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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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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (22)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Hot Spot (5)
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·Dined a day ago

Waiter kept bothering us

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 (Orlando)·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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 7 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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Little Rock)·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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·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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·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Montreal)·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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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (St. Louis)·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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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Disappointing from our expectations.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service and an interesting menu. Plenty of good fish and seafood dishes. Great blue cheese olives in a well made martini.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to Caretta to enjoy a relaxing, well-prepared meal and were not disappointed. Service was great and the atmosphere was perfect to allow a group of 5 to catch up. We were disappointed with the clouds hiding the sunset – but other than that, we greatly enjoyed the experience. I had thought seafood, but with their in house meat aging/prep, 4 of us went with meat entrees with no regrets. I had the venison, which was perfectly prepared and the sides were a perfect accompaniment. We will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One word... Excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Beautiful location, delicious food, unlimited champagne! The selection at the buffet was good, but I did miss more traditional breakfast items like yogurt or oatmeal with toppings, etc. However, there was an abundance to choose from and it was all delicious!

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The only ☆☆☆☆☆ restaurant on Clearwater Beach. Great wine list too!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very enjoyable, beautiful setting 'right' on the beach. It was quiet and you were able to hear each other. Food was good w/ a varied selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fabulous meal, outstanding service, and an incredible wine selection all made for a perfect evening. Caretta never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I ordered the Cesar salad and was disappointed at the flavor of the dressing, it was a weak version, lacking in flavor. For an entree, I went with the grouper. The portion was small and again lacking in taste. For the price of both items, one would have expected something more memorable. Sadly, the only memory I have is small portions, average tasting dishes and at an expensive price.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Caretta On The Gulf is a truly first class experience. Great food with professional service in comfortable surroundings. The view of the gulf is exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was amazing. Such a great variety of breakfast and lunch dishes, and probably the best sushi we've ever eaten!! The servers were all very attentive, not just our server. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had an awesome Eve of the Eve dinner for 6! Service was outstanding!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I found it very expensive for the value. The Food was decent enough, but not out of this world. My steak was a over cooked and a little tough. Difficult to maneuver with the plate presentation. The ambience and the service was very good. It is one f the few elegant restaurants on the beach.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A bit pricey, but we had a good meal with a nice atmosphere and great service. My steak was a bit too done, however it was redone very quickly and was perfect. When we go back, we will be sure to go before dark so we can enjoy what is probably a gorgeous view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food and service. Great view of the beach, with higher quality wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Perfect ! No need to say more.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always great food, service and view!! Very special place with excellent staff - thank you!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent preparation professional service
Food cooked to order.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 14, 2017

All was great except for the Creme Brûlée Trio. Dried out and inedible. Still our go to restaurant for dates. Thx

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 10, 2017

As always Sunday Brunch was wonderful! Food and service was great!
Dining room is lovely with an awesome view of the beach!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was great. The Chilean sea bass was fresh and tasty as was the aged ribeye. Would definitely eat here again!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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