Rusty Bucket - South Park

4.4
55 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern, a gathering place where people come to share laughter, smiles, and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy. Satisfying and familiar, the menu is classic American fare, thoughtfully prepared from scratch by each location's Executive Chef. Cocktails are considered a craft, made-to-order by highly-skilled bartenders. From barrel to glass, no short cuts are taken with the carefully selected beer list. The perfect draft is guaranteed. Join us for lunch, grab a drink after work, bring the kids for dinner - we've got a seat for you! Great Food. Great Drinks. Great People. The Bucket Life.
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DF
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 2

2 of my friends and I had lunch on Friday. The food overall was good. I made a reservation but was seated in the bar area. Not sure why. Our server was the bartender she was busy and an not very nice. Her attitude was unacceptable and we will probably not return

VN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Half price pizza was great.! Go for happy hour. The pizza was quite good too!

RY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service; excellent food. Love the Rusty Bucket

BL
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were looking forward to eating here after a few friends recommended it. The food was ok but not worth the price we paid. There are several similar restaurants in Charlotte that equally disappoint.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a trendy vibe. Food was delicious and people were friendly. Parking is tricky but there’s a parking garage.

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food just wasn’t very tasty, and I was concerned by the low-ish sanitation score of 92.5. Nice and friendly service and easy place to take kids with some healthy kids options. Wouldn’t return if we were in town.

EB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and my friends and I had a great time and great food. We weren’t told that the Strawberry Shortcake was going to be in a cup so it was hard to share and get everything in a bite since the cake was in the bottom and strawberries piled on top. Other than that everything was great.

P
Greensboro
25 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I believe there staff could use more training regarding being attentive servers.

H
Atlanta
75 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the happy hour pizza and beer special. Everything was very good.

W
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time here and we will be going back. We both had the salmon and it was perfect.

OT
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fine
Would go again.
Many places similar.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We love this place when we dine out with the kiddos! Food is good and there are multiple options for kids in addition to the standard kid offerings of chicken fingers and cheese burgers.

RG
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

As a regular routine after 20 hours of travel, I check out restaurants close to the hotels I stay. On this trip we chose Rusty Bucket as our post trip eatery, and due to mild exhaustion, we arrived about an hour ahead of our reservation.
The restaurant was relatively empty, and we were set up in a small booth ready for nice meal of comfort food.
Food was exactly what we sought, drinks were cold, and the ambiance was relaxing.
The only issue was with the service as it was less than stellar which was really surprising due to the light volume of customers. Hopefully this was a one off, and while the reminders worked, more than once was irritating.
We will return.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Haven't been in about 2 years. Back for Mother's Day brunch. Food is subpar. Never plan to return.

CK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Made a reservation for 7 and when we arrived the table wasn’t ready. The hostess said “oh you shouldn’t have used open table because it’s not syncing correctly.” I then responded that they probably need to close it out in open table so no one could make reservations. The manager came over and got snippy and said oh yeah it’s just better to call. And I responded and stated that open table doesn’t have a suggestion that I should call. Just was not happy with the managers attitude. I used to work in a restaurant and we would’ve never treated patrons in that manner.

d
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I have been here 2 times.First time I didn't enjoy My Rueben. Gave it another chance for Brunch with My Family .was told the brunch was the best. Again I was Dissatisfied.

JR
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Extensive menu, great drinks. Our waiter was fantastic. The night we were there wasn’t very busy do our food came out quickly. Great location near SouthPark. We’ll be back.

OT
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pizza

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pleasing environment, wait staff attentive, food, its typical bar food .

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best all round easy spot

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was Great and the food was delicious. Will return!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Foreign object in my sons drink. Pointed out to server and she quickly got new drink. Asked to hold bacon and onions on salad but it came with bacon. Salmon way too salty

SM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect. We had a great time, and with a reservation in advance, even though we got there s little early, they gave us a table right away. A big Thank You!!! It was a special evening for us.

MK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The management has to have more waiters/waitresses during the weekends and big games.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service! Blueberry bliss was delish!! Pan-seared salmon was excellent! Thank you!

PH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was ordinary and slightly overpriced for what was provided..good ambiance..cozy..good spot for a dinner date.

JK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was outstanding. The waiter went above and beyond during our dinner reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first time there and Valentine’s night so it was busy. My server was super friendly, but only once checked on us and we sat there with empty water glasses until she came to ask if we were ready for the check. We asked for water then. The food was good. My son ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich and onion rings. The sandwich was enormous and he loved it. He’s always on a quest for the best onion rings and he said they were the best he’s had. My wife got the salmon and she enjoyed it. I just ordered the vegetable sides and while they were good, I thought the portions were small. Our server was very friendly and thanked us for our patience and apologized at the end for us having to wait. Overall we enjoyed and would return.

FY
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I didn’t have a good experience. We ordered a soup that wasn’t the best. We complained and they removed it from our bill. I ordered fish tacos that I specifically requested with no spices. It came cooked WITH species. After complaining for the soup I decided I wasn't going to complain for my food so my husband and son ate the tacos. We are not coming back.

NC
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good appetizer specials. Our server was outstanding, and there was nothing we requested of her that she didn't eagerly accommodate. We are always pleased by the service and food.

RR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2/9/19 Update to original review. After having Allie reach out and apologize about our first experience we decide to go back. I am really glad we did. The service was outstanding, our server Ryan, was great, very attentive, engaging and just the right amount of check ins. Food was solid, I had the buffalo chicken soup that was interesting in the best way I could have eaten a bucket of it. Fried Pickles were money and my wifes' Chicken Parm was amazing. Mark the GM was stellar and on this very busy night he had a very smooth sailing ship. Awesome local neighborhood pub environment great vibe and atmosphere and the restaurant is nice and clean. We will back without a doubt!

JG
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was ok - good but just nothing great. Service was excellent though so that was a plus. Probably won’t ever go back because it’s just isn’t anything special from any other generic restaurant. Food prices were very reasonable.

LS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service from Ryan. We enjoyed our meal and actually could have a conversation without shouting at each other. Thank you, kitchen, for making accommodations for lower carb meals!

k
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing

D
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome -- Great place. You should go. I was very happy with everything

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was just regular bar food, but service was amazing.

C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If there was a way to give more than 5 stars for service, I would do it. Food was great and the atmosphere what I expected.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice tjw staff was great and recommended several dishes. Overall wonderful visit

ML
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I picked this place to meet family because it would take a reservation for 8. They were completely ready for us which is always a good thing. Our server, Connor, was a gem. She got us taken care of without pushing us. The food is solid and it comes out relatively quick. Everything was as ordered and it was good. This place is a great stop for a quick,easy dinner in Southpark.

BM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here several, but I was the only one in my party of eight who had been here. Everyone said they would be back. Excellent service and value.

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