Rusty Pelican - Miami

4.4
3166 reviews
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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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Miami
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The corvina for Miami spice tiny .

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

Perfetto in tutto ambiente cibo servizio e la vista

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KI
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic views, and fantastic service!

G
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I am very pleased with our experience at Rusty Pelican. We were a party of 4 and were seated inside by the window. The restaurant and the view is the best there is in the area. The waiter was very nice and attentive. We ordered from the Miami Spice menu. All the appetizers are amazing. He best one is the octopus, but the mussels and lamb rack delicious as well. We all loved the jalapeño corn bread! The main course was ok. The salmon and the corvina had a beautiful presentation but they were over cooked and lacked flavor. The flan is the best from both desserts. The key lime is good but super sweet. I definitely recommend the place and would come here again!!! Be sure to make a reservation as it seems to always be packed.

AC
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

In general I would go back to the Rusty Pelican but for a drink not for dinner. The place is really nice and the view in particular is outstanding. We tried the Miami Spice menu. The food was good but not execptionally good. The starter (mussels) the best of the menu, super tasty and good quantity. Then the quality went decreasing. The corvina was too big and the dessert (coconut flan) was so sweet that you couldn't properly taste the dulce de leche. Also, there was no vegetarian option...

e
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is phenomenal. Such amazing food followed by an amazing view. Great place to watch the sunset over the Miami skyline. Eating outside is really refreshing (you may deal with a few mosquitos) but the food is beyond worth it. The seafood tower is great appetizer if you have 3/4 seafood lovers at the table.

JC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, and ambience exceeded our expectations. The staff went out of their way to ensure that we had a lovely meal.

m
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but not perfect. Mussels were not acceptable and had to go back. Value for the money is a little low (it's pricey) but the location is hard to beat. Would go back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best experience ever

BF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

My wife and I have been going to Rusty Pelican for 40 years. We go for the view of Miami, which is the best in town, without question. On our most recent visit, the service was very good. The food is always good; but the menu is rather pedestrian - - nothing memorable with a very limited local fish selection. Lots of wine to choose from; but nothing much below $50 per bottle. The worst part of the dining experience is the lack of ambiance and extremely noisy environment. They were playing unsuitable music very loudly. There were many children roaming around the dining room and very loud talking and general noise. There are no acoustical sound deadening design effects, such that it is impossible to carry on a normal conversation without elevating your voices, which only adds to the cacophony of noise. Too bad. It could be made into a 5-star restaurant and dining experience with just a little more effort. We'll keep going for the view.

AR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

When I made my reservation I asked for a table outside for me and husband to relax at. A romantic table. I asked that two drinks be served at that table. When we got there, the drinks were not readily on the table. The service was sub par. Particularly slow. I know it was semi busy but it was still very very slow. The items on the menu were good and tasty and had a lot of variety. However, the waiter was not good at explaining what the items were about on the menu. Id say the wine was a bit overpriced. I have a pretty fancy taste for wine and when I can buy a bottle of Cabernet for the same price as a glass that is kind of outlandish. Overall, the ambiance was good. Definitely a site to see the city skyline especially at sunset and at night. The outside seating is more casual than the inside so next time we wont dress up as much. Over all we enjoyed our evening with each other. We made the most it

VC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

2 hours waiting on my moms bday- 1 hr 1/2 long waiting for some dishes- fillet miñon was more than we’ll done, we asked it medium ( it was like a butterfly shape) not a fillet miñon. Lamp was disgusting, no bone just cartilages very wierd and tasted so bad. We went at 7:50 pm and we left at 12:15 am ( everything was too long) food wasn’t tasty. I am very disappointed ( $45 a miñon fillet with no taste) it’s not fair

JM
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to have a dinner in a wonderful environment. Food and service are excellent.

QJ
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The wait staff was nice, however they were clearly understaffed. Service was slow and we actually made mention to our waiter about how the service was unsatisfactory during our stay. The food was delicious and the views were also nice (evening meal). The management did their best to make it right.

L
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This is my third time dining , but this time I was disappointed , it is Miami spice months and they never offer that menu , the appetizer where ok .. the empanadas to spice ..entrees -we order lobster that was served open only one side with meat and so little that was sad , the salmon with purée was flavorless no spices at all ,I can cook it better at home , and the filet mignon 8 oz was so tiny and hard to chew I think was maybe 5 oz . Please if you think to seat outside try it in the winter . We dine 4 adults and 2 kids total of 500$ .. pricy food for the nice view . Last time here . Thank

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great, but we felt over dress, this place has changed. No longer a romantic place, service was slow, noise was high, no dress code. When you spend over 200.00 I expected more.

