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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
+1 252-441-7299
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice atmosphere, friendly people, cold beer and tasty fish tacos. There was a bit of a wait but that's what you expect from a good eating establishment on a Friday night. Worth a visit!!

Thank Rob M
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had some of the best crab legs ever at this restaurant. Wonder beer selection and the food is great. Wife and i went back 3 more times during our vacation and she loves the crab cakes. Top rated and all around great place to eat.

Thank Stephen R
Hampton, Virginia
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24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always great local seafood, burgers, etc. Have not eaten there in years, it was always casual and fun.

Thank stevieforsure
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very relaxed but good food and friendly service. Location is by the beach so attracts a lot of visitors. It is definitely an institution in the region . Awesome selection of beers on tap. We all finished out simple food, have a good choice of fresh seafood.

Thank Stale_Bread_Spanky
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ambiance is very comfortable and local. Food was excellent and very fresh. Everything was great. All fish was fresh. Gets a bit active and louder as it fills up. As good as it was 15 years ago.

Thank finelaub
Hartsburg, Missouri, United States
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84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Randomly chose this restaurant because there were several cars in the parking lot. I had the tuna wrap with black beans, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa, & rice. It was pretty good, but I asked for lime wedges to give it some more flavor. Jack had the New England clam chowder. He really liked that a lot. He also had the... More 

Thank D-Tektn
Cullowhee, North Carolina
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Yet another tasty meal here - always eat here when in OBX- food consistently good. Never had a bad meal here!

Thank GIveusgoodfood
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Just want to say thanks for your continued support! We are happy to hear that we do not disappoint time and time again. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Went because we walked the beach and found this at our turn-around point on the Beach Rd (Virginia Dare Rd). It is probably best for the younger, party crowd during summer season but OK for a quick bite and refreshing drinks of choice. We were there during lunch (late Oct) and it was primarily empty save for a few local... More 

obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Hey Micheal, I'm sorry that you were not greatly impressed by our place. I know it appears more as a bar scene but it's not. We get plenty of people of all ages in there eating, and our food has won a lot of recognition. Be sure to give us another try next time you're in town. Thank you. More 

Newport News, Virginia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Tortugas is one of the few places that we alsways hit at least twice. They have the best tuna steak sandwich on the beach. The hot sauce is pretty awesome too. I always bring a few bottle home with me...

Thank staci s
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words and for always coming back to see us. The tuna is my favorite too and probably the freshest on the beach. See you again soon! More 

Nashville, Indiana
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We always eat here at least once while on vacation. Both times this year were great as always. We had the same waitress. I think her name was Jenny. She did a great job. Tortuga's lie is definitely a great place to stop while on the Outer Banks. Their burgers are great as well as Coco Loco Chicken. Yum!

Thank marr100
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and I'm glad our staff was on point. All of them are professionals, but it's nice to be recognized. We see a lot of folks two or three times a week when on vacation. Got to get that fresh seafood when you can. Thanks! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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: +1 252-441-7299

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