Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.4
2091 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
RUSTY PELICAN IS OPEN! Offering Indoor Waterfront Seating. Takeout and delivery are available through DoorDash and Uber Eats! Enjoy Dinner daily, A la carte Saturday and Sunday Brunch and Happy Hour Specials Wednesday-Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm! Rusty Pelican has received extensive training on our new Certified Sanitized program which focuses on social distancing, new safety standards and contact-less service. We are very proud of our team for embracing these new standards! We also encourage our guests to follow healthy and safety best practices including washing hands often, maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering when possible. Our Special Events office is open and hosting special events! We have beautiful waterfront event spaces available where guests can maintain social distancing. We are following strict safety standards and social distancing guidelines. Ask about our Certified Sanitized program to keep your guests safe. Contact our event coordinator at 813-281-1943 or email Rptampacatering@srcmail.com to book your event. Special Events Office is open Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM. 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. The Rusty Pelican is a true local favorite with a landmark reputation, serving the residents of Tampa Bay since 1978. A charmingly versatile venue, the Rusty Pelican is the perfect location for any event, with designated areas perfect for casual lunch dates, business meetings, romantic dinners, and elegant weddings. Plan your next special event at Tampa Bay’s Rusty Pelican and impress your guests with breathtaking views, mouthwatering cuisine and accommodating service.

Support Rusty Pelican - Tampa during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

We require a $25 deposit per person. There is a 90-minute time limit. Guests must cancel their reservation 48 hours in advance or they will be charged $25 per person. This is not a buffet. Guests may be seated in our dining room or banquet room. We do not accept reservations for a specific area.

What 2091 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Wonderful Thanksgiving Day brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing staff and food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as was the food!

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CoreyH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent food was great. I will definitely be coming back

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HonestlyFooding
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dinner for two option on the menu was "on-point." Great food and drink. The service was great! There was little to no wait for a drink after ordering. The remodel area is a little interesting. Why in the world they wouldn't cover the remodel area with something other than hanging white plastic like from scenes from the show "Dexter" kept me wondering what was really happening back there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Tables not distanced from each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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WanderingJax
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

I am sure this place was all the rage in the 1970's, and it hasn't changed since. I almost got used to the moldy smell by the time the food was served. There is literally a fake ship's wheel on the wall, and the utensils come in those little paper bags. The pictures on the website are outright receptive. But they have kept up with modern prices - you will have no problem finding a much better experience and food for the same cost.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always

MJ
vipMnJ22
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I miss the buffet. It’s too expensive for the average food served. There are much better brunch places for less money. The place is old and musty. They can at least the old nasty carpet. Next time I will just stay home and make better breakfast and cocktails for less than half the price

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Went In for dinner with a group of friends and we expected more from the restaurant. The ambiance was not really there and the food was not out of the ordinary.

JB
JenB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful view, well-spaced tables and attentive staff that wore masks and gloves! But bring a sweater, because the restaurant is chilly. Also, bring a light, because it is quite dark in there as well. Otherwise, it was a very nice experience.

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nsimmons218
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The view is amazing and the food was as equally great. Please try this spot for brunch you won’t be disappointed.

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vipathiede
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful view of Tampa Bay from our window! Our server was so attentive and helpful. The food was very good. For COVID times, the server wore a mask but tables were still fairly close. Overall a good time.

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RobertM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual

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RobT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambience, outstanding service! The meal was fine but it might have been a bit of an off night there.. I will return during my next visit to Tampa.

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Wilson
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, service was good and everything was smooth.

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The building/ambiance was beautiful. The fish was a little overcooked, but everything else was amazing.

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Srf312
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Been going here for over 15 years and it's in need of some serious updating. I've noticed it the past few years and this time was really bad. The place just looks gross. Nasty carpet, tables don't have linens due to Covid, and they look very beaten up. There was something happening with the ceiling and it looked like part of it was about to collapse. Bathrooms were disgusting.

Our server was very friendly and attentive, but didn't stick around to ask questions. She would just walk by and say at the same time, "I'll bring you more water", before I could ask for the check or something else. She was really busy so I don't fault her for that.