CR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

VALET PARKING AT RUSTY PEICAN DELIVERED OUR VEHICLE TO A UNKNOWN CLIENT THAT HAD LOST HER PARKING TICKET STUB WITHOUT ANY VERIFICATION OF REGISTRATION, DRIVERS LICENSE OR ID AND WE HAD TO CALL THE POLICE TO HELP US RETRIEVE OUR CAR FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN. THE VALET PARKING SERVICE IS NEGLIGENT AND UNPROFESSIONAL AND WE HAD THE WORST EXPERIENCE UNDER TOP HOT TEMPERATURES TRYING TO FIND WHICH VALET GUY HAD GIVEN "OUR CAR" TO A STRANGER. THIS TOOK APPROXIMATELY 1.3 HRS UNTIL THE CAR WAS RETURNED TO US IN PERFECT CONDITION WITH CONTENTS IN TRUNK. RESTAURANT FOOD WAS GOOD, SERVICE QUITE BAD AND VERY LOUD AS LARGE GROUPS CELEBRATE THEIR BDAY IN THIS LOCATION AND WE WERE SITTED RIGHT NEXT TO THEM.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Douglas was AMAZING! It was my birthday and he made the night very memorable. He offered his suggestions on dishes and was very pleasant when we asked questions concerning the menu. He made the experience very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants a nice meal plus an breathtaking ambiance.

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely place to enjoy am unforgettable sunset...
Only complaint: the receptionist that receive us was quite rude saying there was no tables outside due to the rain that has stopped half an hour before.

Be sure you reserve an outdoor seating...

R
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firsts time at the Rusty Pelican. Such a great vibe and atmosphere. The food and service was amazing. Definitely return.

PT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is not a place where i'd recommend visiting very often, given the price, value, service i've experienced. I think i'll try another restaurant next time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Waiting time is approximately 30mins with reservation.
Great food, great service, great view.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful views and great food

MH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and mom and girls week trip

CN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have time for only one meal in Miami, make it here. Go around sunset to see the sun and the Miami skyline at night. The food was fantastic and the service great. Staff was very accommodating and attentive. Not a cheap place, but the entire experience is worth every penny.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice view if you have a good table, service in general is super slow from the setting to waiters but friendly people. food is ok but nothing terrific you really go there for the view

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

Nos gusto la
Comida y el
Enclave

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CO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was subpar

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

Was introduced to my girlfriends daughter who lives in New York and was visiting. Had a wonderful time .

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

Wondeful and amazing place. The food are delicious

JO
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I made the reservation for an especial event, my girlfriend's birthday. As the web page asked me about any request i did asked for flowers decoration or any Happy birthday detail, also an outdoor table. Well , nothing happened, we seated indoors ( understandably because weather) and not even one flower on the table, not mentioning they didn't even apologized. Anyways , I didn't want to complain about it because i wanted have a nice time . But obviously that service doesn't work with Rusty Pelican, the rest was pretty good except for two families with babies each one , they didn't stop crying the whole time. Lack of common sense of course, it was almost 10pm, but i understand it's not restaurant fault. Food delicious, which they have more sides options because the meal is not too much for the price, but it's very well done and excellent quality food. The attention at the table is excellent.

S
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance priceless
Server was slow and forgot to bring my wine
Make sure to make a reservation and request the seating with a view

P
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was very creative and the food was amazing. The atmosphere was great and so was the service. Can't beat the view of Brickell and Downtown.

G
Jacksonville
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food were slow in coming.

F
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Long wait for food and service

HV
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very disappointed, actually. We have been here many times in the past and it was great but this past weekend something was just off. We ordered calamari and a sushi roll to start and it was subpar. Dinner was halibut and NY strip- even though I ordered the steak medium rare it was super dry and no flavor at all. Halibut also had no flavor. We couldn’t wait to get out of there. The skyline is beautiful and the ambiance is perfect but the food needs to be worked on ASAP. We won’t be back for awhile.

L
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful views of downtown Miami! The service was good and the food was pretty decent! Definitely would recommend for a romantic date night or a special event!

SP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Prime location with spectacular views of the city. Good service but not exceptional. Food was good but again, not exceptional - and VERY expensive. Be prepared to spend $100 per person. I'd go again for the view but would probably not eat a full meal - just snacks

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

Decided to try it out during spice month in Miami. Food was delicious. Service was quick but did not feel rushed. The view was really nice.

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

The food was awesome, the service was amazing and the view was to die for! I would definitely go again.

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