Rusty's Bistro @ Sheraton Sand Key

4.4
177 Reviews
$30 and under
International
From the grilled octopus starter to a juicy filet, Rusty’s Bistro serves delicious food from both the land and the sea. Chef Andrew’s critically acclaimed restaurant features “cuisine of the sun,” an innovative combination of Caribbean and Southwestern flavors. These restaurant creations incorporate fresh local produce and succulent Florida seafood to create a variety of dishes, both classic and modern. Rusty’s offers over 80 wines by the glass or the bottle, hand-picked to pair with Chef Andrews culinary creations.
Our Catering Coordinator can assist you in planning the perfect evening you'll always remember! 727 593 6001 x3911
Awards:
-Top 50 Restaurants in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times
-8 Consecutive Golden Spoon Awards by Florida Trend​
-Voted #1 Best Seafood in St. Petersburg/Clearwater by USA Today's 10 Best
-Named La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™, the highest accolade bestowed on a chef and restaurant worldwide​

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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 177 people are saying
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CandiceJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance.
Would highly recommend.

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vipDLPP
Orlando
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Minerva was a wonderful server, and the fresh bread, whipped butter, and wine were good. Entrees were not good at all

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vipamc36
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful evening celebrating my parents 49th wedding anniversary! We were kindly greeted and seated at a table set with a special centerpiece for our celebration - nice touch! Our server, Minerva, was attentive and took good care of us! Food was delicious and perfectly prepared. Highly recommend a visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great service was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! The seafood pappardelle was amazing! Service was top notch too! Will def be eating here again this trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Not impressed and very disappointed. The food was just “ok”… the menu extremely small in choices. The sangria was so sweet it was hard to drink. The butter for the bread was frozen. The server moved like a turtle, had no personality, never checked on us at all to see if we liked everything, to ask if we wanted more drinks or water, or bread, dessert and coffee, etc. no enthusiasm at all. There was zero atmosphere, not even music. The food runner would go table to table with food asking if the food he was delivering was yours. At 1 point we asked the server what type of salad another table was being served in a huge taco shell, it looked really good— he told us that’s a private party and that was a matza lol… turns out it wasn’t it was a Caesar salad. He had no clue what he was serving. We live locally and will never go to this restaurant again. Unimpressive. Sheraton dropped the ball on this restaurant.

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chsakos
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Extreme slow check in, same person takes take out orders, table service mediocre, needed to ask for silverware, water, drink refill. Food was great though

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Rose
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service at a reasonable price. Would dine again.

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TracyL
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food and the service was really good. There weren't too many people in the restaurant at 6PM.

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JohnP
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased and had a great time. Food was outstanding. Service was outstanding and a nice selection of wines. Will definitely be back.

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glamgram
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfection. Every dish an art. We took photos of everything to promote to the rest of our group. WOW. WOW. WOW. Service was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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MichaelS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn't believe how much food you get. I'm a big man and big eater yet I took leftovers home. My steak was outstanding! Out waiter was great. We never waited for any requests as he was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was exquisite, the mashed potatoes was just super delicious. My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner. All the staff were friendly and attentive. Thank you for the great customer service and the wonderful experience.

MB
MelissaB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was fine. But just ok. Nothing special about it and probably a little expensive for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good the service and waiters and waitresses were wonderful. The only thing I had a problem with was the lighting because I have sensitive eyes so I asked for a different table. And everyone was very accommodating. And the maître d’ lowered the lights for Valentines night dinner

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Greg
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentines. Nothing but great memories. Nice selection of food, great value and outstanding service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BBFL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Open Table we can add another awesome restaurant to our “must come back again” list

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PeteR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We never got to eat there because when we arrived it was closed due to Covid-19. We were very disappointed because open table was not aware of this. The restaurant is highly recommended from others that have eaten there.

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caroleh
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , Great Service, Great restaurant ! Very friendly staff and Covid precautions taken by all .

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious! My husband's blackened grouper was a bit overcooked.
Great service. Nice atmosphere.

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JamesH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, great food, very nice wine list, great service and very reasonable prices. While in Sand Key we had dinner here on two nights. Highly recommended.

AJ
vipAJC1
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our food. Filet mignon, crab cakes, scallops. We were six people and everyone said they had a great meal starting with Caesar salad and shrimp cocktail. Our waiter though was terrific. Marty has a wonderful sense of humour and had in tears laughing. If you reserve ask for his section and you will have an enjoyable meal and an entertaining evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The menu is “gourmet”, I ordered a cobb salad with grilled salmon because I didnt want to spend. $35 on an entre,and it was fine, but still overpriced I felt.

