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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
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First of all, for the vegans, they make their own veggie burger which does not fall apart while you are eating it! It comes with salsa and chips. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the vegan diet and went through each item to make sure it would be dressed with only vegan products. Secondly, the oyster po'boy was delicious and... More 

Thank Vquiltmaker
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here after a lazy afternoon of walking on the beach, watching the waves, reading and repeating. Had a short wait for a table Delighted to be seated away from the bar area where patrons were talking loudly to each other just to be heard above the noise. Our dining area was quiet in comparison yet carrying a quiet conversation... More 

Thank Beverley L
Davenport, Iowa
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When staying north of the Bonner Bridge, we always have at least one meal at Tortugas' Lie, a Caribbean themed bar/eatery. The place is usually very busy with the dinner crowd, but the bar area is a great place to wait for your table. They have a wide selection of beers as well as a variety of "tropical" drinks -... More 

Thank YMINIowa
Fairfax County, Virginia
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for lunch mid week and it was very busy and VERY loud. The food was average. The service was good. The décor was cute beachy. Seems like it would be a great place to go to watch a game.

Thank Catherine B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for dinner with a group of 6 based on a recommendation from a friend who is in Nags Head a lot. We were seated in a cramped booth that should not hold 6 people. The inside seating is limited, but think there is additional seating outside. Although the place is not fancy at all, everyone's food was outstanding. They... More 

Thank BetaGuardPM
Cumming, GA
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95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding. Saw this on TV on Guy F's DDD the night before while enroute to the OBX for an annual vacation. KARMA! Family all went there the next day on the way to the house in Duck and just wow, awesome food. Had the special of the day which was a hamburger with fresh lump crap meat stacked on top.... More 

Thank Dmpishock
Williamsburg, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were saying in Salvo and it's worth the drive. Sat at the bar the 1st trip in with our little guy. (4 year old) Had a great meal and experience. Today we had a table and I was so looking forward to some shrimp steamers. Sadly the steamer was broken. When I was eaten my double order of the... More 

Thank lifestastebud
Wiesbaden, Germany
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is always busy. We had to wait outside for about 20 minutes but worth it. We had steamed shrimp and vegetables. - excellent - the shrimp was really fresh. We also had conch fritters which we didn't like as much but others might. Good beer and wine selection and fun place to go for lunch or dinner.

Thank sallyjean01
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared to wait, but worth it! We had the fish tacos (tuna) and the lobster. It was all good. The staff is fast and fun. No leisurely dining here. You are in and out fast. Large bar area is packed with sports fans and there's a volley ball court out back. Fun place.

Thank Lenore B
Houston, Texas
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411 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here one late afternoon a few days ago. The restaurant had been recommended by our cabin owner, and I liked the way that there was food other than fish to be had at this place. Simply put, we had a memorable dinner here. We had a booth at the front of the restaurant where the walls are covered... 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
Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
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: 252 441 7299

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Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?