Tortugas' Lie

Categories: Sports Bar, Seafood, Japanese, Family Restaurant

Contact Information

3016 S. VA Dare Trail
Mile Post 11
Nags Head, NC 27959

Phone: 252-441-7299

Fax: 252-441-3110


Hours of Operation

Open: 11:30am - 10pm

Dinner starts: 4:30pm 

Bar: Open until 12:00am

Open 7 Days a Week

Meals served: Lunch, Dinner

  • Outside
  • Sushi Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Dining Room Area

Tortugas' Lie is located at Mile Post 11.5 in Nags Head on the beach road. Walking into the restaurant, you will immediately notice the Caribbean feel, friendly atmosphere and a smiling, happy staff.  At Tortugas' Lie, you will find that our menu has a selection for everyone.  Specials which feature our local seafood and freshly prepared selections, are available everyday.  Pull up a seat at our bar and enjoy one of our tasty Margaritas or a glass of our wine from the cellar. There is more to the fun than just the restaurant.  On any given day, you can step out back of the restaurant and enjoy watching a game of Beach Volleyball.  A walk across the street leads you right to the beach!  Enjoy your visit to our restaurant and make sure you take home a souvenir - or two!


  • Health Department Grade:  97.5
  • Credit Cards:  Visa, MC, Amex, Disc
  • Attire:  Casual
  • On Site Parking:  Yes
  • Serve Safe Certification:  Yes
  • Green Initiative:  Yes
  • Table Side Service:  Yes
  • WIFI:  Yes
  • Take Out:  Yes
  • Kids Entertainment:  Yes
  • Good for Groups:  Yes
  • Samples:  Sample


Nestled among the dunes of the Outer Banks town of Nags Head, you'll find a delicious slice of the Caribbean known as Tortugas' Lie. Founded in 1989, Tortugas' is home to some of the beach's finest fare, from mouth-watering appetizers to dinners and desserts so delicious you can't help but come back again and again.  A great menu is only the beginning of what makes Tortugas' Lie so special.  Why not come on in and see exactly why this quaint little restaurant of ours is not only a locals' favorite, but the destination for hungry vacationers year after year.

Chef Biography

Tortugas' Lie

The kitchen is run by Chef Derrick Bellinger.

Owner Biography

Tortugas' Lie

Tortugas' Lie is owned and operated by Bob Sanders and Charlie Welch.  A Caribbean influence from the both of them is where the idea of the restaurant came from.  Both have been in the restaurant industry for many years. 

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Regional Produce: 

    Local, regional produce when available.

  • Menu Seafood: 

    Local seafood when available!

  • Beverage Specials: 

    We offer Japanese sake & beer.

  • Course Specialties: 

    Try our Cayman Conch Fritters! or our Jamaican 'Jerk' Chicken, Grilled Fish & Black Bean Burritos, Baja Fish Taco Platter, or the delicious Hummus Wrap! Homemade desserts like keylime pie, coconut pie, and chocolate peanut butter pie! It's Caribbean style at Tortugas' Lie!


Average Rating for this Restaurant: 5 Stars based on 3 reviews
  1. Tortugas' Lie
    Rating: 5 Stars
    It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!

    My favorite restauant on the Outer Banks... just get their early or expect a wait in the summer. Never had a bad meal or experience and will never miss an opportunity to go!

  2. Tortugas' Lie
    Rating: 5 Stars
    all about the steam & raw bar.

    I love sitting at the steam & raw bar. It's really cool to watch the guys prepare your meal in front of your eyes. Great local atmosphere. Just come a little bit early since it gets so packed!

  3. Tortugas' Lie
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Best spot on the beach, hands down!

    Plain and simple, Tortuga's is the best seafood spot on the beach. The raw bar is always stocked and ready to serve you, the drink specials are great, and the Caribbean food is simply delicious. You know it's a great restaurant when it's packed full of locals every night! You can taste how fresh all of the food is, especially the seafood and fruits & vegetables. Why go to any old Applebee's when you can enjoy locally caught and prepared seafood, and then walk across the street and hit the beach. I highly recommend anything from the raw (or steam!) bar, and the conch fritters are especially delicious. Any trip I take down to the OBX, I never leave without getting my Tortuga's fix first!

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