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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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 were just there a few days ago and lo ...
We were just there a few days ago and loved Caretta on the gulf for the most part. We had a large group of girls and were able to sit in a beautiful wine room. Our food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. Our server appeared bothered by our group and was incredibly Condescending the entire dinner. We were a group of successful 30 + women and he treated us as though we were teenagers. One of the girls received the wrong drink and simply asked for a New one. He immediately huffed about it and never came back with her drink. This was just one example of his ongoing behavior.
Excellent food; professional but friendl ...
Excellent food; professional but friendly service. Fine dining atmosphere but not stuffy. View is amazing directly on the beach.
Great service and food.
Great service and food.
Beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous vie ...
Beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous view of The Gulf. Outstanding service, extensive wine list, and a quiet, intimate environment round out the positives. However, the food is only average, at best. And that is being generous.
For a wondrous eloquent reposeful dining ...
For a wondrous eloquent reposeful dining this diamond limelight's sunset with edifying dishes under the guidance of your waiter.
Took two hours to get our food
Took two hours to get our food
Mother's Day Weekend
The view and the opportunity to watch the sunset was worth the over 60-mins we waited for the main course. Appetizers were slow to come out as well. Overall we made the best of it. They had a good selection of wine to choose from. The bottle of Silver Oak definitely help with the wait.
The food quality has definitely slipped ...
The food quality has definitely slipped for this A1 location. Service and ambiance are good, but overall the food is poorly prepared and extremely disappointing for such a fine establishment.
My wife and I and 2 guest had dinner on a Friday night. The scene is phenomenal, the food is exquisite. A must experience for a special occasion. Our waiter Russell, did an outstanding job reviewing the menu, making suggestions, and taking really good care of our table. Our guest were blown away. Highly recommend this experience.
I had a hard time understanding how ordering dessert and a cup of decaf took so long after dinner - 2.5 hours for a business dinner on a Wednesday night is too long
Great Food, Great View
Went to Caretta's while on vacation in Clearwater Beach. It was the best meal we had the whole trip. We sat outside overlooking the ocean and got to watch the sunset. It was so relaxing and calm. The service was fabulous as was the food. I would definitely go back.
Over priced with average dood
We went to Caretta's for our anniversary. We asked for a table by a beach window, and while there were plenty of window tables available, got a table near the window in a room with a large noisy party. My wife had the fillet and I the squash filled ravioli with kale. My pasta was over cooked and the dried kale was chewy rather than crisp. For dessert we shared the profiteroles which were dry and tasteless. $160 later (including tip) we agreed that we had eaten a good, but hardly memorable meal.
One of the best dining experiences. The ...
One of the best dining experiences. The food, view and service are the best Clearwater Beach has to offer.
A step below upper crust
Excellent cuisine and dining experience. Serving staff is well trained. Food is very good but over priced. It's a shame that they let people in their restaurant with cut-off jeans and t-shirts. Obviously, they fall a bit short of an elite restaurant!
One of our favorites really slipped bad ...
One of our favorites really slipped bad this time. We hope it was simply a mis step with the addition of the sister property down the block. We sure hope so
Was very surprised at the service and qu ...
Was very surprised at the service and quality of food. Candidly the best steak I've ever had.
Delicious! Scallops with pork belly were ...
Delicious! Scallops with pork belly were phenomenal, as were the steaks. Highly recommend.
Great spot on the beach
Very nice restaurant in the Sandpearl Hotel. We ate outside and enjoyed the view although it was partially obscured. The bison sliders and the deconstructed sushi roll salad were both excellent. Service was good and overall a great night out.
Worth the drive
Lobster roll was good, but I'd leave off the grapefruit next time...mango or avocado would be better if you are going to put a twist on the traditional recipe.
We had a horrible experience at this restaurant
our waiter was rude and unfriendly. food was okay but way overpriced . never again
Great view, good food and good wine. Enj ...
Great view, good food and good wine. Enjoyable
slow to get a table
I have never waited 45 min for a table when i had a reservation... and on top of this I was not offered anything to offset inconvenience except "sorry" Perhaps I should have complained louder but that is not my style. although the food was exceptional the dining service and staff were lackluster at best.. very disappointed with 2+ hour dinner with my 15 and 10 year old kids.. unacceptable ... and not cheap...
Creative selection, superb service
Sunday brunch is one of the things I look forward to with every visit to Clearwater. Food was creative, well presented, and good quality. There are a number of selections available that on their own would make for a memorable brunch on their own, but with all they have it is hard to know what to have. TJ our server was a joy - he was a professional server, and any restaurant would be lucky to have him, but more than that he is just such a pleasure to interact with - clearly the management know how to attract the best chefs and servers. Rob - from Canada.
Beautiful view. Great service. Expected ...
Beautiful view. Great service. Expected the food to be significantly better. It seemed there was entirely too much going on with each dish. In this case less is most definitely more.
