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Rusty Pelican - Tampa, Tampa, FL

Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.5
4.5
4806 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 101 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

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

    May 12, 2024 only
    Treat Mom 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.
    Mother's Day Four-Course Brunch! $86 Photo

What 4,806 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

    Seafood

4,806 Reviews
  1. Gmath

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was exceptional and the drinks were made just right. Perfect spot for a date night or just to have a real good meal

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  2. CaysonB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I chose this place to propose to my wife again, and everything was perfect. From the food, to the atmosphere, to our sweet waitress who catered to every one of our needs. I loved this place so much, I believe it may be my new favorite restaurant. I will definitely be back.

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  3. adhockeymom

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View of the water. Excellent service by Casey!! Food was yum!!

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  4. VictoriaR

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Less than optimal gluten free choices offered by uncertain server.

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  5. KarenB

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our anniversary at the Rusty Pelican. The staff treated us special, and the food was delicious. We had a nice waterfront table.

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  6. KeithR

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. Thank you, Darrius. He was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. We ordered French Toast, Lobster and shrimp mango salad followed by a New York Strip steak plus two fried eggs. The steak was cooked to perfection and the salad was very flavourful. It was a great dining experience. We also enjoyed the table by the window.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was way too cold in there which made the food cold really fast. Strip steak was best part of the meal. Corn bread starter was good as well.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was Excellent. It was definitely warm in the dining room and they had two fireplaces going. Food and drinks were A1

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  9. KristinKozuh

    Naples

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter, Nick, was wonderful. He adapted to our gluten free requests going above and beyond with communication between us and the kitchen. The only issue we have in the Rusty Pelican is that it can get a bit loud. Other than that, food is always very very good and service is great.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a night out entertaining friends at the Rusty Pelican. We experienced wonderful service and delicious food.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place with great food and a great view.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our first time for lunch at Rusty, and we experienced a very different taste and presentation of the meals. The sangrias that we always order, completely off the mark and on the sour side. My snapper plate was also well below standards, the fish looked like it had been fried twice. Meal temperatures were also lower than what we are used to. The calamari also looked like and tasted they had been refried. We loved our server, and you can’t ever say enough about the view, yet this time, the food was a complete miss.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect Easter thanks to the beautiful ambiance and great service!

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  14. EricaM

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had high expectations for our Easter brunch at the Rusty Pelican, especially after driving an hour out of our way to experience what we hoped would be a memorable meal. The atmosphere upon arrival was indeed very nice, setting a promising stage for the dining experience. However, our anticipation quickly turned to disappointment. The main course, particularly the steaks, were significantly undercooked, falling short of our expectations for quality and preparation. The desserts did not redeem the meal either; they were lackluster and had a mushy texture that was far from appetizing. Our dissatisfaction extended to the service as well; it was substandard throughout our meal. Water refills were non-existent, and one of our party didn’t receive water at all, a basic aspect of dining service that was overlooked. Considering the meal cost nearly $500 for a family of five, we expected a level of quality and service that was not delivered. It’s with regret that we say we will not be returning to the Rusty Pelican. For others considering a special meal out, this might be a place to think twice about before making a long drive.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch was spectacular. We love being spoiled with the different courses and the simplicity of the menu options. The special drinks are always memorable.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful family friendly location for those big holiday brunches (Easter, Mother’s Day, etc). A menu that makes everyone happy and the best view in Tampa Bay!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The wait time was long and the food quality was poor for the high price. Would not go back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Upon arriving, we were greeted and seated. The waiter was knowledgeable about items on the menu. Nicholas was pleasant and checked on us throughout our time dinning there? However, the food was bland. I had the salmon over broccoli. The salmon was seared crispy. My boyfriend had lobster. The temperature for both were like warm. When bringing my concerns to Nicolas, he responded with “I’m sorry the food is not up to your standards.”. He did not offer an alternative or to take my food back to correct the issue. Overall, I wouldn’t go back.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance and atmosphere absolutely stunning. Loved that we found this place and so happy we went. Visiting from AZ and the food was AMAZING, the service outstanding. Definitely going to come back again! PS order dessert lol

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good but the oysters were to small. The seating is not that great. It’s not worth it if you are not sitting by the window. It was nice but we don’t need to go back.

