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

Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort

  • 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: Continental, American
  • 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 7276744125
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in our lounge. Call 727-674-4109 for schedule.
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (69)special occasion (61)romantic (58)fit for foodies (43)great for outdoor dining (35)notable wine list (29)good for groups (24)great for brunch (19)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (10)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • 4 Diamond Experience
    PinkRunVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Service and food is amazing. The sushi is not to be overlooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice on water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very nice Amazing service Great food Inside dining a little loud Russell our server very knowledgeable and on point Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too overpriced
    KC06VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We have been in a lot of restaurants and this was just way too overpriced for food that was good, but not fantastic. Service was great - maybe a little TOO over friendly on the waiters part. We've had better steaks for less. The grouper was great, even though I didn't like anything else on my plate that it came with. I am sure the view is great if you are there during daylight hours. Ambience was nice and I thought it would be a Ruth's Chris caliber meal, but nowhere close.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food excellent restaurant
    reyesparty
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food was amazing and the scene itself was very romantic. Food is very much worth the prices. Our server didn't have much of a personality or good service skills but the other servers made up for that! Would very much recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    GreggersVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Our waiter, Lance, did a fantastic job at taking care of all our needs. He was extremely professional, knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. He made the birthday celebration for my wife a very special and memorable one. And the dinners we had were phenomenal (and so was the dessert)! We'll certainly be back when we return to the Clearwater Beach area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    dani13VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Exquisite dining experience! Our server was excellent and food amazing. Thank you for a memorable night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    peteypie
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner during our stay at the Sandpearl Resort. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was above and beyond our expectations. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Clearwater Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for sunsets
    CarnivoreVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This quiet restaurant on Clearwater Beach is a great place to for a sunset dinner. The Butter Poached Lobster was superb and the ambiance is quiet and peaceful. I will probably go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My husband and I went here for our 20th wedding anniversary. The service was great, the food was delicious and the view by the window was beautiful. We had appetizers as we watched the sun set on the ocean.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat here if you're at the Sandpearl
    AnneM
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The view is out of this world, especially if you're sitting outside. Service was great. The menu is diverse, with plenty to offer for foodies and more traditional diners alike. Prices were reasonable given the ambiance and creative menu. If you're staying at the Sandpearl, give this a shot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marvelous
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent service. Attention to detail. Great evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a must do restaurant
    lilreckster
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We have been to Carettas about a half dozen times. We vacation in Florida twice a year and always dine at Carettas. We enjoy fine dining, great atmosphere, great views, good service, and excellent wine. It's all there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classiest place in Clearwater beach
    Cateyz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great for locals not just hotel guests- get there early for dinner to catch the sunset
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time as awesome as first
    BadDad
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was the second time my wife and I have eaten at Caretta. Both times, we've eaten on the outside, second floor patio with the amazing view of the beach and another perfect sunset. I've read reviews about the noise near the bar area. It is quiet and beautiful outside. Obviously, weather is a factor. The food quality has been superior. Service has also been superior. Both of our visits were for dinner on weeknights, so weekends may be a different experience. For all around scenery, food quality, and service, this is number one on my list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine food with scenic view
    martieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I enjoyed my lunch immensely. It was a perfect day to sit on their terrace overlooking the resort's swimming pool and the Gulf. The menu had a good variety. The salad was fine, being a platter of various items of produce next to rare tuna. The combination of tuna, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans and lettuce was tasty and the salad dressing and mustard added. Service was very good, and the view of resort patrons enjoying their time outdoors was very pleasant. The dining rooms for groups are worth remembering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The evening began well with the restaurant called to confirm our reservation. The check in personnel went out of the way to ensure that the table was to our satisfaction. The wait staff fulled explained the menu and what went into each item and answered all our questions. The service was top-of-the-line but the food far surpassed the service. Each item was prepared as we ordered it and the tastes were out of this world. Dessert was as delicious as the entrees.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    Nanaherr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My family dined there the second Saturday in October. All I can say is that Caretta's is excellent! Everything was top notch. Even though it's pricey, it was worth the extra dollars for 5 star dinning. The hostess & wait staff were extremely friendly & helpful. Our meals were all just delicious. Started with sushi rolls, cesar salad, one snapper, 2 steaks & finally the signature cake. The fresh vegetables are perpared to perfection. Hopefully we'll be able to return again for another amazing dinner celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caretta
    beachbum
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been at Caretta before and it lived up to my expectations! My business guests found it a great place to view the beach in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. Well worth a visit!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We are from Nashville and knew we would be in the area for our anniversary on 10/7, so I made dinner reservations at Caretta on the Gulf. We were not disappointed. The resort was beautiful. We arrived a little early, so we gave ourselves a tour of the resort. Once our reservation time arrived, we made our way to the hostess stand where we were warmly greeted and led to our table The view are amazing. The food was outstanding. We had the Veal porterhouse and the Black Grouper. Both were awesome. The service was top notch. The ONLY reason I gave the "ambiance" 4 stars and not 5 is due to the close proximity of the lounge area of the restaurant to the dining area. There were a large amount of people in the lounge and they were loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Luvdbucs
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Been here many times and always have a wonderful time. The food is hit or miss...mostly hit but still worth noting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second outing poor
    OldergentlemanVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Tried this restaurant on vacation. One night it was lovely so we went back to try it out again. The second outing service was not great, food was not great, would not recommend because it could be great or poor depending
