So I had lunch there today. Second and last time. GROSS.
It was a simple order, cheeseburger sliders and pretzel sticks. The sliders were on these large dry rolls, not the potato buns that the menu said. The meat was cold, and the postage stamp size piece of cheese hardly made a difference.
First time at the Green Turtle with a Living Social deal and I was very pleasantly surprised. The reviews had me wary but I'm glad we gave it a chance anyway.
We were seated immediately, the waiter came right away to get our order. The appetizer came out almost immediately, while the entrees did take a bit longer. The food is great for a sports bar (don't expect 5 star dinners but for the price and the fact that it's a sports bar, it's great). We had an awesome peanut butter brownie sundae to round out the meal. Over all, a great experience and we'll definitely be back.
Pretty sure I've reviewed other GTs before, but apparently not this location. I visited it for something like the second time yesterday. It took a little longer than it should've for the server to come around to us to take our order, but everything went off without a hitch after that. GT's food isn't anything to write home about in terms of a full meal, but when you're just in the mood to kick back with friends and enjoy something cold to drink with some appetizers, you can't go wrong.
The pretzel sticks with queso are a must-have, and the wings are pretty darn good too.
My wife and I went to Green Turtle after the movies tonight. What a major mistake. The food was horrible. Do I make myself clear? Â The food was horrible. Â I should have gone with my first impression and moved on when I saw the parking lot empty. When we entered there was no one to greet us. Ok then we sat ourselves and waited and waited for someone to help us. Finally our waitress came by. Too bad I was again about to turn around and leave. Another missed opportunity. It was a Saturday night and nobody there. Not sure how this place can remain and stay open.Review Source:
After having noticed The Green Turtle a number of times when we were doing business in the area, we decided to give the place a visit since we'd never eaten there. While we didn't have a horrible experience there like some of the reviewers here have apparently had, I would just have to sum up our experience as "No particular reason to go back."
I had the fish and chips. On the plus side, the piece of fish I received was huge; it spanned the plate. On the minus side, getting a whole lot of something that practically has no taste isn't much of a plus. It's not that the fish tasted bad or got its revenge on me later. It just wasn't anything I couldn't get from the freezer section of my local grocery. I would take Long John Silvers' fish over this any day. I'd take Long John Silvers' coleslaw over what came with my meal, too. Completely bland and a waste of cabbage. The fries were OK, but they were just fries. I can't even recall what my wife had, which says something.
This blah meal came at a fairly stiff price. It wasn't outrageous and had the food been good, I would have overlooked it. There are many places in Leesburg where that kind of money would get us a much better meal.
There's just nothing memorable about this place. There's nothing stellar about what's on the menu. It's not quiet or quaint. In fact, it's large, but we went on an off time, so it was pretty empty. Still quite noisy with 20 TVs playing. Perhaps it's a different feel on a game day. I give The Green Turtle a very solid, "Meh."
I have eaten here in the past and decided to stop after church with my 5 year old son because the last time I ate on a Sunday kiddos ate free. We came in and were seated by the hostess. Hostess sat us at a booth and I promptly changed the channel to a cartoon for the boy. (as a side note: kids didn't eat free that day - must have been a one time thing)
I noticed they have changed the menu - it looked much more appealing than the former menu which was mostly glorified bar food.
We sat and waited. And waited and waited more. Meanwhile my kid is saying "Mommy I'm hungry!" Â Servers came and went attending to the other tables but we had no acknowledgement from any of the servers. Finally, after waiting 15 minutes, we left. As we were leaving, I wanted to tell the hostess what happened, but alas she also wasn't there!
Note to management at Green Turtle: there is another Turtle now open at the Dulles mall less than 7 miles away (as you probably know) Have a talk with your servers about the concept of team playing if you don't want to lose most of your business.
I have really tried to like THe Green Turtle, because I do like the energy of the place, Â it is a great place to hang out. Â Unfortunately, this is a restaurant Â and they do one thing poorly, the food. Â I have been sick two times after eating their food. Â The barbecue sandwich that I had on my last visit was how shall we say, revolting. Â
We ordered chili cheese fries for an appetizer and they were just, blech. Â For the price, could I at least get some real cheese in there? Â What they brought out was some kind cheez whiz laden crap fries.
