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Rusty's Surf & Turf

47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (70 reviews)
“hush puppies” (50 reviews)
“surf turf” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fresh is off the boat. Good size restaurant, open late. I arrived 8pm after traveling all day. The fish was amazing, good size portions, lots of options. Great friendly staff. Now if you Canadian and paying via Visa, beware they haven't figured out how to...More

Thank MustangFun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love Rustys our annual obx vacation each year. Great seafood and amazing customer service. Truly you must eat here!

Thank Connie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We sat outside with our friends, everyone's food was perfect, I had the fish tacos, they were great. Debbie was our server and she made the experience even better, it was nice chatting with a local. This was our first time dining here, and we...More

Thank C2474DNpatriciac
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We loved our meals at Rusty's Surf and Turf: Fish tacos; shrimp jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and sesame tuna. Tasty and generous servings! (We spent our last 2 evenings on the OBX here). The staff were very accommodating and personable. One side of the 'house'...More

Thank lecceb
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

We split the seafood sampler and had to have more fried shrimp. Best ever in Buxton. We will be here again. The waitress was very nice and helpful. They were most accommodating.

Thank wwstarkeyiii
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Dinner, my wife had the Palico platter broiled with sweet potato fries, I had broilded combo with scallops and oysters and grits. As the title state it was one of the best meals of the trip. Service was very good also.

Thank Lee S
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Couldn’t wait to get here as this is our favorite place in Buxton. Cocktails were served w/ a generous pour. Clam chowder is a bit different than were used to in New England but it was nice to try, the clam broth was so delicious....More

Thank GoalGirl
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We were tired from traveling all day and saw Rusty’s and decided to have a late dinner. I really enjoyed the shrimp. My husband and I split an order of homemade potato chips with onion dip - very good! My husband said his wings were...More

Thank tammyc542
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We were a party of 4...each got different entrees. Best appetizer was the unique smoked tuna in cream cheese with seaweed....OMG to die for.....entrees from Red Drum with the best sweet potatoes fries ever had to sesame tuna to red snapper and shrimp to beef...More

Thank lovbeech
Reviewed 31 August 2018 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
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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, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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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