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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” (184 reviews)
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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 29 June 2016 via mobile

Been coming to OBX for yeRs and always drive by this place. Been making a big mistake. Food lived up the the hype. Jerk Chicken was moist and tasty. Staff friendly and attentive. Great atmosphere.

Thank FamilyGuy21128
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped here based on reviews and wasn't disappointed. The crab sandwich was DELICIOUS. Good selection of beer, patio seating, island vibes and an outdoor valley ball court. A fun stop. Glad we did it.

1  Thank Tabitha Z
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

This place is a mainstay on the beach and be for a long time. We took the kids this last time, and it worked out great. The beach volleyball and cornhole provided entertainment for the kids while we waited. We love the Bajun burger and...More

Thank Meader H
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Tried to eat here on a Thursday night but there was a 45 minute wait at 6:30 so we went elsewhere and went back on Friday at 5:00, no wait! The servers are great as was the conch appetizer. My fish tacos were very tasty...More

Thank Dawn82369
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The wait staff were pleasant, helpful and fast! My yellowfin tuna sandwich with fire roasted tomatillo sauce was just fantastic! Cooked perfectly!!

1  Thank stevenrealife
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Last year this place was on fire. We actually ate there twice for dinner in one week. The fish tacos were always my favorite entree. This year I was slightly disappointed with the fish tacos. They were dry (was barely any sauce on the slaw)...More

1  Thank Smccardell
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We were completely underwhelmed. This place was probably better for drinking at night. For a family of 4, I don't think this place was kid friendly. $8 for buttered noodles was pricey in my opinion. Our waiter was also too laid back. Although we get...More

Thank gcgross
obxkos, Manager at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2016

Sorry you were disappointed with your service, as you can see from the majority of our reviews are servers are usually on point. Many people see us as very kid friendly, we do have a kid's menu, kid's drinks, and supply crayons and coloring sheets....More

Reviewed 21 June 2016

Great local fare all around, although I always get Coco Loco Chicken! It was very dark where we were seated (next to the fish tank), but I just used the light on my phone. They have expanded a bit since our last visit. Great meal...More

Thank jgm820
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We saw the feature on DD&D jut before we went to the Outer Banks and put it on our list to visit and actually ate their twice during our trip. Service was friendly and fast and food was fresh and very good. We would definitely...More

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Fun beach bar atmosphere with great food for great prices. Try the steamed spicy shrimp. Waiting time for a table may be long. Just take a seat at the bar. Same food and more fun.

Thank Nina 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
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, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene
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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