Despite this being a fun place to hang out, I just cannot ignore that the food is plain awful. Â They have the right atmosphere for a sports bar, if only they had anything worth eating.
One visit-not going back.
My fiance and a few friends and I decided to try this out for a few drinks last Saturday night. Â We walked in and were greeted by the hostess, then decided to sit at the bar. Â So, we sat down at a table in the bar area...and waited...and waited...and waited. Â No one ever came over to help us. Â One of my friends went to ask about service and was told that ther were no servers that were serving those at tables in that section. Â Gee, thanks..you'd think one of the handful of servers that walked right by us would have given us that information. Â My fiance and friend stayed at the bar and it took them a long time to even get a beer-the place was not busy...at all.
On the plus side, they had a band playing..that was kind of nice.
Two stars only because Grace was a sweetheart. We heckled her and she was a great sport and heckled back (perhaps a bit too easily charmed by sarcasm for her own good, but we loved her c:).
The food was TERRIBLE. I was the only one who didn't have to run to the restroom to vomit (really). If you like sports, the game(s) is/are on everywhere, but I doubt it would make up for the greasy (nope, not in a good way), over processed food. Ugh, not what I wanted after an entire day of traveling on an empty stomach.
Staff: lovely (we actually ended up meeting the whole crew because we stayed late and hung out, despite my companions' stomach pains)
Food: save me
If I drank, maybe I'd recommend drinking at the bar, but I know nada about alcoholic beverages.
This place is a dump... service is slow ... tables and everything on them are sticky, even the walls were food splattered. I'm not even sure why we had to wait so long, there was only one other table there.. what does this place do on a Friday or Saturday night? The food was bad, the plates were gross.... wait it gets worse.... a friend ordered chicken for her salad and when the food finally came she was handed the salad and told the chicken fell on the floor we need to make a new one! After that I would have honestly been hesitant to eat. I waited a few days before writing this...just to make sure I was still horrified and yep... I still am.Review Source:
We have been going here for about a year. Â The appetizers are the best part. Â The pretzel sticks are awesome. Â The customer service hasn't been the best lately. Â Although the last 2 times we went the service has been better. Â Main dishes are hit or miss. Â Sometimes the wrong order came out or someones food was cold. Â During our last visit we were told that Corporate was taking over the location and they were doing away with "kids eat free every-night." Â They were just allowing it on Tuesdays............that stinks!
During our last few visits the place has been relatively empty. Â Not sure if the new Buffalo Wild Wings took some business away.........
Went here with my daughter last week because they have a couple of Redskins players signing autograph. Â Since it's around dinner time, we had dinner there. Â The food is ok, Â Nothing really stand out. Â I guess people who go here are for watching sport since you have a monitor at every table. Â Price wise is not bad either. Â Very reasonable. Â The place is busy and our server is great. Â
I don't see myself coming back here any time soon since it's very far from where I live.
Not that expected the Green Turtle to be Ruth Chris, but I'm surprisingly disappointed. My food was average Â (which I kinda expect at a chain sports bar), but what was more disappointing had to of been the service. I may have actually seen my server 4 times, and on top of that I sat at bar for about 15 mins before my drink order was taken and given a menu. Like I mentioned I didn't expect a 5 star dinning experience but with expectations so low I didn't think I could be so let down.Review Source:
This is the second time I've been here. It's not the best sports bar I've been to, but it's not the worst.
This past visit, I was sat immediately and our waitress was attentive. They weren't showing the game I wanted to see, so I asked the bartender to change the TV closest to my table and they did that right away. I had the sweet potato fries which were good. I was only there to see the second half of a football game, so just ordered that and left. Took a little while to get the check but the waitress was friendly and she just got sat 20 people in her section so I can't fault her much for the wait.
There's plenty of TVs and it's not too loud. There are no nachos on the menu so next time I'm around for watching football I'll probably go to Buffalo Wild Wings.
