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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 - 10:00 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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 339
    Excellent
  • 198
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 21
    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
Again, a great time!

We were able to make it for the last sushi night of the off-season. I was told they won't be doing late-night Wednesday sushi during the summer but hope it will return this fall. Everything I've tried there has been very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
John B
,
Reston, Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Reston, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were able to make it for the last sushi night of the off-season. I was told they won't be doing late-night Wednesday sushi during the summer but hope it will return this fall. Everything I've tried there has been very good.

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Richmond, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If they are in season, you cannot go wrong with the soft-shell crabs. Our entree included two very large soft-shell crabs that were perfectly cooked. This is a fun place and definitely has the beach vibe going on. Leave room for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - it is to die for if you love peanut butter. Get there early... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The food is excellent and the beach-type atmosphere only adds to a pleasant dining experience. I ordered the coco-lime chicken. The crust was tasty and crisp and not at all greasy. The lime dipping sauce was also excellent as well as great-tasting beans and rice. My husband got the jerk chicken and he loved it. He said it was perfectly... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Always a great place to go when you are in the area. Service is always great! Family friendly and good kids menu selection! I had the portabella mushroom sandwich which was amazing! It's a must try!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Had a nice early dinner at Tortuga's. Got there around 4 an didn't have to wait to be seated, with a party of 5. We all ordered something off of the specials board an everyone was happy with their food. Service was good an we always love the laid back atmosphere. Perfect beach dive!

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WIlson, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We saw this restaurant on Diners, drive-ins and Dives and decided to give it a try. Was NOT disappointed. The food was truly scrumptious and the atmosphere everything you could ask for at the beach. We literally walked in after being on the beach all day to beat the crowds and felt comfortable just the way we were! HIGHLY recommend.

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We go to the Outer Banks every spring to liberate ourselves from the Canadian winter that tends to linger into May, and going to this place once or twice in the week for lunch has become an important part of that ritual for the last 20 years or so. The casual, beachfront vibe is as important as the consistently good... More 

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Nags Head, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There's something special about this place. Everything is excellent. The food.. The staff... The location... But I think it's more than that. It's a positive mindset with the "No Whining" sign above the seafood steamer and the stroll in off the beach welcoming smile. The attire is flip flops.. The feel is Caribbean without trying to lean too heavily on... More 

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Service was great. Food was delicious. Areas they can improve: 1. They need a more diverse menu. 2. They could have pealed the spicy shrimp before serving (or before preparing, etc.). With all that said, we had a great experience. 7 out of 10.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

As a business owner, when I eat out I'm pretty understanding when food isn't JUST right. There are a many myriad of variables that go into preparing food for the masses. However terrible service will always equal a terrible experience.

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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: 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?