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Rusty Rudder

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113 Dickinson St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971-2403
+1 302-227-3888
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

I was vacationing in Dewey with my kids and they wanted to go to the seafood buffet. Which looked absolutely great! Normally I won't even enter a place like this but it was vacation and it was within walking distance. I explained I had an allergy but not the kind that kills me! My kids went tot he buffet and... More 

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Thank Linda0813
Pocomoke City, Maryland
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I got the steamed seafood platter and it was ok. Tasted like Food Lion type seafood. Not what you would expect for a large seafood restaurant in a beach area.

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virginia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The susnet was amazing!! The food was average - had the mahi mahi fish sandwich. It was decent, bread was thick and not that great. Ended up eating the fish without the bread. Don't bother with paying extra for french fries, both times they came out cold and then luke warm - just get the chips!

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Thank shancrzd
Southport, North Carolina
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

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

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Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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.

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Dover, Delaware
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

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 

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Frazer, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

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 

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Thank Joy M
Millersville, Maryland
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110 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 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?

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Thank meanbear410
boston
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 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 

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Hershey PA
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
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: +1 302-227-3888

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