We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
113 Dickinson Street & The Bay, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
302 227 3888
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 222 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 47
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Decent but expensive buffet

Lot of fried stuff on the buffet, sushi not so good, crab legs are always good. Priced around $35, you're paying for the bay view. Maybe better for friends/bar scene, not great for family.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
jasno
,
Frisco, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

222 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Level Contributor
79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wonderful brunches, fun music events and delicious drinks.... Great place with a great water view. Families, couples or just a good group of friends can find a happy time here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Frisco, Texas
Level Contributor
71 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Lot of fried stuff on the buffet, sushi not so good, crab legs are always good. Priced around $35, you're paying for the bay view. Maybe better for friends/bar scene, not great for family.

Was this review helpful? Yes
ottawa
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The drinks where amazing, too bad there's a limited none alcoholic selection. The atmosphere was great shaded or sunny spots on the bay. Did not eat but we are planning to return and try it out.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This was an okay restaurant with a great seafood buffet. I had a BLT that was fine. It's nothing spectacular but if you have a big appetite and don't mind spending $35 for the buffet then come and get some.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We have eaten at the Rusty Rudder often over the last 3o years. We have never had an unpleasant experience. Even though the staff changes over the years, the overall experience has always been one of good food, good drinks and good service. As someone who has taught and hired customer service professional for many years, I don't believe I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bel Air, Maryland
Level Contributor
70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I would avoid this place unless you're drunk. I came in for a fried shrimp dinner. Firstly, you pay $10.00 for parking with the promise of a refund against your check. That's fine, but once you get inside you're faced with grossly inflated prices for awful food. As a single female diner, I was given the bum's rush and told... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maplewood, NJ
Level Contributor
30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

For the last 15 years we've gotten off the Lewes Ferry and came here before checking in at Bethany. Try the Orange Crush and the steamed shrimp.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

For the past three years my family and I have vacationed at Dewey Beach, and every time we're here we ALWAYS go to Rusty Rudder. The Land and Sea buffet is amazing. Their variety is fantastic, the food is always fresh, and the crab legs are to die for. You CANNOT vacation at Dewey without going to Rusty Rudder.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went here on Friday and Saturday nights and seriously had a blast! The DJ was a lot of fun and its a great location. Only downside is they don't have Miller Lite!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The Rudder dates back to the late 1970's and is a local "institution." In a sense there are two Rusty Rudders -- the large deck and outdoor bars overlooking the Rehoboth Bay and the inside restaurant. While the same menu is served in both, the deck has live music seven days a week starting at 4 PM with The Island... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Rusty Rudder also viewed

 

Been to Rusty Rudder? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 113 Dickinson Street & The Bay, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Dewey Beach
  • Phone Number: 302 227 3888

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Rusty Rudder and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Rusty Rudder staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?