Rusty Pelican - Miami

4.4
2084 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
On Key Biscayne, diners are flocking to the newly transformed Rusty Pelican – a waterfront restaurant, lounge and special events venue long known for offering Miami’s most amazing skyline views. Offering the definition of modern, fun and comfortable dining, the iconic restaurant boasts its legendary view along with great cuisine from executive chef Jim Pastor in a high energy atmosphere that literally buzzes with excitement. Guests enjoy a menu that presents the best of Modern American cuisine featuring deliciously composed small plates perfect for sharing, a wine list filled with unique varietals and specialty blends. In the lounge and on the star swept outdoor patio, cocktail culture is in full swing with a spectacular selection of specialty libations, microbrews and wines by the glass.The Rusty Pelican is the ideal place for dining and entertaining – from a casual night out with friends and family to a very special event that will form lifetime memories.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(305) 361-3818
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jim Pastor
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Catering
On Key Biscayne, diners, corporate clients and wedding guests alike are flocking to the newly transformed Rusty Pelican – a waterfront restaurant, lounge and special events venue long known for offering Miami’s most amazing skyline views. Offering the definition of modern, fun and comfortable dining, the iconic restaurant boasts the legendary view along with great cuisine from new executive chef Jim Pastor in a high energy atmosphere that literally buzzes with excitement.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rickenbacker Causeway
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Parking details
Valet available
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Special events & promotions
The Rusty Pelican is one of the top Special Events Venues in Miami that offers complete event production, custom catering, coordination and design services for corporate and special events. The newly transformed Rusty Pelican has impeccable amenities for weddings, corporate functions and socials, including premium audio and visual equipment, bridal suite with a personal concierge, outside terrace for cocktail hour and so much more. We create and implement high quality events that capture the attention, emotions and imagination of your audience like no one else can.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2084 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.6
ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and views. Food was great and not good. The corn bread they give when u sit down drizzled with honey is insane. Definitely a place I would come back again.

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San Diego
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything’s was just perfect, the food, the drinks and the place, the cake crab is a must! Sparkling and wines good, the main course as i ask and expect!! A place to try again and again.

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Naples
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to eat and see Miami. Love this place

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MP
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Rusty Pelican--I've been there for a casual brunch, dinner, and a graduation celebration. The views are absolutely amazing and the food is consistently delicious and filling. Make sure to try out a couple of drinks from their menu!

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LN
Miami
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and service friendly. Too loud and vert hard to have a conversation.

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FJ
Miami
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Let me start by saying that my decision for the fourth star is because the view is so amazingly beautiful. If you can make it there for at least some drinks and an appetizer just to experience that view, I say that would be the best option. As we waited for our table, we sat on a table by the window and took in the view while enjoying an old fashion which was really good. The waiter also prepared a cheese platter and another with some cured meats and candied figs and an olive tapenade of sorts which was also very tasty. That may have been the best part of our meal though. We were seated at our table in the main dinning room, along the window as per our request which was very nice. We started with the fried calamari which was rubbery and mainly heads anyway, not the meaty part. The waiter noticed we didn’t like it and took it off the bill which was very nice of him. Then I ordered the lobster risotto, which if ever on a menu wherever we dine, is usually what I’ll order because it’s one of my favorite dishes. However, to my disappointment it was not exactly a risotto at all. The lobster was quite small, came whole and cut right along the center, and was a bit over cooked. The “risotto” had way too much tomato paste which keeps you from tasting any other flavor and gave it a not very appealing texture. My husband ordered the branzino a papillote which was quite delicious. It was a very good portion, the fish was perfectly cooked lightly seasoned which was perfect. Two things I would say is the lentil was a bit undercooked but not inedible and also for better presentation, when the dish is brought to the table the waiter should open the papillote and place the food on the dish. This is how I have seen it done at other high end restaurants and would definitely increase the enjoyment of the dish.

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j
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th wedding anniversary celebration. Drinks were wonderful and so was the food. Servers could not have been nicer or more efficient.

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J
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place. Will visit again!

There are lots of reviews saying the decournis out of date, but ignore those.

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CA
Miami
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Rusty Pelican was very enjoyable. Corn bread was amazing. Charcuterie board was a close second.

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WW
Baltimore
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately, it wasn't as good the 2nd time around. There was plenty of wait staff but seemed to ignore certain tables. They forgot drink refills and we had to ask multiple times. We also felt rushed to turn the table over. Other reviewers are right - go for the view of the sunset - not the food or service.

