Inside the Rusty Bucket


Foodie Naples was recently invited to get to know Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, one of Mercato’s newest editions. If you haven’t visited yet, but are a fan of sports bars and pub food, make sure to visit soon! The food was really good, creatively different but still familiar and the menu offers a lot of variety and nice sized portions.

rusty-bucket-naples-1Named a “Breakout Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2014, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern was founded in 2002 in Columbus, Ohio, and delivers familiar favorites such as fried pickle spears, quesadillas, hearty salads, meatloaf, pizza and more, just like you’ll find in a classic American restaurant and tavern.

rusty-bucket-naples-6The new location, a first in Florida, is in the middle of the Mercato, and has a warm, comfortable feeling without any of that typical sports bar darkness which makes you think that it’s midnight when you walk inside.

Rusty Bucket, a sister company of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, currently operates 15 locations in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana with its 16th being the newly opened Naples, Fla, location. A 17th location in Hilliard, Ohio, opening in fall 2014.

rusty-bucket-naples-3The interior is modern and clean with a great bar feel to it. And although there are TV’s all around for sports fans, you’re still able to hold a conversation while you dine.

One fun program that shows just how kid-friendly Rusty Bucket is can be seen in their Bucketeer Bookworms program. For every 5 books your child reads, they can earn a complimentary Kids meal. Sign up in the local Rusty Bucket Naples when you visit.
rusty-bucket-naples-4With a great indoor and outdoor space right in the middle of one of Naples most popular destinations, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is sure to be packed in the season. And there were quite a few customers there the night we were dining. It’s easy to see why, since their prices are reasonable, the portions are ample and the food was delicious (which we’ll go into more detail about in a future post.)

Want to have some fun and maybe win a year’s worth of Rusty Bucket gift cards?? 

Then check this out…

Enter the Take a Selfie Promotion

Bring your cameras or cell phones to Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern through the end of August and snap a self-portrait. Then upload your selfie to Instagram with the hashtags #BucketSummerSelfies and #RustyBucketNaples for a chance to win.

One grand prize winner will be randomly selected out of all qualified entries by Sept. 8, 2014, and will be notified via Instagram. Winner will receive (twelve) $50 Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern promotional cards. For additional promotion details visit

rusty-bucket-naples-16And stay tuned to and the Foodie Naples Facebook page because we’ll be giving away two $25 gift cards soon!!

Have you tried Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern yet?? Be sure to let us know what you thought below.

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