Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.4
2513 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Waterfront dining is OPEN! Takeout and delivery are available through DoorDash and Uber Eats! Enjoy Dinner, a la carte Saturday and Sunday Brunch and Happy Hour Specials Tuesday-Friday 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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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with amazing food. A bit on the pricy side, but the food was well worth it. We were surprised at how quickly the food came out once ordered and I would recommend not getting any appetizers and just eating the jalapeño cornbread they bring out it was AMAZING.

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NancyW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We went to the Rusty Pelican to celebrate our 35th anniversary and chose this restaurant because of its wonderful location overlooking Tampa Bay and its food reputation. We have been there a few times prior, though not for the past few years.
The biggest negative is the noise level - it was crowded for a Tuesday night and the tables were crowded together - constant reverberating noise for yes, a happy crowd, but not for a sense of quiet ambience and low key conversation.
Food was high quality, but prices are steep. Service ok, but should have been more attentive. Outside of restaurant once lush and charming, now needs revitalizing. I our view, it's not the place for a special restaurant experience.

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Reviewer
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was good but definitely not worth the price. Drinks were terrible. Service was mediocre.

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WadesaM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere near the water . I got the request asked for by the window. Waitress was excellent no complaints and my husband absolutely loved the food it was the best Father’s Day gift ever

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EllenS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was our waitress she couldn’t have been more attentive and friendly.
I love the Rusty Pelican.

MM
MilanaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went for the Father's day brunch to Rusty Pelican and it was a prix fixe menu with 3 courses. I had the crab cake benedict which was very underwhelming, the poached eggs were overcooked and it didn't feel like eating a traditional egg benedict. My husband had the salmon which was strictly ok. They had an assortment of desserts as part of the prix fixe menu with a lot of variety but individually all the desserts were low quality. It almost felt like they got the desserts from a grocery store for a bargain price and served it as a gourmet. There was a dulche de leche lava cake as part of the assortment which was supposed to ooze out as informed by the waitress but upon slicing into the cake, all we saw was a dense and dry interior. The food was super pricey at $75/head and we were very disappointed with the quality of the food overall. The view from our table was breathtaking and that was perhaps the only redeeming factor for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing !

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DawnL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Father’s Day brunch. Beautiful view of the water.

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We waited for 30 minutes to be seated even after having a reservation. Food was mediocre and did not live up to the value.

DL
vipDavidL
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

It was so overpriced for mass produced banquet type food. So far from fine dining and unfortunately they charge fine dining prices. Never again

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JamesM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Table clothes and cloth napkins for the price were expected.

Menu choices were by far the smallest selection we have seen.

JF
JonnaF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Bathrooms were disgusting. Otherwise our experience was amazing.

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AngelS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Father's Day early and the day was perfect. Our hostess and her team was nothing less than top notch. The food had a great presentation and taste was great. We will definitely be returning.

TM
ToniM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection all the way, from host to service. Atmosphere outstanding.

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jodil
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch was fantastic!!

JH
JerryH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, environment, good service prices could be better but overall worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation destination…made reservation to enjoy dinner on the water. Wonderful for, atmosphere and our server Shay J was awesome!

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CedricG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was Shaw J.; she was absolutely amazing. My wife and I flew down to Tampa, FL from Charleston, WV and took a chance on this particular restaurant and we were not disappointed at all. From the lighting of the room, noise level, the food and the customer service; no complaints.

The food was beyond excellent, it was hot, appearance of the food was flawless.

The waitress; guided us through her personal taste of what to order and it was right on point. Shaw J. could not have been more courteous and professional to us, just as professional and sweet as she could be.

We requested a window seat and was able to get it, the fireplaces were a nice touch as well.

Rustic Pelican is a class act as well as the food and service, it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary and we could not have picked a better place to celebrate it.

Thanks Rustic Pelican for making a memorable occasion; memorable.

Cedric & Raquel Greene
Charleston, WV

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HeatherC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and amazing food. The cauliflower appetizer and the sea bass were outstanding

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JosephR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Reservation at 8. Was not seated until 8:15. Took another 10 minutes until a waiter greeted us. Had to send back a cocktail (Old Fashioned) 2x. Third was still not right but no sense trying for a third. Food was tasty but was arrived cold. The Med Rare filet was tender and tasty but too cold. As was the grouper. The complimentary cornbread was served 2 minutes before our meal. Timing was terrible. The setting and ambiance are very nice and hopefully they improve other areas. Will not go back anytime soon

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TrevorC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I've ever had. Combined with some of the best service I've ever experienced. The Rusty Pelican was nothing short of outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family celebration

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TaraC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The menu was very limited. The salmon salad and grilled chicken sandwich was dry. For the price we paid, the food wasn't the best quality.

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DawnB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our expectations for a place this expensive fell short. The food was inconsistent, some was outstanding some was terrible. The wait staff was superb, the manager attempted too make amends but overall the experience fell short. We were a large party (8), there were alot of people and three weddings going on simultaneously. The delays for food may have been because they were so busy. Don't think we will be back.

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vipMmmmm
Tampa
82 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, service and views were fantastic. Parking on the other hand is a nightmare, three weddings were happening and parking was cutthroat at best.

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GeorginaP
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined on June 12 for our anniversary. We had the same thing so I can only comment on the Stuffed Grouper with Crab Meat and risotto. It was done to perfection, however it did need a touch of salt. I’d rather it be under salted than salty, so it’s fine. Had the conch fritters and they were good, but too much breading. We both had Creme Brûlée and it was delicious, we’re comped for one of the desserts because of our anniversary. Beautiful water views, great ambience, and highly recommend.

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casperv
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great waiter great view it is nice to see a great old Florida place

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GeorgeD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The feel of the dining experience was so so.the price if the food was expensive for what you receive.the taste of the food was not as expected. Will most likely not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners and we loved it. Amazing view, food, and service!

MD
vipMiDeKop
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent in terms of quality, service, and overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JC
JeanneC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food and beautiful view of the bay!

PC
PatrickC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience4

My wife and I felt the pricing was was excessive for average food.

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vipEllie
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The sound acoustic is very bad in the restaurant. It’s hard to have a conversation. Food is surprising underwhelming . We had the sampling board. The fish was fresh but had no seasoning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food, good people!

JB
JasonB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food, service was great we will definitely go back

MP
MitchP
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, waterfront view was awesome, excellent service all around

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

DW
vipDavidW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Great views but noise levels continued to escalate over the course of our meal —- to the point that we weren’t able to hear each other without almost yelling and repeating ourselves. Food and service are very good but not the place to have a discussion while dining.

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GaryA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was awesome and very attentive. Shrimp risotto was great as well as stuff crab grouper. I had New York steak with two halves a very small lobster, the size of shrimp. The New York steak was tough and laced with gristle. I had it prepared medium. But overall the Rusty Pelican was great to enjoy my birthday meal.

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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 4.4 stars by 2513 OpenTable diners.

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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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