The Rusty Rudder
The Rusty Rudder

The Rusty Rudder

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mtpleasant.therustyrudder.net/
  • Phone: (843) 388-3177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm-5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Low Country, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Martin Arnold
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Entertainment Daily from 5-8PM. Please check out our Website or Facebook page for the artist line-ups.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park West Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of on-site parking with limited spaces in the front of restaurant but numerous spaces in the back of the restaurant. Please enter to the right side of parking lot for additional parking.
A word from The Rusty Rudder
Located in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, the Rusty Rudder attracts locals and tourists alike. Come on down and try the great cuisine and great service at the Rusty Rudder. Live entertainment from the best local and regional artists, duos and bands everyday.

Come spend some laid back time with us. After all, we are on Mt. Pleasant time here at the Rusty Rudder!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLow Country
The Rusty Rudder reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (26)neighborhood gem (15)kid-friendly (13)good for groups (10)special occasion (5)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)fit for foodies (3)romantic (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Can I get some service
    ts4u
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our server was extremely overwhelmed. The food was great but it took an hour to get. That would have been acceptable, but in that hour we only saw the waitress a couple of times and had empty glasses most of the time. We finally gave up and went to the bar to get our own beverage.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls night
    Charles
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Relaxing with Music and ambiance. Very nice night with the girls!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LuvFrenchFood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our second visit to the restaurant with our first being superb. However, food quality and presentation seem to suffer from the previous visit. Definitely not as crowded as the previous visit and that made the poorer food quality more perplexing. We shall give them more time to find their rhythm before returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rainy Night
    Lynny
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner and will go back. Unfortunately it was pouring rain so we didn't get to see what the outdoor area was like and we went early so didn't hear the music. There were lots of options on the menu and I'm looking forward to trying some other things.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special, nice service, slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I went with 2 other people, 2 of the 3 meals were not very good the girl who got the burger really liked it. I got the smoked chicken, it was tasteless, the vegetables on the side however tasted like a salt rock. Not rushing to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time
    AV11VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We live five minutes away but it might as well be a million miles because we'll never go again. They'll probably be out of business anyhow. It was just dreadful - Open Table shouldn't even support them. My wife and I really felt taken.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MjgnpVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our expectations were high considering the quality of food served when ste was opened as a differ restuarant. The items we ordered were poorly prepared with inadequate seasoning
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bummer
    BirthdayGurl
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Service was ridiculous! Food not up to standard of previous visits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday evening dinner
    CAF123
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good, just basic fare. The restaurant was incredibly hot on the inside....perhaps the AC wasn't working? We're from out of town so I doubt I would make the trek from downtown again, but the outside patio would have been terrific had it not been so hot. Lots of tables outside (more than inside), a nice fireplace, outdoor couches and a large lawn area for kids to play. Food was good, but typical. Service was great - absolutely no complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It took forever to get our food and we had to keep reminding our waiter of items we had requested. Once our foid arrived, it was good but not great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • avoid
    foodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    we gave them 5 times after opening to work out the kinks. it got worse every time. sadly, our hopes for a good restaurant in this location have diminished.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Think again
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is by far the worst restaurant I can ever remember eating at. Every dish my wife and I had was terrible. Poor quality and badly prepared, and over priced. You would be wasting your time and money by eating here, do not go..........
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizer Adjustment
    joan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a large group at RR this past weekend. Great fun listening to Doug Jones play! Our only complaint is about the appetizer selection. There aren't many "sharable" app's to pass around the table. We did order a plate of nachos but it was somewhat awkward to share. Also ordered the peel & eat shrimp which definitely wasn't easy to share because they were so messy, swimming in liquid, and it was a very small amount. Baskets of something, like calamari or even fried okra (!) would be nice to have. The app's on the menu all seem geared to individuals, please add some that are easy to share with a group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Find
    Datenite
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food fantastic, reasonably priced, and outdoor musical entertainment was great!!! Noise level for indoor dining loud. In general, air conditioning was inadequate, especially if you are seated by the door to the outdoor patio. Patio great for dining or drinks, appetizers, and enjoying live entertainment. Definitely a keeper on our date night list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good meal
    gooziemomVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    2nd visit and will go back. Good seafood and now open for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Find!
    CharlestonDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I took our 2 young boys to sit outside Friday night for dinner. Fantastic atmosphere. Children can play corn hole while parents enjoy the live music and bar area. Great for families, groups or date night. Fish tacos were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie10
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoyed this restaurant,until this last experience.The pork barbeque was dry.The seafood platters were fried.The batter was thick and not cooked through.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eatingfineVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Noise level way too loud. Food too salty. Server got orders confused. Four dropped trays in three hours. There were nine of us dining; none of us enjoyed it. Won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience.
    Snaganaga
