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The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Sarasota , FL
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1111 Ritzcarlton Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236 US (map)

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941-309-2075
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Jill
Wedding:
11/9/2014
4.0/5.0
This venue provides an amazing canvas for your wedding location. The Beach Club Terrace has an amazing view and is somewhat secluded and private. The Ritz can basically do anything you can dream up. We created a menu from scratch - all the way down to the dessert. The pastry chef designed my cake from a photo - and the final result was much better than the tasting! However, you will need a good wedding planner or another designated person to make sure you get everything you pay for. A few negatives - the Event coordinator for the Ritz was overheard at the reception reprimanding the waitstaff for putting out extra dessert and "wasting" it. In my opinion, we paid per head, perhaps people would have liked to take some back to their rooms? Secondly, I found they like to tell you Yes - A LOT, which isn't a bad thing. Until you follow up on it - and they don't have it, or they try to pass something else off as what you requested. I am all about faking it until you make it - and a lot of people wouldn't notice the difference, but at the end of the day - just be upfront and honest with what we can have or what is available. A good wedding planner or point of contact will know when they are blowing smoke and be able to make the day seamless - which I am glad that I had. The hotel rooms need some updating but are decent. The hotel restaurant - Jack Dusty is amazing - for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Another negative, the dinner we had during our tasting was not the same as what was served to us on our wedding night. However, the chef did do a private meal for my husband & I the next evening as their way of apologizing. All in all from the make-up done by the Ritz spa (except don't get your nails done!) to the beautiful Beach Club Terrace & Restaurant, the day was spectacular and these minor items did not overshadow the hard work and execution of the Ritz staff.
This venue provides an amazing canvas for your wedding location. The Beach Club Terrace has an amazing view and is Read more...
This venue provides an amazing canvas for your wedding location. The Beach Club Terrace has an amazing view and is somewhat secluded and private. The Ritz can basically do anything you can dream up. We created a menu from scratch - all the way down to the dessert. The pastry chef designed my cake from a photo - and the final result was much better than the tasting! However, you will need a good wedding planner or another designated person to make sure you get everything you pay for. A few negatives - the Event coordinator for the Ritz was overheard at the reception reprimanding the waitstaff for putting out extra dessert and "wasting" it. In my opinion, we paid per head, perhaps people would have liked to take some back to their rooms? Secondly, I found they like to tell you Yes - A LOT, which isn't a bad thing. Until you follow up on it - and they don't have it, or they try to pass something else off as what you requested. I am all about faking it until you make it - and a lot of people wouldn't notice the difference, but at the end of the day - just be upfront and honest with what we can have or what is available. A good wedding planner or point of contact will know when they are blowing smoke and be able to make the day seamless - which I am glad that I had. The hotel rooms need some updating but are decent. The hotel restaurant - Jack Dusty is amazing - for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Another negative, the dinner we had during our tasting was not the same as what was served to us on our wedding night. However, the chef did do a private meal for my husband & I the next evening as their way of apologizing. All in all from the make-up done by the Ritz spa (except don't get your nails done!) to the beautiful Beach Club Terrace & Restaurant, the day was spectacular and these minor items did not overshadow the hard work and execution of the Ritz staff. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Happy
Wedding:
9/7/2014
1.9/5.0
The level of unprofessionalism and lack of organization from the event planners is ridiculous. Be prepared to answer the same questions over and over and for them to still not carry out your wishes. I would not choose this venue, but if you choose to still do so, get a great wedding planner because the staff is of NO help.

The food was good and food staff was great.
The level of unprofessionalism and lack of organization from the event planners is ridiculous. Be prepared to answer the Read more...
The level of unprofessionalism and lack of organization from the event planners is ridiculous. Be prepared to answer the same questions over and over and for them to still not carry out your wishes. I would not choose this venue, but if you choose to still do so, get a great wedding planner because the staff is of NO help.