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant
    Agabanderson
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very nice restaurant with great food and wonderful service. Lots of little extras compliments of the chef. Food was amazing! The only disappointment was how loud it was. We went for our anniversary and was looking for a more quiet atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • won't be back
    mdsjr
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The experience was amazing, service was excellent but the impeccable, romantic evening turned into a sports bar scene with guests of the hotel watching the game and extremely loud & obnoxious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep Caretta Website Updated
    Sunny
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Prior to our checking in at the Sand Pearl, I took a look at the menu on-line for the Caretta. The selection of seafood when I checked on-line Sept. 23 was not the same as what was presented later that night at the restaurant. In fact, as of today, Sept. 25, the on-line menu is still the same as what I saw on Sept. 23, and is not what is on the actual restaurant menu. My husband and I wanted the Halibut dinner that was listed. When we arrived at the restaurant, Halibut was not listed - nor was the Swordfish. Our waiter stated that Halibut hadn't been on the menu for awhile. I settled for Sea Bass which was okay - my husband had the Veal Porterhouse, which he commented was "tough". So I guess we were disappointed with our dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    impeccable service, dishes were delicious, and sushi was world class.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This place has it figured out Very enjoyable experience Everything was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weekend Getaway Dinner
    Ali1227
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I would absolutely recommend Caretta on the Gulf and also would go back on a future visit - even if we were not staying at the Sandpearl Resort. View/food/service and ambiance were just perfect. I can't think of one thing I would change. Be sure to plan your dinner at sunset - it is a perfect backdrop for your meal.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutley Amazing
    JaimeandMichael0204
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As a result of my now fiance excepting my proposal, we had an excellent and romantic dinner. Our waiter was spectacular as was the food and service from the time we walked in till we left. I thank you all for making our anniversary AND engagement dinner a tuely memorable one!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Grandpawilly
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Caretta has become our choice for a special night out in the Tampa Bay area. The food is wonderful, the service great. But it's the view out the window that takes your breath away, especially at sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak, not that good seafood
    GiDizVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went on a busy weekend night with my husband and friends. The service was excellent. The ambience was great. The food was not that consistent. As for appetizers we ordered from the sushi menu an it was excellent. As for main course, me an my husbansd shared a Tomahawk and it was great. My friends orderd seafood and suprisingly it was not good, it was tasteless. The dessert was good ( not great) but I would have been better that our waitress had told us that the chocolate cake was enough for all of us at the table and so we could have ordered only one piece not the two pieces we ordered. Overall, I would return only for the sushi and the steak!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid holiday weekends!
    Windwoo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a beautiful spot and food was delicious; however , traffic was horrible with people trying to get to beach and the hotel was completely out of parking so we had to park three blocks away and walk. And that would not have been bad except the hotel told us no shorts, flips flops or jeans so we were decked out in heels, dresses and slacks! What's worse is there were people in the restaurant kids in gym clothes, men in shorts etc!! We were not happy and felt very over dressed and out of place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant!!
    sjhavInVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They have one of the best crab cakes around. The food is succulent and very flavorful. The chef and the entire staff are excellent. They make the experience special. Love it and will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Experiance
    scooterbuddys
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This location had been recommended to me and my wife and I were staying a short walk away on Clearwater Beach at the Hilton. We were celebrating my 66th birthday and I made a reservation and so glad we did. Todd was our waiter who had recently spent time in Napa, CA for Sommeliers training and gave us some great tips on where to find great inexpensive wines. His explanation of the menu items and recommendations were dead on. The Wedge Salad is fantastic and I had the Lamb Filet and wife had the Short Rib entrée - they were both fantastic and we have already recommended this restaurant to several people and will definitely return ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    DavidBVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The best food and service on Clearwater Beach. The staff are knowledgeable about the menu and the ingredients used. This is a very vegetarian or vegan friendly restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night!
    KYDiners
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed one of the most perfect nights at the Caretta on the Gulf. From the start the employees were amazing and well attentive. The restaurant is gorgeous and we were able to sit at a window seat and watch the sunset as well as a group of dolphins playing out in the ocean which was a great site to watch during dinner. The waiter we had was perfect, he knew everything on the menu by heart and gave excellent recommendations, along with being very sociable and making us feel more at ease. All that was great but the best part of the night was the food (We shared a Surf and Turf Roll, I had the Lobster and my wife had the Wedge Salad and Pad Thai), which was a culinary treat. We are already planning to go back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation Issues
    ShowwalterVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My only complaint was reservation problems..now 3 times in a row, (and 4 times out of the last 7 visits, it also happened when I went with a group of 8, but I was not the one who made the reservation that time, but Caretta's had it wrong that time too),..each time I've had to pull up my open table reservation confirmation on my smart phone and show the hostess..Apparently keeping track of reservations is not something they are good at..... My advice, even if they call to confirm, (which they do the day of the reservation, they still manage to screw it up) make sure you have a copy of your reservation confirmation with you when you arrive...Food and service are both very good Corkage fee of $30 is the highest in the Tampa Bay Area,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food and Gulf View
    Papa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took two of our kids and their spouses out for their annivsary. The gulf view and seeing the sunset through the huge windows was awesome! The food, service and wine list as usual was great so consistency at Caretta's, as we have discovered, is very dependable. It's the finest restrauant on Clearwater Beach!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good View, that is all!
    Joec
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I wish I could say more good things about this restaurant but the only redeeming virtue is the view! The food and service leave much to be desired for the prices that they charge...the do make a good cocktail!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Experience
    Deanna23
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant is lovely. The setting, the food and service were top notice. Everything we had was delicious and it was a perfect place to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food just bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great location and view. Promising decor on entry. Attentive service. The worst fish entree I have had in years. That overshadows everything. Trying to find a positive, the salad was ok. If you have a chance to eat here, don't. If you must avoid the fish at all costs (grouper I think, but you wouldn't know that from eating it).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate