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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

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937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Anderson, South Carolina
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Locals recommend this place when we came down for the National Championship. So glad that they did, I would make reservations if you are coming because it's local favorite. Everyone in our group (10 people) enjoyed their food & had no complaints. Staff was friendly & we got our fairly fast with it being crowned. The hush puppies are delicious!!!... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Service is excellent. Food is excellent. Atmosphere is excellent. Grouper is super fresh Not stuffy and very relaxed This is by far the best seafood place in Tampa bay They do not take reservations but you can use a no wait ap to place yourself on wait list and keep track of where you are on the list

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner with my high school friend. Great food, great company, great place.. Butterfly shrimps and grouper were the right choice...First time having Hush Puppies. Loved them..

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Temperanceville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Dinner was great,first time we had eaten there.Server Amanda was awesome great service took time to explain menu etc.Will certainly return soon.

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Holiday, Florida
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What I like to eat at this place is the stone crabs when they are in season because they do a good job cooking them and they are fresh and they catch them right out here in the Gulf one thing that I don't like is that they serve some fish that is not native to right here in the... More 

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Thank Jim D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place,awesome people and great food.right off the water.our waiter made us feel comfortable and was very nice. ............

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for lunch, reasonable prices, good food, prompt service. Order the fried shrimp plater; lots of shrimp & fries.

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Thank Zonia N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here a couple of times and I really like it. The food is pretty good everything is fresh. Right on the water so try and get a table outside if the weather is good. You can see both come by the canal. Music is going on and it's good for the entire family unless you have newborn babies too... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has been one of our family favorites for years. It is casual dining with very good seafood at reasonable prices (especially considering it is at the end of tourist road). The wait can sometimes get long when the restaurant is slammed with people, but once seated we have never had a problem with the service. There is indoor... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful waterfront location at the entrance to Spring Bayou. Ordered the Kay Lynn specialty. Grilled grouper over yellow rice with hearty carmelized onions, peppers and tomatoes layed on top. Side ceasar salad was fresh and generous. Five

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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