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8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
+1 252-354-2413
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rucker John's has reopened with a new look. Prices are a bit higher but the food is still just as good! Luv the tuna sandwich and the Texas Burger.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Newberry, South Carolina
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After 6pm on a Sunday and there was a wait for a table, but the bar was open. I enjoyed the dinner salad, but not the sweet syrup that was on the croissant. I ate my whole plate of crab cakes and sweet potato fries. We drank a local beer on draft. Overall, a decent birthday.

Thank Megan M
Lynchburg, Virginia
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tuesday night in the off season and had a 30 minute wait. Worth it. Waiter was very nice and at tentative. Good house salad. Must get the croissants. They were fantastic. Wife had the fried shrimp and I had the shrimp and grits. Both meals were the best we had during our stay.

Thank Mike C
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate salads, shrimp appetizer and of course the out of this world croissants for lunch and it was so good we went back for dinner!! We had the crystal coast chicken and it was again magnificent!! The salads are so fresh and again the croissants were out of this world!! You will not be disappointed!!

1 Thank BrendaRicky
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was wonderful. Atmosphere great. Waitress was hilarious. Food prepared well. Salad and rolls excellent. Shrimp lightly breaded, shrimp on skewer, ribs all excellent.

1 Thank KellyInPortage
Cedar Grove, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We normally go here every year, and normally have no problem; but not this year. My husbands and sons food were fine; but mine was way too spicy, that I cannot eat a lot of due to having stomach issues. All I got was the shrimp and grits, and I have it everytime we eat here, normally it is delicious.... More 

Thank hbmbab31
Chris J, Owner at RuckerJohns, responded to this review

Hi, I hate to hear that you had a disappointing experience. Our recipe for shrimp and grits certainly does include red pepper flakes, but every dish is made to order and we will gladly omit them for you, simply let your waitress know next time. We hope you'll give us another shot, we are always happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.... More 

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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner was great service was outstanding! Super busy but the atmosphere was still nice one of our favorite places!

Thank Melville5
Winterville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They have completely remodeled the entire restaurant and it is very pleasing. The food was great. We had the salmon salad which was cooked perfect. Nice waitress that did a good job except no refills on the water and my wife had to chase her down to get the correct salad dressing. I would highly recommend it. Very very much... More 

Thank BoilermanNB
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been eating here for 24 years! The food has always been fabulous and consistent. Always more for you than I can eat but that's OK I love to take my leftovers home. This restaurant is a local hot spot and people do not mind a wait during the peak season. Every minute is worth the enjoyable dining experience.... More 

Thank Kim H
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017

this is a typical beach place set in a small strip mall,very busy but the service is very good and fast.I will go back for sure.

Thank Thomas O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?