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The Rusty Pelican gives guests the ultimate taste of Miami. Situated right on the Rickenbacker Marina, the waterfront views of Miami are unmatchable. Upon arrival, guests are transported to a world of contemporary sophistication. The Rusty Pelican’s plantation-style building exudes elegance and its modern fountain and lush greenery bring guests to a modernized tropical escape. Contemporary cuisine tantalizes the senses, with exotic Latin-inspired dishes and the freshest local seafood. Marvel in an impressive wall of wines, featuring over a thousand varietals to select from. From fabulous brunches, intimate dinners, to large-scale events – when you dine at the Rusty Pelican, you're in for an experience you won't forget.

Boasting some of the finest views Miami has to offer, the historic Rusty Pelican provides a tropical escape along the Florida coastline where guests can enjoy breathtaking views and family fun and experience all the activities happening on the water. Guests are invited to sample Latin-inspired dishes in our classy plantation-style building and select from our extensive selection of over 1,000 varieties of wine.

From fresh locally-caught seafood to signature cocktails and perfectly cooked steak, the Rusty Pelican's got it all — serving up contemporary American, seafood-forward cuisine inspired by the bounty of the Florida Coast. Featuring local specialties and coastal flavors!

Our Team

Derrick Badenhorst - Managing Director 

Jim Pastor - Eastern Regional Chef 

Oscar Amaya - Beverage Director 

Kyle Kingrey - Executive Chef 

Devin Perez - Assistant General Manager 

Jennie Franco - Director of Special Events

Waterfront Seafood Dining in Miami

Meet friends for Sunday brunch or plan a romantic date night at our waterfront restaurant. Our chefs create culinary masterpieces that range from bubbly mimosas change from a beverage to food items and Fruity Pebble pancakes to lobster tail and mashed plantains. 

Brunch, Lunch, & Dinner

Our extensive brunch menu offers unique mimosas in flavors like Lavender Activated Charcoal Lemonade, Passion Fruit & Tarragon, and various signature Benedicts that you can't find anywhere else in Miami. 

Select oysters from the Raw Bar, including Octopus or a warm Butter Poached Lobster Roll, are the luxurious options for lunch. If you prefer burgers, try the Biscayne Burger with a Rusty Fries side seasoned with parmesan cheese, rosemary, and parsley. We also have some delectable fish tacos and amazing salads available for lunch.

Our dinner menu is carefully curated to include the most delicate dishes making it one of the best restaurants in Miami. Start with Crispy Brussels Sprouts seasoned with Thai chili, young coconut, basil, and mint, or Salmon Tartare from the Raw Bar. Climb aboard our seafood tower, or order some sushi options like the Ahi Tuna Sashimi or the Deco Mak Sushi Roll. Signature main dishes include the Tomahawk Ribeye Steak, cooked to perfection, or the Rusty Pelican Board For Two that comes with Whole Fried Snapper, Lobster and Shrimp Risotto, CAB New York Strip Steak, and a Smoked Sweet Plantain Mash. 

Bar

The Rusty Pelican has an amazing bar program helmed by Beverage Director Oscar Amaya (formerly of Ariete and Baby Jane). Amaya's fabulous libations can be enjoyed in the bar and lounge area or on the bayside patio, overlooking the water and the gorgeous downtown Miami skyline. Rusty Pelican also offers a fabulous Happy Hour hosted in the Lounge from Monday-Thursday from 4 pm to 6:30 pm – guests are encouraged to unwind and mingle with select appetizers provided at 50% off and exclusive drink specials.

With over 1,000 varieties of wine to choose from and a wide variety of signature cocktails, we'll make a drink you can sip on while making memories along the Biscayne Bay. In addition to our signature cocktails, also have your classics like the Old Fashioned and let our Beverage Director mesmerize you with our Passion of the Soul cocktail. Enjoy some of our tableside cocktails that are sure to wow.  The three delicious and Instagram-worthy options include:

Belle: Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose Botanical, St. Germain Elderflower, clarified lemon juice, essence of rose and plumeria 

Maracuya: Passion Fruit Vodka, passion fruit, purple basil, tarragon, Szechuan flower 

Up In Smoke: Ilegal Joven Mezcal, Pedro Ximenez, Gonzalez Byass, Old Fashioned syrup, dehydrated blood orange, caramelized fig, smoked eucalyptus oak 

We offer unique Gin and Tonics that are flavorful and fun. Enjoy flavor combos like:

Blackberry and Rosemary

Lemon and Basil

Peach and Orange

Hibiscus and Cucumber

Pomegranate and Dragon Fruit

Happy Hour

Celebrate happy hour in the Lounge here at The Rusty Pelican Monday-Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm and enjoy deals that include:

$5 Bud Light, Select Import and Craft Beers

$6 Well Drinks

$7 House Wine and Select Cocktails

$9 Select Premium Wine By the Glass

1/2 Off Select Food Items

Watch the sunset over the Biscayne Bay with oysters and a glass of wine here at one of the best Key Biscayne restaurants.

Miami Seafood Take-Out & Delivery

Order take-out lunch or dinner at the click of a button, and it will be ready when you arrive. Bring the Latin flavors of The Rusty Pelican to enjoy at home.

Waterfront Private Events In Miami

Accessible by both land and sea by boat docks, Rusty Pelican's indoor-outdoor venues include a range of versatile special event spaces and a full-service team dedicated to accommodating private gatherings of all kinds. Rusty Pelican offers the perfect escape for fun social events in a stunning, unique setting on the water. The Rusty Pelican has ballrooms and event spaces for any occasion, from corporate events to private parties and glamorous weddings. With breathtaking waterfront views of Miami framed by spectacular floor-to-ceiling glass windows, modern and chic décor, tufted and elegant furniture, and extravagant chandeliers and light fixtures, guests will enjoy an event of cool sophistication.

Dine On The Miami Waterfront With Us Today!

The Rusty Pelican is a contemporary and unique restaurant that offers exceptional food with equally amazing views. Plan your next meal here, at one of Miami's best waterfront restaurants. If you'd like more information about our business, contact us today.

Follow us on social media @RustyPelicanMiami 

We look forward to serving you.

Our Team