Italian / Tobago / Wine & Spirits


With its outstanding food and service, LA TARTARUGA is one of Tobago’s best restaurants.

La Tartaruga’s menu delivers authentic Italian housemade pastas, pizzas, fish/seafood and meat entrees, and desserts, while the award-winning wine list boasts over 200 selections.

Don’t miss our picks at La Tartaruga – the fresh Fish Carpaccio, Spinach Ravioli in a Sage & Cream Sauce (it’s sublime!), the Grilled Fish (prepared from the catch of the day) with a side of vegetables or salad, and the Tiramisu.  See all our La Tartaruga pictures here on Facebook.

La Tartaruga Restaurant Tobago


Cuisine – Italian

Serving/Hours – Lunch: 11am-2:30pm and Dinner : 6:30pm-10pm, Monday – Saturday

Features – Full service; Full bar; Outdoor seating available (on a covered terrace).

Good to Know – Dinner only; Reservations are strongly recommended; Full vegetarian menu; Wine shop on site stocked with extensive Italian wine selection and wine accessories; Usually closed for the month of July; Closed on Sundays.

Address/Phone – Buccoo Road, Buccoo, Tobago; (868) 639-0940

Websites/Email – La Tartaruga Website; Facebook

Menus Main Menu; Vegetarian Menu; Wine Menu

Trusted reviews:

Frommer’s says “his ravioli won our hearts until we tasted his tagliatelle with lobster, made all the tastier with the use of Trinidadian capers in wine and fresh cream.  For a main course, we heartily endorse the mixed seafood grill of lobster, shrimp, and calamari, among other delights…desserts are homemade fresh daily and are luscious.  Everything is backed up by the best wine menu on the island.”

Fodor’s also has high praise for the restaurant stating that “Milanese owner Gabriele de Gaetano has created the island’s most prominent Italian eatery.” 

The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago says La Tartaruga is “Tobago’s best Italian restaurant, with open-air patio near the sea. The select menu features top-class cuisine, including a selection of authentic regional Italian specialties, plus an extensive wine list.”

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