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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (290 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (175 reviews)
“grouper” (323 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants.fresh fish daily. Well cooked, good hush puppie, repeat visitor many times

Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been to Rusty Bellies many times and always enjoyed it before. Today for lunch I had the crabcake sandwich w/potato salad and my husband had the prime rib sandwich w/chips. The prime rib sandwich had no flavor as did the crabcake. The potato...More

Thank Southerngals
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We called to make a reservation they said don't bother we are not busy. We get there and they said a 1/2 hour. 40 minutes later we ask and they said we are setting your table now.... another 20 minutes they gave our table to...More

Thank hushmonkey
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Staff and Facility was Amazing...We ducked in before the Storms hit...My Wife and I have been there for the live music many nights...Glen Hayden is our favorite singer... D.J. and Diane

Thank dutchbaker76
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved the food. Went with their recommended grouper and it was beautiful. We had 6 adults and 4 young children and the service was great and kids were happy.

Thank kirstmac
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The steam pots are to die for.. filled to the top with corn, potatoes, snow crab legs, mussels, oysters and scallops you can't beat the price. The ambiance of the restaurant is awesome as well as the staff. Best customer service yet!

Thank jmccomis
Reviewed 5 days ago

Best place to get grouper in the area! Beautiful patio on the water. Service is fantastic. Relaxed atmosphere. Favorite of ours!

Thank counting50
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great time last night! Food was wonderful! Not much of a wait, even though the line was long. Obviously people know about this place! Friendly staff! Great atmosphere!

Thank Eppard
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went today for our friends birthday. Kelly S was our waitress. She went out of her way to make our visit enjoyable. I would recommend asking for her as your waitress. She's fantastic. Go Kelly.

Thank Sandra T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only gets better every time we visit Special request for our # 1 SERVER KELLY S She really makes your dinning experience time to REMEMBER ENJOYED the TIKI SEATING Entertained friends for my special day,they are SOLD on return visit Will make sure to request...More

Thank milliesnickers
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Do you have private dr for group of 30+ people
12 June 2017|
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Response from Wilma R | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anything that big. The place is pretty cramped.
Can we arrive by boat to the restaurant and have lunch?
20 February 2017|
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Response from runitharder | Reviewed this property |
Priscilla F
Do you accept reservations?
30 January 2017|
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Response from Rebecca B | Reviewed this property |
I do not know if they take reservations. You may want to check their website or call. I do know that when we went, there was no wait time. This restaurant is quite large and seats many. Hope this info helps.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, 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
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, 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
  • E-mail
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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