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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.3
4.3
3647 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 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 3,647 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My server was fine (one glass of water...). For a place with that price point, there needs to be alot of tightening up. 1. Hostess was nice, but disheveled (2-inch long roots). 2. One server had his shirt untucked, ruining the effort of the others attempt at uniformity. 3. One server was kicking drawers closed as she pulled plates and glasses out. Slow down, act with grace. 4. The constant verbalization of "Corner" as they went in and out of the kitchen was distracting. I know why it is done, but a different solution needs to be found. It gave the impression that we were at Waffle House. 5. Crab Stuffed Grouper: mostly breading and shell. 6. Don't leave a beer can on my table. Serve my glass, then take away the can.
  2. BB

    BrandonB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The atmosphere was great. Quiet and soft lighting. Great view of the bay very romantic. However the food was not good for me. Crab cake taste cheap and my fish portion very small. My wife's chicken was very bland and not tasty. Food very expensive to taste so cheap... manager did credit some money back which was helpful and server was knowledgeable and friendly.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. The food wonderful
  4. K

    Kstern24

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    It was just ok. The service was great but I expected more of the food. Everything was just ok. The fish was a little over cooked and the aged ribeye ate more like a NY strip with no marbeling/fat that typically gives it flavor. When spending that much on a meal I expect it to be better. We were visiting from Dallas but I made a point to tell my husband that I would never think to come back for another meal and he agreed.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The overall experience was subpar for any restaurant, especially given the price point of this restaurant. The room looked like a banquet hall, our server barely paid attention to us and the food was not warm which was especially bad when you think it was stuffed grouper. I will never go back
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely spectacular. Food and service are amazing.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Kyle was incredible and the food was to die for. Everything on the menu was a 10/10 and the desert was exquisite.
  8. JT

    JeniferT

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I reserved a table by the window at the Rusty Pelican for our 25th Anniversary . Once we arrive we were able to get what we wanted for a table along with a great server by the name of Wellington. Excellent service. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and during our dinner 2 Dolphins swam by. The whole evening was a top notch experience. We ordered the Board for 2, what a presentation! Pretty much surf and turf and delicious. Wellington served our food off the board. Awesome experience! Highly recommend. And if you get Wellington as a serve you will be well taken care of. Thank you for the great experience.
  9. IR

    IRENEP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there to celebrate my husband’s 80th birthday. Our waitress was Carmen. She made the dinner extra special with the way she plated and served our meal. Our food was so delicious that I can’t give it enough stars. Which means their chef truly knows the food and how it should be cooked and presented. A wonderful experience!
  10. SL

    StanL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    You better get there early if you want 1 of the 8 seats for Happy Hour, and don't ask your servers about Happy hour. You have to ask the bartender, that is if you are lucky enough to get a seat!!
  11. MK

    MsKellyJo

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice place but crab legs were over cooked and super small and lobster was over cooked as well. Nice ambiance.
  12. BM

    BradM

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jonathan was great. Food and view were outstanding!
  13. DS

    DaianaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    I regretted my decision of picking this restaurant! One of the waitresses was very nose the other one was super rude! None of my guests were happy with the service!
  14. AM

    AMY6711

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE this restaurant! My husband brought me here on a date and every single thing was absolutely amazing. We had a wonderful server and met another great couple as well. We ordered the “Rusty Pelican Board for two” and it was absolutely delicious.
  15. JL

    JLVT

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Outstanding view of the sunset! The bartenders were really friendly and helpful. Their spin on the Cosmopolitan is delicious. We loved the coconut shrimp appetizer
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant
  17. R

    Ronaldo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant can be very noisy. Wait staff was excellent as was the food. Only issue noticed on our visit (9/17/22) since we had a waterfront table was the windows were dirty. Looks like someone had been touching the glass with greasy/dirty hands. Really detracted watching the sunset.
  18. MB

    MichaelB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sea bass, excellent. Shrimp and Lobster Risotto, excellent. Crab cake, excellent. Bread pudding, most excellent. Small wine list and they were out of my first request. Otherwise, highly recommended. Already bragged on this place to my friends.
  19. A

    Anonyone

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The sound really carries in the dining room and moderate conversation pls two crying babies made it really noisy for a expensive dinner out.
  20. M

    Marcelo

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Standard food flavors. I had eggs Benedict with a miniature crab cake, no kidding it was a size of Ritz cracker. My wife had a mango/avocado lobsters salad consisting of mostly lettuce with a tiny pieces of lobster. Very sweet dressing! Engaging and friendly server. General way too pricey for the portion served. Dinning area needs a makeover. Outdated, uncomfortable seating, and tables are too close. Valet parking is $6.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I finally had a chance to go to Rusty Pelican and even through the rain, it was a great night. Service was great, food was tasty, the crab legs were on point and the cocktails were unique. The only con I would say is a slight error on a gin martini make and the mash potatoes in the photo on the website did not look like that in person but I still really enjoyed them! Will definitely return!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice location with beautiful water views. Food was ok for the price point.
  23. J

    Joelbuilt

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the conch and scallop appetizers to the grouper stuffed with crab and the key lime pie, everything was perfect and delicious. I really enjoyed my experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I brought my Dad here for his Birthday and he really enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant!
  25. FR

    FarrahR

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service with beautiful view ❤️ Perfect Anniversary Celebration.
  26. JR

    JohnR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice, ty food was wonderful, service was good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jonathan our server was outstanding!!! The food was exceptional, and we were seated on time for our reservation. Great waterside atmosphere.
  28. SS

    SammyS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Waiter was excellent. Don't remember his name, but we definitely remember his sleeve tattoo. Will definitely return.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. One of our favorite places
  30. HE

    HENRYM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for our aniv dinner and it was PERFECT!! The view was as expected. The food was amazing and the wait staff was on the ball.
  31. i

    indiraa

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mom’s bday was perfect. Big thank to our server she did everything to make us feel special.
  32. LF

    LizzyF

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch!!!
  33. SS

    SanaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was cold and flavor was not good. Skip dessert it was absolutely horrible.
  34. M

    Matt

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    After living in the Tampa area for nearly 20 years, my wife and I finally took the opportunity to visit the Rusty Pelican for our anniversary. Atmosphere and food was very good. My only complaint was the temperature of the restaurant was a little warm. Would differently go back for another special occasion.
  35. JC

    JonC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The atmosphere was great with a view of Tampa Bay, but the food was bland and had little flavor. Pricey based on the quality and probably will not return.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Horrendous service. Food was very bland, tasted like banquet food for the price of fine dining.
  37. GB

    GaryB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I booked this restaurant for my wife’s birthday. I knew she’d love a water view so that was mentioned specifically in the reservation for the occasion. They failed to make that happen. Every level of the dinner was just a terrible wait to be presented. From the ordering to the food being brought out. The fish was good and nothing else fit the bill. The steak wasn’t better than any chain restaurant that you can go to right now. The sides seemed to be from a bag. I felt like I threw money away and the wife’s birthday was very forgettable. NOT FINE DINING AT ALL! Go to the bar and have some drinks. They didn’t mess those up.
  38. SF

    StephenF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with a great view. Large windows with water view.
  39. BB

    BrianB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had good food and great service from Jonathan our server. Picturesque setting Well worth a return visit.
  40. HP

    HelenP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a spectacular view and a relaxing time for us. Our waitress was attentive with our needs and kept checking to see if we needed anything. The food was good. Arleen ordered the chicken and waffles. The first chicken was a little dry but they promptly brought her a new plate and she was pleased with the difference in the chicken. I ordered half a dozen oysters and the Salmon and mango salad. It was delicious.

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 3647 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 37 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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