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Rusty's Surf & Turf

47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4184
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
47355 NC Hwy 12, PO Box 458, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 4 days 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
Reviewed 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here one night the first week of May while in Buxton for a few days. The restaurant wasn't busy and the waitress was helpful. I ordered the softshell crabs, very good my wife had a chicken with pasta dish. I could tell right...More

Thank Mengerrie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent! Debbie was amazing!! I will definitely be back!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had planned a nice dinner during our stay. Rusty' won due to the had the famous NC soft shell blue crab. My husband and I had been hoping to try season is just starting. We both had the crab and then tried separate seafood...More

Thank Anastasia M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to Rusty's for many years now, and to our surprise we found Rusty himself seating us. We learned that he added a few great chefs to his team this year! "Robert"worked and ran restaurants in Hawaii for 10 years. The flavors...More

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous food. Great service. She- crab chowder and scallop cevichie is a MUST TRY! Will be back before leaving the island.

Thank 737dr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being return visitors to the Outer Banks, you get into habits of which places you will visit if you go out. Usually we rent a house and dinners are fixed there. This time was a weekend visit with the stay at a local inn. We...More

1  Thank obxmike
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Limited menu. Spicy food. Didn't appear to be very "local" food-wise. Nice concept, but lighten up on the spices...

Thank kayb49825
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Ahi poke steak rustys is great the have art from local artists on the walls for sale and the original owner has surfed all over brought some of the best recipes and ingredients that are locally grown epic dinner outMore

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rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for dinner. It makes me happy to hear when we satisfy our discerning guest. I am also glad that you noticed and appreciate that we try to keep our food interesting and the quality of the ingredients that we choose to...More

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Karen G
Are you open now at all - 11/2/16
3 November 2016|
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Are you open this evening at 8:00? Do you have fresh crabs?
24 March 2016|
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Heather W
What are the prices like? First timers to the Outer Banks...would love any recommendations!
9 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
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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