PHOTO CREDIT: RUSTY PELICAN

When looking for dinner options in Key Biscayne, consider  The Rusty Pelican’s summer tasting menu.

Written By: Sarah Dunn
Name of Restaurant: Rusty Pelican
Location: Key Biscayne
Address: 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Meal type: Lunch & Dinner & Brunch
Cuisine: Contemporary American cuisine and seafood

Ambiance: Modern and upscale waterfront with Miami skyline views
Background music: The sound of boats on Biscayne Bay and the clink of wine glasses
What to wear: Smart casual attire

What to expect: Have you been looking for a dining experience with the ideal combination of waterfront scenery and top-notch cuisine, without the hustle and bustle of South Beach? If so, allow us to recommend the Rusty Pelican: an unpretentious yet classic landmark on the Rickenbacker Causeway on Key Biscayne. This is the perfect place to bring that out of town visitor or simply to take a break from the beach scene. Inside the restaurant, it feels like the inside of a large yacht docked at Biscayne Bay.

The Menu: The menu is extensive, with a focus on fresh local seafood. They also have a selection of sushi, sashimi and nigiri, plus a raw bar.

What to order:

If you’re feeling celebratory, you should treat yourself to the Caviar Tasting and Champagne. With a selection of three kinds of caviar (a generous 10 grams of each) and a half bottle of Brut Reserve, there is no better way to indulge. The caviar is served with all the fixings: crème fraîche, capers, scallions, parsley, egg, brioche toast, and blinis.

We also recommend the Lamb Ribs. They are juicy and flavorful, topped with chorizo crumbs and garnished by a mint pea puree and dressed parsley.

We enjoyed a few sushi rolls, our favorite being the  Salmon Roll, an upscale version of a classic roll with fresh salmon, hamachi, ginger, cucumber, and a truffle ponzu.

While there are many seafood entree options, our choice is definitely the Sunflower Seed Crusted Halibut. This is not your everyday halibut – the fish is cooked to a golden brown in a crunchy sunflower seed crust. However, what makes this dish stand out are the goat cheese Peruvian potatoes; a tasty mashed potato base with a beautiful purple hue. The halibut is accompanied by wild mushrooms and sea beans and surrounded by a vibrant red pepper coulis.

Rusty Pelican

For dessert, we sampled several treats from the Dessert Tray. We could not get enough of the beignets, passion fruit marshmallows, and assorted truffled chocolates.

Rusty Pelican

How to score a table: We recommend making a reservation beforehand, as the Rusty Pelican’s tradition of being a dining destination will undoubtedly continue. Request a table outside during sunset for the ultimate experience!