Visited this evening as was very disappointed by the new menu. Most of what I like has been removed - steakhouse burger, Montreal burger, onion rings, raspberry cheesecake to name a few. It is a very noisy place even for a sports bar. Â This evening, there seemed to be no major events of interest on the TVs but the noise level was highly elevated. Â The service was fine but not sure when we will return. Bad moves on the new menu.Review Source:
This is the first negative review I've posted. I guess I'm more inclined to point out a place I think people will enjoy rather than steer them away from a bad experience.
Well, I've been here enough times now to feel compelled to say, stay away!
It really shouldn't be difficult to do the sports bar concept correctly. And given the chain nature of this place, you'd think there'd be an easy enough template to follow to get it right.
But this Turtle fails on every level.
Food? Totally ordinary. Don't get me wrong -- it doesn't suck, and it's serviceable bar fare, but nothing to write home about and certainly not a good value for the price.
Drinks? An underwhelming and unimaginative collection of beers on tap and in bottle. If you want to suckle on a large domestic light beer, of course, you're golden. But you can do that anywhere.
Service? Hmm. Most of the staff are nice and well-meaning folks. It's just that sometimes, it feels like you're in the middle of a Charlie Brown special -- there are no adults, just kids with no direction spinning on their own axis. And so it feels very disorganized and, ultimately, inefficient.
Sports? This might be the most maddening element. Â There's no effort on the front end to take a look at a TV Guide or something and anticipate what Â people might want to watch. So you cruise in during prime time hours and one TV is on the Golf Channel and two others are running the ESPNEWS loop of old highlights, while another is maybe showing a rerun of a women's lacrosse match on ESPNU.
Make a casual inquiry about switching things up and you're greeted like you're speaking a foreign language.
I once went in to watch a baseball game and none of the staffers had so much as heard of MASN. Well, OK!
Sadly enough, I'll probably return here. From the outside, it looks like you're going to have a good experience, so it sucks you in. Yet it never fails to be a letdown.
How grim is it? Well, there's a Buffalo Wild Wings rising from the dirt up the street. And that's starting to look pretty appealing. Yikes.
We arrived at a not very busy time on a Saturday afternoon. The fact that we had to wait four minutes for the hostess to conclude a personal phone conversation before we were seated should have been a clue. We were greeted promptly by a waiter who was very friendly but...... I asked what beers were on tap, and he replied "too many to mention". I asked for a list and he handed us a menu and said "only a few are listed in there but we have many more." With that he disappeared. Â After flagging down another waitress, she explained that the original guy had been sent to another section, but she would be glad to take our order. Still no drinks. Â Out of frustration, I asked for a Guiness which I could see on tap. It was served ice cold with no head and my friend got a coke when she had asked for diet.
On to the food. We both ordered burgers and they were absolutely horrid. Â The meat was cold, tasteless and had hard bits as if bones had been added to the grind. I asked for mustard and the waitress asked, "What kind of mustard would you like?" With a glimmer of hope that I could make the burger edible, I asked for dijon, then whole grain and finally brown. "We don't have those, we have French's and yellow but I think they are the same thing, "she answered. We ate a few bites and asked for the check.
One of the promotions is a kids eat free deal. Hence, the atmosphere was chaotic with as many young children there as adults. I do not object to supervised children, but several were running around ducking behind tables engaged in a mock gun battle and screaching, "you're dead". The staff and the parents were oblivious.
We almost asked to speak to a manager but afraid that we would be offered a complementary meal in the future. Instead we left vowing never, ever to come back.
We stayed away from this place for a while as it was a madhouse at first. Â Very crowded even at non peak times. Â Well, finally it died down enough to give it a try. Â I was taken back by how bad this place was.
I know its a sports bar, but the food is worse than the worst bar food. Â Its on par with bad amusement park/museum food. Â No taste and poorly cooked. Â As much as I hate McDonald's, I would have preferred a McDouble instead of what I got. Â It was cold, flavorless meat with bad cheese and a bun that tasted like wonder bread. Â The fries were pretty bad too. Â The wings were so-so, they called them "we mean hot" , well they were about as hot as Medium elsewhere. Â Drink refills came slow and last but not least the bill was $30 for two with soft drinks. Â Total ripoff, no way I'm going back.
