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Rusty's Surf & Turf

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47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Rusty's Surf and Turf is an eclectic beach restaurant focusing on local...
Rusty's Surf and Turf is an eclectic beach restaurant focusing on local sourced fish, seafood, vegetarian and steaks using styles ranging form local to global. If you are looking for fun, interesting and delicious or simple and strait forward, we have something for everyone!
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  • 188
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
fantastic

It is not much to look at, but the food, service, and drinks are fantastic - simple as that. We went the 2 nights we were in Buxton, and they remembered what we liked. The waitresses and bartender are all local islanders, and are so warm and welcoming you don't want to leave. There was nothing to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Nikkisams
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Durham, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

It is not much to look at, but the food, service, and drinks are fantastic - simple as that. We went the 2 nights we were in Buxton, and they remembered what we liked. The waitresses and bartender are all local islanders, and are so warm and welcoming you don't want to leave. There was nothing to dislike. They close... More 

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Bremerton
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Like: Seafood Selection, local sea food on the menu. Chef and Owner is very polite and friendly. Dislike: the prices and small servings

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Jackie, the bartender, makes great drinks and is willing to tweak your drink to meet your standards. However, Rusty's is not just about drinks. The service, before, during and after the meal is just great and even the bus boy gets in on the act by doing a really great job cleaning up. The food is varied and very good.... More 

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winslow
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My husband I had dinner here one night while vacationing in Buxton. I ordered a Mahi dish that was prepared very poorly, overcooked and dry. In all fairness, I did eat about 1/2 of the dish (I was starving) and shared a piece with my husband to make sure I wasn't being too picky (he agreed I wasn't). I also... More 

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Dallas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner so much, I am writing this review while still at the restaurant! While staying at the Outer Banks, we were looking for a good seafood restaurant and passed by Rusty's. Upon seeing the colorful and inviting decor, I looked it up on Trip Advisor and made a reservation for dinner. Our server recommended a wine when... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our party of 4 had dinner here tonight. It was a mixed bag. The service started off a little slow but our server was very friendly. I had the Hatteras Rita and thought it was yummy. The calamari appetizer was a mess - the calamari itself was under seasoned and it was covered with a couple of sauces, which could... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Each time we visit the area, my husband and I make dinner at Rusty's a must. We always order the fried Pamlico Platter to split because it is so delicious and offers a smattering of everything! The batter on the seafood is just right - light and crisp - and the seafood itself (scallops, shrimp, a crab cake, and catch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Went with my wife and 4mo Son. Everything was well prepared and delicious. Try the Calamari. Cooked perfect with some spice. I had the Caribbean spiced drum, and my wife wanted her cheeseburger in paradise. Definitely coming back.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I have no idea how this restaurant has good reviews. The service is great... That is it. I ordered fish tacos $18 and we ordered the fish bites for my 1 year old $9, when we got our food, the fish was exactly the same! He actually had a larger portion than me. It was like fried, breaded fish balls... More 

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Hannacroix, New York, United States
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160 reviews 160 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Easy to see why Rusty's is #4 on the list of restaurants in Buxton -- although we didn't know that until I did the review. We were just enjoying the day at Orcacoke Island and on the way back to the campground stopped in Rusty's. Staff friendly, place was clean, about three other tables occupied -- although before we left... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Buxton
  • Phone Number: +1 252-995-4184

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 24
  • Cuisine: Eclectic, American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

Rusty's Surf and Turf is an eclectic beach restaurant focusing on local sourced fish, seafood, vegetarian and steaks using styles ranging form local to global. If you are looking for fun, interesting and delicious or simple and strait forward, we have something for everyone!
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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