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Rusty Rudder

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113 Dickinson St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971-2403
302 227 3888
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Southport, North Carolina
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were here just for drinks and to see two fabulous shows on the deck,we did not have lunch however the meals coming out of the kitchen looked wonderful and appetizing,next trip

1 Thank fourflo
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently had lunch at the Rusty Rudder. We sat outside on the deck which overlooks the Bay. They have a friendly wait staff and the food was good. They are also pet friendly.

Thank greenz28
Dover, Delaware
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To sum it up, this visit was a bad decision. There are really good seafood restaurants in the area, and this is NOT one of them. No atmosphere. We opted for the seafood buffet and it was our other bad decision. Food was dried out and fairly tasteless. I never get butter with crab legs but these needed it, I... More 

Thank catsandcows
Frazer, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for the all you can eat seafood buffet. It was $35 per person. The atmosphere was inappropriate for children, as a bikini contest was going on while I was eating! The behavior of the men was unacceptable, as well as the management exploiting women, but I guess that's the type of people that frequent Rusty Rudder. I won't... More 

Thank Joy M
Millersville, Maryland
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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place used to pack the beach crowd in but she has fallen on hard times. The food is as disappointment, the drinks are watered down an cover charges apply for special events. So bad they held an Elvis? Competition?

Thank meanbear410
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to Dewey for 12 years now every summer. We love The Rusty Rudder! Salad bar, large selection of different seafood plus sushi, pasta station, roast beef, crab legs and dessert! Make your own sundaes if you have the room!! The atmosphere is light and airy. If you don't want the buffet they have an large menu... More 

Thank kvl2
Hershey PA
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for lunch over the weekend and sat out on their large deck along the bay. The view was great and the service was very good. The food was good - nothing spectacular. I was disappointed as they were all out of any draft beers!! There had been some kind of music festival the day before and I guess... More 

Thank Jim M
Hamilton, Virginia
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262 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been listening to Love Seed for over 20 years. They've aged (I haven't, imagine that!), but their music is still great! They are full of energy & fun to watch! Rudder is a great place for drinks & live music.

Thank BethAnnP
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a drink ended being there for 5 hours.The Rudder had 4 stages set up and band rotating every hour.The drinks were mixed perfect and the bartenders we're quick to get you one .We had a blast

Thank William C
Carlisle, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crab legs, stuffed flounder, carving station, clams, dessert, very good. Staff was friendly and helpful

Thank Paul D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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 St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971-2403
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Dewey Beach
  • Phone Number: 302 227 3888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?