I stop by the Green Turtle every other week or so for a few drinks and maybe an appetizer. Â I rate this place among it's peers (sports bars) and as a result, it gets 4 stars. Â
The bartenders are very friendly and attentive.
The food is what i would expect for bar food, so it's fine. Â I usually get wings, pretzel sticks or mozz sticks. Â All are great.
Atmosphere is good most nights. Â It's slowed down a bit since the opening, but there's still a decent crowd most of the time. Â
At the end of the day, what i expect from a place like this is friendly service, a good atmosphere to hang-out and if you get food, it should be hot and cooked appropriately....Green Turtle meets all of these.
7 of us stopped in Saturday night for a few drinks and a little bit of grub. Â Most everything seemed on the up and up, but we did have to wait a little while to place our food order. Â Maybe our server thought we were just there to drink? Â
They have all your typical bar offerings, but I did hone in on the hog hammers, tender ribs. Â And I'll tell you what, they were good, worth going back for. Â The wings were ok and the beer was cold; sounds like a sports bar to me.
First impression not a good one, sort of greeted by a pierced hostess, then her and a waiter had to argue over what table to put us at since we needed a high chair for my toddler.
Went further downhill from there, do not want to relive entire experience, sorry....
Slow slow service, non-friendly staff, terrible food....pizza was absolutely the worse....
Cross another place off my list.....and I had such high hopes.
Read the reviews on Yelp and thought it was worth a trip for a casual dinner with my wife. Â We really liked it. Â It is what it is, nothing more, nothing less.
Atmosphere: Â Somewhat noisy bar but was busy for NCAA tourneyment. Â Crowd varied from Suits/ties (afterwork) to jeans/t-shirts wearing folks. Â We ate at a high-top table in the bar and were greeted promptly by a nice waiter who was friendly very attentive. Â He was a little "odd", in that he shared his opinion on menu items that we weren't even asking about. Â But he kept our 22oz beers full and wasn't over-attentive.
Food: Â Started with their "Hottest" wings and they were similar to a "911" at Buffalo Wing Factory. Â Although they were nothing original, they were very meaty and that was a welcomed treat. Â No skinny chicken here!
My wife had the club (choices were only white or wheat) and it was, in her words, "Better than most, I'd have it again". Â That's a 4-star rating from her.
I had this Turkey flat-bread sandwich that came with raspberry sauce/jelly. Basically, it's a "not as unhealthy" Monte Christo. Â I really liked it and will have it again. Â The bread was tasty and the raspberry sauce could have made a shoe tasty! Â Highly recommended.
We both had fries and they were nothing special, not bad though.
Decent beer selection too.
I did think it was odd they had all the TV's in the bar on the one NCAA game, vice having the CAPS on a few or some other event. Â No biggie, just would have liked to have watched some of the CAPS too.
We spent a few hours there, each had four big beers, the wings and the entree's and our bill was $65. Was happy with that!
As I said earlier, it's a chain sportsy place. Â It is what it is. Â But what it is is a place we'll go back to soon.
The Greene Turtle comes as advertised - a pub with a lot of TVs. As long as your expectations do not exceed this you can have an enjoyable experience.
My party included 4 adults and 3 toddlers. We were easily accomodated, which is always a plus. Servers were friendly and relatively attentive, although we did have to ask 3 times to have our nearest TV changed from a movie on TBS (Men in Black) to the Caps game.
The food itself was not great but not terrible. Not much else one can say about sports bar food...just order a burger, wings, etc and you'll be fine.
People should go to the Greene Turtle for no other reason that it's an easy way to go out and watch the game while being fed. For those familiar with the area it's par for the course - mass-production and vanilla flavoring at its finest.
3.5 stars a little slow on the food.
