Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.3
2877 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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NicholeSamuel
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was SUPERB!
Food was great.
Only a bit noisy due to a wedding reception.

Will Definitely visit again!

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TomW
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We arrived and took our valet ticket. The valet told us it's $6 and we can pay inside.

The place is nice, great views. We sat and ordered. Some people were then seated next to us. Half an hour later those people were almost done with their food and ours hadn't arrived. Our server came over and said it was almost ready. So, over half an hour for food when the people after us were served first is pretty inexcusable.

After we finished we were given a credit card machine and our server left. Something went wrong with it, but our server had disappeared. We had to walk around and ask a manager to fix it.

Also, I asked the server how to pay the valet and he said he didn't know but there is a way to pay with a QR code on the ticket. We tried that but it was now $7 instead of $6. So we went outside to pay and I mentioned it to the valet and he said he knew.

So overall, not a very good experience. The food was okay to good, but not great. We had heard you'll need a doggie bag for the enormous portions, but that wasn't the case at all, either.

I wouldn't recommend going here.

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MarieJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience by the water! Our hostess was fast and courteous. The atmosphere was so relaxing

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RobertB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific service. One of our favorite brunch spots!

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CamilleM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful, the servers (Carman and Wells) were attentive, well informed of the menu, and did an excellent job.
Most of the food was incredible, we did find that one of the specials (Swordfish with sweet potato mash) was overly spicy. Otherwise, it was a phenomenal dinner!

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Kerrylee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great view!! We'll be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We are from out of state and the service was phenomenal! Javier was our server and he made sure everything was perfect. Food was delicious as expected. There was a wedding happening I guess in the banquet section which made the noise level a bit rowdy to our liking— though it didn't effect the overall dinner

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BobW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food. We’ll definitely be back.

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SuzanneS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday occasion. Beautiful restaurant and yummy food.

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MarthaB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and views. Our server Carmen was excellent.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the awesome review! We appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with the food

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Michael
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was good EXCEPT the chicken in my grilled chicken sandwich was over cooked and tough. I ate the center which was not as over done as the edges. I then soaked the remaining edges in the french onion soup which gave it a nice flavor and moistened it a bit. I didn't complain at the time because we were being treated by my mother-in-law and did not want her to feel bad about my meal. Overall we felt it was over priced and will not be going back soon.

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vipJenny
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Run down, loud, unorganized, and slow. We were a party of 8 and got put in the party room with a very loud group that felt they owned the whole room. They were up out of their seats wandering around our table, taking photos and shouting at each other across the room. Management wouldn't mention to the group that there were other diners. Servers were frantic We were looking for a nice, water view lunch, instead for our $500 tab we had to yell at each other to speak, keep track of our food orders, as they tried to give them to other tables, and couldn't get out of there fast enough. One of the worst dining experiences I have had in years. Overall the place looked super dated and run down. Will not be returning.

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Parker
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, as always I will be back again

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LynnL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

We were very dissapointed in how much this restaurant has changed. They no longer have the spectacular brunch they were known for. The menu was very limited and the food was poor quality. We ordered prime rib. The meat was overcooked and the brocolini was burnt. The building has not been taken care of. It is so sad how the place has gone down hill. We will not recommend nor will we be going back.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on November 29, 2021

We are very grateful to you and your family for choosing to dine with us here at The Rusty Pelican. This review is very surprising for us though, as we have had a great response to our brunch menu as of late! We appreciate the feedback and review and we will use it as we strive to get better everyday. Thank you.

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vipDaryl
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic starting with the attentive and very professional service from Denise. Just and outstanding server. We were a party of 4 and had the Filet Mignon, Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp Risotto and French Onion soup. I must say the French Onion soup was probably the best we’ve had because it wasn’t over the top salty like most and it was very flavorful. The Filet was cooked perfectly with a tasty slight crust on the outside, contrary to some reviews I read. The Sea Bass and Shrimp Risotto were fantastic as well. All around a great evening from a very professional establishment.

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EduardoD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The one in Miami is three times better. The building is old, the quality of the food not as good as the Miami one.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I don’t mind at all on a holiday waiting for an extra 35 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. I don’t mind our server forgetting to put in our drinks or forgetting one of the entree’s entirely. I do mind being served a piece if sea bass that was $40 that was burnt so bad it was black and crispy I mean seabass is a delicate fish I do mind ordering the thanksgiving plate and being given 3 oz of turkey and grossly over cooked stuffing for $34.

I am beyond dissatisfied.

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Ivan
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Mishandled order, took 1hr 1/2 for the kids order. Food was cold.
Not worth it, go someplace else.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on November 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Your feedback will be used as we strive to improve every day.

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vipVeronique
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

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bytezmoi
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Incompetent server, incompetent kitchen, food was meh.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on November 29, 2021

We apologize that you did not enjoy your experience with us. Thank you for taking the time to write this review!

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lovedining1
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server the ambience aunt fireplace sitting by the water it's just a scenery that I need and my stuff grouper was wonderful

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MaryanneE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was there for Thanksgiving. Food was ok not as good as expected to be. Food was over salted. Servers and bartenders did a great job as well as the hosts. Was disappointed in the food.

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ErnestB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. We strongly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kat L was an outstanding waitress. Her service was impeccable. Thank you.

