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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” (328 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (206 reviews)
“grouper” (380 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
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 today

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
Restaurant's Favourite
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 yesterday 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
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were seated immediately upon walking in the door! The service was super fast and friendly! Everyone at our table ordered the fish and chips. The fish was lightly breaded, well seasoned, and piping hot! We will definitely be back before heading home!!

Thank Kerry A
Reviewed 6 days ago

we looked up the rust bellies while taking out of state visitors to Tarpon Springs for a visit to the sponge docks.. after shopping for awhile we decide we wanted a light snack as it was mid afternoon.. long story short we loved it ,...More

Thank Don T
Reviewed 1 week ago

While in Tarpon Springs for the night my husband and I decided to stop here and take something back to the hotel to eat later. We decided on the crab cake sandwich. It was delicious. They also added their hush puppies to our order. All...More

Thank cheryl253
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant, great food, servers Anthony and Tony were great to be waited on by, definitely a high spot for Tarpon Springs

Thank bdean002
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was amazing and so were the cocktails. Strong and delicious cocktails, and great table service. Had so many things from the menu - you can't go wrong order everything. The free hush puppies while you wait for your food were incredible.

Thank Jay S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good place, with good food, good service (for a busy place) but not great. The Madam Butterfly Shrimp was about average with average bake potato. The Shrimp N Grits were good. Fried shrimp tacos had plenty of medium sized shrimp. The portions on...More

Thank chatdad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a flying visit to Tarpon Springs in December 2017, so whilst in the area thought we would have a night before flying to New Orleans, a stroll down the Main Street by the sponge docks brings you to Rusty Bellies, a great waterside...More

Thank Geoff B
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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
Child-friendly, View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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