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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (325 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (199 reviews)
“grouper” (372 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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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 5 days ago via mobile

We had shrimp and grouper. Baked potato and black bean and rice. Great prices short wait. Hush puppies are great.

Thank Marc S
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

2  Thank BCHBOI
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Day trip to Tarpon Springs and we chose here to eat. Staff was really friendly and we received our food extremely fast. Unfortunately, our food lacked flavor. I ordered brussel sprouts and my sister ordered the calamari. Both were just ok. Because the staff was...More

Thank Miyaj131
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the best restaurants we ate at on our travels across Florida. The all you could eat shrimp, steamed and fried, was fantastic. Shrimp were large and juicy! Had the crab cakes for appetizer and would not recommend them as they were more bread...More

Thank Lmvrlv
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was very nice I visited Tarpon Spring’s while on business in Orlando. After a good walk around the town I decided to find somewhere to eat and this place look very good. Over looks the Tarpon Bayou it is just great siting outside and...More

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was excellent. Hush puppies are always good. My spouse had the mullet and said it was great. I had the Chicken Dakota it was yummy. My sister had the 1 1/2 lbs. crab and loved it. The only thing about the crab dinner...More

Thank Sylvia R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were in Tarpon Springs for some time at the beach. An afternoon shower and thunder storm cut our stay short so we headed to the sponge docks to find some good seafood for an early dinner. All of us that travel...More

1  Thank Robert L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good; service was good! I had heard that it was a good place to try out & we found out that was true. We ordered a variety of foods including the fish dip appetizer which was excellent. I had fish tacos which was...More

Thank ShayAnnie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! Great food, great bartenders, great music, great view! What more could you ask for! Nothing except maybe a larger bar. It's so hard to get a seat at the bar.

Thank Karen F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful sea breeze as we enjoyed our lunch outdoors...excellent key west pink shrimp!!! Definitely will be back~♡♡♡

Thank Nancy N
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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, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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 - 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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