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Rusty's Surf & Turf

47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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Ranked #5 of 20 restaurants in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian, Bar
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Queensbury, NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Our party consisted of two adults and 5 teenagers who were staying nearby for summer vacation. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was good. I had the Pamlico Platter (broiled seafood sampler) which was good. My wife had broiled scallops, which she enjoyed. Sides that were good included the collared greens, hush puppies and sweet potato fries. 4... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

When you go you must try the flash fried oysters! Absolutely phenomenal! Another patron at our B&B suggested them and I'm very happy I tried them. We didn't have any problems with our order but the table beside us did. Manager did absolutely right in the situation apologized and offered free desert. They obviously care about their business. Also gotta... More

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Sunnyvale, CA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We've been vacationing in the Outer Banks (usually staying in Avon or Buxton) for years now and I've always been underwhelmed by the restaurants. They are good, but nothing like some of the fine dining that my husband and I are used to in California. Except now. Rusty's offers fine dining in the laid-back, friendly setting that we've grown to... More

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Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Casual interior, great for family. Cornmeal coated calamari appetizer was really terrific. Spring roll was okay. All of our fish entrees were excellent to outstanding. Sicilian mahi-mahi was outstanding though pasta was just okay. Wahoo with smoked salsa was outstanding. Caribbean/blackened red drum was excellent although spice overpowered the fish. Pamlico sampler and swordfish were also excellent.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My family and I have visited Rusty's almost every year since 2009. The staff is always top notch, the food (especially the seafood) is delicious. Be sure to save room or dessert.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Our food was not prepared well (oyster batter still gooey, potatoes in chowder still hard), or it was just ok. Our waitress was very nice and was working hard, but it was hard to get refills, napkins, ketchup. We sat for awhile after our meal talking about the desserts, but the waitress never came back and the moment passed, so... More

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Went here during a recent vacation to the Outer Banks. There were seven us in our party, including a small child. I have never experienced a staff that was as welcoming and accommodating for the small child. Everyone's food was great as well as the drinks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is by far the best rest. in the OBX! Calamari was tender fried parsley and jalapeños with siracha aioli what??!! Pan seared Red drum with habanero mango salsa to die for. The best home made brûlée I have ever had. This place is a gem. Great staff all around. Just Go!

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We went to Rusty's last week during our OBX trip - I decided to try the crab cakes, and they were the best I've ever had. Very little filler, fried to a golden brown and crammed with crab... a very filling meal. I'm not that into salad but theirs was great. The topper was the hush puppies, the best I... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The food is very good and worth the price. However one negative was the waitresses dress. I know it is the beach, but when you pay $25 a meal you would think the folks would be a little better dressed with better hygiene to serve tables.

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