The Rusty Rudder is one of our favorite restaurants in the greater Charlotte area. It's just a short trip up 77 north and well worth it when looking for casual waterfront dining. It is a very popular spot on weekends and parking lot is often very full. You may have to park up by Catawba Avenue and walk down to the restaurant, but still worth it. There is a dock where you can park your boat and dine as well.
There is both inside and outside seating and they have recently expanded their deck seating. The upper deck has a roof and the lower decks have tables with umbrellas. On really hot days they have misters. There is also a Tiki Bar off to the side of the upper deck. There is a great view of the marina and lake from both the outside decks and from some of the tables in the inside restaurant.
They always offer drink and food specials. On this trip my husband got the "Fish & Chips" special which was a huge piece of beer battered Haddock and fries. I got the Fried Clam Strip basket and my new favorite side .. Sweet Potato Puffs. They are delicious!!
The service is always friendly, quick and efficient. Highly recommend for a relaxing meal.
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