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Rusty Pelican - Tampa, Tampa, FL

Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.5
4.5
4860 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Make A Reservation through our website to save your seat! Enjoy a la carte Dinner every day, Lunch Thursday & Friday, Saturday and Sunday Brunch, and Happy Hour Specials Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm! Escape to Florida's most beautiful tropical hideaway, right on the waters of Tampa Bay. Known for serving the freshest local seafood, like Crab-Stuffed Gulf Grouper, Rusty Pelican Board for Two and Crispy Whole Local Snapper, as well as classic cuts of savory beef, the Rusty Pelican offers an unforgettable culinary experience. With friendly and experienced staff, the dedicated team at the Rusty Pelican will ensure that your experience at the Rusty Pelican is nothing but exceptional.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (813) 281-1943
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    From 20 to 350, The Rusty Pelican can accommodate any event from weddings to corporate events and private parties in one of our six banquet spaces. Contact an event specialist today for a complimentary tour 813.281.1943.
  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Cross street
    N. Rocky Point Dr./Courtney Campbell Causeway
  • Parking details
    There are spaces on private land to park at your convenience, and over 300 spaces in the parking garage directly across the street. A well trained and professional staff of valets are on hand for all busy nights and holidays, for your added comfort.
  • Public transit
    There is shuttle service provided from all the major hotels in the area, that will bring you directly to our doorstep. Including The Sailport, The Double Tree, The Chase Suites, and The Holiday Inn. $6 Valet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Brunch.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Father's Day Four-Course Brunch! $86

    Jun 16, 2024 only
    Treat Dad to an unforgettable Brunch at Rusty Pelican Tampa! We will be offering a Four-Course Brunch Menu featuring appetizers, salad, and desserts to share & plated entrees including Steak & Eggs Benedict, Chicken & Waffles, and Lobster Benedict. Adults $86, Children $35, Bottomless Mimosas $30. *A la carte menu not available during Brunch.
    Father's Day Four-Course Brunch! $86 Photo

What 4,860 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Romantic

  • Tampa

    Great for scenic views

  • Tampa

    Seafood

4,860 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was very gracious and attentive to her needs. Our experience was very nice

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  2. Lozada

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience - food was excellent and awesome brunch environment.

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  3. KhirstinM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are so thankful for the Rusty Pelican! They accommodated a large group for a post wedding brunch on Sunday. We were staying at The Current and could just walk over. The view, service, and food was amazing as always!

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  4. jessguas

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First, the food was not good at all. Tasteless food that didn’t taste fresh. This is a banquet hall and it tastes like it! The kitchen is just pumping out food without considering the taste. Ambiance was decent but the tables in the dining room were awful! The wood had that weird sticky film on it that you would see at a diner. Do not recommend.

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  5. TalkerEater

    Tampa

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated at a lovely table by a window overlooking Tampa Bay. Our waitress was very welcoming, informative and appropriately attentive. Our dinners were delicious and served in a timely fashion. Rusty Pelican is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered crab cakes for appetizer. Crab cakes was lukewarm not hot. Very disappointing considering the prices at this establishment is very pricey when compared to other similar establishments in the area. Wanted dinner but was limited to lunch. Celebrating my birthday and 42nd wedding anniversary. PS: No disclaimer in advance posted on site regarding lunch hours and dinner hours. Disclosures are important upfront so customers could book accordingly. Overall disappointment. Eat there before and no accommodations was made despite the circumstances and occasion.

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  7. loriepere

    New York City

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Appetizer was disappointing lots of potatoes and one small piece of octopus. Dinner was very tasty and satisfying

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything really good and wife also left happy. Jerry our server was great too

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  9. RichardF

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to the Rusty Pelican a # of times over the years ............Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. jgibber

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Nick was excellent. The food was not up to temp. Sides were cold. Most of the main courses were very good.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with excellent service. Food was brought out in perfect timing and the mimosas were flowing. Several different flavors to pair with all four courses!

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  12. MarkC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although the service seemed a bit rushed, the server was accommodating to our first time being there and answered all our questions. The ambience and view of the water were beautiful. The food was delicious. We left very satisfied and wanting to come back.

