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La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant

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Buccoo Bay Road | Buccoo, Tobago
1 868 639-0940
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Italian food this far from Italy

Excellent food, extensive wine list, great service. Setting is an open air patio connected to a dining room. Breezy. The owner entertains with menu descriptions in Italian English. Have anything pasta, especially seafood. Lasagna and cannelloni also spectacular. As good if not better than what I've... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
annoyingme
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CA
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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148 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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CA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, extensive wine list, great service. Setting is an open air patio connected to a dining room. Breezy. The owner entertains with menu descriptions in Italian English. Have anything pasta, especially seafood. Lasagna and cannelloni also spectacular. As good if not better than what I've had in Italy, Sf Bay Area or the Napa " wine country". Worth the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

After making my reservation and arriving for 8:30 I got my main course at 9:45 to be exact. I had a pumpkin soup to start, it was a purée that you will feed to a baby. I didn't enjoy it. It was not a soup consistency. To ease the long wait they brought out olives and bread etc which were... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A lovely space, and extensive (if expensive) wine list. And some nice touches (a couple of complimentary nibbles at the start of meal). But the pizza main was truly dire - like a really poor economy supermarket version. Dessert (tiramisu) was pretty ordinary. And the bill was the biggest weve had in Tobago. (Service and tax hiked it all up... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had a great evening here and really enjoyed our interactions with the owner/head chef who was very welcoming and chatty. The wine is really expensive! We went for one of the cheaper bottles and it was delicious. I would advise if you don't know what you want to talk it through with the staff. We were given a complimentary... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Given all the hype about this place we decided to try it out and were slightly disappointed. The food wasn't bad but not up to expectation. We both had pasta as our main dish - and both were a bit lacking in flavour. The seafood pasta was bland with no real *seafood* taste and the lamb with penne was simply... More 

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Kent
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

On our third trip to Tobago and been to La Tartaruga each time. The food is remarkable absolutely fantastic - words can not describe it! The wine list is amazing as well. Overall this is not a cheap night out but is such good value for money as the service and overall experience is well worth it.

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Freeport, Trinidad
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visited in January with my wife. Went to try their ravioli but it has been removed from the menu. The servers were very friendly and meals arrived quickly. The food was good but lacked the wow factor which we were seeking. The chef checked on us a few times which was welcomed. An okay dinner but we left expecting a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The food here is wonderful, and the ambiance and staff are beyond charming. We were on Tobago for eight days, and we are here twice -- the first time because another couple at our hotel recommended it, and the second time because we loved it so much the first time. This is probably as authentic as Italian food can be... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We ate the appitizer sampler, pumpkin soup, which was bland for my taste, and the Mahi Mahi, delicious yet a little too highly spiced, again this is a personal view point. Others may find the seasoning just right. The food and service were very good, the wine list excellent. We had an enjoyable evening.

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Brantford, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

When I was there, I ordered Ravioli. I received 3 very small ravioli on my plate; then went home and made myself a cheese sandwich because I was still hungry. Very expensive!

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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 1 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?