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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 45
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mixed Feelings

I travel a lot & rarely give a bad review. I always try to find Something nice to say so here I go. Located right across from Hyatt Place where we were staying. I had been looking for a Pina Coloda drink our entire visit to Dewey but none of the places we had visited had blenders. I asked the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Baglady66
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English first
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

I travel a lot & rarely give a bad review. I always try to find Something nice to say so here I go. Located right across from Hyatt Place where we were staying. I had been looking for a Pina Coloda drink our entire visit to Dewey but none of the places we had visited had blenders. I asked the... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The Rudder has a very large outdoor deck, on the water, the waves are breaking underneath you. The band was set up outside with two bars and room to sit or stand or dance. Well managed, courteous staff, overall a very enjoyable evening.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My 3 friends and I went to the Rudder to get a quick dinner and spend sometime outside. We were pleasantly surprised to hear live music. But that is the only thing we were happy about during our visit. We had a server named Somer and she was younger just like us. Sometimes servers do not enjoy younger customers because... More 

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Could be decorated better--but the wait staff was very attentive and polite with their service. The outdoor deck is very fun. We enjoyed many many clusters of crab legs.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We were not able to have lunch at the Rusty Rudder as despite only a few tables being occupied, the hostess said the restaurant could not put two four top tables together to seat our party of six adults.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went Sunday 14th June 2015 whilst holidaying at Rehoboth beach with family, when entering the almost empty large dining area should have told us something. Food at best only edible starters plentiful portions but extremely poor quality, main course the same large but tasteless. Only sub standard meal out in ten day visit from UK.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

Just ate at this place and felt it was over priced for what it was. They really only have shrimp and crab legs. The sushi wasnt bad for buffet but the rest of the choices was very poor. Its hard to believe they call it land in sea. It was 120 for two adults and two kids. Save your money.

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Owings Mills
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Rusty Rudder was a good spot for a cocktail after a day on the beach. It was crowded and hot on the deck, but our server handled all very well. She was attentive and friendly. The RR is looking a little dated - and looks the same as when we visited over 20 years ago. It could use a little... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Drank like a fish, danced to great live band, and enjoyed the sights all night long. This place is legendary for music and drinks. You can drive your boat up to the pier, tie off and get some food, drinks and entertainment.

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Bensalem, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Tonight I ate their Land and Sea Buffet for early $3 discount. If I wanted leftovers, I would have stayed home and eat my last night's dinner leftovers. The crab legs were so overcooked that it was difficult to get the dry crab out of the legs. The rock fish was like a rock and more than 1 day old.... More 

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Additional Information about Rusty Rudder

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

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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
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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