Rusty Pelican - Miami

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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.
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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Traveling for work and staying at the Ritz we heard this was the place to go if in Key Biscayne . We sat by the window facing the water and had to use our phones to see the menu. I had the Halibut which was dry, my friend has the sea bass which was just ok. We shared a octopus appetizer which we both enjoyed. No dessert or drinks the bill was $70 a person. Seems like a lot for what we got.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent but service was extremely slow. We had to keep reminding the server to get our food and had to grab him if we needed any other drinks. Other than that, great view and experience

KF
Houston
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and view was spectacular

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in a timely manner. Our waiter gave excellent service very polite and helpful.

AP
Bristol
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Extremely arrogant service. Kept us waiting for no reason and then one staff member pushed me out of the way as I was waking to the table. Table was quite average and in no way fine dining. We left before ordering as it was clear this was not a quality place

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!

LZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there last weekend for Miami Spice 2019, food was very good. Service was excellent

r
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

They were not prepared to serve lunch. The service was way too slow.
The view only get's you so far. Quality food and service is what counts.

DB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was awesome but the service was little slow. Like it took almost 25 mins to have our main entres served from the time we ordered. But the food was good.

AP
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Love the view and great wine list

R
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager. Rafael is the best. Food is excellent

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a stunning view of the Miami skyline, delicious food, great service, and prices accesible to everyone make this restaurant the ideal spot for celebrating a special occasion for many. Strongly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, will return for more! Thank you

M
Miami
72 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful views of the Miami skyline, superb service and excellent food. Excellent for dates or to bring out-of-town visitors.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was helpful and the wine list was great

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

This place is worth it for the views alone, but as a manager in the industry I was disappointed with pretty much every other aspect of our experience. When I’m paying $41 for risotto I expect the service to be pretty close to perfect. When we first sat down I noticed my b&b plate had a big chip in it. No big deal but that was just the first thing. After working on our appetizers a server assistant walked up to our table, pointed at my fiancées plate, and blatantly says “Are you finished?” I was kind of taken aback. I was expecting more of a “Are you still enjoying this?” Or “May I take this out of your way?” Ok weird but maybe he’s new right. Then our server marks our table for our dinner entrees by grabbing a pair of forks and knives with his bare hands and placing them for our entrees at which point I noticed none of the silverware had been polished at all, and there was water marks all over them. The final cherry on top was our $7 side of fries arrived limp and cold and my fiancées salad was soggy. To our server’s credit he jumped at the opportunity to replace our fries. We didn’t mention the salad but my fiancée barely touched it, and I was hoping maybe someone would inquire if he was satisfied, but alas I was disappointed once again. Several times throughout our meal our water glasses were empty for several minutes. I get that we’re just a little two top on a budget compared to these high rolling 4 tops but when you want to charge $41 for risotto and you know the table is an open table reservation I just thought a little more effort would be put into our service. If this was red lobster it would be a different story but when you charge a premium price you have to deliver a premium product or people simply won’t come back.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un lugar con buena comida y una increíble vista de Miami
La carta del medio día está bien , pero la de la noche es Excelente

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ID
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le recomiendo este restaurante a cualquier persona que quiera pasar un buen rato en familia. Fui con mi esposo y mi niño el día de mi cumpleaños y ha sido el mejor lugar que pudimos escoger para esta fecha. La atención especial. El camarero que nos tocó súper profesional todo el tiempo. Atento a lo que nos hacía falta. Los platos exquisitos desde los entrantes hasta el postre. Sin hablar de los tragos preparados. Los mejores que he tomado. Repetiremos la visita en otra ocasión pues aunque el lugar no es barato vale la pena el dinero que gastado.

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on September 2, 2019

Gracias por su visita, y nos alegramos que la hayan pasado tan bien. Esperamos verlos de regreso pronto.

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NS
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took adult kids & 2 grandchildren to restaurant for Miami Spice. Great food and wonderful place to watch the sunset. Small kids were happy there.

