Rusty Bucket - Sarasota

4.5
130 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern, a gathering place where people come to share laughter, smiles, and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy.

Satisfying and familiar, the menu is classic American fare, thoughtfully prepared from scratch by each locations Executive Chef. Cocktails are considered a craft, made-to-order by highly-skilled bartenders. From barrel to glass, no short cuts are taken with the carefully selected beer list. The perfect draft is guaranteed.

Join us for lunch, grab a drink after work, bring the kids for dinner. We've got a seat for you!

Great Food. Great Drinks. Great People. The Bucket Life.

We are proud to announce our new, state-of-the-art Air Filtration and Air Purification systems have been installed in our restaurants. Our NEW iWave Air Purification system, along with MERV Filters, will eliminate 99.4% of all airborne pathogens, including viruses and COVID-19, making our indoor dining safer than ever.

Support Rusty Bucket - Sarasota during COVID-19

Offers

  • Happy Hour!!! M - F; 3-6pm Anywhere in the Bucket!

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Thu 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Half Priced Apps & Pizzas; $5 Juicy Lucy Burgers; $1 Off Beer, Wine, & Cocktails A great bar is the heart of any great tavern. That's why we have a huge selection of local and seasonal brews. Expertly crafted cocktails, made with fresh juices, creative infusions, and the perfect balance of spirits. Plus, an impressive wine selection. Bottoms up!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 130 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome waiter and he was so nice! Everything was so delicious! We will definitely be back again!

LG
LauraG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was superb and food was great. Love outdoor dining too

HI
HarveyI
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything came out quick and was tasty. Great value during happy hour.

JW
JamesW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Glad that they take reservations, don't understand why all restaurants don't.

F
Foodie
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Pricey. Had the corned beef special on st. Patrick’s day. Disappointing! Also server made mistake on bill by forgetting to charge for that meal. Wasn’t even busy. Probably won’t be back.

CS
ChristineS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite restaurant! I get the chicken tender BLT and my husband gets the cod and they are always fresh and delicious! Our waiter was fantastic! He explained in detail the items on the menu and sold me on a margarita. I would give Rusty Bucket more than 5 stars if I could.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Took 30 minutes for waitress to make it to table and they weren’t busy at all!

GK
GKW1
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pizza is great and the service was very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

EK
ErinK
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love Rusty Bucket... Always good food and great service. We can't wait to go back!

JP
JoeP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and started with Greek salad to see what to expect and it was excellent. Had Fish and Chips and done very well no grease light flakey. Nice atmosphere.

j
jamie
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Varied menu. Food properly prepared and served. Competent server

C
Chris
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had beef stroganoff which was quite tasty and my wife had their meatloaf. Meatloaf was good butnot as special as advertised. However, the mashed potatoes were cold and the green beans not very flavorful.
However, have been there before with much better results.
In every case, the restaurant’s service has always been very good.

M
Mitch51
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Music too loud.

L
Laurie
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Food was ok, service was terrible. Wasn’t busy and it took a little over 2 hours to eat and pay. We tried this place because we just moved to the area. We were looking for a sit down meal, but definitely had not planned on a place that was half empty taking forever. It was mostly because our server was too busy flirting with a few girls out to eat with their parents. So low class and annoying. Won’t be back.

MM
MeganM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love sitting outside with a view of UTC Christmas lights and horses on carriage coming around the circle. My son got a free birthday dessert

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Seated outside and watched the Christmas light show on New Years Eve. Food was good and service was great. Definitely will be back.

m
mariag
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Better than expected. Will return again.

H
Hoosier
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hoosier tenderloins are great. Reminds us of the ones from home, Indiana!

CS
ChristineS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food, beer, and atmosphere at Rusty Bucket. Our waiter, Brandon, was awesome!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

No thank you.

M
vipMotif88
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Not for us...cheap fried bar food

KR
KevinR
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent!!! As we visited during, or just before the UTC light show and we happened to be seated near an exit to the patio, the noise level was a little high and, unfortunately there happened to be some rather rude guests that we dealt with. We will purchased a gift card and we will definitely be back for another visit!

JZ
JoanneZ
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good for casual dining. Our waiter was excellent and a lot of fun. Menu choice was good and satisfied everyone.

BB
BritannyB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing first visit at Rusty Bucket. We sat outside right by the huge singing Christmas tree so had an AMAZING view!! Our server was Matthew and he was great! We had a small child with us and a teen and he was so helpful and friendly. Food was amazing. Prices were a little high but the food and service were definitely worth it!

DB
DebB
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered the salmon, salad with salmon and the pork tenderloin. My salad with salmon was very good and the other enjoyed their meals also. We also ordered the plain cheese nachos (very average) and the half pound of boiled shrimp which I enjoyed. The others found too spicy. Wish they had paper menus. Great seats outside to take in the UTC light show.

AG
AndrewG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

COVID protocols being observed well, not intrusive in any way.

Food was great, service good other than a minor mix-up which didn't cause any grief.

We'll definitely be back!

B
Bigt53
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The holiday season is rolling along with the light show and music. We sat outside, the music was very loud. They had space heaters so everything was warm. The parking is along the street. If you are disabled and in a wheel chair the place is mildly challenging inside. Food was good, the service was slow but they are socially distancing and cleaning. All in all very enjoyable.

TD
TerriD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always hard to find a place that satisfies different dietary needs. This place checked all the boxes and the food was tasty. Our meat eaters enjoyed their burger, our vegetarians also enjoyed their burgers and our vegan loved the vegan bowl. My only negative is that once again, the cost for the vegan option is outrageous- rice and veggies should not cost more than a beef burger!

SA
SALLY2017
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I didn’t realize that the restaurant has a dark “pub” feel. Too expensive for mediocre casual food and definitely missed what the restaurant’s “draw” or specialty was.

It was a special Sunday lunch with a guest so should have chosen differently. Probably great happy hour and casual fun dinner spot! But just didn’t meet our expectations for this occasion.

JL
JanetL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was loud because the Christmas music was playing outside the restaurant. The food was average,but high priced. Our server was nice. Nothing special about it to make me want to come back.

KR
KaneR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and environment! My family of 5 ate there prior to Santa’s arrival at UTC. It was a perfect way to start our evening. The food was delicious, the ambience was not louder than usual conversations taking place and our servers were phenomenally attentive! We love eating at the Rusty Bucket and will definitely be back!

3
vip3045bk
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a good meal and Patrick was an awesome server. Be sure to try the new mushroom pizza.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waiter was nice, timely, and responsive but was not wearing face cover consistently.

R
Riannan
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, server was nice. They forgot my sauce that was supposed to be on my burger because I ordered it bunless, but then I mentioned it and she brought it on the side, so that was good :)

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always polite service and never disappointed in the food. Gluten free beer and menu options.

HE
HorribleExperience
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We sat at a high top in the bar area. The bartender was VERY good. Knew everything about the menu and had a great personality. We’ll be back.

CS
ChristineS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! Great food and service.

MW
MickeyW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark the bartender was very enjoyable. Entertaing and helpful. Will make a return visit.

MM
MargoM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome, margaritas were great and the food was yummy! Burger, pizza & fish tacos, everyone was happy!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food tasted awesome. Can’t wait to go back and try something else.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rusty Bucket - Sarasota using the Order Online button. Rusty Bucket - Sarasota also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 355-6666.

Rusty Bucket - Sarasota is rated 4.5 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Bucket - Sarasota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.myrustybucket.com/gift-cards.

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 reservations at the moment.