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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.3
4.3
3767 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 58 times today

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 3,767 people are saying

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Great for scenic views

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  1. JR

    JosephR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    ordered a well done steak that came out to be in between rare and medium rare.
  2. BO

    BenO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink, waitress (Julia) was patient with us and did not rush us. It was great atmosphere, low lights -great view-cozy....
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved this find! Perfect view. There for brunch. Amazing lobster bene! Yummy cucumber mint mimosa. Definitely on our return-to list!
  4. G

    Gary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Appetizer and soup very good. Brunch meals adequate Hash was lukewarm, salmon although cooked perfectly to order was old, replaced readily with another dish -but still annoying, omelette was average and Sorry but I think eggs dishes need and deserve toast or biscuit. Service was Excellent
  5. NB

    NicoleB

    Tampa

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very nice venue. Clean. Our server was pleasant but service was very, very slow. Food was good. My steak was cooked perfectly. My husband’s swordfish was very good. One daughter’s grouper was delicious but my other daughter’s salmon was very overcooked and dry. When brought to the server’s attention, minimal apologies were offered. Overall, we agreed that there are better dining options for the money. We will consider returning for brunch to have the benefit of the view and give it another chance since there are so many fantastic reviews.
  6. PH

    PhuongH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Our server was the best. I believe his name was either Anthony or Antonio.
  7. EZ

    EZdiamond

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood, great views and great presentation.
  8. GI

    GILLIAND

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Service good but slow. Turkey seemed as if it was fresh but not normal like it pressed meet texture …?was odd that every serving had same shaped outline.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our thanksgiving dinner was exceptional. Thank you for taking care of my special dietary needs. Chef you went above and beyond. Shayla was an amazing server. We hope we got your name right 😊. Thank you.
  10. JW

    JW32836

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The only complaint was the lobster from the surf and turf was overcooked and rubbery. Rest of the meals were great.
  11. CB

    CiaraB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    thanksgiving
  12. GN

    GreggN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great Thanksgiving brunch with a view over the bay.
  13. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rusty Pelican did a wonderful job making Thanksgiving very enjoyable
  14. GH

    GeorgeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I must say the music was just a bit too loud, other than that it was a great meal with great service!
  15. NW

    NancyW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Food was okay. My lobster was tough. After tea was spilled on my plate, it was never replaced. The plates for the first two courses were butter plates that didn’t hold much. All in all the charge for the meal was not commensurate to the quality of the meal and the service. I will not go there again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I enjoyed Thanksgiving brunch at Rusty Pelican. The food was amazing and generous portions. We adored our server, Jade, as well! We would definitely do this again.
  17. JP

    JoceP

    Mississippi

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This meal was so disappointing. We went for thanksgiving brunch. The menu was amazing and the view was gorgeous. But for a restaurant that NEVER gets the food wrong, almost every course was lacking. The seafood wasn’t fresh, salad was soggy and our entrees were cold and bland. The server was very kind but we had to ask for clean plates between courses. Who wants to put fresh salad on an appetizer plate they just ate oysters on? Also - the family style dishes didn’t have serving pieces in them. So we had to go around the table looking for clean forks to serve ourselves with. I’ve always loved this restaurant- but this time they just didn’t love up to their own standards.
  18. ML

    MikeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I enjoyed that yacht club feeling without owning a yacht. This restaurant is located right on the water, overlooking Old Tampa Bay. My wife stated at the last possible minute that she wanted to go out for a Thanksgiving meal. OpenTable and the Rusty Pelican saved my, uhm … turkey with a last-minute reservation for brunch. There were four courses for this very usual Thanksgiving meal. Starting with a platter of seafood including oysters on the half-shell, shrimp, and other delicacies. Next came the main course with a choice of beef, French toast, and other items. Sorry, but I don’t remember all the different foods that were brought to our table. Only, that we had to take dessert with us because we were so full from the other courses. Our waitress was busy, but attentive and earned the 22% I included with payment. My only disappointment was that this was not an environment where talking and keeping company were encouraged. We were in and out within an hour. My other shock was the price. Be prepared to shell out at least $100 per person. While the food was really excellent, and the appearance of the restaurant was clean and inviting, I just wasn’t prepared to spend that much money. The other shock was that when I reserved my table, OpenTable didn’t pass on the $249 to the restaurant. I’ve checked with the bank and the charge never appeared. That aside, I definitely would like to go back to the Rusty Pelican to enjoy a normal dinner service.
  19. CC

    ChrisC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Veggies and orzo were overcooked.
  21. P

    Philip

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    We were celebrating a friend’s birthday, unfortunately the celebratory lunch did not meet our expectations. First impression was that I had to tissue off a wet spot on my chair, my wife brushed off crumbs from her chair. Our server was an attentive and sincere young man. We ordered the conch fritters as an appetizer and were impressed. I will not go into detail about our main courses but to say they were disappointing all round. Our sever understood our disappointment. We have previously enjoyed dining at the Rusty Pelican yesterday was an exception.
  22. IR

    IrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time in Tampa, and this restaurant was recommended to us. It was fabulous, food was delicious and the service was a 5!! It was my birthday and they didn’t disappoint!! Thank you🖤💯From CIncinnati, Ohio. We shall return💯
  23. B

    Britt

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was beautiful and the was very tasty! 10/10 will recommend ❤️
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere and the food was great. It was kind of loud and hard to have conversations with our dinner guests but overall we enjoyed our dinner experience!
  25. N

    Nell

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    We had gotten married there 5 years ago and returned to celebrate our anniversary. Some remodeling had taken place but still good ambiance and great for sunset viewing. Our server Carmen was fantastic. However very sad to say that our food left a great deal to be desired. We both ordered the swordfish which unfortunately was way way overcooked. The prices are on the high side so our expectations would be that the quality of the food would justify the price. Sadly not even close. We also ordered a Caesar salad to share as a starter and it was very small , tasteless, and also disappointing.
  26. C

    Chardonnay

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The food was not seasoned. Our service was not as friendly as it should have been. Very rushed and not busy at all.
  27. LG

    LynG

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch for Hubby and myself. Jaden was our server and he was great. Food was delicious and we were able to be seated by the window
  28. JB

    JBee

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Had to wait quite awhile for service. Took drink order. Waited on that as well. Grand total a little over 30 minutes. Then the waitress informs us “ we have everything on the menu tonight. Oh, except for the Swordfish.” Well, unfortunately, that is what we came back for. We wanted to see if the swordfish was as good as you guys made it before. Actually, we haven’t been back because you stopped offering swordfish. We decided to see if you guys were offering swordfish again and yes, your menu said you did. Anyhow, very disappointed. If we decide to come back, we will make it a point to ask if you have “x” on the menu that evening before driving over.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, drinks, and food were wonderful. The name of the restaurant makes you think normal restaurant/bar. It is also a fancy restaurant with valet parking. It is a wonderful restaurant whether dressed in jeans or super fancy.
  30. MC

    MCarter

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We had a reservation and they were not ready for us when we arrived. I asked for a nice seat and though I know it's not guaranteed it was not a good seat. We were stuck in a corner surrounded by tables in an awkward place. The service was also only okay. The waiter did not go over the menu after being told that it was my fiancee's first time. He did not explain the jalapeno cheddar bread and accompaniments and we were seated before our dining neighbors but were served well after. We could hear other waiters/waitresses explaining the menu and interacting with the table, and our waiter didn't. Overall we were there to celebrate an engagement and had non attentive service. My food was good, but was lukewarm. For this to be an upscale restaurant I was very disappointed with my dinner and experience. I will not be back and wouldn't recommend to a friend.
  31. US

    UlviyyaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere, food, service. Presentation of dishes and drinks were really amazing. Overall a great experience!
  32. NF

    NoorF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! I would come here again next time I’m back in Tampa.
  33. O

    Oliver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone.
  34. JL

    JohnL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We usually visit the Rusty Pelican for special occasions and this visit for our 30th Wedding Anniversary did not disappoint. We made reservations for early in the evening and were able to view a beautiful sunset and enjoy a delicious dinner. Our server was prompt and patient. Hopefully, there will be another occasion before our 35!
  35. MB

    MirandaB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was good! The location was beautiful!! Food was excellent!!
  36. 4

    415pin

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Service and food at the restaurant were great, but the hostess and valet staff were extremely rude. Hopefully you have a better experience then I did.
  37. ND

    NicolettaD

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have loved the Rusty Pelican Sunday brunch for years and was so disappointed when my party was informed that the amazing brunch buffet was discontinued. We ordered items off the brunch menu and the food was ok. Our server made up for the disappointment by providing impeccable service to our table. Never was a drink empty and the empty dishes did not sit on the table for very long. Overall a great experience, but will probably not be back for Sunday brunch.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, special brunch spot! We split the conch fritters appetizer, perfectly crispy and melt-in-your-mouth buttery, so flavorful even without the delicious dipping sauce. She got the hash, a savory indulgence; I got the chicken and waffles, which was top-tier hands down best chicken and waffles I think I’ve ever had. Not for the faint of heart, as it does come a whole half chicken on the bone, tempura bartered and fried to perfection, with a surprising side of watermelon sprinkled with a kick of spices. I asked for no sriracha as I know it’s not my favorite flavor, and I’m glad I did because the syrup was the perfect sweet sauce to drizzle all over the crispy, flavorful, juicy chicken atop that delightfully fluffy waffle. I tend to prefer pancakes to waffles as waffles can be on the dry side, but the juicy chicken kept the waffle moist while still having that nice waffle iron crips to the edges. A lovely restaurant, on the pricey side for breakfast but a perfect, charming, fine dining brunch date spot. Five stars will absolutely be back and would hands down order the same things all over again!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to celebrate our anniversary they sat us in front of the fireplace and gave us champagne . The smoked old fashion was amazing. Food was excellent and plated very nice!! We had a great dinner
  40. FP

    FPTF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Food was cold and bland. Drinks were poorly made. Ambiance is outdated.

FAQs

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

Rusty Pelican - Tampa is rated 4.3 stars by 3767 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


Booked 58 times today
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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