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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.5
978 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Nestled along the shore of Old Tampa Bay is a fine dining oasis where locals love to meet and tourists love to discover. For 25 years, The Rusty Pelican has served Tampa Bay with elegant cuisine and rustic charm.Located at the southernmost tip of Pelican Island, this restaurant boasts a quiet setting for lunch and dinner yet is accessible from major roadways and just minutes from downtown Tampa.

The Rusty Pelican offers a wide array of amenities that include a full menu specializing in American cuisine. The menu features the Chef’s Daily Selections that provide diners with rare and delicious options to offset the incredible fresh seafood and juicy steaks that the menu already offers.

Please contact the restaurant for reservations over 20 guests. We will do our best to accommodate your reservation.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Mon - Thur: 11am - 3pm
Fri & Sat: 11am - 3pm

Dinner:
Mon - Thur: 4:30pm - 10pm
Fri & Sat: 4:30pm - 11pm
Sun: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch:
Sun: 10am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(813) 281-1943
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Banquet Facilities are available for private events "7 Days a Week". The Grand Ballroom is the largest room that the Rusty Pelican offers. This room features a private entrance and a spectacular view of the bay. Accommodations: up to 250 guests with dancing (350 without dancing). The Coral Room offers a lovely atmosphere for any occasion featuring a private entrance, built in bar and a beautiful, tropical view. Accommodations: up to 100 guests with dancing (120 without dancing).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Rocky Point Dr./Courtney Campbell Causeway
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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.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
The Rusty Pelican has 5 Private Dining rooms for Special Events ranging from 20 to 400 Guests. Our Onsite Special Events Coordinators will take care of every detail for your Wedding, Reception, Graduation, Holiday Party, or any other event that you can imagine. We are a full service Events venue so you can coordinate everything in one place, every feature of your event including; Photography, Linens, Cakes, Complete Theme Decor packages, Audio Visual, etc... We'll make your event planning easy so you can just enjoy.

Please contact rptampacatering@srcmail.com to book your event. We look forward to sharing in your celebration!

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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Join us for our Father's Day Buffet!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 978 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Reception and wait service was excellent. Beautiful views! Food beautifully presented. Tasty. Comfortable surroundings.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food. Excellent view. Wonderful background live pianist playing during dinner.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We made reservations and didn't wait more than 5 minutes to be seated. We had an appetizer of the blacken scallops that we're excellent. I had the special dish of the day grilled swordfish with smashed potatoes. The swordfish was average but generious amount, my wife had the surf and turf which the steak was very tasty and tender along with the lobster. My son it was his 18th birthday we were celebrating got the black grouper with rossitto that he wasn't to impressed with. We had desserts. I had key lime pie and my wife and son had creme brulee that we're all excellent. They gave my son's dessert complimentary for his birthday. Overall it was a nice night little high-priced.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We brought my parents here for a night out while they were in town. They had been here 22 years ago and remembered eating dinner hanging out over the bay. If you want a perfectly cooked seafood dinner, excellent service, and the gorgeous bay for your scenery, this is your place. Bring your guests here, they’ll never forget it!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely the best place we’ve dined. Great food , service and drinks. We’ve been all over the world and 90% of Florida.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Lovely night !!
Great service by Jade !!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great atmosphere; a wonderful view of the bay; very good food; and excellent service made for a very enjoyable evening. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It was wonderful. The food was fantastic. The blackened scallop appetizer was amazing

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Ahmed was an excellent server. Food was delicious and atmosphere was fun

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We love Rusty Pelican for that old Florida dinner club vibe and their excellent food and service.
Request a window seat!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent Mother's Day brunch. My wife absolutely loved it.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I was lucky enough to secure a prime time slot on Mother’s Day. We used to dine at the Rusty Pelican in California, but this was our first time here in Florida.
At first, the price seemed a little steep, but once I scanned the menu choices on the app, the price seemed very reasonable.
Our servers (Sandra and Tao) were the best I have ever seen. They accommodated us in every way and seemed to know what we needed before we even asked for it!
The food: this isn’t your standard buffet with lower tier quality stuff . This selection is all “top shelf” quality, both in preparation and presentation. Everything was delicious! From the cheeses to the seared Ahi tuna. Expense was not spared at this establishment.
Bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar...boom!
All that’s left to say is my wife and I will DEFINITELY be back there. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves seafood and everything in between. (No pictures because I left my phone in the car)

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent service and great food! It was a very romantic dinner and Tim, our waiter was awesome!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great water view from all tables, excellent seafood, presentation and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amanda Kohler gave us outstanding service. The entire staff was gracious and the food was exquisite!

