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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (292 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (187 reviews)
“grouper” (355 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill
1. Freshest Seafood
"They take pride in what they serve to their customers. "
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2. Love this place
"But everything is great from appetizers to entrees to desserts."
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3. Incredible seafood
"They catch their own seafood!"
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Reviewed yesterday

Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. From salads to seafood, there was plenty to choose. The service was friendly and accommodating. When one order was not correct, the server quickly rectified the problem with a pleasant attitude. We truly enjoyed our evening!

Thank KarenTom1982
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Been visiting this area for 15 years and have NEVER been disappointed. Always fast and friendly service. The restaurant is on the casual/rustic side but clean and spacious inside with a tiki bar and seating outside. Server will bring a bag of hush puppies to...More

Reviewed yesterday

The food is amazing, views picturesque and service excellent. My waitress was Paras and she went above and beyond to take care of my table. I highly recommend this place!

Thank jasondunkel
Reviewed 2 days ago

We've been going to Rusty Bellies since the day it opened, and we've never been disappointed! The restaurant is owned, operated, and supplied daily with fresh-caught seafood by a three-generation family of fisherman. Owned by that family, Rusty Bellies abuts upon Pelican Point Seafood Retail/Wholesale...More

Thank mjaku
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome service from the minute we got there until the minute we left. Food was delicious - hush puppies, smoked fish spread, shrimp po boy and grouper po boy. Will definitely be back and will insist on having Paras as our waitress! Loved her attentiveness...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We live locally and this is by far our favorite restaurant for seafood that is fresh and service that is great. Parking is limited especially on the weekend, so get there early!

Thank Sara S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited Rusty Bellies for lunch and as always... The grouper tacos were fresh and delicious! Hush puppies....top notch! Paras is the server to ask for...always friendly and makes you feel like family!

Thank Sassi M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Grew up on the coast in south Florida. This place bills itself as a seafood restaurant. It’s a nice catch they catch their own fish. Both times I went no stone crabs. If you don’t have them get them as it’s season. Food was not...More

Thank Planetwidetraveler
Reviewed 5 days ago

Was seated on the outside terrace right next to the water. Very friendly staff. Very good food. You would never think a nice restaurant would be located not far from a busy main road. Nice surprise. Would definitely recommend. Also recommended from AAA book.

Thank Traveler53023
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped here and had lunch. Great decision. The food and service are VERY good! Whenever we are in the area we would return here to eat. The food was fresh, hot and very good.

Thank John S
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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
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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