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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Sterling, Virginia
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74 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

I love tortuga's because of the laid-back atmosphere, interesting decor, friendly local service and delicious seafood. I opted for the fish tacos this time, which were good, but my main happiness was the yummy "Shark Attack" drink I ordered. I won't ruin the surprise, but it's worth trying for the fun of it!

Thank Caitlyn M
Hartford, Connecticut
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Tortugas Lie has been a favorite of ours for decades -- but they lost a star for me when they started letting little kids sit at the bar with their parents. Nothing against kids (I've got two) but what what ever happened to "Adult Swim"?

Thank Sean_on_44th
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

We visited Tortugas' early in the afternoon. It is a cozy beach bar & restaurant. We were seated near the bar and I know it can get noisy, but there were some guys who were just too loud and cursing up a storm. Didn't set the best ambiance. Glad I didnt have kids with me. The conch fritters were plentiful... More 

Thank eyrichf
Whitehouse Station
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

The food was excellent. A little pricey, but not expensive. A great place to sit back, relax and enjoy lunch.

Thank Firewoman31
Salisbury, MD
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Just got back from OBX to write some reviews and noticed that I had never written on for Tortuga's Lie in Nags Head. Oh my GOSH! We've been going to OBX for 16 years and have been going to Tortuga's Lie for the past seven or eight. We love it there. Be prepared for a wait but please be assured... More 

Thank bte52
Wendell, North Carolina
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129 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Great seafood with a friendly bar atmosphere. This place has a great beach feel and good appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The beer selection is also good. The staff is friendly. Great place to eat late!

Thank DLFriedel
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

There was 10 of us that includes 4 children and the food was really good! Small place but worth waiting for a table.

Thank ronda1
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

We actually went to Tortugas twice during our visit to OBX. We had visited it in previous years and had to return! We weren't disappointed! Great draft beers. Yummy steamed seafood and fantastic service-even when they were slammed busy! Can't wait to go back next year!

Thank Arhodes73
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

My husband son and I stopped in for lunch after being on the beach. (Casual atmosphere we wore bathing suits with tshirts) It was a bit crowded but only a 5minute wait. "The Big lie" a turkey sandwich with a jerk sauce on it was really good. Husband had a tuna steak sandwich and liked it. Sandwiches came with tortilla... More 

Thank Jess-Levi
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

I'd seen Tortugas' Lie get rave reviews on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-in's and Dives, so I was really looking forward to going there. Sadly, the food was not even close to worth the hour long wait. The steamed shrimp were so over seasoned they were barely palatable, and the fish tacos were completely lack luster. Moreover, the service was... 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, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Jamaican, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?