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47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (69 reviews)
“hush puppies” (50 reviews)
“surf turf” (12 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00 Hours
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Italian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family ate at Rusty’s and found the food good to average. The wedge salad was good, but somewhat under dressed. My shrimp and scallops were tasty and nicely prepared. The vegetable side was tasty and the cheese grits were disappointing. My family had various...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited Rusty’s for dinner with my family. Everything was delicious! From the fried green tomatoes to the filet mignon, shrimp and grits and the crab cake, we were not disappointed. The restaurant has a great friendly, welcoming, casual vibe. Our only disappointment is not...More

1  Thank cnev
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to Rusty’s every year since he opened and we always go the first night we are in town because we can’t wait! It’s very clean and the service is great. We enjoy sitting on the front porch having a cocktail before...More

Thank Janice M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve been going to Rusty’s when we vacation in Hatteras since they opened. Whether it’s just the four of us or my big extended family, we always make sure we eat dinner at Rusty’s at least once on our trip. The staff is welcoming and...More

Thank Bebeasaurus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rusty's was friendly and efficient. For the money we spent, the food was above average and we felt worth it. Try the fried green tomatoes, some of the best we aver had.

Thank Patrick B
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

So We all want to go to the amazing places you see on the food channel, well this is one that has not made it yet, but should be!! The food was amazing! I had the shrimp and grits and it was fantastic! Absolutely delicious!!...More

Thank Usamargaritavile
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The review's for Rusty's were good, so my husband and I went for dinner. The place has indoor and outdoor seating, with a bar and tables on one side and a dining room on the other. The dining room was busy, so we were (thankfully)...More

Thank Samantha F
Reviewed 19 July 2018

If you are uncertain where to eat in Buxton, this is the place! We were a family from 7 years old up to almost 80, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed everything we were served. Especially the drum! The service was quick and friendly from...More

2  Thank Ingrid W
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

My family, including our eight year old, stopped by for a relatively late dinner on vacation. We had tried a different restaurant in Hatteras but the wait time was 1 - 1.5 hours for a table for three (we have learned dinner wait times can...More

1  Thank KadievY
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Rusty’s was a great find for our group of 16!! Their cook, Elena, did a fantastic job making creative and delicious meals. We all enjoyed their dinners and desserts. There were tasty selections for our gluten-free family members as well as vegetarian selections. My favorite...More

Thank Janet L
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Heather W
8 July 2015|
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Response from rustymidgett | Property representative |
Year in and year out or average per person spend is $24. Some days it is as low as $19 and others as high as $30. It is interesting how some days many people choose to have cocktails, appetizers and desserts, and other days... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47355 NC Hwy 12, 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
  • E-mail
Rusty’s Surf & Turf is Buxton's neighborhood island bar & grill. They brings the bold flavors of the tropics to Hatteras Island. Owner Rusty Midgett left the island and honed his Restaurant and kitchen skills in some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants with top chefs in the industry. He is inspired in the kitchen by the places he has traveled on surf trips and by his training in classic French and Italian restaurants. Let him surprise you with creative yet simple preparations. Offerings on the menu include fresh fish, shellfish, all natural chicken, pork, steaks, and pasta in styles ranging from local to global, all served in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Rusty and his team have the sources and knowledge to turn all of these dishes into mouthwatering creations that will please the whole family. The restaurant is fun and colorful with an ever changing local art collection. Rusty’s has a full bar featuring craft cocktails and craft beer.
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