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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OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant ambience and view were spectacular! Food was delicious but pricey. Dessert for birthday girl was beautiful and tasted fantastic!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the view is spectacular. We went for Sunday brunch. For appetizers we got the ceviche and short rip empanadas which were both great and for meals we got the Cacio e Pepe with salmon and Tuna Tartine and both were spectacular. Will definitely be back!

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

Great food & scenic !

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

For a fine dining establishment and a fancy dinner you can kiss that goodbye. Went on a Friday night for a romantic dinner and enjoy the scenery and for some reason not sure what has happened because a couple years ago that’s how it was. The music was so loud that we couldn’t here ourselves think. The waiter had to scream at us to hear us and place our order. We felt as if we where at a nightclub having dinner. Next time I want happy hour. I know I can go there, but for fine dining not anymore.

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went there for lunch and it's such a beautiful venue.
They closed down the entire parking lot forcing people to Valet at an additional $6.
Food was good and fresh. There's an upstairs venue that's beautiful for events too!

w
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, great food and service great weather also

DD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my 3rd dining experience here. The food is consistently good and well prepared with nice presentation. Nice portions. I usually have fish and it’s always fresh. I like that the environment is nice but not fussy. The view of Miami skyline at night is unbeatable!

IM
Miami
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food - better than I recall from previous eating there before. Great service - Very nice and great customer service our waiter. nice view and a beautiful night.

b
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
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.

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was awesome. The food was excellent. The 3 Tier seafood appetizer was amazing. My entree of Braised Shortrib surf and turf was an excellent choice. My guest were also happy with their entrees.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
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 on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and view was spectacular

AM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This was not my first visit to Rusty Pelican. Each time I’ve gone there, the view was outstanding, the food was good, and the service was lacking: long delays, mixed up orders, empty glasses, etc. In the past, I attributed the service to being with a large crowd, because the servers were pleasant, just scarce. On this last visit, however, it was a table for two and adjacent tables were empty, yet we still had poor service. Go for the view, but don’t expect a great experience.

DT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I went there for my birthday with my family. The view it's absolutely amazing and the staff is great. Unfortunately, the food has a lot of room for improvement, very poor seasoned and very flat taste. A lot to work on the kitchen and chefs to enhace the menu to offer. I would recommend for drinks and view, not definitely not for a good meal

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!

LZ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
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
17 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!

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