The Rusty Rudder (Lake Norman-Cornelius)

★★★☆☆
We're not just AT the Lake. We're ON the Lake. Great food and great music. NEVER a cover.
  • 20210 Henderson Rd 101

    Cornelius, NC 28031

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  • 704-892-9195

About The Rusty Rudder (Lake Norman-Cornelius)

Hours
Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am

Food

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I went to the RR for the first time about a month ago to see Sunny Ledfurd. I went to the bar to get a drink. There were 2/3 people in front of me so I waited with money in hand. They moved on and I stepped up. The bartender(Short white

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★★★☆☆

I went to the RR for the first time about a month ago to see Sunny Ledfurd. I went to the bar to get a drink. There were 2/3 people in front of me so I waited with money in hand. They moved on and I stepped up. The bartender(Short white

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Bad Idea to go here - go almost anywhere else on the lake for better. The food, service, the selection, and the attitude of staff is all really bad. The view is nice so ride by but dont stop

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★★★★★

Bad Idea to go here - go almost anywhere else on the lake for better. The food, service, the selection, and the attitude of staff is all really bad. The view is nice so ride by but dont stop

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To start off with,\r
I usually have good experiences at the Rudder, but this time, I was on the lake all day, and arrived with a few friends. When we arrived, we went to the hostess stand, where she gave us a buzzer and we went to the bar

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★★★★★

To start off with,\r
I usually have good experiences at the Rudder, but this time, I was on the lake all day, and arrived with a few friends. When we arrived, we went to the hostess stand, where she gave us a buzzer and we went to the bar

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This place has more drama and trauma than an ER room. They have consistently offended me and many other patrons and I swear I will never go back here again.

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★★★★★

This place has more drama and trauma than an ER room. They have consistently offended me and many other patrons and I swear I will never go back here again.

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My first and last trip to the Rusty Rudder. We decided to go there on a Saturday afternoon. It was not crowded yet it took forever to be waited on. Our food arrived before our ice teas. Our waitress acted as if we were an inconvenience, and went as far to tell us she would get back to us when we requested mayo and refills on our tea (which had been empty for quite awhile). Food was substandard and after waiting ten minutes for our waitress to come back (we stopped another waitress and she told us she was busy with her own tables and would get our waitress to help us), we had to get up and go to the bar to ask for mayonaise and a refill of our tea. Bad food, bad service, simply bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

My first and last trip to the Rusty Rudder. We decided to go there on a Saturday afternoon. It was not crowded yet it took forever to be waited on. Our food arrived before our ice teas. Our waitress acted as if we were an inconvenience, and went as far to tell us she would get back to us when we requested mayo and refills on our tea (which had been empty for quite awhile). Food was substandard and after waiting ten minutes for our waitress to come back (we stopped another waitress and she told us she was busy with her own tables and would get our waitress to help us), we had to get up and go to the bar to ask for mayonaise and a refill of our tea. Bad food, bad service, simply bad.

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The rudder has been a staple for the lake as long as I can remember and was one of the first places I went out when I moved to Charlotte, so I cannot be too judgmental on it. As you can expect from being a lakeside establishment in a busy cove, it can get a bit grimey...but that's what being at the lake is about...dive bars, good friends and cold beers overlooking the water.

Most recently I went with group of friends to the Rudder for a casual dinner and a few drinks, this time I was less than satisfied with the meal. I had ordered the peel and eat shrimp which were overcooked and just had an unappealing texture; I only ate about 3 of them. Being a place on the lake, I at least figured they would be doing peel and eat right, but oh well, it happens.

Since I wasn't happy the way they prepped the shrimp, I stayed away from any seafood entree. Not being too hungry, I stuck with old faithful, chicken tenders. They were good, as to be expected, you can't really do anything to mess them up unless they burn.

The food is mediocre, but what do you expect, it's a dive place. Good times will be had, great views of the lake and cold beers floweth throughout. I'd definitely check it out, if you want it to be a perfect night there stick to the drinks and you will surely be satisfied.

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★★★☆☆

The rudder has been a staple for the lake as long as I can remember and was one of the first places I went out when I moved to Charlotte, so I cannot be too judgmental on it. As you can expect from being a lakeside establishment in a busy cove, it can get a bit grimey...but that's what being at the lake is about...dive bars, good friends and cold beers overlooking the water.

