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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” (185 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
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 1 week ago via mobile

This place was packed on a Saturday night. We were happy to sit at the bar rather than wait 45 min+ for a table at what seems to be a local hangout in Nags Head. We enjoyed our meal and the Caribbean twists on the...More

Thank litw8ontheroad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I give it a 4.5. Very good and savory. Between the five of us we had a great selection of food to taste. I had the Coconut fried chicken with beans and rice. Very tasty but just a tad over cooked with wonderfully seasoned beans...More

Thank Rodney P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Tortugas' Lie twice while on a short visit to Nags Head. On our first visit I have to say that our waiter was absolutely wonderful. The oysters, which our waiter highly recommended, were perfectly cooked. As a matter of fact, when we went...More

Thank mirmmoe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love to go in and sit at the bar. They have a great beer selection and a full bar. The steamed shrimp and veggies are a must. Great place and lucky if you can get in once the season starts.

Thank Cara M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family friendly restaurant with fast service and attentive waiters. Ask the waiter what the locals (and Guy Fieri!) love and you won't be disappointed. Hands down the best things on the menu are the homemade pies.

Thank Candy E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for lunch in the off season, and service was friendly and attentive, conch fritter were much better than others we have had here in the states, fish tacos were good, and jerk chicken was good but can't compare to Jamaica. Rice and black...More

Thank mikeandterri
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Great family spot for parents with young kids. The fish tacos are to die for. The dining room ceiling is covered in license plates which make for fun conversation. Have the kids point out all the different places!

Thank Tiffany D
Reviewed 3 February 2018

True story, we stay across the street from this place each year and eat here or carry out a lot. Good food, fair prices. Always busy.

Thank Tina448
Reviewed 30 January 2018

We were there last night - off season - so there was no wait, the server had lots of time for us, and we had a good table, right next to 2 aquariums, where we watched the fish (and lowered our blood pressure? They say...More

Thank travelmakesUrich
Reviewed 1 January 2018

My wife, son, and I have been spending a few days in the Outer Banks in between Christmas and New Years for the past 3 years. In that time, Tortuga's Lie has been our favorite dinner spot. Great options for seafood, as well as other...More

Thank cjlambre
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Questions & Answers
12 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
21 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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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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