Profiterole desert was great."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything about this dining experience was 5 Star Plus. Getting a response from the restaurant, big minus 10. Made a 6PM OpenTable Reservation. I called the restaurant at 3PM, I had some questions about the restaurant. I received a recording that stated the hostess was on the phone with another guess, please leave your name and number someone would call me back. I called back three different times, no luck no call back. I called the Hotel Front Desk, they told me that they do not take calls between 2:30 & 5:30 PM. Called back at 5:35 and 5:40 no answer, no one ever called me back. I almost canceled our reservation, I am glad I did not. The food was outstanding, our server Sandra was impeccable and the view of the ocean very nice!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I made a lunch reservation for 6 but we ended up with 7 which seemed to throw the restaurant off. First there was no one at the host station when we arrived. The lady serving as host gave me the impression that we were an inconvenience and could wait until she was ready. We had a beautiful table overlooking Clearwater beach. The young man who served water frisbeed the coasters across the table. Sp e of our party had hamburgers none of which were cooked as ordered. My lobster roll was great but the french fries that came with it were cold. When service is this mediocre it is a sign of poor management we are not likely to return as there are many local restaurants that want to provide more than a view."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Dined at Caretta for our 20th Anniversay. Asked for a sunset view and our table was next to a window overlooking the water where we were able to enjoy the magnificent sunset. Our server was friendly and she was knowledgeable of the menu and preparations. The food was outstanding. I started with a special that night, a Surf and Turf sushi roll and my wife had Scallops, both beautifully plated and delicious. My Black Grouper entree, along with my wife's Red Snapper were also nicely plated and equally delicious. My wife ended with the Vanilla Bean Brûlée, which was presented with an edible 'Happy Anniversary' note. I decided on a glass of Cockburn 20 Year Tawny for our 20th Anniversay, which was the perfect ending to an incredible dinner!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening at Carreta's, great service, diverse menu, delicious food, a positive experience for our party of 5. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I wanted to write a review because we had three meals at this restaurant and all were excellent in terms of value and service. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody traveling out to Clearwater Beach. If you are looking for a great meal that doesn't involve and entire menu of fried food, yet still accommodates your entire family this is the place. So put on your best dress or chinos or jeans and make the trek if you aren't staying at the hotel, it will be worth your walk or drive."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Beautiful view. Average food. Extremely pricey for quality of food."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Wonderful Food and outstanding service! My boyfriend and I dined here on his first visit to Clearwater Beach. I had eaten here before and was again very satisfied! The view is gorgeous! We will be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fantastic Brunch. Their seafood, sushi, and omelet stations were outstanding. An exceptional value for brunch! Their regular buffet items were good. I have been to Caretta's many times, but this was my first brunch experience. I will be back. Oystercatchers is my favorite brunch spot, but at almost twice the price of Caretta's (which has 85-90% of the service, food, and atmosphere), I am a new devotee to Sunday Brunch at Clearwater Beach."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The Snapper was tender with a mild, sweet flavor and was not smothered in an over-spiced sauce. The Wedge salad was delicious. Our server was very attentive, engaging, and attended to my special dietary needs. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing and great for conversation (soft music and we did not feel rushed at all). All the tables in the dining room have a spectacular view of the beach, the Gulf, and the sunset. We have lived on the west coast of Florida for over 20 years and Caretta's on the Gulf is our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The view is fantastic, especially if you can get a window seat, but the host is not very accommodating at all and the food looked a lot better than it tasted. The spicy sushi was overly spicy and the fish was over-cooked, but the waiter was very friendly and enthusiastic."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I am sad to admit that this was a 2nd choice for a birthday dinner - our 1st is closed for renovations. However, I have held private very high-level private dinners here (they're private dining room is one of the best on the entire beach from St. Pete all the way down to Clearwater) and their Sunday Brunch (excellent). The dinner was perfect - we were seated at a perfect beach view and the menu that evening included a prix fixe meal priced perfectly at $55. The portions were generous and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Quite pricey but food was off the charts gormet an view of beach spectacular."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Brunch was great, though I think they could benefit from setting up the brunch a different way. seperating the foods into different rooms is okay if guests know that an empty room has food to offer as well. I think the brunch would look heartier if it were kept to a minimum of two - three rooms. The champaigne was good, and the food was delicious, especially the ceviche and the prime rib. Kudos on the food and the view. The wait staff is good, but not highly polished. If this improved, the restaurant may have a packed house."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As a local I compare Caretta against other restaurants in there group Cafe Ponte and others. Caratta connotation compare food wise but view and overall smbuince it's great expensive"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was looking to take my wife out for a nice dinner, 4 - 5 star food. The food was VERY good, very different in some aspects. Presentation fantastic as well. Also, very interesting drink menu. Our server explained that the menu changes 4 times a year, and in all honesty, I think I would go back just to see what else is offered at a different time of year or even season. Wine list had some very A list selections... SERVICE WAS GREAT! I can't say enough about this place. Different tastes, nice atmosphere, great view, even better service.. One thing I will say, you get a lot for your money. As well, while I was hoping for 5 star food, even though it was very good, I wish I could give it 5 stars. As an overall, 4 - 4.5 stars on the food."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The menu has been upgraded since the last time we visited this restaurant. Entrees are full meals rather than Ala-cart. The lamb ribeye selection was very good. Along with the excellent menu is the view of the Gulf. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We celebrated our 47th anniversary and both really enjoyed Caretta on the Gulf. One of the highlights was the service, especially Alissa. Very friendly, enthusiastic about the menu and gave us very good service throughout the meal. The view of the gulf as we walked in set the stage, but the dinner was the real treat. My wife had the local caught grouper which was good, but my Lamb Steak over marscapone polenta was outstanding! The wine list overall was very good, but I was especially impressed with the offerings by the glass."