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Fri, 7/1
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Make A Reservation through our website to save your seat! Waterfront dining is OPEN! Enjoy a la carte Dinner every day, Saturday and Sunday Brunch, and Happy Hour Specials Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm! Escape to Florida's most beautiful tropical hideaway, right on the waters of Tampa Bay. Known for serving the freshest local seafood, like Crab-Stuffed Gulf Grouper, Rusty Pelican Board for Two and Crispy Whole Local Snapper, as well as classic cuts of savory beef, the Rusty Pelican offers an unforgettable culinary experience. With friendly and experienced staff, the dedicated team at the Rusty Pelican will ensure that your experience at the Rusty Pelican is nothing but exceptional.
$41 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Seafood
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This the best seafood restaurant from Sarasota to Tampa, hands down. The service is superior and warm (our server was Kyle), the food was legendary, always delivering an explosion of flavors in your mouth (I could sell my kids for the corn bread with jalapeños...appetizer) and the atmosphere - including the ocean view - is to die for. One word for this restaurant: PERFECTION.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 8, 2022

We were not given all menus to upsell us to fixed price ($82) brunch, including no kids menu. Oysters were inedible. Steaks for 2 of us well done instead of medium/medium rare. When redone both WAY undercooked. Even the manager said my wife’s was raw....I tried mine but steak was either old of poor quality. Didn’t eat it. Caesar salads were well below average. Service was below average. We asked for the desserts “to go” because we just wanted to leave at that point. That took forever. Finally the waitress shows up with the bill and pointed out that 2 of the $82 charges were removed….but failed to realize/mention that they were charging us for 8 people, not 6 (so no net reduction). I question whether this was accidental. The positives: (1) the manager seemed very nice and wanted to make things right but.., (2) view was nice, (3) valet guy was funny.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 28, 2022 via mobile

We made reservations for 3 for my MILs 70th birthday. They got us a table by the window and Carmen our sever was so welcoming. She gave us fantastic recommendations for dinner and we all loved our meals. The service was impeccable. The timing of...drinks, app, and dinner were perfect. The birthday key lime pie after dinner was just the perfect way to end dinner. You will not regret going to the Rusty Pelican for the delicious seafood and wonderful service. Thanks again Carmen!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 25, 2022

We loved it. The only thing better than the food was the service. After a five-minute wait we were ushered to our window table. What a view -- dolphins, leaping fish and a great sunset. Ashley, our server, could not have been more attentive --...there when needed, not hovering over us. Fun and happy. She and her colleague, Jade, treated us to an Anniversary key-lime pie. Maybe the best we've had during our two years in Florida. The brussel sprout appetizer was great. Far too large for two. My wife had the surf & turf. While not a Maine lobster, the next best thing. Steak prepared perfectly (rare). My salmon with crabmeat stuffing was cooked just right with a great grilled flavor. We'll be back. And I'll be having our leftovers for dinner tonight!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 25, 2022

You're obviously paying for the view. Service was sub par, unless you were ordering all the excess. Lobster & shrimp risotto was very disappointing with overcooked & under-seasoned rice & over-cooked lobster. Will not return.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 24, 2022

I went to dinner with a friend this evening. We had a terrible experience. Once our waitress realized that she was not going to up-charge us on water, we only wanted a glass of wine and not a bottle and only wanted to order dinner...she was no longer interested. We never got any bread offered to us when every other table had it in the restaurant. She waited 15 minutes after we got our dinner to check on us. But quickly took my credit card for payment. The lobster in our risotto was over cooked and dinner was just okay. Will not go back. Overpriced for the quality of food and service.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 16, 2022

My wife and I came for dinner at golden hour and the view did not disappoint! Restaurant also serves as an event space for large gatherings or weddings on the shore. Food and drink were delicious, but we wished the dessert menu was more extensive....Great ambience in the dinning room and the free onsite parking was welcome.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 6, 2022

Would be great venue for medium to large gatherings! Looks as if the building is under a bit of refresh. Stopped in to meet friends for Sunday brunch. The waterview of course was amazing. Menu is a bit pricey for what is served. Server was...a delight.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 1, 2022 via mobile

The resturant has the most beautiful view. Other than that everything else was less than good. Received a text to say our table was ready 30 min early so we hurried along only to be told it wasn't ready. Little annoying. Eventually seated and when...you go to dinning area you see what you are paying for the view is beautiful. Ordered calamari. They came quickly. They tasted nice but the plate was full of bits of the cooked batter that must have been in the fryer. Kind of yuck! Then we ordered fillet mignon and swordfish. Both were nice but one of the big let downs was for an almost $50 steak was McDonald's type skinny fries. If you are going to name your fries Pelican fries make them something to be proud of. Well over priced for the quality of food. You are paying for the view which was fabulous!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 22, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant was beautiful. Sandy our waitress was super friendly and accommodating. She gave great recommendations. The French toast was amazing and the eggs Benedict was great. We were not fond of the lobster eggs Benedict, but the rest was fantastic. You couldn’t ask for...a better view! The staff was super friendly and accommodating!More