Most recently I went with group of friends to the Rudder for a casual dinner and a few drinks, this time I was less than satisfied with the meal. I had ordered the peel and eat shrimp which were overcooked and just had an unappealing texture; I only ate about 3 of them. Being a place on the lake, I at least figured they would be doing peel and eat right, but oh well, it happens.

Since I wasn't happy the way they prepped the shrimp, I stayed away from any seafood entree. Not being too hungry, I stuck with old faithful, chicken tenders. They were good, as to be expected, you can't really do anything to mess them up unless they burn.

The food is mediocre, but what do you expect, it's a dive place. Good times will be had, great views of the lake and cold beers floweth throughout. I'd definitely check it out, if you want it to be a perfect night there stick to the drinks and you will surely be satisfied.

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I've been a few times since weather has been nice and thought the food was pretty good. Really nice view and outdoor seating area. when eating there I quickly realized that during the week food tends to be better simply from the fact that it isn't as busy. Weekends are considerably busier so it takes longer to get food. would have rated higher but food times are inconsistant. I usually get some sort of fish and really like the fish tacos and salmon blt. I thought service was friendly and did a pretty good job the weekend I ate there.

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★★★☆☆

I've been a few times since weather has been nice and thought the food was pretty good. Really nice view and outdoor seating area. when eating there I quickly realized that during the week food tends to be better simply from the fact that it isn't as busy. Weekends are considerably busier so it takes longer to get food. would have rated higher but food times are inconsistant. I usually get some sort of fish and really like the fish tacos and salmon blt. I thought service was friendly and did a pretty good job the weekend I ate there.

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We waited for over 1 hour for the food. The check arrived before the food did! They forgot my sons order of wings. I spoke with the manager, he said sorry and walked off. We'll never eat there again!

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★☆☆☆☆

We waited for over 1 hour for the food. The check arrived before the food did! They forgot my sons order of wings. I spoke with the manager, he said sorry and walked off. We'll never eat there again!

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Bad service, Bad management,

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I got a coupon off of restaurants dot com $10 for a $25 gift certificate. The only reason we decided to go there was because it was close to home and described as family friendly. It ended up costing us $75 dollars to feed a family of 5. That included 2 appetizers 3 adult meals and 2 kids meals and a mandatory 18% tip. Amazingly the only thing that tasted good was the fried pickles. From the reviews I have read here, I think the only reason we had such good service was because, besides us, there was only one other party of 6. Every other table was empty. Family's beware, this is a bar, by no means a family restaurant. If you want to drink and party, this is the place for you. If you want good food, go anywhere but here. If you could rate it 0 stars, that is what I'd give it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I got a coupon off of restaurants dot com $10 for a $25 gift certificate. The only reason we decided to go there was because it was close to home and described as family friendly. It ended up costing us $75 dollars to feed a family of 5. That included 2 appetizers 3 adult meals and 2 kids meals and a mandatory 18% tip. Amazingly the only thing that tasted good was the fried pickles. From the reviews I have read here, I think the only reason we had such good service was because, besides us, there was only one other party of 6. Every other table was empty. Family's beware, this is a bar, by no means a family restaurant. If you want to drink and party, this is the place for you. If you want good food, go anywhere but here. If you could rate it 0 stars, that is what I'd give it.

Pros: Good Service

Cons: Food was awful. Over priced.

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I think this place is overrated. Yes, it's on the water but the portions and prices are not good. The food was alright but nothing to write home about. My husband had very small fish tacos that were $10.

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★★☆☆☆

I think this place is overrated. Yes, it's on the water but the portions and prices are not good. The food was alright but nothing to write home about. My husband had very small fish tacos that were $10.

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Typical chicken strips and french fries place. Sometimes there are good beer specials on not popular beer. Last time I was there I paid $4.00 for a plastic glass of yengling. Lot of money for a mediocre beer.

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★★☆☆☆

Typical chicken strips and french fries place. Sometimes there are good beer specials on not popular beer. Last time I was there I paid $4.00 for a plastic glass of yengling. Lot of money for a mediocre beer.

Pros: view

Cons: poor beer selection and bad food.