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Overall this was a dissapointing experience. We had a great table with a beautiful view. However, the service was not what you would expect from a restaurant in this price range. The cocktails my husband and I had were downright awful. There were four of us in our party, two of us enjoyed our meals and the other two did not. I was one of the ones that enjoyed my entree but thought the side dish was awful, I kindly asked if I could have it replaced and the waiter said of course, he would replace it. He brought me a different side. When the bill came , there was a charge for two sides. We pointed this out, and he did take one side off. The menu clearly states that a salad or soup with an entree (we all had dinner entrees) was $5.00. It wasnt until I looked at the bill when I got home that I noticed we were charged the a la carte price of $8.00 for each of the two soups we had! If we had not caught the first double charge we would have been overcharged $12.00. Anyhow, $200.00 later....I would not return! Too many other great places to eat in Tampa with quality food and quality service. It is a shame because the views are beautiful and the facility is rustic and charming.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Old world ambience. Great food. Wonderful view. Non-rushed meal.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Took my parents for lunch. Mom liked the setting and the view. Dad really enjoyed looking at the bay. Mom had the grouper and loved it I had the Cioppino and not only was it tasty it was also larger than expected.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great place.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Multiple people over-served alcohol on the Sunday before Mother’s Day. Selection was limited, but our service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The quality of the food was excellent. This was Sunday Brunch and choice was very good. It had the normal breakfast choice, custom omelette, custom taco, beef and ham carvery. There was salad choices, fish choice including Ahi Tuna, fresh salmon, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktails. Also large shrimp, crab legs, muscles and clams. There was a choice of pastry and fruit. You could also order from your sever a selection of small plates. I had short ribs.
The service was very attentive, despite being very busy.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

went for sunday brunch the food was fantastic. don't leave without trying the grits. all the seafood was perfect and the prime rib melted in your mouth will definitely be returning here

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was great and portions made the price reasonable for the quality and amount of food. Our sever was incredible which made our experience that much better!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Beautiful restaurant right on the water, high end seafood and steaks. Nothing particularly creative about the cuisine but well done and high quality. Service was a bit inexperienced but tried very hard. Only complaints are that it took a very long time for the food to come out and long interludes between seeing our servers; also they keep it quite chilly in the restaurant but then have fire places all over (odd for a Florida location in May when 90F outside).

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We arrived early for our reservation and there were slot of empty tables but they wouldn’t seat us anyway. So we went back up to the hostess ten minutes before our reservation time and they still wouldn’t seat us until it was exactly 5:45 our reservation time. Absolutely ridiculous there were so many empty tables..It was my sons prom night and I think they took advantage of a couple of teenagers.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

While having a warm and scenic ambience, the food just wasn't great, especially for the $$. They put cheese in everything and overbooked the seafood.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We wanted to go someplace on the water since we would only be in Tampa one day on business. It was so lovely. We walked around outside on the grounds and took pictures. When we went in side it was so pretty and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

My second time here and I really like the atmosphere, the stuff is friendly and professional and the food is good, probably the most important aspect is the atmosphere.. it change completely by the sunset.. nice place

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

First time here and we really enjoyed the Sunday brunch. There were feeatboptions and Tim was an outstanding host!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Was able to get a table by the the big widow overlooking the bay. Great view. A bit pricey but worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

What a gem. This restaurant has stood the test of time. The food is delicious, the drinks are fantastic, the ambience is perfect, and the service is exceptional. Go early and watch the sunset from your table.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our first visit to this restaurant left us unimpressed and probably won't make the journey from Southeast St. Pete to dine again. All went reasonably well -we were seated promptly and our server was very responsive and helpful.....we ordered a dozen oysters and while they were fresh, cold and tasty they had not been separated from the shell so we had to labor and use spoons to remove....not good. Both main courses were delivered in a timely manner and were ok but nothing special.....overall we felt for $140 for two we would have been more impressed - we were not.....

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We were a group of 4, went for my sister's birthday and everything was delicious. The grouper and ravioli were wonderful as were the desserts. They have a creme brulee dessert they top with rum and light on fire at the table. And instead of a to go plastic bag they give you reusable shopping bags which is amazing! Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Everything was great

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great food, great service (except for the grumpy cook at the omelette station - omelette was great though).

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Attend Sunday Brunch once a month and NEVER disappointed!!! Food & service consistently provided with excellence. Love Tim our waiter!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great food. They had a lot of different options, so you are able to try a wide variety of things.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

My best friend and her daughter came to visit and we took them for brunch at the Rusty Pelican. Fantastic food and selection. The service was on point, our drinks were never empty. I can’t say enough good about this place. I will definitely bring all my guests there and recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great views of the Bay.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The Rusty Pelican is a great all around experience. From the ambiance, to the view to the food & drinks. It’s more like a $$ to $$ priced menu, but I never leave feeling like I didn’t get my money’s worth.

The drinks are well made and the have a good selection of craft beers in bottles. The food, from the appetizers to the desert is delicious!

We were in a party of six, the service was prompt, all our food and drinks were prepared as ordered. Food was hot & incredibly fresh!

Our waitress, Victoria was new, but you’d not have know that with her ability to serve this party. Her attitude was very pleasant & professional. She even know I wanted another beer, but wasn’t sure so she prompted me! Good call Victoria!

When I’m in Tampa and my team deserves to be spoiled for all their hard work, Intake them to the Rusty Pelican!

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