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 elegant banquet hall. Because it sits along 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 enjoy multiple event spaces at The Rusty Pelican. The Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 250 guests, is the largest banquet room. 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 people, 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 garden setting for sweet outdoor ceremonies with up to 250 guests.

Services Offered
To help the day run smoothly, The Rusty Pelican has various wedding-related services. These offerings include:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Cake
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Lighting and sound
  • Wireless internet


Cuisine
The venue has various menus 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 catering and bartending services include:

  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Servers
  • Tastings
  • Bartenders
  • Cash bar
  • Open bar
  • Champagne toast
  • Liquor license
  • Signature drink


Other Services
The Rusty Pelican will gladly host your wedding-related festivities. These occasions include:

  • Bridal shower
  • Engagement party
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Ceremony
  • Reception


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
Based in the Rocky Point District of Tampa, The Rusty Pelican is just eight minutes from Tampa International Airport. It is about 20 minutes from multiple tourist attractions, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island and Museum of Science and Industry.

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303 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 4.3
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Kyle · Married on 11/04/2018

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
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    • Professionalism:
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    Amazing, amazing, amazing!

    This venue was absolutely amazing. Not only are the views stunning, but Don handled everything from the timing to the placement and guided us through the process. With everything from the linens to the alcohol included, it took so much of the pressure off of us when it came to planning, which was a huge help as neither of us had planned a wedding or an event of this size before! Everyone said how amazing it was and I have absolutely no regrets.

    Sent on 11/16/2018

    The Rusty Pelican's reply:

    Hello Kyle! Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback and CONGRATULATIONS to you!! We were thrilled to have been a part of your special day and hope you'll be back to visit us again very soon! Best, Beth Hudson Catering Sales Manager
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    Brittany · Married on 10/26/2018

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    Don is amazing!

    From being to the end the Rusty Pelican and Don my coordinator was amazing! Don was easy to work with and made sure my wedding was perfect! Everyone raves about the food and open bar along with how smooth everything ran. I can’t thank him and the staff ( bartenders, the captain of the room and all the waitstaff) enough for a perfect day! My husband and I even had a caption of the room to make sure we had fun and everything we needed! I don’t think we could of asked for a better venue.

    Sent on 11/09/2018

    The Rusty Pelican's reply:

    Hello Brittany, Congratulations! We are so happy you decided to share your Wedding Day with us here at The Rusty Pelican. We greatly appreciate your thoughtful feedback and I will be sure to pass your compliments along to the rest of the team! Thank you again! All the best, Beth Hudson Catering Sales Manager

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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
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 250
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 25
  • 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

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    Our Gift To You!
    Book Your Holiday Party by November 20, 2015 and receive a $100.00 Gift Card. Available for eventsw that take place Sunday trhrough Thursday between November 2-February 1, 2016. Please join us for a Grand Event!

Professional Network & Endorsements

15 Endorsements

  • Alessi Bakery
    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
    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
    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!

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  • 2425 North Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607 See on map
    813-701-2233 (Phone number)

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