The Rusty Pelican is an exceptional dining and special events venue in Tampa that offers an exquisite venue for weddings, ceremonies, and receptions. Perched on the Rocky Point District of Tampa, the Rusty Pelican has been creating memories for more than 40 years with its magical gardens of swaying palm trees, weeping willows, twinkling lights and cool, ocean breezes. The tropical hideaway boasts impressive views and award-winning Caribbean cuisine and is a charmingly versatile venue with designated areas that can be hired for any event from intimate wedding ceremonies to vibrant receptions.

Amenities & Facilities

Set on the water’s edge with panoramic views of Tamp Bay, the Rusty Pelican is an idyllic spot for a romantic wedding with a variety of sites for all types of occasion. Vows can be exchanged in the private Bayside Gazebo or inside against a backdrop of stunning ocean views, and elegant receptions can be held in in one of the various indoor event spaces with high ceilings, chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular vistas. The Rusty Pelican can host indoor and outdoor weddings for up to 220 guests in a variety of elegant banquet rooms and private indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces overlooking Tampa Bay’s beautiful waterfront.

Boasting breathtaking views of Tamp Bay, the Grand Ballroom is the most significant banquet room available and can accommodate up to 250 guests. The ballroom features a private entrance, a built-in dance floor, and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular panoramic ocean views.

The Bay Room is ideal for smaller private parties of up to 50 guests and features a private entrance, an artfully crafted stained-glass window, a magnificent fireplace, and stunning views of the bay. The Tampa Room is also perfect for an intimate gathering of no more than 50 people and has a private entrance and a built-in dance floor. The Wedding Gazebo offers a pretty and secluded garden setting overlooking the beautiful waters of the bay for an unforgettable outdoor ceremony for up to 250 guests.


The Rusty Pelican offers several Special Occasion Menus and Hosted Bar Packages. These include the Traditional Package – Plated, which features hors-d'oeuvres, salad, and plated entrées, as well as a coffee and tea service, a three hour hosted bar service with brand cocktails and signature drinks, a Champagne toast, cake cutting and serving, floor length table linen and napkins, and white, ivory or black Chiavari chairs with cushions. Other Special Occasion Menus include the Traditional Buffet, the Deluxe Package – Plated, the Deluxe Grand Buffet, the Premier Package – Plated, the Premier Ultimate Buffet, Wedding Brunch, Wedding Plated Luncheon, and the Lunch Ultimate Grand Buffet.

Additional Services

Extended hours are available if required, and there is no room rental charges or bartender fee with the Wedding Bar Package. Children’s and vegetarian menus can be arranged, and complimentary limousine transportation to the wedding for the bride from partnering hotels, or a nearby church is possible with the Full Package Reception. The Rusty Pelican also hosts a lively Sunday brunch, and serves a regular Sunset and Dinner menu, along with handcrafted cocktails during weekday happy hours.

General Information

The Rusty Pelican is located at 2425 N Rocky Point Drive in Tampa and has secure on-site parking.

2425 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, Phone: 813-281-1943

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