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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

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937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family took me here for my birthday. It's the first time I'd been, and it was incredibly good! They serve the fish that their own ships catch, and even have a fresh fish market next door. It's a friendly place with good service, drinks, and exceptional sea food. We had a great time. If you're visiting the Tarpon Springs... More 

Thank CathiKilian
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here with family and would definitely return! The outdoor seating was unfortunately a longer wait, but indoors was fine. They have a great beer and drink menu, and the food menu is amazing! Fresh caught local fish, and very tastefully done. All of us had the grouper filet and they are HUGE! Almost too much for a portion, but... More 

Thank CONatureGirl
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nestled at the end of the road by the Tarpon Springs sponge docks is this little gem of a restaurant. Fresh food, great service and a good Ole time!

Thank rav3n70
Delran, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The view from the deck dining is great. Got to watch the parade of boats all done up for Christmas. The Crazy Zukes were underwhelming. Crab cake had plenty of Cranberry meat but not much flavor. Typical fried seafood.

Thank Finnishmaria
Hudson, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is known for fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen. Nice variety of sandwiches and seafood dishes. Reasonably priced. The outside dining area is covered. Enjoy watching boats passing by and wildlife. Maybe you'll get lucky to see a dolphin siting. Friendly staff! Overall this is a great place to dine on the water. The place is a... More 

Thank Laura A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm used to tiny shrimp... but not here. They are by far the biggest and best shrimp in town. Avoid Friday and Saturday nights because of the crowds. Parking is a little rough too. View of Anclote River is great and outdoor waterside dining is available. Prices are about $20/entree, but worth every penny. Drink specials were $4 for house... More 

Thank jefftoocool
Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the water in Tarpon Springs. You can eat indoors or outdoors. Peel your own shrimp appetizer was big, fresh and excellent and serves with both cocktail sauce and drawn butter. With the butter - these shrimp were big enough to taste like mini lobster tails. I had a platter with grilled Mahi, with skewers of shrimp and scallops... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun place. The bar outside is very enjoyable. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. Just good Florida seafood. Only negative is the lines can get very long at certain times of the week and year.

Thank wolmoz34
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never been to this little town but thanks to Rusty Bellies we will be going back... The good was delicious & the waitress was amazing! She had just been gifted a computer by a customer & from what we could tell deserved it!! Hush Puppies & Souvlaki was delicious

Thank Camgal Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us had all you could eat shrimp. They were the biggest and tastiest shrimp I have ever eaten on the east coast. Food couldn't get any fresher as the restaurant has their own fleet. Our waitress kept the shrimp coming. She was very nice and had a great positive attitude.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tarpon Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 727-934-4047
My husband Jack and I, along with our daughter and son-in-law, welcome you to Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill. Opened in June of 2005, Rusty Bellies is an achievement of three generations worth of goals spanning some thirty years. We are a family owned and operated establishment. Our family came to Tarpon Springs in the 1970's. My parents, Joe and Sue Reis, began the business by purchasing several boats, including a shrimp boat. Before long they had purchased the boat yard and developed the seafood business. In 1985, Jack and I took over operations, and it wasn't long before Jack began refurbishing boats. In 2002. we launched our shrimp boat, Julie Ann. The Julie Ann produces fresh gulf shrimp for Pelican Point Seafood and Rusty Bellies. Jack has since finished refurbishing the Redman, a grouper fishing boat, and the Crabracadabra, a stone crab boat. To this day the Julie Ann, Redman, and Crabracadabra are still family owned and operated by the Russells. Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill is named for our family's love of fishing, namely gulf grouper fishing. A "Rusty Bellie" is the nickname given to the large male gag grouper. A "Rusty Bellie" generally ranges between twenty and sixty pounds, and is typically caught by the true at heart fisherpersons. As you look around our restaurant you will see photos of family, friends, and local fisherman that bring the freshest seafood to our dock. The menu gives credit to many of our fishermen by naming the dishes after their beloved boats. Of course, there are too many boats to give credit to each, but keep in mind their dedication to providing FRESH FLORIDA WILD CAUGHT SEAFOOD. It is an honor that we continue what our family began many yeas ago. We value our guests, and we are honored to have you dine with us. Please sit back and enjoy the view and allow us to prepare the freshest seafood, including gluten fee options, available for you. Julie and the Russell Family

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