Website says fresh made burgers, but that's a hideous falsehood. It was clearly a frozen patty. Crab dip tasted like paste and there was no Old Bay on that burger. Chocolate milk for my kid had very little chocolate in it and her meal came way before mine. She was done and itching to go home long before my meal came. Won't be going back.Review Source:
Oh boy, the Green Turtle. I went to a little party there with a group and it turned out to be bike night and they had a DJ there. The DJ's music was great, the atmosphere was very different than expected ...I didn't know this was a popular hangout. I thought it was going to have a little more space but I will say I enjoyed seeing others choice in outfits but that was something I could ignore. The place was packed, bartenders overworked and mounds of food and glasses piled all over the place. I mean come on, I'm well versed in the bar scene but man this was more than what you would normally see - it was disgusting. I couldn't tell if GT didn't plan accordingly or just a sh*tload of people thought that night was the night to go out. It would help to have more than 2 bartenders...there was nobody in sight. It may not have been their fault but still first impressions are everything.
What I couldn't figure out was why there were 8-9 year olds "hanging out" with their parents at 1:00AM. I'd prefer being able to speak freely instead of keeping my language G rated at 1:00AM...at a bar...on a Saturday...with Vodka.
2.5 stars as they could have performed better on the simplest things.
This Green Turtle in Sterling is great! I come in often after work for a cocktail and some dinner, usually the chicken Czar salad, it's awesome. The staff is always friendly and make me feel at home. The general manager, Jeremy, is doing some great things with this place. He is super energetic and fun, and implementing new and fun entertainment for everyone. I will continue to frequent The Green Turtle in Sterling!!Review Source:
The service sucks here so bad I'm not even wasting my time on a full review. I guess if your not a regular there crowding the bar you barley get service.will never go back again. Go back to lifting weights or whatever the hell you do best Ryan. Because you stink as a waiter/bartender. Get it together Greene turtleReview Source:
Last night was my first and last time at the Greene Turtle in Dulles. We came at around 10 or 11 pm to grab drinks with some friends. We sat at one of the high top tables in the bar area, no server came by after about 10 minutes, so we went up to the bar to order drinks. The bar tender (who had NO ONE sitting at the bar), told us to wait for our server to come by! A few minutes later our server comes, takes our order and then that same bar tender made our drinks... He could have made them within the 10 minutes that he was just staring at us after we asked for drinks.
This wasn't that big of a deal, but then the atmosphere really took a strange turn. A big crowd of people started to come... all of whom were patted down upon entering the bar. This was strange and automatically made me feel uncomfortable. Then a DJ started blasting rap music and people started having a rap dance party all throughout the restaurant. Definitely not the type of relaxing sports bar where you can grab a few drinks with friends and have a fun conversation. We left after one drink.
Really a disappointing experience, especially with how much fun we've had at other Green Turtle restaurants.
We had three people working at the restaurant pass by us as we stood up front waiting for a table before someone finally came over and said "Uh, have ya'll been helped yet?"
The beer selection was pretty lame, and half the stuff they had printed in the beer menu wasn't in stock. Made worse by the fact that getting a drink seemed to be a chore for the waiter.
The Fish and Chips I ordered barely had any fish on it; McDonalds Chicken Strips would have dwarfed the three sticks of fried fish they threw down on my plate.
We came specifically for the Caps playoff game. In the middle of a power play, they started re-tuning the TV AT OUR TABLE to basketball and cut out the sound entirely.
Apparently we won free t-shirts through some promotional event they're doing involving these green sealed envelopes. Only no one knew how to handle them, because at the end of the night, the staff did everything in their power to try and not give them out, saying we "weren't supposed to open them" (our waiter did open them, as was the rules).
Just a really disappointing evening. The GT in Old Town Fairfax is a delight if you're looking specifically for a GT. For a sports bar up by Dulles? Try anything else. This was a mess.
First and LAST time here. Went a little after 1:30 on a Sunday and the restaurant was more than half empty. Putting up with the horrible "service" is certainly not worth the mediocre food. The manager, Jeremy, (who apparently didn't schedule himself to be in until 5pm ) clearly should have been there during the day to keep the place running. We were seated and then.. ignored. We literally had to flag down a sever after 15 minutes and asked to be helped because no one had even acknowledged us. When I explained my frustration to one of many servers who had originally ignored us, he was overly defensive and rude. I should've asked for his name, but it wouldn't have done me any good since Jeremy the "manager" was no where to be found. I had heard some pretty good things about this place and today I was extremely disappointed. I won't go back again, and I certainly will never recommend it to anyone.Review Source:
This place was interesting. Supposed to be some sort of Sports Bar?...But I saw so many children here, being loud & all over the place.. Ha...The service was alright, the food took kinda awhile to come out. The burger I got was pretty good, but nothing extraordinary. Good priced beer too. Pretty cool that they had little TVs on every table where you can turn the channel to your liking. Average place to eat!Review Source:
Thursday afternoon and starving my friends and I decided to take a ride around the Dulles loop. About 20 different restaurants to choose from and unfortunately we picked The Greene Turtle.
