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Rusty Bucket - Hilliard

4.5
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80 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.

Safety precautions

Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 80 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vacationtime
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ate on the patio which was nice except one of the other tables had a child that screamed a lot. It was nice to see that they brought back a bigger menu with a lot of the same things that were on it before especially the trio.

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ChrisZ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience celebrating our grown son’s birthday. The Rusty Bucket is amazing at serving their customers as well as honoring the rules of the health department. Our server, Tiffany, was the best! Everyone had an awesome time.

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vipStevenB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an enjoyable experience at the Rusty Bucket

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Rusty Bucket! We love the salmon. They fix it just right!

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DonaldB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great my wife just loves the salmon

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BrianPalmer
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always been a fan of Rusty Bucket and the way they have been able to maintain a pleasurable experience in the current situation with Covid is a testament to the great service that they provide!

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vipMissy
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. Everyone has taking the appropriate precautions for COVID. We will be back to Rusty Bucket soon. Thanks

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GretchenT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rusty Bucket is a family favorite. We were so glad they were reopening after quarantine. The cleanliness and safety precautions are excellent and the service and food was great!

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ECRhode
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The Double-Nickel Salad was delicious. It was served up differently than in past, which was a platter and now is served in a bowl. I would assume that it's probably a consideration for having the least contact on the serving ware by the server. The guests on patio were spaced well and it was nice temperature and the traffic noise was not too bad. Our server was quick to bring the drinks, but then didn't take our order until I asked another server to alert our server that we were ready. Then he promptly arrived. The food arrived in good time, as did the check!

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CharlotteF
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our first dining experience with 'patio' dining for COVID 19. We appreciated the ability to make a reservation for the patio and we were seated right away. All the staff seemed to be following appropriate protocols and were friendly during the whole dining experience. Look forward to the return of the full menu, but totally understand why it's not in place not. Thanks for making us feel safe to eat out!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great service, great food, very delicious. Menu was short - not too many options but I guess due to covid 19 things were adjusted. Hopefully everything goes back to normal. 🤗

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time out with the family since the start COVID. We had a fabulous time. Food and service were spot on! Can’t say enough good things about our experience. Way to go Rusty Bucket in Hilliard Ohio!!!!

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RoseM
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was good, but I can’t stand the staff being forced to wear face masks. It is not personal and I cannot hear what is being said. Besides they do not protect you or others from being sick. They only suppress the immune system more since you are breathing in your own carbon dioxide. The face mask is intended to be used in an operating room - not in a profession where people are running around delivering food. This enforcement is completely ridiculous and should not be followed by the employees. This is America, the home of the free! Government is not here to protect our health. Government is here to protect our rights! And they keep violating our constitutional rights!!! Americans should not be forced to wear these silly face masks and we can never let us shut down our businesses again! Covid-19 was just the seasonal flu and they shut us down and they keep trying to shut us up but this is America! We have choices and we cannot let them keep dividing us with this silly notion of 6’ social distancing! Why isn’t it called 6’ physical distancing? It’s called “social” because they want to keep us divided.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

All chicken was very chewy. Fish was fishy. Salad was wilted. We were super disappointed as we hadn’t been out to eat in a long time.

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vipStevenB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dining area was set up nicely allowing for adequate social distancing

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AnnW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like going to Rusty bucket because of the great customer service, awesome food and all the choices to eat!

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vipMichael
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service is always good and food is fantastic. I can always count on getting a quality meal..

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Everything was very good.

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Mindy
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We went to this location for the restaurant week menu. When ordering, they indicated that they were out of 3 of the 4 desserts listed on the Restaurant Week menu (this was early on Tuesday evening). I noticed that other diners around us did recieve some of the desserts that they had told us were unavailable. We did not order off the RW menu and when our meal was over, they asked if we wanted dessert, then proceeded to list all of the items they said they didn't have. Not sure if someone went out and got extra, or why within a 45 minute period they went from 1 to 4 desserts. Overall - food pretty good.

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Seth
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was acceptable. Only time server came back after food was for the check. We all needed water and we're going to get more drinks but we never had the option.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Generally we enjoy going to the Bucket in Hilliard. Overall, everything was just ok. Good food and all, but we were seated in the heated patio next to a party of 10+, which made it a little hard to talk. Also, we were seated for over 10 minutes before we even saw our server, and that only happened because I had to go into the restaurant and ask for water and to order our food. Just set a negative tone... but not enough to keep us from ever going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Stuck us on the patio, it was cold and noisy

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JeffD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

the food was not very good, and higher priced than comparable restaurants. The wait staff was pleasant, and did the atmosphere was fair for a Saturday night.

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vipreesatheresa
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the double nickel salad is the best salad in any restaurant. I always order it with salmon which they cook exactly to my liking. I love The RustyBucket because the food is consistently excellent!

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tiffany did a terrific job. We felt that she had too many tables to cover. She kept it together and gave
Us great service.

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vipRachelM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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vipEmpty
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. Atmosphere was louder than I would have liked. Beer is expensive.

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vipRobs
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried pickles always a treat. We love this place for casual dining!!

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AshVo
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I held a celebratory lunch for my husband's birthday and my daughter's christening at Rusty Bucket and had a great experience. It was easy to make the reservation for 12 people online, and I received great customer service when I called the restaurant with a couple of questions. We were seated in their party room which worked great for our gathering. I appreciated that we were able to bring in our own cake - and that Rusty Bucket spoiled my husband by giving him a dessert of his choice. Our server, Emily, went above and beyond to make our experience special and did a great job. The menu is diverse enough to offer options for all our guests with their different dietary restrictions and preferences. I'd highly recommend!

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Bkaywo
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the restaurants we love to eat at whether we’re dining out or ordering in. The food is great and service is always wonderful.

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vipBabs
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food (turkey club and breakfast burrito) and great service.

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vipLance
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Consistently meh...

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vipRandallA
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable and relaxed dinner with friends. No rush service appreciated!!

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TamaraK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought it would be super crowded but it wasn’t. I think this spot is under rated. It’s a great place. I wish we had one in Grove City!!!

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MindiR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got seated right away. Service was excellent and we required several drink refills and never had to ask. It was a fun and family friendly atmosphere.

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LisA
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We generally like the Rusty Bucket restaurants, but this one was disappointing. At first we thought maybe our server was maybe shy, but later realized he either didn't know how to be a good server, or really didn't care about doing a good job. We had to hunt him down every time we wanted something - even the check. He mumbled and was hard to understand.

Maybe with some instruction, the server could improve. But when we saw the manager, he was always walking briskly through the restaurant and clearly had no interest in checking in with any customers. He would chat with staff, then zip off to some where out of sight.

The food was good, but just below the level we expect at other Rusty Buckets. This location could use some management.

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BrianF
Toledo
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The server was uninterested. We waited almost 10 minutes after seated before anyone came to the table. After we got our food the server never checked on our table. The kitchen messed up one of our orders. Our bill was $80 for four people but the quality of the food was far from the cost.

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JuliW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have been to several Rusty Buckets and this one seems to have the best service. The food is always consistent but sometimes depending on the restaurant service is not. We have never had a bad experience.

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vipBCCStan
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a very nice Mother's Day Celebration for 5 people. We ate on the patio... the walls and windows were in place because it was cold outside but our seating area was a perfect temp. Food was great, special requests were granted when we asked that changes be made from the menu (subbed broccoli for fries and lettuce for a bun). Our server (Zach) was on top of it! He was an excellent and friendly server.

FAQs

Rusty Bucket - Hilliard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 777-5868.

Rusty Bucket - Hilliard is rated 4.5 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

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