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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (59 reviews)
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Italian, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
47355 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

We loved this place! Very colorful, Caribbean feel to the decor. Excellent food. Brenda turned me on to the locally caught wahoo. Wahoo, is right! Wonderful fish wonderfully prepared with Panko crust today. Yum. We also tried the crab cakes- broiled. Mostly crabmeat. Very nice....More

Thank Paradox1995
Reviewed 15 April 2015

Rusty's is a local establishment run by local folks that are doing a very good job providing really good food at a reasonable price in a nicely decorated dining facility. Would definitely recommend.....

Thank Richard N
Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

Food was great (had the Mahi Mahi dish), but the star of the evening was the cornbread calamari with sweet red peppers and jalapeño! Delicious!!

1  Thank B3Bilito
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Rusty' scan fry any of their seafood in cornmeal in a dedicated fryer! I can't remember the last time I had gluten free fried shrimp! It was delicious, and so fresh! The staff was knowledgable and helpful. Dinner was fantastic!

1  Thank BeverlyFred
Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

Food on menu was pricier than on website. It was tasty though. Crab cakes ($25) were great. Unfortunately my daughters cheeseburger ($15) came out almost raw. My other daughter ordered the chicken quinoe ($18). She said is was excellent. The calamari appetizer ($10) was really...More

Thank KasieLoo
Reviewed 3 April 2015 via mobile

Delicious. Enjoyed the fresh fish. Atmosphere very quaint and inviting. Highly recommended for anyone to visit to experience fresh seafood.

Thank Irene A
Reviewed 23 March 2015

Let's face it, not a lot of "fine dining" on the island but we liked this place. Comfortable bar area and good food. Service was very friendly. We chose to dine at the bar, the dining area had mainly families. Nice place!

Thank Gail B
Reviewed 12 October 2014

Thought we should try someplace different as the selection of good restaurants here are few. Checked out their website and the prices looked reasonable and the reviews were good. We had reservations and ended up being seated in the bar area, not a big deal....More

3  Thank waljoy
Reviewed 10 October 2014

We ate at Rusty's on a Friday night, while the restaurant was crowded the service was great. I ordered the blackened Mahi Mahi and it was perfectly cooked, by far the best meal I had on the island. My partner ordered the red drum and...More

Thank Sunniegarden
Reviewed 9 October 2014

The 2 of us arrived around 5:30 for dinner and were quickly seated. The waitress promptly took our drink order and returned to explain the specials for the evening. My wife had the Red Drum special and I ordered Fried Shrimp. Both were prepared well...More

Thank DWill48
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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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, 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
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 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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