Our citrus risotto, which was the family's favorite, was replaced on the menu by an almost minestrone... Smashed tots were the start of the show - crushed tater tots with bits of onions and peppers. We rank these hotels, restaurants, and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location. Yet it is still pricey. But they have kept up with modern prices - you will have no problem finding a much better experience and food for the same cost. The table next to me ordered the Brunch Platter for Two. Waffle was supremely over-cooked - burned would be a better phrase - flavor outside of that was okay and syrup was very good. Bottomless mimosas were a very good value - everything else was a little high priced. 549 reviews of Rusty Pelican - Tampa "OMG YES! Small menu also - will probably not go back. Enjoy Happy Hour at The Rusty Pelican Tamp! Tampa is replacing new places, just find another one. We are implementing new social distancing measures and safety standards across all of our restaurants, while providing an amazing and comfortable dining experience. The steak we ordered medium, came bleeding from inside the packaging. To begin with, the good: there was no wait, the hostess was VERY nice and our server seemed to be a good guy and overall did an acceptable job...and we even got to see a couple dolphins out of the window while we were eating (it was super cool). A charmingly versatile venue, the Rusty Pelican is the perfect location for any event, with designated areas perfect for casual lunch dates, business meetings, romantic dinners, and elegant weddings. I’ve travelled all over North America and eaten in many high end restaurants, this one is one of the best. It looks old and tired. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been opting for deliveries, and every restaurant, Rusty the only one that the food came in quantity and quality inferior to that served in inside restaurant. We read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp and they were overall good. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. NOT awful but not great either. I almost got used to the moldy smell by the time the food was served. Was tempted by either Eggs Benedict. I am and will continue to recommend the Rusty Pelican in Tampa. Finally went for the French Onion soup and a Shrimp cocktail. Round out your meal with a little tipple ? Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page. The Rusty Pelican holds true to its endlessly contemporary roots, providing guests with extraordinary services, deliciously creative meals, and spectacular views. It is business casual, but many guests dress up a bit. Sad to say it showed its age then and despite some changes is really showing its age now. and the check came. We can accommodate groups of all sizes for corporate & social events. ADD TO SALADS: CITRUS-BRINED GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST. A charmingly versatile venue, the Rusty Pelican is the perfect location for any event, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Live Music, Waterfront, DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Rocky Point Waterfront. It looked awesome! Food was okay - conch fritters were super dense and the conch was so tough as to be inedible. Plus numerous precautions were in place for health safety following CoVi19. The Rusty Pelican is a true local favorite with a landmark reputation, serving the residents of Tampa Bay since 1978. Tampa is replacing new places, just find another one.More, Enjoyed the waterfront setting for drinks and appetizers. I worked next door to the restaurant and not been back for 15 years. Our Special Events office is open and now hosting events! Neither of our drinks tasted very well, the scallops were terrible, the “forbidden rice” that came with our other appetizer should literally be forbidden, my gf’s sea bass was cold, and my entree left so much to be desired that I don’t even remember what it was. I do not expect to return. Small menu also - will probably not go back. But they have kept up with modern prices - you will have no problem finding a much better experience and food for the same cost.More.