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Rusty's Surf & Turf

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47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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North Central Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I ordered A southern style shrimp and grits plate. The seasoning was OK. The shrimp was overcooked, and the grits were cold! Um...there is no excuse for cold grits. My friend has food allergies, and she specifically had a couple of requests, and they got those wrong. At over $30 a plate, we had much higher expectations. I would not... More 

Thank Great-Laughs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I dropped in right before 9pm, and had a wonderful meal! The crab cakes were nearly 100% crab (YUM!), and the fish tacos were great too! Great local beer and friendly staff!

Thank Liz S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Read the reviews and decided to give Rustys a try. Service was very slow and the food was cold by the time our party of 6 was served. They brought out 2 plates at a time... My flounder was dry with very little flavor. Cute place but needs more wait staff.

Thank Gigi2eight
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok, where do I start… it was so hot inside that we were sweating profusely while eating. Ribs were hot on top and cold on the bottom. Chicken on the salad was obviously frozen for days. Steak was good but overall it was a horrible experience

Thank bearfan6262
Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Family friendly, great staff, amazing food. We go back every year! Great for families or couples. No view, but that doesn't take away from the food. The hush puppies are awesome! The Sesame tuna is also a must try. Never had a bad dish.

Thank Brie_03
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

W e had the trout stuffed with crab. The presentation was excellent and the taste superb ! The calamari was awesome as well.

Thank Rosemarie K
Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our family has eaten here during a previous trip to the Outer Banks and we decided to give it a try again. This is a place to go if you want a fancy meal while on vacation. My husband ordered the shrimp fra diablo which he felt had the right amount of spice. My son had the steak which he... More 

Thank leraab
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Rusty's to celebrate my son's birthday on 4th of July. We had called ahead for reservations (highly recommended!) and were seated almost immediately. There are a lot of options on the menu so everyone should be able to find something! Lots of local, fresh seafood dishes. My son had the Wahoo and he said it was the best... More 

Thank OhioBuckeye826
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been vacationing in Hatteras for at least 20 years. This was the first year we went to Rusty's. We liked it so much we went there twice in our one week vacation. The bronzed mahi was out of this world. My husband had the caribbean swordfish and said it was wonderful. My second time there i ate the... More 

Thank audikos
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Funny thing when the hostess sort of sneered at us for not having reservations...I mean it's pretty good food and all, but... Now, the waitress, and her sister, were just tops - loved em both, and must be Buxton finest citizens. The seafood I ordered was really good - and fried (hence my chuckling at the need for reservations). Hushpuppies... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $24
Steakhouse, American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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, PO Box 458, 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
Rusty's Surf and Turf is an eclectic beach restaurant focusing on local sourced fish, seafood, vegetarian and steaks using styles ranging form local to global. If you are looking for fun, interesting and delicious or simple and strait forward, we have something for everyone! Now serving lunch and dinner

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?