The food was good and food staff was great. Read less
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James
Wedding:
7/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an incredible celebration at Ritz-Carlton's Beach Club in Sarasota. Thank you so much to all of the staff involved and all of their hard work in making our day so special.
We had an incredible celebration at Ritz-Carlton's Beach Club in Sarasota. Thank you so much to all of the staff involved Read more...
We had an incredible celebration at Ritz-Carlton's Beach Club in Sarasota. Thank you so much to all of the staff involved and all of their hard work in making our day so special. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
7/14/2013
4.5/5.0
The Ritz put on a great event for our July 2013 destination wedding at the beach club. The food was top notch, the setting is gorgeous and all our guests had a great time.

You get what you pay for and what you get is great service. They really pulled it off even if the communication wasn't the best in the months leading up to the big day. Just trust them. They'll pull through and you and your guests will have a great time.

Or coordinator Kate was really busy (they have so much business!) and had a hard time responding to email in a timely manner more than a couple weeks before the big day, but her associate Maggie always answered same day or next day and really put us at ease.

LaShawn in sales is awesome and accommodating and even braved Tropical Storm Debby flooding to get us a tour of the venue when we were in the booking process. To say she'll go the extra mile for you is an understatement.

The cake was amazing and gorgeous-they can literally make anything you want. The food was above and beyond. They can customize appetizers (we special ordered parmesan crusted artichokes) and if you can dream it, they can do it.

They even moved the chairs they set up on the terrace (albeit without confirming it was OK with us) in the hour before the ceremony because we showed them the radar that it wasn't going to rain. Ask and you receive.
The Ritz put on a great event for our July 2013 destination wedding at the beach club. The food was top notch, the setting Read more...
The Ritz put on a great event for our July 2013 destination wedding at the beach club. The food was top notch, the setting is gorgeous and all our guests had a great time.

You get what you pay for and what you get is great service. They really pulled it off even if the communication wasn't the best in the months leading up to the big day. Just trust them. They'll pull through and you and your guests will have a great time.

Or coordinator Kate was really busy (they have so much business!) and had a hard time responding to email in a timely manner more than a couple weeks before the big day, but her associate Maggie always answered same day or next day and really put us at ease.

LaShawn in sales is awesome and accommodating and even braved Tropical Storm Debby flooding to get us a tour of the venue when we were in the booking process. To say she'll go the extra mile for you is an understatement.

The cake was amazing and gorgeous-they can literally make anything you want. The food was above and beyond. They can customize appetizers (we special ordered parmesan crusted artichokes) and if you can dream it, they can do it.

