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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” (304 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (194 reviews)
“grouper” (358 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

We went to Rusty Bellies for lunch with another couple and it was fantastic. We sat outside which was great since it was in the mid 8o's. Three of us had the grouper sandwich and the other had a burger. The grouper sandwich was outstanding...More

Thank Jim M
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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 via mobile

This is a nice little spot to stop for a cocktail and couple appetizers. We had the fried Brussel sprouts and a bag of hush puppies along with a mango mango drink that was very refreshing. Good happy hour specials.

Thank TravellingDanTheMan
Reviewed yesterday

The restaurant was a bit pricey for an extended family dinner for 8, but well worth it. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was even better. We opted to eat in the Tiki Bar, listening to music and enjoying the outdoor heaters. If we'd...More

Thank Stacey M
Reviewed yesterday

We were so glad to discover this place! The waitress explained the grouper and shrimp come off their own boats, so we ordered shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp! I loved the shrimp tacos and my husband can't stop talking about the shrimp trio. They were...More

Thank SeeMoreGoPlaces
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We keep coming back for the great food and charming staff. Keep up the good work! We enjoyed the music and the mussels are totally awesome!Tony Sokol

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was sooooooooo good went back 3 times in one week. We had the shrimps. Lobster tail. Grilled scallops . Steamed clams. Mussels in white wine and garlic. Linguini with clams and the delicious addictive corn casserole.

Thank 0951
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Sangria was tasty with a bit of cinnamon flavor (very subtle/nice). Hubby had scallops which were nicely cooked..my shrimp was great as well. Hush puppies were amazing and I normally do not like most. Coleslaw was good. Service was excellent and fast.

Thank Elaine J
Reviewed 3 days ago

We live locally, and know that this is a family-owned restaurant with local-caught FRESH fish. It is prepared very well, and served by friendly, efficient staff. My favorite lunch at Rusty Bellies is The Redman--it's a grouper sandwich--grilled. It comes with fries, but you can...More

Thank bearbunch1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This family owned restaurant offers a full menu with Florida specialties. Be sure to try the fish spread. Home made desserts top off an amazing meal. This is the best waterfront restaurant in Tarpon Springs.

Thank peedeeg
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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, Brunch, 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
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
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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