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Fri, 2/23
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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

855 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
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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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American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thur: 11am - 3pm
Fri & Sat: 11am - 3pm

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

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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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 to book your event. We look forward to sharing in your celebration!

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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
What 855 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ripper (Tampa)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Our bartender Jordan took excellent care of us. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with lunch. Being able to eat, drink and watch the water is what makes the Tampa Bay Area special.

vipJeanneC (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Needed to stop and work before a flight. Super close to the airport and such a scenic view! Service was great. A little louder than expected due to a real estate meeting taking over the bar area mid day, but that is what the mute button is for. I will certainly go here again.

Lauren (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We went for brunch - I think the selection was pretty good, they also had a small plate menu that you could order with your server. There was a large raw bar so if you like seafood this is a great brunch. The fajitas and waffles were great & not to mention it’s all you can drink champagne.
Our server was Sandy & she was awesome! I definitely think the service was the highlight of our brunch. :)

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great Drinks and Food. Couldn’t ask for a more perfect view.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Aw some dinner! Superb service and the location is beautiful- right on the bay!

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was amazing! Nice sunset over the water and terrific service! Really had awesome food!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great sunset views over the bay

vipSteve (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food. Be sure to ask for a water view and, get there early to see the sunset. The “smoked” bourbon cocktail was a unique treat.

BIngram (Naples)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

This was our second visit and much like the first time. We always enjoy the view of the bay. The receptionist is rarely at her station when you arrive, so you’re waiting. Once she does arrive you wait again for a table in a place that is not full. Our waitress was great and the meal good. A bit overpriced for a regular place to eat, so we only come when we visit on special occasions, but this was probably our last time.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place, location, view and ambiance. Everything else was just okay. It’s hard to see their menu prices and not compare to other fine-dinning places in the area - in that, my expectations were heightened, but not met in comparison. It’s hard to see the value in a meal, when there are other local fine-dining options for less with a better food, service, and all-around experience. Don’t get me wrong though, we did enjoy our date and the staff was very friendly. I would just need more value-proposition to return

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went there for dinner on Valentine's Day. We had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the whole feel was romantic and beautiful.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was perfect.

Fladancer (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been coming here for several years and never had a bad experience. In fact, we come here with friends every Christmas Day for Brunch. This time was a first for us. We celebrated Valentines Day, which had a special menu. It was fantastick. Our servers, Tou and Ahmad, were so nice and very attentive. We would highly recommend this occasion and in fact any occasion. Also, the Specialty Restaurants rewards program is the greatest. You can get free entrees and deserts quite frequently.
Also, we want to give a special shout-out to Don, the Manager. He greets everyone and makes sure you have a memorable experience at the Rusty Pelican Tampa.

johnG (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

my food was so salty it made me sick , i ate 3 bites and had to stop it was so bad.I was told they had a new cook and this was his first day on the grill . they did take it off my bill but i had to stop somewhere else to eat due to i was hungry.
They were nice but i still spent $175 dollars for everyone else in my party and there food was fine. But because of my bad experience and getting sick (my own fault i should have not eaten the 3 bites) i would not eat there again.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

It was actually a family get together with our daughter from out of town.
We had requested a window seat when we made our reservation, we got one with a excellent view of Tampa Bay at sunset which was fine. The only negative for the entire evening was that the tables were a little to close together so that whenever we moved or the people at the table behind us moved our chairs bumped.
The waiter was very attentive, brought our drinks quickly and described the specials and his favorites very well. My wife and I
Had the Cioppino which was full of a wide variety of seafood and very tasty. Our daughter, who is from the West Coast, had grouper for the first time and really enjoyed it.
We have gone to the Rusty Pelican for years and it is still our favorite "special" place. Their current challenge is the construction going on all around them and its impact on their parking. Definitely worth going despite that minor inconvenience