Rusty's Surf & Turf

Rusty's Surf & Turf

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Hours
Sun
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thu
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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About
Rusty Surf and Turf is Hatteras Island's premier location for upscale casual dining, offering premium steaks and locally sourced seafood prepared using global, regional and local flavors and styles.
PRICE RANGE
$12.00 – $35.00
CUISINES
Seafood, International
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
Top 3 reasons to eat here
Sponsored by: Rusty's Surf & Turf
1. Don't miss out!
"OMG AMAZING SEAFOOD"
5.0 of 5 bubbles163harmony
2. Highly Recommend
"food was AMAZING!"
5.0 of 5 bubblesKadievY
3. My favorite restaurant
"superb quality"
5.0 of 5 bubblesjessicaboyd1977
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles781 reviews
Excellent
498
Very good
167
Average
62
Poor
33
Terrible
21
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Caroline L
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 friends
We came down for a weekend getaway with friends and had an amazing experience with the entire staff. Collin gave us late reservation from what we scheduled due to unexpected Beach delay, Caroline our waitress was stellar and warm, and Rusty came out personally to meet us all. This was a rare and welcoming evening that made our dining experience superior to any other location. The food was beautifully plated, delicacies that paid attention to every detail and we felt valued as customers. Try the calamarie and Brussel spout appetizers, highly recommend the melt in your mouth experience. Seared tuna was rich and filing with broccolini and the cocktails are worth every drop. We felt like family and will come back for more. Many thanks to a unique dining experience and best wishes for continued success. If you want exquite cuisine for a value and personalized service go to Rustys Surf and Turf anyday! Thank you and much love for your team of qualified and attentive team, family, and service.
Written May 16, 2021
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rollerchik
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
Thank you Liza for the top notch outside service. The recommendations for the Spanish mackerel were some of the best I have ate. We also had shrimp fettuccine and it was made to perfection. When the check came we were surprised how reasonable our meals were for the quality and taste. Please don’t pass this gem up when visiting the outer banks or you will be disappointed.
Written July 3, 2020
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Diane E
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
1st Dinner out ,it was our 2nd night on the island. The meal was absolutely delicious! We were going to stop at another place but decided to turn around and pull into Rusty's. The best decision we could have made. We were asked if we had reservations and did not but they asked if we could wait a few minutes people were leaving and they will accommodate us. They did not turn us away! The rybeye steak was marinated perfectly and my husband's fish cooked perfectly . They also have the best homemade key lime Pie ever! Definitely returning when we visit again! Thank you for the great service!
Written August 29, 2020
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Ferman Y
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
My family ate at Rusty's Surf and Turf this evening and had a wonderful time. Note: you will want to make reservations a day or so in advance because we tried to come last night but were advised at the front desk to book for the next night or future night. Our waitress, Liza, was a great help with selections of food and drinks and gave great suggestions of what we might like. She was very attentive to our needs and was great to interact with. I selected the Kalbi Steak which was a pricey but my taste buds were doing a hula dance and the sticky rice was full of flavor also. [ I think I heard angels sing too!] My wife and son selected the fish "catch of the day" and couldn't stop raving how good it was. My daughter in law selected the Sesame Seared Tuna and shared some with me, who does not like Tuna. [ I may have had a conversion experience because it was uh maze zing] The hush puppies were ok but a little too crispy. Overall, it was a great dining experience.
Written August 15, 2021
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John H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
My girlfriend and I landed at Rusty's after all the other restaurants where closed on Sunday. We had dined there before and were turned off from the dreary décor and the high prices. With no where else to eat we decided to give it a go anyway. Wrong move on our part. We would have had better luck at a convenience store. We were made to feel unwelcome as we entered the front door asking oh you don't have reservations . They had tables open however they sat us at the bar. we don't drink. oh well moving on to the food we ordered oysters for a appetizer for 13.99 we received 3 and a half oysters WOW we didn't order entries due to the highly unorganized waitress staff and just left. Go somewhere else to eat save yourself the trouble.
Written September 2, 2021
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Wyche
Buxton3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
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.
