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“Lovely experience”

Caretta on the Gulf
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Ranked #37 of 693 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Baymont Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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116 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Lovely experience”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We had a lovely dining experience at this restaurant. The oysters were served with three sauces - traditional seafood sauce, horseradish, and cucumber. All were quite nice. The diver scallops were perfectly cooked and the sushi was perfect. The wine list is notable as well.

Our server was clearly stressed and our oysters were served without implements to eat them but that was quickly remedied by a different staff member and no further problems occurred.

Overall we enjoyed a great meal in an elegant restaurant and would highly recommend you give it a try when you are in Clearwater Beach.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank jode3115
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North Bethesda, Maryland
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2013

I have nothing but fond memories of this restaurant. The staff, food quality and service have been consistently excellent since its opening. Every detail has been considered and executed to perfection.

Visited January 2013
Thank Thomas H
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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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203 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Sit outside and enjoy the sunset!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We enjoyed the sunset during dinner on the beach. It's great people watching. The food was good and prices decent. The location really sells the place. The fries were especially amazing, with that just perfect crunchiness!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Locococomama
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great breakfast on the patio”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Good variety of breakfast choices that are well prepared and presented. Enjoy the views of the beach from the patio while receiving great service from attentive staff.

Visited December 2013
Thank OneOfTheSisters
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Clearwater, Florida
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Husband and I dined here yesterday for Christmas Brunch, the selection was amazing and the gourmet dishes and attention to everything was impeccable. We will most definitely return. I have never had such an excellent meal in my life and I have travelled the world!

Now the negative. When we walked in the receptionist at Carettas was looking down and we actually had to say HELLO? like 3 times. A young man next to her told us that they were not ready for our 3PM reservation. A young lady named Colleen called my cell 4 times in the week preceeding our Brunch to ask if we could change our 3:30PM reservation for 3PM. Why were they not ready when we arrived promptly at 3?

I asked if we could order a drink and sit outside - he said yes. So we sat on a table with 6 chairs and an umbrella and a waitress came and said "Switch tables, this is too large for 2 people!" So we did and she was attentive enough and we tipped her generously. However, she did not tell us we could remain at that table for the brunch! We also got up at 3:30 after drinks, and went back to the receptionist who was clicking a pen and asked "Is the buffet ready yet?" Duh? She said (no lie) Yup!(still looking down at her book ... Our kind French Waitress graciously showed us where to go and we found our way around.

The rest of the staff is excellent, accommodating and will cook or serve anything to order. I dislike pointing a finger, but your brunette receptionist and the young man with her at 3PM need a private meeting to improve their methods. The buffet, where you can order drinks, etc. should be thoroughly explained and.... YES! NAMES SHOULD BE CALLED WHEN READY. If the buffet is not ready - then get those blinking hand-held pagers or something.

We were not the only ones complaining and walking around like zombies waiting for them to call our names or even acknowledge our existence! Hence, the 4 stars.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank RhodyGal
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