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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%
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“hush puppies” (328 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (206 reviews)
“grouper” (380 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan 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 2 days ago

Always a favorite Food Experience. Had a Cobb Salad , plenty of Shrimp shared with my Wife. Very good service . I love to come to a place that is local and Good Service.

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Reviewed 29 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

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lover of fresh seafood? This place is off the charts good. We sampled almost everything! Bucket of FRESH (Ie caught hours ago) shrimp. Crab legs. Mussels in white wine, an assorted platter of deep fried calamari, onion rings, and clams. Basically we stuffed ourselves- as...More

Thank woodysgal
Reviewed 5 days ago

Living in Tarpon Springs we decided to visit Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill but was disappointed in the menu, prices and poor customer service. They are more interested in dealing with volume. The food was of average quality and I could have spent this money on...More

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Jacquelyn T, Owner at Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your visit. It is disappointing to hear that we missed the mark on multiple areas and we sincerely apologize. We have built our reputation on our incredibly fresh seafood coupled with outstanding service, when we...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Took friends and family there for dinner. Had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was on the rustic side. The food was excellent. The service was fairly quick for all the people we had. The servers were all friendly. Will be coming back.

Thank franrich2
Reviewed 5 days ago

I ordered the whole fish and it was delicious. The special dessert of the day, freshly made pound cake with fresh strawberries and cream was delicious too. Our waitress was most attentive to our needs. Eating on the outside deck was also a treat as...More

Thank SSue798
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a waterfront restaurant with plenty of space and a large outside covered bar and seating area. It is on the edge of a retail district and provides a welcome relief from tourist shopping. Specialties include fresh steamed seafood including shrimp, crab clusters, mussels,...More

Thank Andy M
Reviewed 5 days ago

When friends visit from out of town we almost always take them to stroll along the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. Then later we avoid all of the excellent Greek restaurants along Dodecanese Blvd. for the tropical ambiance of Rusty Bellies. The restaurant offers great...More

Thank Radiohutch
Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived at 7:30 on a Friday night and were prepared to wait. They told us 30-45 mins but it was more like 20 mins! Yay! The first thing they do is give you a little bag of the most scrumptious hush puppies - they...More

Thank jbreezymom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Key Lime Pie! The best I've ever had! Ok the food was great as always we were large group so service not stellar but we did have a great time and good food as always nice to go where you know they do great job...More

Thank jay j
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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
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
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
  • 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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