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FF
Miami
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a great time. Everything there is good

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere - love the outside seating by the water! Our waiter was helpful. Food is good, and was served hot. Nice variety on the menu. I had the rib-eye, and it was prepared to my liking. My wife had the lobster, and she enjoyed it. Fun place. Tip: request outside seating when you make your reservation.

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RB
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a pleasure dining here at anytime of the day, whether it's from a day of outdoor boating or just going there to have a quiet and delicious dinner. The service was excellent and clean restrooms.

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Miami
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The setting is so beautiful. Our waiter was the best - Marco. This was an anniversary celebration for us and he surprised us with a delicious dessert on a plate that had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Sit outside, watch the sunset, very decent food, nice ambience. Service could be quicker but so what, if the most important thing to you is eating quickly stay at home and have a pot noodle leave restaurants to those that enjoy life.

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Miami
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant in Miami

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RH
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The waiters were clearly too busy. As a result things like bringing the wine list and actually getting a glass of wine take too long. Also bringing the cheque and even returning the credit card. Moreover the kitchen also seemed very busy as desert took almost an hour to arrive, despite repeated assurances that it would arrive "any moment now". We were there on a Saturday evening. So while having a lot of potential, the service needs to be improved for the Rusty Pelican to reach it.

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TO
Miami
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had reservations at 7pm and didn't get seated until after 7:30pm. Once seated it took 20 min before we got water. Our waiter couldn't find a wine list. My husband had to get up to ask somone else to find us a wine list. Finally ordered a bottle of wine and it was opened about 40 min after we go to the our table.

Waiter was nice but service was extremely slow.

Food was ok but not worth the price.

The views were excellent.

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Miami
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much improve from when I visited 2years ago. Menu was fabulous and service was exceptional.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was delicious as well as ambiance . Server could of been a bit more friendlier

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New England
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and view.

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NG
Miami
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent, Juan was an amazing server. The food was delicious. The best view of Miami.

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GD
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went there on fourth of July. The ambiance was great and we had a good view of the fireworks of the bay. Food was delicious and the service was good too.

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Las Vegas
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service from the serving lady was excellent I forgot her name
The seating was also fast and excellent
The food was delicious

I met my friend coming from Cancun
And me flying in from LA
And we plan to celebrate next years 4 of July
Again with you
Thanks again for a great evening
Klaus Meister

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Atlanta
1.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Very poor and slow service. Unorganized. Food not good. However manager was nice to acknowledge the problems and make corrections.

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DC
Atlanta
1.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Horrible experience. the service was rude from the beginning until the end. it started with the valet and finished with the valet!! the hostess was not welcoming. the server tried to take my cocktail from my hands while I was drinking in order to sell another one. I will not repeat

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Naples
2.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was terrible and very expensive. The only thing that ranks high is the view.

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BR
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time there and we will be back. Excellent service, good food and drinks. Great scenic view of the bay.

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Miami
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in til we left it was an absolute wonderful experience. Everything was perfect!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambience was great. I especially loved the coffee con leche cake with the cookies and cream ice. And because we waited so long for our food the chef gave us complementary corn bread which was delicious!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food and service!

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San Antonio
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat outside, near the water around 7:30p and the weather was great. What a great experience & the food was amazing.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of Miami. It was quiet and a perfect spot to impress your date.

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CM
Nashville
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful ocean view

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DA
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fabulous location with great service and fun food! Must stop over on every Miami trip!

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CB
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE . One of the best seafood meals I’ve ever had . Can’t wait to go back !

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DG
Miami
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is excellent and the food is even better. Hadn't been to The Rusty Pelican in years and it didn't disappoint. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon with great service, great food, and a wonderful view. The warm cornbread is heaven on a plate. The crab cake was one of the best I've had and the pistachio crusted halibut with Peruvian mashed potatoes and goat cheese was unreal. I'm so glad we decided to go here last minute for my birthday lunch. Can't wait to return.

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NE
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The restaurant is nice however that night the service was bad as the servixw was too slow and the restaurant was not full. It was a birthday and the birthday person was not satisfy with the slow service of the restaurant.

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j
New York Area
2.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

it took 3 hours start to finish, which is a little bit too much. there was huge gaps from meal to desert (almost an hour) and it wasnt super busy.

great location, feels like one of those places you have to go, but service and food was just ok...we checked the box, but wouldnt return

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RN
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always- It was beyond expectation. Thank you for consistent great experience

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