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Tortuga Jacks – Baja Mexican Restaurant on Jekyll Island

Tortuga Jacks Baja Mexican Restaurant Jekyll Island
Mexican Restaurant with a View

A Baja Mexican restaurant on Beachview Drive, Tortuga Jacks is just north of Great Dunes Pavilion. And what a great location! Head to the bar-height seating in the outdoor Tiki hut for a great view!

Baja is an important word for understanding the style of food offered at Tortuga Jacks. It refers to Baja California and is a milder and healthier style. We actually prefer spicier Mexican! So ask your server for a spicier salsa if you do, too. We enjoy the sweet plantains (maduros) and the tacos, made with a marinated meat. Other meals we’ve eaten seem to have something missing. But we haven’t explored the entire menu. And we know by their crowds that the Baja style is popular.

We also have mixed feelings about their margaritas. The top shelf version was quite tasty, but the house margarita we tried during happy hour had no flavor. Our helpful server exchanged the drink for a Long Island Ice Tea, which was very good.


Tortuga Jacks offers a variety of events and specials. Starting in August 2017 they host Paint and Sip on Sundays, and we’ve heard this will continue through February. They have live music on weekend nights and Joey Thigpen on Tuesday evenings. During Jekyll’s off season, the restaurant offers additional activities to encourage locals and visitors to their doors. Rumor has it that they might offer $2 tacos on Tuesdays, Baja Bingo on Wednesdays, and Trivia on Thursdays.

$$ – Entrees $10 – $20.

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One thought on “Tortuga Jacks – Baja Mexican Restaurant on Jekyll Island

  • 03/03/2019 at 5:01 PM

    I agree that the house Margarita is sweet and flavorless. The fish taco had tired fish – I have had fresher fish tacos 100 miles from the sea.


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