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  13. Jesse

    Houston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is beautiful, inside and out. Service was so-so for us, but our biggest concern was the food: We requested medium-well for our filet mignon and our ribeye, and both were fully well done. There was no pink in the middle at all. The broccoli was mushy and had some spicy sauce which we didn't like. The mashed potatoes were fine. The bread was the highlight.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and view were great. The only negative was the way the board for 2 was served.

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  15. TampaSue

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the first time I have been disappointed at the Rusty Pelican. The crabcake appetizer was very bland and dry. The salmon was overcooked and underwhelming. Fortunately, The coconut shrimp was well seasoned, juicy and very good as usual. 

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for our anniversary and it was a perfect night ! Service was amazing and thoughtful and food was delicious. We got the surf and turf and steak was delicious and tail was a good size. Restaurant is really pretty with beautiful views.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    No one approached me or offered water for 30 minutes, I reached out to the manager to let him know about it. Food was overpriced

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  18. DavidS

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, views, and service were wonderful. The cornbread was a nice a surprise. We never thought of combining a honey topping, jalapeno cornbread, and paprika dusting but it was delicious. Everything was excellent.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The view was great, food was very good, and service was prompt.

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  20. Cris

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came in for brunch on Saturday. Not too busy. Our waitress was incredibly attentive. Food was great. Great selection of flavors for Mimosas. View of the water from our table was gorgeous. Watch some fish jumping, people jet skiing, and a couple kayaking.

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  21. JayP

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food needs improvement. Steak was overcooked, flounder la k of flavor, and the risotto was to porridgey. The octopus needs a bit more time on the grill and so do the accompanying potatoes too hard also the rice that goes with the red snapper was too sweet. The snapper was great very flavorful. The cappuccino and the drinks were excellent. Please get that kitchen improved and you will have something special.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening celebrating our daughter’s graduation from nursing school.

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  23. Regan

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent & the service was even better!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excelente lugar. Bien tranquilo y muy buena comida.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and even better view. Service was amazing and prompt.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brussels sprouts appetizer was delicious and plentiful for sharing. I had the crispy snapper after seeing it on other tables. Fantastic. Some might not like the presentation that included the whole fish (filets removed and cooked separately) but it didn’t bother me. Delicious. Salad had a bit too much dressing. My sister in law had the stuffed grouper and loved it. My husband had the lobster shrimp risotto. That was a huge surprise, an entire lobster tail and several whole shrimp on top of the risotto. All portions were very large and delicious. We will be back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    When we arrived we, a party of 5, were seated on top of a crowded bar so we had to physically move the table a few feet. The appetizer was very good as was the dessert. The entrees were unfortunately not very good. Two of us had the snapper which was overcooked. The rest of us had the grouper with crab of top. The grouper itself was a very small portion and the crab had a strong fishy smell and taste that overwhelmed the dish. The venue itself was very loud. The restaurant is very overpriced. The server was very good.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for our anniversary of 30 years. They took very good care of us. Thank you

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  29. VirginiaD

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and definitely coming back. Food and service was great. Beautiful views.

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  30. LeeD

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious dinner …. Surf & turf. The cornbread with honey is also delicious!! It was my husbands birthday and they brought him a piece of cheesecake that was amazing! And our waitress was the best!! Highly recommend!!

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  31. megan

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is very well decorated, the cocktails were great. The tables are a bit close together so be prepared to learn a lot about your neighbors and as the room fills up it gets very loud. The menu is 50/50, some things are exceptional, and some feel like they are forgotten about. The pink brick appetizer was amazing, the chicken entree was so-so.

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  32. Cayenne3

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Like so many restaurants, the Rusty Pelican had very few options for me. I can't eat spicy things, and I prefer low-carb dishes. The crab cake was okay for not in Maryland. The Miso-marinated Chilean Sea Bass was very tasty, and I'm glad that I asked for the sweet chili sauce on the side rather than on the fish. The black Thai rice was delicious, and I enjoyed half the serving to keep the carb count lower. The dessert was okay, and I ate only half. The table by the window looking out to Tampa Bay was excellent for my visitor; service was good, though, at times, it interrupted our conversation. Valet parking is mandatory, but not expensive.

