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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.4
4.4
3464 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Make A Reservation through our website to save your seat! Waterfront dining is OPEN! Enjoy a la carte Dinner every day, 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


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 281-1943

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Josue Torres

  • 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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What 3,464 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Scenic View

  • Tampa

    Seafood

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  1. TE

    ToniaE

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Will was great.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    My girlfriend and I decided to go here for our four year anniversary. It wasn’t a horrible experience but it definitely could’ve been better. Our server was nice however she didn’t check up on us at all after she dropped our food off. My steak was well done and I asked for it medium. I didn’t want to send the steak back but didn’t really have an opportunity because the server didn’t come back until I decided to just eat half of the steak and munch on the rest of our sides that were lute warm.
  3. g

    georgiah

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Upon arrival the place smelled very fishy. The food wasn’t great. Not seasoned well. The lava cake for dessert was horrible. It was cold. It wasn’t a good food experience. I wouldn’t recommend this place.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good a experience my lady enjoy it a lot
  5. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Over all good experience. Sea bass was very good and cooked just right. View was great too.
  6. JD

    JoyceD

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Restaurant needs to be updated, the bathrooms are horrible. We had brunch, was just ok. Not sure we would go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Owen was delightful and the food was delicious. Cocktails were great
  8. DC

    DavidC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always fresh and amazing. Service is good and the drinks are strong. Pricey but worth the value for the quality. Really nice to see out over Tampa bay while eating.
  9. S

    Seaeye

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The food and the view were outstanding.
  10. AE

    AustinE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was awesome! Amazing dessert as well. Only thing I would like is larger portion sizes. The dessert however, was MASSIVE and delicious!! I believe it was the bread pudding or something like that, and it was spectacular.
  11. S

    Specialday

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was very good and the view was good. The appetizers and salad was ok. We went with the seafood tower for 2 which 3 of us and a child didn’t finish, but we had also had appetizers, bread and salad first. Overall, I wish the food tasted a little better for the price you are paying.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Half of the item from the menu was out. Fried calamari was soggy and too sour
  13. L

    Localguy

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    A recent event at the hotel next door reminded us that we'd never dined at the Rusty Pelican, so it seemed a great choice for Father's Day. Unfortunately, they were out of several menu items. The view and ambience is great, and the food and service were decent, but not memorable. At least they credited my wine and dessert to make up for our more limited menu choices. Hopefully this was unusual for them, and I would certainly deem them worthy of another visit.
  14. B

    Butterfly

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First our waitress Carmen was amazing. Her recommendations were spot on. Secondly the ambiance and oh the views! Thirdly and most important the food…oh my was it delish!!! Highly recommend the Sea Bass. Will definitely be back.
  15. PH

    PaulH

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emily (our server) did an amazing job. The bartenders were engaging while we waited for our table, since we got there early. Recommendations were spot on with the risotto and sea bass dishes. The cornbread appetizer was a perfect balance of sweet and savory. Basically, it was a perfect place to spend an anniversary together. PS Ask for a window table...the view is just as good as the food.

    Rusty Pelican - TampaResponded 7 days agoThank you for sharing your experience with us! We are glad that you enjoyed our food and that Emily gave you guys an amazing dining experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  16. MD

    MiDeKop

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always
  17. ST

    SteveT

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    I wish that I'd known that there were no alternatives to the Prefix menu on Father's day. We had a shellfish allergy - so none of our 5 guests could enjoy that portion of the menu and we were not offered any substitution. We also had a vegetarian - and likewise no consideration to alternatives for her. It was a lovely idea, but not worth $550 for brunch.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pretty views, but WAY overpriced.
  19. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    They were out of salmon and grouper, They were out of the lava cake dessert. They cornbread was terrible. I ordered the surf and turf for 75$ and my steak was over cooked , my lobster was chewy. The rice had no flavor . I will not be back
  20. RS

    ReneS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend this restaurant, food was exquisite, and service is outstanding,
  21. t

    tymiaw

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    More added to the menu I would really appreciate more than 1 option for dessert
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The noise level was atrocious. But the manager did great and cut off the group next to us. He made us want to come back. Also, our waitress was honest and amazing! Thank you!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience and I LOVED every minute of it. Highly recommend.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Restrooms are old and out dated. Service was good. Food was marginal and both entrees came out cold.
  25. KA

    KimberlyA

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    We were seated upon arrival at the time of our reservation. Ordered drinks and dinner. The drinks were delivered in a timely manner along with bread which we did not eat before dinner to avoid filling up but it did look delicious. Dinner was delivered in a timely manner. I ordered a filet mignon rare. It came out medium well. My companion ordered grouper and it came out over cooked. All food was barely warm. We alerted the waitress immediately. She sent a manager over. He removed the food and said he would send the bill for our drinks over. I wouldn't recommend.
  26. FM

