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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Takeaway Available
  • Outdoor Seating Available
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Updated 12/05/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/05/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, 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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday

Have been to Rusty's numerous times in the past but yesterday was a bit disappointing vs. past experience. Service was very slow with our first app delivered quickly but remaining orders came out 20 minutes later. Had to ask server to check on the order...which was delivered shortly thereafter. Calamari was good--tender, lightly breaded and quite tasty. Clams were very good as well but the mussels were overwhelmed by the garlic and butter in the broth. Sangria tasted like it was made with a mix--left half of it. Not the usual Rusty experience!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband had fish tacos. I had shrimp, scallops and grouper kebabs. We both love our food. We were sitting on outside patio, and we were surrounded by nature. Our dog was welcome

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was delicious!! Grouper was amazing! Hush puppies the best!!! House salad my fav! Everything sooo good! Garnett was the best server! She was on top of everything and gave great suggestions! Best server!!!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had one of the best dinners ever! Our server Julia was fantastic as well. The Julia Ann came into dock the evening we were there. What a beautiful vessel!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

3 of us went to Rusty Bellie's on Wed., Nov. 2 for lunch. As soon as we walked in, Katie, our server, recognized us from the few other times we had her as our server....and it was months ago. She remembered things we liked (coconut...mojito with rock candy swizzle stick). She was efficient, courteous, helpful and most of all was so friendly. She made our lunch better! Two of us had the shrimp skewers with various sides. The shrimp was very fresh and tasty, done blackened style, and there were so many that we just couldn't finish. My corn pudding was fantastic. The other person had a very flavorful pasta dish--again, couldn't finish it because the servings are just so plentiful. Thank you, Katie, for making our Rusty Bellie's experience a lot of fun!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited several times when visiting my in-law's in Tarpon Springs. The food is delicious, reasonably priced and the service is friendly and prompt. We visited last week (from VA) and met a friend there (hadn't seen each other in years!). The food and...service were every bit as wonderful as expected, and we weren't rushed since we had met there to get caught up. Just go, it's casual and friendly, and you'll always catch a great sunset on the water!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2022

We have eaten at RustyBellies and enjoyed it several times. A few months ago we ordered salads online and picked them up at curbside to take to Sunset Beach. Everything was perfect. Today……another story. We ordered three salads online and picked them up curbside. Drove...to Sunset Beach and discovered that there were no forks or napkins. I called the restaurant because we intended to drive back there for forks. The woman who answered the phone informed me that silverware was by request only! I asked if that was the case when it was salads on a carry out order. She stated that it was and it was my fault for not asking for forks! I didn’t even see a place on the website where I ordered that said forks must be specifically requested. We used to love Rusty Bellies. Never again! Such ridiculous treatment of customers!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2022

The food and ambiance is amazing. The hush puppies alone are worth going. Nicole N and the other wait staff are outstanding. Never disappointed going there.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 October 2022 via mobile

Some friends of ours brought us here when visiting Tarpon Springs. Great food and service. We sat outside on a patio. No problems. Excellent fresh made hush puppies that there known for. Something for everyone on the menu. The food came out as ordered, hot,...and tasting great. Excellent fun place while in Tarpon Springs.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022 via mobile

Rusty Bellies is a destination when we’re visiting Tampa and well worth the drive to quaint Tarpon Springs. All entrees that we’ve tried have been 4 -5 stars. Outdoor seating at sunset is perfect. Bobby mixes delicious drinks with a super pleasant personality. But unfortunately...on this visit we could not get seating for dinner within an hour after being waitlisted. We did enjoy great music by Jus’ Jeff in the comfortable wait seating.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 8 October 2022

We waited an hour and 15 minutes to get a table. Lindsey was our sever and she was terrific. She had everything on the table for us prior to requesting. Food was yummy. We ordered the salmon and steak. The meals were generous in portion....We and everyone else left with a leftover bag. You can sit inside or outside by the water. We chose inside. Couldn’t imagine how long the wait would of been for outside. We live local since Feb 2022 and never came here. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 October 2022

Beautiful day! Excellent service! Thank you Dawn for taking care of us!! They also her the cutest little hot sauce jars!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 October 2022 via mobile

We are never disappointed when eating here. Even though it was very busy when we were there, as is usually the case, our server Jas was friendly and helpful. The food is consistently good.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 October 2022

What an amazing waterfront find! We frequent Rusty Bellies often for our Sunday Funday, the food is always amazing and on point, not to mention the exceptional service. This past weekend was no exception. A big shout out to OLIVIA, she was beyond spectacular and...rolled along with our Funday! Between the four of us, we have tasted every item on the menu (more than once, LOL) from the hushpuppies, bread, mussels, fish, deserts, and drinks. It’s all amazing! Only fall back is the wait time for a table. Afterall, with amazing service and food you will see it's totally worth the wait. It’s our go to spot for food, drinks, and fun! Thanks again OLIVIA!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 October 2022 via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere! Chez was an amazing server! Shared a pitcher of some awesome sangria. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: October 2022
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We saw people with dogs in line waiting to be seated???
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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5