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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 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is our favorite dinner spot on the outer banks. Dinner specials are always interesting. Try the st martin shrimp

Thank brianbollwage
New Orleans, Louisiana
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Burgers were half off on Monday. Great fries! Jerk chicken was cooked well but the flavor was much spicier then any we've had before.

Thank Dnpball
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144 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is restaurant is a long term spot in Nags Head. The bar is a good size for the restaurant, and they have great bar tenders. The menu is mixed between seafood and other items. The original dining room in the bar area has the beach shack ambiance. The new dining room in the back has less atmosphere but is... More 

Thank FlyRight
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in late Sunday afternoon and were reminded again of why we keep coming in (especially off season). The Caribbean inspired dishes are always on point but this day I was on the hunt for some local green tail shrimps and snow crab legs from the steamer and a bowl of that Hatteras chowder hit the spot along with... More 

Thank Tim J
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Following the information from Diners and Dives, our family planned an outing at this fun and very busy restaurant. Designed for families, kids and sometimes a wait, but with lots to do, even outdoor fun. Our experience was the greatest.......the best fresh fish tacos ever. Wonderful and fast service.

Thank Janet P
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Hard to beat Tortuga's for burgers, nachos, Big Wave Dave Chicken Sandwich, steamed seafood or vegetables, fish tacos and more. Love the volleyball court outback for a quick play while waiting on a warm day. Bartenders are friendly with a great selection of beers on tap and wines by the glass. Sushi nights during the off-season.

Thank angiebd
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for giving us a great review. I'm glad you had a good time and that our staff took care of you. Cheers! More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Ate here on Sunday based on a recommendation from a store owner in Manteo. Arrived around 11:15 to discover they don't open until 11:30 am daily except Tuesday when they're closed. The food was good but nothing special. Most menu items have a Caribbean flavor. The burger was delicious.

Thank Tommy B
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you arrived a little early only to find that we were closed. You can see all our hours and daily specials on our website, TortugasLie.com. I hope that didn't hurt your opinion of us because I do see that you really enjoyed our burger. The locals do love us and recommend us all the time. Thanks for... More 

Southern Pines, North Carolina
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39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped by and were pleased to get right in. Friendly staff and quick service. We had tuna chimichurri and steamed shrimp. Both were fresh and tasty. Service was attentive. We finished with key lime pie. If you want to hear other fishing tales, just hang out.

Thank Mark C
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Hey Mark, happy to hear that my staff took good care of you and that everyone was happy. Thanks for the great review. More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Very eclectic and "beachy" restaurant in south Nags Head. Delicious food! Be prepared for long wait in the summer though. Best French fries on the planet!

Thank CJHartman
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed everything. More 

Southampton, New Jersey
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Went due to great reviews and wasn't disappointed. Both hubby and I had the oyster po'boy. Yum! Best I've had in a long time

Thank horsemommy762
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this review

Really happy that we did not disappoint. The oyster po'boy is one of my favorites. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you! 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
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?