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We heard from several friends that service was so bad. We didn't experience that at all. Had 7 people and food was great, so was service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great service and great food. There is something for everyone. I had the grilled mahi which was fantastic. The seafood baskets and burgers were great. Very reasonsbly priced for very good food. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wonderful local eatery. Great, knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    GreatFood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our 3rd trip back to the Rudder and everything was perfect. Mahi Taco's are the best in town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Outdoor Dining Area But...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    So the menu is just very typical southern. I ordered the peel and eat shrimp, which came hot and in a sauce so pretty un-peelable. I struggled through butchering my shrimp with a fork and knife. I also ordered a cocktail made with raspberry vodka, triple sec & cranberry juice that was fabulous, so the bartender has her/his act together. The server was super friendly and attentive. We sat out on the lovely patio and I could have stayed and drank those raspberry martinis all night but both of us were eaten alive by mosquitos. They need to have the area sprayed or sprayed more frequently, it was so bad we got up and left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service - loud
    Stephanie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a fabulous meal and the server was very helpful and informative regarding our questions about the menu. We sat in the south west corner and our reservation was for 6pm. When the sun went down it was warm. We did bring down the window shades and that helped. As the restaurant became more crowded the noise level was very loud. There are no soft surfaces to alleviate the reverberation in the space. Need a few sound absorbing materials in the space; chair cushions, wall screens, something.... We will definitely be back due to the great food and back patio!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the The Rusty Rudder reviews archive.
  • Flies
    GilJ
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Prior to making the reservstion I called to ask if the problem still existed of swarming flies all over you and your food when eating outside. I was told the problem was fixed. It was not. Our food was covered with flies as we tried to eat dinner. Furthermore, our starters did not arrive before the entrees, three of the four entrees were either the wrong order or burnt, we asked for additional napkins three times but they never were brought and we returned our checks to the waitress be cause they were wrong. The music was good but I can listen to the same music on my IPOD without being covered by flies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Enjoyed a delightful lunch on the outdoor patio. Good wait staff. Warm pleasant and quite familiar with the menu. This place is a find. Already planning a return visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing mahi tacos!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Atmosphere and food were fantastic! Tuna tartar for an app. Great outdoor bar, dining area, and games for the kids. Live music outside every night. We were pleasantly surprised, and will be back with the kids.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love the close location to where we live. Tried it for dinner with my husband.Then went back the next day with a friend for lunch. Both meals were delightful
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our server was fantastic, even though he has only been there a short time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dinner was good had fish taco's and Shrimp and grits. I would advise to pass on oyster Rock very dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gotta get on top of service!
    eatandrun
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good food, great location, nice eclectic menu, friendly bar staff. BUT the wait-staff has got to get it together for it to last...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential to be better
    joan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had heard the food wasn't great but wanted to try RR for ourselves. I had two app's (a fried green tomato/crab stack & tuna tartare) as dinner, & both were very good. My husband had mahi tacos & rated them a C. I've had other friends say they were very disappointed by the seafood baskets & tacos, specifically. (*They say that the fried shrimp tastes cheap, like Long John Silver's, not local, and the fish doesn't seem fresh.) We were glad to be able to dine outside because indoors was way too loud & wouldn't have been a nice dining experience, having to yell across the table to be heard. I'm not writing this review to be mean, because us locals want this place to work, but the food needs much improvement! We will give it one more shot...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outside eating
    GilJ
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food is fine but they need to do something about the flies when eating outside. Very annoying.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was OK.
    Local
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food was good, but not spectacular. Our waitress was good, but bar service was slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but small portion sizes
    linds83
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Very good food but the you pick 3 seafood was very small in portion size esp for $20
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing but Great Potential
    crvrmv
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Restaurant was crowded and loud but it was an energetic and lively, so I wasn't bothered by the noise level. The tables were very close together making it feel like we were sitting with the couple at table next to us. We ordered Nachos, but they were out of Nachos (huh? - out of Nachos at 7:00 on a Saturday). We ordered Sauteed Clams as a substitute - a little salty and not very hot. Toast points - two small slices of bread didn't meet the mark. My wife ordered she crab soup - tasty but barely lukewarm - and the Fried Green Tomato & Crab Cake - good, not great - for dinner. I had the Lobster Roll - not good at all - very little lobster and so wet that roll was soggy. Service was slow but server was very good and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't waste your time or money
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very noisy; limited menu, meal disappointing. Made our reservation on Open Table - they could not find it, off to a great start. Saved by our email confirmation. Was a very disappointing evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Feeling pains of newly opened
    Susan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Way to loud inside, no sound barriers. Nice on Patio. Food was average, took way too long.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rusty Rudder needs oiling
    Foodluver
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We sat down & it took a long time to get our drink & appetizer order in.Our drinks were delivered but we waited a very long time for our appetizers. Whenwe inquired about them our server said the kitchen was backed up.We know she forgot to put the order in.The appetizers were not very good.The tuna tartare was palatable however the oysters Rockefeller were horrible &burnt. Our dinner arrived and we were all shocked at the small amount of food for the price.The oyster dinner only had 4 oysters! We are frequent downtown diners &used to paying a bit more to have a delicious meal. We were sadly mistaken here. We all left hungry and dissatisfied.The server was nice but not experienced.To make it in this town you are going to have to do better.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rusty Rudder
    Patricksview
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Very enjoyable. Friendly atmosphere. This site was the former 17 North. Maintains the outside venue with bar and entertainment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.