Rusty Pelican - Tampa

4.3
2483 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 Wednesday-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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2483 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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casperv
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMiDeKop
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JeanneC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food, good people!

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JasonB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food, service was great we will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

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vipDavidW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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AnnD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I been this place a lot of time before Covid thing. Last time when i refer sit next to window and i got the same exactly everything, food is amazing. But yesterday is too bad. Food is too salty, no more my favorite scallops in menu. my husband steak is too cook when he oder medium rare. The lady in the front tell me they can’t do exactly like how i refer when book appointment. But when i come to sit the table near the window available??? I don’t think i will come back with u guy

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AmyZ
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious drinks and food and the service was wonderful. We didn’t feel rushed and enjoyed our meal. Would visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting. Since its by the water it was very relaxing eating and watching the dolphins and boats go by. Our waitress was very friendly and gave great service. Food was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the bay, delicious brunch. The French toast sticks are particularly yummy. Our waiter was attentive and kind. I would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a nice experience! The food was amazing and so were the bottomless Mimosa‘s !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jade (waitress) was phenomenal!

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for special occasions. The food was great! Service was great! We had a window seat and it was a beautiful evening. A true Tampa icon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Over priced for the quality of the food. The food was not hot enough. We were given paper napkins instead of the cloth napkins. The night before we ate at Columbia restaurant and paid half the price for a better portion and quality. Overall, it did not meet our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service. Easy and plentiful parking

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DetroitDan
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience. The menu, while short, offered great selections, and the food was prepared perfect. Our service was fantastic as well, from the hostess to the bartender and waitstaff. One word of advice - listen closely for the daily specials, they are well worth your consideration!

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kellyw
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress Mara. Was absolutely wonderful charming knew the menu was great helping with choices.. would definitely come back. Thank you

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ShanayaG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation start time was prompt. Waiters and host was amazing and the view is lovely.

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viplulu
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marina was a fabulous server. She absolutely anticipated our needs & brought items right before we even thought to ask. Thanks

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RichardK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Snapper was over cooked and tough. Filet mignon was over cooked. VERY noisy. Server forgot one of our salads. We really looked forward to another
nice evening at the Rusty Pelican but the dinner on this trip was disappointing.

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RobinG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant. Stunning sunset, and my wife loves the fireplaces. Nice for a romantic dinner. The only knock I have is on the Surf and Turf, which is a filet and a lobster tail, the lobster tail looks barely bigger than a jumbo shrimp. I have actually never seen one that small. For the price, you would think it would be a decent sized tail.

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Kathryn
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful location. couldn't as for better water views. Hostess stand staff was a little short. Waitress was very friendly but did forget to tell us about the specials. The entrees were fantastic, but I would have loved a more basic bread...not into the spicy stuff. I would come back, but would avoid certain items.

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GaryO
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from Carmen. The whole evening was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dining experience at the Rusty Pelican. Shay was our server and her service was impeccable. She was very friendly & accommodating. It was my fiancé’s birthday dinner & We had a great experience. He wanted Rockefeller oysters (which is not even on the menu) & Shay spoke with the chef and made it happen. They were some of the best Rockefeller oysters we have ever had, and would actually recommend that the restaurant add them to the menu. I give our experience and 10 out of 10. We will be returning the next time we are in Tampa. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

La vista al mar es hermosa. No tiene buena acústica el restaurante. Buena distancia entre mesas. La comida razonable.

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LuisV
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My wife and I visited the rusty pelican for our anniversary. We started off with some cocktails at the bar, bar service was friendly and attentive. We ordered fried calamari for an appetizer. It was delicious, I can’t remember what sauce came on it but it was amazing. For the entree’s my wife got a filet mignon with a lobster tail and mashed potatoes for a side.( The lobster tail with the size of the jumbo shrimp.. not kidding). I ordered the 12oz NY strip with a side of scallops(blackened) and fries.

Pros- steaks were great, beautiful view, nice ambiance, service was on point, good cocktails, corn bread.. bomb!

Cons- LOBSTER TAIL!! Stop killing baby lobsters!, fly in my cocktail, old fries in the middle of the calamari app.(it doesn’t come with fries), fries with my entree were a bit soggy.

Overall a nice experience, I would recommend going once and try to catch a glimpse of the dolphins

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MoniqueK
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall it was delightful. The view amazing. My husband’s burger was good but the fries were cold. My meal was also cold as was my cousins. All around I was expecting wow from
What I heard about this place but the service was mediocre and the food was nothing spectacular. But, the view is amazing.

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CourtneyD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The waitress was less than attentive, she was more concerned with her table behind us rather than refilling our drinks or checking in with us. In addition, I attempted to order two egg breakfast with prime rib which she said they were out of prime rib but could make a shredded prime rib plate.

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MCordero
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken and waffles were amazing and I especially loved the Watermelon Fresca mimosa! The view was great, we even saw dolphins!

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KeeM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best breakfast I’ve ever had! Mimosas was great, the French Toast sticks killer, and that view is amazing! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Perla
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

One of the biggest complaints I have was the wait time. We made a reservation for 8:30pm and weren't seated until 9:25pm, even after checking back with the hostess several times. Food was good but we had to send back the grouper because it had large bones in it (we asked if there were going to be bones before ordering our food). It ruined our first impression and personally we will not come back to this restaurant

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LaurenK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

My husband and I come here every year for our anniversary, but I don't know that we will be back next year.
They were clearly overbooked and the noise level was that of a club. There were 2 weddings going on and we ended up having to park in garage across the street.
We waited longer to get our desired table, but as the host brought us to it, another couple was directed to the same table, sat down, and we were forced to wait again. They had made a scene earlier due to their wait so I guess I should have done the same and I'd have been seated before them.. It wasn't long, but it was the principle of the matter and very unprofessional considering the price. I was not offered anything to compensate for the inconvenience.
The food was great, but extremely slow. Waitress did warn us so we weren't surprised. All in all, we mostly enjoyed it but the noise was terrible and they should never overbook themselves like that again. The staff simply can't handle all those people.

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AmyP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Our reservation was at 7:30, and we were not seated until 8:10 and we were not the only ones waiting. I also did not get the requested window seating and we feel like we were rushed

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Rusty Pelican - Tampa is rated 4.3 stars by 2483 OpenTable diners.

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