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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Philadelphia, PA
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is cute. The type of place that has an unpretentious quasi chic vibe-- laid back but not too laid back, know what I mean? That's about all the good I can say about it. Oh, and the server was nice. Aside from that, for your 80 some bucks dinner for two you get a soft drink, (one) watered-down... More 

1 Thank Theresa F
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our party of 7 was late going out to dine and we were having a hard time finding a place that didn't have a 40 min wait which was a problem because we had two small children that were impatient. We called a head to see if they had a wait. They said they did not and since we were... More 

Thank Samantha F
Homer City, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate here last year and gave a good review however I can not say the same for this year. The year the food was not good and very over priced. The service leaves a lot to be desired. We eat out most nights and you can find mush better food and service. very disappointing. we come to Hatteras every... More 

1 Thank gary h
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good fresh seafood at a fair price. The crab cakes were very good and the sesame tuna was fresh and tasty.

Thank solarguy48
Hurricane, West Virginia
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great and the service better than fair. The LIVE music is actually heard when entering or leaving (or if waiting for a table) located on the porch. I have to say that was the only thing disappointing about the place. I would've loved to hear the talented musician they had playing the night we were there over... More 

Thank Mandmebb
Metuchen, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stay in Hatteras 2 weeks every year. I was very excited to eat at this restaurant, after looking at the online menu, however the restaurant did not offer what was on the menu when we dined. When I show the hostess the discrepancies she said, "So what, that in line and I don"t know anything about that.: I only... More 

Thank HurikaneE
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this review

I'm very sorry that you had that experience at my restaurant. After several like reviews, I tried to help her change but could not... thus I had no choice but to terminate her employment as hostess. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kind of pretentious for what it is. Understaffed! Wait for a drink refill was way long! Food was okay, but nothing spectacular. Would try a different venue next time.

2 Thank Kristina K
Gainesville, Georgia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My large family (party of 13) ate at Rusty's in July during our OBX vacation. We didn't plan on eating there, but the restaurant we planed on going to was closed, so we ended up at Rusty's. And I'm glad we ended up there! We got there between 60-90 minutes before they closed and they were surprisingly accommodating! The waitress... More 

Thank Emily Y
Orillia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best meals we had on the island. I had the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, my husband had the Mahi-Mahi special. Nice local art work.

Thank K B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We each ordered something different and they were great. My 2 year old loved the Mac and cheese and the crab cakes flounder and shrimp are amazing. The coco bites mahi mahi were to die for! Amazing staff great beers. Great time

Thank Muskymaniac

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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?