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.
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in our lounge. Call 727-674-4109 for schedule.
Complimentary Valet Parking.
Private Party Facilities:
We have two private dining rooms. One wine room that seats up to ten. Also a private dining room that seats up to thirty-six.
Private Party Contact:
Karen Moroz: 727-674-4164x
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
We stayed at the Sandpearl for a birthda ...
We stayed at the Sandpearl for a birthday weekend for my husband. I called the resort to make dinner reservations and was transferred to a very pleasant lady at Caretta. I explained that my husband had an idea to eat on the beach and she gave me some great options. She said she would reserve an inside table with a great view as well as an outside table to allow us the opportunity to decide when we get there. I felt very accommodated and immediately got excited for the weekend. I realized after hanging up with her that I needed to make arrangements for Sunday as well and used the user friendly features online to reserve Sunday brunch at Caretta. I received email confirmations and reminders. We and our friends had an amazing dinner outside on Friday as well as a fun and exciting Sunday brunch which was even more than we expected!
Best pork chop I have ever had! I have a ...
Best pork chop I have ever had! I have also had fois gras, bison tartar and other unusual items in the past. Fantastic food but not cheap. Last time dinner for two plus drinks and tip right at $200. I will definitely go again though. Service personnel seem pretty knowledgeable and have always given great suggestions.
Unfortunately the food was not very good ...
Unfortunately the food was not very good. We actually had to send the filet back due to the fact we weren't sure if it even was a filet. It was served sliced in half and was extremely dry and barley seared or flavored. The waiter told us it should have never made it to the table and the chef agreed. We decided to share my order which was the grouper. It was so so. The oyster were okay, but lacked size especially for the cost. We really like the environment and there waiter. He was exceptional and handled it well. We went for a birthday and the sunset. We enjoy at least fine dining out once or twice a month and this just wasn't the place. It's too bad because it could be an exceptional destination.
We went to their Sunday brunch which sta ...
We went to their Sunday brunch which start at 11 and got there about 30 min early. We waited in their lounge area and if you want coffee just go up to bar. It was warm out but because of the views we had requested to sit outside by the umbrellas. It was perfect. The noise was from the beach - music playing but created the perfect ambience. The food was amazing! Their waffles are delicious and the potatoes with cheese - so yummy! The brunch includes mimosas and coffee.
We had great service as we were the onl ...
We had great service as we were the only patrons in the restaurant. Tuscan kale Caesar salad was awful. Black grouper was very good. Crab cake appetizer was disappointing, with plenty of filler. Dessert, go-go bananas, also disappointing. Very bland. Expected better quality food for an upscale restaurant.
Aside from the hostess not wanting to se ...
Aside from the hostess not wanting to seat anyone, even if they had a reservation and were there with plenty of time, everything at brunch was wonderful. The array of food and the included champagne and mimosas are enough to keep everyone happy. The view was amazing, and I would recommend brunch here to anyone who enjoys a good buffet brunch. My one suggestion would be to the hostess with the short blond hair who says she will seat you at your reservation time, to actually seat you. There were several groups on Sunday who had to go back and ask her about their table, which was always ready.
Everything was good except our waiter co ...
Everything was good except our waiter continuously interrupted our dining by cutting our communication instead of politely standing by to wait for us to finish our sentences. He needs a lesson in manners: One makes oneself noticeable and waits for a diner to look up and acknowledge presence before speaking. It was an annoying experience as this happened at least 5 times that I counted.
The ambiance was beautiful and created t ...
The ambiance was beautiful and created the perfect back drop for a romantic evening as we celebrated our wedding anniversary. We started off by having a drink outside at the beach bar watching the sunset. As we neared our reservation, we proceeded to Caretta's restaurant bar where we had a quiet drink. We were escorted to our table and greeted by two of your server personnel, who were professional but , most importantly, were friendly. We each had the lobster which was exquisite. After and an after dinner cordial we proceeded to the lounge where we enjoyed live music and some more delicious wine. The experience we had at Caretta's was one we will not forget. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
4th dining experience here. have dined ...
4th dining experience here. have dined in wine room, table by window in main dining room, and at bar prior to today. had booth table today. party of 4
price vs value -- better off dining at cafe ponte
total dining time was 3 hours -- not because we were slow but because service was poor (not just my table but others as well). server visited table twice between taking dinner order and delivering check -- guests at other tables were flagging other servers/food runners for service
view of beach and sunset is very nice but only if you like dining with glare of sun in your face
menu on this night was not great. grouper was over cooked. cowboy ribeye had a sweet glaze (too sweet for steak). creme brûlée not worth $10 (better at mystic fish for $3)
bar scene dead for saturday night. sunset sensation -- horrible, tasted like cherry cough syrup
not too bad in past, but all four diners agree to crossing this restaurant off list. maybe you'll have better experience
During our stay at the Sandpearl we enjo ...
