Nags Head has been the heart of vacationing in the Outer Banks region for over a century. Its sunny shore and picturesque beaches draw people time and again! And if you've got kids, then Whalebone Park in Nags Head, NC, is a hard pass! But the scenery is not all that Nags Head is famous for! This town is also the center of some of the most delectable seafood. And today, we're revealing that one not-so-secret restaurant! It's tucked away between the dunes of Nags Head, NC.
Located: 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
For your slice of the Caribbean, head on to Tortugas'Lie Nags Head NC. Tortugas, which opened in 1989, serves some of the best food on the beach. From scrumptious appetizers to dinners and desserts! Everything is so irresistible that you can't help but return repeatedly.
But a fantastic mouthwatering menu is only a start of what makes Tortugas' Lie so remarkable. Let's take you on a virtual ride to this locals' and vacationers' favorite spot to grab a bite! But first things first, let's clear the air by answering some queries!
Tortuga means turtle in Spanish. It is a turtle-shaped Island located North of Hispanola. Lie in Spanish refers to the place or location of. So this Caribbean-themed restaurant Tortugas' Lie means— this is the location of Tortuga. Thus, the logo of the restaurant is also a turtle.
There are mouthwatering burgers, Island fries, and sushi nights every Wednesday night. Besides this, Tortugas also has a volleyball court. This spacious field is open for outdoor dining to combine the best of Nags Head—seafood and ocean breeze.
In the summer, you can catch the locals competing on the volleyball court from 10 am to 8 pm. Needless to say, the games get steamy. So the restaurant offers its refreshing drinks menu to cool off.
The Tortugas' Lie operates six days a week except for Sunday. You can head to the restaurant anytime after 11:30 am for lunch and dinner. On most weeknights, dinner runs till 9 pm, and on weekends until 9:30 pm. You can also call 252-441-7299 if you're running late!
The seating policy at Tortugas' Lie works on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to a quick table turnover time, the restaurant doesn't operate on reservations. What's more exciting is that pets are also welcome on the outside patio!
Tortugas' Lie serves vegetarian as well as seafood options! It also features a full-blown bar serving many specialty drinks! One that is particularly famous is the Shark Attack! There are gluten-free, vegan options as well!
Soups, salads, and appetizers feature delectable pizza and nachos. Their burgers come with Island fries. And sandwiches with tortilla chips and house-made salsa! Gluten-free options are also available. Featuring seafood from the classic English fish and chips to Mexican fish tacos. You can't go wrong with the Tortugas' Lie menu!
What about dessert, you ask? Well, the Tortugas' Lie does the pies like no one else. They have chocolate peanut butter pie, key lime pie, and coconut cream pie! Their pastry chef bakes them to order!
“Very accommodating staff and got our table quick out on the patio. Our server on the patio, Lauren, was amazing! And also the host/hostess were very helpful and nice 🙂. We split the crab cake entree order with 2 crab cakes. They were amazing! Great time all around (service, food and atmosphere). Hope to be back someday!” - Collin Buck.
“This is a small quaint awesome place. The staff is super friendly. We had the coconut crusted chicken and the shrimp skewers. Both were delicious.... Would definitely recommend coming here. The line could get long on busy days. We went to 6 pm on a Thursday in March.” -Upper Shelf.
“Hands down my favorite restaurant in OBX! It's worth the 2+ hour wait! The food is out of this world - from their delicious white garlic pizza, to their fish tacos! End your meal with their chocolate peanut butter pie 😋 so good!” -The Rallis Family.