Rusty Bucket - Sarasota

4.2
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68 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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.
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OT
Tampa
10 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.

LE
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.

RM
Tampa
9 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.

BW
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

SL
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.

MB
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.

N
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

SK
Key West
23 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.

M
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meeting old friends, got there early evening, not very busy. Food was very good, liked the service. Would definitely come back.

J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fast service! Our waitress, Cierra was terrific- had a group of 20 adults/kids. She made sure to take care of the kids first 😊

P
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Don't know what policy is on animals in this restaurant, but a patron walked past our table with a dog on a leash. If dogs are allowed inside, I won't return nor recommend.

Rusty Bucket - Sarasota
Responded on October 13, 2019

Hello, We certainly hope to not lose your patronage, but in the case of service animals we are required by law to allow entry.

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AB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 8 people. Our waitress was awesome and did a great job, even with all our extra shenanigans. I recommended here for our group, and the food and service didnt disappoint. We will definitely be back! Great job!

BW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food and our server Ceaser was very attentive. We will be back for sure.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Pretty good food and service. Not over the top. To be expected for a sports bar/ pub experience.

DO
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Private room was perfect for 8-9 people

Meal was good except steak temperature...restaurant made it right by making a new one and then taking off the bill when the replacement took too long

HR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The front door had a lock issue- so it was propped open- not a biggie but when it’s 96 degrees out it made for a rather warm dinner. Seems they could have come up with something better to handle it. Service was quite slow- they were busy but no waiting for a table. My food is always good here- but my friends chicken parm was lacking in flavor. Great beer selection

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food quality could have been better for sure for the price. Service was very good. The cheese blanket nachos were good. Harvest salad could have been so much better. Mac and Cheese had an odd taste to it. We couldn’t figure it out but didn’t eat much of it. Table had that dirty bar rag smell to it. We were here for s tournament and thought we would give it a try. Probably would not come back

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overpriced and most of the food was sent back. Will not be returning

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over all great experience

OT
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A total surprise and a delightful one at that. First time and had no expectation other than it was convenient to book on Opentable. Great waiter, good food, fair prices, everyone was friendly. Floor manager checked on us twice to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. Will be back.

GN
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Great for lunch. Very accomodating and great service.

C
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The female Bartender was fabulous

T
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The wings tasted old and the taste of the other food we ordered was ok. I will not be returning to this restaurant, as it had nothing great to offer and wasn’t good. Also, the bathroom faucet didn’t even work!

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As stated our waiter was great and the Buffalo chicken sandwich best sandwich in town!!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual was our son's 20th birthday they went above and beyond to make it very special

OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean did a great job with 10 people

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All-around amazing experience! Our server was a very sweet fast and efficient! The food was amazing!

P
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Table was sticky. Drink was watered down
Not one thing special done for Mother's Day. Very disappointing.

DS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hats off to the chef. Great food made with much care. And especially to our server, Alicia. She was just phenomenal. We will ask for her every time. She really is very attentive and friendly. She works her butt off to make sure her customers are satisfied and happy!!!

KJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Couldn’t say enough good things about the waiter. Food was good but comparable to chili’s or Applebee’s at a little higher of a price tag.

M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I've eaten there before and recommended it for celebrating my work retirement. The quality wasn't as good. The tortilla chips tasted like they were cooked in old oil. Overall, everything was good, but could have been better.

LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a busy night with multiple large groups so our food was slow to be delivered however our waitress Amy was great (as always) and the food was delicious!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Amy was incredible! We had a great time.

c
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was my first time visiting this establishment and I'm certain my last. I was there because someone told us about the restaurant. I sat outside with a party of 4; Dogs barked constantly across from each other; we each ordered Turkey burgers well done; two came out rare; I also ordered whole wheat bun and got white bread; ordered non-seasoned french fries, they gave my fries to the wrong person and gave me the seasoned fries.

Long story, short.....a horrible experience!

JK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time visiting Rusty Bucket. We all enjoyed our food selections and the atmosphere was very relaxing. We will definitely visit again.

J
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Decent food but a little pricey. Worst part was the service. Little busy but I have never been somewhere where they were so slow. 8min for someone to come over for drinks. Then another 10 min to get a margarita.

OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cute place and was able to accommodate a party of 10 on short notice, but that may have been my first hint. Menu was okay, higher end bar food, which I like. Our server was great for a big party, but everything we asked him if it was any good was met with an “eh” - that was probably hint number two. Pizza was sort of bland and tasteless, almost like everything needed more seasoning. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great.

FJ
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Double nickel salad had many lettuce stalks and chicken was dry.