During our stay at the Sandpearl we enjoyed our fifth and sixth meals at Caretta's, five dinners and one breakfast during our annual industry meeting over the past four years. Every experience there has been exceptional. This time, both dinners were for business, one as part of a large group. the food is always the among the best I have ever enjoyed and the service has always been excellent.
This time, as last year, our server was Sondra (excuse if spelling is not correct) and she made the experience memorable. I cannot say enough how much she added to the enjoyment of the dinner for my entire family.
Also, the sunset was incredible and a terrific highlight to the event.
Such a beautiful view of gulf but food a ...
Such a beautiful view of gulf but food and service were both disappointing. Especially at their price point. The dining room was so loud we could not have a conversation between the four in our party.
Was anxious to try the Lionfish, unfortunately it was too overcomes to get any taste of the fish.
This was our first time to eat in this p ...
This was our first time to eat in this place. We found it thru Opentable. It was a great experience. Great view, exquisite food and excellent service. Sandra, our server made it a night to remember. She was very energetic, knowledgeable and very helpful. She is an asset to this place. You should request for her when you eat here.
Location/view, service and ambiance were ...
Location/view, service and ambiance were outstanding; food was good. My wife and daughter enjoyed seafood that was as good as expected given the Clearwater location. Nothing amazing but more than acceptable.
My son and I ordered the filet and its quality and prep were not ideal. I have eaten at everything from Bones in ATL to Chicago Chop House to Nick & Sam's & Bob's on Lemmon in Dallas. I mention this not as a benchmark, but confirm to those reading this review I know my steakhouses. The filet was served cut in half into 'medallions'? This was clearly done shortly after being taken off the grill but well before it was served to us. The juices had drained from the meat and the flavor with it.
Overall a good experience that could have been great. I highly recommend going but skip the filet.
Had a great meal with special friends. ...
Had a great meal with special friends. The menu was inclusive for all food preferences and the beef was top notch as well as the seafood (which you would expect).. Service a was just right, there when needed at a distance when not. We had a great seat by the window with a beautiful sunset to watch.. all around fantastic meal
My wife and I were celebrating our 9th a ...
My wife and I were celebrating our 9th anniversary. The ambience was very elegant. Great view of Clearwater Beach. The food was VERY fresh and prepared perfectly. And the service was top-notch . Allissa ( please forgive the misspelling ) was absolutely wonderful and pampered us start to finish. Oh, by the way, this was Sunday brunch. Definitely need a reservation ! Thanks Open Table ! And Thanks Caretta's for helping us celebrate our special day !
This is not our first visit to Caretta, ...
This is not our first visit to Caretta, but definitely our last one. From the beginning it did not go well. Although the place was barely occupied, my wife's request to be placed at a table closer to the water was denied. This did not bother as much as the food. The appetizer and the main course were completely off the mark. While we tolerated the appetizer, the entree was quite bad. It was raw and not well done. We brought it up to the attention of our server who brought the manager (the same person who seated us). His attitude and demeanor was a "put off". He offered to have the fish cooked or reheated, but we obviously were in no mood for it. My wife and I believe that the fish was not fresh, but thawed, heated and served. BTW, they charge you a whole lot for it. All we expected was for the manager to acknowledge the problem and be genuinely apologetic. Bad customer service!! Caretta has been removed from our list of restaurants in Clearwater.
Probably the best experience in Tampa Ba ...
Probably the best experience in Tampa Bay!
We thoroughly enjoyed everything, we never order dessert, but the signature chocolate cake is out of this world.
Generous portions make this a good value, even if you are paying more. Notable experience overall
This was a very disappointing dining exp ...
This was a very disappointing dining experience! I had made a reservation for our 22nd wedding anniversary and requested to be seated outside or in a secluded area, which we were not, and they did not mention our anniversary at all. I ordered a drink that was extremely strong that I could not drink but the server did not offer to get me something else & did not take it off of our bill. My steak was not cooked to the temperature I requested and my entire meal was cold. It is so unfortunate that this restaurant is attached to the Sandpearl Resort because the resort is incredible but the Caretta on the Gulf is far from the same caliber that you would expect with that prime location.
Unfortunately the food was not what we e ...
Unfortunately the food was not what we expected. The Veal Porterhouse was not tender and the lionfish was not flavorful. We went last year for dinner and we loved the food. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed this time.
the staff at the entire property was gre ...
the staff at the entire property was great. numerous employees smiled at us and were very polite. the staff helped me with my special night as I got engaged. very high quality resort--very impressed. we will be back--Jay Ozbun
After requesting an ocean view the host ...
After requesting an ocean view the host put us at a table which did not have a view and was uncomfortable and would not change even with empty tables. I requested a change from another host who happily moved us next to a wind overlooking the Gulf. Everything else that evening was perfect.
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