We decided to do carry out because we weren't trying to spend a whole bunch of money.. What a terrible experience! The food came out in decent timing but the "kitchen manager" had no idea what orders Â he had brought out. Â The hostess swore she put in the order in right but who knows. Â My debate with the kitchen manager was how was he sooo sure of which one was medium and which one was well done for my friend. Â Little did I know that when I got home, forget medium or well, I had a burger I didn't even order. Â It was gross, just a monstrosity of old looking meat with no flavor. Â My friends who actually got what they ordered expressed the same feelings about their food too. Â The turkey burger tasted like cardboard and still looked frozen on the burger. Â The bread actually had a stale hard spot on it..
None the less I am kinda frustrated because I have actually heard decent things about The Greene Turtle and my first experience there was trash. Â My friend said the one by her is ok so maybe it's just the Dulles store that needs some help. Â I would suggest that with all of the places to eat around Dulles Center, you make another choice. Â It was my first experience with the chain and its unfortunate that one store has really influenced my thoughts about the entire chain, I wouldn't return to that or any Greene Turtle restaurant based on what I got from that one. Â Lastly, I must include the catch phrase the manager hit me with when I was going back and forth about whether I had the right order... Ready,...."Man as long as the food is hot, I wouldn't care what it was, feel me"
We used to come here a couple times a month when they had a blackened Cajun chicken sandwich on their menu, of which the Mister was quite fond. I'll eat chicken strips anywhere, so I didn't complain.
We never really loved the place. The service was always ... um... high, but not above average, if you know what I mean. Food either came right away or ages later. The TVs were a nice distraction, but made me feel like half of one of those couples that never talks anymore. The Mister reports they - the tvs - were sticky and he didn't want to touch them, then eat. The acoustics were terrible and it was often uncomfortably loud - go figure, with like 50 tvs. Â
About six months ago, they changed their menu and despite our half hearted efforts, we couldn't really find anything we felt like eating. We haven't been back. I have fond memories of the Verizon Center location, but the Dulles Green Turtle is nothing special.
The only reason I attend this establishment is to make sexual jokes about the "HOG HAMMERS" appetizer, which is pretty delicious and sounds like a sexual menuever. Â
The rest of their food sucks. Â They do have this thick blonde waitress that is cute if thats your thing.
BOOO Food, Yayyy Blonde (and beer specials)
So I might be easy to please but we headed there on a fairly busy Friday night and were seated quickly and the service was actually quite good. Â My expectations of a Sports Bar are always reserved just because it's typically average. Â I wouldn't say that the food was as good as Glory Days down the street but the atmosphere was great for my wife and our 2 Year Old. Â Get a booth if you can so you have your own TV, it makes for great entertainment for the kids. Â I had the cheesesteak which was decent and my wife had a cheeseburger which she thought was about as good as Glory Days burgers which I like a lot. Â Fries were good and beer was cold. Â We are not going to make it a weekly stop but having a go to Sports Bar and place to take a toddler is always a must have and I am looking to try a few other menu items.Review Source:
My trip to The Green Turtle started with a phone call to the restaurant to check their hours. Â The manager(?) Jeff was quiet pleasant and told me, "Ask for me when you come in." Â So, I did. Â It was kind of a waste of time. Â He stopped by the table that evening, and I said, "Hi, you said I should ask for you when I got here." Â In my head I pictured him saying something like, "Oh, welcome, this is our restaurant, and this is what we do here, and this is what separates us from everyone else." Â Instead I got, "Hi, I'm Jeff. Â Let me go find you a server." Â Gee...Thanks, Jeff. Â Asking for you was a waste of my time.
Now, the first thing you'll notice about the menu at The Green Turtle is that it has a bottle of Root Beer on it with the logo and label of the restaurant. Â So when our server Gloria came to the table I was eager to ask her about it. Â I said, "Tell me about your Root Beer." Â She said, "Okay," then stood there and stared at me. Â To coach her along I said, "Is it brewed here? Â What makes it special from every other Root Beer?" Â She said, "I don't think we brew it here, and it's nothing special. Â It's just Root Beer. Â I'm really not the best person to ask about this." Â Uh-huh....I said, "Well, I think I'll try one anyway." Â I also ordered a pumpkin pie milkshake because it just sounded so good.
