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Rusty Bucket - Sarasota

4.4
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99 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 location's 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.

Safety precautions

Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 99 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
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4.2
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip3045bk
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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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.

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ChristineS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! Great food and service.

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MickeyW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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!

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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.

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vipRolex1954
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Their spinach dip was a lot more cheese then spinach!
It’s is definitely a Tavern then a Restaurant

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ChristineS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rusty Bucket! The beer is cold and the food is delicious.

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vipCristinaK
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent as usual. Even with limited menu, the food was very good and the service outstanding. The drinks were cold and the atmosphere was friendly. Will definitely go back.

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Drtrt
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always enjoy going to Rusty Bucket! Like sitting on patio bringing our Yorkshire Terrier. Felt safe with proper distancing between tables! Drinks are always delicious and food tasty! Service is always excellent!

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Njsgas11
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though they have a smaller menu right now, food was very good. Service was quick and very good.

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vipsmartblond
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place. It always grabs my attention when we drive by and i decided to take my family there. Itpeople were there but it was a casual and fun atmosphere. Service and food was top notch.

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ChuckC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not as good as it was but for just re-opening I can give them a pass. They still have Happy Hour which is half off all appetizers and two for one well drinks!
great deal.

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vipMarcZ
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always take guests here for their first time, good menu, service and value

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The steaks were cold and served 10 minutes after the other meals. Awful

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MOstuff
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy a casual dinner there with good service and the best buffalo chicken sandwich any where.

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walt
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience1

The acoustics was atrocious!!! We couldn't even hear our friends. I don't know what you can do to change it, but it is annoying yelling to each other! LOL Maybe the back room would be quieter, but I did not go in or maybe I needed more to drink. Ha! The Philly sub I had was quite different, but very good. My wife's salmon was really large and cooked just like she asked for. The pizza's looked great on the other table. Maybe you all should come down to central Sarasota and set a restaurant so we don't have to drive so far. We won't be coming that often, but will be back for sure. Walt

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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overpriced and average food. Tight quarters too.

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Njsgas11
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food! We love the fact you can get a reservation.

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FrankieFiveAngels
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very slow service on a not so busy night. Luke warm food as well. Will not return.

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vipPeterT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There were 8 in our party. The drinks were good and the food even better. It’s the second time this week that we are at this RB. Liked the salmon so much wanted to have it again and they could take a party of 8. Not easy on a Saturday night I Sarasota.

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vipdufferbill
Tampa
211 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised! We went with another couple, and all four of us really enjoyed the service by Samantha and all the entrees, including meatloaf, beef Stroganoff, a Reuben and a pork tenderloin sandwich. This was our first time there; we'll be back.

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dal18
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was exceptional!
Everyone was friendly and helpful.
Great experience and we will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good family night out

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LawrenceB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food...good service...nice place....reasonable prices

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ShaunB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was at a good level and not intrusive. Waitress was awesome. Food hit the mark

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CP45
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good habinero wings and pizza, chicken parm good! Nice portion, meat loaf was small and round like a burger and edges were burned and hard, BUT was still it was good.

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vipJJN7821
Tampa
51 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A surprisingly good find! Very good food with a nice selection of menu items, all at a good price. Everyone in our group was pleased with their entree. Definitely on the return visit list!

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SharonM
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu would be great for folks who love fried food and plain tasting dinners. The meatloaf was very much like a burger shaped in an oval over a small portion of mashed potatoes. OK place to have a beer or a drink while watching sports on one of the tv's. The waiter was well trained and pleasant - he accommodated our requests to substitute side dished and was efficient in remembering everything.

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LarryE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very polite and friendly. As our grandson said we have to come back twice next year to try the chicken parm and chili.

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RogerM
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We have been here fairly often with friend for Friday dinner. This wee service was quite a bit slower than normal. There was also a very loud group next to us which was challenging but otherwise an okay visit.

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BrianW
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, average service and responsive manager. Would definitely go back

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group enjoyed the Rusty Bucket, however, the acoustics are bad, and we had a hard time carrying on a conversation. However, we did have a large party (10) so that was part of the problem too.
The food and service were excellent, I would definitely recommend it, with the stipulation that if you want a quiet place this isn't it.

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MeganB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Our reservation worked and we were seated right away. The food did not come out to the table together, the grilled cheese kids meal was last, and the sides for multiple plates were not correct. The ribs were overcooked so badly the waitress sent us home with another rack because they came out of the kitchen as we were paying our check. The drinks on our table were empty more ty han they were full. The best part of the meal was our drinks from the bar.

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Njsgas11
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always great! We love the relaxed atmosphere at Rusty Bucket.

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DawnC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Coming back again next week for my birthday! Really enjoyed our first visit.

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vipSKVDS93
Key West
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to grab a bite and, only if interested, watch a game. Outdoor seating makes it even better.

FAQs

Rusty Bucket - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 355-6666.

Rusty Bucket - Sarasota is rated 4.4 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

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.