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ErikS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Certainly not the cheapest meal we've ever had, but a once in a blue moon splurge on a thanksgiving meal which coincided with my wife's birthday made it worth it. Look forward to going back on a "regular day" one day. A very nice memory. Good job overall.

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AmyT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My husband and I dined at the Rusty Pelican for Thanksgiving because it was just the two of us this year. The meal did start out good. The charcuterie board was beautiful. I personally do not eat what came with it (oysters, crab legs, shrimp cocktail) but my husband does. It would have been nice to know ahead of time that this was going to be a part of the meal or have another choice. But he enjoyed it, so that's fine. Salads were good as well. We both got the Cesar salad. We did not get our main dish until we were already there for 90 minutes and we were told upon arriving at the restaurant that we could only stay for 90 minutes. So this was strange, but whatever, we were not in a hurry. So finally the meals come out (we both ordered the traditional Thanksgiving meal) it was all dark meat (we were not given a choice), the mashed potatoes were runny and flavorless, there was some type of strange gravy on it. Only my plate had stuffing on it (it was cornbread stuffing so another disappointment). My husband also ordered sweet potatoes, that didn't come out with the meal and it was literally a baked sweet potato with a marshmallow inside. For the price of $75 a plate plus any drinks, we were both very disappointed.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 4 days ago

Your feedback is appreciated by the entire team. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the charcuterie board, but are disappointed that we were unable to provide an excellent overall guest experience. Execution of delivering a delicious meal in a timely manner is important to our team. Your feedback will be used as we strive to improve each day.

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KitKat
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Although I gave a 20% tip because the service was great, regretfully, the food wasn't. The selection was horrible for a Thanksgiving meal, the quantity for the kids was way too much (a big turn off), and overall, it was a big disappointment for the huge bill. Won't come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are glad that you enjoyed our food and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LorieB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Enjoyed the buffet two years ago much better. We realize Covid played a part. We were there three hours. Maybe short staffed. Our waitress was really good but it was just too long.

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MatthewM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The restaurant was so cold it wasn't just me 15 other people too were coming out out front to defrost so cold you could not possibly stay in the restaurant

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RobinW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been, but was looking for something nice on thanksgiving. It looked great on the site. Well, did not disappoint, it was better than expected, worth every Penny in my opinion, we will be back. The food service, ambiance, just what I needed. 🥰

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Goods
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Disappointed, especially at $75 a head. Over priced for the quality.

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NancyF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Brunch

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Timoni
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Thanksgiving Day Brunch - This is the first time we have ever went out for Thanksgiving and chose this place to dine. It started off okay. First and Second course arrived as expected, time wise. However, when the seafood platter (2nd course) was served it included crab legs, I didn't think we should have had to ask for a crab cracker and seafood forks. Entree took well over 30 minutes and when the food arrived it was room temperature at best (order was Turkey plate and the other was Lobster Egg Benedict). Dessert platter arrived well after we finished our entree.

Waitress seemed disengaged and projected more of an attitude of not wanting to be there which really made our Thanksgiving Day brunch non-special to say the least. At $75 per person you would expect better customer service.

We will most likely go out next year for Thanksgiving - however, I will say it will NOT be at the Rusty Pelican. Matter of fact - this was a one and done place, as we will not go back.

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vipAndreaC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Thanksgiving. From the exceptional service, to the fabulous view and the delicious food, it all made for an awesome day. We will definitely go back.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Was not worth what we paid for the Thanksgiving brunch. We were sat at a two top for a course meal so, you could imagine how tight our table was. I asked if I could my egg for my Benedict a little on the harder side and was told no substations which is completely fine if our bill for two people didn’t come out to almost $300 after tip. Unfortunately, I would never recommend the restaurant to any of my friends or family. We had high hopes for the buffet being that we had been to the one in Miami previously and had such an amazing experience. Sadly, it was just a disappointment.

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nanci0125
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Thanksgiving day was horrendous. If I am paying $75pp I want to choose what I want. The menu had appetizers that were fillers, some people don't eat seafood. I do but don't eat oysters or raw salmon. The other appetizers were bread, lack luster artichoke/spinach dip, yuck!

Entrees were either some sort of Benedict or chicken and waffles or pasta. Not what I want for $75. Desserts were pre-made shells with fillings. You could not modify anything. Food was cold and tasteless.

Horrible menu and dining experience. I heard similar comments from other diners.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa
Responded on November 29, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I apologize for your unsatisfactory experience with us. The menu for our Thanksgiving Brunch was posted well ahead of the event and this usually eliminates any kind of confusion about what was being served as most usually scope their choices before making reservations. I apologize that this was not the case in this instance. I will see what our options are for our next event to try and make this a little less confusing. We appreciate the feedback and it will be used as we strive to improve each day. Thank you.

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NATALIEJ
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was cold, stale and extremely overpriced. I know the French Toast entree included the starter, salad and dessert, but shouldn't have cost $75.00. The creme brulee was runny and one of the dessert items was so stale I couldn't pick it up with my fork.

I'm very appreciative of the staff coming in on Thanksgiving to provide this service, but the food wasn't up to par.

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DruK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great time and the food was fantastic at a great value. This could become a Thanksgiving day tradition for us.

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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 2877 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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