Way out here in true suburban isolation lays a spot of common watering hole known as the Green Turtle a local chain that is popping up all over the DM and sometimes V. Since I'm still out here in Lansdowne for this conference my brother and I decided to catch up with an old friend who is also in the same business as we only his is out here. What better place to meet up than a familiar spot. This is a sports bar but made tame enough for the whole family. They serve everything from pizzas to strip steak. But there main favorites are the Buffalo wings and sandwiches or burgers. The Hottest of hot wings are not all that bad nothing that's going to burn you goin in or coming out. Their Steakhouse burger which I had was cooked a little more than perhaps it should have been but since I asked for medium it came out well done and it was just fine. Same goes for brother both our plates were decent and satisfying enough to fill a hungry appetite. They did skimp a little on the mushrooms but all n all it was good for what is was. Our friend ordered the hog hammer which is cuts of pork grilled on onion straws. His onions had seen better days our waitress was quick to give him a plate full of fries per his request to augment the not so good looking onions. Our waitress was high spirited and prompt in bringing out mostly everything quickly except the food, it took a little longer than what should be normal. More than likely a back up in the kitchen. Another table beside us was having some unknown issues but they got full attention and treatment of whatever the problem was from the staff and even management. If there is a problem that's how you do it they were right on top of it and solving it from my POV. At this location on different nights they have karaoke, DJs, live bands etc. usually on the weekends when they get the college crowd coming in from I guess George Maison or some place. They stay open till 2am on those days. So over all not a bad little place to come watch the sports on the hundreds of flat panel TVs all around the place and only a slightly loud but enthusiastic crowd. The Caps were playing and winning on this particular evening. If you ever find your self way out here and since there is not much to do well it looks like this is the place to be.
We waited for this place to open... then it took us a while to finally stop in.
A few weekends ago, we decided to give it at try and by the parking lot we thought we were in for a treat.
Love the personal TVs at the tables.. we told the host it was our first time and I asked that we sit near a tv so that hubby could watch the Pitt game. Host led us to our table and that was it, see ya later new customers!
Our server had to tell us how to change the tv.. we must have looked stupid feeling up the sides, and underneath of the screen.
On to the meal, I ordered the veggie wrap thing w/ NO tomato's, daughter had grilled cheese w/ no tomatos and hubby, ordered something w/ no onions. We waited, watched tv, waited, then our nice server came over and said they were taking extra long getting the food out and she would check on it again. She did refill our drinks.. and talk to us.
While we waited we overheard a couple tell another couple they eat there at least once a week so i thought, it must be normally fast (they had smaller kids) so this is probably a fluke. Then we over heard table behind us talking and complaining about the soup and service. Then finally someone else brought our food out after almost 40 minutes and hubby's was ok... mine and my daughters had a wonderful slab or two of tomatoes. My onion rings were old too. of course they offered to take it back and remake the stuff sans tomato. At this point, being pregnant and starving.. and watching PITT lose, and listening to my daughter complain, i wasn't happy.
Food came out a little later, this time correct. It just ok.... listened to a few other customers complain.... bill came. $52 bucks for a less than desirable meal, OK customer service and not a word from the manager.
Needless to say, we won't return. it's sad because the tv's are a sweet little deal..
We tried this place out today. Â The inside is very nice, parking can't support their capacity unless you park in the shopping center parking.
We ordered the BBQ pizza appetizer, my wife got a bowl of crab soup and I got the blue cheese burger.
First, the appetizer takes forever to get there. Â Second, my 13 year-old son could have made the equivelent. Â It was a piece of flatbread, slathered in bad bbq sauce, covered with incredily dry chicken and then cheese. Â Probably thrown in a microwave.
Then the main meal shows up, about 60 seconds after the appetizer. Â The burger itself was cooked as I asked for. Â The tomato looked awful, had zero flavor, the lettuce was crap too. Â Their "signature" fries were frozen crinkle fries. Â The soup was just no good either. Â Not sure how to describe it. Â Just bad.
What a huge disappointment. Â I am so tired of restaurants opening up around here just expecting us to show up eat and leave with no complaints. Â Just throw the food in front of us, take our money and seat the next group of cattle bellying up to the trough.
Stay away. Â I don't even think they have happy hour prices at the bar. Â Can'y confirm that though. Â We will not return.