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Went with some girlfriends for some after dinner drinks! We sat on the patio and had great conversation. Great atmosphere! Service was ok - we weren't checked on very much! But all in all, a good experience and will probably be back!

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★★★☆☆

Went with some girlfriends for some after dinner drinks! We sat on the patio and had great conversation. Great atmosphere! Service was ok - we weren't checked on very much! But all in all, a good experience and will probably be back!

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12/26/08 - 8 family members (4 from out of town) looking to enjoy the holiday season with a few drinks. 3 hours spent at this establishment with 3 bar tender change outs - not one person said hello or thank you -
Customer Service was not there- unfortunatley the patrons were very nice which made us stay a bit longer.
After being ignored and snubbed by the last bar tender, we closed out and did not tip him - he became very loud and rude because he did not deserve a tip (in my standards plus my 84 yr.old father) I went to talk with the manager (still question if he was) and he did not want to hear anything we had to say regarding our service - sad, because we will never go back and I will not recommend the establishment to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

12/26/08 - 8 family members (4 from out of town) looking to enjoy the holiday season with a few drinks. 3 hours spent at this establishment with 3 bar tender change outs - not one person said hello or thank you -
Customer Service was not there- unfortunatley the patrons were very nice which made us stay a bit longer.
After being ignored and snubbed by the last bar tender, we closed out and did not tip him - he became very loud and rude because he did not deserve a tip (in my standards plus my 84 yr.old father) I went to talk with the manager (still question if he was) and he did not want to hear anything we had to say regarding our service - sad, because we will never go back and I will not recommend the establishment to anyone.

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We have never really been there during "normal" eating hours, but the after hours time is great. We have been there a few times for Bachelorette parties. It is always a great time, we get some food at the bar too and it has always been great!

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★★★★☆

We have never really been there during "normal" eating hours, but the after hours time is great. We have been there a few times for Bachelorette parties. It is always a great time, we get some food at the bar too and it has always been great!

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Great place to dock boat and have lunch. Great environment also for casual dining with kids....This pas summer several friends spent the day on Lake Norman and we all ended up at Rusty Rudder for lunch. We had a great meal and the wait staff was awesome. This is a definite stop when on the lake.

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★★★★☆

Great place to dock boat and have lunch. Great environment also for casual dining with kids....This pas summer several friends spent the day on Lake Norman and we all ended up at Rusty Rudder for lunch. We had a great meal and the wait staff was awesome. This is a definite stop when on the lake.

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This is THE place to go on the lake for adult fun and food. They have the best drink specails. The wait staff is hot, hot, hot! When night time comes and you want a place to get out and meet people, you GOt to check this place out. I was very impressed.

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★★★★★

This is THE place to go on the lake for adult fun and food. They have the best drink specails. The wait staff is hot, hot, hot! When night time comes and you want a place to get out and meet people, you GOt to check this place out. I was very impressed.

Pros: Drinks, the people and the food

Cons: I don't have a boat to pull up at the docks.

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This place is a Lake Norman landmark, nobody throws a better party. Been going there for years and it just keeps getting better. The menu and decor was greatly improved this summer and it is an awsome place to watch Sunday football with all of the new TV's. Even though summer is over the Ladies still look hot ever Tuesday Night. see you there.

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★★★★☆

This place is a Lake Norman landmark, nobody throws a better party. Been going there for years and it just keeps getting better. The menu and decor was greatly improved this summer and it is an awsome place to watch Sunday football with all of the new TV's. Even though summer is over the Ladies still look hot ever Tuesday Night. see you there.

Pros: Always a good time

Cons: Busy summer weekends make parking hard

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Excellent place on the lake. A very fun weekend getaway. They accomodate boat mooring's if you are coming by water.

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★★★★★

Excellent place on the lake. A very fun weekend getaway. They accomodate boat mooring's if you are coming by water.

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what a fun place to go either by boat or car. it is fun to watch the boats pull up. the bands that are their add to the wonderful atmosphere. food is consistently good.

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★★★★☆

what a fun place to go either by boat or car. it is fun to watch the boats pull up. the bands that are their add to the wonderful atmosphere. food is consistently good.

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Had food and drinks at the rudder. Food was good and Service was great. Also bartender was very friendly....

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★★★★☆

Had food and drinks at the rudder. Food was good and Service was great. Also bartender was very friendly....

 

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