They even moved the chairs they set up on the terrace (albeit without confirming it was OK with us) in the hour before the ceremony because we showed them the radar that it wasn't going to rain. Ask and you receive. Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was great the food was fab the ballroom gorgeous the ceremony on the bay was beautiful we even held off the rain. Would highly recommend the Ritz.
Everything was great the food was fab the ballroom gorgeous the ceremony on the bay was beautiful we even held off the Read more...
Everything was great the food was fab the ballroom gorgeous the ceremony on the bay was beautiful we even held off the rain. Would highly recommend the Ritz. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
From the beginning every one who we came into contact with was over the top amazing. I knew the day we visited it was the place to host our wedding. We had a destination wedding and made it a fun filled weekend, they Ritz was over the top amazing. Kate and her team made my special day stress free, as well as responding so quickly to any request we had no matter how small or large. I was blown away with our experience at the Ritz and highly reccomend them for any celebration you may have in your future.
From the beginning every one who we came into contact with was over the top amazing. I knew the day we visited it was the Read more...
From the beginning every one who we came into contact with was over the top amazing. I knew the day we visited it was the place to host our wedding. We had a destination wedding and made it a fun filled weekend, they Ritz was over the top amazing. Kate and her team made my special day stress free, as well as responding so quickly to any request we had no matter how small or large. I was blown away with our experience at the Ritz and highly reccomend them for any celebration you may have in your future. Read less
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Lesley
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
After our private ceremony (offsite), we held a small dinner reception for us and our 5 guests and the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota's Jack Dusty restaurant. They gave us spectacular service and attention. The food & cocktails were excellent. We loved every part of our experience here, start to finish. Would recommend for a casual wedding or rehearsal dinner!
After our private ceremony (offsite), we held a small dinner reception for us and our 5 guests and the Ritz-Carlton Read more...
After our private ceremony (offsite), we held a small dinner reception for us and our 5 guests and the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota's Jack Dusty restaurant. They gave us spectacular service and attention. The food & cocktails were excellent. We loved every part of our experience here, start to finish. Would recommend for a casual wedding or rehearsal dinner! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Unique Services
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Trisha
Wedding:
4/4/2013
5.0/5.0
We started planning a destination beach wedding in September 2012. We spent countless hours/days/weeks reading the wedding wire reviews. We looked at about 6 venues around the St Pete area and are extremely pleased we chose The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida. Chris Starman was very helpful from the beginning to the end, he was quick to answer all questions.
Mariela was assigned to be our wedding day coordinator. We were impressed with her attention to details, organizational skills, patience, quick response to questions, suggestions, and dedication to making a smooth ,terrific wedding day experience. Due to torrential rain the morning of, a decision had to be made as to where everything would now take place. The rain continued. So my outdoor beach ceremony and reception became an outdoor patio ceremony and a ballroom. They went above and beyond to make sure the space was perfect. They put extra time into the details; setting up the dinner tables, the presentation of the dinner and the atmosphere all around. My guest had the best time even through the horrible weather.
The hot and cold appetizers that Chris Starman and Mariela recommended were a huge hit. As for the dinner, I was pleasantly surprised as to how tender the steak was. As it turned out it we chose the yellow cake with key lime filing and topped with fresh strawberries and it was scrumptiousNot your average wedding food!
Cindy and the beach club staff were extremely accommodating and helpful when visiting the venue and during the rehearsal. They all knew what was going on, where we should be and made sure that we were taken care of. The staff overall at the Ritz, was amazing, very friendly, professional, accommodating, reassuring, and cared about my wedding. All the staff made it a point to ask if we or our guest needed anything throughout our entire stay.
The Ritz staff went above and beyond to make our tears of sadness turn into tears of joy that evening. Thank you!
We started planning a destination beach wedding in September 2012. We spent countless hours/days/weeks reading the wedding Read more...
We started planning a destination beach wedding in September 2012. We spent countless hours/days/weeks reading the wedding wire reviews. We looked at about 6 venues around the St Pete area and are extremely pleased we chose The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida. Chris Starman was very helpful from the beginning to the end, he was quick to answer all questions.
Mariela was assigned to be our wedding day coordinator. We were impressed with her attention to details, organizational skills, patience, quick response to questions, suggestions, and dedication to making a smooth ,terrific wedding day experience. Due to torrential rain the morning of, a decision had to be made as to where everything would now take place. The rain continued. So my outdoor beach ceremony and reception became an outdoor patio ceremony and a ballroom. They went above and beyond to make sure the space was perfect. They put extra time into the details; setting up the dinner tables, the presentation of the dinner and the atmosphere all around. My guest had the best time even through the horrible weather.
The hot and cold appetizers that Chris Starman and Mariela recommended were a huge hit. As for the dinner, I was pleasantly surprised as to how tender the steak was. As it turned out it we chose the yellow cake with key lime filing and topped with fresh strawberries and it was scrumptiousNot your average wedding food!
Cindy and the beach club staff were extremely accommodating and helpful when visiting the venue and during the rehearsal. They all knew what was going on, where we should be and made sure that we were taken care of. The staff overall at the Ritz, was amazing, very friendly, professional, accommodating, reassuring, and cared about my wedding. All the staff made it a point to ask if we or our guest needed anything throughout our entire stay.
The Ritz staff went above and beyond to make our tears of sadness turn into tears of joy that evening. Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Dominique
Wedding:
12/4/2012
4.8/5.0
We are from the UK so had to do everything via the internet. I was initially nervous as my wedding co-ordintaor from the Ritz was very slow to get back to my emails and got a lot of things wrong - u really have to keep on top of the invoices as a lot of mine were wrong. However my wedding day was AMAZING!!! The Ritz is a STUNNING location and we had a beautiful sunset as we were married. The food was delicious and the service surpassed our expectations. We would definitely recommend the Ritz as the perfect venue!
We are from the UK so had to do everything via the internet. I was initially nervous as my wedding co-ordintaor from the Read more...
We are from the UK so had to do everything via the internet. I was initially nervous as my wedding co-ordintaor from the Ritz was very slow to get back to my emails and got a lot of things wrong - u really have to keep on top of the invoices as a lot of mine were wrong. However my wedding day was AMAZING!!! The Ritz is a STUNNING location and we had a beautiful sunset as we were married. The food was delicious and the service surpassed our expectations. We would definitely recommend the Ritz as the perfect venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.6/5.0
We had our wedding in June at the members beach club on Lido Key, Sarasota. The area was beautiful and the site was amazing. Overall I was very happy with the service and have no real complaints, but that was not without many hours of coordination and planning (this was a destination wedding). I felt if we didn't push for certain items, it may have been a totally different experience. For example, we had our ceremony on the beach,the cost was $3000.00 to use the beach. Part of the experience was that water would be provided, if we did not inquire on how this would be done, it would of been just white plastic tables without cloth and plain plastic pitchers of water. After multiple conversations, this was changed to nice glass water dispensers with lemon or lime mixed on top of white table clothes and real glasses. This may seem to be a minor issue, but to us its all about presentation. When I chose the Ritz, I expected A++ presentation, but you really have to be on top of them to get what you paid for.

