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Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar

MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7299
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish tacos” (187 reviews)
“burger” (106 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
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Reviewed yesterday

Went with party of 9, including 5 kids for a friday early dinner. We were seated in minutes and the service was great. We ordered drinks and appetizers - crab dip and conch fritters, very good. The fish tacos were awesome, the basic house salad...More

Thank Jen827
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The restaurant is cool and very much of the beach ambiance. There is plenty of parking. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I didn’t know the straws they use are unwrapped so I was disappointed when I requested one and the server put it...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fun, relaxed atmosphere, eat at the bar or at a table! Great local food and fantastic service! It was worth the 25 minute wait!

Thank Colleen R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

18 of us stopped here while on vacation and it was excellent. The service was outstanding and the food was exactly what we were looking for. Everything from burgers and chicken to crab legs and crab cakes. The “near miss” drinks for the kids were...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have been to Tortuga's many times and always pleased! Great local specialties with a Caribbean flare. My Mahi fish tacos were outstanding! Filled with fresh, perfectly cooked fish and a delicious sauce. They also came with a side of rice and black beans! My...More

Thank fred e
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is a nice, laid-back spot to get some good food and island drinks. Cool atmosphere. Went here for lunch and they accommodated a group of 25. Would eat here again.

Thank BC1233
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the OBX a couple weeks ago and went here for dinner on the recommendation of our airbnb host. So glad we did! It’s like dive bar meets fine dining! Dont let the restaurant appearance fool you— I had the shrimp kabobs and my...More

Thank Ruth W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last week my husband, daughter and I dined at Tortugas’ Lie. We arrived at 5:45 and had a 45 minute wait. This is a small restaurant, unfortunately. Our dinner was worth the wait, however. I had the Salad du Jour: amazing! Fresh greens, portobello mushrooms,...More

Thank Ann P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented two doors down from Tortuga's like. My parents went across the street to the pier restaurant and bar and we will never step foot in that place again. So they headed for a walk and found Tortuga's. My husband and another couple got...More

Thank restaurantcritic333
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a Sunday lunch at the bar with my wife because there was over an hour wait to get a table. The bar area was also very busy but the service was outstanding. My wife had a hummus wrap and I had a blackened tuna...More

Thank kwcurry4
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Questions & Answers
October 11, 2017|
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Response from obxboxer | Property representative |
It's been more than one restaurant over the years. It was opened as a BBQ place in the mid 50's. I know it was called Pagoda East for a while after that. It changed hands again and was called The Rafters. In more recent... More
Tom L
August 9, 2016|
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Response from Cottonbaler87 | Reviewed this property |
Tortuga was a Caribbean, turtle-shaped island north of Hispanola named by the Spanish. Lie means the place or location of. Therefore, Tortuga's Lie is....this is the location of Tortuga and thus the Caribbean-themed menu... More
Debbie B
April 20, 2016|
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Response from Cheryl S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We don't eat spicy food either. Never a problem you will find plenty to eat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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