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8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
+1 252-354-2413
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“croissants” (91 reviews)
“salad” (114 reviews)
“shrimp” (57 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First of all, the hostess, manager and bartender were all very nice. I just wish the food was good. I had a bowl of chili and Carolina Burger. Unfortunately, they came out at the same time instead of app, then entree. The chili was a...More

Thank SME24
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had dinner at Rucker Johns twice. I had beef once and mahi mahi another time. The mahi mahi was brought out in three pieces. It was fresh catch and was OK. It is an average restaurant with very nice people. They serve crossiants with...More

Thank DianeMarie071349
Reviewed 13 November 2017

We love going to Rucker Johns! They have a great salad with wonderful salad dressings Cajun Catalina is my favorite and Hot Bacon & Honey Mustard are my husband favorites. The Black Jack Special (ribeye) is fantastic! Great Staff!

Thank Terri S
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Rucker Johns is the most consistent restaurant in the quality of their dishes and their wait staff. The croissants as an appetizer are perfect. And the ribs and BBQ skewered shrimp I had were great. My wife's grilled BBQ chicken salad was great. The service...More

Thank dscarver
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We went midday Sunday after browsing many menus online. R.J.s had many hardy perenniels with a number of potential additions. It had been remodelled since our last visit some years ago. We had an excellent lunch with cocktails without breaking the bank. The appetizers were...More

Reviewed 29 October 2017

This restaurant will deceive your first impression with unfortunate unremarkable food. Quantity is no substitute for quality. Ordered Shrimp Wrap, coleslaw & Burger with onion rings hardly a complicated selection. The shrimp tasted as if was frozen and the coleslaw was excellent. The Burger was...More

Thank BullCrab
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a week on the island and went out to eat a few times. Rucker John’s was by far our best experience! Excellent food, service and at an excellent price.

Thank bwstyles
Reviewed 26 October 2017

RuckerJohns is an island favorite. I have to say they have the best chicken tenders I have ever eaten! It's has a fun atmosphere and the patio overlooks a waterway. Don't leave the island without eating here!

Thank AuntTC
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Four of us went for dinner. One of our party had been before and wanted her favorite Crab cakes. All of us had something different....all dishes were well done. Wait staff was very good. We had no wait time to be seated but this was...More

Thank DaveVWV
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Attended a rehearsal dinner here. Had us in all in our own section. Small menu available. Food was great. Nice salad with dinner. Loved their croissants.

Thank Nicole P
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Questions & Answers
6 October 2016|
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Response from Scott H | Reviewed this property |
It's in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center which is anchored by a Food Lion.
Joan E
25 July 2016|
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Response from Bob D | Reviewed this property |
Do not know about bringing the dog, but they have a nice outside patio area.
8 November 2015|
Response from robert r | Reviewed this property |
I would be shocked if they don't, it's probably the most popular dining spot at the largest shopping center in Emerald Isle. Bob Ross
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: +1 252-354-2413
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