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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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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (188 reviews)
“burger” (111 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
MP 11 on the Beach Rd, 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
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Reviewed yesterday

Fast service and great local seafood. The grilled tuna sandwich or other grilled food is wonderful. Very popular and sometimes hard to get into. You can at times just feel like a # at a table but over all the staff is very friendly. Fair...More

Thank Gus S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service great, delicious large portions. Everything is fresh. Love the fish tacos! Tuna sandwich special was amazing! They just get it right here.

Thank 161elizabetha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We make a regular stop at Tortuga's Lie whenever we can. The food is always great but the atmosphere is best in the off season with far less tourist crowding around. Recent selections : Tuna was superb and St. Martin Shrimp always excellent

Thank brianbollwage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go to Totugas every visit. Sometimes more than once. Tacos are the best and the steamed seafood is great! Cold beer!

Thank 389traceyu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming here for years. Always used to look forward to it but they desperately need a menu update. Even their daily specials are as stale as the menu. Repeated over and over again. Am sure this restaurant is a cash cow with...More

Thank emh3012
obxboxer, Owner at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your review. Obviously you enjoy the food at Tortugas or you wouldn’t keep coming back or take the time to write a review. As far as a menu update we have tried this before and fallen flat on our faces, and it was...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great beer selection, fresh steamed seafood, friendly staff and not overly touristy. I come to OBX every year and always look for where the locals go...

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We had driven by this place for years while vacationing. We met a friend there for supper. We were looking for good food. What we got was so so food. We got chicken tenders and fries crab cakes and fries and coconut chicken. The crab...More

Thank Martha C
obxboxer, Manager at Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hey Martha, I’m so sorry that your dinner did not meet your expectations this time, especially the crab cake. The crab cake is my favorite thing on the menu because we use only fresh local crab meat. There are plenty of restaurants here that use...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Stopped on the way to Ocacroke and wanted to try this local spot. Based on Triple D reviews we weren’t disappointed! My wife had the crab cakes and I had the blackened tuna! Both were cooked to perfection. My tuna was medium rare and the...More

Thank MJM525i
Reviewed 12 October 2018

When you first see this place, you think, nah. However, that would be a big mistake. It was even judged by Guy Fieri and they have the best fresh steamed seafood, best Sunrises, nachos, best everything actually. Service and servers are awesome - they remember...More

Thank hardejk
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

This is one of those places that really makes you feel like you're on vacation. The vibe was great and the menu featured a little something for everyone. The sauce on the Bajan burger was delicious. Just the right amount of smokey flavor. Besides the...More

Thank mrandmrsd99
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Questions & Answers
davetonrey
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
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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
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catmandoo92
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 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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