Written June 3, 2021
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Winoka N
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 couples
We were going to try this place as our regular restaurant was extremely busy and Rudy’s had great reviews and they advertised takeout. We had been at the beach all day and didn’t feel like dining in. We asked for take out but were told they were to busy and weren’t doing takeout that evening (Saturday night) Why advertise a service if you don’t offer it? There were only about 8 cars in the parking lot. We went to our usual place. They were so busy we couldn’t even park in their lot. But they had no problem taking our order and getting it ready in a prompt fashion. Disappointed Rusty’s ☹️
Written June 30, 2020
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August J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
We started with the sticky wings. There were five wings that were absolutely delicious. She had the Kolbi steak with brocoli o and sticky rice. The steak was cooked to perfection and two large for on serving (it will be dinner on Sunday). He had Paela which was excellent. Filled with shrimp, mussels and scallops, served with delicious saffron rice, peppers and onions. Once again too much for one entree (it will be dinner for two on Monday). The service was excellent. A very satisfying dining experience.
Written July 26, 2020
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Stephanie P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 none
We have eaten here many times, and it NEVER disappoints! There is nothing ordinary about this food. The creativity and care put into each dish, makes you never want to try EVERYTHING on the menu. If you want to see an Instagram moment, stop here. If you are a foodie, and want the the flavors to match that Instagram picture, stop here. If you just plain love Buxton and the warmth that locals share with visitors, stop here. If you want to spoil yourself and leave feeling you are too full to ever eat again, stop here. Did I mention this is a place you need to stop at?! Lol we love Rusty’s, and are sure you will too. :-D
Written September 18, 2020
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LOVEONEANOTHER
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
We love to eat REALLY good food and boy did we get lucky that we visited here! The seafood and the steak were both excellent, although I was worried at first, as the menu is a bit limited....well, they proved to be fantastic at every dish we tried and I am so glad I tried new things and restaurants that offer a ton of options are usually not great at every offering, but these were ALL great and delicious. We even tried dessert and the key lime pie was mouth watering good. Liza, the teacher and great waitress, was terrific in every way and her trainee Summer was also. During our stay we ate at every open restaurant lunch and dinner both in Buxton and surrounding area and hands down this beat them all in taste, quality, service and the laid back atmosphere, not crammed on top of each other. We will definitely visit for meals when we return! Blessings and Happy Dining!
Written May 19, 2021
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Ladybeachbum
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
Have been to Rusty's three times this season and each time very happy with our dinners, Last night our server was Liza : She was very attentive and quick but also friendly and engaged. We both had sticky rice and brocolini ; I had shrimp and it was delicious. The sauce was YUM . My husband had steak and he raved about it as well. He had gotten shrimp and grits on another visit and loved the sauce that time too. Rusty is a talented chef. Never dissappointed with his meals !!
Written July 3, 2020
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Lala
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 family
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!
Written October 16, 2021
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Robert Wagner
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
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.
Written October 9, 2021
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Mallory M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 family
The whole experience was amazing. We made reservations and they were very flexible giving us indoor seating when I initially requested outdoor. Liza was so sweet and helpful in answering our questions, and was quick to take our order when we were ready. We were blown away by how good the fried green tomatoes and shrimp & grits were. Highly recommend! Then Rusty brought out the banana bread French toast and WOW, we were in heaven. Rusty was so kind and we enjoyed that he came out to talk to us. The staff, the food, and quick service made for a perfect experience!
Written May 17, 2021
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nickbrindisi
Woodstock98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 friends
Rusty’s is clean and the staff is great. Good service and some great food. Local beers on tap were amazing. The calamari appetizer was tasty but could have been fried crispier. We were in Buxton for the weekend and visited Rusty’s for dinner very hungry. The appetizer of Calamari was really tasty. The lava cake dessert was to die for... really good! The Mahi mahi was cooked perfectly along with the vegetables. If I had to critique it I found the sauce was not to my liking. Had a bitter strange taste to it and was overpowering the taste of the fish which needed to be the star of the dish. The rice that came with it was bland but really should be if paired with a strong mahi dish. The clam chowder was not as creamy as others I’ve had and too much salt was in it. Otherwise the chowder tasted great. The place is clean and staff wonderful. I would go back but try some other dish for sure.
Written September 11, 2020
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