Gloria was fairly quick to return with the drinks, and when she did she said that she asked someone in the back about the Root Beer and they do indeed brew it on site. Â It was good of her to do this, and the only reason this place is getting a two star as opposed to a one star review. Â She was right though. Â The Root Beer was nothing special. Â The pumpkin pie milkshake on the other hand was amazing.
My friend and I split an order of boneless wings in two different flavors as an appetizer. Â We were pleased to see that when it came they were separated in the basket between two cups of dipping sauce and celery stalks, keeping the two flavors from mixing. Â They tasted fairly decent, and had large chunks of white meat inside of a crispy coating.
My friend ordered a burger, and I opted for the limited special, Sheppard's Pie. Â Both her burger and my "pie" were rather bland, and really lacked any flavor. Â Overall we were very unimpressed, and neither of us bothered to finish our meal as it simply wasn't good enough to do so.
I suppose price wise it was reasonable as it came out to about twenty-five dollars a person. Â Though I don't think we'll ever be back. Â The food just isn't memorable enough to warrant a return visit, and no matter how hard I try I just can't get over the fact that the restaurant advertises a bottle of its own Root Beer on the menu, and the servers don't have any clue about it. Â I mean, how can you tell a customer that you have no clue about your own restaurant named drink, and then follow it up with, "I'm really not the best person to ask about this." Â You're the server. Â Who else should I ask about it, the bus boy? Â Shame on the managers too for not telling their employees about their specialty products.
If I owned a restaurant, and I sold a drink with my name on it, ALL my employees would be hyping this drink to every customer they talked to. Â Otherwise, why put your name on it?
Like I said, it wasn't really all that impressive of an experience.
OMG!!!!! I am a connoisseur of ribs, well food in general. The experience was great along with staff. Never have I had wings that were cooked to perfection where the sauce doesn't drown nor sog out the meat /flavor! I sat an hour nibbling and by then it was cold but still crunchy and flavorful not dried out. got home two hours later to enjoy another cold meal....ribs. AGAIN I was elated !!!! Still tender flavorful. Usually, i may pick afterwards but to no avail of dissappoinment. Man! I must say the damn chef ( Abraham) put it down something terrible. (that means fantabulous!) Please allow me to continue with great service of my server, Brendon, whom did NOT pressure my experience by rushing the tab nor interrupting my meal with "is everything ok" or hovering every five minutes. KUDOS!!!!!Review Source:
If your server doesn't know what their "house sweetener" is for the Sugar-free Sweet Tea they have in their beverage menu, do not order it. Â
I took a few sips and it did not taste very good so I didn't drink it. Â I felt queasy and sick afterwards. Â
Despite that, they still could not tell me what their alternative sweetener was. Â
If you like pub grub, enjoy their greasy offerings.
Went with a friend Saturday after the initial lunch crowd. Â Since neither of us had ever been it was a good opportunity to try it out. Â The TVs are a little overwhelming, but since we kept the one at our table on mute it was fine. Â It was nice to see several dads bringing kids for a meal (kids eat free). Â I did notice that several adult only parties went to the bar to eat vice coming into the restaurant. Â Started with pickle chips and they were cooked perfectly. Â The dipping sauce was a little spicy for me, but I kept trying a little bit at a time. Â I had fish tacos for my entree and they were very good - could have used a little more of the sauce. Â My friend had the crab cake platter and was not impressed. Â Â The server was very nice and let us sit for a while just to talk - she did keep checking to see if we needed or wanted anything. Â
I want to go back to try the dessert that looked fabulous.
It wasn't terrible got there around 1130am pretty empty, they had the baseball game on but then they turned on the news and blasted the hell out of the volume was not fantastic, the mushroom burger wasn't bad but I've had way better at other places service was alright and pretty quick but also no one was there.Review Source:
For the people who wrote great reviews for this place, all I have to say is that they either work there, or do not know what good food is. I ordered a Cobb salad with chicken, pretty simple right? Wrong! The chicken was tough and tasted like it was boiled, no seasoning and a tough texture. The avocado was mushy and a bit browned on the edges, and even though I ordered a ranch dressing, the salad was pre-dressed with a vinegar base. Yuck! My husband ordered a burger with a philly cheesesteak topping (I know, bad choice) but it was so greasy that the bun was wet! There was some sort of buffet set up outside on the patio where we sat, to enjoy the weather, and the smell was of burning plastic! The tables were dirty and the silverware was water stained. I wouldn't go back there if they offered me a year of free food! I suppose if you sat at the bar, tossed back quite a few, and then ate, you might not realize how aweful this place is.Review Source:
Sports bar with an incongruous population of parents and kids. Decent food, nice server but way too much stimulation. Â TV screens at the tables don't exactly make for family conversation (and though you can turn them off, that's not practical when the kids see that everyone else is watching cartoons).
Probably worth three stars except for management tolerating packs of lowlifes standing directly outside the door smoking...try bringing your kids through that!
