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Rusty Rudder

113 Dickinson Street & The Bay, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
302 227 3888
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Ranked #20 of 37 restaurants in Dewey Beach
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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- Jun 29, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Frederick, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The only reason this gets any credit, is the view. The hostess was nice, but it seemed like a long wait for there being plenty of open empty seating when we first arrived. Service was VERY slow. We waited nearly 10 minutes for the table (no one else waiting at the time, and there were plenty of open tables)... and... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The view of the bay is beautiful. They had a large selection of Seafood, Fried Chicken and Carving Meat. A salad bar & option to create your own pasta. They had a few different kinds of potatoes and vegetables along with an ice cream bar. I would go back and order from the menu. The buffet food was average for... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've been to this restaurant three times and they succeeded in disappointing all three times. the food is mediocre to poor. the service is bad. this last time they would not serve us dinner because it was too close to 9pm when they turn into a sad excuse of a night club so we ordered drinks. they then proceeded to... More

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Boston
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had a big group in town and went here for dinner the first night since it was walkable from the condo. Standard "land and sea" buffet ($36). Also had menu options. Half the group did the buffet and half ordered of the menu. No major complaints. Middle of the road.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We stopped for lunch on Memorial Day. It was pretty slow so we got a nice outdoor seat in the shade and a nice view of the water and boats. Our waitress took our drink orders and they came pretty fast.....the pina colada was pretty darned good for a hot day!! The grouper sandwich was a disaster.....greasy, mushy......just plain yucky.... More

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Arlington, VA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Food: We had a big group buffet dinner. Some of the seafood items were too salty and some were dry, but some like the crab legs were OK. Poor selection of sushi rolls. They are basically all the same. The non-seafood items were better. Which was a disappointment since this was supposed to be a seafood buffet. The desserts were... More

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Howell, New Jersey, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for a simple dinner after being on the road all day. My wife and I decided to both have sandwiches. Our food came incorrectly prepared( we looked at the checked it was entered wrong) We finished our drinks, we waited...and waited..and waited...(a good half hour has passed since we last saw our server) we had to ask someone... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We've been frequenting the Rudder for many years now and have found it to be a fun experience each time. We started going to Dewey when our kids were pre-teens and now they are in their 20s. We've gone to the Rudder every summer multiple times and for all sorts of reasons and not been disappointed. The buffet is bargain... More

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Martha S, Manager at Rusty Rudder, responded to this review

Wow, your 5 star review really made our day! We love that you are a long-time customer with so many positive things to say about our food, staff, music and environment. The vibe you describe (summery and vacation-y) is exactly the experience we seek to provide and we're so glad to hear that we hit the mark. We appreciate your... More

Clarksville, IN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Seafood was fantastic but I felt the prices were very very high. It was a delicious buffet and I probably will return.

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Martha S, Manager at Rusty Rudder, responded to this review

Thank you for your 4 star review of the Rusty Rudder. Our chef was pleased to see that you rated the food as "fantastic"! We're sorry you felt the prices were high, but we do our best to provide a quality dining experience for a fair price. We are happy to hear that you intend to return and we will... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you didn't want the buffet, the menu was limited, especially for my kids. However, the food was okay and the service was good and cheery. We really hoped to get outdoor seating on a beautiful evening, but that was impossible with the crowd waiting for those seats.

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