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Rusty's Surf & Turf

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47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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! Now serving lunch and dinner
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  • 218
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  • 101
    Very good
  • 35
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  • 16
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best in Hatteras

We're now making Rusty's an annual must. The dinners are all unique and unlike anything else served on the island. Prices are a bit higher than other restaurants, but are definitely worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Brian L
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We're now making Rusty's an annual must. The dinners are all unique and unlike anything else served on the island. Prices are a bit higher than other restaurants, but are definitely worth it.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is our 2nd year eating at Ruaty's. The place is small, however, the food is really good. If you go early, like we did Friday night there is no line. It is kid friendly with a small menu just for them. The portions for both children and adults is ample. No one should leave hungry. Tonight we all had... More 

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Homer City, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My family and I had dinner here last week and I must say all the meals on the menu looked good. We tried the shrimp and grits. I must say they were very good. The service was excellent. My grandson who eats next to nothing, cleaned his plate. I don't know how anyone would write a negative review. We have... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We went to dinner at Rusty's with family and friends the last night of our vacation. They take reservations but, when we called the previous day, they said they couldn't give us a reservation. They said they should be able to get our party of 6 in quickly if we came in around 6:30. When we arrived just before 6:30,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Unlike the negative reviews we found the staff to be very attentive and pleasant. Our meals were quite good but seems very over priced for what was the equivalent of 3 small tacos each. I ordered fish tacos and my husband had Carne asata (sp?). With one drink each and a bowl.of soup to share our bill was more than... More 

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kristy330
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Had the local caught special of the day. It was served with this amazing smoked polenta....To DIE for! Will be back on our next trip!!

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We have eaten at this resto several times, and the meals are always very good. There are not many dining options around Hatteras / Buxton, and this is one of our preferred spots. Usually I stay away from the chef’s specials as It’s usually the about to expire pile. But, that is not the case here. The service has great... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My boyfriend and I visited Rusty's in August 2015. We went on a busy Saturday night, and despite having no reservations, we were seated rather quickly. He ordered the swordfish (special that night) and I ordered the shrimp and grits. Both were absolutely delicious - probably the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. Our server Sara was attentive but... More 

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new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Always a great meal!!! Try the Surf-a-Rita! The red drum dinner was great! We like to sit at the bar! Key lime pie is homemade!!!

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East Granby, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our go-to restaurant for a large group every year when we visit the OBX. They can always handle a large group - the wait staff is friendly and attentive. If traveling with a small child, the outdoor deck has rockers and a hanging swing to provide some relief while waiting for food to arrive. Interesting drink menu and the food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, 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: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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! Now serving lunch and dinner
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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