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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: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 360
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  • 211
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Nags Head Caribbean Cuisine

A must stop still for a Nags Head visit. It does not matter if you stop in Tortugas' for lunch, dinner, drinks, or desert it is always delicious, fun, and consistent. Their Coco Loco Chicken: chicken breast rolled in coconut & cracked pepper, fried and served with a curry lime dipping sauce is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Reston, Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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Reston, Virginia
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105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A must stop still for a Nags Head visit. It does not matter if you stop in Tortugas' for lunch, dinner, drinks, or desert it is always delicious, fun, and consistent. Their Coco Loco Chicken: chicken breast rolled in coconut & cracked pepper, fried and served with a curry lime dipping sauce is mouth watering. The Big Wave Dave sandwich... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Again, we had to visit after seeing this on "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives." I have never tasted scallops as delicious as those served here. It is worth the wait if you hit the busy supper crowd.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cozy little spot, with a wonderful menu. Had the fantastic Creole Crawdads and Chili Wings (beware peanuts). My husband had the St. Martin Shrimp pasta (delicious)! Finished up with steamed crab legs. Make it an early dinner - this place fills up fast!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Nice little spot close to the Nag's Head Pier. In our group of 8, everyone enjoyed their meals with no complaints. Beach volley ball and cornhole out back were a nice distraction while we waited for a table during their busy lunch time. Definitely not the place for you if you don't like confined spaces. It is very tight in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is great. It's very informal and great to bring the kids. They have 2 volleyball nets out back. Try the conch fritters, you won't regret it. As a transplanted Pittsburgher, I was excited to see Yuengling on the menu too!

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Bedford, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We had a fun afternoon meal and drinks. Great beach "dive" bar and grill. Informal and great seafood options on a beach vacation. All five of us had different menu items and all enjoyed. I had a tuna steak burger and beans and rice. Awesome food and drinks. About $25 a person with a few drinks added. Plates are only... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Annoying policy of not seating you until all of party arrived, even though we had 4 of 7 and were all ready to order drinks and a full meal. When food arrived, it was just fair. Several of us had the ultimate steamer plat. The clams were rubbery, crab leg was ok, the shrimp were small and hard to peel.... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

If you are from anywhere withing three hundred miles of this great restaurant, you can count on being able to go there and perhaps run into a friend. Most people who have been there before go back. Truly, having lived in Richmond, VA and this being a few hours away, a great beach to go to, all my friends frequented... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We were surprised yet again to find another OBX gem! Pull-and-peel boiled shrimp... cooked perfectly. Even my wife and daughter were all over them. Jamaican jerk beef... just flat out ridiculous. Mouth-watering spices and flavor; I thought I might cry when it was over. Honey, can we go back again?

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Maryville, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The crab and shrimp boil with veggies was really good. Spicy and hot, just like it should be. The service was lacking. Our drinks and food came out quick, as did our check. Then our server didn't check back. We got the impression it was their goal to hurry us out of the restaurant by ignoring us. It worked, and... More 

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Additional Information about Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar

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

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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, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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