Rusty Pelican - Miami

4.4
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Seafood
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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Waiters were not very attentive

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Late valentines dinner because we worked late the day before. Reservations were at 830, got seated by 9. Drinks were strong. Passion of the soul was such a great tasting drink, was amazing & tasty. Great presentation for food. We ordered the rusty pelican board for two. The steak was cooked to perfection but it had no salt at all. The lobster was a little cold. Snapper was just OK. I wasn’t a fan of the lobster risotto but he loved it. Very attentive waiter (Robert). House cornbread was awesome and I would rub that buttery spread all over my body it was that good.

A
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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J
Miami
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view. Food very good. No expensive if you pay a bit for the view. The view is the thing.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was nice but we had a major issue that was never resolved after our server had told us that he would bring the issue to the managers attention. More in the private note.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JH
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing, the food was ok. Portion size was also just ok.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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CL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Valentine's Day, Dinner for 2 was Prici....and didn't include dessert...

My expectations for the plate was higher....

DO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cute Valentines Day dinner!

CT
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible experience, rained out, wasted time, and left with a valet bill. Waited half an hour to be sat for our 4:30 reservation. It took another 15 minutes for a server to greet us at our table. We didn’t have a drink menu or water, and it took him 10 minutes to find one because none of the other waiters in the area would share. It stated to sprinkle (outside table), and our server tried to have us moved inside, but the hostess told us we were going to have to start our wait over. We left.

f
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our server was excellent. The food was excellent. The beauty of location and decor was beautiful. I would have easily given 5 stars but for the fact that we had to wait an hour to be served our food. There’s absolutely no reason to have a dining experience where the kitchen is clearly disorganized and unprepared to have an efficient system for the delivery of the exceptional food. It ruins the experience and enjoyment of the food delivered. And after spending almost $400 on dinner and drinks I was rewarded with a $6 charge to park my car?!!! I found this extremely classless and unprofessional. Unfortunately, I would not recommend Rusty Pelican simply due to the fact that if I wanted a special night I would fear that someone else would share the same experience. It’s good, but it’s not worth it.

N
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Hostess at check was holding tables for Groups from the Miami Boat show.
We ended up in a poorly located booth in the very back of the restaurant with a flashing light that was so bad they moved us to a new table. The management did a poor job with seating there customers on 2/13/2020 at 9pm.

MH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and view were incredible but the service was even better. Offered to take pictures of us, consistently checked on us, an was very kind. 10/10 woul recommend.

BD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Excellent Service. Ambiance was fantastic. View of downtown Miami and all the boats coming from the Miami Boat Show at night time was breath taking.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was kind of slow but view was awesome

MS
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I’d definitely recommend for the gorgeous view. Food was beautiful as well. Host attentive, but bar staff and serves not interested not knowledgeable about menu. They imposed the % of tip that needs to be added to the bill. I’d say more attentiveness should be made for 20% service charge.

AL
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view cannot be beat. Add the great service and food, energetic vibe and you have a winner.

o
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good comfort food. Medium service. Beautiful view.

SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The only issue was with the mosquitoes that came out at dusk.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, very large portions, great wine selection, amazing service and the best view of downtown Miami.

CR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in Miami! You have the skyline view and the food is really good. You can’t leave Miami without having dinner over there!

V
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We ordered a table for 8 persons for a birthday party (of our NEWBORN daughter), but when we arrived with the baby to the restaurant, we were told by the hostess, that the policy of this restaurant DOES NOT allow us to seat at our table until the most of our group arrives!

Our guest were running 30-mins late, so we had to wait AT THE RESTAURANT LOBBY with a newborn kid for our guests to arrive...

During the dinner the table was dirty and filled with finished plates most of the time, we had to ask the waiters to take away the plates, and noone ever managed to wipe up the stains and at least clean up the table a bit in 2 hours.

The food was not bad, especially the shrimp sushi, but the lobster risotto was tasteless.

Overall, a good location with a good view over the Bay and downtown area, but I have certainty expect a much better service and experience in a restaurant with such a pristine location, and for the high price you pay (bear in mind, that most of the main dishes are $45-55 + tips).

Would not probably go there again for such a price and weird restaurant rules.

J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were not able to be seated outdoors because it was too windy, so we had to eat indoors in the cavernous, very noisy dining room. We had to shout at our friends across the table, and could barely hear them. The people at the table behind us were excessively loud, but even after they left, we could barely talk. I left the restaurant with a headache. Perhaps if we could have eaten outdoors, I would feel differently.

B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Nighttime view was fantastic. Food, not so much. No communication between various servers, so food arrived before table had been cleared.

TF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was disgusting. The service was horrible., we waited for our food for an hour and when it came it looked like plastic. My egg sandwich and my husbands salmon Benedict’s both had only one egg and they both looked and tasted like they have been made hours before they were served. we asked for second cup of coffee which never came The nerve with these people to charge us in advance 18% service charge fir the most disgusting service.
Don’t bother to go. If that was not enough the seagulls will take care of the ambiance by unloading on you. Bon appetite.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch & Service!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rusty Pelican staff made our 28th Wedding anniversary very memorable. The service was excellent and the food delicious. It was so thoughtful that there was a happy anniversary card waiting for us at our table. Great night all around!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS! Location, vibe, wait staff, food, setting, views, biscayne key lime (off the CHARTS)!!!!

ONLY drawback were the smokers on either side of us. That was SUCH a turn off when everything else was perfect. Perhaps a smoking and non smoking section?

JR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great view, amazing drinks, great appetizers.
Our server was good but didnt mention the specials for the day, it seems they were under staff that day but she was on top a lot of tables.
Entrees were not as good as the appetizers and drinks.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and we were seated with a beautiful view of the city of Miami. It was very Romantical.

f
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. View of Miami is outstanding. This was a birthday surprise for a friend. A nice touch to have a birthday greeting waiting on his menu

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great location, fantastic views and great food.

Only receommendation, raise the temperasture in the bar area - it was freezing cold

J
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It will cost you a lot, but it is worth every dollar; try the ribs, sound unspecturlar, but are great😊

JS
New York Area
8 reviews