    FrankM

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food5service2ambience5
    I have been dining here for ages but tonight I am on a date and randomly was wished a happy fathers day. There is absolutely nothing about me, or my evening that indicated I am a father. No one has an idea in this place about my life, or maybe I am one of those men who is not able to have a kid. Just overly assuming and insensitive, and honestly it's way out of character for this place. I am on a date, not out for fathers day. You know, I should have called the manager over since he had introduced himself earlier to me, but I kept my grace and said thank you and never called the manager over.
  27. JP

    JanetP

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We came for an early Father’s Day dinner. I can’t say it wasn’t very good, but I will say that our server was not interested in substitutions at all. That being said, the black Thai rice was so salty I could not eat it. The manager, who was circulating in the dining room noticed I had not eaten any and offered another side. After a little persuasion, he brought out mashed potatoes which were so good…he was right! Dinner was not cheap and if you know you don’t like something on the plate, it would be best to offer a substitution from the start. Overall, it was a nice dinner.
  28. DF

    DeborahF

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and Carman made our first trip there a great one! The food was good and we were lucky to get water view seats.

    Rusty Pelican - TampaResponded on June 20, 2022Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are glad that you enjoyed our food and the view. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Carmen as she will be delighted to hear that she gave such a wonderful dining experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  29. F

    Flacko

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at this place and everything was top notch, will try to go again before I return home.
  30. GM

    GeorgeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    For the money, service was average at best and food wasn’t much better. I paid the bill and still had my dinner plates on the table. I can get this type of service at Olive Garden. View and ambiance was amazing. $10 bucks to valet park, plus they add their own tip. Find another beach restaurant. There must be better options than this place
  31. SR

    ScottR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. They took care of my wife and I on our anniversary and made us feel like VIPs. Definitely going back.
  32. M

    Marchell

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We picked this restaurant because we thought it would be a romantic dinner but it really felt like a loud family restaurant we were over dressed at. Food was good but very high priced which wasn’t a problem but it’s over priced for a family restaurant. I would suggest setting times for family setting and romantic setting because I would have loved my anniversary to be spent at a high dining restaurant not a Chuck E. Cheese. Plus when has complementary not meant free? We were offering a complimentary anniversary dessert then charged $10 i’m very confused about that one.
  33. MD

    MiDeKop

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better than ever. The new team is continuing to build on what's always been a great experience in terms of the food, service, and incredible view of Tampa Bay. Rusty Pelican remains our favorite fine dining location in Tampa. Made our Mom's 85th birthday a perfect night.
  34. PM

    PMTexas

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This the best seafood restaurant from Sarasota to Tampa, hands down. The service is superior and warm (our server was Kyle), the food was legendary, always delivering an explosion of flavors in your mouth (I could sell my kids for the corn bread with jalapeños appetizer) and the atmosphere - including the ocean view - is to die for. One word for this restaurant: PERFECTION.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and the food was outstanding
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The food was good, not great. Actually, the brussel sprouts for outstanding. The chilled oysters were very tasty, however the west coast oysters were very small and I felt like they needed to add more for the price. The whole fried snapper presented well but didn’t really have a lot of flavor. The orzo mixed with it helped. The atmosphere was very energetic. We had a window table on the water and saw a dolphin and several fish which added to the experience. The overall experience was good and we resigned to the fact that we paid for the view, not the food. I don’t think I’ll go back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome and very attentive to seeing we would have a great experience. However, Chris the manager who stopped by to ascertain how our dinner was made a statement which we found insensitive and culturally incompetent. He referred to the female waitress as a “good girl”. When I offered feedback about how we felt about the reference “good girl”, he could not accept it and sauntered off perturbed and unable to see this from another perspective. In fact, as I was leaving I thanked him, but he ignored us.
  38. KK

    KennyK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Food was awful. Have no idea, what the issue was, but wow. I was really, really disapointed and so were the other 4 in my group.
  39. N

    Nanci

    Tampa

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time at Rusty Pelican. Overall a great experience but was disappointed to learn there was no outside seating. Food was good and so was the service.
  40. LA

    LuciaA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Definitely not a 5 star restaurant. Oysters over priced for quality. Wine selection sub par. It's basically an over priced tourist trap

    Rusty Pelican - TampaResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for the time you have taken to share your experience. Your comments will be passed along so the appropriate steps are taken to exceed guest expectations. Your opinions are valued and appreciated.

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 3464 OpenTable diners.

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


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 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–9:30 pm

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Josue Torres

  • 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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