Came in on a cold Sunday afternoon with my sister...hit Nordstrom Rack and was ready for some snacky food before we hit Dulles Town Center...
Service...Friendly, but ridiculously slow. Â I will have to state that there may have been a shift change, which is why there may have been confusion. Â We had 3 different servers try to greet, take and serve our drinks and orders...
Food...got the fish and chips...soggy fries and hard as a rock piece of fried white fish :( Â No old bay seasoning as promised on the fries..
My sister ordered the chicken cheesesteak, which was marginally better...
Meh...I won't be back...will just hit the food court instead.
I have been to this restaurant several times - always with kids - and the service has been hit or miss. There have been times when we've had a very attentive server and then there have been times when we mine as well have been invisible because our server took forever to take our order and then she never returned to our table (even though she went to other tables in her section). I finally had to flag her down to ask for our check.
The restaurant is, also, a bit misleading. They have a huge sign out front saying "kids eat free everyday." This is true up to a point. It is made clear that it is one child per adult that eats free; but, what they don't tell you is that there are certain things that an adult must order for that child to eat free. If you order a salad for example, the salad has to have meat on it in order for the child to eat free. A friend of mine tried to order the sliders off of the appetizer menu and was told that this wouldn't qualify for one of her children to eat free. This kids eating free deal needs to be made much clearer.
The kids that I have been here with have really enjoyed the tv at the table; but, I think that the viewing options are really not appropriate for the toddler set.
I will still continue to go here with kids because they really seem to enjoy it. The food has been good for the most part; but, there have been times when things haven't been so good.
Ok...it's the Turtle. Â Not glamorous, not special. Â But for $30 bucks, both my kids get a meal, wife has a meal, I have a meal and Fat Tire... Â you cannot beat that b/c the kids eat for FREE! Â The services is hit or miss here. Â The wings are definitely tasty and much better than BWW. Â They have Fat Tire on tap so between that and the wings, I am sold. Â Did I mention that kids eat free?Review Source:
I didnt know that by naming themselves "Green Turtle" they meant that they will take your "Greens" and provide service at a speed of a "Turtle".
The ambiance is a bit over the top with a TV on every single table plus screens everywhere else. Certainly not a place if you want to have a nice conversation with someone. Granted its a sports bar but I dont understand when we as a culture decided that the more TVs we can fit into a contained space, the better it is for everyone else ..
After listening to their ads on radio i decided to give this place a try on a cold Sunday night with my family of 3. The service was horrible. It took 15-20 minutes between each time our waiter showed up. From the time we ordered drinks, appetizers, food, napkins, silverware, refills ... you do the math... Half of our conversation ended up being about how slow the service was.
If I was there on a Friday or a Saturday night, I'd be more understanding but we are talking about below freezing temperatures on a Sunday night -- the entire area was a ghost town and the restaurant was almost empty
On top of all this -- the food showed up lukewarm. Really? I mean really?
Green Turtle -- Another heartache.
This is actually THE GREENE TURTLE (yes, with an E at the end of Greene).
The first time I was here was last summer when it opened. Today was my second visit.
There are Greene Turtle commercials touting the new stuffed burgers. I decided on the bacon & cheddar. They're served either medium well or medium. The staff was pleasant but because I am not a regular, I was not given great service. The bartender (Amanda) asked me if I wanted mayonnaise and I said I did, but never got it. I also requested no pickles, but it came anyway.
A regular customer (Mark - ?) came in about 20 minutes later and also ordered a stuffed burger. What pissed me off was both our burgers came at the same time. In other words, mine was sitting out while waiting for Mark's to finish before our food came.
The burger was really good, but because I am not a regular, I don't think I'll return.
(The DC location has never given me good service. To this day I will not return there either)
The staff was very nice, but very busy. Â The wait time was about five minutes on a Saturday night. Â We sat down and enjoyed all the Televisions with sports games. Â A few T.V.'s were even on the cartoon network. Â We ordered some mildly hot wings and they were average at best. Â I had the rasberry turkey flatbread sandwich, and my wife had the spicy shrimp wrap. Â They were both decent sandwiches, but nothing to write home about. Â I probably will come back here if I am with my buddies and we just want to catch a game and grab a quick bite.Review Source:
Went to the Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling and noticed a New Green Turtle location had opened up in the old Pizza Uno location.
Its brand new, it just open in the last couple of weeks.
Service was good. Â Good selection of beers on tap, we sat in the bar area, its a little on the loud side. Â Good happy hour, lots and lots of 42-inch flat screens tuned to all kinds of sports.
Food was fine, traditional American, salads, burgers, ribs, fries, wraps, etc...
No problem going back, its a better sports bar than say Glory Days Grill.
I give it a solid 3-stars