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La Tartaruga

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Buccoo Bay Road | Buccoo, Tobago
1 868 639-0940
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Italian food. Particularly delicious homemade starters

Some of the best Italian food we have eaten for ages particularly the mixed starters and homemade pasta. What a find on a tropical island! Enthusiastic Italian owner and chef and lovely waiting staff. If you are on the island put it on your list of restaurants to visit and I think you will not be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
MittensMaidenhead
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Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
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Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some of the best Italian food we have eaten for ages particularly the mixed starters and homemade pasta. What a find on a tropical island! Enthusiastic Italian owner and chef and lovely waiting staff. If you are on the island put it on your list of restaurants to visit and I think you will not be disappointed.

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Thank MittensMaidenhead
UK
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Most impressive meal we had in Tobago, the food was wonderfully fresh and home made. We were well looked after by the waiter and the chef who explained the entire menu and bought us complimentary tasters of delightful new dishes. Definitely worth a visit

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Thank shaylarcoles
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great authentic Italian food... went twice in 10 days!!! the pasta is home made and light and the sauces are delicious. Samples of some of the appetizers are provided for tasting. Service is the best on the island of Tobago and the chef comes to make sure that you are enjoying the meal. The place is quaint, peaceful and you... More 

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Thank Sandra L
Brighton
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, not cheap, but worth it. Friendly & informative service in a pleasant & busy environment.

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Thank DrogoBrighton
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner sitting on the breezy balcony. Excellent and extensive wine cellar. Very tasty food, all explained with Italian flair. The homemade deserts were to die for!

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Thank Rachel L
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't impressed. Food without love. Visited randomly,having heard from tobagonians it was pretty good. Started was okay. Wine was also okay. To the main course, it wasn't good at all. Sorry. I would try again.

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Thank Matthew G
gabrieletobago, chef owner at La Tartaruga, responded to this review

Dear Matthew, usually comments are very constructive and we treasure them.... but this time with your words I can say you have missed completely the train and you dont understand a bit about passion and love for food and great service. Send you best wishes for your learning journey with other many establishments you patronize I can see from your... More 

High Springs, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really good food and over the top customer service. Nice atmosphere , best wine list in Tobago and chef/owner who explains entire menu. Will definitely return.

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Thank edandcathy2016
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit. Some outside seating, and friendly service. The owner/chef, came out and explained the menus to us. His wife and daughter also hall in the kitchen. As before, there was a complimentary small bite to taste, and choice of Italian staples. Some nice deserts. And of course, there was a great choice and variety of wine to choose... More 

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Thank Olaivas
Sao Paulo, SP
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58 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

People say the food here is great. I can't possibly know since we were mistreated twice on this restaurant. Maybe I was unlucky, but here are some tips for you to don't go through what I did: don't arrive after 9 pm. They say they close at 10, but they stop accepting new people at 9 something. Furthermore expect to... More 

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Thank ValsFun
gabrieletobago, Owner at La Tartaruga, responded to this review

Thank you for your report: the restaurant can accomodate only an amount of guests to be able to provide great service. It is suggested to call in advance for reservation, which all our long time customers know. You popped in on an evening when a Tasting Italian Regional menu' was prepared expressely for the amount of guests that had secured... More 

Roxbury, Connecticut
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eating at this restaurant was like escaping to Italy for the evening. The food was delicious, and Gabriel, the chef, was an attentive and gracious host. It is pricey, but the entire family (ourselves plus 3 children 11, 18 and 20) were all very happy and we ate their twice in 10 days!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Buccoo Bay Road | Buccoo, Tobago
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Trinidad and Tobago  >  Tobago
  • Phone Number: 1 868 639-0940

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?