Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.5
1041 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
What 1041 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined a day ago

Really great food! Amazing view! Dinner took a while to come out but overall amazing drinks and great food

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5.0Dined a day ago

Cannot recommend this place enough! The only issue was the required valet, but the experience overall was fantastic. Some of the best shrimp I’ve ever eaten.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food quality was just ok. Tuna quality, in tuna poke, was below expectation.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent location, that being right on the water. Get a table by the windows. Many fresh fish varieties on the menu, cooked the way you like it. My wife and I both had the daily catch, which was corvina. It was nicely presented and was very good. We will go there again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Ristorantino in stile ranch di legno con tanto di caminetti rustici ovunque dall'atmosfera romantica. Con vista sull'oceano dove si possono vedere pesci ma anche delfini. Cibo ottimo e menu dedicato per i bimbi. Da provare

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Was a nice dinner with good service and good local seafood, great for visitors to Tampa.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Bar service and pianist in lobby were excellent. Somewhat overpriced for food. My partner's stuffed grouper was excellent, calamari appetizer was a little heavy on the pepper but the dipping sauce was exceptional. My suf and turf came with a small filet mignon which was very, very tough. Our server was excellent. I would avoid the filet at all costs.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Our server Amanda was exceptional. Great food and service. I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Mathew was just amazing, we were able to get a window seat with an amazing view. He even accommodated us by moving us to a better window as the first one was foggy due to condensation. Our party had surf and turf, filet mignon, risotto, truffle potatoes, “smashed” potatoes, and swordfish. Everything was very delicious and savory. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had an amazing Sunday brunch exempt assortment of food and even got to see dolphins out side our window
Our server Sandy made our meal so much more pleasant

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had reservations and were seated in a corner window spot, which gave great views of Tampa Bay! The selection was less than expected. While the buffet was served in a grand room, it looked more than offered, especially for the price. Service was phenomenal with equally good quality, which pretty much made up for the lack of selection. The blackened ahi tuna was outstanding and our server was very attentive. Loved the option to order small plates in addition to the buffet.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We met another couple for dinner. Sat at the bar and enjoy drinks and the piano player while waiting for our table. We were lucky enough to be seated by a window to enjoy the view. Saw several dolphins playing in the water and that only added to the wonderful ambiance that already existed.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Have been here before and the ambiance, food and service holds up well each visit.
Very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great seafood & steaks. Direct waterfront on the bay! We were very impressed and pleased.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This was not our first time at Rusty Pelican. It was my husband's birthday and he loves the brunch there. The food options are overwhelming in a good way. The Mimosas are good and our server was generous with them. The restaurant has a view worth the trip, but I thought $50 per person for brunch was a bit steep for what we ate (maybe not for what we drank). Our server was great and he explained the way the brunch worked. We're a little older than most of the diners, so the lovely brunch spread was more than we could ever eat. Perhaps 20 years ago we could have done this justice!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Ate many times. My steak tasted weird but I assumed it was me. Omg. I was sic for the next 24hrs.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Beautiful!! Amazing atmosphere, the food and everything!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

While the exterior could use some repairs and the interior some much needed updating (freshening up), the service and food was very good!
We loved the full view of the water, watching the jumping fish and variety of birds. Adding in good food and good wine helped overlook the dark and/or tired furniture. I could only imagine if they shined up the place a bit, it would be great.
Our server was really a pleasure too...really enjoyed his table side manner a lot!
Looking forward to a repeat trip there.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Beautiful location and we manged to snag an ocean view table. Our server was excellent, and so was the food. We tried the blackened swordfish and bacon burger, as well as some ice cream for dessert. Definitely recommend this place when celebrating a special ocassion or just looking to do something nice for a day

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Probably the best piece of swordfish I've ever had. Highly recommend the blackened swordfish. Ask for Ahmad he was one of the best servers I've had since moving to Florida. He did a great job of giving us recommendations and had a great sense of humor.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Had a great dinner to celebrate my Dad's birthday. Our server was exceptional and he made it a lot of fun! They had a snapper special and the presentation was phenomenal. Everyone was checking it out. The Creme Brulee' dessert presentation was awesome too. Great drinks, food and fun!

