Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.5
1261 reviews
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American
Nestled along the shore of Old Tampa Bay is a fine dining oasis where locals love to meet and tourists love to discover. For 25 years, The Rusty Pelican has served Tampa Bay with elegant cuisine and rustic charm.Located at the southernmost tip of Pelican Island, this restaurant boasts a quiet setting for lunch and dinner yet is accessible from major roadways and just minutes from downtown Tampa.

The Rusty Pelican offers a wide array of amenities that include a full menu specializing in American cuisine. The menu features the Chef’s Daily Selections that provide diners with rare and delicious options to offset the incredible fresh seafood and juicy steaks that the menu already offers.

Please contact the restaurant for reservations over 8 guests. We will do our best to accommodate your reservation.
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Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Romantic place with water view and good food.

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SM
Naples
55 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day dinner. Great service but very disappointed in the food. Mediocre at best. Not the gourmet dining we expected given the high price tag. Probably won’t return.

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

The atmosphere is very nice! But the food quality is not the greatest. To be honest I am shocked so many people give this place a lot of stars. To me for the money you can’t compare the food here to many other fab places in Tampa.

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KK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go celebrate , we love the food and the creme brûlée is the best

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

Enjoyed our Dinner, would recommend getting a table on the water. Customer parking was an issue but overall a great experience

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sister’s birthday. We had a wonderful event. The service was fantastic. The food was scrumptious and delicious. The view of the ocean from day thru sunset and into the night was amazing!!!!

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DM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 1:15 but were asked to wait and eventually seated at 1:30. Of the brunch buffet, the most decent item were the fajitas. While my party tried many of the other items (seafood, salad, etc.), no one was wowed by anything. To end in a good note, the service was good and the mimosas and coffee were great. Nothing to write home about.

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T
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Online the price stated $35.99 for the buffet- at the restaurant it was $49.99 for the buffet. For that’s price I don’t think it was worth the money AT ALL. The food was good but there was not steaks or full seafood dishes that could equal $50 worth of food. I would not come back here mainly for the price. The food that was there was very good but omelets, waffles, and eggs should not cost that much. There are too many other brunch places I. The area for much cheaper prices and better quality food.

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

Great view and good food. Service was good too.

Great view and good food. Service was good too.

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Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiente cálido, amplio, discreto, íntimo muy concurrido. Tiene barra de tragos amplía, la cual nos permitió sobrellevar la espera de 40 min a pesar de haber llegado con previa reserva.
Muy buen servicio de mesa, amables, hacen recomendación platos que resultan abundantes y sabrosos.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food! Took my wife for an early Valentine's day dinner and she loved it.

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Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Josh was very helpful. They accommodated my garlic allergy. The appetizer platter of calamari, shrimp, artichokes and scallops was great. $16 for a martini is a little over the top. Everyone liked their food, it was a nice place on the bay and we would return.

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r
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slow as the restaurant seemed to be short staffed as it was a late lunch. The food was excellent as always.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal at a great place.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making our first anniversary so special!

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! A little noisy, but we didn’t mind!

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DP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. The setting was wonderful. The service was well timed. Two issues: The restaurant was too dark to read the menu. There should have been an earlier explanation that the salads were going to be an additional charge. Add on charges to a diner can leave a dampened feeling about the experience since you never see that until the check comes.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Lovely ambiance. Great views. Sea scallops were amazing!

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EC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 3

WAY WAY WAY WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! OVER $250 FOR MY WIFE AND MYSELF!! Also the noise level was so high my wife and I had to yell at each other to communicate.

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R
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is good.
View is excellent.
No other restaurants, to my knowledge, is as close to ocean as Rusty Pelican.
Service is excellent.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great view, great food, great ambiance...what more could you ask for? Seafood is fresh, lots of variety. Prices are a little high, but the quality justifies it...

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beautiful views and Amanda, our server, was vastly knowledgeable about the food and the area

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food and ambience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to the Rusty pelican the last night of our honeymoon. It was the best meal. The food was delicious, the service was too notch and the staff was knowledgeable

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful resteraunt, amazing views! The artichoke appetizer was great. The wine pairings were perfect. Love it!

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c
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is in need of maintenance. Broken light fixture. Wear and tear that hasn’t been addressed.

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GK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went expecting a local seafood dining experience; however, the food menu was very underwhelming and commercial. The daily catch was Halibut, which is not a local fish, so we questioned the freshness. Our entrees were over cooked and lacked seasoning. The service was good, and the view was lovely; however, we will not be returning.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great and romantic. Service was wonderful.

Only issue was the drinks. No matter how many we drank, just couldn't get a good one.

But still had a great time and will be going back.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience. We took an out of town guest, and were all very happy and impresssed.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute reservation which resulted in a 5:45pm dinner. Kind of early but the hostess assured us we would have a gorgeous sunset. Boy did we ever!! The food was delicious! My husband was a fan of the Smoked Old Fashioned and the wine was perfect. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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AR
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time here. I cannot stress how amazing this place is. The food is great, so well prepared. Presentation is top-shelf. And, it's totally delicious. But, believe it or not, you spend a lot less for this gourmet-level food than you'd think. It's reasonably-priced--especially, for what you get! The view is incredible. We saw fish flying all over the place. Because of elevated seating in some areas, even with a bunch of people in the lower dining area (which is closer to the window), you can still see the Bay with a clear view. This place can be a nice, peaceful lunch with a friend, or a romantic getaway. You make it what it is. The ambiance is what you'd expect from a name like 'Rusty Pelican.' It's nautical-like, rustic, and perfect. Highly-recommended.

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BA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The food is reqlly very bad.Food wqs burnt and too much salty

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a
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great food was great too we go every year for our anniversary dinner

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R
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, awesome atmosphere, and incredible service. My wife and I are picky and this is one of our new favorite spots!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

I did not think this restaurant lived up to its review. Firstly, I had requested a window table for our party - a group of professionals who see each other once or twice a year. We did not receive it, and in fact were seated about as far away from a window as physically possible. While I understand that there are only so many of those tables, and we just didn't qualify as one of the lucky groups that got one. But without that table, this restaurant is average at best, and I would imagine a similar experience achievable at any number of other chain restaurants in the area. With respect to the food and service in particular, although our appetizers were good, at least my entree, which was seafood at a seafood restaurant, was overcooked. The servers got the orders wrong, and so an effort to have the synchronized delivery of entrees turned into a plate shuffle. This experience left me wishing that we would have picked someplace else for our one opportunity to dine together this year.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent dinner celebrating our 19th anniversary. Food was perfect and the view spectacular.

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Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I rated service 1 star just because it took over 15 minutes to be recognized after being seated. A definite server miscommunication while other servers should have been aware. My server, once there, was spot on and attentive. The restuarant manager stepped up and recognized the goof and comped my beverages, so I'm giving 5 stars on all other areas.. The meal as a 3 course prix fixe for restaurant month was a bargain. I had blackened Swordfish, sweet potato, and asparagus. Delicious in every way. I'm glad I stayed despite the initial hiccup. This is a great spot for sunsets, and with the usual cold snap, they had the fireplaces blazing. BTW, try the Smoked Old Fashion....tasty.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Received great service as always! Scallops were a bit over cooked (not usually like that) but everything else was incredible per usual

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic options for Brunch and great service. Bloody mary prices are great too...$4.50!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They have a nice variety of brunch goodies to choose from and bottomless mimosas! The service was awesome and attentive!

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