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
  • Linens
  • Chivari Chair (in a selection of colors)
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals, lighting and sound (additional costs apply)
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • 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


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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312 Reviews for The Rusty Pelican

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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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    Matt Fishman · Married on 07/06/2019

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
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    • Professionalism:
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    Worth every penny

    The Rusty Pelican was one of the first locations my now wife and I toured and we instantly fell in love. The location sets it right on the water and our wedding was right around sunset. The view was absolutely magnificent. From the start, the Rusty Pelican event staff makes you feel comfortable and assured that your wedding will go off without a hitch. Our event coordinator was Don Valente and we cannot thank him enough for all that he did. Don took care of everything. He made sure we had our vendors lined up, he organized the room to ensure the best flow of traffic, and made sure everything was set up perfectly the day of the wedding. If you choose this location, know that you will not need a day of coordinator. They do an excellent job of making sure everything is in place to make your day perfect. This location is not cheap...but my wife and I can honestly say that every single dollar spent was 100% worth it. The food was AMAZING, but the staff was even better. Our dinner coordinator was Norma and she was absolutely outstanding. One nice thing about using this location was their understanding of the craziness of the day. They make sure that the bride and groom have a small separate moment to enjoy a small meal before everyone else eats dinner. Norma made sure we had champagne and some food and her staff was incredible when it came to tending to tables or helping our guests. Thank you so much to all of the staff at the rusty pelican for making our day so incredibly special.

    Sent on 07/26/2019

    The Rusty Pelican's reply:

    Thank you for allowing us to be part of your Special Day! We were so happy to have you! We appreciate the kind words and your taking the time to provide us with your feedback. I will be sure to share this with the rest of the team! We're hopeful you will visit us again sometime soon!

    Jill Zimmerman
    Catering Sales Manager
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    Mari · Married on 06/08/2019

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    Wedding venue....PERFECT!

    We couldn’t have asked for anything to go more smoothly!!!! This venue not only had the best view, but from start to finish was an easy process!!! We couldn’t have asked for a better venue for a perfect day!!

    Sent on 06/11/2019

    The Rusty Pelican's reply:

    We are so happy we were able to help you make your day a huge success! Wishing you many of years filled with love and happiness! Come visit us again soon.

    Jill Zimmerman
    Director of Catering

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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

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    Holiday Offer!

    OUR GIFT TO YOU!

    Book Your Winter Event with Us and Recieve up to a $500* Gift Card to Thank You for Hosting the Event!

    Valid for events taking place Monday-Thursday only between November 22nd, 2019- January 16th, 2020. Must book by October 15th, 2019. Event spend at time of booking $1,000-$2,500=$200, $2,501-$5,000=$300, $5,001-$7,500=$400, $7,5001+=$500. Restrictions apply, Contact an Event Specialist Today for more Details!

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    Wedding Special!

    Book your Wedding at The Rusty Pelican by September 30th, 2019 & recive your choice of a Custom Ceremony or Reception Enhancement valued up to $1,000!

    Wedding must take place by December 31st, 2019 in order to be eligible.

    Incentive must be mentioned at the time of booking.

    Subject to Room Avaliblity and minimums. Cannot be combined with any other incentive or previously booked events. Managment reserves all rights.

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  • 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, 33607 See on map
    813-701-2233 (Phone number)

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