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About 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. 2 beautiful Private Dining Rooms available to accommodate parties of 8 to 40 guests.

500 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Continental

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

Cross Street:
Baymont Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 674-4171

Website:
http://www.sandpearl.com/Resort/Dining_Fine_Clearwater_Hotel_SandPearl.asp

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in our lounge. Call 727-674-4109 for schedule.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking.

Executive Chef:
Sean Ragan

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

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.

Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (27)
Romantic (21)
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Good for a Date (19)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Great for Brunch (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Business Meals (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Our first visit to the restaurant. Went for my wife's birthday. We ate late (1:00PM) and the regular wait person had just gone home. The receptionist did a good job of taking care of us, although she was covering a lot of territory for one person. The food was good and the view of the Gulf of Mexico was nice. We'll return because the site is a pleasant oasis within the Clearwater Beach mob scene.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I love this wonderful place. The ambiance, views, and food make it very worth the price. We entertain and have some DATE NIGHTS here 👍

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This is my 5th or 6th visit to Caretta. I have never found it to be less than perfect. The ambiance is lovely, service is wonderful, with fully-trained and knowledgeable waitstaff, quality of food is amazing. Russell was (once again) our waiter, and he was faultless. I live locally, so have the chance to come often, and I always entertain my out-of-town friends here, whenever they visit. The only other thing I could wish for would be that they keep their online menus updated - often what is shown on their website is no longer on the menu. The chef changes it seasonally (as he should), but it would be nice to be able to see something accurate in advance, especially for those people with dietary restrictions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful time, our waiter,Dane, was very knowledgeable and friendly and the food was fantastic! We definitely plan on returning. My husbands coffee was served in a french press with a rock candy stirrer and a biscotti! He us still smiling about it! I would give 10 stars if I could!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Menu was varied with enough new and standard choices., presentation verys appealing, and each meal was uniquely flavorful. Service was sufficiently attentive, but not bothersome. Only wish that the a/c worked better at l pm or that there were fan. Burnt toasted bread filled the air and no access to fresh air or gulf breeze.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We were extremely disappointed with our visit to this restaurant. This is our 3rd time staying at the hotel( which is one of our favorite places to stay.) My husband is a fireman in NY and we come every year for the conference. We recommended that our 7 friends meet us at our hotel for dinner, so we were a party of 9. We spent quite a lot of money on drinks at the bar and then sat for dinner at 8:15. We all ordered and when the appetizers arrived, my friend had a sushi roll, and we didn’t see that on the menu! She told me she ordered from a price fix menu! She was the only one at the table that received that menu!! Needless to say everyone was upset as her 4 courses came out and we were all paying a la carte. When it was mentioned to the waitress she dismissed it saying my steak was better. Well, it should be, it was 54.00 just for that!! When we went to discuss it the next day with the manager, he was very dismissive, as well. We suggested that when the specials are told, it should be mentioned that there is an option for a price fix menu, as well. We are embarrassed that we recommended everyone come to eat at our hotel and very disappointed. We will never return.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This place is a legit steak and seafood establishment in Clearwater Beach. Service was friendly and attentive. Food prepared perfectly. Drinks made as called for. Caretta brought its A-game on a Sunday night no less. The only downside was a choice made by the hostess to seat our group of 7 men 1 table away from a table of two couples and their babies. One of the couple's had a soothing machine turned on that blared a "Shhhh" sound once every 4-5 seconds. It made it hard to concentrate on conversation at our table. With 10 other possible tables open in the restaurant including some at the opposite end of the dining room I'm puzzled as to why we needed to be right next to the other table. Again, COTG still gets an A rating...just a little disappointing in our dining room location.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Caretta's is my favorite restaurant in Pinellas County! Great ambience, food quality, and service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had the Sunday brunch, very nice, good selection, good service, beautiful view of the gulf. Was a little disappointed in the slim selection of sushi & desserts.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Sunset Dinner at Caretta's on the Gulf.....! Tasty food, view of a sunset over the Gulf, wonderful server...Russell......! We had a wonderful dinner with friends and we will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We all had a very enjoyable experience overall. We were greeted on arrival and offered drinks which was very pleasant. The lady was very nice, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. There was an excellent choice at the buffet stations and very high quality. Nothing was too much trouble for the chefs. Our server was very pleasant and friendly however she did seem to want to hurry us along after about an hour and actually brought us water to go. It would have been a nice touch had we been ready to leave. Our only disappointment was that the advertised champagne turned out to be proseco.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food and service!! Definitely would go there again !!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing brunch, lot's of delicious options! Amazing food, ambiance, and views!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our meal was fabulous! This was our third time dining at Carettas and the food and service have also been consistent. Nate made our dining experience even more enjoyable. The Chilean Sea bass and the filet mignon were great. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great creative fall menu prepared to perfection

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Our Favorite Restaurant. We have made it our Special Occasion destination because the food and ambiance is second to none.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Beautiful location on the gulf, great views. Excellent service and food. Menu has a lot of choices plus a sushi bar menu.
Highly recommend! A surprise birthday dessert was just a bonus!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Caretta's at the Sandpearl was magnificent. The room is warm and airy. You can either sit outside to enjoy the beautiful Gulf view or inside on those hot summer Clearwater days.

