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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

One word... Excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·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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vip
 (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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·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 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 30, 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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·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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·Dined on December 8, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service by Dane! Food excellent

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Each of us ordered steak. The way our dinners were plated caused clumsy meat cutting, and the vegetables (plated under the steak) kept slipping off the plate onto the table. The food itself was just OK. A loud group was watching college football in the bar adjacent to (not separated from) the dining room. Their raucous enjoyment of the game erased any hope for dining elegance. So not worth the price.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was nothing special
Stake was plain seafood was plain
Nothing to talk about
Wouldn’t go back

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always a great experience! Food is delicious and the service is great!

Tags: Seasonal, Late-night Find, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We just returned from a two day mini- honeymoon at the Sand Pearl and dined twice at this restaurant including for Sunday Brunch. Wonderful dining experiences in every conceivable way. Highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Definitely will return.

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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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vip
 (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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