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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (59 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 2 days ago

Rusty's Surf & Turf remains a favorite when we vacation in Buxton. The seafood is always fresh and nicely presented. I have yet to order anything that I wasn't happy with. The folks there are friendly and accommodating.

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided to eat here rather than wait an hour somewhere else. Very eclectic menu. Wings were good, soup was good. Small portions for the prices.

Thank Rosemary G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Menu is out of date. They no longer have baked scallops. Had a choice of fried or broiled scallops. I chose broiled with sweet potato fries and steamed vegetables. Sweet potato fries were saturated in scallops sauce and were mushy. Scallops were very fishy tasting....More

Thank bwckicmommy
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped by one night and we are so glad we did. My husband had a meal that had grits in it and said that was the best he had ever had. We all enjoyed our food. Great place

Thank Mwiese
Reviewed 1 week ago

Finding fresh (read: not fried) food in Buxton and Frisco is easier said than done. Until now! We spend most of the summer in the area, and have been to most of the restaurants from Avon to Hatteras, and this is a new favorite. In...More

Thank mhornady
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first time I had been to Rusty's and was pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. I had one of the specials on the menu while I was there, which was a seafood jambalaya containing shrimp, scallops, and mahi. It...More

Thank Kdub0615
rustymidgett, Owner at Rusty's Surf & Turf, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I have to assume that the $20 burger was an honest typo since it is actually $12 with all natural, hormone free ground beef on a toasted brioche bun and with hand cut French fries. Price wise, it is fair for what you get. Sure...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My father and I were road-tripping from Connecticut to Miami, Florida and decided to stop and stay in the Outer Banks for the night. We were staying in Kitty Hawk but decided to drive down to Cape Hatteras anyways and see the lighthouse. We ended...More

Thank Francesca M
Reviewed 13 June 2017

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 11 June 2017

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 7 June 2017 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
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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
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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
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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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