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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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American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Probably the best meal I’ve ever had. This hidden gem ( its on route 12) had a beach volleyball court, a porch seating area, a dining area, a bar area, and a dirt parking lot! We ate lunch here while on vacation, thanks to the...More

Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great dinner at Tortugas' Lie. Daily specials were SO good as was the regular menu. A table of 6 and we were all very happy with our choices. I had broiled crabcakes and was so satisfied. Save room for pie - they...More

Thank H M
Reviewed 1 week ago

While in OBX, we always have to come to Tortugas even if there is a wait. We have been lucky recently to find seats at the bar which we actually enjoy. Always interested in the soup of the day, When we went it was chicken...More

Thank dond7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been coming to OBX for over 20 years. We'd heard raves about Totugas' Lie, so on one of our earliest trips we went there for lunch. Extremely long wait (not good with a young child in tow!), crowded, noisy, service was marginal and food...More

Thank boblink515794
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food, this restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives. Would definitely go back. A very unique experience.

Thank Acelyn G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a large party you will be hard pressed to get a table. My party waited 1.5 hour plus for a table. Waiting results in large bar bill. The drinks and the food were very good and maybe for you parties of 2...More

Thank AlnSue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here a few years ago while in Nags Head,and had to eat here again on this trip. We had a group of 13, so we split into 2 groups,with same waiter. I can't remember his name, BUT this guy was super chilled,and patient...More

Thank lojaja
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch for a first time visit. Wasn't disappointed! Excellent variety of lunch items and drinks. Good beer selection as well as fufu drinks that were very tasty. The wife had a salmon salad and their classic margarita (YUM) and I had an...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite haunts when I come to Nags Head. We hit the place the first week local schools were back in so there were no crowds to fight. The decor is attention getting as usual. Might even one day cough up...More

Thank Gary H
obxkos, Manager at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed everything and that we are still one of your faves. Getting rid of the Bass Ale was a tough decision but it just wasn't selling that much. I think all the other crafts are pushing it to the side. We might have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a great casual place to eat. The food is off the wall. Fast service, local seafood and good music all rolled into one.

Thank Kay S
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Questions & Answers
11 October 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
10 August 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
20 April 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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