On the flip side, the food was excellent. Better than I've had there in years. Was disappointed that the buffet can no longer be due to Covid, but the chef more than made up for it. It was fantastic.

Overall it was sad to see the deterioration of such a Tampa staple and the location of my wedding and reception 16 years ago. I'd like to say it's all Covid related, but it's not. It has been happening for many years now. The clientele reflects that too. Saw so many people dressed in shorts, activewear, Halloween costumes from the previous night.

One thing to note is the extreme measures taken to keep customers safe from Covid. I watched servers put a new pair of plastic gloves on every time they served a drink, menus and napkins are now paper, as well as straws. Silverware is sanitized and put in a sealed paper bag. Masks are worn by all servers, and most patrons when they are not seated. I didn't really like being sat so closely to people so we hurried through our meal and got out of there as soon as possible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch with the sampler board! Will definitely be going back! The Bloody Mary’s were the best I’ve had in Tampa!

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Joeh
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall visit was good besides the initial entrance. bartender who was a Caucasian woman in her 20's tried to send us away initially stating that they were not seating anyone. I'm sure the standard procedure is to ask if the guest has reservations first. It just made me feel like I wasn't welcome initially, thankfully the server was so hospitable and apologized for her colleagues lack of proper etiquette.

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BradP
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The lobster and the grouper was dry and overcooked.Our server was awesome.

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AshleyS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! The rusty pelican never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Decor dated, looked like a construction zone. Margaritas fair, average crab cake, grouper good, censer salad-not good, weird lettuce, strange seasoning on chicken. View is the best thing about this experience.

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Ally
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, well worth the price! It was absolutely delicious and the service was great. Very nice staff and wait time was minimal :) highly recommend

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BrandyB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and our night was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We had the board for two and everything was delicious. For dessert we had the cherry ice cream & lava cake which gave me a foodgasm. I will definitely be back.

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ChrisH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful setting for a special meal. We really enjoyed our dinner and how helpful all the staff were.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Staff, food, location, views, all 10/10.

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AaronR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Food was pretty bad. Servive was great. They need to take a long hard look at that menu and their quality of ingredients, change it, then find new kitchen staff.

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Michelle
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I felt the price was too high compared to the quality of the food I ordered. The lobster in my meal was tough. Seemed overcooked. I enjoyed the cornbread the most.

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Dstowe
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Divine shrimp and risotto but Tough And chewy lobster tail In it Made the meal less enjoyable than expected - the place is real nice and will definitely try brunch there! Beautiful place to sit on the water!

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BabaTDS
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service (thank you Amanda!) - we took out-of-town guests and everyone had a great meal!

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KristenS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I was very surprised and disappointed at how closely they were seating tables - no social distancing, at all, during COVID-19.

Normally, I would recommend the Rusty Pelican but not during COVID-19.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful staff.. food was a little slow but I was hungry. The French onion soup was great, the ginnie tonic was wonderful.... great view... I would recommend!

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vipLynnH
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Disappointing ~ overall service was not good. Menu has gotten very limited. *Too many other places to dine.

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Tampa
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was over priced and the restaurant looks and smells tired. Amazing sunset views for dinner and good service. All this place needs is a total makeover and get some fresh catch from local sources on your menu for goodness sakes.

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SusanP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is Great since most tables have a ocean view. The staff are very professional and helpful when selecting items. The food was Great with a variety of items on the menu. Due to covid, they had less to choose from, but you still had many choices to choose from.

The women had the 1/2 chicken and is was seasoned well and tasty. The guys had salmon and they said it was awesome.

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vipjeromes
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The waitress was very good But took long time to receive the food. No steak knife available when food finally arrived. We had surf and turf for 2 for 135$. The lobster was mushy and not edible. The steak more fat and grizzle than meat. Have been here before with moderately better experience but never great.

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OpenTable Diner
Malta
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The ambience was gorgeous! We enjoyed our waiter for the most part. He would be gone for long periods of the time but he was personable. The food was very mehhh for us. I spent 17 on a half a lb of crab legs and barely got five bites. My husband was disappointed with his choice of fish as well. Hi

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 2091 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Pelican - Tampa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://srcloyalty.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

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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