Date of visit: March 2022
RustyPelican_Tampa, General Manager at Rusty Pelican - Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2022

Thank you for the review and feedback! We appreciate you and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed March 7, 2022 via mobile

Went to dinner here last night. My dinner was good; however the cocktail I was served had bad tonic - so I ordered coffee with Tequila (Mexican coffee). It came - IN A PLASTIC CUP”! I was shocked as the waiter was too! At such...an upscale restaurant- why not a regular coffee cup! The whole table by us got up and left after they were told they had no more steaks to serve - and it’s only 6:30pm! Sad sad!More

Date of visit: March 2022
RustyPelican_Tampa, General Manager at Rusty Pelican - Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2022

Thank you for the feedback. You are truely valued and appreciated.

Reviewed January 17, 2022 via mobile

My experience maybe not typical, I’m not sure, but I was very disappointed , I wanted to LOVE this restaurant !! The atmosphere is lovely and feels upscale, the views are absolutely beautiful, with lots of windows overlooking the water. I was first disappointed in...the fact that I had made reservations and requested a window seat but was not granted that. I can get past that. The prices are upscale. I spent $200 plus on just three meals and that was with no dessert and no appetizer, just two drinks total, and the main meal. The young gentleman that served us must have been you, was not knowledgeable about gluten-free items, we could not understand him and he almost seemed irritated. I do have to give him credit I made a special request to have my drink made a specific way and he did get that correct. We did not get the corn bread that we saw served at every other table around us, it must’ve been complimentary as a starter, but we were not offered it. When I brought it to the attention of my waiter, he ignored it. We never received our cornbread. The food was just Soso. My guest ordered the chicken and she said it was absolutely delicious. I had surf and turf, it was very delicious but very small offering. The steak was very well prepared. The lobster tail was good but very very small, only about four bites. $74 for a very small steak and a tiny tiny lobster tail with potatoes. The meals are served on a large wooden board which is really cool. Our waiter seemed to disappear here and there , never really asked us if everything was OK if there’s anything he could get us. He just wasn’t engaged and it was just different Service than I expected in this type of restaurant. There are definitely some highlights in this restaurant but I would not go back and spend the amount of money. When I spend that kind of money I expect a great experience.More

Date of visit: January 2022
RustyPelican_Tampa, Manager at Rusty Pelican - Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2022

Thank you for the time you have taken to share your experience. I'd like to apologize on behalf of the team for the disappointing service you received. Your feedback helps our team improve each day as we strive to deliver a five star experience to...More

Reviewed January 17, 2022 via mobile

Where do I start, this place was amazing from food to service the view,our guests was so impressed with this place.We had a bridal shower here sept 21 everything went so good we had to do the reception here.As for the staff they were amazing...anything we asked for they were making it happen. Michelin the captain went out of her way to accommodate us thank you.Shout out to Melinda, Jesiel the bartender, Carlos and I don't know others name thank you guys so much. This is our favorite venue everyone was so easy and helpful. Thank you to Daniela Sword for letting us in early to decorate. I highly recommend this place for any event large or small.Thank you Rusty Pelican see you soon....More

Date of visit: January 2022
RustyPelican_Tampa, Manager at Rusty Pelican - Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2022

Thank you for your positive review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and will be sure to pass your kind comments along to Micheline, Carlos, Melinda and Jeisel as they will be so happy that you enjoyed their service. Thank you for...More

Reviewed January 11, 2022

WOW! This restaurant was recommended to us from the hotel staff. Boy, am I happy we discovered it! Brussel Sprouts and Salmon Tartare for appetizer, board for 2 as entree. $125 for a board that includes, steak, lobster, shrimp risotto, fried snapper, mashed potato and...arugula salad! This was so delicious! OH - view is everything! I was too busy enjoyiong the food Shotout to Jenna - great service!More

Date of visit: January 2022
RustyPelican_Tampa, General Manager at Rusty Pelican - Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2022

Thank you for the awesome review! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us such wonderful feedback. The culinary team will be pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we can't wait to have you back! Thank you and cheers!

Reviewed December 9, 2021 via mobile

Steak was raw and orzo tasted like out of the refrigerator. Three of us had food poisoning. It was over priced. Just not a good experience.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Response from albumimagery | Reviewed this property |
I doubt you can, this is more upscale - however, there is a/c inside with plenty of windows to enjoy the beautiful view.
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It is business casual, but many guests dress up a bit.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5