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“Good restaurant, plenty of good food”

Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar
Ranked #13 of 89 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Takeout
Reviewed February 15, 2011

I'm local and go here at least 3 times a month...Small menu, but good food...Better than average prices for the OBX...Monday night 1/2 price burgers shouldn't be missed...Great deal....Best fries on the beach....Place is small and, if you're a big person, the chairs aren't the most comfortable. Service is laid back but very efficient....More food than you can eat, and very good....Never tried it during the season (summer), locals eat in, or at 4PM, most of the tourist season...Never ate any fish meals but the 3 chicken dishes are great.....One complaint: on some dishes the black beans/rice and salsa combos are never warm enough..I've spoken to the owner so we'll see.......Quirky little place that I recommend

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Reviewed November 28, 2010

Every time we go to Nags Head this is one of the places that is a must visit. It doesn't look like much from the outside and its not very big but it is almost always packed, the food is great, a they have great selection of beers. On the down side, because it very popular it can be a long wait for a table, its also very noisy because of it size. But those are things they can't really control. For the things they can control they do a great job. Food is very good and they always have specials. Service is almost always good and they are very adaptable to larger groups, you just might have to wait a awhile.

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Reviewed October 13, 2010

This has always been my favorite restaurant for the last 7-8 years, so of course we had to go back this Duck vacation, Sept. 19-26, 2010. We got in around 7 pm and had about a 15 min wait. Once we were seated, we ordered our drinks, everyone just had soda and waters. We had a good wait for our drinks to be delivered. We ordered some conch fritters and they were not tasty at all. Then we ordered our steamers that consisted of spiced shrimp, clams, and crab legs. The crab legs were lukewarm. The clams were very very gritty. Tasted like they just pulled them from the water and shucked them without any soaking. I tried two and there were just uneatable. We told the waitress and she did absolutely nothing about it...didn't even offer to bring us additional shrimp or something in place of the horrible clams. The waitress never came back to our table to refill our drinks. The best food I had that night was my son's kid's meal that consisted of of chicken strips and french fries. And we did watch some volleyball players behind the restaurant on some sand courts but I don't even think they were affiliated with the restaurant...I think the courts belonged to the hotel behind it. This was a very disappointing experience and I'm reluctant to go back next year on our usual OBX trip.

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Thank stefanieva
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

My husband and I had lunch here twice and both times I was very impressed. Our most recent visit was with my sister and her husband. Everyone raved about the freshness of the food and the bright flavors. I had the CoCo Loco Chicken...delicious! The restaurant is small and beachy. Relaxed and fun atmosphere. It's our go-to place now when we go Nags Head.

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Thank amyindurham
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

We try to go to Tortuga's several times each visit to OBX. It's small and the wait can be maddening at times, but it's well worth it. Just a great atmosphere and great food. If you've never been, you must make the time to get there.

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Thank BMc66
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