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Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar

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MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
252 441 7299
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine

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  • 324
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  • 193
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
AMAZING Coco Loco Chicken!

I had the most amazing chicken dish... Coco Loco Chicken. I rarely order chicken because I prefer beef. However, I thought I'd try this dish because it sounded unique. Incredible! The curry lime sauce that comes with the chicken is what really makes it!! For dessert, we had the peanut butter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
mrsbgranger
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Elgin, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Elgin, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I had the most amazing chicken dish... Coco Loco Chicken. I rarely order chicken because I prefer beef. However, I thought I'd try this dish because it sounded unique. Incredible! The curry lime sauce that comes with the chicken is what really makes it!! For dessert, we had the peanut butter chocolate pie. Soooooo good! Now for the down side-... More 

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München
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

The restaurant was recommended to us by out inn keeper. It was our first time in the Outer Banks and we feel, we found a very authentic restaurant. I ate there my first chowder and really liked it. The anthmosphere was nice and relaxed and I liked the aquariums beside our tables. Our waitress was very friendly. We also had... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We saw Tortuga's Lie on Guy's show and were so excited to try this restaurant the first night we arrived at Nag's Head. There was no one else waiting for a table, the hostess said it would be a couple of minutes, a table was getting ready to leave. In the next few minutes a family came in and she... More 

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obxkos, Manager at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

I'm really sorry that you felt you were overlooked, but I promise you were not. We seat people on a first come first serve basis. I wish you had asked for me before you left so I could better explain the chain of events. Here is what happened. The family that came in after you was not sat at a... More 

Wake Forest, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a wonderful local bar that serves great quality food. Fish Tacos were so yummy and the jerk chicken was just the right amount of spice. Open in the Winter.

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South Hill VA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The atmosphere is great, lots of happy beachy colors and art on the walls. Friendly staff and good food, great beach restaurant.

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Williamsburg
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We were so disappointed, after hearing a good review from a friend, knowing that it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and reading that Coastal Living had rated it the best seafood dive in NC. Maybe their main chefs were ill or on vacation. We ate their off-season, so at least it was one of the few that was... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This was a great meal. Child friendly to boot! I'm so happy they were open in the off season since so many restaurants are closed in January. I had the Coco Loco chicken and it was definitely different from your usual fish shack meal. Coconut and lime crusted chicken with a curry dipping sauce. The fish tacos were meaty and... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My husband were here for dinner and sat at the bar, It took a while to get drinks and menus. Our dinner was great, but the service was nothing special. They were busy when we arrived, but by the time we left it was much slower and still took a while to get new cocktails. Would definitely go back because... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

What a great way to bring in the new year! The run started at 11pm, started and finished at tortugas, a fun and funky little joint with fabulous food, then inside with all your friends for a champagne toast! Loved it!

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Hagerstown Maryland, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A Nags Head institution. Sat at a crowded bar and shared an appetizer. Fish bites. DEEELICIOUS! Firm fish, a coating that was a tad spicy, and dipping sauces that complimented the fish nicely. Go early and go often!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 252 441 7299

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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