The food was excellent with a wonderful blend of breakfast, lunch, dinner, seafood, and more. Fresh sushi is one of my favorites. The carving bar and omelette bar round it all out. Wonderful mini-desserts tops off the meal. Every part of the meal was great.

My only complaint is that there were endless mimosas for those who want champagne but I had to pay for my Bloody Mary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Everything was very good and our server Caitlin was outstanding.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Top notch service by Russell Rinchiuso.
Very knowledgeable about the menu & very attentive. Good food & nice atmosphere.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

My partner proposed to me with the most amazing setting and view. Dane, our survey was excellent. I couldn't of asked for a more perfect night.
Thank you Dane and the staff at Caretta

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Shrimp and grits were not special. Service was superb!!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were very happy with the food quality. We would have liked more choices for appetizers. Overall very good experience, we'll be back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We are locals who have heard good reviews from friends, so we thought we'd treat ourselves for our anniversary & looked forward to getting dressed up for a rare night out without the kids. Unfortunately, other than our few very expensive cocktails, we were very disappointed. My husband got the filet and I got the snapper, but to be honest they were not good. We make much better steak & fish at home. Next time, we'll send kids to the grandparents, make our own dinner & save $200! 😒👎

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always enjoy my dinner here. Excellent filet dish. Always perfect. We had a beautiful table outside with amazing views. Michelle was our waitress and she was absolutely amazing. It was here birthday and we were honored to have her serve us. Always 5 star experience here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Exceptional food, great service, excellent view, delightful experience. Very courteous staff, sensitive to the mood desired when enjoying fine dining. Highly recommended.

Tags: Late-night Find, Waterfront, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is now my most favorite restaurant in the world! I cannot believe how fresh the ingredients were and how creative the dishes were. DO NOT skip dessert it is 100% worth the full belly at the end. The wine and cocktails are also excellent!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

the shrimp and grits did not have much flavor and were over cooked making them tough.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Modern, clean lines decor, the restaurant offered a spectacular sunset on the Gulf of Mexico. That ambiance sky rocketed at the first sip of a Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon. I ordered a plate of a delightful carpaccio well suited with other condiments. Then came the main course which was two pieces of pork with an exquisite sauce that was just the best combination for it! That was absolutely revealing. I had the courage to order something I usually don't order: a strawberry cake, with other layer of fruit jelly. With a zesty sauce that accompanied that, I could feel the flavor jumping in my mouth.
I absolutely recommend that place for myself to go back to Clearwater and to SandPearl, but also for whoever has the chance to go there.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent food, friendly and prompt service, beautiful view

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We were celebrating our 18th anniversary, and we wanted to celebrate in style. Caretta did not disappoint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Get the lobster- smallish portions so get an appetizer and dessert. Super delicious

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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The service was spot-on, well timed and very friendly, atmosphere was upscale and romantic. We were seated next to a window for sunset view. The food was excellent. Would definitely do it again!

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 (London)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Not what it use to be, I have great memories of this place. Amuse bouche and bread arrived after the starters. Waiter seemed half hearted. My fillet steak was tasteless, lacked seasoning. The only people happy with their food were the children.

The decor was dated and the restaurant was too dark.

Most expensive meal in Clearwater and the worse one. I will remember it this time for the wrong reasons. Come on Sandpearl management, your restaurant is letting the hotel down.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner. Everything was super yummy

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Einfach ein gelungener Abend, bei dem alles stimmte. Wir werden sehr gerne wiederkommen. Das Restaurant wird seinem hohen Anspruch mehr als gerecht.
Gekrönt wurde es noch durch den beeindruckenden Sonnenuntergang, welchen wir bei hervorragenden Essen von der Terrasse beobachten konnten.
Sehr aufmerksames und geschultes Personal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I've been spending my summers in Clearwater, Florida since I was a baby with my family. Now in my late twenties, I've seen the main strip grow and have always wanted to try a higher end restaurant with someone special. This year I got to bring my fiance along and we wanted to have a really special date night. Caretta on the Gulf was the perfect getaway. The location was stunning (we had reservations at sunset), the food was amazing and our server Dane was so genuine when discussing what our menu options were. This is will definitely be one of our go-to date nights the next time we are back in town.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with dinner here. It was wonderful and we were treated exceptionally. Thank you for putting a wonderful cap on a special day.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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