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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

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937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
11:00 - 21:00
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New Port Richey, Florida
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I went for Dinner May 4th for our Anniversary. We are local. We had the Calamari appetizer Greek salad, grouper gyro, hushpuppies and a seafood platter with broiled shrimp, Mahi Mahi, Scallops on skewer & rice. As always, food was really very good. Prices are about average to high but for good seafoo. There are other places... More 

Thank Patricia K
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here with our family on our first night in Tarpon Springs. It wasn't bad but it wasn't amazing either. My husband and I both ordered the Redman which was a grouper sandwich. It was just ok and we felt $16 was too much for it. We also had to wait a while to be seated. The hush puppies... More 

Thank JThor84
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The first time I dined here I was alone. The Fried Oyster Po' Boy was great and the atmosphere was wonderful. Don't usually like to eat outside, and yet it was very pleasant on the second floor deck. Second time I brought my family - everyone was happy. (except fried clams were small and not very tasty)

Thank Susan G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is very casual but the food is top notch. We had the sangria which was surprisingly two for one. We also had the peel and eat shrimp. We prefer ours steamed and cooled. Although not on the menu- it was no problem. The shrimp were the biggest I have ever had out. Fresh and even though served plain... More 

1 Thank Michelle J
Tarpon Springs, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best seafood in town!! Love there shimp! You won't be disappointed by going to Rusty Belles. The service is excellent.

Thank diane M
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for some seafood with the family on a Sunday night. Was told a 45 minute wait and it was only 25. Good food and what a location.

Thank Steve D
Miami, Florida, United States
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We come to Tarpon Springs a lot, but this was our first time at Rusty Bellies. The place was packed, so we had a drink at the bar. We had to wait for a table but we got it fairly quickly. All the staff were friendly and our waiter JOEY was awesome. I had the crab cake appetizer, blacked grouper... More 

Thank Craig B
Ocala, FL
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate for the first time at the Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill. We shared the luncheon meal of Shrimp and Grouper with french fries and coleslaw. Both the shrimp and grouper dishes were to die for, however, the fries didn't do much for us and the colelslaw tasted a bit sour. It may have been a different receipe than we... More 

Thank Carol M
Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great, Fresh Seafood served the way we like it! What a difference it makes when the "Catch of the Day" actually WAS caught that Day! Grouper, scallops, tuna and everything Shrimp, we left Rusty Bellies with FULL bellies and will make the trip from Tampa again soon.

Worcester, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great lunch here. The food was phenomenal and very reasonable. The appetizer mussels were a meal in themselves!!

Thank JSLantz1948

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tarpon Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 727-934-4047
My husband Jack and I, along with our daughter and son-in-law, welcome you to Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill. Opened in June of 2005, Rusty Bellies is an achievement of three generations worth of goals spanning some thirty years. We are a family owned and operated establishment. Our family came to Tarpon Springs in the 1970's. My parents, Joe and Sue Reis, began the business by purchasing several boats, including a shrimp boat. Before long they had purchased the boat yard and developed the seafood business. In 1985, Jack and I took over operations, and it wasn't long before Jack began refurbishing boats. In 2002. we launched our shrimp boat, Julie Ann. The Julie Ann produces fresh gulf shrimp for Pelican Point Seafood and Rusty Bellies. Jack has since finished refurbishing the Redman, a grouper fishing boat, and the Crabracadabra, a stone crab boat. To this day the Julie Ann, Redman, and Crabracadabra are still family owned and operated by the Russells. Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill is named for our family's love of fishing, namely gulf grouper fishing. A "Rusty Bellie" is the nickname given to the large male gag grouper. A "Rusty Bellie" generally ranges between twenty and sixty pounds, and is typically caught by the true at heart fisherpersons. As you look around our restaurant you will see photos of family, friends, and local fisherman that bring the freshest seafood to our dock. The menu gives credit to many of our fishermen by naming the dishes after their beloved boats. Of course, there are too many boats to give credit to each, but keep in mind their dedication to providing FRESH FLORIDA WILD CAUGHT SEAFOOD. It is an honor that we continue what our family began many yeas ago. We value our guests, and we are honored to have you dine with us. Please sit back and enjoy the view and allow us to prepare the freshest seafood, including gluten fee options, available for you. Julie and the Russell Family

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