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113 Dickinson Street & The Bay, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
302 227 3888
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Dover, Delaware
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food! Beautiful outdoor seating areas if you want to watch the water and the sunset. Indoor and outdoor stage/music areas depending on who is playing (check the schedule). One location with multiple options depending on what you are in the mood to do.

Thank tet421
Washington DC, USA
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Rusty Rudder has indoor and outdoor seating. The service seems good. They do not take reservations but text you when your table is ready. There is music, mostly top 40 current stuff, so if you like oldies like we do, it is not really our cup of tea. The food is pretty good and the prices are fair. If we... More 

Thank NYRita2011
Guilford, Connecticut
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

went there for the live entertainment and buffet, but when I got there I found out that you have to go inside for the buffet and can not hear any music,that was a disappointment. you have to sit outside in the bar area to hear the music. The buffet was good though. it is right on the Rehoboth bay which... More 

Thank Janet M
Palmyra, Pennsylvania, United States
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, if you want the buffet, you cannot get outdoor seating. But that was OK for us that night we came because it was raining ;) The buffet was one of the best I've ever experienced! It had a little of everything! We all left very satisfied!

Thank Angela H
Baltimore, Maryland
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96 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Live music and good eats. Restaurant for all by day. A huge bar by night. Big outdoor deck on the bay side. Good views from inside. Huge party scene for college kids once the sun sets. Hook up heaven

Thank Martha0107
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We go to the Rusty Rudder every year for their buffet. The kids love walking out on the bay after dinner and wading in the water. The service is always good. My only issue is that the buffet is very overpriced. $35 for anyone over 12. The buffet is decent but very expensive for a family of 5.

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New York
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39 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

10 years ago I would have probably loved this place. But now a 30 year old it's just loud and obnoxious. Watered down drinks, extremely crowded, had to pay a cover. Neon lights and just overly crowded with rowdy kids in their 20's not my idea of fun anymore.

Thank Kingsley313
Guilderland, New York
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service as very good, but the food was overpriced. Our party of five was divided on the quality of the food. My wife's seafood platter was way overpriced for the quality of the meal. My BLT was very good as were the mashed potatoes and baked potato.

Thank Bruce W
Mineola, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant with great views of the bay has good food and even better entertainment on the deck. For midweek to have 2 or 3 bands a day is awesome. The music of JJ Rupp was amazing ! I wish we had more time to go back.

Thank flan22016
Northern Virginia
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the family for dinner. The outside seating is great and has a phenomenal view. It took about 20 mins to be seated but it was worth the wait. Combination of seafood and American fare. Food is good not great. View is awesome.

Thank AbsolutVacca

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 Dickinson Street & The Bay, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Dewey Beach
  • Phone Number: 302 227 3888

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