Turned Turtle Bar and Restaurant on Little Corn Island
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages on Little Corn Island
View our full menus: Breakfast Menu | Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu
Here are a few quick facts about the Turned Turtle Restaurant and Bar on Little Corn Island:
- We offer a warm, friendly and casual dining experience
- We do not consider ourselves a fine dining establishment
- We are more of a “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” kind of place
- We do not require reservations
- We have separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Kid menus available for lunch and dinner
- We offer the best rum drinks, margaritas, wine & beer on Little Corn Island
- Dairy Intolerant Gluten Free have special lunch and breakfast menus
- Vegetarian, we accommodate your needs with numerous vegetarian options
- Vegans also have a least one choice available for each meal of the day as well as snacks
The Turned Turtle Bar and Restaurant is unlike any other on Little Corn Island. With a bistro style and beach setting, we offer some of the most mouth watering fare on the island. Our quality service, great tasting food and unique beach atmosphere we hope will make you want to dine with us again and again.
With a unique, carefully thought out atmosphere (candles, music, soft lighting, etc.), the Turned Turtle Bar and Restaurant has the feel of an expensive restaurant without the high prices. Comfortably lit, with a friendly atmosphere our bamboo dining tables sit on either the restaurant deck three feet above the beach, on the beach below or right on the water’s edge.
Our goal is to have North American quality food, timeliness, cleanliness and service that puts The Turned Turtle in a class by itself on Little Corn Island. You can expect quality service, excellent food and a friendly greeting from one of our Nicaraguan service staff. In fact, our all Nicaraguan staff go out of their way to show you island hospitality and serve up tasty food all in half the time of the typical island restaurant.
Please don’t get the wrong impression! We are still on a remote tropical island, dealing with a long supply line and a myriad of issues and challenges that can have an impact on our guests’ experience (both good and bad). Even with the numerous challenges of running a restaurant on an isolated tropical island, we offer a dynamic menu with fresh, high quality food prepared and cooked with love.
We work diligently with our Nicaraguan staff (no North American restaurant professionals or chefs here) to provide the freshest and highest quality food with friendly service that is always delivered in a consistent manner and at a fair price, every meal, every day.
Please do drop by the Turned Turtle Bar and Restaurant (no we don’t serve turtle!) on Little Corn Island and give us a try.
If you staying with us, be sure to check out our “Room, Activities, Dining and Drinks” RADDeal package to experience the very best of the Turned Turtle Restaurant and Little Corn Island Beach and Bungalow while saving money!
I like to eat healthy, what kind of options do you have at the Turned Turtle Restaurant?
We seem to have a few people that have made comments that our food is not very healthy. We are not sure where they get this impression. Little of our food choices are fried, all of our food is grilled. Breakfast options include fruit plates and cups, pancakes, yogurt with fruit and granola and eggs served a number of ways and our house made rice and beans and frijoles. We offer fruit smoothies and fresh juice all day long.
Lunch offers a choice of salad or fruit if fries or onion rings are not your style and our menu includes fish tacos made with fresh locally caught fish, cashew pesto, 2 bean arugula hummus and grilled sandwiches. We have a daily lunch special too that is grilled fresh fish, vegetables and salad, delicious and good for you! At dinner we offer grass fed filet mignon (250 cal., 52 g of protien and only 2 g of saturated fat), fresh snapper (110 cal., 1.5 g of fat, 23 g protein), chicken breast (144 cal., 22 g protein, 5 g fat), fresh shrimp and lobster and all of these choices are grilled, not fried.
Almost all the food we serve is non processed food. We serve regionally sourced vegetables with every dinner (fresh broccoli, cauliflower, wasabi green beans, spinach, Asparagus, Stir Fry vegetables, etc.) along with a salad or healthy soup and regularly feature a two bean hummus, cashew pesto or Red Beet Ravioli starter.
Our Parmesan crusting used on some fish and chicken dishes is basically Parmesan cheese and seasonings. We add only enough salt to flavor the food, we leave adding more to our guests taste.