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

First time at this restaurant and most likely the last for me personally. Overall the place needs a lot of work. Walk inside and there is a strong musty Oder. The temp outside was around 90 and they have gas fireplaces going?
There were three of us and to be fair I was the only one that didn’t like the food. I had a mixed seafood platter which included a small lobster that was over cooked to the point it was like beef jerky. The shrimp were also over cooked to the point I had trouble getting them off the skewer and were rubbery. I didn’t even eat the piece of fish. The salad was supposed to have vinaigrette dressing but there was none that we could taste. The server was great (Josh) and actually was a pleasure to talk with.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I HAVE ALRADY TOLD MANY PEOPLE ABOUT THR RUSTY PILICAN AND THAT SHOULD GO THERE AND CHECK IT OUT FOR THEM SELF . AND MY WIFE AND I WILL BE BACK SOON , THANK YOU FOR A GREAT EVEN ON MY WIFES BIRTHDAY AND GOD BLESS .

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Saturday afternoon lunch date. Overlooking the water. Heavenly!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

It was very beautiful. I reserved a table by the water for my 7 year anniversary and I was very impressed! SERVICE WAS GREAT. FOOD WAS GREAT! MY WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very responsive personnel, great setting for good speaking and listeners

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent waitress, very very slow to get our dinner. Steaks overdone and smashed potatoes cold. Seafood was very good. Stuffed grouper and seafood grill. Very pricey. Lovely location.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Everything was awesome and have been there before a couple of times. Would come back in a heart beat.
service was exceptional, food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was excellent, Our server, Josh, was very courteous and helpful with suggestions.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was spectacular, the drinks were beyond amazing and the view from the restaurant was phenomenal. A once in a lifetime experience. The place is beautiful.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Anniversary dinner, service was great from the valet to the bartender and our waitress, can’t ask for a better evening

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Location, view and ambiance was very nice. Our server, Amanda, was attentive and took excellent care of us. However, the food, for the price they're asking, was underwhelming. I ordered the filet mignon, while looking like nice piece of meat, was rather tasteless - no seasoning could be detected at all, and was undercooked. I had ordered it medium and if i had ordered medium rare, would still have been undercooked. I have an aversion to sending food back - it should be done correctly the first time. My wife had the stuffed gulf grouper and it was just really middle of the road. It was good, just nothing really special. We had a nice evening, but left knowing there is better to be had in the area.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food is incredible (salmon was crusty outside and moist inside, strip steak prepared perfectly, Brussels sprouts side dish a little al dente but that's definitely better than mushy ). Setting is up against Tampa Bay which, if you have a window seat, you can see the water directly up against the restaurant. The problem is that the water is brown, no blue water or any clarity, and there is no view of a skyline or any boating activity - kind of a blah view. Our only beef with this restaurant is that the entire adjacent parking lot is "free" valet (although because the valets work only for tips, we did tip them $5). If you want to self park, you have to go to a nearby parking garage and then walk over the restaurant. To us this seemed backwards. The valets should be running back and forth to the parking garage as has been our experience at other restaurants and hotels. Self parking should be to the customers' advantage. Still it's not enough to deter us from returning to this restaurant because the food is so spectacular.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Nice view, attentive staff, good selection of wine.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Table requested was ready with beautiful view. Bday wishes for my guest awaited us at the table. Awesome experience.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My family of four had a great dinner at the Rusty Pelican. The food and service were very good and the seating on the Tampa Bay can’t be beat! Having a fine dinner with two kids in tow later in the evening can get dicey. With the level of service at the Rusty Pelican, things went well. We would gladly go back!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

At first our party of 5 thought it was expensive to pay $46 per person for brunch, but once you see there is unlimited crab legs, oysters, breakfast foods, desserts, bottomless mimosas and champagne you realize it's worth it. I believe our server was Jordan and he was very attentive and just an all around great server, we really enjoyed our experience.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

AMAZING! The food was beyond wonderful, everything was hot and delicious. The staff was friendly and there was never an empty champagne glass. The location could not of been any more perfect. The price was beyond reasonable for the amount of food and alcohol that was offered. I would calmed back to Tampa just to eat here again!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Very nice. Will go back.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Everthing was outstanding..this is a beautiful place, delicious dinner, the view was impressive, server are on ponit. Ill give more then 5 stars if i could i really enjoyed.

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