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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

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937 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3135
+1 727-934-4047
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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New Port Richey, Florida
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Popular spot especially in winter so you might plan on waiting for a table. Good seafood and Greek dishes prepared a bit better than many of the other local restaurants. High above the river with decent views.

Thank Veggout
London, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a previous visit the service and food were excellent. This time, service was very slow. Bartender spent ages talking to his manager and I couldn't get his attention despite only being a few feet away. The Floridian dish was quite good but overall, the food was only good not as nice as before (Dec 2015).

Tampa, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on Friday night which was crazy busy. However our server Brandi was so so personable and accommodating. She remembered our favorite drink and provided us the recipe. The complimentary hush puppies, ceviche, raw oysters were incredible but our all time favorite was the 1lb of boiled shrimp is second to none. Can't believe how big the shrimp was.... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a group of seven and everyone enjoyed their lunch here. It overlooked the water and was apart of the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. The service was great! We also had drinks and they were enjoyable as well. They offered mostly seafood but had other options as well. Definitely a place I'd like to go back to!

Thank Tara D
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fun location on the river. We have enjoyed both lunch and dinner. The menu provides a nice variety of seafood dishes, which have all been wonderful.

Thank Daniel J
LeRoy, NY
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perfect stop for some appetizers and drinks while visiting the various shops. Beautiful view, good food, excellent Sangria!!

Thank danid1976
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really liked this place. Sat by water in covered area. I had coconut shrimp and coleslaw, hubby had grouper por boy, friends had blackened grouper sandwich, and prime rib sandwich Everyone loved the food. I would recommend this place. The town Tarpon Springs is a cute sponge harvesting town with lots of shops

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu was an wide array of tasty seafood dishes. The only issue we had was deciding which dish to order. The Calamari appetizer was very large and cooked perfectly (not to chewy). The lunch special was shrimp Marsala, soooo good. Shrimp Cajun Alfredo was lovely as well. My husband loved the fried shrimp with it's simple but tasty breeding.... More 

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived about 5pm on President's Day and the place was "jumping", but only had to wait about 20 minutes for our table, right on the water. The hush puppies were really good and a nice complement to our coctails as we waited for the entrees. The view was great and so was the service and food. It was a fun... More 

Thank Linda H
Trinity, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill has a great location. Whether you dine inside, outside, or in the bar area, something is always happening on the water. The hush puppies are the best around. Today our server was Kristen. She is friendly and always checking back to see if we need anything.

Thank Robert G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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