And of course you can feel free to skip the dessert that is included with every meal if you care to. We do make daily our delicious sauces with real butter but instead of dairy cream we us coconut milk and you can certainly order the sauces on the side if you wish or just request “no sauce”.
If you are a vegetarian, our breakfast, lunch (including a vegan friendly vegetarian burger) and dinner menus offer over 20 different options to satisfy those so predisposed. Our dinner menu always has a 2 nightly vegetarian options and a 3rd different “special” that rotates in each night. If you are vegetarian be sure to try our Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry or our Spring Quinoa (Quinoa, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, black olives and fresh grated parmesan). Both are vegan friendly too.
One thought though, if you are a vegan the choices not only at our restaurant but around Little Corn Island become pretty limited.
I am allergic to gluten and/or dairy. Does the Turned Turtle Restaurant have options for me?
We have over 20 choices for vegetarians on our menu, but unfortunately, our selection for “gluten free” and “dairy intolerant” folks is more limited (we do have a special breakfast and lunch menu for DI and GF folks though). And, with careful selection believe that many of our dinner options can be tweaked to satisfy those concerns as well.
Not all but most of our recipes use dairy products or products made from wheat. We make all of our sauces and some dishes fresh daily and because of this it is a real challenge to alter a recipe for an individual serving.
Our wait staff is not overly familiar (although they try to learn as much as they can) with what goes in to our recipes. Our kitchen staff use that time honored tradition of doing the same thing over and over again and doing it very well. We do however have an ongoing training program in special needs diets and allergies and we are seeing gradual improvement in our staffs ability to understand these issues and respond appropriately.
Small changes believe it or not can really have a negative impact on the whole paradigm and every diners experience.
We now have a separate menu for Dairy Intolerant and Gluten Free diners at breakfast and lunch. Each menu features up to 10 items that fit the bill. Be sure to ask for it when you dine with us.
At dinner our main courses include our grilled fresh fish, steamed fresh lobster (don’t use the garlic butter dipping sauce if you are dairy intolerant or allergic to garlic), Dry Rubbed Baby Back ribs, Thick cut grilled Filet Mignon, Fresh grilled shrimp and our grilled breast of chicken (shrimp and chicken without the sauce) and Spring Quinoa as our non dairy, non gluten options. The other part of dinner is that all of our meals are four plate meals, starter, soup or salad and dessert and a good number of those items are made with dairy or wheat flour. Be sure to alert our staff and they will do the best they cant to steer you in the right direction.
The price of your meal does not change with requested omissions. You can however substitute something you omit with an equally priced side or order additional food off the “sides” menu at the regular price.
Please be empathetic too when you are sharing your special dietary needs with our staff as they have never been faced with not only the concept of allergies to foods but have no previous life experience with what “gluten” or “dairy” allergies are. We guarantee that they will do their best and we teach then to get someone with more knowledge to help them with your needs. Again, we train continually to help educate or staff on these and other unfamiliar (to them) circumstances.
Overall, for these types of allergies there may or may not be better choices on the island for most of your dining. We would especially warn our hotel guest that our RADD Deal may not be for them with these kind of dietary restrictions.
Did I read somewhere that the Turned Turtle Restaurant charges for a glass of water? What is up with that?
Village water from the tap is free but we highly recommend that you do not drink it.
If you are dining with us, you get a complimentary bottle of purified water with your meal (refills are only $1 USD). Little Corn Beach and Bungalow has created a unique program to the island which we call our “Purified Water Refill Program”. Available to any island visitor or resident our program saves the visitor cash and the island some bothersome trash by attempting to encourage people to keep their water bottle and refill it with our purified water for a charge less than buying a new bottle.
MIT (yep, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) while surveying the serious problem of water bottle refuse on the island noted that our trash contained over 70% less water bottle trash than other island business. We attribute this to our “Refill program”.
If you would like a glass of purified water we serve 16 ounces at a nominal charge (currently 25 cents). The alternative at other places on the island is to buy a small plastic bottle of purified water for $1, you spend more and leave behind more plastic trash when this happens. The proceeds from our program go to fund our island projects like our free spay and neuter clinics, beach cleanup programs, recycling and trash removal, reading house construction, etc.