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  21. DonnaA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a nice time here the food was great and the staff was pleasant I will come back again

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Eating in the overflow room was horrible. It’s a banged up sweet 16 party room. Folding tables, catering chairs, expected it to be much better. Rusty Pelican in Miami was a premium experience. The Tampa Location was far far from it.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had cocktails that didn’t disappoint, pricey but presentation was great. The server was knowledgeable. We ordered the French onion soup upon his recommendation extremely peppery and odd broth taste. I could not eat it but it was not taken off the bill. The shellfish tower was good. I had to ask for the cornbread which everyone around us had that was very good. The shades were down so the view was muted. I would consider trying it again.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Highly recommend the Crispy Snapper! Great presentation and very good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, my lobster came out cold and my husband’s orzo risotto. Also came out cold. I did expect more for the price range. Coconut shrimp appetizer was slightly overcooked and you need to pay eight dollars for valet parking.

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  26. KCKK

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    DELICIOUS!! Excellent service! Excellent food!!!! Loved it and will be back! Thanks for a great night! We were celebrating something special! 💕
    Rusty Pelican - TampaResponded on March 28, 2024
    Dear KCKK , Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are glad that you enjoyed our food and look forward to seeing you again soon! Regards, Kelsey, Manager

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks took a while and we got appetizers before drinks. Waitress was a little forgetful and even admitted to it after telling us she had a long day but overall it was a great experience.

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  28. JoyN

    Tampa

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven’t been here in many years. What a treat!!! Every employee we encountered went above and beyond. Our server was just perfect. The food was wonderful and decor is super cute. I celebrated my birthday and it was fantastic! We will be back!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the venue is excellent. However both the filet mignon were served on the luke warm side which left them cold by the time you finished. Chef should work on timing with wait staff.

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  30. JulieM

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server Erin worked really hard to serve our table. We were in a room with 3 other large groups. The windows to see the water were great, however, if you were sitting on the windows it was sweltering. As soon as we moved to the other side of the room, or even exited the Tampa room, it was noticeably cooler. Also, because of the large groups the noise level was so loud. The rest of the restaurant was so much quieter. They should mix the large groups with small tables to even out the sound levels.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was excellent and the view is spectacular but it pales in comparison to the food. The salmon was outstanding and my wife loved the wedge salad. I can also recommend the “flame of thrones” drink. Great experience!

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  32. VGosselin

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magnifique restaurant au bord de l’eau. Valet parking à 8$ . La nourriture était vraiment succulente! Le crab cake ainsi que les coconuts shrimps étaient décadents. Service rapide, à seulement 8 minutes de l’aéroport de Tampa ! Un choix excellent pour terminer notre voyage en Floride 😊

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  33. DanielleB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    All in all this place was just ok. They were out of the grilled octopus, which was not a big deal, but definitely disappointing. The other appetizers we got were good. The drinks were 85% ice. We got the snapper and the grouper for entrees, the grouper was decent, and the flavor of the snapper was good but the snapper had a ton of bones in it. I could understand a stray bone or two, but every bite had 2-3 bones in it, which was over the top. Service was very good and dessert was decent.

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  34. KahlihlaP

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional. The food was great and the dessert to die

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Boney fish and cold. The fish had so many bones.

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  36. csdad

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance of the fireplaces, a rarity in FL! We sat by the waterside, as requested upon making the reservation! It was perfect, other than the suns reflection on the water was tough on my eyes, maybe tinted, non glare windows would help. All four of us had seafood entrees and all were very pleased! A very nice cheesecake was presented to me with birthday wishes! Our server, Nadia, was excellent, very attentive and accommodating, as well as very friendly!

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  37. Alicat

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The team had a great time and really enjoyed the evening. I will have my next team outing at the Rusty Pelican!

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  38. EmilyC

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very friendly and the environment was both upscale and easy going!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went two nights in a row on business and the Brussels sprouts kept me coming back! Ambience was perfect for dinner and the drinks are creative and the view is great!

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  40. DebbieM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful view and dinner for my husbands birthday, our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the meals too!

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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 4806 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 101 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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