Decent restaurant with a great views
Generally the meal was good with the exception of the Grouper. The grouper did not appear fresh and some have suggested it may not have been grouper given that it's a banned commododiy. The other food choices were excellent. The waitstaff amazing.
The food was exceptional. The service w ...
The food was exceptional. The service was very attentive but not intrusive. This is a fabulous restaurant.
We have been coming here for brunch for years. Well worth the price.
Everything was great and the service was perfect! I would definitely recommend it!
To start, we had a reservation at 8:00 pm. We arrived on time and were told that our table wasn't available and we'd have to wait 20-25 minutes. There was another group sitting beside us that were told the same thing. Once we were seated, the waiter took our order. One gentleman in our group was having sushi to start and a salad and then a main course. The waiter asked if he would take both when we had our salads to keep the timing aligned. He said no that he didn't want that and the server did it anyway. Our salads / first course and main courses came out in due time and were delicious. Our group had a variety of seafood and steak dishes and all were happy with them. We also all had dessert courses which we thought weren't as good as the other courses. When one of us told the waiter that he didn't really care for the dessert, rather than saying I'm sorry you didn't like it or offering something else, he made it sound like it was the diner's fault. After that, our waiter disappeared and we had to ask twice for the check and still had to wait.
Ugh-Service was horrible -food a disappointment
Usually love Caretta on the Gulf. One of our favorite restaurants in Florida. However, I never experienced a more miserable service along with below average meals!!!! What a huge disappointment to treat yourself to a nice (expensive) evening out only to have it ruined due to slow, inconsistent service and mediocre food (pumpkin ravioli was way over cooked and steak was under cooked). When servers did show up, they placed dessert menus at our table. When we said we were all set, no dessert, they left and didn't come back with the check for at least 15 minutes!! Will really rethink ever coming back.
I rarely rip a restaurant. I know the server tried to sell how great the chef was. The sushi appetizer was the size of a main course and when the entree arrived it was burned. It should have never left the kitchen. With fish coming in right off the dock, it should be easy to make this work, but I ended up with the most expensive and poorest dinner of our trip. I'd go here for drinks because they were really well done. Service was good although I found the checkout awkward. Because of their new technology you had to put the tip in prior to the server swiping it. I tipped well but I don't like the process.
Dining at Caretta provided my wife and I ...
Dining at Caretta provided my wife and I with an elegant evening full of good food and spirits.
Had a great dinner on our last day at Clearwater. Great restaurant in every way. The sushi was wonderful, and my wife's filet was equally good.
Our dining experience begins with Tyrone, he left a message to confirm reservations. He spoke so fast we didn't get the call back number. We arrived at the resort with little direction on where it was in the resort. We had to look for it. When we found it Tyrone greeted us. We were early, (restaurant was just opening). He sat us anyway, we had requested a booth but did not get one, he sat us next to the window with a beach view, I was okay with this; it was as a corner table. We and another couple at the bar were the only ones there besides staff. Our waitor came to greet us, very pleasant and explained the menu, it being our first time there. Shortly after ordering drinks Tyrone sat a family staying at the resort in beach attire with young children at the table next to us. (The whole restaurant including beach views was open. This was a special occasion, my 40th Birthday dinner. My husband and I were dressed formally. I was very uncomfortable with him sitting this family next to us with an open restaurant. I understand that the restaurant is in a resort but I felt he could of placed them further away from us. This changed the ambiance of my dinner. The food and presentation was beautiful, our waitor was attentive, but I will not recommend this restaurant to friends who are out for a romantic dinner with the ambiance of a 5 star restaurant. We typically dine at Ocean's Prime, Eddie V's, or Charley's, I wanted to try a new place hoping to add to our choices in the future for our date night or future birthday's.
Great upscale beach find
Has to be one of the best places in Clearwater. Food was amazing. Sushi rolls were among the best we've ever had (and we're sushi nuts). Oysters were fresh and delicious. Entrees were generously portioned and beautifully presented - tasty too! Will definitely go back next time we're in the area.
As Close To Perfect As It Gets!
Four childhood friends getting together for a girls' night out. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our server was delightful and very helpful with answering questions and making suggestions. All four of us chose a different dish and we were all thrilled with our choices. Wine list is extensive; cocktails were perfect. Little touches like a complimentary baked potato sample and the delicious truffle at the end of our meal were an added bonus. Love this place and will highly recommend to others.
Food was excellent
It was a little on the pricey side but the food and service was excellent.
Menu is 'Out of the Box'
The Chef offers new, trendy, and unique items...excellent presentation and quality......expensive, but offerings are not your standard fare Only complaint...at $25 corkage fee is a bit excessive
Best dining and view in the county!
Our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area! The menu, wine list and service never disappoint! Whether staying at the Sandpearl Resort or coming just for dinner, it's well worth the drive to Clearwater Beach!
It was wonderful, service great and food great too. Some of the veggies not so hot, but everything else was excellent. It was noisy with birthday parties but they were having fun. The bar/music was smokin' Thanks
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