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8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
+1 252-354-2413
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“croissants” (95 reviews)
“salad” (128 reviews)
“honey butter” (15 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I ate here a few days ago. We didn't have a reservation, so we had a drink at the bar & waited about 20 minutes for a table. Our waitress, Amanda, was the BEST. She was on the ball, friendly, helpful, professional...More

Thank Cathy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trip to E.I was a chance for staunch northern living grandparents never moving south permanently to catch up with equally stubborn southern living kids and grandkids at a beach location. After both driving for considerable hours the choice was made to eat at Rucker...More

Thank 02cmenow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll keep this simple - everything here is great. From the croissants to the salads to the main courses and the desserts too. Tried a great craft beer from Asheville brewery - Highland Gaelic Ale. Highly recommend. Even bought a case of it at the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I lucked into the fabulous restaurant! Let me begin by saying the service was incredible. Our waitress was so very patient with us as we asked questions about everything on the menu and the island. She made recommendations that were spot on....More

Thank Kanitacrowder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a tradition with the family every year we go to Emerald Isle, usually at the end of the week. I always get a burger which is good though a bit pricey. Did the BBQ Beach Burger which was excellent with some sweet potato...More

Thank wadeurspider01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at Rucker's many times, and usually just have the fried shrimp - a Rucker John's speciality. Pleasant environment, fine service, and nice menu variety; however you must try the SHRIMP!

Thank Buckeye0934
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have gone to Rucker Johns for years. Getting too pricey for what you get. The food is not as good . Remodel ok, nothing special.

Thank rshadrosky
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For over 20 years, Rucker John’s has been a ‘given’ on our list of restaurants to visit during our week-long visit, but the past few years the quality seems to have declined. The wonderful honey butter croissants are still a favorite, but the salads seem...More

1  Thank dawnl188
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch at Rucker Johns during our beach trip. The restaurant looks to have been recently renovated and looks pretty posh. You wouldn’t expect it from the outside. I imagine it would be a nice place for a slightly upscale dinner. The food is...More

Thank Aaron P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My grandloves and I ended our busy day with dinner at Rucker Johns!! It was a great meal that included the second best crab cakes I've had (my Mom's were first). The kids had chicken tenders and ate every bite. Dessert was the apple crisp...More

Thank Teresa C
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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
24 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, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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