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Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort

4.5
1051 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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. 2 beautiful Private Dining Rooms available to accommodate parties of 8 to 40 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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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
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Phone number
(727) 674-4171
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Ragan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Baymont Street
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking.
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in our lounge. Call 727-674-4109 for schedule.
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Special events & promotions
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1051 People Are Saying
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food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined a day ago

Waiter kept bothering us

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

We had a table of six and the service could not have been better! Nathan was our main server but there was a team and they were excellent. All of the food was fantastic until the entrees came. Those of us who ordered fish were very happy but half the table ordered steak and it was tough. The steak was cooked properly ( med rare in some cases), but was barely able to be cut with a steak knife. We were disappointed in the main meal but everything else was top notch. Stick with the fish, it was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Excellent but a little pricy . Quiet with with top level service and great food. Date restaurant.

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Taylor 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We went for an early valentines day and it was an amazing sunset and good view of the beach. I would for sure like to go back.

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vipLL55 (Little Rock)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Had both dinner and Sunday Brunch. Good selection at Brunch, although deserts a little bland.
Good service. Interesting choices on main menu. Crab cake excellent

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ConnieA (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We arrived early and enjoyed drinks on the deck before entering the dining room. I wanted to try the grouper, for which the area is famous. I ordered the prix fixe dinner option (with choices for each course), and it was delicious, and a good value. I selected the tuna roll, the tomato soup, the grouper, and creme brulee for dessert. My husband had the veal, also excellent. We timed our reservation just right and enjoyed a beautiful sunset view. Our waiter did a good job of offering suggestions and was initially very attentive, but didn't check back with us that much later on, which would have been nice. Overall, an excellent meal and experience.

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AlexandraK 
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I made this reservation 4 months in advance for a Birthday dinner. I requested a window table. When we arrived at the restaurant there was not a window table reserved for us. When we inquired as to why since our reservation was made 4 months ago, we were RUDELY told that they do not reserve window tables but it is on a first come first serve basis. We were not told of this policy when we booked. We were disappointed about the window table but understood the restaurant's policy. What upset us was the manager's attitude.....very non-caring and the manager basically said if you don't like our rules, then get out. Even though I mentioned a special occasion of a birthday when I made the reservation and also mentioned it to the manager upon checking in, nothing special was done for the birthday, ie - free dessert, etc. As far as the food, we waited 45 minutes for our meal after appetizers were served. The filet steak was over done and hard as a rock to cut through. The salmon was ordered medium and was over cooked past well done. This would NOT be a restaurant that would deserve our recommendations.

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ChristineC 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous food and service. The view was amazing. People at the next table were a little loud but wasn't a total turn-off. We learned an awful lot about them! Definitely not the fault of the restaurant.

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sgtapone (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everyone should eat here at least once. It's amazing

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EdwardR 
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food, service, and views! We are local and this was our second visit. The review could end there, right? But I have to say, every bit of food was delicious. I had the Braised Short Ribs appetizer (perfect), the garden salad (exactly what you want in a salad and pretty enough for a picture!), the Cod (unbelievably well prepared and exceptionally tasty), and the Crème Brulee desert (done just right). The two person serving team was very attentive but not obtrusive and helped with questions on the menu. The view is absolutely perfect Florida Beach. Time your arrival 30 + minutes before sunset and you will have an amazing show throughout your entire dinner.

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Mikeinbed (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

While the waiter and manager were very attentive, the service was very slow. We waited more than 45 minutes to get our appetizers. And then a long wait for the main courses. My sole was over cooked so the manger brought me a filet steak instead. Another long wait. The steak was very good.

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pisces (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The place is always a pleasure to visit. We live in Tampa and don’t mind the drive. The food is great and so is the service.

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Shernea (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I surprised my hubby with a stay at the hotel and opted for dinner at Carettas....The atmosphere is gorgeous, our server Dane was awesome! He was on top of his game. Both he and Michael were so...helpful when we came across an issue with a class in our appt times with dinner vs the spa. We truly appreciated how they helped us work through it. Customer service goes a LONG way! Thanks again!
The food was very fresh and delicious! We would definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning for another visit.

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vipAnnette (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was wonderful if you want to experience Sunday brunch in a beautiful, relaxed setting.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely brunch with outside sitting overlooking the beach and pool. Good food with ample variety. Great location and beautiful hotel. Thanks will come back.

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vipDebbie (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

This meal was perfect in every way. The four course tasting menu had all the selections I desired. The crab cake was perfect with a spicy aioli. The garden salad was a work of art with a beautifully composed selection of lightly dressed vegetables. The black grouper was seared with a nice crust and served on a bed of favorful risotto, artichokes and mushrooms that was perfect with a pinot noir. The blackberry sorbet was a cool ending. The service by Nate and Todd was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Michelle in the Dining Room and Sam in the bar are fantastic! Weekends are really fun.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The ambiance cannot be beat but and although the appetizers were great, the dinner portions were small for the price.Service was fantastic and the valet parking was very convenient.

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vipScottS (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Disappointing from our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Nice experience, but selection at the buffet seems to have gone down.

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