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Rusty's Surf And Turf

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Fri, 10/22
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Sponsored by: Rusty's Surf And Turf

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Don't miss out!
1. Don't miss out!
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2. Highly Recommend
2. Highly Recommend
"food was AMAZING!"
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3. My favorite restaurant
3. My favorite restaurant
"superb quality"
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Local Seafood & Steaks Chef Rusty brings his style of global flavor to Fresh and Local cuisine, Beachy and Elegant. Rusty focuses on seafood caught by the local water-men, and features hormone free steaks, slow cooked ribs, chicken and pasta dishes. With a relaxed atmosphere and a wealth of creative cuisine that can't be discovered anywhere else, Rusty's shouldn't be missed. Reservations are encouraged!
$12 - $35
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Steakhouse, Seafood, American, International
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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We stopped here on a Saturday night. There were a few groups & our awesome server (Liza) advised the kitchen was a little busy. It was a beautiful night and we were seated outside so we didn’t mind. Plus we’ve been coming to Rusty’s for...years, so we know it’s worth the wait. I had the Hushpuppy Crusted Oysters, and my husband had the Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce (that day’s special). Everything was delicious & we cleaned our plates. Looking forward to visiting again in July!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed June 3, 2021 via mobile

The ambiance in the restaurant is perfect. It is romantic, but also laid back. Perfect for date night and a dinner with family. You can tell the food is prepared with expertise and care. Teri at the bar made our night. Drinks were perfect, food...came out in order and fast! She was very welcoming and great conversationalist, not to mention you could tell she really cared about how our first experience at Rustys went. The steak was a hit with my boyfriend. Myself, however, for some reason was entirely blown away that there was an edible real flower on my plate. (I have not seen this at any of the restaurants I’ve been to on this island) Price is right for the experience you receive. You can tell the owner has a positive work environment in place and cares about what he’s putting on the tables.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

A quintessential OBX dining experience, Rusty’s has the perfect balance of relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff, while hitting all the high notes in freshness, innovation, and flavor. Our rather large family group, age range from 10 months to 92, dined on a busy Saturday evening....Our server Liza was amazing. She went out of her way to help us accommodate all of the special requests and our meal was delicious. Our party ordered a wide range of dishes (steak, seafood, tacos, pasta) and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. Our customer service experience was exceptional. The details, presentation, and pairing of flavors put this restaurant at the top of our list!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

RUSTY'S was absolutely delicious 😋 I ordered the Kaukauna Shrimp 🍤 with sticky rice and green beans. I would highly recommend eating at this wonderful establishment!!!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came with a group of 20 & our meal was AMAZING & our waitress Liza was even more amazing! :) :) :)

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happened to drop in here for dinner. We both had the ribs and they were delicious. Tender and tasty. Will be back!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice casual dining experience with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I had the sesame seared tuna and my wife enjoyed the jerk chicken breast with sweet potato fries. The tuna was seared perfectly and the sesame seeds crusted across the top left a satisfying crunchy...texture to compliment the lightly seasoned tuna. Paired with sauteed green beans and sticky rice it was a light and satisfying meal. The jerk chicken breast was served with a mango salsa as a garnish and steamed vegetables with crispy sweet potato fries substituted instead of sticky rice. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the slightly spicy jerk seasoning flavored it perfectly without being overbearing. Interestingly every meal was served with an edible orchid flower which was a nice touch. For dessert we shared a home made slice of key lime pie with a drizzle of delightful raspberry reduction which served to mellow the tang of the key lime for a perfect finish to the meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing food! Great service! Friendly staff! Liza was our waitress! She’s one more great waitress! Stayed on top of everything!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming to OBX for over 30 years - one of the best meals we've ever had!! Excellent food, fast & super friendly service!! Outstanding seafood!! Highly recommend!!!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are foodies from DC who hunt down Michelin-decorated establishments for comparison dining. Rusty’s may not have a Michelin (yet), but it is not to be missed.

Date of visit: September 2021
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July 8, 2015|
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Rusty's Surf And Turf

Yes, Rusty's Surf And Turf is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Rusty's Surf And Turf is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4