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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Takeout Available
  • Outdoor Seating Available
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Updated 05/12/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 05/12/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, 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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had the calamari, grouper bites, chicken alfredo and canjun shrimp salad. All of it was delicious and our server was great!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our server Jasmine at Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill in Tarpon Springs, Fl was excellent The food was delicious! I recommend it to everyone

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our niece and her boyfriend to Rusty Bellies for dinner. They were visiting from out of town and we wanted to give them a taste of local fare, and we were not disappointed, Everything from the service, (thank you so much Steph!), food,...timeliness and atmosphere was amazing! The menu offers something for everyone, and the drinks were outstanding. I highly recommend Rusty Bellies, especially now that they will take reservations.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Been to the Sponge Docks a million times, but never to Rusty Bellies. I'm glad I stopped in. Our server, Nicole N., was great - made suggestions about customizing menu items and drinks that were spot on. Well prices with anything you would want -...burgers to fish to salads. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First off our server Lindsey was awesome. She was on top of everything all the time, made sure to answer all of our questions and checked it with us often. Our food was great. I really enjoyed the artichoke feta app and our meals were...delicious.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Jasmine was a excellent server and food was great fresh and excellent proportions fun family friendly atmosphere

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Floridans born and raised decided to visit the sponge docks today for the first time! We ate at rusty bellies and hands down Jasmine, our waitress was one of the best servers we have ever come across. We didn’t have to ask for anything because...she was on top of her game. The food was amazing as well. We absolutely fell in love with Tarpon Springs sponge docks and can’t wait to come back! We definitely will be visiting the restaurant again and we will be asking specifically to sit in Jasmines section!! Thank you!!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fresh seafood, can't go wrong with any dish. Favorites are blackened Grouper dinner and Fish tacos, Thanks Jas.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came for dinner and sat on the waterfront side and it was so nice. We ordered the garlic mussels, mojo pork potato skins, the rib eye steak and seafood Mac and cheese and everything was absolutely delicious. The white peach sangria was amazing. Our server...Jas was the BEST!!! She was so sweet and on point with everything!!! Definitely will be coming back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First off our server JAS was amazing. Super attentive and bubbly personality, she was an absolute delight. Secondly the food was absolutely delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Will definitely be returning.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing food and service by Tyler!!! 5 ⭐️ For Tyler 💯‼️ he was 🔥we don’t even know Tyler and he took a selfie with us📸

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great service and food! Perfect place for a drink and seafood! One of my favorite spots in tarpon. Jasmine is a great server!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Food was great as always and service was exceptional. Our server Lindsey was tops. Great job Lindsey 👍🏻👍🏻 and love our meals at Rusty’s

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had wonderful food, great service and, as always, aa wonderful time overall. There was live music and a friendly atmosphere. Our server, Jas, was delightful and very attentive.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The food was great, our waitress Jas was excellent, and our outstanding busboy Peter was even able to get us a discount! Would go back 4 sure

Date of visit: August 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

Yes, Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill offers takeout services.

Yes, Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5