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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.4
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$31 to $50
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American
Now accepting reservations for indoor and new outdoor waterfront dining on our lawn overlooking Tampa Bay! Before reopening, our team received extensive training on social distancing and new safety standards. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our teams, guests, partners and community. We also encourage our guests to follow healthy and safety best practices including washing hands often, maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering when possible. Enjoy our new a la carte brunch. We will no longer offer a buffet brunch to follow new safety and social distancing guidelines. Enjoy new mimosa flavors with bottomless mimosas for $18 per person and $6 brunch cocktails.

For parties of 8+ please call!

Our Special Event is open and booking special events! Contact our event coordinator at 813-281-1943 or email Rptampacatering@srcmail.com to book your event. Our venue can accommodate events with 12-200 guests while maintaining social distance.

Support Rusty Pelican - Tampa during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1969 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.6
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SAM54
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Tampa Bay view and the food was wonderful

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vipAlex
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just below Ocean Prime and Eddie V’s, but with a great view of the Bay, which neither of the former 2 have. Servers professional and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is very friendly from the restaurant manager to the server went above and beyond. I didn't expect how the act and take it seriously what's going on right now. Everyone is very careful and you can feel the sincerity of everyone. Marina one of our servers takes pride in what she's doing and she's having fun that's a good work ethic. Kudos to the management how they prepared everything during this difficult time.

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AceandT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The restaurant was beautiful but the food wasn’t good at all. It was bland and the lobster and shrimp were tough.

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Bob1820
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Ambiance is great. Great views. They are doing a great job during Covid and you can tell they are doing everything as safe as possible to be open. Food was good flavor although risotto was not hot enough just luke warm. Lobster slightly overcooked. The filet was good and cooked just right. The whole snapper was delicious. The conch fritters had very good flavor and cooked perfectly although the conch pieces were a bit small and too chewy. The sauce for the conch fritters was out of this world good. We used it for multiple things. Overall good experience and would return. Hopefully more attention to preparedness of the seafood.

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MelindaW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was nice..we were sat by very rude and disrespectful people. My husband and I were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were having a good time until the young couple sat down in front of us.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 7 days ago

Melinda, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and I'm sorry you were sat close to disrespectful people. Next time you join us, please let a manager know so we can ensure you a more quiet table. Thank you for writing your review, Megan AGM

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Robin
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Under these trying circumstances the service was great. Food was well presented and the atmosphere was delightful.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback Robin! It is greatly appreciated. See you next time! Megan Assistant General Manager

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ReginaS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server was very good. The menu is VERY limited. Our server said they incorporated the menu from their Miami location and it wasn't going to be expanded back after COVID. Prices were in line with higher end steak houses in the area, but food quality did not match. I was told my chicken would take a while because they are large chickens and it actually looked like a cornish hen size and was very dry and overcooked. The filet and lobster were good but not excellent which you would expect for $77 ala carte.

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Ilda
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Quality of food for price questionable. Food good, but not great. Service amazing. View amazing.

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LuAash
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food was pretty terrible- and the price was really high.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 7 days ago

Hi LuAash- Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I'm sorry to read about your experience online instead of being able to resolve any issues you may have had in person. I do hope you'll dine with us again so we can prove to you why we have been a staple in this community for 30+ years. Thank you again for your feedback, as we will use it to improve our experience. Megan Assistant General Manager

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FaithP
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our whole experience was poor. The food, the service, the ambiance were all poor. For the price per person, I was expecting a lot more...will not return again!!’

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Faith- Thank you for your perspective. We will use your feedback to improve our services. It looks like you visited on Father's Day, so we wish you and your family a Happy Father's Day! Thank you again for your input. Megan Assistant General Manager

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Veggiediner108
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Veggiediner! We'll see you soon! Megan, AGM

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vipMycamo1
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sorry to say, The Rusty Pelican has definitely lost their mojo after the pandemic. Waiter was alouf and not attentive, quality of food for price is a joke. They raised their prices and unfortunately the price increase was not reflected in the quality of the food. Lobster was overcooked, portions tiny and flavors blah. This used to be one of our favorites and unfortunately, we will not be returning.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 7 days ago

Mycamo1, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy this experience with us. Please give us some time to work out the details in a post COVID world, and give us another chance. After all, we used to be one of your favorites! Thanks and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon. Megan Assistant General Manager

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vipRandyC
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service set up extremely well for cleanliness

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and our server Alex was awesome. We will definitely be back.

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LeslieL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

It’s a shame food was excellent but very limited menu and overpriced. I wanted scollops but only available as appetizer. 3 medium size scollops $19. Side items are $10-14. French onion soup was excellent. Not sure will try again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We went for a birthday gathering and the food was amazing! The service was awesome also!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Request a table next to the window in your reservation and the will gladly accommodate. All you see is water for miles! Would definitely go back.

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JenniferH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful view and rustic atmosphere- highly recommend.

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EllenH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Loved having Carmen as our waitress!

