The Rusty Rudder
3563 N. Hwy 17
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466Neighborhood:
Low CountryPrice: $30 and under
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.
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.Continued
Come spend some laid back time with us. After all, we are on Mt. Pleasant time here at the Rusty Rudder!
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
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The Rusty Rudder reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance3.3Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (25)neighborhood gem (14)kid-friendly (13)good for groups (10)great for brunch (5)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)fit for foodies (3)great for lunch (2)romantic (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
- Can I get some servicets4uDined on 10/24/2014Our 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:
- Girls nightCharlesDined on 10/9/2014Relaxing with Music and ambiance. Very nice night with the girls!Special Features:
- LuvFrenchFoodDined on 9/26/2014This 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.
- Rainy NightLynnyDined on 9/16/2014We 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:
- Nothing special, nice service, slowOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 9/8/2014I 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:
- Don't waste your timeAV11VIPDined on 9/8/2014We 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.
- MjgnpVIPDined on 9/6/2014Our 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 seasoningSpecial Features:
- BummerBirthdayGurlDined on 9/1/2014Service was ridiculous! Food not up to standard of previous visits.Special Features:
- Saturday evening dinnerCAF123Dined on 8/30/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, bad serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/29/2014It 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- avoidfoodiesVIPDined on 8/24/2014we 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:
- Think againluv2eatDined on 8/23/2014This 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..........
- Appetizer AdjustmentjoanDined on 8/22/2014We 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:
- Neighborhood FindDateniteDined on 8/16/2014Food 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very good mealgooziemomVIPDined on 8/16/20142nd visit and will go back. Good seafood and now open for lunch.Special Features:
- Great Neighborhood Find!CharlestonDinerVIPDined on 8/15/2014My 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:
- Foodie10Dined on 8/13/2014Enjoyed 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:
- eatingfineVIPDined on 8/9/2014Noise 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.
- Great experience.SnaganagaDined on 8/9/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/8/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/3/2014Wonderful local eatery. Great, knowledgeable staff.Special Features:
- AwesomeGreatFoodDined on 8/2/2014This was our 3rd trip back to the Rudder and everything was perfect. Mahi Taco's are the best in town.Special Features:
- Nice Outdoor Dining Area But...OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/29/2014So 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.
- The following 23 reviews are from the The Rusty Rudder reviews archive.
- Great food & service - loudStephanieDined on 7/28/2014We 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:
- FliesGilJDined on 7/24/2014Prior 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/19/2014Enjoyed 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:
- Amazing mahi tacos!JenniferDined on 7/18/2014Atmosphere 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/18/2014We 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 delightfulSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/15/2014Our server was fantastic, even though he has only been there a short time.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/12/2014Dinner was good had fish taco's and Shrimp and grits. I would advise to pass on oyster Rock very dry.Special Features:
- Gotta get on top of service!eatandrunDined on 7/12/2014Good 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Has potential to be betterjoanDined on 7/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- outside eatingGilJDined on 7/9/2014Food is fine but they need to do something about the flies when eating outside. Very annoying.Special Features:
- It was OK.LocalDined on 7/6/2014Food was good, but not spectacular. Our waitress was good, but bar service was slow.Special Features:
- Good but small portion sizeslinds83Dined on 7/6/2014Very good food but the you pick 3 seafood was very small in portion size esp for $20Special Features:
- Disappointing but Great PotentialcrvrmvDined on 7/5/2014Restaurant 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:
- Don't waste your time or moneyDisappointedDined on 7/5/2014Very 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.
- Feeling pains of newly openedSusanDined on 7/5/2014Way to loud inside, no sound barriers. Nice on Patio. Food was average, took way too long.Special Features:
- Rusty Rudder needs oilingFoodluverDined on 7/5/2014We 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.
- Rusty RudderPatricksviewDined on 7/4/2014Very enjoyable. Friendly atmosphere. This site was the former 17 North. Maintains the outside venue with bar and entertainment.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.