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“Same Old Thing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar

Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar
MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
252 441 7299
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Ranked #16 of 74 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout
Smith Mountain Lake
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53 reviews 53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Same Old Thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Every time that I go to Tortugas' Lie it is the same old thing....EXCELLENT! I never expect anything less and I am never disappointed. I always get the fish tacos, absolutely the best to be found anywhere on the Outer Banks. The Jamaican Jerk Chicken and the Pork Antonio looked so good on DDD, I had to give one of them a try. Decided on the Pork Antonio and it was more of the same...EXCELLENT! The Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a big seller and I would like to order it someday, if I ever get enough of those fish tacos. Can't see that happening anytime soon. Have found several excellent restaurants on the Outer Banks, but Tortugas' Lie is my first choice. Good food, good service and, always, a good time.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mebane, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Saw it on Triple D and it lived up to the review. It's a hole in the wall local bar with great food. Not a lot of seating so be ready to sit at the bar or wait half an hour. The food is worth it. I had the jerk chicken with black beans, yellow rice and a warm pineapple chutney. I almost ate the plate it was so good. My wife said the same for her salmon salad. She loves and eats salmon a lot and claimed it was the best.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, but generally overrated.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

I regularly visit Tortugas' and enjoy the atmosphere more than the food. Great wings on the appetizer menu and the best french fries on the beach. I find, however, that when the bar is busy that service goes downhill quick. The bartender is also the one doing steamers and it gets too busy for that. Never ordered a meal I didn't like, but the tourists waiting 2 hours to eat are NUTS...not worth all that!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Church Road, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nags Head treat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Located near milepost 11 across from the Bonnet Street public beach access, you will find Tortuga's Lie. Very reasonably priced with a variety of foods to chose from. The service is excellent! All staff are polite and make their guest welcome and comfortable right away. The restaurant itself is a treat! Decorated with nostalgia makes the atmosphere inviting.
If having dinner, the crab cakes are wonderful! Pure crab with no bread, crackers, etc. for filling.
You may have to wait for a table, but it is worth the wait. If you do have to wait a few minutes, there is a small store located inside that has a selection of Tortuga's Lie logo items that are good quality and also reasonably priced.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“So glad we found it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Came here by recommendation of my son..
Certainly worth the wait-35 minutes off-season...
Has some unique selections-Conch fritters. I was the only one in my party that wanted to try the muscle of a Conch that was deep fried in batter. Server with a great, spicy sauce. Wonderful!
Everyone liked there dishes. I had the wonderful fish tacos. My friends had the steak and Thai shrimp....
No disappointments by any of us. The wait staff was great!!!!!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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