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Rusty Pelican

Map & Directions 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
  • Continental, Seafood
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Banquet Facilities, Catering, Kid Friendly, Multi-Level, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Water View, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Required, Accepted
  • Valet, Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

After all is said about the Rusty Pelican's $7 million renovation, the waterfront view from every seat -- whether through clear bay windows or from outdoor tables illuminated by fire pits -- still steals the show. The menu is contemporary American (implying a global influence) and, rather surprisingly, not very seafood-centric -- in fact, except a few shellfish offerings, main-course fish choices encompass only local sea bass, local red snapper, and Columbia River salmon (which is rolled with foie gras). If you choose to have a fish straightforwardly grilled, it's down to just salmon or sea bass.
Be that as it may, seafood lovers have options. Starters include a handful of sushi and sashimi selections, lobster crudo, sea scallop tiradito, fried calamari, ahi tuna tacos, and sea bass ceviche. The last, served in an oval tin set in crushed ice, lavishes luscious chunks of sea bass tossed with choclo corn kernels, red onion, small cubes of sweet potato, cilantro, lime juice, and aji amarillo -- which yields a nice bite in the back of the throat. Black sea bass fillets and fried whole red snapper were fresh and satisfying anchors to main-course plates, but sides on both were disappointing. Poached Long Island duck breast -- served as three sushi-size cylinders that were tender, juicy, and boasting rich duck flavor -- was the only real eye-opener we sampled. Desserts include a thin rectangular slice of key lime pie and baked Alaska with a soft, fresh cap of bronzed meringue over rock-hard cookies-and-cream ice cream. So much about the Rusty Pelican has changed, but the only real rationale for dining here remains, as always, the view.

Member Reviews

  • makeupbynuria wrote a review for Rusty Pelican
    on 01/09/13

    This WAS a great restaurant before. My friends and I visited the place after new "renovation" recently, our overall experience wasn't the best this time.
    They nicely updated the place, view always was beautiful, but the most important to anyone, FOOD, Portions, Quality, Staff attention, Taste... VERY POOR, OVERPRICE, you don't receive what you pay for, menu is confused, doesn't... More >>

  • Cyrichie wrote a review for Rusty Pelican
    on 08/31/10

    THE best brunch in Miami, Fl! It also has a great view.

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Tips from foursquare

  • AskMen on 12/19/11

    Now the revamped Key Biscayne restaurant feels decidedly fresh, with appetizers like coconut shrimp with “cotton candy” and pork belly skewers served with caramelized apples

  • Nevena Icevicmil on 04/12/12

    Come here if you want to enjoy the best view of Miami by fire, enjoying the great food!

  • Brickellinfo on 02/12/12

    A great view of Brickell and a new Rusty Pelican.

  • CB G. on 11/27/12

    Food is top notch since the redesign. View still the best available.

  • Thrillist on 01/04/12

    The phyllo pastry/ sweet potato puree/ mint jus-covered, duck fat-fried lamb loin from the land down under will undermine your diet, but it's delicious nonetheless.

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