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“AMAZING Jerk Chicken!”

Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar
Ranked #13 of 91 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Takeout
Reviewed 24 May 2015

We saw this restaurant on Diners, drive-ins and Dives and decided to give it a try. Was NOT disappointed. The food was truly scrumptious and the atmosphere everything you could ask for at the beach. We literally walked in after being on the beach all day to beat the crowds and felt comfortable just the way we were! HIGHLY recommend.

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Thank Leni C
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Reviewed 21 May 2015

We go to the Outer Banks every spring to liberate ourselves from the Canadian winter that tends to linger into May, and going to this place once or twice in the week for lunch has become an important part of that ritual for the last 20 years or so. The casual, beachfront vibe is as important as the consistently good food (though the new extension, with a separate dining room, seems like a bizarre anomaly). We usually stick to blackened tuna or jerk chicken, with the beans-and-rice being a very welcome accompaniment. The food's not wildly inventive, but it's fresh, well-prepared, and delicious! I can't imagine going into one of the more polished seafood restaurants that proliferate (and regularly disappear) in plazas along Hwy. 12. They seem like a blight upon the place, whereas Tortuga's Lie fits in just perfectly.

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Thank Norbert_Halibut
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Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

There's something special about this place. Everything is excellent. The food.. The staff... The location... But I think it's more than that. It's a positive mindset with the "No Whining" sign above the seafood steamer and the stroll in off the beach welcoming smile. The attire is flip flops.. The feel is Caribbean without trying to lean too heavily on J Buffet's legacy. The jerk chicken and fish dishes will set you free. Excellent... The staff handles a huge volume of visitors and they still manage to get it right. You might have to wait a little longer than some other places, but it's worth it. Especially if you can send a smile the bartender or wait staff's way. Their crew knows the beach and they want you to be happy. My family loves Tortugas. Kid friendly too.

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Reviewed 14 May 2015

Service was great. Food was delicious. Areas they can improve:
1. They need a more diverse menu.
2. They could have pealed the spicy shrimp before serving (or before preparing, etc.).
With all that said, we had a great experience. 7 out of 10.

1  Thank purefires
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

As a business owner, when I eat out I'm pretty understanding when food isn't JUST right. There are a many myriad of variables that go into preparing food for the masses. However terrible service will always equal a terrible experience.

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5  Thank Ali S
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