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Rusty's Surf & Turf

) #5 of 15 Restaurants in Buxton €€ - €€€ Steakhouse, American, Seafood
47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“hush puppies” (50 reviews)
“seafood” (59 reviews)
“carne asada” (8 reviews)
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious meal from appetizer to dessert. Highly recommend the scallops. A bit pricier than other restaurants around the island. The food is high quality.

Thank adtatkins
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rusty's has the best mashed potatoes I have ever eaten. I don't know what they put in them, but I wish I had the recipe! I enjoyed every bit of my seared tuna with seaweed salad as well.

Thank E H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just had dinner at our favorite spot on the island. 3rd time eating there in a year and it was just as amazing as always. Debbie was our waitress again and she is absolutely the best. Can't wait to eat there again. The Pamlico Platter...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good quality food also has a nice deck to eat outside! Great customer service!! Would definitely go again

Thank Tabitha E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good food and service. Had the shrimp fra diavlo, great spice and flavor. Plus they have a decent beer menu.

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and atmosphere a little out of the way but worth it. We had fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, cocktails, shrimp and grits and fish tacos. Everything was excellent and the dishes we choose capture the essence of southern cooking.

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time visiting Rusty's Surf & Turf, but it will definitely not be our last. The food and service were both awesome. We could not have asked for a better waitress than Debbie. Also, we appreciate them setting up our accommodations outside...More

Thank Randy E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner at Rusty's with my wife and 6 y/o. Restaurant is small and clean. Staff was very friendly and our drinks and food arrived on time. We had hushpuppies as an appetizer, which were good but not great. Considering we are in NC, hushpuppies...More

Thank nctarheel22
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am glad that your experience was good over all. I just feel like I should respond to your inaccuracy about pricing, both the dishes you purchased are and have been offered all season at 23.99, at this time we only have one item on...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I agreed to split the swordfish special w/ a mango sauce, rice, and seasonal vegetables. The kitchen willingly plated it in the back. Portions were quite large and the fish was good. My stepson ordered mahi mahi and declared it was the...More

Thank TJCaudill
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am glad that your experience over all was good, but I wish it was great. In the future, if you feel anything is overcooked or otherwise not quite right, please allow us to make it right. I hope you enjoyed our island. Aloha, Rusty

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to OBX for many years and always visit Rusty's at least once if not twice. We have never been disappointed . My husband's favorite is the fried flounder. Debbie has been our waitress several times and she is always great.

Thank Marnette S
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am very pleased that you found you dinner with us excellent and we hope to see you again next year. Aloha, Rusty

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Heather W
What are the prices like? First timers to the Outer Banks...would love any recommendations!
8 July 2015|
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Response from Nikkisams | Reviewed this property |
I had the crusted duck one night and the fried shrimp the next, and both were delicious. The price of seafood has gone up a lot lately, so even the shrimp were $20. The mixed drinks are great too if you drink alcohol. I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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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