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113 Dickinson Street & The Bay, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
302 227 3888
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 48
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Buffet Dinner

I haven't been here for 15 years and thought I would give the Rusty Rudder a try. The individual meals may be good, and the drinks actually deliver on flavor, but the buffet is average, at best. I do not recommend it not unless you like tough and flavorless chicken, overcooked seafood, and gummy... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2015
2patricial
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Smyrna, Delaware
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lewisburg, pa
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147 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

The scoundrels oversold $100 tickets for the New Years Eve party. What a waste of time. Overcrowded sweathole. Never again. Designed solely as a money maker with no consideration for the patrons. Truly a zoo.

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Always stop by the Rudder when in Dewey 3-4 times a year for long weekends..Nice and friendly staff, good music, great seafood buffet and other entrees. If not too crowded dogs can be on deck enjoying libations with you..And very nice views.

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Thank johnkjohnson28
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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867 reviews
652 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This place is a bit off the beaten path but not for long. A Sunday brunch menu is offered and that is the go-to for that day. Regular Menu offers some very tasty specialty dishes. We opted for the Crab Cake Benedict which was enough for two people. Wife ordered the very personalized "Country Plate" both dishes are about $10.... More 

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Smyrna, Delaware
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

I haven't been here for 15 years and thought I would give the Rusty Rudder a try. The individual meals may be good, and the drinks actually deliver on flavor, but the buffet is average, at best. I do not recommend it not unless you like tough and flavorless chicken, overcooked seafood, and gummy mashed potatoes. Overall, the drinks and... More 

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Thank 2patricial
Delaware
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The Rusty Rudder is a well known bar and restaurant in Dewey Beach. Located right on the bay, The Rudder has great views. A group of us stopped by for their Oktoberfest celebration on the Saturday of the Sea Witch Festival. Very fun, with an Oktoberfest themed band and beer specials. The only downside was our second bartender...(the first was... More 

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Thank GingergirlDelaware
Dunmore
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Large deck overlooking the bay. Beautiful sunsets. Food and service good. Sometimes entertainment. A place for young and old.

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Thank pamelasH9203WU
Owings Mills, MD
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134 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We got back to our nearby hotel late and did not want to go far for dinner. When we called we were told dining room would stay open till 9, but when we walked over to the restaurant that changed to only limited menu at the bar. We looked for something light to eat and did find it. One of... More 

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Thank BronxG
Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in around what we would usually think of as "happy hour", 6 pm maybe. Nice steel band, on the bay, but wow, the prices. Off season, mid week, kind of weird vibe. Might return given more reasonable prices.

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Thank ross b
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The food and service were good ranging from freshly made Sushi to Pasta dishes cooked to order. The structure of the restaurant resulting in the sound of other diners being amplified to the extent that we could hear conversations that were held on the other side of the room. One table that arrived during our visit was incredibly loud! Some... More 

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Thank MCBrook
Milford, Delaware
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

My new son-in-law and daughter took my wife and I for their seafood buffet.. While it was a bit high priced, it was excellent.

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Thank Sakimas

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?