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 17, 2020

Hi Ellen! Thank you for your great review. We look forward to having you back soon. Cheers, Megan, AGM

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have gone out of their way to make customers safe during their reopening.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 17, 2020

Thank you so much for your positive review. We are taking every precaution to keep our teams and guests safe during this time. We look forward to having you back soon. Cheers! Megan, AGM

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JoanC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was very good about sanitation, social distancing, etc. My dish was great (Chilean Sea Bass), but my husband had the snapper and was not impressed. Ambiance was perfect, saw dolphins out the window. There were a lot of flies that bothered us. Staff and manager was great. Still smells old (musty) though considering that they had recently renovated.

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Stever
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Over priced, tired interior, waiters apron was filthy, poor service, raunchy smell inside restaurant, $50 entree’s were not good (filet & fish).

The only redeeming feature was the view is pretty.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 12, 2020

Hi Stever, I'm sorry to hear about your negative experienced with us. Our wish is always that if a guest has a concern, they bring it to our attention while they are still in the restaurant so we are able to act. We will always make it right. This is definitely out of the norm. I do hope you find us again in the future and give us the chance to make it right for you. Thank you for your feedback, Megan Assistant General Manager

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Waiter could have been on point better. The view was awesome.

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Longevity
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I took my best for her birthday and was also accompanied by my daughter. My daughter and best friend had to send their dishes back because the food was COLD! My daughter had to send hers back for a second time due to the temperature of the food! Considering the restaurant was empty, I'm not understanding the reasoning for the food to be served cold. Especially with the price of their dishes, I would definitely expect them to be held to a higher standard. However, the drinks were on point!

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 12, 2020

Hello and thank you for your feedback. I'd like to apologize for the temperature of your food, but glad to hear you enjoyed the beverages. We are working with our culinary team to correct the issues. We hope you join us again soon so we can make it right for you. Cheers. Megan Assistant General Manager

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TerryB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Waiter was outstanding, the ambience great. After being seated, we waited 90 minutes for our food to arrive and most of the hot dishes were barely warm. The taste was okay but would have been much better if delivered hot.

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Jenn
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Rusty pelican was a favorite when I was younger. I havent been in a while. The weather was rainy and there were buckets everywhere catching water from the ceiling. The food was average. Our bill was $200+ and not worth that. Our service was awesome. I just found that it wasnt the same from the times I had been before. I was disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My husband and I went for dinner now that restrictions related to COVID-19 have eased in our state. I would have to say the only thing that has suffered is the ambiance. It definitely didn’t look like the Rusty Pelican I remembered, but they can’t really do anything for that with the current situation we’re in. Outside of that, the food was fantastic and the service was exemplary!! Can’t wait to go back once life is normal again.

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vipTBEats
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Normally have no issues but this time the entrees took a while to come out which is not a big deal as the kitchen looked back up but the broccolini and mashed potatoes were cold. Thankfully the salmon was cooked properly. The Manager was apologetic and offered us dessert on the house. Nice of him to do so but not necessary. Did not take advantage of it as I don’t eat dessert but appreciated the offer. Will go back again but if it repeats, will take this off my list as there a number of options at this price point

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Debbie
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary! The service was excellent and the food was exceptional! Social distancing was maintained and it was still a nice environment during these very different times!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner. Perfect date night

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BBNY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance and excellent service. Food was not cooked correctly therefore not worth the price, but still a very nice restaurant with a great view!

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Michaelptampa
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to the Rusty Pelican and this time the service, ambiance and food was just as great as the first. The staff is awesome in meeting all your needs especially the waiting staff with regards to dietary needs or even just a replacement with the foods on the menu. Awesome dinning experience that I highly recommend.

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Tracy
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious and the ambiance and views can’t be beat!

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vipKris
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always amazing, but sitting outside and enjoying the great food took it up another level!

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 3, 2020

Thank you Kris! We are happy to have been able to accommodate outside seating!

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vipDinaP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience1

Horrible food after waiting one hour for it to arrive. Meals were cold, soggy and very unappetizing. Our server was great, and the manager did come over twice. He ended up taking care of our entire bill, which was around $60 just for lunch for 2 people. I won’t be going back.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 3, 2020

Hi Dina. I can understand your frustration with your food taking an hour to arrive. I want to apologize about you experience with us. We are taking the information from your review seriously and helping to assist our business moving forward. I know you said you won't be back, but when you're willing and able, give us another shot so we can show you that this was an exception, not our norm. Again, thank you for your review. Megan Assistant General Manager

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Audrey
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch! Table overlooked water for an amazing view, service was perfect, and the food was delicious. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

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AndrewL
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to have RP open again! Food was great and service was friendly as always. Loved the new al la carte brunch. Only knock was that it took over an hour for food to come out, but completely understand the need to get back into the swing of things, particularly with a new menu.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on June 3, 2020

Hey Andrew! Thank you for your review. We extremely appreciative for people like you who understand that it will take us just a little bit to get back into the swing of things. Thank you for your support and we look forward to your next time dining with us. Megan, Assistant General Manager

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ScottN
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! My wife and I can't wait to come back!!

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Rusty
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were as great as ever, and they have opened more rooms so that we were actually by ourselves for a while in the room next to the main dining room. Very safe and serene, as well as delicious!

FAQs

Rusty Pelican - Tampa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 281-1943.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa is rated 4.4 stars by 1969 OpenTable diners.

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