Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.3
2577 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Waterfront dining is OPEN! Enjoy Dinner, a la carte Saturday and Sunday Brunch and Happy Hour Specials Tuesday-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.

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4.3
Food
4.5
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4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My girlfriend took me out on a date here. Our server was fantastic! She was able to help guide us through the menu as well as offer relevant pairings. I want to say her name is Carmen. Overall fantastic place for a date! I would revisit anytime and plan to!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Hostess was very Accommodating, waitress was very pleasant and professional. Food was very good. We just had a very long over one hour wait between appetizers and entrees, that was unexplained but we were happy to have a beautiful view and good friends:)

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Nianbv
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a semi private room with water views, and it was perfect to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant could up some updates, but the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

I flew in for the day. Asked for a window. 3 people. Told would be a long wait. Took another table. Then a window table opened. It went unused for quite some time. Our table wobbled. Asked to fix but nothing done. 270.00 bill - coffee forgotten until we were leaving, manager had to go over to several tables for complaints. I decided not to complain pay, tip well and not ever go back.

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AlexK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time as usual we’ve been here before we will return we’ve been here for brunch both times everything was fabulous.

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vipNickH
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

My family and I went for brunch this past Sunday. The service was great and the drinks were tasty, but the food was not. The prime rib was flavorless and the au jus had a sweet note that was off-putting. The French onion soup didn't measure up as well. If I came back, it would be for the drinks, service, and view. I'll eat somewhere else.

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Sami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was fantastic. We love having brunch there.

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ColandusM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was amazing, she gets five stars all by herself.. the ambiance was the best

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BrookeL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We were not seated until 30 minutes after our reservation and when they table from before cleared, it sat there for 10 minutes before anyone came to bus the table. I wish they showed more urgency. The hostess did not seem interested in dealing or communicating anything with us and would interrupt. The wait staff was great though!

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josht
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The food was pretty average and quite expensive, but you can’t beat the view. Service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and wonderful food. We got a window seat and the dolphins were feeding so we got a show too!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The place is beautiful and staff are super friendly and the food is delicious.

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EbonyB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was okay, not the best not the worst just okay.. the view was everything! I celebrated my birthday the desert was delicious

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LatoyaN
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

In town for a family reunion wanted to have a great view and great food while we dined. Both were accomplished!

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TeresaP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for my fiancé’s birthday. Everything from our starts, French onion soup and the house salad, to the crab stuffed grouper and filet was fantastic! They even assisted with helping us find a different wine after already drinking from one bottle with no extra charge. The birthday creme brûlée was the icing on the cake. Fantastic food, fantastic service, and a great view!

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ReneeD
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I haven't been here for years and was so happy to see it was still fabulous. Lovely brunch Sunday with friends. Everything was delicious, atmosphere was wonderful and service great. Loved It!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnificent views, outstanding service from Amanda, and tye best crab cake we’ve ever tasted.

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place specially on weekend for brunch mimosas are amazing here and the food is perfection! AnaIng staff as well

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KyleW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, service was outstanding and the view was beautiful.

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vipJeffN
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Our server was great and we got a nice table by the window overlooking the water. My son loved his filet and 50/50 mashed potatoes. Great portion size for my sons calamari. His side of fries was good but fairly bland. Three of us got the grouper with crab meat as it was highly recommended. The portion was good but the crab was shredded not lump and overall the flavor wasn’t great. Rather bland. It tasted a bit fishy. The overall feel is a bit dated and it was definitely overpriced. Disappointed in spending over $250 for an average meal.

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JamesR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Gabbie made our evening very delightful. Attentive to every need and very professional.

Thank you for a great experience.

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jeng
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was expensive for the amount and quality. Service was great. Ambiance was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was Fabulous! Surf & Turf was tender, cooked to perfection and fantastic! The Filet Minion and scallops were cooked to perfection. Thank you for an Awesome dinner❤️

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vipMichelle
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice water views, good food and great service. Would recommend for date night, family dinner or events and celebrations.

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AngieA
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, food and views. The hostess, server, and bartender were awesome. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu..which helped us decide on the Rusty Pelican board for two. Since we were visiting from VA & GA, we wanted to sample several dishes and this was the way to go. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Seafood was undercooked. French onion soup was mediocre. Steak was fair but overpriced. Service was good. Will not repeat.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for Happy Hour and dinner. Food and beverages were great. Nice view and staff was helpful and attentive. Scallops, crab legs and shrimp cocktail were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

The quality of the food was absolutely unacceptable given the price point and the perceived ambiance of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Family get together

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ColaB
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

This is my first time since COVID attending for a Sunday Brunch. I was slightly disappointed and I know COVID has changed a lot of options. All of my glasses were dirty. I ordered the hangover has (prime rib, fingerling potatoes, eggs, and hollandaise sauce) but instead got tough roast beef & undercooked potatoes. The service was great. I'm hoping next time things will be better.

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YulaineA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Not worthy at all, the food is good but not too many options, is not kids friendly. The host was rude and was not able to handle an issue with a delay in the service. I had a reservation for 8 :45 and my table was ready at 9 :20 after I made a complaint with the manager. My server Owen was awesome.

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anneb
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. The chicken and waffles were phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great staff

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Shrimp and risotto was awful, prices are too high for what you get.

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MenaI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was wonderful. The steak was one of the best I have tasted in years. We also got the shrimp risotto which was very small in portions ( 5 shrimps and 2-3 spoonfuls of risotto). The server was amazing. The view was great. The bathrooms were extremely terrible. Not sure how such a good place would have such Terrible bathrooms.
Overall, ok place. We paid 175ish for 2 people. That is for main dishes only without appetizers or dessert.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Rusty Pelican, wake up ! you are charging 5* prices, and delivering 2* at best.

Had to wait for bread which came with the meal! Food itself was average, and certainly not worth the price.
The restaurant and grounds are 'tired' and needs much maintenance, i.e grounds (coast erosion needs immediate work, all the lawn is Chinch bug eaten away and full of weeds - hence bare grass, 50% of the light fixtures are missing or broken, all the decking & ramp wood is split and missing, needs repairs to the deck and fascia, the light poll is leaning, and the car park asphalt is split and broken up and loose in large chunks - hit my front valence!
the entrance has a garbage can which is ugly, the walkway into the restaurant has cheap plywood repairs to the cedar beams roof and is splitting and falling down due to rot (a quick repair done years ago and still not fixed!), not pretty at all.
inside has missing rails and base boards, and water stains on the ceiling tiles in the ballroom. There are food deposits on the floor and hand prints all over the glass.

also, on the same day, 3 weddings will share the same outside Gazebo ! so 30 mins inc pictures is simply not enough time and no one will want to hurry the bride and groom on such a special day.

You just lost a wedding party.

Rusty Pelican, wake up ! you are charging 5* prices, and delivering 2* at best.

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simono
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Great location and view but sub par food which is neither good enough or good value

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LawrenceF
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent choice! We were seated promptly. The table had a beautiful view of Tampa Bay.
Service was outstanding. We were never rushed. They served an amazing honey cornbread with flavored butter. Appetizers and main course were delicious and plentiful.\
We will be back.

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Kayzee24
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and the “Board” dinner for two was so good and a wonderful experience.

FAQs

Rusty Pelican - Tampa offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 281-1943.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa is rated 4.3 stars by 2577 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://srcloyalty.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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