The Rusty Pelican

2425 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Rusty Pelican

The Rusty Pelican is a Tampa-based tropical wedding venue that offers a classic atmosphere and waterfront ballrooms. Set directly on Tampa Bay, the space has breathtaking scenic views and picture-perfect backdrops for coastal celebrations.Your guests will be enchanted by the sophisticated design, local marine life and the soothing sound of crashing waves.


Facilities and Capacity
Couples can choose from multiple ballrooms at The Rusty Pelican. The Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 250 guests, is the largest ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows, family and friends can take in the spectacular view of the water. Both the Pelican Room and Coral Room can comfortably fit up to 100 guests, complete with front row seats to a beautiful tropical sunset. For more intimate weddings, the Bay Room offers a stunning fireplace and stained-glass windows for 50 guests. The Tampa Room can also host up to 50 guests and has its own private entrance. Outside, the Wedding Gazebo has a private waterfront, garden setting for stunning outdoor ceremonies for up to 250 guests.

Services Offered
The Rusty Pelican offers various wedding-related services. These include:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Custom menus and packages available
  • Preferred vendor partnerships for additional services
  • Personalized planning and coordination

Cuisine
An array of menus are available to please your palate. Their extraordinary dining experience is casual yet elegant, ensuring that your day is memorable. Meals can be served as buffet, hors d’oeuvres, plated and stations.

Additional Occasions
The Rusty Pelican will gladly host all of your celebrations including:

  • Bridal & Baby Showers
  • Engagement Parties
  • Rehearsal Dinners


History
In 1978, the coastal wedding venue was founded. It has a reputation for being a popular landmark and exotic escape for both locals and tourists.

Location
Centrally located in the Rocky Point District of Tampa, The Rusty Pelican is just minutes from Tampa International Airport and in close proximity to many hotels and multiple tourist attractions.

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322 Reviews for The Rusty Pelican

Recommended by 92% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 4.6
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Pooja Sinha · Married on 11/14/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Beautiful Location

    The place was absolutely gorgeous. They have fantastic views from the rooms. Savannah is extremely helpful with every little thing you need.

    Sent on 11/23/2020
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    Thomas Sanders · Married on 07/18/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
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    So far great for wedding

    2 years afo I took my girlfriend there for her birthday dinner it was awesome. It was then I noted a wedding venue available there.
    Two years later it came to mind after proposing marriage. I looked at other places but most were poor responsive. Jill reached out to me immediately and offered a package that is almost perfect for our needs.
    The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent from our experience so it should be a great place for a smalk intimate elegant wedding.

    Sent on 06/09/2020

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The Rusty Pelican Pricing

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The Rusty Pelican FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Lighting/Sound
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    5
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Lighting
    Photo booth
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access

Professional Network & Endorsements

15 Endorsements

  • Alessi Bakery Wedding Cakes

    Alessi Bakery has been celebrating making beautiful wedding cakes for Rusty Pelican couples for over 5 years. The Rusty Pelican provides couples the perfect romantic setting on the water. Mixed with a great location, experience and attention to detail they excel in making your event fabulous!

  • Joe Braccio Wedding Musicians

    One of the best waterfront venues for your wedding and reception--Don and Jill are both great people to work with for all your needs and wishes. I heartily endorse them Joe Braccio Spcollege

  • Avalon West Carriage Service Wedding Limos

    The Rusty Pelican is such a gorgeous facility for any type of event in the Tampa area. The view is spectacular, the people are wonderful, and the food is delicious. We love working with the Rusty Pelican and love the location!

Map

  • 2425 North Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL, 33607 See on map
    813-701-2233 (Phone number)
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The Rusty Pelican frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Rusty Pelican?

The Rusty Pelican includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Rusty Pelican, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Rusty Pelican includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At The Rusty Pelican, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Rusty Pelican includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of The Rusty Pelican in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Rusty Pelican for wedding events is known for:

  • Banquet Hall
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Rusty Pelican for wedding events?

The Rusty Pelican offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Rusty Pelican offer?

The Rusty Pelican offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Rusty Pelican offer for wedding events?

The Rusty Pelican offers the following services for wedding events:

  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Rusty Pelican have available for wedding events?

The Rusty Pelican offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Rusty Pelican and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Rusty Pelican is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in quality of service, 4.7 in average response time, 4.6 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.4 in flexibility.