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  33. BlueG

    Atlanta Metro

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent views, elevated cuisine, creative cocktails, and an adequate wine list. Server Erik was exceptional in every way.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Wonderful venue way too noisy was unable to have a conversation with my party

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  35. Lucy71

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view. Delicious food. Terrific service. What more do you need?

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  36. don78

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A good experience ad usual. Had the chicken and waffles. It wasn't the best this time, might sat out in the kitchen too long. Otherwise, it's a good experience.

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  37. MariaB

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very disappointing. My wife got the smash burger which should have been named the grease burger. Apparently the chef doesn’t know what a smash burger should be. This burger was thick and extremely rare. It didn’t take long for the bun to be soggy with grease. That being said, the flavor was good. I ordered the lobster Benedict. The lobster was perfect. Sweet and succulent. Unfortunately that’s the only good thing I can say about the dish. The jalapeño corn muffins were dry and had no jalapeño taste. The poached eggs were far from being that. On a good note…the spicy Bloody Mary was fantastic. We will not be back. For the amount of money we spent on brunch we were extremely disappointed

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  38. Mamasita

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We made our reservation online through OpenTable. We requested a table for six by the window, and were seated instead in the corner by the wall. The food came and the temperature of the food was cool to barely warm. The prices of the menu items were high, compared with the size and quality of the food. We ordered an appetizer, but our server forgot to put it in, and then he actually asked us if we wanted to order an appetizer. We have eaten here before, but this time we were disappointed in the whole experience.

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  39. TonyM

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We stayed at the Westin Tampa Bay. The Rusty Pelican had good reviews so I booked a table for the satruday night. What a great hidden gem of a restaurant. We had glass of prossecco to start, along with the Scallops and Crab cake appetizers, absolutely delicious ! I had the Swordfish cooked medium and my wife had the crab stuffed grouper. Both were fantastic and went well with a nice californian chardonnay. A great night and well worth a visit ! I took one star off the atmosphere, because of a loud birthday group who were just finishing when we had our appies :)

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Yucatán

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the good: this place is absolutely stunning, lots of old Florida charm, huge staff so the customer service is good, amazing views from anywhere you sit, we went on a Saturday night, and there was valet parking which was convenient. They had some cool stuff, like cocktails that came under domes with smoke and flowers and a bread board that was really cool and pretty delicious. They were also extremely accommodating with food allergies. the not so good: the food was not great ! you could tell that the quality of their ingredients was very high. Everything we had was of the highest quality, but whoever was cooking it just did not have it. The orzo was both mushy and crunchy, the rice was undercooked, the crispy fish was not crispy, the calamari wouldn’t hold its breading and looked really unappetizing, the steak tasted good, but had some gristle and was gray when it came out and for $54 for just a 14 ounce steak that is disappointing. three people with only my husband having three beers and my son and I drinking water and no desserts it was $300. I am totally fine spending $300 on dinner if it’s amazing…unfortunately no matter how amazing this restaurant location, service and ambience is the food is just not cooked properly. I really hope that management will take the wonderful ingredients that they have and train their kitchen staff how to treat them properly.  

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rusty Pelican - Tampa using the Order Online button. Rusty Pelican - Tampa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 281-1943.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa is rated 4.5 stars by 4860 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rusty Pelican - Tampa

2425 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Additional information

  • Cross street
    N. Rocky Point Dr./Courtney Campbell Causeway
  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There are spaces on private land to park at your convenience, and over 300 spaces in the parking garage directly across the street. A well trained and professional staff of valets are on hand for all busy nights and holidays, for your added comfort.
  • Public transit
    There is shuttle service provided from all the major hotels in the area, that will bring you directly to our doorstep. Including The Sailport, The Double Tree, The Chase Suites, and The Holiday Inn. $6 Valet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Brunch.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (813) 281-1943
  • Private party facilities
    From 20 to 350, The Rusty Pelican can accommodate any event from weddings to corporate events and private parties in one of our six banquet spaces. Contact an event specialist today for a complimentary tour 813.281.1943.
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