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Tortuga's Mexican Village

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44 Leigh Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542
+1 609-924-5143
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Princeton, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Small and unassuming place but amazing food! Chimchura steak was one of the best I've had! Kids shared and loved the huge portion fajitas and the Tres leche cake was amazing! Cash only though so be prepared. BYOB

Thank rblsgl
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

We have been to Tortuga's a number of times and the most recent experience last night, is at the very heart of the standard experience of this BYOB restaurant. Essentially, you find very good Mexican food (including the complimentary salsa and chips) in a very popular casual BYOB setting that you may drive by - - as it literally in... More 

Thank jabooty
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87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

A cash only local restaurant that is my favorite Mexican restaurant anywhere. Skip the chains and come here.

Thank D0c
Newark, Delaware
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Poor service. The servers were not particularly UN-friendly but they were not friendly either. They got snippy when I asked about why they charged us for "more" chips and salsa (which I thought was a customary and complementary nosh food) It was a pretty decent experience until we got the bill and were charged extra for the extra chips and... More 

Thank Kevin C
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

This place is crazy busy for a reason!! Such great Mexican food. Just go! You won't regret it. Cash only.

Thank Laura N
Arlington, VA
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266 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

My husband and I came here on an impromptu visit on a Sunday night. We were thrilled with the results. They have wonderful dishes, rich moles, enchiladas and other dishes. I also enjoyed their chile poblano which was clearly a hit around the restaurant. They have Jarritos sodas which are just a little less sweet than American sodas and worth... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

There is a reason why this place often has a bit of a wait. Yes, it's that good. We were a group of eight, and we order many different items from the comprehensive menu. Everything is exceedingly fresh. And it might sound a little unusual, but the chicken soup was the best I have ever been served, and two others... More 

Thank sjtcjft
Franklin Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This is the best authentic Mexican Restaurant I have ever eaten at in NJ. The service is great and the food is excellent. I go here a few times a month. I get the California Burrito, though I have gotten a few of the other dishes and they too were really good. Best thing is this a BYOB.

Thank mital76
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

was a great choice for hosting a group of 20 + young adults just 21 and above, large portions, byob, excellent service and the food taste was good too.

Thank namanniy
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Warning: Cash only! I didn't know that going in and was scrounging in the seat cushions when the check came. We were looking for a local restaurant for a day trip to Princeton and found this one on TripAdvisor. Since we love Mexican food, we thought we would try it. The other reviews recommended the combo plates so I had... More 

Thank Matt B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Leigh Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Princeton
  • Phone Number: +1 609-924-5143

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?