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MeredithC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was impeccable. Martin, our waiter, was aware of our every need! The grouper was delicious. They had a seafood buffet that was pretty good. A little pricey, but you’re at a restaurant in a resort, so that should be expected. Again, the service is what would bring me back!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for valentines. There was a man playing piano and outstanding food and service

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vipMly54
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst dining experience I’ve ever had! I’m 65 yrs old, traveled the world as an airline pilot for 33 yrs. NEVER have I been subject to service this bad, especially at a restaurant in an upscale hotel. I invited friends to this occasion and was totally embarrassed. I will be calling Marriott and informing them of this disappointing meal

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was happy to be able to get a 7pm valentine's day reservation for my wife and me! We hadn't eaten there before and were quite pleased by the ultra-friendly reception we received and were promptly seated at our table. The pianist playing was excellent and the salmon we both had was delicious! We will certainly eat at Tusty's Bistro again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slowest service
Hanger steak tough
Waiter came over twice in two hours
Not close to being worth $140 for two

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OwenG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was ok. Crab legs good, prime rib, not very good. Understaffed wait staff. Not at all prepared for Valentine's Day. Wish we had a better review, as we're local, and would like to come here more.

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vipBirgs
New England
248 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we've had on Sand Key. Started with Caesar salad which was nicely split and served so prettily with a Parmesan crisp bordering the bowl along with a nice crostini to crumble as croutons. The presentation just made you want to dive right in and enjoy the delicious salad. Same can be said for our entrees of filet mignon (6 oz) which looked so appetizing the way the dishes were presented (sorry I didn't take a picture). Steaks were cooked to perfection and just the right size for us. No room for dessert this night but definitely leave room on the next visit.

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JimA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good restaurant in a hotel? Right?? Yes, right. We arrived at our condo on Saturday afternoon with no groceries and too tired to cook anyway. The local places we could walk to were all booked till 8:30 or later, when I would have my head on the table asleep. Rustys had room and we booked a table, not expecting much but just glad to get a dinner.
Wow! The service was top notch, with a great, professional waiter who did his job superbly. The food was outstanding. The bread basket included 4 different types of bread, warm, and butter, olive oil and also an olive caper tapenade. We got the conch soup and it was excellent. The dinners? Great. I had the "crab crusted snapper", wondering how one crab dusts. Easy...the served it with an excellent, homemade crab cake on top. I doubt there was any breading at all in the cake. The fish was surrounded by a tangerine sauce, green beans and heirloom carrots. Piping hot, perfectly cooked.
My husband had the grouper and he was just as enthusiastic.
The Restaurant Manager stopped by the table to ensure all was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been in Clearwater for two weeks not staying at the Sheraton, but we’ve been to Rusty’s three times. The grouper with spinach and mashed potatoes are wonderful. Enjoyed the Saturday night seafood buffet, but it was too much food for me. Creme brûlée is good. The live music on weekends was lovely. Service was excellent. Easy to get a reservation and nice atmosphere.

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vipWorldTravelerFoodie
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were on vacation in Clearwater Beach. Yes Restaurant showed up on open table with a 4.2 rating. It is in a big hotel that seemingly hosts lots of conferences. The food is upscale American but definitely not haute cuisine. The appetizers were rplentiful and attractively prepared. Our two fish dishes were well done, except that the fish was dry and apparently over cooked. The hotel restaurant had an all you can eat buffet which was very popular during the dinner hour. Lots of patrons enjoyed several trips to the buffet table. If you are looking for a real good meal at a reasonable price, this is for you if you want a restaurant experience you’ll be talking about cfor a long time look elsewhere.

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vipMmmmm
Tampa
83 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prime rib and service, nice live piano music too.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were very pleased with our experience. We were seated quickly and enjoyed our meal. Prime Rib was fantastic!

JB
JaneB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations and were seated promptly. Our waitress was very attentive and made outstanding food recommendations. The food was mouthwatering, tasty and generous in size. The ambiance was romantic and calm. We definitely will be eating here again. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipGerrym
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice time at Rusty’s Bistro for my birthday. Our server, Minerva, was pleasant and efficient. Our food was excellent! I really enjoyed the grilled vegetable risotto and my husband, I think, went back for thirds at the seafood buffet. It was an all round good experience, and if we are ever back that way, will dine there again.

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vipMmmmm
Tampa
83 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Prime Rib buffet, service was excellent and wine list was pretty good too.

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vipLocalVenuesAreBest
Indiana
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By accident, made a reservation due to a misstep on a reservation at another place. Rusty’s was simply out phenomenal! Highly recommend. All aspects of the meal was incredible!

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vipPhil
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality and preparation was impeccable. The server was top drawer. Always a wonderful dining experience.

FAQs

Rusty's Bistro @ Sheraton Sand Key offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 595-1611 ext. 3204.

Rusty's Bistro @ Sheraton Sand Key is rated 4.4 stars by 177 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.

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