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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, 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
Best Food in the OBX

Tortugas is a staple for us on every trip. We go at twice if not three times in a week! The tuna sandwich special is always a great treat! My wife loves the Jerk Burger! You cannot go wrong with anything you get to eat!! Enjoy!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Souderton, Pennsylvania
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Souderton, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Tortugas is a staple for us on every trip. We go at twice if not three times in a week! The tuna sandwich special is always a great treat! My wife loves the Jerk Burger! You cannot go wrong with anything you get to eat!! Enjoy!!

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Thank dsmoyer535
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've eaten here for years every time I come down, and they never disappoint. Coco-loco chicken is the best! Great atmosphere for family or an outing with friends. Super laid back and great staff.

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Thank Stephanie B
Greenville, North Carolina
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Service was good, atmosphere ok. Mahi mahi fish tacos! Would definitely order again. One of the few restaurants open in February at the Outer Banks.

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Thank Ellen F
Gainesville, Virginia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have always enjoyed eating here. Fun atmosphere, friendly staff (who are remember regulars), and great food. A hidden gem in the sand.

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Thank Harbour_Town_77
Frankfort, ky
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I enjoy eating at Tortugas' Lie. We have eaten there 4 times during the last year. The food is prepared well and we particularly like the fresh seafood dishes. It's location is near the beach, hotels and shopping. Good prices.

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Thank Jane B
Yorktown, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bajan burger and jerk burger are fantastic as are the fries. Best Margarita I ever had. My daughter likes the turkey sandwich that comes with tortilla chips and salsa. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table for our large group but it was worth the wait.

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Thank seethesightsUSA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On our many trips to the Outer Banks this is one restaurant we always stop at for lunch. They have Caribbean cuisine and an unusual daily special sandwich or salad with fresh seafood. We really enjoyed it casual atmosphere and great food. In fact Guy Fiero from the food network was even there and did a show.

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Thank Glojo52
Colonial Heights, Virginia
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87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunday, Jan 3rd, 2015 -- Dinner. Many reasons we return here again and again--laid-back eclectic setting/atmosphere, very friendly staff, deliciously unique entrees and wonderful homemade deserts! I proudly wear a t-shirt bought from Tortugas' Lie [and I only buy/wear t-shirts from restaurants I feel are truly outstanding]. Two of us had the jerk beef, three had the coco-loco chicken, and... More 

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Thank leftypicker
Portsmouth, Virginia
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tortugas is one of our favorite stops when we visit the OBX, mostly during the off season. It's usually filled with friendly locals. Staff is efficient, make great recommendations, and patient with indecisive tourists. My husband has the Coco Loco Chicken, pretty much every visit. A delicious coconut crusted full breast of chicken, served with savory black beans and seasoned... More 

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Thank Susan W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This place is a must when visiting. Great for lunch or dinner just be prepared to wait when things are busy, but it is well worth the wait. The menu is simple but good, I love the coco loco chicken. And there is a great selection of beer. On this visit I finally had room for dessert and got some... More 

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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, Soups, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?