We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
+1 252-354-2413
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“croissants” (91 reviews)
“salad” (63 reviews)
“ribs” (16 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (607)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 607 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

It has been a tradition for several years now to eat at Rucker Johns when we visit Emerald Isle. The food is excellent and we love the atmosphere. We always make sure we get their honey buttered crescents. They also had a live band which...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on our way to Fort Macon. Friendly staff and good selection on the menu. We really like the decor. It was modern, yet rustic. We sat in a curved booth, which was very comfortable. The burger was flavorful and the...More

Thank xplrmor4me
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visit Emerald Isle for one week a year and always include dinner at Rucker Johns in our plans. They have remodeled the restaurant and it didn't seem as formal as in the past. The food is good but not spectacular, the servers are pleasant,...More

Thank 3CTraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

Been going for years and years. A place I always would take guest and family if I wanted a Great Meal. No longer can I say this. Last several times I have been service has been slow and must have hired a new chef because...More

Thank jchaney57
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Grwat dinner at rucker johns. We always come back here when we visit the island. Great ribs, great deserts, and great seafood! We will definitely be back. We likw the new design and layout of the restaurant.

Thank Nicholas M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First thing that strikes you when you walk in is the sleek modern, if stark, decor. (It begs for a good interior designer.) Our party of 8 split some tasty breaded mushrooms. Most of us had seafood - kids had shrimp and some had the...More

Thank Grandma_Hinckley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good food and large portions. The shrimp and grits are a must try! newly remodeled dining room.

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here with our two teenagers and cousin. The food is okay, but you have to be patient. They told us there was a 30 minute wait for the 5 of us, but there were quite a few open table. We went back inside...More

Thank Anna J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Rucker John's twice since the re-model over the winter of 2016-2017. The food is still the same and I can't quite figure out if all the work done to remodel made it better or worse but it is different. My personal...More

Thank Luvsdsea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our waitress at the hightop Jenelle, who was also the bartender, was exceptional and we wanted for nothing. The food was top notch and it is highly suggested!

Thank Lairen F
Nearby Restaurants
Sweet Spot
202 reviews
1.30 km away
149 reviews
.55 km away
The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits
121 reviews
1.23 km away
Nearby Attractions
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier
177 reviews
1.55 km away
Water Boggan
35 reviews
.70 km away
HWY 58 Bicycles
36 reviews
.30 km away
The Sweet Spot
44 reviews
1.30 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Since Rucker John's is not visible from the highway, what landmark should I look for to find the restaurant? Is there a mile marker close by?
6 October 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from Scott H | Reviewed this property |
It's in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center which is anchored by a Food Lion.
Joan E
Do you,have an outside eating area so we can bring our small dog?
25 July 2016|
Answer Show all 8 answers
Response from Bob D | Reviewed this property |
Do not know about bringing the dog, but they have a nice outside patio area.
Will you be serving Thanksgiving Dinner?
8 November 2015|
Response from robert r | Reviewed this property |
I would be shocked if they don't, it's probably the most popular dining spot at the largest shopping center in Emerald Isle. Bob Ross
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 25
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2400
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: +1 252-354-2413
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing