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Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
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  • Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.
  • $$$$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Banquet Facilities, Catering, Kid Friendly, Multi-Level, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Water View
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Required, Reservations Accepted
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 include 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 ají amarillo — which yields a nice bite in the back of the throat. Black sea bass fillets and fried whole red snapper are fresh and satisfying anchors to main-course plates. Poached Long Island duck breast — served as three sushi-size cylinders that are tender, juicy, and boasting rich duck flavor — are a real eye-opener. Desserts include a thin rectangular slice of key lime pie and baked Alaska with a soft, fresh cap of bronzed meringue over cookies-and-cream ice cream. So much about the Rusty Pelican has changed, but the real rationale for dining here remains, as always, the view.

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