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. We hope to see you back soon.

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GM
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very beautiful location! Good food and top service!

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for sharing. We hope you'll come back soon.

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F
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Douglas was amazing ! Great service !

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your visit and your shout out to Douglas. Ask for him next time on your reservation and we will be happy to accommodate you with him.

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views, delicious food with beautiful presentation, fantastic service, varied menu. On the plus side we were taking advantage of the Miami Spice promotional meal rates so the value was outstanding -- on the minus side they were doing heavy construction on one end of the restaurant, very loud, but when we moved to the "bar" end casual seating area everything was fine noise-wise. Excluding the (probably very rare) noise issue, a great experience!

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on September 2, 2019

We do apologize for the noise, but happy we could make the amend to a quieter section. We hope to see you back soon.

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place
A must when visiting Miami
Service outstanding, ambience extraordinary and food excellent

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope you'll visit us again soon.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was great, the view spectacular. The service and our waiter Dougals made the evening even more special. Highly recommend it. Romantic.

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on August 31, 2019

So happy to hear Douglas made your experience special. Make sure to request him in your next reservation. Thank you.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing date and engagement ... Could not ask for the a better ambiance and food.

Rusty Pelican - Miami
Responded on September 2, 2019

So happy you had such a great time and congratulations! Hope to see you back soon.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and exciting atmosphere. We came to celebrate my husbands birthday and everyone was very satisfied with the food & service. Will be back.

c
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant with a nice view of the Biscayne Bay, a little bit pricy, the service was ok, definitely could go and visit it again but not in the near future

PC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with an amazing view. My husband really enjoyed his birthday dinner 😍😍😍

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance, and Amauri good service. This restaurant has the best ocean view in Miami!

MD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location watching sunset.

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

El restaurant tiene una ubicación privilegiada, la comida es estupenda y el servicio también. Evita que sea una velada perfecta el nivel de ruido en el restaurante. Debería mejorarse su acústica.

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was super attentive. Beautiful restaurant with stunning views if we lived here would would absolutely be regulars to the Rusty Pelican! Highly recommended x

PM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole dinner experience was excellent. The food was amazing and the service top notch. Great dinner.

A
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostesses do not give you the Miami Spice menu unless you ask for it, so make sure you do! The food options on both the menus are delicious. You will want to order it all. We chose the Miami spice options and added some other from the regular menu. The octopus appetizer is divine. All seafood and oysters are very fresh. They offer a champagne but don’t be discouraged to continue your experience, because the rest of the service is very good and the food comes at a timely manner.

WA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good Service, amazing view, very tasty food, I Highly rate this restaurant

CS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We had been to the RP a year ago and were excited to return for a celebration dinner dropping our son off at college. As you will read below, overall a terrible experience, doubt we will go again.
Waited 45 min to be seated despite a reservation, sat unnoticed at our table for 20 min before a waiter approached. The food was poor across the board and in fact, my wife had ordered lobster risotto- much to her dismay the ‘lobster’ was dry and tough. Only after bringing this up to our waiter he said, “we ran out of the usual lobster tail and used this instead”
My scallops were not any better, over cooked and flavorless. My son’s dinner sat untouched after his first bite.
To RP’s credit, the manager visited our table on her own initiative to apologize and insisted that we not pay for our ‘meal’.
Doubt we will return despite the beautiful view.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th birthday

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

L
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love coming here . Great views of the city . The food was good. Service is ok .

HD
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Rusty Pelican was amazing! Our favorite item of the meal was this spectacular jalapeño cornbread that was sweet and spicy and probably our most memorable individual food from our whole weekend in Miami. So good! Though it seems like brunch food is not what they are known for, it was still a memorable and enjoyable meal, especially since we spent the time staring out at the Miami skyline. A meal here would be worth it if you only ate the cornbread and looked at the skyline.

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