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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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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  • 40
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  • 19
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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
Delicious food, clean dining area and quality wait staff

We stopped to eat while vacationing in the area. Very pleased to find this jewel right along the main road in Buxton. We always try to find local fare instead of chainstore places to eat. Great food, clean dining area, and quality staff. Try it, you will be happy about your choice.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
N H
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Toledo, Ohio
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Toledo, Ohio
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped to eat while vacationing in the area. Very pleased to find this jewel right along the main road in Buxton. We always try to find local fare instead of chainstore places to eat. Great food, clean dining area, and quality staff. Try it, you will be happy about your choice.

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Thank N H
Charleston, West Virginia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

So fresh, so good... Great service, nice but casual atmosphere. This is the best place for seafood on Hatteras Island, in my experience! You can get something prepared creatively, or go for a simpler broiled seafood platter. DELISH!

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1 Thank WVBirdie
Green,OH
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

I realize the restaurant business heavily relies on good cooks and good servers....but this was ridiculous. Sat in restaurant for at least 20 minutes without anyone coming to us. With that we got our drinks and then another 20 minutes with no acknowledgement. I just threw the exact price on the table for our drinks and got up and left...it... More 

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Thank biire2u
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Good food & a good family atmosphere. Local place with all the right character of the Island. Great hush puppies!

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Thank MaryAnn D
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is in a nice little house, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was adequate but struck me as trying too hard to be fancy. My companion enjoyed his 'shrimp scampi', although calling it that is a bit of a stretch. The coconut flounder bites were over priced and tasted almost of nothing. My burger... More 

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Thank Sabrina B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Fried shrimp were very good. My girlfriends ribs were cold. The sign out front says that trip advisor rates them a five. I thought it average, as did my girlfriend.

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Thank Norman C
Marshall, MO
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Ate here 10/8, and thoroughly enjoyed the seafood selections we ordered. I had locally-sourced grilled mahi-mahi, with nicely mashed red-skin potatoes, and some lovely steamed wax beans. They were delicious. My husband had the special that night which was grilled local swordfish, with the same sides. We shared bites and the flavor and freshness did not disappoint. My mother-in-law was... More 

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Thank DanD99
Burlington, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Rusty's is one of the best in the area as far as we're concerned. When we eat at other restaurants in the vicinity, we usually end up measuring them against Rusty's - and most don't compare! The service at Rusty's is great, the ambiance pleasant, and the food delicious. The hush puppies are the best ever with a hint of... More 

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2 Thank happytraveler111111
Middlebury, Indiana
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Fried green tomatoes were the best we've ever had, along with the hush puppies. Service was friendly and genuine, a step above anything else in the area.

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2 Thank A B
Philadelphia pa
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Walked in with a party of four at about 6:00PM. Now this is their shoulder season so it was not overly busy. A few diners in the main dining room and that was it. We were followed by another larger party as well as a woman who seemed to be alone. Waitress in the dining room saw us waiting AND... 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, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, 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! 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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