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“Great Lunch!”

Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great Lunch!”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

We enjoyed our lunch here very much. We sat outside on the water front and the view was great. We had a wonderful breeze too! The waitress was very friendly. We had the crab cake appetizer which was yummy! I had the grilled shrimp with fries and slaw and it was very good too. Enjoy!

Visited June 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great recommendation ”
Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Asked a friend to recommend a outside local seafood restaurant and he told us of this. Was not disappointed. The atmosphere, service and food were terrific. Although we had been driving the last 2 days, the extra 40 miles round trip from the hotel was worth it!

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Guilford, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Great Find!”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Visited this restaurant for the first time even though I have been to Tarpon Springs docks many times. Never even knew it was there! It is located at the very end of Dodecanese Blvd . It was pointed out by one of the local boat cruises and the friends we had traveled with had been there as well. When I heard this was the place where all the local fish came in I had to check it out. Loved the casual atmosphere. Inside and outside dining. Friendly, courteous waitstaff. Reasonable prices. Delicious food. Will definitely be back!

  • Visited June 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great food and service.”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

This place came highly recommended and I can see why. There is inside seating and outside seating. If it's not too hot ask for outside seating and you'll be on the water watching a nice sunset. The food was good. My husband really liked his jumbo shrimp and my grouper was great too.

Visited June 2014
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Cloudland, GA
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fantastic seafood!”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Wonderful to sit on the deck and eat while watching the boats. I ate every bite of the mother load seafood platter. Fantastic, will go again!

  • Visited June 2014
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