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: 7276744171
  • 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 Service
Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (76)special occasion (63)romantic (57)fit for foodies (32)notable wine list (31)great for outdoor dining (30)good for groups (25)great for brunch (25)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (9)great for lunch (8)Show More
  • Truly and excellent with an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/28/2008
    Truly and excellent with an outstanding view of the gulf. This is the single best restaurant in the area to have fine dining and watch the sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is truely a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2008
    This is truely a wonderful restaurant on every level. You have beautiful gulf views with indoor and outdoor seating, a fabulous and diverse menu and a wonderful wine list. A great place to celebrate a special occassion, or just have a fabulous sunset dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great! Sushi bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2008
    Food was great! Sushi bar was excellent! Right on the beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food quality and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2008
    Outstanding food quality and service. So often, 5-star resorts have mediocre dining. Caretta's was outstanding. Special requests for a quiet table were honored. Very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great unique dishes, food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2008
    Great unique dishes, food was great; Lobster Mac N'Cheese appetizer was awesome! Well tended to by the servers, decor was open and modern. Was on the noisy side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Caretta on the Gulf at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2008
    Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl rocks! The food was wonderful. We had sushi, and spare ribs as appetizers. My husband had the wild boar. He loved it! I had a cornmeal crusted fish. Fabulous. Great wine and desserts. It was so romantic and the view of the beach/sunset was breathtaking! A must for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything about it was FANTASTIC!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2008
    Everything about it was FANTASTIC!! A little pricey but the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An overall good dining experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    An overall good dining experience, excellent food. Careful with the reservation request though. We asked for a table so that we could catch the sunset, the greeter did not appear to know which table would offer this and put us behind some palm trees. Very disappointed. The waiter seemed stressed in terms of helping with the wine selection and kept pointing us to a more expensive wine even though we stated or price point; his comment was 'it is you anniversary'......this was totally uncalled for and we felt somewhat insulted. This took away from the anticipated experience; we booked way in advance and did say that we were flexible re: where we would be seated and the waiter seemed 'put out' about helping with the wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant started off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2008
    This restaurant started off nice. Previous visits were good. Now it is nothing more than a typical average hotel restaurant. In fact a $42.00 ribeye steak was overly full of fat, grissle, and was cooked raw, when medium rare was requested. Service was very very bad. Will not go there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pricing was a bit on the higher
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2008
    pricing was a bit on the higher side, but for special occasions or something different it was fabulous....overlooks Clearwater beach, perfect for sunset cocktail and dinner. we tried the sushi but not the cerviche, will go back & do that again
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finally, a welcome addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    Finally, a welcome addition to the Clearwater Beach area! The Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl resort was a great experience. The menu, which can be found on line at the Sandpearl's web site, was spectacular. The service was extremely attentive and the sunset view added to the experience! We cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As locals this was our first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    As locals this was our first time trying it. Exceeded expectations food & service were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We celebrated our 15th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2008
    We celebrated our 15th anniversary here. We were not disappointed. Everything was fabulous!!!!!!!! The service was wonderful, the food was amazing. We had such a good time enjoying the hotel after dinner that we spent the night. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate here during the Chriss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    We ate here during the Chriss Angel building escape. We were having sort of a date night. The food and the service were outstanding! If you are making reservations here, I'd recommend asking for a beach-view table. It's very romantic to eat next to the beach next to floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu is varied enough to satisfy anyone. Try the watermellon salad with icewine dressing. Wow! My only complaint (which had nothing to do with the restaurant, but the hotel in general) was that the valet staff would not let us re-park without paying. The traffic was terrible after the magic show down the street was over and we didn't want to wait in the streets. We wanted to come back to the hotel a bit to wait it out over drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will recommend Caretta to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    Will recommend Caretta to friends. Outstanding food and service. Well worth the drive from St Pete.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was delicious (Snapper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2008
    The food was delicious (Snapper and Bone-in Rib-eye) and the presentation was lovely. The breads with the special spreads was really nice. Hats off to the chef! The service was very fine, could have been just paced a bit slower. Coffee and dessert was wonderful too! The ambiance is upscale and pretty - romatic and relaxing. Thanks for another wonderful evening. -The Cormiers
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had the two couples at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    Had the two couples at the table next to us not been so drunk it would have been a perfect experience. Unfortunately they were obnoxious and swearing alot. It would have been appropriate for management to escort them out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful! Not only is the
    tampanativeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    Wonderful! Not only is the location amazing but the food continues to surprise you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly one of the most awesome
    BostonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2008
    Truly one of the most awesome dining experiences we've ever had. Thank you for recommending it! The service was absolutely exceptional and the food was worthy of Five Stars! Of course, the gulf view at sunset was incredible, and we even witnessed a small wedding on the beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The menu is innovative and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2008
    The menu is innovative and appealing. The California roll was excellent as were both soups--white gaspacho and the corn chowder. Kobe beef tartar was disapointing. The beef had a refreshing, mineral edge to it and was ground perfectly but I'd prefer to see a more traditional rendition with beef this good. The lamb was cooked perfectly; the butter poached lobster was superb. There is a varied selection of wines by the glass, many with reasonable prices. This restaurant represents a ray of hope in the culinary wasteland that marks much of the Tampa Bay area. The main server was attentive and polite. The only flaw was the assistant second-guessing selections, saying things such as the "next time make sure you order such and such." We'll return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I came for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/9/2008
    My husband and I came for an anniversary dinner and it was our first time at Caretta's. We absolutely loved our dining experience and have already recommended you to several friends. Everything from the food to the service and ambiance was really wonderful. Thank you very much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was amazing- cant wait
    tampanativeVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Food was amazing- cant wait to come back for the new menu coming out. Our server was top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • depending upon time of year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    depending upon time of year too many kids in restaurant as it was spring break
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate