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47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“hush puppies” (51 reviews)
“seafood” (66 reviews)
“jambalaya” (10 reviews)
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Italian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped for dinner and were pleased with our choice. Service was prompt and cheerful and menu was good. We met Rusty who gave us so tips for what to visit and how to get to the Eastern Shore. Worth a stop if visiting the area.

Thank Linda U
Reviewed 2 days ago

Four of us had calamari and hush puppies to start. Don't think I've ever had better! All of our meals, lemon chicken, Caribbean rub drum, fried platter and fried oysters, were very good. The veggies were so fresh. The homemade key lime pie was delicious....More

Thank Sue601955
Reviewed 6 days ago

Every time we visit the Outer Banks we look forward to dining at Rusty's and the food is consistently amazing and service is outstanding! The Wahoo is a must try if it's in season - it is just divine! The calamari and the crabcakes ......More

1  Thank OhioBuckeye826
Reviewed 1 week ago

★★★★★ OMG AMAZING SEAFOOD, MORE. So many places just put some boiled or fried combo on a menu for tourists. NOT RUSTY'S. It's real, it's amazing, from the first taste-eruption of divinity, to the very last morsel. THERE ISN'T ANY PLACE BETTER if you want...More

Thank 163harmony
Reviewed 1 week ago

We come here every year and were excited when we heard about breakfast and lunch at Rusty's. The lunch a few years ago was great and we hoped for more of the same. Oh well. I like the new color. Food was good as always...More

Thank TheRoj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the locals told us that the owner chef is hardly there and it shows my wife had the worst ribs there in her life prices are s little out of hand on some thingsMore

Thank Clyde C
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

If 6am till 11pm and not a single day off when the restaurant is open is “hardly there”, I am guilty. Lol You can't trust every thing you hear, even from somebody that calls them self “a local”... somebody obviously does not have a clue...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting Hatteras, we needed to dine at a restaurant with outdoor seating because we had our Westie with us. Every restaurant I called that was on Bring Fido Website told me they don’t have pet friendly seating. Was getting very discouraged and disappointed with...More

Thank bstains1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is excellant- very helpful and friendly. The diverse menu had several interesting choices. I had the jambalaya and it was excellent. We be sure to revisit next season.

Thank Diane F
Reviewed May 19, 2018

This was our first visit to Rusty's and it will not be our last! The food was tremendous and the quantity was beyond expectations. We had 11 people in our party and we all agreed on the excellence of the food, price and service. We've...More

Thank Arnold R
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Love the updated menu. We enjoyed the specials for the day (pompano and drum) and both were excellent, and we thought prices were very reasonable. They also have a nice selection of a variety of food on the menu from burgers/pasta to really really good...More

Thank Mary Lou M
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Heather W
July 8, 2015|
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Response from rustymidgett | Property representative |
Year in and year out or average per person spend is $24. Some days it is as low as $19 and others as high as $30. It is interesting how some days many people choose to have cocktails, appetizers and desserts, and other days... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $24
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47355 NC Hwy 12, 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
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Rusty’s Surf & Turf is Buxton's neighborhood island bar & grill. They brings the bold flavors of the tropics to Hatteras Island. Owner Rusty Midgett left the island and honed his Restaurant and kitchen skills in some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants with top chefs in the industry. He is inspired in the kitchen by the places he has traveled on surf trips and by his training in classic French and Italian restaurants. Let him surprise you with creative yet simple preparations. Offerings on the menu include fresh fish, shellfish, all natural chicken, pork, steaks, and pasta in styles ranging from local to global, all served in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Rusty and his team have the sources and knowledge to turn all of these dishes into mouthwatering creations that will please the whole family. The restaurant is fun and colorful with an ever changing local art collection. Rusty’s has a full bar featuring craft cocktails and craft beer.
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