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Firstly, the best thing about this place is the view....although I specifically requested a table to see the Gulf views, we were sat at a table with a partial view (and it was not a busy evening). I might add that this same view can be enjoyed at many beachfront establishments too. The food and service were both good but not outstanding and not near what would you expect from the cost. Family of 4...our check was $251.00...and we did not order anything more than we would at any restaurant. Overall good rating but too over-priced for this area."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The servers and everyone at the restaurant were fabulous. Dining on the patio at sunset was the most romantic experience of our lives. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary on this trip and we had the best time. The food was fantastic at both dinner and lunch and the Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Menu interesting, food good, but not blow you away. Awesome view of sunset, particularly from outside tables. Service excellent. Go for atmosphere, wine and service and accept food will only be average for price"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Caretta on the Gulf is absolutely the best place to watch the sunset in Clearwater Beach!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A special event for us, just 2 of us went on a week night so it was romantic in a beautiful setting with great food. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We noticed this restaurant online, when looking for somewhere special to eat in an amazing location, and it couldn't of been better. They sat us where we requested and being sat outside for dinner we managed to catch the sunset which is amazing. This restaurant is in a fantastic location and is great for a romantic dinner and the cocktails are fab!!!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The brunch exceeded our expectations dramatically. The food, service and views were the best in the Tampa Bay region."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "excellent food for mom and dad, worked for kids but not a big a selection for an 8 and 10 yr old."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "WE RESERVED A TABLE FOR OUR 13 YEARS ANNIVERSARY AT THIS RESTAURANT, AND IT WAS SUPERB EXPERIENCE. WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM ST PETERSBURG, ONE HOUR DRIVING, AND I WILL DO THIS DRIVE AGAIN FOR THIS TYPE OF SERVICES AND MEAL. COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF, EVERY MEAL WE TRY WAS PERFECT, AND MOST COMPLIMENTS TO MICHAEL OUR SERVER, AND LANCE WHO ALSO TOOK CARE OF US. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE, A MAGIC NIGHT, AND YOUR PLACE MADE IT VERY SPECIAL. TO THE WHOLE CREW AND STAFF WE THANK YOU!!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great sunset dining experience. Crab cake app was excellent as well as the wedge salad. The grouper dish was good but a tad overdone. The braised short ribs were fair. The shrimp wrapped in bacon were extremely overdone. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The view and the ambiance is outstanding. Our server, Michelle, was well on top of her game. Our first visit and we chose Restaurant Week. Caretta's only offered one menu choice for the special price. The appetizer and entrée were good but not great. The chocolate mousse dessert was to die for. Would recommend."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Poor food it was cold manger clueless on customer service waiter overbearing and looking for a big tip mothers day ladies got a flower when leaving but not my wife as I sent the old food back"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have had great brunch here with sushi fish that melts in your mouth, delicacy salads that are fresh, fruit perfectly ripened and omelettes with mouth watering ingredients. This week was not one of those times--nothing melted in your mouth or tasted fresh--disappointing but still nice ambiance and great service "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Food and service exceptional as always...A romantic spot even for older citizens Wouldn't miss a dinner here for anything..."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "What a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary from the location, the outstanding staff and the unbelievable food from start to finish. What a romantic evening for my husband and I we watch a beautiful sunset while we were enjoying our dinner. I will be back again I hope soon."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "It is pricey for sure but worth it for a really nice night out to get dressed up and watch the sunset."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were pleasantly pleased with our experience at Caretta on the Gulf. My husband and I both ordered the crab cake appetizer but the waiter suggested that one of us order the crab cake and the other order a sushi roll so that we could split...and boy I'm glad we went with his recommendation. The "C-Roll" and crab cake were outstanding! For our entrees I ordered the snapper and my husband ordered the grouper. Both dishes were delicious but we we probably would have them prepared differently next time. In not a big fan of pan seared fish so mine was a little too crunchy for my liking. That's such a minor thing compared to our overall experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I have dined at Caretta on the Gulf 5-6 times, now, and have never been disappointed. The view is incredible, service friendly and attentive, and the meals are amazing from starters through all the courses, with fresh, organic, beautifully prepared food combinations."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We had the amazing Hawaiian Poke (similar to ceviche) to start, and both of our meals (Black Grouper; Swordfish) were impeccable. Our mojitos were equally delicious. The sunset from the veranda was gorgeous, and our server, Lance, was more than accommodating!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful Easter dinner at the Caretta on the Gulf. Table was ready as reserved... food was simply divine... and the desert was OooLala!! My wife had a Strawberry Shortcake and it was presented with a touch of cotton candy on top... she loved it. Will definitely go back again and again!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Caretta's is an absolute gem. It is the perfect place for a wedding anniversary romantic dinner, or just a special night out. I was impressed from the time I pulled into the valet area until I pulled out again. It was as close to a perfect evening as I have ever had. My wife loved it. The view is incredible. Try to go right before the sunset. Completely awesome. The ambiance and service are stellar. I never knew this caliber of a restaurant was right here under my nose on Clearwater Beach. The food is sensational. High end dining in such a relaxed environment. I highly recommend this place. EVERYONE WAS ON POINT! What a memory for my wife and I."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great experience in dining at Caretta's. It was an anniversary occasion and were seated in a very private table near the window overlooking the beach. Excellent fillet and grouper. Service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014