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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
17:00 - 21:00
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Syracuse, New York
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Limited menu. Spicy food. Didn't appear to be very "local" food-wise. Nice concept, but lighten up on the spices...

Thank kayb49825
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Ahi poke steak rustys is great the have art from local artists on the walls for sale and the original owner has surfed all over brought some of the best recipes and ingredients that are locally grown epic dinner out

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

Thanks for joining us for dinner. It makes me happy to hear when we satisfy our discerning guest. I am also glad that you noticed and appreciate that we try to keep our food interesting and the quality of the ingredients that we choose to use. Rusty More 

central md
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Was not impressed, over-priced and way over cooked food - unfriendly 'hostess'. This was almost a painful experience it was so disapointing.

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

Thanks for joining us for dinner. I am disappointed that your experience was not up to my or your standards. Though or goal is always so exceed expectations, there are moments that things just don't go our way. Overcooked food is not acceptable and that food should not have been included in the bill at my place or any other... More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Food was soooo fresh and hot. Delicious she ran soup. Carolina barbecue was awesome. Brisket tacos for the wife were exceptional Add to this that our server, Debbie, made us feel so welcome. Knew her beer recommendation and it was great!!! Great atmosphere and reasonably priced Be back!!! 👌👌👌

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

Thank you for joining us for dinner. I am very glad that you enjoyed some of our non-seafood items. I do try to have something on my menu for everyone. I also enjoy the brisket tacos, so much so, I eat them at least one a week. I will pass your glowing review on to Debbie. She takes great pride... More 

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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

We went here because said chef was from the Islands. I had brisket tacos husband had prime rib..His was brought to the table cold had to send it back our sweet tea was terrible, overpriced was cut place but not my glass of tea...

Thank Nashville07
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for dinner. My family is from Hatteras island.... hopefully not Hatteras Islands for a very long time... lol. I hope you enjoyed the brisket tacos, and I am disappointed that the prime rib was not warm enough for your husband. There are a few things that would make this problem more likely, but with out... More 

Hagerstown, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 25 September 2016

My wife and I decided to celebrate our 27th anniversary at Rusty's. Pretty good meal ruined by inadequate service in bar area. Bartender was responsible for tending bar for entire restaurant along with wait service for every table in bar area. Poor girl did her best but ownership should not have put her in this overwhelming position. Inadequate employee coverage... More 

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

Thanks for joining us for your 27th anniversary dinner. First off I am glad you enjoyed the food, and I am sorry we were understaffed on the floor. If I was not also very short handed in the kitchen, I would have been out there helping her myself. 2016 was a very difficult season for all of the restaurants on... More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This is our second time at this great restaurant and it was just as good as the first. I had the coconut Mahi Mahi bites and they were so good esp. the curried pineapple dipping sauce. The ruby red crush cocktail was so refreshing- very fresh ruby red grapefruit! lastly, our server Debbie was great. We will be returning in... More 

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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by Rusty's for dinner. Service was excellent, friendly, personable staff, fast service without rushing you, food was orgasmic. Brisket nachos were a new item and they were out of this world. Shrimp and grits had just a hint of Gouda, and seafood platter was all fresh. Will have to make this a must on our next trip.

Thank wendy c
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This is the 3rd year that we have come to Rusty's for dinner & I think they get better every year. My husband, son & I came twice this year & ate like kings & queens. The food never disappoints. I highly recommend this restaurant. Go and enjoy!!

Thank JUDY H
North Carolina
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Very good bisque. Crab cakes are good. Pretty good shrimp and grits. Honestly, I like their soups better than their entrees.

Thank WanderlustByNature

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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