New Menu at The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne – The SoFla Sage

Almost six years after re-opening following an extensive $7 million renovation, The Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne’s iconic waterfront dining destination has undergone another transformation. The restaurant — which is renowned for its breathtaking views of downtown Miami — recently unveiled a new world class wine program, menu, and craft cocktails! Check out some of our favorites below.

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The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne

Agave Sunset – El Jimador Tequila, Passion Fruit Puree, Blue Agave, Raspberries, Home Made Sour Mix

If you’re in the mood for something sweet n’ sour – this ones for you!

How about wine? You are SO IN LUCK!

Master Sommelier Michael Jordan was tapped to curate a new wine list of over 300 bottles. All of which are on display in their striking glass cube cellar; a signature design element at the restaurant’s entrance. Jordan is one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on wine, holding a Master Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a Certified Wine Educator diploma from the Society of Wine Educators. He is one of only 15 people in the world to hold both these diplomas.

On the heels of the launch of the newly revamped wine program and tantalizing new menu items, Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya (formerly of Ariete and Baby Jane) has created a new cocktails list. In a space that offers one of Miami’s best sunset Happy Hour settings — seemly tailor-made for sipping cocktails while enjoying the view.

The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne

Jalapeno Cornbread

When asked if I would bread for the table, I usually say no because I want to save room for the meal. Big mistake – don’t skip the bread when at The Rusty Pelican!

Executive Chef Jimmy Pastors menu is a perfect complement to the restaurant’s idyllic waterside perch, with a wide array of fresh seafood and raw bar selections, along with signature dishes like 16 oz. bone-in rib eye and Niman Ranch bone-in 20 oz. pork chop as well as unique garden-fresh salads and house-made pastas that guests have clamored for.

The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne

Short Rib Empanadas – Roasted Jalapeño & Sweet Corn Emulsion, Tomato-Vanilla Jam

The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne

The Pelican – Mesclun Greens, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Fried Plantain, Red Wine Vinaigrette

The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne

Salmon Tartare – Crispy Jicama and Asian Pear-Avocado Salad, Soy-Yuzu Dressing

Definitely not your typical tartare – what a fantastic presentation! So fresh and tasty, too!

Deco Maki – Pink Sticky Rice, Tempura Shrimp, Mango, Cream Cheese, Red Onion and Eel Sauce
Have you ever seen anything like this dish before? I haven’t!

The Rusty Pelican Miami Key Biscayne

Bacon Wrapped Scallops – Black Thai Forbidden Rice, Organic Carrots, Foie Gras Mousse with a Quail Egg and Chorizo Vinaigrette

This entree can be split to share – it comes with 4 bacon wrapped scallops (which by the way are some of the best tasting and best cooked scallops I’ve ever had!) and here is what the half potion looks like.

Cafe Con Leche – Cuban Coffee Molten Cake with Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Wow, this was soo yummy and #somiami

The Rusty Pelican is the perfect hotspot for dinner, drinks and special events. Plus, catering options are flexible so that guests may customize the menus to fit any event or budget — from a casual cocktail party to a formal wedding for 500.

We were super impressed with the whole outing. Top notch food – the presentation, taste, innovation and I mean c’mon – can’t beat the view! Sage Says: The Rusty Pelican is a must visit!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at The Rusty Pelican. All opinions are my own

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