Where can you find loads of fun and live entertainment with an eclectic blend of Baja Mexican cuisine and Coastal Georgia favorites? Tortuga Jack’s oceanfront oasis on Jekyll Island has this and much more in a casual setting that features a panoramic view of the Atlantic and nearby Cumberland Island.
Tortuga’s world-famous Big Tiki — said to be the largest between Florida and Maine — has become a happening spot for locals and visitors alike. Slip into a “Jekyll State of Mind” and enjoy dining, frozen concoctions, and wonderful ocean breezes, while listening to one of 250 bands that perform throughout the year.
From daiquiris and margaritas to a full complement of beers — including a Jekyll Island brew — there’s a tempting libation for everyone at the 50-foot outdoor bar. Tortuga also has a collection of 25 different premium-quality tequilas that are carefully aged for sipping, including its very own “Brand & Barrel” selection. Inside, Tortuga has a more subdued atmosphere with a distinct Baja charm and full-service bar.
Of course, there’s no better place for entertainment in the Golden Isles. Besides the music scene, Tortuga hosts Comedy Nights with some of the South’s funniest characters and Paint ‘N Sip on Sundays. At various times of the year, you’ll find trivia night, on-site shopping with local vendors, and arts and crafts.
Bringing Baja to Jekyll
Tortuga is known for its fish and shrimp tacos — served grilled or fried and topped with fresh lettuce and a spicy sauce. Light and crisp, these tacos are the perfect balance of softness and crunch. You can also choose hand-pulled chicken, slow-cooked pork, seasoned ground beef, or tender steak.
While tacos are a signature item, you’ll definitely want to try Tortuga’s fajitas with your choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp. Fajitas are generous offerings — complemented with rice; pico de gallo; salad; sour cream; and a bed of fresh onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes — and served on a sizzling cast-iron skillet.
Other popular items include enchiladas; the Big Boy Burrito; Chicken Chimi; and Chile Relleno, a house specialty featuring a Poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, deep fried, and served over rice with queso and roasted tomato sauce. Another island favorite is the Big Juan Burger topped with guacamole, jalapeños, and cheese.
And for starters, Tortuga features an array of specialties including nachos, freshly-made guacamole, velvety queso, or the local classic: Wild Georgia Shrimp steamed and served with a zesty sauce.
Recognized in 2018 as the best restaurant on Jekyll Island, Tortuga’s fresh fare, cool vibe, and ocean breezes make it the perfect place to unwind and relax.
Tortuga Jack’s, located at 201 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, is open daily from 11 a.m. For more information, call 912-342-2600 or visit TortugaJacks.com.
Celebrate the Occasion!
The Ocean Club at Tortuga Jack’s features an upscale décor in a venue for private parties, special functions, and wedding receptions with accommodations for up to 150 guests. Tortuga also has offsite catering for small or large events with a seasoned banquet staff.