Rusty Pelican - Miami

4.4
3077 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
On Key Biscayne, diners are flocking to the newly transformed Rusty Pelican – a waterfront restaurant, lounge and special events venue long known for offering Miami’s most amazing skyline views. Offering the definition of modern, fun and comfortable dining, the iconic restaurant boasts its legendary view along with great cuisine from executive chef Jim Pastor in a high energy atmosphere that literally buzzes with excitement. Guests enjoy a menu that presents the best of Modern American cuisine featuring deliciously composed small plates perfect for sharing, a wine list filled with unique varietals and specialty blends. In the lounge and on the star swept outdoor patio, cocktail culture is in full swing with a spectacular selection of specialty libations, microbrews and wines by the glass.The Rusty Pelican is the ideal place for dining and entertaining – from a casual night out with friends and family to a very special event that will form lifetime memories.
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4.3
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4.6
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4.0
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You come here for the gorgeous views of Miami, but the food is also pretty good. On the pricier side, but overall great brunch spot on a sunny Sunday.

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M
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Very loud and overpriced

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food ok, view amazing. Service was a bit rushed, food came too quickly

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience at this restaurant! Love the fresh seafood and great service! Roberto was amazing waiter!

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AW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great View! Our waiter was extremely polite and courteous. The hostess was somewhat difficult when we asked for a particular seating area. We made a reservation for 11:30am. We walk in, the restaurant is basically empty and we asked for a different table that was literally 3ft away. She gave a BS excuse of why we couldn’t sit there and finally conceded when I asked her to further explain. It was an overall great experience but was almost ruined by the difficult hostess.

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GS
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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SL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing views and super delicious seafood. Love this place. Check out the seafood Tower.

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R
Miami
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and good service!

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IH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location with tasty food, wonderful view und a really good service. Parking is no problem. Very friendly staff.

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The drinks are amazing and the seafood tower is to die for. Didn’t like the rib eye which were 2 slices and popcorn. Horrible concoction by a chef

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CL
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing amazing amazing!!!!

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PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful scenery, excellent, creative delicious food with beautiful presentation!

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N
Miami
116 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love The Rusty Pelican, in general. However, for this occasion—where I was responsible for dining Canadian friends—I was especially glad that our server was Ricky who is utterly professional, yet very friendly.

The food was delicious (except for the chicken from the kids’ menu and the rib eye steaks that followed (which were completely unacceptable). Nonetheless, we were very pleased with the sea bass entree as well as the grilled snapper and Tequila chicken.

Thank you, but even more so, to Ricky for helping it be a lovely experience.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Service was great until our dinner was served. After dinner, our table was not cleared and the desert menu was brought when they should have brought the bill.

We eventually had to ask the sommelier for the bill. Our waiter was, AWOL.

We appreciate not being rushed but in this case, we were ignored.

We also ordered two bottles of wine which we poured during and after dinner.

This is a fantastic restaurant but on this occasion, survice was the weak link.

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The best view of the Miami Skyline. The food and service were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant any time. A Miami classic for sure.

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CA
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was awesome fantastic view and food

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K
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Growing up in Miami in 70,s ..this has been a special place for us for so many years. We hosted my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary party here 11 years ago and took them back tonight for their 61st. Our server touted their Chilean Sea Bass but recommended the mushrooms and asparagus as sides over the plantain mash. Three of us ordered the Sea Bass ... I wished I had gotten the grilled snapper that my husband ordered. The Sea bass while flakey , was over sauced and looked like it was made in mass. The plantain mash was very smoky ( my MIL said it was spicy) and was way to heavy a side dish for the Sea Bass. I took out servers recommendation and got the asparagus and mushroom/ onion side. This was definitely a better option, but the mushroom/ onions looked made in mass as well. My husband got his snapper fried and said it was excellent.

I love this place for it’s view of Miami and the special memories it hold for me and my husband, but their food is hit or miss.... The prices they charge and the abundance of fresh seafood available in this area, it could be so much better. They did go out of their way to bring us a complimentary champagne toast and decorated our desert plate with an Anniversary message...

Overall, just be careful what you order, but the view and space is amazing

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r
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good but expensive! Ordered my daughter a glass of champagne for lunch, $21.00 per glass! Food was good not over the top. Service by Douglass was the best part of the experience. Food took a long time to come out. Not that that was a big deal for us. We had all afternoon. Great table as well. Right in the corner with lots of windows. It was kinda loud in there. We had a big table sitting right behind us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a wonderfull time. 4th july fireworks was a bit disappointing. I expected to see much more.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Miami. We came for Fourth of July fireworks and got a table right outside with a great view. Our server Rosa was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was impeccable as always. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Los ostiones frescos no estuvieron a la altura del resto de la comida

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Extremely scenic and atmospheric to suit.... but you’re paying for the the view not top quality food. The value for money is extremely disjointed. To go for a couple of drinks and perhaps an appetizer whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings Miami has to offer, then fair enough but I would seriously consider going for a 3-5 course dining experience as the food does not live up to the glamorous dish titles

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!

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DS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place. Food was great, but the snapper could have been seasoned. Overall great experience, nice place, great food

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was excellent. The place is beautiful and food is amazing

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for my birthday and had one of the best nights ever !

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RD
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Dirty utensils, dirty glasses, when entering the location it stinked of raw sewer.

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RB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cumpñeaños maravilloso!

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OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always phenomenal

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Celebrating with friends for all if our birthdays

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Excellent service. Don’t miss their cornbread with Parmesan butter.

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RB
Houston
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our second visit, and it was very nice. Great views of the water, and top notch service. The food is decent, nothing particularly special or outstanding. Considering the beautiful views and overall upscale ambiance, the prices are quite reasonable, we did brunch for two for $50.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came with my family to enjoy food with a view and I let me tell you! We were lucky enough to have Julian C. as our server. He was excellent! Very on point and very attentive. Amazing service! I give it *(5 stars lol). The ambiance was amazing! Food was superb. I cannot complain! Thank you so much Julian for making our experience a great one!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Don’t judge by the name
It’s a gem and location and scenery is amazing

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is always one of my favorite places to dine! The views are amazing and if it’s breezy I recommend sitting outside! Shrimp cocktail is 100% a must and the best in soflo. I usually get the surf and turf with short rib and lobster over the Mac and chz and everyone always wants to have a bite of mine! Lol , highly recommended!

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CG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Returned for the anniversary of my husband's proposal to me a year ago there. Always beautiful upscale and elegant restaurant with a great view.
Food is very overpriced however and doesn't taste good. (I heard the snapper was good however) mediocre food for the extreme price. Still a very nice and romantic restaurant. We have been there 3 times. We knew the food wasn't great (rarely seasoned, very limited options) but we were simply enjoying the memories. We liked it for the ambience as it it is on the water and across from downtown Miami. So the Miami skyline is visible indoors and outdoors of the restaurant. That's the hype about the place, so it would be recommended for special occasions for that reason only. (They should maintain their ceiling to floor glass windows better if they know that people like to view through them) ours was very stained and we took pictures at someone else's window view. Overall still a decent restaurant just not good for price or the food.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service

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R
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent he went out of him way to accommodate us.been here before and will definitely come back.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT FOR OUR SPECIAL OCCASION! OUTSTANDING!

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K
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

If you are looking for great food..... unfortunately this isn’t the place to go to. Generally flavor-less food and horrible portion sizes on Chilean sea bass that was microscopic (even when sent back for a larger piece) there was more plantain mash underneath than the fish which was supposed to be the star of the dish. Service was slow..... with all of that said if you are looking for unbelievable views THAT is why you should go..... i suggest for drinks only though.

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