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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” (287 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (181 reviews)
“grouper” (345 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All 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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Reviewed 3 days ago

We go here pretty often and mostly choose outdoor seating where there is typically live music. Whether it's date night or we are entertaining out of towners, we have never been disappointed in the food or the atmosphere. The service has always been good as...More

Thank Catherine I
Reviewed 3 days ago

Food, service, atmosphere were wonderful. Kelly C was our server. She was fantastic. Great personality, friendly, and took care of our every need. Recommend the fish tacos! Portions size was just right. Atmosphere is just what I was hoping for. Table outside right on the...More

Thank Pete M
Reviewed 6 days ago

I arrived here late-afternoon on a Friday... it was slightly crowded, but comfortable. I asked for indoor seating (this being my first visit), but I would recommend outdoor! The view is beautiful, Rusty Bellies is located on a canal, very scenic. Service is extremely attentive;...More

Thank World T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. Sat outside by the water. Sangria was great. Had an appetizer of shrimp, calamari, and crab cake with onion strings. It was very good.

Thank LGude
Reviewed 6 days ago

Arriving on a Friday just in time for lunch and we were able to be seated within a few minutes, nice view of the river, great Hushpuppies, and good food. Kind of expensive though 40 dollars for a lunch for the two of us!

Thank IndianagirlFlorida
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice resturant to sit back and enjoy great food. Our server Gigi went above and beyond to make sure everyone in our party was happy. Rusty Bellies is a place I do plan on visiting again. thanks!

Thank jordanbeauty4
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great local place that our friends took us to. Food was great. Outdoor eating on the water. Entertainment was playing and the noise level was tolerable. Food was great. Prices were not out of the roof. We will be back if in the area.

Thank DrLFoodie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere, food is always consistently good . The servers hassle do a great job. Great place to eat. Plan to wait a little bit before being seated.

Thank Anclote B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best local seafood you can find at reasonable prices! I love this place. Sit outside! Great view of boats and the Anclote River. Great bar area too. Did I mention the food! Awesome! The staff is always accommodating if my wife and I ask for...More

Thank 885swilkinson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The freshest shrimp and grouper, caught on their own boats. Plus the best hush puppies ever. Sit by the water for a feeling of true Florida.

Thank Jacqueline 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, 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
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, 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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