The service and staff lead by Wedding Coordinator Cesar Garza was excellent, the staff during the reception were amazing. My only advice is that the person who shows you the package, i.e the sales person is not on the same page as the wedding coordinator. The sales people will tell you they do everything, well that is not the case. We eventually got everything we were promised, but it required extra phone calls.

I am happy with my finished product and have zero regrets, Our wedding was great, it was a blast, the food was great and service was above par. Oh, my only slight disappointment was the cake and lighting. The lighting who was associated with the Ritz was very weak and definitely not worth the money. The cake was was overpriced for what we got and taste was ok. I wish I had outsourced the cake...
We had our wedding in June at the members beach club on Lido Key, Sarasota. The area was beautiful and the site was Read more...
We had our wedding in June at the members beach club on Lido Key, Sarasota. The area was beautiful and the site was amazing. Overall I was very happy with the service and have no real complaints, but that was not without many hours of coordination and planning (this was a destination wedding). I felt if we didn't push for certain items, it may have been a totally different experience. For example, we had our ceremony on the beach,the cost was $3000.00 to use the beach. Part of the experience was that water would be provided, if we did not inquire on how this would be done, it would of been just white plastic tables without cloth and plain plastic pitchers of water. After multiple conversations, this was changed to nice glass water dispensers with lemon or lime mixed on top of white table clothes and real glasses. This may seem to be a minor issue, but to us its all about presentation. When I chose the Ritz, I expected A++ presentation, but you really have to be on top of them to get what you paid for.

The service and staff lead by Wedding Coordinator Cesar Garza was excellent, the staff during the reception were amazing. My only advice is that the person who shows you the package, i.e the sales person is not on the same page as the wedding coordinator. The sales people will tell you they do everything, well that is not the case. We eventually got everything we were promised, but it required extra phone calls.

I am happy with my finished product and have zero regrets, Our wedding was great, it was a blast, the food was great and service was above par. Oh, my only slight disappointment was the cake and lighting. The lighting who was associated with the Ritz was very weak and definitely not worth the money. The cake was was overpriced for what we got and taste was ok. I wish I had outsourced the cake... Read less
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