The Rusty Hook Tavern

4.6
286 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
The Rusty Hook Tavern is a Waterfront Restaurant located in Pompano Beach Florida and serves fresh and from scratch dishes as well as local brews boutique wine and craft cocktails. The ambiance is casual and ideal for relaxing with close friends. The view from the restaurant overlooks the marina, passing by boats and the intracostal waterways, which also makes it a great location for a date and one of the best spot to watch the sunset .The Rusty Hook Tavern also features a full speakeasy style bar.
Appetizers include options like crispy pork belly with spiced lentils and green papaya, ahi tuna poke nachos with kimchi slaw, and some vegetarian options like roasted buffalo cauliflower and charred portabello mushrooms. The fish selections features 6 to 8 local fish and seafood, whole and fillet like snapper, mahi, wahoo , corvina, swordfish also on the menu Moroccan lamb rack, steaks, and lobster pastas.There’s also an array of signature craft cocktails and local beers .
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JakeL
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service. We originally sat outside at around 6 pm, but there was no shade and the live music was super loud, so we ended up moving inside.

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vipBarbara
West Palm Beach
50 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice location on the water. The food and wine were mediocre at best. Fish was overcooked. No bread offered. We won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always fantastic here. One of our favorite places when we come to South Florida. The fried whole snapper is my favorite entrée at any restaurant down here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious and location is beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was amazing particularly the waiter, he was very attentive and helpful in what to order. Food was excellent fresh and the taste was pleasant to the pallet.We will be coming back but this time for the sunset and hotel stay.

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Vagabond
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Disappointment. I’ve always loved the food here but last night was a disaster. The “grouper” for the Fish and Chips was definitely tilapia or similar. Cmon. Every Floridian knows what a grouper fillet looks like. The Brussels sprouts side? Not crispy. I’ve done better. The lamb shank? Fatty and inedible and presentation was unappetizing.

Most disappointing was the service. The waitperson was kind but clearly nervous. Never asked us if we wanted to hear about the specials…which I could clearly hear being enthusiastically explained at other tables. When one of us commented about the lamb, no offer to do anything. Just an I’m sorry.

We were offered dessert but said we were still drinking wine. Literally, the bill showed up 5 mins later. Not what I’ve come to expect.

Sad.

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SylviaM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent Food average Cocktails amazing would recommend this place for a good night out with friends

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vipCherbear
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful waterfront setting. Our server, Lynn, was so pleasant and provided superb service from start to finish.

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LisaG
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the sunset, matched by amazing service and excellent food.

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JackieW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The crab crusted Mahi was not the freshest fish. It was so hard I had to actually use a knife to cut it and at that was very hard to cut. Did not like it for $30.00+.

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BonC
Fort Lauderdale
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love fresh fish, this is a must go to restaurant. The grouper and swordfish were prepared to perfection. The wait staff couldn’t have been nicer. Did I mention you are on the intracoastal waterway?

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vipAtsocs4
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place on the water. Lively music, great service. One Steak was tough but mgt took care of it right away. We would come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, good food, great views, good drinks. Joe took great care of us,

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viposcar
Fort Lauderdale
138 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding. The white sangria was delicious as was the grilled octopus/pork belly appetizer...it was one of the most creative and tasty treatments of ingredients I've had. Everyone enjoyed their choices which included the savory Mediterranean chicken and snapper preparation. I've always know the chef here was a master with fish but his talent goes far beyond this.

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Kwabeaf
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and food!
The reservation process was easy

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vipbonniel
West Palm Beach
36 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a beautiful night so that helped! The food looked yummy! We ended up ordering a whole rack of ribs for myself and husband. It came with fries and we had a side salad and couldn’t finish 1/2 the rack between us! The only thing I can pick on was the price of the drinks were all approximately $16. I ordered a martini and they charged me $14 with a $2 up charge being a Martini, which was only just ok. There was music, a nice looking crowd and I’ll be back as the fried whole fish look fabulous!

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Kyou
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in pompano!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Some of the very best tasting food every!! We definitely love this restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service Music was a little loud but ok

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vipSupgirl
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Such a pretty restaurant, but they closed early because they were “slow” and would not honor our reservation. Very disappointing as it looks quite cute and we were anticipating becoming regulars as we are local.

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BonnieA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

For being a 5 star restaurant the food was not as expected. Pork over cooked steak no up to grade poor quality. Not sure if I would return. No impressed

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KayToTheLay
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. I was not expecting the food to taste so dang delicious. This place is a gem and a must try. Nice views on the water and we enjoyed the music that the dj was playing next door at the hotel. Highly recommend!

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Tsmg
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view outside. Nice staff. Good food.

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vipgreek4life
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration! Great service’ food was delicious and great love music

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SophieR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh fish dinners, great flavor and tasty. Kon was an outstanding waiter and very attentive. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was good. I felt like the food price could have better

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The Brussel sprouts were saturated in soy sauce and some other sauce and there was a long hair in our bang bang shrimp which were too fried anyway. The tuna was good though.

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JohnD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable atmosphere along with very good food and ambience. The server was very nice and helpful........

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kadi, our server was great. The food was fresh and seasoned really well. Overall great experience!

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HeatherWillis
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience2

The steak was amazing . The potatoes was great. It was quiet in a good way

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viphungrypup
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent seafood prepared in a variety of ways. Along with several choices for landlovers. My friend enjoyed the surf and turf. The brusselsprouts appetizer was delicious.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was super good except for this one loud woman at the table next to us. I wish that someone from the staff would tell her something. But the place itself was really good!

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StefP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service even better! Highly recommend Rusty Hook for a wonderful dining experience. Outside seating was a great option.

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RoyY
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We sat outside, great view but really too many flies once the Entrees came...Not sure what can be done but it would put us off coming here again..
We eat at Waterfront Restaurants every week & have never had this issue to such an extent...spoilt what was a nice meal with very good service

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vipAmbiance78
Fort Lauderdale
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the rusty hook tavern. The ambiance is spectacular whether sitting inside our outside. The food is phenomenal. The owner brings all of his amazing Moroccan spices directly from morocco and grind them so the food is out of this world.

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vipPhilA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside and it was fantastic! However, the live music outside is unreasonably LOUD! So if your looking for conversation book inside. If you’re looking for entertainment book outside. Either way depending on what your need it’s a fantastic restaurant!!! Food is AMAZING!

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LuisG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but food and view are amazing. We will be back 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always fresh and we have never been disappointed with anything we have ordered. We have tried most of the dishes and love their appetizers. We have been sitting outside mostly and enjoying the beautiful water views. The service is what you expect from a fine restaurant. Our server Kadie, is attentive and sweet. I highly recommend the Rusty Hook Tavern!!!!

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vipRonK
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great find in the Fort Lauderdale area. Good food and service are outside and enjoyed the yachts coming in to dock.

FAQs

The Rusty Hook Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 941-2499.

The Rusty Hook Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.

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.